01 July 2020

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - July 2020

Here we go.  First day of the month and we are already getting attacked by telemarketers.

1 July 2020
   delilahcminellase0245@hotmail.com - Sometimes I forget that you can receive emails via text, this like getting junk mail via text.  Good to have a reminder once in a while. Maybe I should click on that random link.

delilahcminellase0245@hotmail.com
This could be their new initiative to send 'emails' since I have pretty much blocked every telemarketer number.  Fuck you!

  310-612-0217  Gardena, CA - Getting the band back together and playing some old hits.  Here is something we have not received in a while, a robocall in Chinese.  They left a voicemail, but the phone had difficulty translating.

310-612-0217
I can see, or rather hear, why there were issues translating. The voice was sort of a droney and monotone.

Pro tip: If you are trying to sell me on something, be a little more enthusiastic about it.  If you are non excited about your product, how are you going to get me excited about it.  Also, make sure I speak the language.  Understanding what you are trying to sell is a huge advantage to getting a sale.

Fuck you!

20 June 2020

NHL Jersey Numbers Do Not Belong on the Shoulders

Hey, another hockey related post.  Here we are, one hundred days since the last NHL game played before the league shut everything down due to the global pandemic.  While the league and its players are getting ready to restart play, we would be celebrating the Cup Champion around this time of the year.

So, why are we here.  Jersey numbers.  Specifically, the location of jersey numbers.  We can all agree that number do not belong in the front of the jersey.  Currently, I think only the Buffalo Sabres are the only team with numbers on the front, on the right chest.  This looks stupid.  Heck, even Jack Eichel is complaining about his disappointment in the Sabres organization because of the numbers being on the front of the jersey.  Yeah, pretty sure that is what he was disappointed about.  I mean, this is why Buffalo is not getting into the playoffs...where are they going to put the Finals patch?

Anyway, there is another place where jersey number simply do not belong.  The shoulders.  There are a few teams that do this, mainly on their thirds.  I am too lazy to research which exact ones.  Florida is the one team that has numbers on their main home and away uniforms.

Florida home jersey (pic stolen from internet)
Note the stupid numbers on the shoulders. A total eyesore. There is a very simple fix to this.  The Panthers have these beautiful patches on the upper sleeve that can, and should, be placed on the shoulders.  This will leave room for numbers where they belong.  Here, I did a little mock up for you...and the Florida Panthers.

Cleaner look
Look how clean that looks.  I bet Aaron Ekblad would love this.

Another one that violates aesthetics is the Penguin's third jersey. 

WTF? (pic also stolen from internet)
Yes, I know the history of the jersey. It did not look good in the 80's, it does not look good now, and it will never look good to have numbers on the shoulders.  It just looks so top heavy.  There is no excuse here, not like there are patches on the shoulders that need to be moved...and we already proved that moving patched is easy peasy.  Again, simple here.  Numbers go on the upper sleeve.

So much better
Quick mock up, I even took the time to change the colours so they pop. 

There might be another team or two doing this.  But, I think you get the idea of what I am getting at.  Just look at how much cleaner and balanced the jerseys look when the numbers are properly placed on the upper arm. 

Next time, maybe we talk about fixing some jerseys that just missed the mark.

03 June 2020

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - June 2020

There are crazy things happening right now.  If you are reading this some time in the future, just look up 2020.

2 June 2020

 Unknown - Hmm...an "unknown caller".  Well, you are not on the guest list, so fuck you!

3 June 2020
  201-528-6736  Rutherford, NJ - Is there a new term for 'telemarketing via text'?  Maybe something like 'telemarketexting'?  

201-528-6736
Do you see what is happening out there?  Who the fuck wants to go out during this pandemic and civil unrest?  Oh, I am going to take a Uber and risk my safety as well as some stranger's, too?  

And, at 6:36 in the morning?  So, I am barley up, possibly still asleep and you are randomly asking if I want a ride somewhere in a time when we are on lockdown and under curfew?  Know your audience!  

This is clearly an automated marketing tactic, most likely from a spoofed number.  Reply with STOP to unsubscribe?  Nah, you just got blocked.  Fuck you!

