05 November 2019

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 074, 078, 079, 080

Good news:  we have another shipment.  Bad news:  they skipped some issues in this shipment...again.  Just one you think you are on track.  Issues 076 and 077 are missing, so we 'fast forward' to 079 and 080.

Issues 074, 078, 079, 080


As mentioned, there were problems with Issue 074.  Looks liked they solved the problems and also included an extra parts bag for 074.  I will get to details later.

Shipment included two parts bags for 074
Issue 074 - Fitting Passenger Door

This is just like the Driver's Door from Issue 070...way back in April.  I waited six months for these parts.  Finally, we can finish the door.

Contents of Issue 074
Oh, remember the T-Panel from 075?  If you were impatient, like me, and installed it, you will have to remove it to install the passenger door.  Just keep track of the screws and reinstall after 074.

Here is my theory on the delay of 074, the QM screws.  If you recall, I mentioned that the QM screws were kinda small to hold up the doors.  Well, looks like the 'fix' was to give us new QM screws.  I am guessing the reason for the two bags...so you have an extra bag of screws??? Why not just send us a new dine bag of QM screws.  Then again, I could be totally wrong and they just did not make enough copies to fulfill subscriptions and subscribers like me are ten months behind thanks to these totally controllable situations.

New QM (left) compared to old QM (right)
Anyway, the new QM is shorter have a wider head (see above).

Pro tip:  Change out all the old QM from your driver's door to the new QM.  This includes the strut plate.  Being a shorter screw, the plate will actually sit flush with the frame.  While still small, the new QM will hold the door hinges better and be more flush when you mount the struts to the doors.

Issue 078 - Left Rear Panel Parts


Contents of Issue 078
So, you will need the Left Rear Panel first, before you tackle these parts.  Hold on to these and wait for 076 and 077.  Argh, so frustrating!

Issue 079 - Right Rear Panel


Contents of Issue 079
One large piece of metal and a small piece of plastic.  This is one is simple.

You can see an 'L-bar' in the photo.  I have no idea what this is, it does not fit into anything from this shipment and does not appear on the parts list.  Again, best to set it aside.

Issue 080 - Right Rear Panel Parts


Contents of Issue 080
Lots of small parts, lots of small screws...and a new screw comes in, the LP!

There are many fluxband brackets in this bag.  Pay attention to the instructions as the brackets are individually labeled.  Pretty exciting to see the car take shape.

Once completed, you get to mount this on the frame.  Just need 076 and 077 for the other rear panel.  It should look like this:

Almost there
Another pro tip:  I use rubber bands to keep the hood (bonnet) and doors from flopping around.  Also be mindful of the side mirrors as they are flimsy and you can break them off.  Ask me how I know.  I suggest you remove the mirrors and set them aside until the body is mounted to the chassis.

The current extra screw count:

65-AP, 18-BP, 2-CP, 20-AM, 12-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 25-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 18-FP, 2-JM, 5-HP, 2-GP, 11-NM, 1-MM, 4-KM, 1-LM, 2-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 2-QM, LP-1

to be continued...

04 November 2019

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - November 2019

With the end of Daylight Savings Time we go back to "Standard" time.  Fun fact:  Standard time is only "standard" from November to March...just five months.  Daylight Savings Time while not the standards lasts seven months.  I have a many thoughts on time change if you are really interested.  Anyway...

4 November 2019
  614-407-8577  Unknown -  Came up as 'unknown', but the Google says the call originates from Ohio.  I say this is another telemarketer.  Fuck you!

  844-209-3433  Unknown - This is apparently a toll free number.  Search results in suspected spam with over 12,000 detected calls.  Fuck you!

5 November 2019
  310-922-3053  Los Angeles, CA - I kinda miss those old Beverly Hills numbers. Wait, did they finally run out of those numbers to spoof?  Fuck you!

  719-401-9026  Peyton, CO - Nothing came up on initial search.  So, we default to spoofed number.  Typical, fuck you!

  844-209-3433  Unknown - Well, we know who these guys are, they called yesterday.  I have a feeling they will be calling a few more times before the month is over. Fuck you!

  844-209-3433  Unknown - Argh, I need to remember to block these numbers as soon as possible. Twice in one day and three times in two days. Fuck you!

12 November 2019
  310-820-1834  Los Angeles, CA - Update:  I blocked that 'unknown' number last week...been call free since.  So, I guess it took them a week to get their shit together, using another (I assume) spoofed number.  Fuck you!

14 November 2019
  711-711 - Another one of those automated texts.  But sadly, it was not from 7-Eleven informing me that I had just won a lifetime of Slurpees.

711-711
 Surprise, I did not sign up for anything.  What the fuck is 7Rewards?  Not even going to Google it.  Oh, wait, 800 points?  Clearly, this is telemarketing.  I mean it says right there, "opt-in to SMS marketing"...which translates to, "reply so we can confirm your number to telemarketing".  Fuck you!

09 October 2019

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 071, 072, 073, 075

Well, look what finally showed up after more than five months.  The last shipment came in late April.  If you recall, last year, I also had to wait five months for parts as there is was delay from July to December.  I am pretty much expecting another five month (or more) wait next year.  I really hope Eaglemoss gets their shit together. 


