Another reason I can’t stand UPS

So I’m awaiting some documents I need for a legal matter – to wit a death certificate. It was sent next day. And UPS as we are all familiar with by now, is Shit Wrapped in Chiffon.


They say this on the track page:
“Wednesday, 02/01/2017, by 3:00 P.M.(by end of day for residential deliveries)”

Now I’ve been round the block with UPS on what the term “end of day” means. I’ve gotten a moving target of answers from calling UPS, some say 7PM, some 8PM, some 9PM. This makes me highly suspicious that there’s no intention of delivering those documents today.

In addition the documents were sent as signature required. Now I have a long standing agreement with UPS that I don’t care if it’s marked signature required, they are to waive all of that. This was my previous conversation with UPS President office where I called them inept and idiotic. Of course now I know which cage I must rattle when dealing with UPS.

So I’m almost guaranteeing that I will NOT receive those documents today. Around 6PM I’ll have one of their irritating InfoNotice’s on my door and the exception will show up on the tracking page. They’ve done it before, they’ll do it again. And I’ve caught them on video doing it.


So RI DMV is still using a COBOL based system

Apparently there’s a big kerfuffle between the RI DMV and HP Enterprise solutions.

Part of it is that the current system is written in COBOL.

Let’s see how much I remember:


There’s the IDENTIFICATION division – essentially a place for program name, author, etc.

Next the DATA division. It’s where variables and constants get defined.

And finally the PROCEDURE division – this is where the logical constructs live.


A mini torch

Was thinking of doing creme brule but the brule part would be difficult without a torch.

So I purchased a little butane torch. Haven’t  yet made the creme brule but I have used it to melt cheese on burgers, light  a stove’s pilot, etc. I’ve even caramelized some sugar with it.

So this is the culinary stuff I’ve been up to in the past couple months. First up is the coffee grinder with Espresso beans and to it’s right is the French Press. Makes great coffee.



And this is a jar of home made strawberry jam. Pretty easy to make. Strawberries, sugar, lemon juice and salt with a bit of pectin thrown in to thicken it. 20170122_1227221


This is the strawberry mix in the pan. 20170122_1210502


These are potato chips – very tasty but a bit oily. Had to get the temp up high enough. 20170112_1938031

When Christian Apologists provoke thought

So I was watching a debate between Dr. Richard Carrier and Dr. Mike Licona. Dr. Carrier of course supports the theory that the resurrection and even the existence of Jesus Christ has no real basis in reality. Dr. Licona of course is a Christian Apologist.

There was one thing Licona said – about how the dead rise up in spirit and then when Jesus returns the bodies of the dead will be re-united with their spirit and then rise up. So that brought my mind directly to a question. What happens to the millions of billions of people who died prior to the formation of Christianity?  Does their soul spend a time in purgatory? I doubt it since they died during belief of many gods, or ancestor worship.

It’s always funny when apologists don’t think something through.


More Vintage Video

First off is Sharon Brown with I Specialize in Love:

Here’s Odyssey with Inside Out

Jackie Moore with This Time Baby


Joyce Sims with All in All

And last, Fonda Rae with Touch Me


The Coffee Monster

So recently Someone said they liked the chocolate flavored coffees. Me I like French Roast. So we got a French Press. It’s a far cry from earlier efforts in that it’s got several layers of filtration. It was all of $14.95 on Amazon.

And the coffer – there’s a little bakery extension right across the street from us. And they grind the coffees fresh for you. So Someone picked up two 12oz. bags of it.

Now as to the health benefits of coffee I’ve observed a mixed bag. Some say it’s good for you, others say it’s bad for you. All I know is I like a nice strong coffee.