It’s been a long time since I rock and rolled… or updated my blog. Not much has been going on lately. I have been sick with sinus issues and thus have been unmotivated. I did go see The Matrix on Wednesday night. It was a good movie, but I will chime in with all of the other reviewers in saying that I was not impressed with the Zion party/sex scene. Not that I don’t like a good party scene, but this was completely out of place. The rest of the movie was great, the bullet time sequences were spectacular. I then went out and bought the video game and played it all weekend. Highly recommended for people who felt the movie was missing something. It has a lot of extra scenes and fills out some plot lines for you. And not only do you get to see Jada Pinkett Smith and Monica Bellucci kiss, but you get rewarded with a trailer for the next movie when you beat the game. I then tried to download The Animatrix on Kazaa, but decided that stealing is wrong and I can either wait a month for a perfect copy or wait up to 4 days to download a crap copy. Which reminds me, I need to load OSX onto Christine’s Mac so that I can patronize Apple’s Music Store. Gotta support any realistic and consumer friendly effort to legitimize online music, lest we surrender additional digital privacies to the RIAA lobbyists. OK, I need to drink more juice and take more sudafed now. I just hope I am healthy enough to get through my business trip to Boston tomorrow. It ain’t gonna be productive if I cough up phlegm all over my clients.
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Counter Sued! So my lovely old crotchety ex landlady (heretofore known simply as “Hellspawn”) countersued me for $5420 in damages to the apartment that I did not do, were not repaired, and probably constitutes fraud. I am somewhat amused, because I knew she was going to do that. She thinks that by dragging it out I will settle for the piddly $1000 that she offered. That would be the same as admitting that she should have the rest for doing nothing. What she doesn’t know is that I think this whole thing is fun, and she can’t intimidate me. I will simply go get her case thrown out, and then perhaps file an additional case against her for criminal negligence and fraud. I think she knows that if it goes in front of a judge, she will lose miserably. So the saga continues, I have to go to the county clerk’s office and file for a discontinuance of her case and then proceed with my own. It is fascinating to get a first hand look into the dire need for tort reform. Filing cases like this back and forth is such a drain on the system, and yet we are both within our rights. The only thing that really pisses me off is the fact that she apparently does this to all of her tenants, but most of them probably just settle. And the way the law is written, the burden of proff is on me to show that I did not damage the property. Good thing I took pictures! Updates to follow, not that any of you care.
I love abusing the New York State Judicial System. OK, I am not really abusing it, I am simply using it within the bounds of my rights as a citizen. For those of you who do not know, I am weilding the long arm of the law against my corrupt and crooked landlady. She refused to return our security deposit, so I am taking her to small claims court tomorrow morning. Of course she has called me twice since I filed suit last month offering to settle. She is not, however, very creative in her offers. She made the same offer that she made six months ago that was unacceptable to me. She offered half the money back even thoughno work was needed, she did no work, and did not comply with numerous laws governing rents in New York City. I feel so good about how prepared I am! I have her nailed on Article 7, Title 1, Section 7-103 of New York’s General Obligations law, as well as numerous other violations. I figure I could nail her for fraud, but why push it? I just want my money back. She called this evening to let me know she would like a continuance pending settling, so we’ll see if I actually get my day in court. I kind of hope I do get to be sworn in to Small Claims Court and present my case Judge Judy style! Incidentally, I got home the other day and found an airborne express envelope on my door. Apparently I was invited to take an all expense paid trip to Houston to plead my small claims case on Texas Justice. Tempting, but I am just not white trash enough to go on a daytime court show. It would have been fun but I can’t take the time off work and I would never give my heartless ex-landlady a free trip! So I will update y’all with the result of my big day in court later in the week. Exciting, isn’t it?
UPDATE: Many people have found this page through Google. If you have questions, feel free to email me through the contact me link on the left. I ended up winning the case (She got scared and finally settled). I would be happy to help.