Issues 071, 072, 073, 075
Here are the Issues in the shipment. Oh wait.  Do you see something missing?   The problem is with Issue 074.  This is what caused the delay in the first place.  Apparently, after five months, Eaglemoss still has not fixed the matter with Issue 074.  I have no idea what the problems are, whether it is with parts....which, by now, should have been solved.  Or, with the printed portion...again, should be been solved by now.

By the way, if you remember from the last shipment, we assembled the Driver's Side Door.  This shipment is, of course, the Passenger Side Door.  Issue 074 is the head liner, which is basically Issue 070, but flipped.  Anyway, we should get to the build.

Issue 071 - Passenger Door Details

Issue 071 assembled
Yeah, it had been so long, I totally forgot to take the parts contents photo.  As mentioned this is the same as the Driver's Side Door, just mirrored.  No real surprises.

Issue 072 - Passenger Door Lights

Contents of Issue 072
Hey, I remembered to take a photo this time.

Issue 073 - Passenger Door

Contents of Issue 073
Again, pretty straight forward here.  Just think, the last time I worked on this, it was about two weeks into the NHL playoffs. Right now, we are two weeks into the new season. 

So, after you are done with 073, you need 074 to install the passenger door to the frame.  You are kinda stuck here with another piece that you need to store whilst you wait for the next issue.

Pro tip:  Use the vacuum-formed tray to store your assembled door.

Issue 075 - T-Panel

Contents of Issue 075
You can assemble and install the T-Panel without installing the passenger door.

While there are no new screws in this shipment, Issue 075 does introduce the first pair of fluxband brackets. 

Look! Fluxband brackets!

Here is the current extra screw count:

62-AP, 18-BP, 2-CP, 20-AM, 12-BM, 4-EM, 4-CM, 23-DM, 3-DP, 1-FM, 3-GM, 3-HM, 2-IM, 2-EP, 18-FP, 2-JM, 5-HP, 2-GP, 10-NM, 1-MM, 4-KM, 1-LM, 1-IP, 1-OM, 1-PM, 4-JP, 2-KP, 1-QM

to be continued...

01 October 2019

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - October 2019

Three-quarter through the year and here we are.

1 October 2019
   310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - You should remember this number from last month.  No?  How about from  yesterday, and a few days before that...or a few more days before that?  The last three, now four, calls were from this number.  I neglected to block this number before...but, I did after yesterday's call.  Because it was blocked, Call Protect registered this as a miss call.  Fuck you!

2 October 2019
   310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - Blocked, but still calling.  Fuck you!

3 October 2019
   310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - Pretty sure I blocked this number.  Fuck you!

4 October 2019
   310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - Oh, I guess blocking the number on he Call Protect does not block them on the phone.  So, welcome to the blocked list on  my phone, too.  Fuck you!

  310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - Blocked on the phone and blocked on Call Protect. Yet, still attempting to call (getting notifications via Call Protect).  Fuck you!

8 October 2019
  843-892-1952  Hamer, SC - So, I did some googling. Actually, this is from wikipedia:

Hamer is home to Hamer Hall, a residence from 1890 listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is also the location of South of the Border, a famed tourist trap just before the state line with North Carolina; and it is the home of Blenheim Ginger Ale.
Yeah, whatever.  You have telemarketers chilling in your town.  Fuck you!

   800-681-6998 - Yeah, totally a scam call.  Fuck you!

   650-562-6846  Redwood City, CA - This is interesting, when I did a search for this number the second result was this blog.  Why?  Well, they have texted before.  Yes, I said text. Can you guess where/who the text was from?

650-562-6846
Fucking Door Dash!  I am sure that fucking cunt Lori is behind this.  If I ever see Lori, I will punch that face in the cunt (see what I did there?).

Hold on. Panda Express?  Really?   That is like the worst Chinese food you can get.  Surely, in an area like Redwood City, which is pretty close to San Francisco...where arguably some of the best Chinese food in the country is served...you can find a better place than fucking Panda Express.

Anyway, the number is now blocked.  Lori, Panda Express, Door Dash...get in an uncomfortable triangle and fuck yourselves.

   650-316-8358  Mountain View, CA - Going to take a wild guess.  There is a high probability that this is Lori's Door Dash guy calling her with questions for the delivery.  I hope Lori does not get her food.  Fuck you!
 
9 October 2019
  800-222-3467 - Okay, yeah...so I googled this number and the first couple of results were in Russian. Gonna go out on a limb and classify this as telemarketer call.  Probably a Russian bot. Fuck you!

11 October 2019
  Unknown - The good news is, this call was silenced. The not so good news is, I am unable to shame them, because we know this a telemarketer number.  Fuck you!

14 October 2019
  202-318-2952  Washington, DC - Ooh, a call from Washington.  No way this is legit. Actually, legit or not.  Washington...fuck you!

16 October 2019
  310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - Hey, we all remember this number, right?  I blocked it so this was flagged by Call Protect as 'Telemarketer'.  Yeah, no shit.  Blocked, yet still trying to call.  Fuck you!

