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Saturday, February 11, 2006

Withdrawal, or I Want To Complain... 

My laptop is back - YEAH! - faster and cleaner.     I have so much work to catch up on that I still don't have time to visit all of my usual blog-haunts, and my mailbox is bulging with unread e-mails well of 500+ that accumulated in just a few days.

Speaking of mailboxes, there was an article in the AJC (Atlanta Journal Constitution) this morning about the U.S. Postal Service pushing forward (strongly) on a ten year directive that would make it -- not an option, but a mandatory requirement -- for all new subdivisions, regardless of price range, to install "cluster boxes" for mail delivery for the entire neighborhood to make it quicker and easier for the postal delivery person.
"Following the lead of other fast-growing parts of the country, Atlanta-area officials with the U.S. Postal Service want to eliminate curbside mail delivery for new homes in favor of "cluster boxes" -- those large stations where entire neighborhoods would go to collect their mail.

In the Postal Service's cost-conscious view of the world, new homes from the modest to the mansion would be served by common areas near the entrance to a subdivision, much like the mail stations in apartment complexes."

I feel as if I've more than paid my mailbox-penance by all the years I lived in apartments and had to schlep to some cluster box located nowhere near my apartment, usually not well-lit, no security, never large enough to hold more than two envelopes so magazines, etc. were always ripped and torn - and, now that I can afford to live in a nice home, in a nice neighborhood, with a nicely manicured lawn, and my own personal mailbox, if I ever move again, and buy into a new development, I may be subjected to cluster-boxes at the entrance to a neighborhood even if I'm purchasing a 1/4-1/2M house!     Does that seem right?     I know I'm only paying .39 per correspondence but, JEEZ-LOUISE, isn't it the postman/woman's job to deliver the mail?     How much easier do they want us to make it for them?     Next they'll want us all to come to the post office and pick up our mail.

I'm kinda bummin' over the Olympics - is that an unpatriotic comment to make?     My reasons are a bit selfish, actually.     For the next two weeks, I'll be missing out on a few of my favorite television shows which are being pre-empted by the seemingly 'round-the-clock coverage of the Olympics.     L&O:CI, Medium, L&O:SVU, L&O, Four Kings, and My Name Is Earl won't be shown while people are skating, and skiing, and so forth.     To get my "fix," I'm reduced to re-runs of L&O:CI and SVU on USA, and L&O on TNT, all of which I've seen numerous times before.     But, with any addiction, you'll take whatever you can get.

A cool aside . . . in an attempt to occupy time while I was suffering D.T.s without my laptop, my s.o. and I visited a local music shop a few days ago.     He was checking out a bass (he plays acoustic and electric guitar).     While we were there, I bought some really cool hand-painted Maraccas with wooden handles, along with an egg shaker, and a pair of drumsticks.     We have a friend that plays bongos, and I sometimes play maraccas or shakers with him and always use his - so, I bought my own.     As for the drumsticks, I just wanted them.     Maybe I'll move on from playing on all the furniture and furnishings and actually consider taking lessons on some 'real' drums.     We have another friend that plays drums -- I mean, he really can play the drums!     I'll never be playing like that, but ... I may get to the point where I can play more than just a backbeat (I've mastered that already).     I've resigned myself to never mastering "WipeOut."

I guess that was the Week-That-Was ... albeit without some of the more colorful details ...

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