atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#2759: Famous last words.

"...thanks to not sleeping well last night (and being up all day) I think I've got a chance at getting to bed at a reasonable hour tonight."


I was in bed at 10...and awake by 1:30. And from then on I was awake until 5:30 AM.


* * *

Well, I'm up now, and I've got to make a quick trip to Og's to pick up a battery charger and an ethernet cable. I'll do that after I've finished eating breakfast, which is basically a repeat of yesterday's dinner...and at about the same time, too.

I shut the AC off last night before bed, and opened up the house. It's sticky but cool (dewpoint is 69°) and I can't really justify running the AC just for the sake of humidity.

It doesn't look like it'll get much better before Wednesday. You can kind of predict the dewpoint given the low temp for the day (or the other way around) and Wednesday's is 61°. Until then? 70s. *sigh*

* * *

Something is seriously funky with the electric bill; I'm going to have to call ComEd and get it straightened out.

The top of the bill reads approximately thus:
Previous balance: -$160
Payments: $0
New balance: -$190
...and the actual charge for the month--which is on the back of the bill--is something like $40 or so. None of this makes a damn lick of sense to me.

Ordinarily, when you contract for some kind of service and they send you a bill, they don't present the numbers as negatives unless they owe you money. At least, I have never, never, ever seen a bill where I owed someone money and the amount was stated as a negative number.

Stipulating, then, that ComEd is an exception to this (for whatever reason), why doesn't the new balance reflect the entirety of the new charges? Why did it only go up $30 when there are more than $40 of new charges?

And the kicker is, ComEd wants a check for $210! None of these numbers match. They don't even add up to something that would match!

To say that I don't understand this bill would not be overstating the problem.

The phone bill, the gas bill--everything else I understand. The gas bill was $35 per month all winter, and suddenly it jumped to $75 per month, but I was able to figure out why and adjust accordingly. The phone bill is a morasse of separate bills--from the local phone company and AT&T Long Distance and AT&T Internet--but all the numbers add up to the total bill in a sensible and logical fashion. DirecTV (which I'm going to cancel--I haven't watched any TV in three weeks) is the same way.

In each case, a few moments' thought and a little work with a calculator is usually enough to understand WTF is going on. But the ComEd bill is a mess and none of the numbers add up.

* * *

When I went shopping last week I saw the old Eeney Ooney Wanah on sale, so I grabbed three cans.

"WTF," you ask, "is 'Eeney Ooney Wanah'?"

Shasta Tiki Punch.

Why do I call it "Eeney Ooney Wanah"--which is six syllables--when "tiki punch" is three?

There is a Far Side strip showing a snail death cult--a bunch of snails worshiping a salt shaker--and chanting, "Eeney Ooney Wanah! Eeney Ooney Wanah!"

...when I first saw the tiki on the label of the can of Tiki Punch--however many years ago it was, now--"Eeney Ooney Wanah!" was what came to mind. The rest is history; Tiki Punch is now irrevocably "the Eeney Ooney Wanah" to me.

(Or, alternately, "the old Eeney Ooney Wanah".)

I had a can of the old Eeney Ooney Wanah with dinner last night, and it was very, very good. People say it's essentially just carbonated Hawaiian Punch, but it's been about a thousand years since I last drank that and I don't remember the flavor.

I'm primarily a Pepsi drinker but I do like some variety. Eeney Ooney Wanah is cheap (I paid $0.89 for the three cans) and tasty.

Generally I don't drink Shasta very much because it's just not very good-tasting soda. All their flavors rely on *SWEET!!!!* and there's very little subtlety to them. Their ginger ale is good; but their "lime-lemon" flavor is like fizzy Wyler's with an extra cup of sugar. Their cola flavor is generic (and too sweet), their root beer is not-good, and their grape turns my poo a scary shade of green.

Eeney Ooney Wanah is none of that.

* * *

I suppose I've got to get moving. Once I'm done with my trip to Og's place I've got to cut grass. I only cut it a week ago! WTF! It's like the stuff is growing or something because of the sun and rain and stuff!

Why does this keep happening???????//

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