18 October 2019
    984-206-1623 North Carolina - Uh, fuck you!

   310-986-2544  Lomita, CA -  Never give up, never surrender.  Fuck you!

21 October 2019\
  276-244-6200  Grundy, VA - Solomon Grundy, Born on a Monday, Christened on Tuesday, Married on Wednesday, Took ill on Thursday, Grew worse on Friday, Died on Saturday, Buried on Sunday, That was the end, Of Solomon Grundy.

I wish it was the end of telemarketing.  Fuck you!

22 October 2019
  844-299-9291 Unknown - Oh, unknown...well, then I give up.  Hold on.  Hey Google, what do you have on  this 'unknown' number?  Oh, you say, "scam, robocaller, blacklist..."  Fuck you!

  844-299-9291 Unknown - Wait, did you just try calling, again?  I just outed you...okay, Google outed you...as a telemarketer.  Fuck you!

23 October 2019
  619-424-6970  Chula Vista CA - Guessing this is another spoofed number.  I mean, it could be a legit wrong number...then again, I could be rich and famous.  Fuck you!

  562-548-5014  Long Beach, CA - First result in a search,  "Robocaller Warning". Fuck you!

  310-843-3089  Beverly Hills, CA - Third call today.  This is awesome. Fuck you!

  559-289-0599  Fresno, CA - File this under scam.  Not just basing this on quick search and the results were scam, telemarketer, robocaller...  But this:

951-289-0599
Call coming from a 559 area code, but I should call back to a 951 area code?  I mean, kudos to you for getting the same number in different area codes, but really...fuck you!

24 October 2019
  562-548-5014  Long Beach, CA - Straight up "robocaller warning" result from the Google. Fuck you!

  +222 31 99 6252  - Uh, where in the blue hell is this coming from?  So, the +222 is apparently from Mauritania.  I will admit that my geography is not the best, but Mauritania is on the west coast of Africa.

+222 31 99 6252
Okay, I will admit one positive thing did come out of this call. I now have the song "Africa", by Toto, stuck in my head.  Now, it is stuck in your head.

Other than that, fuck you!

25 October 2019
  844-299-9291  Unknown - Hey, I recognize this number.  They called earlier in the month...robocaller.  Fuck you!

28 October 2019
  866-949-3732  Unknown - So, this is the new trend.  "Toll free" like numbers.  Fuck you!

29 October 2019
  310-845-7738  Culver City, CA - Are these guys just spoofing numbers to meet their quota for the end of the month?  Fuck you!

07 September 2019

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Still waiting for parts

If you are here, you may be expecting to read about the Eaglemoss Back to the Future Time Machine build.  Well, looks like you, like me, like last year, will still have to wait.  Heck, you may have thought that I had cancelled my subscription to this awesome build.  Nah!  Here is the scoop.

The reason why there have been no updates to my build is not because I am lazy...well, I am lazy...but, just like last year, my next parts are on back order.  If you remember, there was a five month gap between July 2018 and December 2018 where no parts were received from Eaglemoss due to back order issues.  According to various social media posts and blogs, this is an on going issue with this build.

Obviously, I have contacted Eaglemoss with the issue, only to get "your next issues are on back order" as a response.  Now, as someone familiar with the manufacturing and distributing business, I know things like this can happen.  But,waiting five months last year for parts is ridiculous.  

This year, I am again waiting for parts, as my last shipment was in April. So, we are approaching that five month gap, again.  And, again, this is fucking ridiculous!  This puts me ten months and 40 issues behind.  At this point, I should be about 85-88% complete on my build.  Instead, I am barley half way through. 

It was projected that this build would be complete at the end of this year, since I was on the first batch of subscribers when this project hit the US market.  Like many, I have been following this project since it debuted in the UK a few years ago.  Most of the subscribers in UK are done with their builds.

I know others, at least in the US, have also been waiting for their next shipments for months.  While others have been receiving shipments on a regular basis and are on 'schedule' to complete at the end of the year.  Even those who signed up on the second or later waves have caught up and/or surpassed first wave subscribers.  

So, if you are 'back ordered', we are in the same boat.  If you are thinking about starting this build or any Eaglemoss subscription based builds, be warned that there are major back order issues and give yourself at least a year cushion on your completion date.  

For now, my incomplete build is just sitting there waiting, like in Delago Mine, waiting for parts.  Hopefully, I do not have to wait 70 years or send a telegram to someone via Western Union to get my parts and finish my build.   

05 September 2019

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - September 2019

New month, but it took a while to get to our first call of the month.  These guys are slackers!

5 September 2019
  310-849-5346  Beverly Hills, CA - Of course, we have to start the month off with a call from our favourite spoofed location, Beverly Hills.  How many of these numbers do they have in their spoof Roladex?   Fuck you!

  816-582-2450  Kansas City, MO - Oh, another call from Kansas City. We received a call, I believe for the first time, two weeks ago, from Kansas City.  This may be the first...uh, second of many to 'originate' from Kansas City.  So, we expect a nice dose of Beverly Hills and Kansas City in the future.  Fantastic and fuck you!

