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Snow Job

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I’m a bit skeptical when there are anonymous sources, but if this is true..

Selfish Sanitation Department bosses from the snow-slammed outer boroughs ordered their drivers to snarl the blizzard cleanup to protest budget cuts — a disastrous move that turned streets into a minefield for emergency-services vehicles, The Post has learned.

Miles of roads stretching from as north as Whitestone, Queens, to the south shore of Staten Island still remained treacherously unplowed last night because of the shameless job action, several sources and a city lawmaker said, which was over a raft of demotions, attrition and budget cuts.

“They sent a message to the rest of the city that these particular labor issues are more important,” said City Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Queens), who was visited yesterday by a group of guilt-ridden sanitation workers who confessed the shameless plot.

Halloran said he met with three plow workers from the Sanitation Department — and two Department of Transportation supervisors who were on loan — at his office after he was flooded with irate calls from constituents.

The snitches “didn’t want to be identified because they were afraid of retaliation,” Halloran said. “They were told [by supervisors] to take off routes [and] not do the plowing of some of the major arteries in a timely manner. They were told to make the mayor pay for the layoffs, the reductions in rank for the supervisors, shrinking the rolls of the rank-and-file.”

New York’s Strongest used a variety of tactics to drag out the plowing process — and pad overtime checks — which included keeping plows slightly higher than the roadways and skipping over streets along their routes, the sources said.

The snow-removal snitches said they were told to keep their plows off most streets and to wait for orders before attacking the accumulating piles of snow.

They said crews normally would have been more aggressive in com bating a fierce, fast-moving bliz zard like the one that barreled in on Sunday and blew out the next morning.

I know. Let’s have unions take more control over our airport security and health care. What a great idea.

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December 31, 2010 at 8:42 pm

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kkk’s Rule Of Life #52

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When 5-0 finds the AK, use the 9.

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December 31, 2010 at 5:07 pm

(Almost) Everyone Get On The Bus

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One of my favorite commercials from the last year or so.

The shot of Arthur Blank at 0:15 shoots this commercial up into “epic” status for me. Much better than this abortion from 2009.

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December 30, 2010 at 4:59 pm

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Big Screening Process

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So I’ve been meaning to tell this story for a while. Now I’m feeling somewhat motivated to do so. Hooray.

For most of this year, I had been debating on whether or not to get a big-screen television. Long story short(er): I wasn’t going to purchase one on Black Friday, but I might do so later on during the Christmas season. The reason I didn’t want to make a Black Friday purchase? I had no desire to make a rushed purchase on a big-ticket item after 10+ hours of shopping in the early morning hours. I had been doing some online research throughout November on this subject and visited a few big-box stores just to get an idea of what brands I preferred over others. Black Friday came and went, and I stayed true to my original plan.

Because I had the day off work on Monday, November 30, I took another trip out to a few stores to look over televisions once more. I didn’t have the desire to purchase a big-screen at a big-box retailer. And I don’t trust buying an item like this directly from the Internet. There was a local electronics store I wanted to give my business to, but their prices were waaay out of line with the other stores. Nevertheless, on Monday I went to this local store. I then learned that they were still having their “Black Friday” sales through Monday. My interest perked up. There was a Samsung LED television at this place I had eyed up earlier but decided not to get due to my rule of not buying a big-ticket item while in a daze from turkey dope and doorbusters. The sales price was good, and the brand had overwhelming positive reviews (Samsung 6300 series 55-inch LED).

After learning of this latest development, I went back home and did some additional research online. I then told the better half of this sale-priced item; She didn’t care and told me to get the thing because she was tired of me obsessing over when to get a big-screen television. After I finished reading over a few more reviews, I went back to the store. One thing I read online was that retailers will typically use certain (usually animated) movies to show off the color aspect of each television and not give you a good idea of how the picture will look inside your house. If you want to get a more realistic image of how a movie will look, bring some DVDs from home and try them out. That’s just what I did. I brought a few different DVDs with me to compare a variety of things:

The Dark Knight (darks)
From Russia With Love (older movie)
Fellowship of the Ring (colors/darks)
Genndy Tartakovsky’s The Clone Wars (animation)

Then there was my choice of “TV on DVD.” I guess in hindsight I should have picked a different television series to bring to the store than “The Shield.” Not everyone appreciates the genius of this show. Sure the sales guy and I shared an awkward moment when the scene featuring a touched-up flier showing a gay cop with the words, “Wanted: For Anal Sex” appeared on the showroom floor, but what was I to do — use something from better half’s collection like “Golden Girls”? Don’t think so.

