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Just some more stuff

September 3, 2008

  • One of my favorite authors, Robert Jordan, died a while back. He was the fantasy author who wrote The Wheel of Time series (or most of it). He collected swords and knives and fantasy type weapons. Some of his collection is available on eBay.
  • Crabapple Lane Rob is back to bloggin after Gustav. Seems like the worst that happened is he lost his internet.
  • The Ridin' Gustav blogger is back, too. He says that while Gustav wasn't as hard on New Orleans as Katrina in terms of surge and rain, it was harder on the power supply due to the wind.
  • I'm feeling better mentally today than I did over the weekend. Maybe it was mostly PMS.
  • I'm going to the doctor tomorrow morning to see what she says about the dull pain in my hip. I hope it's something minor. My friend Ann at work is having back trouble, and her doctor told her it's her muscles tightening up around a strain. The strain can't heal until the muscles relax, and the muscles can't relax because of the strain. So she got some drugs to help with that.

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Thanks, Kim. We were very fortunate during the hurricane but the aftermath has been trying. It should be pretty much behind us by late next week.

Orion and my blog

September 9, 2008

  • Orion had to spend the day at the vet today. He developed stomatitis (mouth ulcers) again. This time it was pretty bad. Poor kitty never complains, so I didn't realize he was hurting. He was just as much a snuggle bunny as ever. It must have hurt a whole lot because he had stopped eating the crunchy food which was hard for me to tell since there are two cats eating from the same bowl. When I figured that out last night, I fixed him a small bowl of wet food. He slurped it down in record speed! He'd lost two pounds. That's a lot for a little guy. Anyway... he's home now, and I fed him some more of the good soft food. I have to give him medicine for the next three weeks.
  • Robert Doyal: Experienced Web Professional shamed me into redoing the coding on my blog. The layout is now full CSS instead of a table. I still have some problems to work out, the worst of which is that the right column hangs out below everything else in IE6. Since I can't have IE6 and IE7 on my computer at the same time, I'm out of luck trying to fix it and have realtime feedback. If you see any problems, please contact me. I'm sure little things are broken here and there. I think it loads a lot quicker, though. smile

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He could shame me all he wants. CSS is still a mystery to me. Every time I experiment with it, I break something.

It took me years to figure it out, Rob, and it's still a whole lot of trial and error. It's the difference between spending 10 minutes putting in a table tag and spending several hours positioning div tags. I think I'm a glutton for punishment. wink

Worried about you, Kim. How did you fare for Ike?

Hi Rob,
Thanks. Ike completely bypassed Austin. My brother and his family came here from Houston. Their house, less than 10 miles from Galveston Bay, miraculously survived intact. They even had running water and power as of yesterday. I'm still waiting to hear how my niece's apartment fared.

Ike Report

September 17, 2008

My family was here last weekend to escape from hurricane Ike. They were very fortunate. My brother lives about 10 miles from Galveston Bay, and his house only suffered a downed fence. When they went home on Monday, they had power and water. My niece's apartment had very little damage, too, and she had power and water.

I keep wondering how the Battleship Texas held up.

Ike completely bypassed Austin. I thought we'd get some of his edges here, but he went around us.

I see the pictures of Galveston and the Bolivar Peninsula, and I still can't wrap my head around it. All those houses gone. The pictures of all the debris and sailboats on the southbound lanes of I-45 are hard to fathom, too.

Google maps did an overlay of Katrina damage after she hit. I wonder if they will do it again for Ike.

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Google does it again! The Google Lat Long Blog has posted information about the aftermath of Hurricane Ike including before and after map overlays of the destruction. Enjoy!

http://google-latlong.blogspot.com/2008/09/aftermath-of-hurricane-ike.html

Thanks, Robert. Google Earth gives me a headache. I hope they add it to Google Maps like they did with Katrina. I did look at Google Earth and verify that the USS Texas is okay. Thanks for that.

Sometimes internet convenience is more trouble than it's worth

September 20, 2008


Night before last, I heard a dripping under my bathroom sink. The hot water line was leaking, so I turned it off. I don't think I use hot water in the bathroom sink much, so no biggie. The shelf at the bottom of the cabinet under the sink was soaked and sagging. I checked the carpet in the music room on the other side of the wall, and it's wet. I'm drying it with a big box fan. This happened before (months ago). I stopped the leak before. I don't know what made the leak start up again.

It was the middle of the night when I heard the dripping. I was having trouble sleeping already, and this excitement didn't help. I decided I'd better file an insurance claim. I got all my paperwork out to see my deductibles and what's covered. I think my deductible is $1,250, but I don't understand the paperwork.

Anyway... I went to the insurance company's Web site, and it said I could file a claim online. Yay. I did, and it said someone would call me within 24 hours to finish the claim. Someone did, but I wasn't at my desk. She left a message to call the 1-800 number and give them my claim number. She said they were open 7 days a week, 24-hours a day. Yippee.

So I called back today. I got the voice recognition menu system. I got through the first few prompts and the phone menu robot asked me "is this a new claim or existing claim." I was stumped, but I said "existing claim" since it was already filed and had a number. The human who answered was completely stumped. She said my claim didn't look normal, and she had to ask someone else a bunch of questions about what was going on. Finally, she said... "Oh, you need to call back and choose "Option 1." There is no Option 1. I asked her if she meant I needed to choose "New Claim." Yes.

So I called back. This time, the "New Claim" guy was stumped. He told me that the claim "should have been" already referred to the Texas office, and that an adjuster would be calling me Monday. I don't really believe him, but my cynism has been wrong before. I don't really know what I can do with my disbelief anyway. We'll see if someone calls.

I really wish I hadn't filed the claim over the internet in the first place because it has resulted in MORE phone calls than if I had just called in the first place.

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I had no idea you could file a claim online with any insurance company. I prefer to call my agent's office whenever possible. They're always, always more helpful than the 1-800 people.