Oh, by the way...if anyone wants an Uber code, go ahead and take mine.  My gift to you, totally re-gifting...although, there is a strong chance that this may not be legit.  Stay safe.

  310-849-6886  Beverly Hills, CA - And we are back with the Beverly Hills numbers.  I wonder if the yesterday's "unknown caller" was from BH.  Fuck you!

  310-849-1852  Beverly Hills, CA - So, the first attempt from the old BH came in at 11:25. This one, at 12:42.  Beverly Hills is trying hard to make contact with me.  Again, fuck you!

  310-849-3475  Beverly Hills, CA - What the fuck is going on?  Calls are coming in like rioters breaking into a Best Buy.  Fuck you!

  310-849-7601  Beverly Hills, CA - This is an all out attack.  Fuck you!

  310-849-5917  Beverly Hills, CA - Cannot recall the last time I received five calls in one day.  Fuck you!


4 June 2020
  310-849-7392  Beverly Hills, CA - Good morning.  Here we go again.  Can we get more than five callers, today?  It is only 9:30.  Fuck you!

  785-367-9596  Osage City, KS - Fucking pattern breaker!  All the way from Osage City.  Okay, I had to Google that shit.  Osage City is 35 miles South of Topeka.  A small town of 2821 people (2018), a drop from 2934 people, according to the 2010 census. Wikipedia says, it has a total area of 3.29 square miles (8.52 km²), of which 3.21 square miles (8.31 km ²) is land and 0.08 square miles (0.21 km ²) is water.

Now, that is a small city...more of a town, if you ask me.  How many of those 2821 residence of Osage City, center of the USA, do you think are telemarketers?  Is the whole town a bunch of telemarketers, and 113 of them died off between 2010 and 2018?  Or, maybe they left and found real jobs, maybe machines took over.  One machine took over 113 jobs in middle America.  They are attacking is from with in.  Fuck you!

  269-941-6076  Michigan - Oh, hello.  We have a Call Protect sighting.  A few calls from the BH, slipped by the CP, but this one did not.  "Fraud Risk Auto Blocked".  Indeed.  Fuck you!

5 June 2020
  949-674-8936  Newport Beach, CA - Your typical scam using a large retailer as a facade.

949-674-8936

Again, know your audience.  We have been on a lock down for three months, and I have not purached anything from anywhere. Why would I get a $100 bonus?  I cannot even remember the last time I purchased anything from Amazon.  Pretty sure I spent less than $100.  In fact, I bet it was just over $35, so I could qualify for free shipping.  Most likely, I was looking at something that was about $29.99 and spent the next hour looking for something that was $5.01, just to reach that $35 mark.

 So, there is no way someone with my 'customer loyalty' would have earned a $100 bonus.  Fuck you!

8 June 2020
   213-474-328  Los Angeles, CA - First result in a quick search..."Robocaller Warning!"  Fuck you!

10 June 2020
 310-849-9612  Beverly Hills, CA - You know the routine.  Fuck you!

  269-941-6076 - Gonna give a shout out to Call Protect for this one.  Oh, Michigan...again.  Mich-again?  Fuck you!


11 June 2020
  937-303-3301  Ohio -  This text went out to two other victims, a total of three.  The theory of using a wider net in hopes of getting more phish.  See what I did there?  One idiot actually did the old reply all with ‘Stop’.  Yeah sure, numb nuts…that is totally going to work in this situation.  You just marked yourself for all telemarketers out there.  Good job!

937-303-3301

Every time we get one of these ‘make your car look shittier by slapping on some branded junk and we will pay you basically nothing’ ads, we have to ask ourselves:  Do I even have a car for said junk to be installed onto?  Are people even going to see this ad you are paying for?  Spoiler Alert:  Still on lockdown, still not going to put some random ass shit on my vehicle.
Also, RC Cola?  Fuck you!

  310-849-7238  Beverly Hills, CA – Here we going again.  Fuck you!

12 June 2020
  951-768-0675  Corona, CA - Another texting scam.  Go ahead, do a quick search for the number.  You could be receiving anything from a new iPhone, iPad, Nintendo Switch, Amazon gift card...whatever it is I am sure is it totally legit.  Fuck you!