  863-733-8400  Bartow, FL - Marked as "Spam Risk" by the phone, this call comes in all the way from Florida.  It looks the the telemarketers are making coast to coast calls today...well fuck you from sea to shining sea!

863-733-8400
By the way,the robot left a voicemail.  Here is the transcript from the call.  Again, fuck you!

6 September 2019
   305-689-0892  Miami, FL - Still in Florida?  Fuck you!

  919-337-6612  Cary, NC - Wait a second...first Florida, now North Carolina.  Hurricane Dorian is a telemarketer!  Fuck you!

9 September 2019
  919-608-1737  Raleigh, NC - Wow, bright and early on a Monday.  What is up with these calls from the East Coast?  Fuck you!

  305-728-2975  Miami, FL - Oh look, another call from Miami, just minutes after the call from Raleigh.  Looks like another day full of telemarketer calls.  Fuck you!



 435-772-8775  Saint George, UT -  We are getting calls from all over the country today.  The map is all over the place.  Possible spoofed number from another telemarketer.  Fuck you!

 954-503-9501  Fort Lauderdale, FL - Back to Florida!  Fuck you!

10 September 2019
  813-510-1400  Kansas City, MO - An early morning call from your friendly neighbourhood telemarketer.  A lot of calls from all around, this month.  Fuck you!

  801-229-5468  Provo, UT - Just three minutes later, a second telemarketer call, from a different location.  Fuck you!

  314-526-3734  Kirkwood, MO - Three calls in less than thirty minutes. It is not even 8:30 and the phones like I am cheer captain and it is homecoming season.  Fuck you!


  310-849-5504  Beverly Hills, CA - Ah, here we go.  Back to our familiar friends in Beverly Hills.  This should also sound familiar...fuck you!

  762-224-1507  Augusta, GA - Five calls in three hours.  Fuck you!

  573-212-5761  Oran, MO - How many cities in Missouri are housing telemarketers?  If you are keeping track, this is the sixth call of the day.  I think the record is 10 or 11 calls in a day.  So, you assholes are about half way there.  What are you waiting for?  Call!  Fuck you!

11 September 2019
  463-888-0377  United States - Well, listed as United States.  Face it, I am too damn lazy to look up where it really is from.  Not that it matters.  We know this is a telemarketer, possibly a spoofed number.  Kinda perfect for the origin show up as United States.  What a great way to honour those who perished eighteen years ago.  Fuck you!

  774-250-9325  South Easton, MA - Since I am getting telemarketer calls, at least they are making it interesting by calling from different parts of the country.  But still, fuck you!

  310-849-8848  Beverly Hills, CA - Less than ten minutes latter, we are back in Beverly Hills...

  310-849-8848  Beverly Hills, CA - Twice!  Fuck you!

  762-224-1657  Augusta, GA - At what point do we consider this as getting out of hand?  Fuck you!

The last two days, so far.
12 September 2019
  405-257-0915  Wewoka, OK - Wewoka?  I hope that is a Native American tribe.  I would really like to hear Bugs Bunny say "Wewoka". I would also like to hear Bugs Bunny say, fuck you!

  209-270-3485  Los Banos, CA - Only had to wait four minutes to get the second call this morning.  I think I have received a call from Los Banos before.  Pretty sure I made a to bathroom joke.  Fuck you!

  313-209-9677  Detroit, MI - Oh, Detroit?  What business do I have with anyone in or from Detroit?  Is it a car company calling?  Maybe the Red Wings want to sign me.  Oh, just a telemarketer.  Fuck you!

  430-255-8958  Kemp, TX - Wow, all over the map this month.  This is impressive.  Fuck you!

13 September 2019
  949-401-7779  San Clemente, CA - Marked as 'Telemarketer".  Ha, you could say it was 'telemarketed' as telemarketer.  Fuck you!

  605-550-7132  South Dakota - This is a text message with just "Hello!"  It may be a legit wrong number, but most likely some sort of phishing scam.

Who just texts "Hello!"?  No introduction, acknowledging me, or reason for contacting me.  Nothing like, "Yo, it's CJ.  This is Frank.  I got them goods."  Seriously, who dis, new phone.  Fuck you!

17 September 2019
  310-849-2636  Beverly Hills, CA - They took Monday off, must have been a telemarketer holiday.  But, we go right back to Beverly Hills.  Fuck you!

18 September 2019
  310-849-2702  Beverly Hills, CA - Here we go.  You guys need to be more creative with your locations.  Did you guys have a temp fill in last week?  I mean, there were a lot of calls and from all across the country.  This guy you have here just spoofs Beverly Hills numbers.  Slacker.  Fuck you!

20 September 2019
  310-849-2469  Beverly Hills, CA - The 2469 seems like a number a douche bag would get.  "Hey baby, want my number?  Yeah?  It's 2469...just think 24 hours of 69"  Douche!  How fitting that it is being used by telemarketers. Fuck you!

