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Jan09
alceria
Wow, it turns out I wasn't the biggest Grinch on Halloween.

This dumb twat actually refused to give out candy to trick-or-treaters who supported Obama.

Because you know, that will teach them. Plus so many of those kids vote.

WTF?????????? What a miserable bitch.

And she lives by me. Scary.

(no subject)
Jan09
alceria
I think that since Kwame has cost the city of Detroit millions, we need a way to make that money back.

So I propose KwameKam. Live streaming video of Kwame's life in jail.

Sure it will be boring more than anything, but I think a lot of people would pay a buck or two for the satisfaction of seeing that pompous ass behind bars, and the money made could go back to the city, or better yet, some kind of fund run by rational, intelligent people so the money goes to something worthwhile, like fixing up the schools.

Nice to know that while in jail, Kwame's still eating better than half of the city.

(no subject)
Jan09
alceria
One more thing:

DEAR EVERYONE ON TWITTER,

I DO NOT GIVE A CRAP ABOUT YOUR STUPID FANTASY FOOTBALL SCORES.

SHUT UP ALREADY.

Thank you.

(no subject)
Jan09
alceria
For the design geeks:

http://www.thedieline.com/blog/2008/10/what-is-pepsi-t.html

New Pepsi logo. Weird, huh?

I still am getting used to Walmart's generic newness.

(no subject)
Jan09
alceria
VICTORY! Insurance office lady was overheard giving a talking-to to the mailbitch, who then came in here, disregarded the signage saying what we are and asked the name of our business.

Bummed I didn't get to use my rubberbands.



Con ed guy is now talking about cybersquatting and portal domain sites.

BECAUSE THAT HAS SOMETHING TO DO WITH REAL ESTATE.

Okay, I'm shutting up now, to the relief of everyone on my friends list.

(no subject)
Jan09
alceria
Mail lady in 3.....2.....1.....

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Jan09
alceria
One other thing: I'm going to take down our substitute mail lady.

There are three offices here. One receives a ridiculous amount of mail. Their door is the first one when you walk in. The regular mailman, while surly and unfriendly, sorted the mail and delivered it to the right offices. The new bitch totally refuses to and instead walks past the first office, comes into my office and *throws* about 25lbs of mail on my desk, despite the fact that my desk is already full of shit neatly sorted into piles. Shit I'm working on. Shit that I don't want 25lbs of mail unceremoniously dumped on top of.

The first day the secretary next door (Insurance Office) guided her to our office, showed her the other adjoining office (the Chamber of Commerce) and explained that the regular mail man gives each of our our respective mail. The Chamber actually has it's own private entrance, but we show her the shortcut so she doesn't have to leave the building.

Second day the bitch throws everything on my desk. I'm immediately like "hey, this isn't ours, this isn't ours, hey wait, did you even sort this?" and she's like "they told me to give it all to you". Um no, "they" didn't do any such thing - I watched the secretary show her the ropes. My door says "manager" not "General Goddamned Mail Sorting". Furthermore, I'm not the goddamned receptionist for the insurance company or the Chamber of Commerce. Of all these offices, we receive the LEAST amount of mail. So I'm like "listen, you need to sort this, the other mail man sorted it. It says who it is addressed to." (we have suite numbers). She rolls her eyes at me and leaves.

Is this an unreasonable request?

Seriously, I give the mailmen/mailwomen props for the whole "rain, sleet, and snow" thing. But you have one fucking job and it's to take mail to a location, not dump it all on my desk. Do your fucking job, it's not that hard. It is not a large office, I am only asking you to make 7 extra steps. 7. That's like ten feet. Come on already. Just do it right. You can be a surly unpleasant bitch while you do it and ignore us when we say hello like the other guy did. I don't care. Just preform your job description and we can be cool.

The next day I try to kill her with kindness. I say hello. I ask her how she is. And I see I have even a bigger mountain of mail than ever. And I'm like "please, can you deliver this to the right addresses?" She leaves in a huff. Now I'm pissed. I take all the mail and throw it down on the desk of the insurance office proclaiming that our new mail lady is an evil incompetent bitch. I am then informed that she's only a sub. Thank god. Surly man is coming back!

I am now torn. I am so grossly offended that she refuses to do her job. I want to complain, but if the post office follows up, Bobbi will bitch at me for complaining, because she's a shrew. I'm afraid MailBitch will retaliate. So maybe I bide my time and wait until she's not our sub anymore and then complain anonymously?

I could lock my door and open my window and only accept mail addressed to the Board. But this will probably cause a lot of drama and my boss would disapprove. She doesn't get what a bitch this woman is and has no sympathy. Maybe I should try to keep an eye out and leave for lunch when she shows, so Bobbi gets all the mail thrown on her desk instead. Bobbi will go apeshit on her, and depending on her hormone level and will either rip off her head and eat it, or go to the post office in person to complain.