22 June 2020
  949-436-1754  Antioch, CA - Did not get this until the next day, but here we go with these phishy texting scams.

925-436-1754
What the hell is CALEITC4me?  Never heard of it.  Therefore, this is a obviously a scam.

But wait, there is still time to file taxes?  It is fucking June, I thought taxes were due in April...on Tax Day.  Oh, I get cash back, too?  Fuck you!

  949-424-4868  Livermore, CA - Back to back texts, about three hours apart.  At least I have heard of Costco.

949-424-4868
For the record, there is no Costo attached to this number.  Oh wait, could this be a scam?  No, not Costco.  Fuck you!

24 June 2020
  310-985-0497  Santa Monica, CA - Surprise, another spoofed number.  Fuck you!

25 June 2020
  310-849-8924  Beverly Hills, CA - Same old, same old.  Fuck you!

  310-812-2928  Hawthorne, CA - Another random number, which pretty much means this another spoofed number.  Fuck you!

27 June 2020
  917-514-5836  New York City - Guess what.   If you guessed this was another texting spam, you guessed right!  Fuck you!

30 June 2020
  310-849-9536  Beverly Hills, CA - Last day of the month.  I guess robots need to meet their quota.  Fuck you!

28 May 2020

Secretly Judging You By Your Shoelaces

Day 75 of quarantine.  Most of us have been on lockdown since π Day, the 74th day of this year.  This means we have been on lock down for more than half of the days in the year.  This also reason (or excuse) I have not put on real pants or real shoes since 14 March 2020.

Speaking of shoes, there is a detail on shoes that I have noticed since I watched an episode of Columbo.  The episode named "An Exercise in Fatality" (Season 4, Episode 1), staring Robert Conrad as the protagonist opposite Peter Falk.  Spoiler Alert!  The case is solved by Columbo when he notices the shoelaces on the victim's shoes.

So, for decades, I have been obsessing over not just shoes, but laces.  How the shoes are laced, and how they are tied.  I have always wanted to write up this tutorial-like post...so excited.  Here is a sample of my laces:

Proper lacing and tying of shoelaces...according to me

Keep this first image in mind, I will get to the details later.  There are many ways to lace up shoes.  Many of them are more for artistic and aesthetic reasons with funky patterns, twisting the laces, using different laces.  Most of these methods are not functional, meaning they do not secure the shoe as well, at least not efficiently.  We are going to look at three basic, and very similar ways to lace up.  The difference is in the details that nerds like me (probably only me) will notice and secretly judge you by.

First, we will take a look at the most common way shoes are laced up.

Common lace up
Go get a pair of trainers and look at the laces.  They are most likely going to be laced like the image above.  This is the common way to lace shoes when they leave the factory.  Sometimes only the first few eyelets are laced, but they usually start out the same.

In, out, out, out...
This technique starts with the aglet going into the first eyelets, then it goes out the remaining holes as we go up the eyestay.  The question is, why this pattern?

I have not figured out  the reason why the manufactures want an 'overhand' approach on the first set of holes, then use and 'underhand' approach for the remaining holes.  It just does not seem efficient to change 'attack angles'.  Why not pick one direction and and go with that?

Chevrons pointing down, huge pentagon gap
Keep in mind, that I am obsessively concerned about this stuff...in an unhealthy way.

This way of lacing creates an eyesore in negative space.   In the image above, note the chevrons (negative space between laces) are pointing upward.  The main eyesore is the pentagon or inverted home plate shape at the bottom that is created using this default lacing pattern.  Depending on the distance between the eyelets and thickness of laces, this gap can be really stick out.

It just seems like such a huge gap between the row one and two, and row two and three.  While the other rows are relatively even spaced and aesthetically pleasing, that bottom negative space is triggering all sorts of OCD alarms.

Here is one solution:

Alternate lacing method
We start off by going under, lacing from the inside-out, and continue until the end.  Simple.


Lacing from the inside-out, underhand method

Using this method, all the laces are going in the same way and you have nice, uniformed spacing between the laces.  I first noticed this method in dress shoes...you know, because of details.

