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Posted by PsychoGoldfish - September 12th, 2007


So last year I bought a nice big 50" RCA DLP with money I saved up to pay taxes and didn't end up owing so much.

Nive tv, wonderful picture, Dish Network HD DVR on it and all that jazz.... and I was told to expect the bulb to only last about a year or 2, so I got the service plan.

Well, sure as shit, the bulb crapped out 7 days ago... didn't fade like I was told it would... no... it just dun blew up.

I call 1-888-BEST-BUY... "hello, my dlp lamp blew, I need a new one."

"we're sorry your tv isn't working sir, we will schedule someone to come out and fix it... it's going to be in 7 days"

HWDQSAJLDJGLIQWEUF#IUHG@!!!!!!!!!!!!!! >:(

So yeah.. I can live without my nice tv for a week... I don't wathc it too much anyway, so I grabbed my little lcd HD screen from downstairs and hooked it up temporarily.

Well, today was the day.. I was gonna get my big screen back, so I put the lcd away, cleaned up the big tv, got it pulled out from the wall for the service guy... all ready to go.

Dude shows up right on time... opens the back, looks at the bulb

"yep, it's blown.... we'll have to order you a new one... it'll be about 7 days and I can get it installed for you"

*&E@%!R(&TGCOBUACUQYEWBCQBCCOCKMONKEYS !!!!!!!!!!!!

I asked him if he could just send the bulb direct and I'd do it... "Good idea, that'll only take 2 days or so!"

.....

Now I used to work in best buy customer service, so I get that 99% of the time when a customer tells you something is wrong on their unit, they are just retarded.... but how much technical merit do you need to take a service call from a person saying their bulb is dead, and explaining that their tv has sound but no image or light and not at least think there is a chance they are correct.

And assuming they had thought my claim was plausable... they knew the technician was 7 days out from coming over... and they could have easily looked to see if they had the lamp in stock... and if not order one.

Worst case.. they have an extra lamp all set for the next customer, right?

But no... best buy is wrapped in so much policy red tape that common sense rarely prevails.

Oh well, at least I should be able to watch saturday morning cartoons in style....


Posted by PsychoGoldfish - August 24th, 2007


So I was browsing around google images to get something for my bbs sig pic today. The plan was to have a juicy fruit wrapper with a piece of gum coming out of it... nothing special, I just like juicy fruit.

Anyway, as I was browsing... google did what google does best, and returned images that were NOT juicy fruit.

What they DID return was a european candy called maoam. I almost overlooked this result until I realized the characters on the wrapper were having hot fruity sex and I knew at that moment... this was the best candy on the planet.

If any of you eurofags could like... send me some maoam, that would make me the happiest little boy in the orphanage.

My new favorite candy that I have never actually eaten....


Posted by PsychoGoldfish - August 3rd, 2007


On August 11, my little brother is getting married. For several months now my wife, kids and myself have been making preperations for the trip.

Things get complicated because we live in Colorado, and my brother lives in Ontario, Canada. With the new travel restrictions, all travelers flying in to the USA are now required to have a passport, even when entering from Canada, wich had never had this requirement before.

We filed for our passports at the tail end of April. Mine was complicated because, being a native Canadian, I had to send for a canadian passport. I had to drive all over town getting photos done, and getting a guarentor to confirm my identity, while the rest of the family just had to wait in a short line at the post office.

Anyway, just last week... 2 weeks before the wedding, I got my passport application mailed back to me. It was rejected due to a small shadow under the ears... which I guess is how the terrorists get in. They also asked me to confirm if I was a US resident before 1975.

On the application there is a single checkbox that you check if you were a US resident before 1975, or you leave it blank if you weren't. I guess the fact I left it blank confused them, so they just wanted to clarify that I (who was born in 1977) was in fact not a us resident before 1975.

With my passport being rejected so late in the game, flying to Canada was no longer an option... so now I get to drive the 26 hour trip with 2 annoying kids in the back of my volvo station wagon.

Still... it's not so bad... road trips are fun in their own right.

Fast forward to today. The post office told us we would have the other 3 passports no later than Aug 2nd... which was yesterday.

So my wife called about the status.... and we won't be getting them any time soon.

Since ground traffic can still get into canada without a passport this wasn't a complete roadblock on the trip. However, my 2 kids don't have driver's licenses. The only form of ID they have is their birth certificates, wich, are required to be sent with passport applications.

My oldest son was born in South Dakota, so I can't just walk in to a couthouse and get a new copy of his birth certificate.

Thanks to the inefficiency of the passport agencies, I have to put all my faith in the US postal system, which is really not reassuring in any way. So I have about 6 days before I'm supposed to be leaving (my oldest is supposed to be the ring bearer so we have to be there early), and the status of my trip hangs in the balance.

I guess it's all for the best though.... I sure feel safer in America knowing we are safe from a terrorist moose invasion.