(Actually, requesting some of my DVDs to be played at the store produced a “freak out” moment for the sales guy after he realized the picture quality wasn’t that good because of the low-end DVD he had been using. The quality was much improved whenever he used a Blu-Ray player instead.)

When the smoke cleared, I bought the television. However, there was one “problem;” there weren’t any more in stock. No big deal. I can wait until a new shipment arrives. It will give me a chance to move some things around and get ready for the delivery. I told the sales guy that any time during any weekend would be OK. I was in no hurry. It’s not like we were scheduling an appointment to remove a tumor.

A week or so went by and I got a call from the sales guy telling me the television arrived. He then said they could deliver it Wednesday of next week. I informed him of our prior conversation about how weekends are really the only viable option for delivery. When he replied, “well we’re busy on weekends,” I countered with, “well unless you can deliver the set after 5 pm then it has to be a weekend. The reason we can afford a 55-inch television is because we both don’t get home until after 5 pm.” And for the record, I will NOT take a day off work to wait for a delivery that may or may not arrive on time. Sorry, but I’ve been burned with that too many times in the past. The sales guy carved out some time during Saturday, December 18 (two weeks from the time of our call), which was fine. During this time the better half and I got a television stand and moved our current entertainment stand down to the basement.

December 18 came and my delivery, which was supposed to come between noon-1 pm, didn’t arrive until 3 pm. No big deal. It’s the holiday season. I knew this wasn’t going to arrive on time. When the television was set up I had the option of having one of the store’s “expert” installers setting up a component for me. I asked them to set up the digital cable box. As they rushed through the process, I was told that the current digital cable box was “accepting” the television channels and that this may take anywhere from 5-30 minutes to complete. Whatever. I was working on re-arranging the basement anyway.

Over an hour went by and when I came back up to the living room I noticed the TV was still busy “setting” the channels. Because I have a phobia of touching electronic devices I know nothing about, I did not want to screw anything up. When I called the delivery people (whose cell number was on my Caller ID from a call earlier that afternoon), I informed them that the “Please wait” screen was still showing. I was told that it was a problem with Comcast and that I would have to deal with the cable company.

A word of advice to businesses using their “expert” installation technicians as a selling point when promoting their wares. Make sure your “experts” know that when hooking up a television to a digital cable box that the the cable box needs to be connected to the actual cable wire in order for everything to work. Oh well, at least I got a story to tell for years to come. And furthermore, I learned that the customer service from local businesses is just as shitty as those eeeevil big-box retailers.

But that’s all water under the bridge. Here’s what the last 1100+ words were leading up to…

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December 29, 2010 at 1:30 pm

Posted in Life

Rounding Up The Title To Another Unknown Track

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So a while back I talked about discovering the name to a song I had heard for years but never knew its name. Then it was “Cliffs of Dover.”

Now’s it’s “Round Up” by Sam Spence for NFL Films. I’ve heard this track for decades, but I never knew what it was called … until now.

If this does nothing for you, then you’re a Communist — with a Capital “C.”

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December 28, 2010 at 12:35 pm

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*Insert Foot Joke Here*

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This has got to be one of the biggest non-stories of the year. So the guy has a thing for his wife’s feet. How long have they been married? If he still finds his better irresistible after all these years then more power to him. I guess the only lesson to be learned here is to not video tape any of your private affairs and perhaps they won’t go public.

Foot-fetish videos of a woman who’s a dead ringer for the wife of Jets coach Rex Ryan burned up the Internet Tuesday night – giving the word “football” a whole new meaning.

One of the four videos on the sports gossip site Deadspin.com show the woman and an off-screen cameraman who sounds like Ryan having intimate discussions about her feet.

The petite blonde showing off her toes in the videos bears an uncanny resemblance to Michelle Ryan, the coach’s wife of 23 years.

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December 28, 2010 at 12:28 pm

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Resolve In Paying Off The House

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With New Year’s around the corner, many people set “resolutions” for themselves. I’m not a “New Year’s resolutions” type of person — mainly because most resolutions last a week or two before being broken.

Instead of resolutions, I usually spend this time going over longer-term goals and seeing if there are any tweaks I can do to improve to achieve these milestones. Actually, the one big goal I’ve had for a while is paying off the house early. My goal at year’s end was to get the mortgage down to $85K, which I was able to do. For 2011 my goal is to get the mortgage down to half of its original amount — $66k. Looks doable, unless life decides to throw a few hanging curves across the plate.

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December 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

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