Chevrons pointing up
Pro tip:  I used to work at a skating rink and we periodically had to lace up new skates or re-lace rental skates.  The underhand method is faster and more efficient.  Also, if you just want to lace up fast and do not care about pattern, you start off normally, then you lace up two holes at ones.  Two on the right, laces parallel, two on the left, two right, two left...etc.  While it is not the best way to lace skates, it is the fastest.  Take it from me, I was one of the fastest skate-lacers in the county.

Instead of going from the inside-out, I use the overhand method to lace up.  The first thing I do when I get the shoes home it to undo and re-lace both shoes.  I always start with the left shoe.  Why?  Because I am crazy, you should know that by now.

When I started playing hockey and needed my skates to fit snug and stay on.  So, I adopted the 'outside-in' approach of lacing. This method does a better job of 'locking' the laces, ensuring a tighter fitting skate.  I just transferred this technique over to my daily footwear.

Outside-in method

Keep it consistent, with even spacing of the chevrons, as shown in this and the previous approach to lacing.

chevrons
Because we are coming in from the outside, instead of going out from the inside, the chevrons are reversed.  They point down...they also point forward to the 'normal' direction of travel.

In addition, I have the laces overlap on in alternating pattern to create a uniform look

overlap
For example, on the right shoe (pictured), the right side of the lacing overlaps the left.  Of course, this is reversed on the left show. Remember that first photo?

Of course, I take it one step further.  Noticed how the laces are tied.

Hold on.  Go get a pair of shoes and tie both laces like you normally do.  They probably look like this:

"Right-handed bow"
..or this:

"Left-handed bow"
Now compare your bows to mine.  Yes, my method of tying might be a little different than yours. Some people use the 'butterfly', some use the 'bunny ears', some use the 'wrap around'.  There are other process you can use to tie your bow, it will usually slant to one side.  Your pair of bows are most likely both rest leaning to the same side, either right or left, like (traditional) windshield wipers.

Leaning to the left, Left-handed bow
If you tie a 'right-handed bow', it will always rest leaning to the right.  No matter how you twist the bow, it will rest leaning to the right...and vice versa. A left leaning bow can only be accomplished by tying a 'left-handed bow'.  I doubt these are officially called "right-handed" or "left-handed" bows/knots, but you get the idea.

Right-handed bow leans to the right
Spoiler Alert!  In that Columbo episode, the 'handedness' of the bow on the victim's shoe was what solved the case for Columbo.

Note that the angle of my bow follows angle and direction of the laces, and they are mirrored to each other.  I always lace and tie my shoelaces so they have a forward momentum look, and so they have the same 'flow'.  This can only happen if the bows are tied in reverse of each other.

Mirrored look
Yes, I taught myself to tie ambidextrous bows, just so I can achieve 'mirrored' bows.  No one ever notices this, but now that you know this phenomenon exists, you cannot unsee it.

Does it make me run or skate faster? No.  But, if I get murdered by Robert Conrad and he puts shoes on me afterwards and ties some random bows, Columbo will notice that the bows do not match my other shoes, and the case will be solved.


04 May 2020

My Crazy Idea for NHL Restart

By now, we should be into the second round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs.  It is usually that exciting time of year for hockey fans.  But, like you, we are sitting at home watching random hockey related videos to try and fill that void in an effort to escape the reality of the global situation.

A few weeks ago, I came up with this crazy idea to salvage the season and award a champion.

First, we will follow safety regulations and will have this event  happen at a neutral site or sites.  It really does not matter as much as this wacko format.  Buckle up, here we go.

We go right into playoffs.  All stats will count towards Playoffs, so Alex Ovechkin will have to wait until next season to pass Mike Gartner in all-time goals list.

Sure, there will be conditioning and practices for about two weeks, but when it starts, it starts...right into a 32 team bracket.  Yeah, there are 31 teams right now...therefore, as defending champion, St. Louis Blues get a bye in the first round.  Okay, you can argue Boston with their top overall seed and eventual President's Trophy.  But, this is my stupid idea...and it gets stupider.

Crude Playoff Bracket
The bracket will be filled based on current Conference standings.  The first seed in each Conference will play the last (16) team.  It just happens that the Blues are first in the West, they will play the winner of Nashville vs Vancouver (8 vs 9)

There will be no re-seeding after each round.

