I Must Be Adopted

I am truly hopeful that I am adopted, and thus not as messed up as the rest of my family.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

A sad day for Pink Floyd fans

Syd Barrett died the on July 7th, 2006. The information was just made public today.

For those of you who are only briefly acquainted with Pink Floyd, Syd was one of the original founding members of Pink Floyd, but left the group after the 1968 album A Saucerful of Secrets was released.

The 1975 album Wish You Were Here is a tribute to Syd from the band. Specifically the song Shine on You crazy Diamond (SYD), was written in reference to Syd's battle with mental illness. In addition, the character (Bob Geldoff) in the movie The Wall is also based on Syd Barrett and some of his quirks.

Now if you will excuse me, I believe I'll go listen to the album.

Shine on Syd... Shine on...

Monday, July 10, 2006

Wedding Ring Shopping

Went shopping for wedding rings this weekend. I have some advice for all parties involved.

Sales People:
1) When a customer comes in and says they specifically want a platinum ring with diamonds, don't try to talk them out of it immediately.
- platinum is MUCH more expensive than gold -- right now about 4X the price -- your commission will be much higher.
- Using the "Some people are allergic to platinum" argument doesn't work when the bride-to-be is currently wearing a platinum engagement ring. (We'd already informed him it was).

2) "Why do you want that?" -- The answer will almost always be "Because we do."

3) Do not try to be funny for too long. If you try, and your customers don't laugh, give up. You are probably NOT funny; at this point, you are probably annoying.

1) If you really, REALLY like a particular ring, please just say so. Hemming and hawing doesn't help.

2) NEVER, under any circumstance should you attempt to use any phrase similar to "Well, that wasn't all that bad a price." Yes it was. Again, especially if it's platinum.

1) Make sure the ring your fiance picks out is the one she really likes.

2) Just pay the money, and shut-up.

3) Asking if the price includes knee-pads will go over some salesperson's heads. Just let it go.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

BLOGGER technical problems

Just tried to post a new entry...

This is the 3rd time that I've experienced technical problems with the site. I lose my entire write-up everytime...