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I recently ordered a new wireless mouse and keyboard for work off Amazon. I spent hours going through the hundreds of offers available and picked out just the one I wanted. I’ll be honest I was swayed by the one that came with Super Saver Shipping because who really wants to pay for shipping? So I order with Amazon “One-click”, which is always dangerous, and bam it was on its way.

Only problem was my “One-click” settings do not add the Super Saver Shipping automatically so I stuck paying about ten bucks to ship the package out to me. I tried to cancel the next morning (literally 9 hours late) and the order had already been processed and moved to shipping and Amazon informed me via e-mail that cancelation was not possible. Usually I am very pleased with this kind of speed but now I was put in a tough spot. So I said screw it and eat the ten dollar fee…

However when I got the package it was not really what I was looking for (despite all the research you just never know) and I decided I wanted to return it. I followed all the easy steps out of my order window and printed out the UPS return label in a matter of minutes, which again was speedy and convenient, but it also informed me that ten bucks might be taken out of my return to ship it back.

Now I didn’t think this was fair, although I  was the one who didn’t go through the motions correctly and didn’t want the product anyways, I still felt I deserved my full refund.

So I called up the Amazon costumer service line and got on the phone with some chick most likely on the other side of the country and explained the story just as I did above stating I thought I deserved a full refund. To which she replied:

“We’ll yeah, that is our policy, sir.”

Amazon is great.

Last night I found out Circa Survive will be making their way back to the Cabooze in Minneapolis for their fall headlining tour. Actually I was told they were coming this Friday by my friend Laina, who turned my on to Circa Survive in the first place, thus my trust in her word. However, I was quite disappointed to find out the show isn’t until after my birthday in October. Oh well, something to look forward to.

Another thing I found out, Circa is releasing a new record next month!

I just finished pre-ordering it off their website. The record is called “Violent Waves” and I got the first single ‘Suitcase’ for free with the purchase (although I think they’re giving it out for free anyways). I’m a cheap ass and bought the digital version for five bucks but the CD is only $10. I guess they dropped the label thing and put the whole record together themselves, which means less money out of your pocket and more money in theirs: brilliant!

I also had to throw in this rad t-shirt with the cover of the new album on it.

 

 

This writer is too young to remember a time before Ticketmaster became a global giant and processing fees became the lay of the land if you want tickets to well, anything. I’m sure at the time uniformed ticketing agency as a super beneficial idea: more security, more efficiency, further reach. It must have been a good feeling the first few years to buy a ticket for a show anywhere in the country at your local box office. But then the fees took chokehold…

I have always wondered what “processing” really went into these heavy fees for paper tickets. I can still recall the first time I had my concert ticket bar code scanned at the Blink-182 dollar tour back in the day. This was my first rational for these fees; it seemed very tech savvy and kept my ticket unripped and intact.

This year modern festivals are taking tech tickets a step further with the introduction of RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Smartlock, Fabrikbands. My friends recently came back from this years Summer Camp Festival in Illinois and showed me these new tech bands for the first time. These new wristbands look and feel like a cloth bracelet yet have a small microchip of sorts in the clasp that can be scanned at the front door by the ticket taker. I just got my wristbands for River Edge Festival in Saint Paul and was happy to see they’re using the new technology.

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Oklahoma City Thunder’s five point win last night over San Antonio capped off a three-game winning streak giving OKC the series lead at 3-2 and made this basketball fan hopeful for some game 7 action. After the the Spurs 20 game win streak to start the playoff I thought OKC had no chance but have been since proven wrong.

Also Boston has surprised me greatly hanging on and tying the series in the last two games at home. I thought for sure Lebron and Wade would make quick work of the old folk Celtics, but Kevin Garnett has proved once again that he is a warrior in this game. Also doesn’t hurt when Rondo is getting a million assists per game.

I look forward to watching game 5 of the Eastern Semis tonight on ESPN and hope Boston can stick one out on the road!

I’m all about the underdogs so OKC is my team, but I’ll cheer for any team if it means game 7.

I was talking about this right away at the start, but now I have been on this diet for almost a full month and have lost 23 pounds and a pant size! I actually never thought I would be able to stick to a diet plan, but this has been fairly easy compared to what I had in my head how it would be. The program is called YP10, from SlimMe1 – check them out if you are interested in trying something new!

With my job I am incredibly busy, and unfortunately eat most my meals on the go at fast food chain restaurants, but this diet came with a cookbook of things that I was able to make ahead of time on Sunday night and then eat through out the week.