My favorite option so far is to leave my door open a crack, dim the lights, and lie in wait with a rubberband catapult to launch paperclips at her forehead. And I'm talking the big paperclips, not those shitty tiny ones that suck. Or maybe just flinging rubberbands while screaming would be more effective. Would anyone care to weigh in with their opinions or write a haiku?

This just in....
Jan09
alceria
BROCCOLI IS PEOPLE!

http://bread-and-honey.blogspot.com/2008/10/wtf-broccoli.html

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Jan09
alceria
Busy weekend! On Saturday we got up early and went to a cafe mere yards from our house (403 yards according to the "Around Me" ipod App.) for a quick breakfast. Then we were off to shoot a wedding in Farmington Hills. They could not have picked a better day. The leaves in Farmington seemed to be in peak color, the sky was blue (rare in Michigan, even more so in October) and it was just a beautiful day.

We shot this couple's engagement pictures just a couple weeks ago. We usually have them edited and back to the couples by the wedding, but because they had rescheduled the shoot so many times we were behind. I finally got the edits finished last week, so I had to show them images on my ipod touch. The grandmas LOVED that, by the way. So funny. Here are a couple that I put in our blog. (Click to see them larger on flickr.)




This was my first time trying out our new 24-70 2.8. (Thanks Canon for starting a rebate program 14 days after I ordered it....argh!) Anyway, I love this lens. It's fast, it focuses close enough for me to do the detail shots (that was my BIG complaint with the 16-35), and on a crop body it's got enough reach for smaller weddings without having to pull out a larger zoom. I think this is gonna my my go-to lens. I used the 85mm briefly during the ceremony just to get a really shallow DOF for one shot, but honestly I could have shot the whole day with just this lens. I pulled out the 100mm macro for the rings but the bulk of the day I used the 24-70.

Only downside is that it's much heavier the my other lenses and holding it for 10 hours does get tiring. My hand was sore from about 5pm on. Just something to get used to.

The wedding was a little hectic, the bride's side ran late, so we went from having an hour and a half budgeted for formals to 10 minutes. We just slammed them out, and honestly I am fine with that, because the formals bore the crap out of me, they are stressful, the people in the pictures hate having to do them and the faster we can get them over with and go back to our thing, the better.

We discovered that Andy's boda bag is the perfect size for stealing candied apples. :) Yay for stealing wedding favors. Speaking of which, we were seated at a table again, rather than having to camp at the DJ table or hide in a coat closet with a vendor meal. So far the only time we've been shuffled to the side was a reception-only event we did. I'm glad our couples are cool about this because we seriously work HARD at weddings and we need a few minutes to just sit and take a break. It's surprising how physically exerting it is to shoot a wedding. I know that sounds stupid, but we pretty much don't sit down all day, we start anywhere from 8am to noon and go until midnight. We each have heavy bags of gear strapped to us, and we are holding cameras that weigh about 7 or 8 lbs with our lenses and flashes on them. Not to mention the running around, going up and down stairs, the squatting up and down and the general contortions we put ourselves into. We are wrecked after shooting all day.

Sunday we took the dog and planned to take a leisurely drive out to the country and take some "fall" pictures. I wanted to go back out to the Wolcott Mill Farm and visit my goat, so we headed that way but when we got there we found out there was some kind of HUGE event, tons of people, completely crazy, and not the scene we were going for. We drove past the Wolcott Park (separate from the farm) and there was this gigantic civil war reenactment going on, with camps set up and horses and everything. It looked really freaking cool and I kinda wanted to stop, but again, it was crazy and we wanted a relaxing day. Plus the dog would have freaked out. So we ended up at stony creek. Abby loved it. We did a 1.8 mile trail that went by some water and was really pretty. I really want to do that kind of think more. I miss the outdoors. Abby and I used to do a lot of walking/biking outside in Florida.

We stopped at a huge Italian market to buy this soup we like that's a pain to find locally. That place is EVIL when you are hungry. Everything smells wonderful. Seventy dollars and 4 packages of soup later, we were on our way home.

Tonight we'll start to transfer pictures to the computer. We pretty much can't look at photos until at least 2 days after the event. We then will realize we hate all of them, passionately, and that we are the worst photographers ever. Then a few days later, we will slightly warm up to them, I will edit them, fall in love with a ton of them, and then be super excited about them. The ones above are a perfect example of that. I am in love with the ones against the blue wall. But a week ago I didn't even want to talk about them.

(no subject)
Jan09
alceria
http://www.thinkgeek.com/geektoys/science/adca/

I dare you to watch this link and not want to order that!

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