The First Round will be a Best-of-Three format.  This will also act as your end of the season and final push into the traditional 16-team playoffs.  Every team gets a shot at the Cup, even Detroit.  Crazy, you say?  Well, we are living in crazy times, my friend.

Like back in the day, Conferences will alternate game days.  Example:  Day 1, all East games.  Day 2, all West games.  Day 3, all East...etc.

Here is a simulation of First Round with some upsets.

Round 2
The Second Round is Best-of-Five format.  I will explain why later on.  This is where the 'normal' playoffs begin with the 16-teams.

Round 3


Yes, I totally made all the Western Canadian teams get into the next round.  Come on, Battle of Alberta in the Playoffs.  We had the Battle of Pennsylvania and Battle of Ontario in the last round.  This is all fantasy, anyway.

With eight teams left, we go to standard Best-of-Seven from here on out.

Round 4
Okay, the only one that makes any sense at this point is Boston.  Three of the final four are Canadian team are highly unlikely...even in the CFL.

Finals

Totally dreaming of an All-Canadian Finals.  I will end it there, but you already know who I want to win.  Anyway, you get the idea.

Why the Best of 3 - 5 - 7 - 7 - 7 format?  In this format of 32 teams, you would need 17 wins to win the Cup, instead of the traditional 16 wins.  St.Louis, with the First Round bye, would need 15 wins.

So, there it is.  Every team gets to play at least two games and a chance to compete for the Cup.  Season saved and we have a legitimate champion.\

The longest this format can can go, with all series going the distance, and no rest days in between rounds, is 62 days.  If every series is a sweep with no rest days, we can crown our champion in 34 days.

This works for the NBA, as their season was cut short, as well.  The NBA schedule is usually about a week or two behind the NHL schedule.  With 30 teams in NBA, the top seeds in each Conference get a first round bye, they play winner of 8 vs 9.  Done!

You can thank me later.




03 May 2020

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - May 2020

Deep into the pandemic and quarantine.  While it does seem to slow down these calls, it does not stop them.

7 May 2020
  310-322-8705  El Segundo, CA - A week into the month, and this is the first call.  Obviously, this is another spoofed number.  I am amazed it took so long for the telemarketers to call.  The last call was over two weeks ago. Perhaps the they are cutting down on jobs.  Do robots get laid off?   Fuck you!

9 May 2020
 949-550-7135  Irvine, CA - Early Saturday morning, looks like "Micheal"got another text

949-550-7135
No need to reply STOP, I will just BLOCK...fuck you!

17 May 2020
  657-274-2192  Morristown, NJ -  Same message, different number.


657-274-2192
Also blocked.  Fuck you!

21 May 2020
  419-495-5007  Ohio - Call Protect, where have you been all this time?

419-495-5007
Obvioulsy, I do not check my phone that often.  But, good thing Call Protect intercepted this Fraud Risk from Ohio.  Even when I did a search for this to find where the call came from, the search results say "telemarketer".  Yeah, I know.  But, from where?  Call Protect says it is from Ohio, I guess that is good enough...no that it matters. I am just trying to keep a consistent format, here.

Where was I?  Oh yeah.  Fuck you!

24 May 2020
 218-396-2705  Becker, MN - This is a spoofed number.  If you did a search for this number and ended up here...first of all, welcome.  Second, your number has been used to make telemarketing calls from the evil empire known as Door Dash.  I got five texts in 74 minutes.

218-396-2705
Look at this mess.  Who orders food from five places?  Am I that hungry?  I guess it could be someone having a party.

Join me while I dive deep into this.

