We're going shopping for a Christmas tree today. Sarah wants a real one this year, so that means we're going to need all the accompanying hardware (stand, tree skirt, more ornaments, etc.), as well. Hope she knows more about taking care of a real tree than I do. My knowledge in that area is pretty much: If the tree is actively burning, you probably aren't watering it enough.

The on going struggle against the Post Office continues. On Friday, the Post Office instructed me to call back today (Saturday) if the package on my porch (which has been here since at least Tuesday) was still on my porch when I got home Friday night. Of course, the package was still in residence Friday Night. So, I called the so-called Customer Service center again today.
Summary of calls is thus:

  • Call Number One: Rep. attempts to connect me to local Post Office. Ring, ring, ring. No answer. Tries again to connect me to local post office. Ring, ring, ring. No answer. "Can you call again later? They're not answering."
  • Call Number Two: Rep. attempts to connect me to local Post Office. Ring, ring, ring. No answer. Tries again to connect me to local post office. Ring, ring, ring. No answer. Hangs up on me.
  • Call Number Three: Rep. wants to connect me to local Post Office, but I explain that they are obviously not answering and I'm tired of calling today. I go on to explain that I'm really trying to be a nice guy here by returning someone else's package when I could just as easily have thrown it away.

In effect, I'm trying to help the U. S. Postal Service out by helping to cover up their mistakes. Of course, when the local Post Office calls me about my complaints, they are surly and accusative, which I guess I should expect since I'm only trying to point out errors in their delivery. Is that really all the Post Office can do is transfer me to a phone that is rarely, if ever answered? Yes, that's all they can do, the Rep. explains. She gives me the number of the local Consumer Affairs bureau and tells me that I could contacting them Monday through Friday.

Went to see "Toy Story 2" last night. Hilarious movie. The animation is really incredible, as well.

Finally restructured the site a bit. Moved some of the older contents onto the archives page. These semi-daily entries were starting to fill more than one page.

One thing I probably haven't explained to very many people is my belief that the Oakland Raiders have done more for the home improvement industry in the Bay Area than any other phenomenon. The Raiders never sell out any of their home games. As such, those games are always blacked out on local television, according to NFL rules. However, the games are always carried on local radio. So, if you're a Raiders fan, your choices for catching up with the game are:

  • Drive to L.A. or some other area outside the blackout area on Sundays.
  • Listen to the game on the radio.

Most Raiders fans choose the radio option. However, most people cannot just sit around and listen to the radio. They need to do something else at the same time. Reading, writing, and other mentally intensive activities interfere with enjoyment of radio programs, however. So that leaves physical activities like home improvement, car repair, and lawn care, among others as radio-friendly activities. Last Sunday, when the Raiders were on the radio, more men were out hanging Christmas lights, washing their cars, and raking their lawns than the rest of the weekend put together. Just think how many of these activities might not be done if Raiders fans were able to watch the game on television, instead of listening on the radio.