In the first ten days I lost 10 pounds, but not only did I lose weight, I also felt better in general. I could tell what my old eating habits were doing to me. Give it a try, SlimMe1 is working for me and could be working for you.

Here we are, Day #9… still dieting, working out and losing weight! Yeah, it surprised me too! More impressive the fact that I haven’t had a pizza or pop in that same amount of time! I’m using the help of SlimMe at the current time, that along with watching my calorie intake. That has been rather difficult, noticing all my favorite foods and how terrible they really were for me. Oh, by the way… I’m done 12 lbs.

Moving on, last night I was watching television before heading to sleep and I got pulled into one of my favorite shows. I haven’t seen it in awhile, but I was completely hooked in during the first season. “Justified”,  love that show. FX never disappoints, because how many times have you been glued to “Always Sunny in Philadelphia”? By the way, have you seen the ads for the new show coming soon to FX, “Anger Management”, starring Charlie Sheen!

Alright, I better go and enjoy some breakfast, I’m already wishing for pancakes, eggs and bacon.

I was meaning to write this the other day, but forgot all about it until I opened my box of frozen Thin Mint cookies tonight! Since when did Girl Scouts stop going door to door to sell their cookies? You wonder why our youth doesn’t learn anything, they won’t even go door to door to learn a valuable life lesson (I really don’t know which lesson, but it is). The other night I bought some girl scout cookies from too young girls who had a stand set up at the local grocery store. Very smart idea, if they had come up with it on their own, which I highly doubt! Thanks mom and dad; or worse, the corporate Girl Scout plan! Honestly, I started thinking about it though, when was the last time you saw a girl scout going door to door? I know in the 5 previous years I have bought my girl scout cookies from a girl scout’s parent! I don’t think I’ve even seen one dressed in any sort of uniform in a long time.

Now not to make it a battle of the sexes (between pre-teens nonetheless), but I know the Boy Scouts are making their rounds the next two weeks to collect nonperishable food items for those in need. I have also seen those kids in their uniforms in recent months, their packs come by the radio station for tours of our building from time to time.

Now that I’m done complaining about it, I’m going to eat my Thin Mints, thanks Girl Scouts.

That is one of the names I’m thinking about using for my future career as a weather man! Spring has sprung… didn’t I just talk about this the other day? Seriously March 13th and it was beautiful out. On the way home from work, it was like a scene from a movie, I’ve never seen so many families out walking, riding bike and playing in the park. All the bikes got me thinking I need to buy a new bicycle, but I only trust Huffy. Are adults allowed to still get Huffy’s?

After my dreams of a new bike, I had to leave home right away and head up to the college for a Severe Weather Spotter Training class. It’s a one night class that I’ve taken for the last 5 years, I’m kind of a weather geek so it’s a lot of fun. The AM radio station I work for is full service and we’re first with News, Weather and Sports; so during the severe weather season it really comes in handy to be trained weather spotter. If nothing else it sounds great to say on the air!

Larry Sprinkles? Martin Showers? Skip Waters? ooooh Ray Ban? They all could be a really good Weatherman name.

This was a great weekend, had some work, but otherwise spent my time relaxing and listening to the Minnesota Twins spring training game. Yeah, Baseball! We have a new play by play guy this year as long time announcer, John Gordon retired. Cory Provus has replaced Gordon and so far has been a joy to listen to. Provus was working for the Brewers with baseball legend Bob Uecker, but joined the Twins this offseason. I’m sure a lot of people are watching the games on tv, but it’s simply Americana when you listen to a game on the radio. His voice is going to be a great fit too, sometimes if you don’t got the right voice or delivery it ruins the broadcast.

I also dabbled into some other sport news this weekend, including hoops. I’ve never been a huge basketball fan, but I know Ricky Rubio was a big deal for the T-wolves and now he is out for the season! Possibly ending what has been a very exciting for the wolves! Football can’t keep themselves out of the news either, now I like football, but somehow we can’t go a week with out some sort of big news story. I think it might planned out that way, which is good for them, annoying for some of us.  The Saints story was almost 2 weeks ago, and then Peyton Manning last week. I wonder what the story will be this week?

Well, in the mean time I’m going to pull my Twins jerseys out of the closet and get ready for the season, maybe I need a new Twins hat.

Have you been paying attention to the Michael Jackson case? what are your thoughts and opinions? I personally think there was gross negligence on Dr Conrad Murray’s behalf. I know alot of people are going to be upset and disappointed with how this case is going to turn out.

It’s quite sad that we lost such a musical genius. I feel really bad for his children who are growing up without a father. I really hope that some sort of justice is done although what justice is there if you cant return a father to  his kids.