ebay sucks

holy crap, i have just run into the most ignorant person who has ever bid on an ebay auction.

this girl won the auction on sept. 1. after 4 emails and a non-paying buyer notice from ebay, she finally sent me payment on the 15th, via paypal, with a credit card. it was in the auction that i don’t accept credit cards. i stated in the invoice that i don’t accept credit cards. i emailed her back and said, i don’t accept credit cards, and she writes this back to me today:

“I didnt realize you didnt take credit cards makes it really hard to pay you. Im working today and wont beable to get a money order until sat Ill send a pmt then just give me a address and Ill send it I wish I would of seen that you didnt take credit cards I would of never bought it.”

holy crap and a half. i wish she would’ve never bought it either! this has turned into an ordeal of astronomic proportions, and i’d file an agreement to not complete the auction with ebay, but i’m afraid she would take too long to agree to it!

ah, pretty preppy

if i make it past tuesday at noon, i will live forever. i am doing a presentation with this girl, and apparently she had planned the entire thing out in her head before even talking to me, so i feel like i’m along for the ride. sheesh.

so, how many of you like using powerpoint and think it’s a great addition to presentations (we’re talking 15-minute presentations, not 3-hour presentations)? this girl wants to do a PP for a 10-15-minute presentation. ehh?? i had to politely come up with a way to say, um, NO. i hope she listens. who does that, unless it’s assigned?

a) i hate making PPs. they are annoying and PP annoys me as a program.

b) i am in the camp that any visual assistance that you are using that doesn’t fall into the category of 1)you interacting with, such as a map, or 2) being a supplemental, like letting a short video clip play without commentary from you, DETRACTS from a presentation. these people are supposed to be listening to you, not staring at a screen with three bullet points on it while listening to a person drone on in the background.

maybe i’m a fuddy duddy when it comes to that. in addition to that, this is not new material. this will be a recap of a chapter the class will have read for that week. i think i’ll “forget” my laptop tomorrow and hope she doesnt’ mention anything.

happy lucrative anniversary

over the past five years, we’ve gone from a country in shock, to one of overzealous religiousness and patriotism to one of cynicism of the current administration. but, on the fifth anniversary, now the trend is, “how much money can i make from this?”

but a mere five years after planes flew into the WTC, we are inundated with gold commemorative coins, major motion pictures, a network documdrama with an agenda, not to mention the million other things that i, as a minnesotan and not a new yorker, am probably not exposed to.

why all of a sudden are we seeing people trying to make money out of tragedy? much like people needing an excuse to becoming more patriotic or religious, now we are seeing the excuse for making money. why so soon? are they trying to make money while the facts are still seared in our minds rather than 20 years down the line, when things might get a little fuzzy? “saving private ryan,” 50 years after the fact, was still as powerful.

but perhaps they are trying to educate. let me be the first to inform you – you can get educational 9/11 pieces on the discovery, history, or national geographic channels all the time. i have watched them and have no problem with them because they have no real agenda BUT to educate. movies in theaters with big-budget actors? a “drama” focused on 9/11 with possible claims of libel? a “commemorative” coin made with silver from the WTC site? there is nothing but the sound of money clinking in these people’s pockets. for shame.

fine

somehow i thought that discovering a grey hair would create more commotion than it did! well, i’m not going to dye my hair, i know that for sure. if i’m going to age, i guess i’d better do it gracefully.

now nate has suggested that i get a second master’s degree in english. i would have my current GA for as long as i like, according to the place, but good god! i am sick of living in poverty! i want to have some cash so i can go out to eat once in a while or go on a shopping spree at the MOA. but….the english master’s is alluring….

what do you think? i get free tuition, basically. plus a decent job that i enjoy already. i don’t know…rr.rr.rr.rr 2 more years of school!

today is the anniversary of 9-11. more on that later.

ah random

i forgot how fun it is to design crap! holy crap! my last job REALLY sucked.

anywho, classes at scsu start tomorrow, and i have my first class on thursday. i have been able to get all my classes to be evening classes except for this last semester. i have one evening class, and then one class tuesdays and thursdays noon-1:40. talk about a stupid time. seriously, i think it’s the only grad class that ISN’T offered as an evening class. pretty dumb if you ask me.

fall is approaching; i can smell it. i love fall, but i hate the beginning of cold. yuck.

nothing much else. i’m trying to find an easy part-time job to supplement my income. i’d love to work at a halloween store, but i have no idea how you go about applying for it. i can’t even remember the name of it.

that is all!