  • Number 'originates' from Becker, Minnesota
  • The Pickle Barrel has locations in Montana and South Dakota.  Closest location to Becker is about a four hour drive.
  • Bulgogi BBQ just sounds generic.  There is no establishment named "Bulgogi BBQ" near Becker.  The closest Korean restaurant (at least a good one) is near Becker is in Minneapolis, about an hour away.
  • Noodle Me is in San Francisco, about a 29 hour drive.  Does Door Dash have a fucking airline service?
  • Chinese Dumpling House is in Port Hueneme, CA, about six hours South of San Francisco, and also 29 hour drive to Becker
  • Red & Hot Szechuan House is in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, an hour East of Port Hueneme, so only 28 hour drive to Becker.  
So here is the route that one would need to take to pick up food for this order

Douche Dash
Star at Noodle Me in San Francisco.   Drive down to Port Hueneme to pick up the Chinese Dumpling House Order.  Head East to Rancho Cucamonda to Red & Hot Szechuan House, and you better hope the food stays hot for this next journey.  Now, head Northeast to Sioux Falls to The Pickel Barrel, which happens to be the only non-Asian food on the order.  Wait, did you remember to pick up the 'Bulgogi BBQ' along the way.  You better hope the restaurant the order is from is somewhere on this route. That only took 36 hours...with no traffic.

Yeah, I get that there are multiple drivers, perhaps pilots, doing the delivery runs.  Still this is ridiculous.  Okay, now I am hungry.  Who should I call?  Fuck you!

26 May 2020
  916-436-6090  Fair Oaks, CA - Well, at least this was not Door Dash.  Still...fuck you!

27 May 2020
  323-333-5484  Los Angeles, CA - Pretty damn obvious that this another phishing scam.  But, let us take a look see.

323-333-5484
Uh, there is no reason for me to be at any of these listed stores.  I would be a shitty "Mystery Shopper" since these places are foreign to me.

We continue.  So they want me to go to these stores and purchase AE gift cards and groceries. Well, if that does not sound like a scam...   Also, who the fuck is going out these days?   We are in the middle of a pandemic.  I like not interacting with people and $295 is not enough money for me to hang out with strangers.  Heck, double that at $600...and it is still not enough for me to hang out with people I know.

HR Walter?  Yeah, that sounds like a legit name.  Fuck you!

  415-553-0484  San Francisco, CA - Call Protect with eight saves

415-553-0484
Is it a complete coincidence that the last three digits of this call match the last three of the previous text?  Yeah, probably.  But eight attempts from this number.  No need to do a search, we got confirmation from Call Protect that these douche bags are a Fraud Risk.  Fuck you!

  419-495-5007  Ohio - Wait, these fucknuts tried to contact me last week.  Just look at the 21 May entry.  I guess this was the first time in a while that Call Protect kicked in.  Well, looks like good old CP did some overtime today.  Fuck you!

07 April 2020

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - April 2020

We are on full lock down, but it does not stop these assholes from calling.  Although, it did take a week into the new month to get our first contact.

7 April 2020
  213-806-0585  Carson, CA - Looks like another spoofed number as some random location in Carson, CA shows up along with a map.  This text comes in around 8:30 at night.  Anyway, this is the text:

213-806-0585
Apparently, a Final Alert from Amazon.  I cannot remember the last time I ordered something from Amazon.  Even going into week four of this pandemic lock down, I still have yet to order anything online.  Anything essential would be purchased locally and not frequently.  Oh, it is $100 worth of goodies?  Common, you have to do better than that to get me to flinch.  I mean, if it was a $100 hoodie, then I would have to see this magical hoodie.  Fuck you!

10 April 2020
  410-100-003 - Hey, guess what...another fucking text message.  Check this bullshit out:

410-100-003
Well if this is one of the dumbest scams ever.  Let me break this shit down.

They want to pay me $400 for 10 weeks, for a total of $4000, to put a sticker on my car.   Can you even confirm that I have a car?  If I did have a car, do you even know what kind of car I would drive?  What if it is a shitty car?  Your "branding" would be represented on some old junker.  What if my car is luxury vehicle?  Would one want a 'small decal' on a Bugatti?  By the way, I do not drive a Bugatti.

Hey, Gloria.  We are on total lock down right now.  What makes you think this car that I may or may not have will even be driven?  "No driving distance is required".  Well, no one is going anywhere. Even if I was driving it to acquire essentials, how many people do you thing is going to see this 'small decal'?  Have you seen the streets lately?  Have you been living in a cave for a month?  Well, I guess we all have.

Fuck you!

16 April 2020
  310-849-8700  Beverly Hills, CA - It has been a while since we received calls from Beverly Hills.  This is another spoofed number

310-849-8700
Voicemail stating something about mileage and warranty specialist.  Uh, I do not have a new car that would warrant a warranty specialist.  I can can assure you that most people right now, including myself, do not have a mileage issue...if they had a car.