23 September 2019
  678-329-8001  Georgia - Call Protect, where have you been?  It has been a while, but good old Call Protect swooped in and blocked this, and marked it as "Fraud Risk".  So, that is your first Autumn call...or Fall Call.  Fuck you!

  586-519-6732  Center Line, MI - Center Line?  Okay, I had to Google this.  It is a real city, and its shape kinda looks like New Mexico.  Would have been better if its boarders were more straight and square.  The best part, something I was hoping for, there is a main street that runs up and down the center of the town...a 'center line', if you will.  The town looks flat, empty, and boring.  Perfect for telemarketers.  Fuck you!

24 September 2019
  717-790-6069  Mechanicsburg, PA - What the fuck is up with these weird city names?  Mechanicsburg, really?  Fuck you!

Here is a pro tip.  If you have an iPhone with iOS 13, there is a new feature that silences unknown callers.  Any call from a number not in your contact will just show up as a missed call.  If it is your dealer with a new number, they can always leave a voicemail.  Hopefully, not a robo voicemail.
Go to, Settings>Phone>Silence Unknown Callers  Turn that on.
All other calls (from your contacts) will ring as normal.  Enjoy!

  800-692-7753  -  Did a little Googling, and turns out, this is Apple's support number.  This is a spoofed number, so now the telemarketers are spoofing Apple.  Well, since I do not have that number in my contacts, and thanks to the "Silence Unknown Callers" this just ended up being a missed call.  No reason for Apple to call me and ask me for support.  I am the last person to ask when it comes to computering.  Fuck you!

25 September 2019
  310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - Interesting.  Ever since I updated to iOS 13 and used the Silence Unknown Caller function, there has not been a call from Beverly Hills.  Pretty sure I totally just jinxed myself.  Not matter, I love seeing these as missed calls hours later when I randomly need to check my phone.  Anyway, fuck you!

  310-849-9814  Beverly Hills, CA - Ha!  See, what I mean?  I totally jinxed it.  Fuck you!

27 September 2019
  310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - Argh, stupid me.  I forgot to block this number.  They called earlier in the week.  Well, maybe this is a legit number. Nope!  Did not leave a message.  Fuck you!

30 September 2019
  310-986-2544  Lomita, CA - Okay, this one is on me.  I neglected to block this number.  But still.  Fuck you!

01 August 2019

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - August 2019

Well that did not take long.

1 August 2019
  714-988-6103  Brea, CA - Hmm, another call from Brea.  Totally random thought, Brea is almost bread.

714-988-6103
Fuck you!

  714-543-5555 Santa Ana, CA - Two calls, both from the 714 area code.  Coincidence?  Probably not.  Telemarketer?  Obviously. Fuck you!

2 August 2019  
  646-520-8734  New York - This is interesting. First, this is another one of those text messages...and you know how much I love text messages.  Second...hold on, let us take a look at the text message.

646-520-8734
So, the text is from one number, but they want me to call back at a totally different number.  I mean, toll free, but still.  Pretty sure this is a scam since my FICO was running fine last week when my neighbour borrowed it for the night.  No scratches, even washed it afterwards. My FICO does not need repair.

FICO...more like, fuck you!

 800-742-5877 - Another toll free number.

800-742-5877

Another message left, another Chinese voice mail.  Another telemarketing scam.  Another...fuck you!

5 August 2019
  310-849-5424  Beverly Hills, CA - So, back to the Beverly Hills numbers. The robocall left a robomessage.  I purposely have a long outgoing message, so only humans that really need to leave a message will do such.  If you are a robot, most of your propaganda gets lost or, hopefully not even received.  Only the last 4 seconds of the robomessage was recorded.  Better luck next time.  Fuck you!
   818-927-3716  Los Angeles, CA - The phone marked this as Telemarketer.  Yeah, no shit.  Second call of the day and it is not even lunch time, yet.  Looks like it is going to be a telemarketer filled week.  Fuck you!

  817-444-5310  Azle, TX - Interesting number and origin.  Did a quick search, and this seems like a legit number, possible wrong number.  I for sure have no business receiving a call from this number.  This will most likely point to a spoofed number.  Fuck you!

7 August 2019
  310-849-5831  Beverly Hills, CA - Cool, one more number I can block.  Fuck you!

8 August 2019
  310-798-3132  Redondo Beach, CA - There is a Morrissey song called "Redondo Beach".  The great comedian Dana Gould once said something like, "Just give someone you don't like a gun and a Morrissey CD and they'll do the rest."  Or, was it a Mazzy Star CD?  Was it even Dana Gould?  Anyway, Dana Gould does a great parody of Morrissey, look it up.  Oh yeah, this was most likely another telemarketer call.  So, fuck you!

  310-849-4091  Beverly Hills, CA - Is this going to be a pattern?  Alternation between some other city in the Los Angeles area, then back to Beverly Hills?  Fuck you!

  Unknown Caller - Fuck you!

9 August 2019
  310-849-5191  Beverly Hills, CA - Uh, no.  Fuck you!

  310-849-1539  Beverly Hills, CA - Hey, the last four digits are almost the same but scrambled.  Okay, not really.  Fuck you!