I can see clearly now, the rain is gone… Most of you undoubtedly know that I got Lasik surgery to correct my vision on Friday afternoon. For those of you who don’t know: I got Lasik surgery to correct my vision on Friday afternoon. I talked to a client of mine last Wednesday who told me that he was getting lasik this week. It got me thinking about it (again), so I looked around and found the Manhattan Lasik Center, scheduled a consultation last Thursday, and then scheduled the surgery for a week later. Just like that. I went in on Friday, they gave me a valium to relax my eye muscles, then started chopping away. The actual surgery took about 5 minutes. It involves cutting and lifting a flap from the front of my eye (my cornea), zapping my lens, then putting the flap back down. I then went home, kept my eyes closed while listening to an Eric Schlosser book on tape. The next morning (yesterday), I woke up and looked at the clock. I could see what time it was! I went in for a follow up exam, and tested at close to 20/15 vision, better than normal. I spent the rest of the day annoying Christine by reading every street sign and distant letter within sight. My eyes feel great, a little bit itchy, but that is normal. And I need to avoid getting poked in the eye for the next three months while the corneal flap heals completely. But I feel great! I woke up early this morning because there was so much to see. Of course everything there was to see was our junk everywhere, so I cleaned the house. Rock on! At any rate, I will keep you all updated on my progress, as it will be a few weeks until we are sure about the final results. In the meantime, I HIGHLY recommend getting a free consultation. It was probably the best $1500 I ever spent. Beats the hell out of wearing glasses!
I am not a firm believer in online tests by any stretch, but I took one today that I think was relatively dead-on. How do I know it was accurate? Well, take it for yourself and see. This test classifies your political leanings into left/right and libertarian/authoritarian. I came in as follows: Economic Left/Right: 1.88 Authoritarian/Libertarian: -4.26. I always knew I had a little libertarian in me, but apparently more so than I have conservative. And I know that this analysis is accurate because I looked through their reading list and found all of my favorite authors in my quadrant. Coincidence? I think not. I am very curious to see where everyone else falls, so post your coordinates in the comments to this post and we can get a good old flame war going. I am especially interested to see Albert’s compass reading. Heh.
Well, it was a long and eventful weekend. Kyle was here for the entire weekend and just left yesterday. We had a grand old time walking all over New York, meeting his clients and vendors (yes, he was here for business), and just being all around goofballs. What fun! We walked from West 4th Street to 42nd on Sunday, quite a hike for those of you who know NYC. We then took a train to Central Park, walked around and then rode down to SoHo. Christine was camping all weekend, so Kyle and I were free to wander aimlessly and be little juvenile delinquents. It was great to see him and have a chance to catch up, even though we IM each other constantly at work. I am sure I am leaving out some details, so forgive me. It was a long weekend.
On another note, Jared decided to start a blog. He looked at Blogger (which I use) and decided he did not like it. The solution? Write his own blogging software in ASP. You can check on his progress here. His Miller Lite commercial should be out soon, so keep an eye out for it. Cheers!
Hooray! I finally found a super simple flatfile message board written in PHP that I can easily edit! Hooray! I posted it online for the paintball page for people to communicate with each other and arrange transportation and/or talk smack. You can check out the message board here. Other than that, it has been a dandy day. I was ridiculously late for work this morning so I shall have to make it up by coming in early this week. I hate the fact that I end up sleeping in while the boss is out of town. It makes it look like I am being irresponsible because he is not here. Yeah, I suck.
Let’s get my obligatory paintball plug out of the way right away… RSVP now!! OK, on with the show. Well, the happy fun smiley news just keeps rolling in! Cooked Korean food last night with the crew, then Christine calls to tell me she has finally done it; as of three weeks from today, she will no longer work for the swine at her law firm. She will be a proud member of the research staff at Inform, Inc. She’ll be passing gas on garbage trucks. I couldn’t resist. She’ll be studying the feasibility of converting all of NYC’s garbage trucks and taxis to natural gas fuel. A truly noble endeavor. And the total paintball RSVP tally is up to 8 people confirmed, another 5 people verbally committed, and about 3 or 4 more who have given me maybes. All good, happy news.