Pretty sure this is a robocall, although the robot sounds kinds cute. Maybe a blonde 24 year old with aspirations to be an actress.  Fuck you!

17 April 2020
  805-903-7977  San Luis Obispo, CA - Other than being from the Central Coast of California, there is nothing interesting about this call.  Sure, it is most likely another garden variety spoofed number.  But, it was just a call.  No message, no text.   All the same, fuck you!

22 April 2020
  430-236-6213 Texas - Happy Earth Day, here is a telemarketer scam

  430-236-6213 
While Dr Pepper is located in Texas, they do not have a car wrap program.  Again, we are on lockdown, so there is no one driving right now, and even less people on the streets to see this advertisement.  You stupid fucks!

Also, the official site for Dr Pepper is just drpepper.com.  Again, we have to answer the simple questions first.  Do I even have a vehicle?  Do I even drink or support your product?  I mean, come on.  Where did you get your marketing degree?

Fuck you!

  248-970-4862  West Bloomfield, MI - Not going to lie, I was taking a shit when this call came in.  Doing the usual "research" while sitting on the pot...and I thought I was full of shit.  Fuck you!

21 March 2020

Build the Back to the Future Time Machine - Issues 110-113

We have a new shipment.  Luckily, it follows last shipment's issue with no additional missing issues.  Fifteen issues are still missing and on back order. Who knows when we will get these.  Especially with the situation the world is in at this moment.

Damn, this would have been a perfect time to spend working on this project.  But, as we know, we are unable to continue due to missing parts.

Missing Issues:  076, 077, 085, 086, 087, 092, 095, 096, 099, 100, 101, 102, 103, 104, 105

Issues 110-113

Also received in this shipment is that useless binder with wrong art.  Even better...they charged me $7.99 for that useless binder with wrong art.  I have told Universal about their wrong reference material before, but they still recommend and approve incorrect art and reference. 

Eight dollars for something I do not want, yet hundreds of dollars in missing issues and parts. Good jog, Eaglemoss!

Again, nothing I can really build because these parts assemble on top of parts we are missing.  Anyway, here is what you get.

Issue 110 - Spare Tire

Contents of Issue 110
I guess I could build this.  It also comes with windshield wipers.

Fun fact:  This is just another front wheel, the spare tire of a DeLorean looks like this:

I stole this image from myself
Pretty obvious that this is a 'filler' issue.  The wipers could have easily be packed with another issue.  Better yet, invest in a tool for an actual DeLorean spare tire.  Yawn.


Issue 111 - Reactor Platform

Contents of Issue 111

When converting your DeLorean to a Time Machine, it is best to replace your lower engine cover with a more sturdy platform for all the components that will be attached to.  This is a hefty die-cast platform.  I hope the screws holding this are larger and stronger than the ones holding the doors.

Issue 112 - Reactor Components

Contents of Issue 112
A bunch of small parts.  Hey, maybe throw the wipers in this issue.

Issue 113 - Reactor Drum

Contents of Issue 113
Reactor core base, and it looks like it lights up.  For now, they sit in the bag, in a box...with that stupid binder with incorrect Universal art.

Well, that is it for now. 

to be continued...

02 March 2020

FUCK YOU, STOP CALLING ME - March 2020

I was hoping for a Leap Day call, but it looks like we will have to wait another four years to get one.  Not sure if this will go on that far into the future.  We got a call on the last Leap Day (2016).   Here we are in March

2 March 2020
  925-528-7049  Orinda, CA - Orinda...like they combined 'orange' and 'Linda' to name their town.  Fuck you!

  510-480-3859  El Sobrante, CA - Call Protect got this but it still kinda got through.

510-480-3859
Call Protect flagged this as "Spam Risk",  I looked it up for fun and results came back with "roboscam".  So there you go.  Fuck you!

4 March 2020
  310-986-3016  Lomita, CA - First search result..."Robocaller Warning!".  First reaction...Fuck you!

5 March 2020
  310-736-3868  Culver City, CA - Here we go again, with another spoofed number.  Three calls in the first five days this month.  Fuck you!

