I wore a tie the other day, and… it wasn’t good. You know how you sometimes wake up, and can’t talk very well? The words just don’t flow like they did the day before? I was in one of those zones, and struggled. I was blubbering and flailing like a protruding-forehead idiot.
But, of course, I am my own worst critic — I ALWAYS think I suck — so who knows? It probably wasn’t as big a disaster as it seemed. I wouldn’t be surprised if I make it to the next bracket, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I don’t. Time will tell. Thankfully, the stakes aren’t all that high.
Last week iTunes stopped working for me. It wouldn’t open, and I couldn’t update my iPod. That thing is my sanity box; if I don’t have my iPod at work, all bets are off. I listened to Marc Maron and Adam Carolla through their phone apps, but don’t like carrying around that big-ass thing.
I spent hours trying to figure out the problem. I was getting a “runtime error” message, and there’s no shortage of articles and forum discussions about the subject. I downloaded a couple of programs designed to fix it, but they did nothing except install malware on my computer.
Needless to say, I was losing my shit. It was making me full-on crazy. Finally I snapped, and uninstalled every Apple program on my machine. I didn’t care if I lost my entire iTunes library, I’d freaking had it. I just sorted everything by company name, and shitcanned all things Apple. Like “Bonjour.” WTF?
Then I reinstalled iTunes only, and it worked. Everything was still there, all my music and podcast information. And I’m back in business. Sometimes a hissy-fit pays dividends. I think Teddy Roosevelt first said that.
One thing’s for sure, though: iTunes is a turd. There’s mythology out there that says it’s the perfect program, but it ain’t. It’s responsible for the loss of more of my stomach lining than just about anything computer-related. Well, maybe not the Russian hackers… but it’s close.
You know these Amazon links I’m always going on and on about? Well, I had a small amount of money due to me from Amazon Canada, $38 to be exact. However… they recently changed their rules, and will no longer do direct deposits to American bank accounts. Also, they won’t cut a check until you reach $100. It would take me three years to get to that level.
So, I went with the third option: an Amazon.ca gift certificate. I figured I could buy some Quality Street candy, or maybe some Kindle books, or something.
Wrong. They won’t let Americans shop in their Kindle store. And they also won’t ship food down here. Probably some government regulation… So, I got a great idea: my laptop needs a new battery. I’ll snag one of those. Perfect!
Nope. They won’t ship batteries to American addresses, either. Sweet sainted mother of Buddy Hinton! I’m getting cock-blocked from every direction.
I thought about grabbing a couple of CDs, but they’re shockingly expensive. It might be my only option, though. CDs, or a book or two. The prices feel extremely high to me, and I don’t buy too many physical books or CDs these days, anyway. But I don’t know what else to do.
Any creative suggestions on how I could spend my $38 Canadian? Help me out, won’t you?
Also, what are your thoughts on doing things by yourself. Yeah, I know… insert joke here. I’m talking about eating in restaurants, or going to movies. Or even concerts. I have no issue with any of those things. I’ve never been to a giant arena concert alone, but have gone solo to plenty of club shows.
What are your thoughts on this? I know people who simply cannot do any of these things by themselves. Can you? Tell us about it, won’t you?
And I’m going to work now. See you guys again next time.
Have a great day!