Tuesday, May 24, 2011

This is sirius business

I got a 6-month trial subscription to Sirius satellite radio with my new Focus last year. I never understood why people would pay for radio when there was free radio to be had, until I actually had satellite radio. I now get very annoyed the few times I listen to regular radio and commercials come on, and when I had WTOP on in my car a couple weeks ago during all the thunderstorms/tornadoes and it started to get staticky, I was rather confused. Matt even liked it so much that he activated his own XM radio service even though he's had the Cavalier for almost 7 years without it.

The trial subscription ends on May 28th, and I started getting reminder notices about two months ago (I think I got the first one right before we moved). I had wanted to do the a la carte service (up to 50 channels for only $6.99/month) but it turned out that there are only a few specific radios that have that capability. So I figured that the 'Mostly Music' package was my next best bet, for $9.99/month.

The only trouble was, I couldn't figure out how to actually subscribe to it. Because the trial subscription was one of their deluxe packages (for $13-17/month) that's what came up when I clicked on 'extend my subscription' - I tried six ways to Sunday to try to subscribe to the Mostly Music package, and it would never show up in the product list. It only offered me the deluxe packages and the 'family friendly' package, and only on 1, 2, or 3 year subscriptions.

I finally gave up and e-mailed customer service about the problem.

LITERALLY minutes after that, before I even got a confirmatory "Thank you for contacting customer service, someone will respond to your inquiry within 24-48 hours" e-mail, the Mostly Music monthly billing option magically appears in the product list.


So I'm subscribed. And somewhere, some CSR at SiriusXM thinks I'm a moron.

Friday, May 13, 2011

My new Friday

Ever since we moved, and then I started telecommuting, Fridays have become even more awesome than they EVER were before. Here's how my typical Friday has been going:

Wake up at 8:15am, 45-60 minutes later than any other weekday. Put on pants. Make a cup of coffee. Feed cats, put a load of laundry in the dryer.
'Commute' to my desk, coffee cup in hand, and log into VPN. Work for 3-4 hours.
Sometime between 11:30am and 12:30pm - Lunch with M. Sometimes with other people too! Today we met Carly at Chick-fil-a.
Back at the computer an hour later. Work until 5:30pm.
Pack a gym bag and head to the gym with M. Bike and lift from 6-7:15pm. Shower.
Dinner back at home, or meeting people out. Hang out with friends until 10:30 or 11pm. (Two Fridays ago we met Phil and Lisa for dinner at PF Changs. Last Friday we met Jim and Green at Uncle Julio's. Tonight Phil and Stacy came over after dinner for a couple board games). Realize that it's still only Friday and my whole weekend is ahead of me!

Tuesday, May 03, 2011


My car rolled over 10,000 miles today. That only took 5 months and 5 days. Hopefully the mileage rate will slow down some now that I'm telecommuting on Fridays, and not driving between Gaithersburg and Leesburg every weekend.

My first month of my current yoga pass is up. Between April 3 and May 2, I went to 18 classes, for an average prorated cost of $4.63 per class.

Monday, May 02, 2011

Dark Symmetry

2001: Muslims take to the streets, cheering and waving flags, to celebrate the success of the 9/11 attacks and the deaths of 3000 people, and regaling 19 hijackers as heroes.

2011: Americans take to the streets, cheering and waving flags, to celebrate the success of Operation Enduring Freedom and the culmination of hundreds of thousands of deaths in the Middle East, and regaling 5000+ servicemen as heroes.

No matter where you are in the world, people are people.

(For the avoidance of confusion - this is a sociological comment, not a political comment or a religious comment. My only comparison is the people in the streets in the Middle East to the people in the streets in the US).


Additional comment from Dr. Joe Smith, the honorary associate pastor at our former (Maryland) church: "It is a relief to know that bin Laden is gone. And yet, quite apart from the geopolitical implications, how dare we go farther and rejoice in this if we follow a God who 'desires not the death of any man'?" Amen.

Additional quote posted on Facebook, from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: I mourn the loss of thousands of precious lives, but I will not rejoice in the death of one, not even an enemy. "Returning hate for hate multiplies hate, adding deeper darkness to a night already devoid of stars. Darkness cannot drive out darkness: only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate: only love can do that" (updated note: some controversy as to whether the first sentence is specifically attributed to him. Rest is confirmed. I moved the quotation marker.)

Article on Salon.com: "USA! USA!" is the wrong response

Additional quote posted on Facebook, from the response of the Roman Catholic Church: "Faced with the death of a man, a Christian never rejoices, but reflects on the serious responsibility of everyone before God and man, and hopes and pledges that every event is not an opportunity for a further growth of hatred, but of peace."

"Do not rejoice when your enemies fall, and do not let your heart be glad when they stumble" - Proverbs 24:7