6 March 2020
  559-596-3909  Dinuba, CA - These guys, again. Still trying to push some 'loyalty plan'.  Like I said, instead of trying upsell some shit I do not want or need, about about just giving your loyal customers a discount.  Fuck you!

7 March 2020
  559-596-3909  Dinuba, CA - Okay, it is my fault for not blocking this number...and blocked.  Fuck you!

13 March 2020
  361-212-7631  Victoria, TX - A call on Friday the thirteenth...could it be Jason Voorhees?  Would have been perfect if the call originated from Crystal Lake, NJ.

361-212-7631
Wait, maybe it is Jason, looking for Michael Myers.  Could this be a legit wrong number?  Maybe I should click on the link.  Fuck you!

17 March 2020
  800-792-001 - Wow, this number looks legit, with the 800 and and 0001.  Call Protect got this one quickly.

800-792-001
I also did a quick search, and all sorts of robocall results came up.  Fuck you!

  800-286-1211 - Another 800 number and again Call Protect got this.  Do you think telemarketers are working from home?  Fuck you!

  800-423-1414 - Are we doing this shit all day?  Three calls, today! Y'all are supposed to be at home.  Doing my part in social distancing and not answering the phone.  Fuck you!

18 March 2020
  800-283-1211 - I am guessing we are all getting these telemarketing calls because they know we are all home on lock down.  Be careful.  The only thing worse than COVID-19 is a fucking telemarketer.  Fuck you!

  325-515-0089  Snyder, TX - Not one...

  325-515-0089  Snyder, TX - Not two...

  325-515-0089  Snyder, TX - But three attempts to contact me.

325-515-0089
As someone has recently stated:
"Am I the only one who's been getting a ton of scam calls in the last couple of days?  It's as if the sum of this earth are ramping up efforts to take advantage of the chaos."
Yep, the scum of the earth.  Fuck you!

24 March 2020
  657-357-7872  Anaheim, CA - Been a while since we got a robotext:

657-357-7872
I did a search on this number and it seems like it has been linked to various scams like Amazon and iPhone.  So, this is on brand.  Good guess on the name, you got the sex right.  Ha, imagine if this text was for "Michelle" or something.  That would have been awkward.

Okay, so you overcharged me for four months.  How much is a phone bill these days?  What, maybe $80.  So, for four months, that is about $360.  Your cheapest iPhone 11 is $700.  Do they do this every time they overcharge someone?  This is not the ideal business model. Normally, when companies fuck up your bill, they give you credit.  Take your overcharge and shove it up your ass, and fuck you!

26 March 2020
  657-237-0012  Anaheim, CA - Apparently, I am "Michael", now.

657-237-0012
Gonna take a wild stab in the dark and say these are the same guys trying to offer me an iPhone 11 for fucking up my phone bill.  Fuck you!

27 March 2020
  951-642-5947  Cornoa, CA - This is the new trend.  No cold calling by robocallers, now we have cold texting by robotexters.  At least they did not refer to me as "Michael"

951-642-5947
Obviously, this is another scam, taking advantage of our situation.  By the way, there is no stimulus package from Costco.  But wait, did you notice where the call originated from?  Corona!!!  Fuck you!

   949-293-7892  Anaheim, CA - Another text

949-293-7892
I mean, why go with CBD, when I can just go with THC?  Fuck you!

29 March 2020
  424-450-6856  Los Angeles, CA - Another robotext...on a fucking Sunday

424-450-6856
Wait, did you say bounty?


Fuck you!

30 March 2020
  publicrecordsvtehjcvvi@ajf48t.com - I forgot that you can email a text.

publicrecordsvtehjcvvi@ajf48t.com
Yeah, this looks totally legit...NOT!  Who falls for this shit?  They are really turning it up since the lockdown.  Wait, is this a sign that telemarketers are working from home?

I do not give a fuck about telemarketers, but many are out of work during this pandemic.  These fucking telemarketers are taking advantage of people in need of work and money and pull this bullshit.  Fuck you!

31 March 2020
  310-359-6807  Malibu, CA - Oh, fancy.  A call from Malibu, how posh.  Fuck you!