12 August 2019
  573-461-2633  Ellington, MO - Whoa, Missouri?  Some random number, legit wrong number, or typical telemarketer.  I usually go with the latter.  Fuck you!

15 August 2019
  619-371-5892  Chula Vista, CA -  So I used the Google translate and "chula vista" roughly translates to "hot view".  The Google maps tells me it is just south of San Diego, like right next to National City.  Remember when I got the call from National City and I totally went of on a Supergirl tangent?  Now, that is a hot view.  Anyway, fuck you!

19 August 2019
  833-289-0000  United States - Almost got through the day without a call.  This one came in late in the day whilst I was at the gym.  First result on the internet points to a robocaller.  Fuck you!

20 August 2019
  573-217-6591  Campbell, MO - Last night, late call.  This morning, early call.  Mixing it up to try to fool me.  Fuck you!

21 August 2019
  310-849-3745  Beverly Hills, CA - One would almost think that I ask for this.  As if I love the abuse.  Fuck you!

  310-849-9232  Beverly Hills, CA - This is abuse, right?  Fuck you!

23 August 2019
  816-353-1376  Kansas City, MO - So, Kansas City is in both Kansas and Missouri?  Basically the same city divided by state lines.  Weird.  Well, the Kansas side seems cool.  But, the Missouri side has been invaded by telemarketers.  Fuck you!

25 August 2019
  562-583-3715  Downey, CA - The rare call on a Sunday evening. Good old Call Protect got to this and the number is labeled as Fraud Risk

562-583-3715
Severe threat with 82 reports logged, and auto blocked.  One more thing, fuck you!

26 August 2019
  408-892-2824  San Jose, CA - Fuck San Jose!

  310-615-1639  El Segundo, CA - Another spoofed number.  Fuck you!

  956-266-0833  Brownsville, TX - Okay, we know this is a spoofed number. But, Brownsville...really? As in Shittown, USA?  Come on! 

Oh, this is the third call today. Why so many calls?  Well, same as highway patrol giving away tickets like Oprah giving away cars.  It is the end the month.  So, I would imagine there will be a shit tonne of calls this last week of August.  Fuck you!

01 July 2019

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - July 2019

Off to an early start this month.

1 July 2019

   310-849-2352 Beverly Hills, CA - Happy Canada Day! Call coming in at 8:30AM. Do you think they are calling to wish me a happy Canada Day?  Probably not. Perhaps a call to inform me of NHL free agency and signings. I think not. Fuck you!

2 July 2019
  310-849-4882  Beverly Hills, CA - Call Protect works even when the phone is off.  So, fuck you!

4 July 2019
  310-770-6292  Beverly Hills, CA - Call Protect works even when the phone is off.  So, fuck you!

8 July 2019
  310-849-3035  Beverly Hills, CA - Call Protect works even when the phone is off.  The last three calls were made, then intercepted by Call Protect while my phone is off.  Fuck you!

12 July 2019
  310-849-6794  Beverly Hills, CA - You may be wondering, "wow, it has been over ten days since the last call".  Well, there is a reason for that.  I have been on holiday and I turned off my phone for most of that time.  Surely, these fuck nuts have been trying to contact me for the last ten days.  Ha!  Well, back to to reality...back to getting telemarketer calls.  Fuck you!

14 July 2019
  213-729-6854  Los Angeles, CA - Really?  On a Sunday?  Well, looks like this another spoofed number.  Apparently, this number is/was registered to a lot of people in the Los Angeles area.  I know, shocking.  I hope the boogie man in the sky royally fucks your shit up or whatever he is supposed do to if one prays enough,  for ruining his day of rest.  But, really, on a Sunday?  Fuck you!

  +33 891 06 50 62  France - Bonjour!  I got a fucking robocall from France...at 22:52...on a Sunday night.  Even factoring in the time difference, it is early Monday morning at the Eiffel Tower.

+33 891 06 50 62
Call Protect intercepted the call, and according to my sources (Google) this is a confirmed robocaller.  The question is always, why call me?  I mean seriously, why call me?  I do not even speak French.  I barely speak English.  Although, I do love French Fries!  Vas te faire foutre!

15 July 2019
  800-223-4542 - Oh 800 number, must be free.  Nope.  Another telemarketer.  They left a voicemail, same old Chinese scam.  Fuck you!

  800-463-3062 - And, another one. Fuck you!

  310-849-3830  Beverly Hills, CA - Well, at least this one is not an 800 number.  Fuck you!

Three calls within 30 minutes
  800-649-4034 - Back to 800 numbers.  This is getting ridiculous.  Fuck you!

18 July 2019
  310-849-8865  Beverly Hills, CA - How many more of these Beverly Hills numbers have I yet to receive calls from?  They just keep on getting spoofed.  Fuck you!

22 July 2019
  619-399-9757  National City, CA - This call came in at 7:46AM.  That is way too early for anything.  But what got my attention is National City.  Dude, that is the (I thought) fictional city where Supergirl hangs out.  Filming locations of the show suggest Los Angeles and Vancouver.  But there is an actual National City just outside of San Diego.  Wow!

Oh yeah, fuck you!

  305-646-4863  Miami, FL - Another early call, almost exactly one hour after that call from Supergirl. What superheros are in Miami?  TV show?  The only thing I can think of is Miami Vice.  I do appreciate the various locations of this morning's calls, still...fuck you!

23 July 2019
  323-517-8817  Montebello, CA - So are we taking a break with the Beverly Hills numbers in attempts to fool me into thinking these are legit calls?  Message left, same old Chinese robocaller.  Fuck you!

  310-843-7923  Beverly Hills, CA - I just praised you for not using a Beverly Hills number.  Okay, not the usual 310-849-XXXX.  But, come on!  You need to change the city of origin, like the last call.  There is no hope for you robots.  Oh yeah, same Chinese voicemail...at least I think it is, they all sound the same.  Fuck you!

  888-208-4837 - Well, okay.  You followed my tip, even made it a 888 number.  Pretty good.  Great the you listened to me, too bad I am not listening to you. Fuck you!

25 July 2019
  949-295-6976  Laguna Beach, CA - Oh, fancy.  Laguna Beach is a nice town.  Way above my tax bracket, so there is no reason anyone from there would contact me.  Maybe I am moving up in the world.  First Beverly Hills, now Laguna Beach.  Ugh, maybe the robots are taking over.  Fuck you!

26 July 2019
  424-427-4449  - The phone branded this shit as "Spam Risk"

424-472-4449
City unknown, but the 424-472-XXXX is known to be in the Los Angeles area.  So, fuck you!

30 July 2019
  714-988-6103  Brea, CA - Brea, another mid-upper class community ruined by telemarketers.  Fuck you!

31 July 2019
  310-929-4064  Avalon, CA - Last call of the month

310-929-4064
Fuck you!

09 June 2019

Get Thee...Back to the Future

Been a while since I have read Shakespeare or even seen a movie based on his works.  Heck, I did not really read Shakespeare even when I was in high school.  Although, I did visit Shakespeare's Globe whilst in London a few years ago.  You can no doubt tell, from reading my posts, that reading and writing is not my strong point.

When I heard about William Shakespeare's Get Thee...Back to the Future by Ian Doescher, I was excited to be re-introduced to Shakespeare.  Well, at least the writing style of Shakespeare.  What better way to 'trick' me into reading than to write on one of my favourite subjects.

William Shakespeare's Get Thee...Back to the Future

The author,Ian Doescher, included many Easter Eggs that many fans of the movie will no doubt pick up on.  For example, he had Milton Baines, played by Jason Hervey say "'Tis new, and not from past wonder year".  Jason Hervey is known for playing Wayne Arnold on The Wonder Years. He is also played Kevin Morton in Pee-Wee's Big Adventure. "I have been ready, since first call...roll!"

Even Match, Billy Zane's character is given the line, "- Ha, ha, a zany plan indeed".  I was hoping for a "family ties" reference in there but did not notice one.

I learned a few things about Shakespeare's writing in the notes as Ian Doescher explained the pacing and format.  I remember that Shakespeare ended a scene with the last two lines in rhyme.  Things like having ten syllables per line, I never knew.  Or, maybe I was told in class, but totally forgot...more likely, I was not paying attention...probably sketching in my notebook, no doubt.  Oh, and always a even number of lines.

One interesting thing I learned was the acrostic poem.  Hidden in the first letter of each line is a hidden message.  The author mentions the first is in the prologue and there were two other ones hidden within the text.  I scanned the pages back and forth until I found them.  Pretty sneaky.

Here is a (bad) example of what an acrostic poem looks like:

A play adapted from a classic film
Will Shakespeare’s Get Thee...Back to the Future
I have not read Shakespeare’s work since high school
Last two lines rhyme, that is all I recall
Decree of pacing and format were lost
Enjoyed the book as I did the movie
Read it all through to find the hidden clues
Messages encrypted in acrostics
Oh, how clever this author is, how fun
Determined to locate the other ones
Extra line to complete my acrostic


Yeah, not that good.  You can guess what kind of grades I got in English.

Anyway, the location of the three acrostics are:

  • The first was a given by the author, in the Prologue, p.15
  • The second acrostic is a little harder to find, located at Act III, scene 4, lines 33-48, on pages 101-102.
  • The last is kinda obvious, it sticks out from the rest of the lines.  Located at Act IV, scene 4, lines, 45-62, on pate 131.


Tangent:  I know you were hoping for an update on my Eaglemoss build, but I fear there is another delay.  Hopefully, not another five month delay like last year.  As soon as I get new parts, I will start building and sharing.  Until then, this book filled my Back to the Future void.

Ian Doescher has also written Shakespeare versions of Star Wars and Mean Girls.  I may read some more books in the future.  http://www.iandoescher.com/

04 June 2019

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - June 2019

Well, this is a surprise.  Enough talk, we will get right to it.

4 June 2019
   650-562-6846  Redwood City, CA - Fucking Door Dash!  Oh, surprise!  It is fucking Lori, again!  I do not understand why this cunt keeps using my number.

650-562-6846

Remember a few months ago I contacted Door Dash via Twitter?  I thought this shit was handled.  Well, I guess not.  Looks like someone is using my number again for their shitty food orders.  Too lazy to get their own food, too lazy to use their own number.

You know what?  I have a feeling this is a marketing scam by Door Dash. What are the odds that "Lori" used my number again?  Seems to me Door Dash created a "Lori" to cold text people in the form of advertising.  Fuck you!

5 June 2019
  323-772-6908  Los Angeles, CA - Two calls

  323-772-6908  Los Angeles, CA - Here is proof

323-772-6908
Call Protect does its job.  Thank you!  Telemarketers try to do their job. Fuck you!

   310-849-8807  Beverly Hills, CA - Well, Call Protect did not get this one.  No worries, I pretty much default to not answering anyway.  Fuck you!

7 June 2019
  310-849-8247  Beverly Hills, CA - Oh, Beverly Hills.  What are we going to do with you?  This will never end.  Fuck you!

11 June 2019
  234-320-9269  Salem, OH - Nothing showing up on a quick search.  And, by 'quick search', I just mean I googled the number.  I do not have some crazy Batcave set up with thousands of dollars of hardware to track these things.  Might be a wrong number, but most likely a spoofed number from a telemarketer.  Either way, fuck you!

13 June 2019
   310-215-4320  Inglewood, CA - Well, here is another spoofed number.  How do I know, you may ask?  I looked up the number using the old internet machine, and found that this is a fax number for a shipping company.  A fax number.  They spoofed a fucking fax number.  Which means, if I was to call back, I would get the sweet sounds of ones and zeros.  01000110 01110101 01100011 01101011 00100000 01111001 01101111 01110101 00100001

  310-849-5589  Beverly Hills, CA - Second call of the day.  I thought I blocked this number...correction, I just blocked this number.  Fuck you!

14 June 2019
   347-254-9165  Hyde Park, NY - Nothing like an early morning text on a Friday to start the weekend

347-254-9165
Clearly, this is a scam.  Fuck you!

   510-112-7183  United States - What kind of number is this?  AT&T identified this as a scam.  Like, no shit.  Who has a number with the prefix 112?

510-112-7183
They kinda left a voicemail.  Nothing in the three seconds.  I guess my long outgoing message fooled the computer.  Fuck you!

  510-112-7188  United States - Oh, check this shit out.

510-112-7188

Same MO as the previous number...but look.  The last four number are different.  They are cycling through their numbers and cold calling people in an attempt to scam.  Fuck you!

  510-112-7209  United States - So, a third call, with a third number.  Same MO as with the previous two.

Spam Risk
What the fuck is going on.  Fuck you!

  510-112-7214  United States - So they change the number again and again.  Fuck you!

  510- 112-7219  United States - Same modus operandi.  Fuck you!

  510-112-7224  United States - Call, leave a message with nothing.  Call back later with different number....all day.  Fuck you!

  510-112-7224  United States - First time they repeated a number.  I think they are losing their touch.  That makes seven calls from the same telemarketing robot

510-112-7XXX
This is totally Cyberdyne.  The machines are taking over.  Fuck you!

17 June 2019
  510-112-7283  United States - New week, new number.  Again, AT&T alerted this as Spam Risk. Looks like this is not going to end anytime, soon.  Fuck you!

  510-112-7297  United States - At what point is this beyond overkill?  Fuck you!

18 June 2019
  310-582-2359  Santa Monica, CA - Kinda strange that a 'normal' number pops up on the old mobile.  Still, we all know the routine.  Fuck you!

  510-112-7404  United States - Okay, now we are talking.  Back to this weird number thing.  Notice the last four digits keep going up.  There has been only one repeat, other than that, the numbers have been increasing.  Seems like they are trying every number from 71XX to 72XX, and now to 74XX.  What happened to 73XX?  I guess I got bumped from that list.  Until the next call, fuck you

20 June 2018
  310-849-5845  Beverly Hills, CA - So have we stopped with the weird 510-112-7XXX numbers?  Going back the tried and tested 310-849-XXXX?  Yeah, tried and tested as in everyone just ignores this shit.  Fuck you!

  310-849-6551  Beverly Hills, CA - Wait did you (510-112-7XXX) seriously run out of numbers?  Were they one time use?  Well, except for that one time they called twice.  I guess the 310-849-XXX has not run out of numbers.  Fuck you!

25 June 2019
  310-849-2585  Beverly Hills, CA - Surprise, another Beverly Hills number.  Fuck you!

  646-520-8734  New York, NY - Check out this text

646-520-8734
Okay, like what score are we raising 100 points?  Credit score?  Cholesterol?  Pretty vague, asshole!  What, like just call you back and select and option?  This sounds like a fucking high school note.

Do you like me?
I pick option 4, fuck you!

26 June 2019
  310-849-8474  Beverly Hills, CA - I am just impressed by the range of numbers from Beverly Hills that these guys have spoofed.  Fuck you!

28 June 2019
  310-674-1878  Inglewood, CA - Change of pace.  Another spoofed number, but from a different "location".  Fuck you!