Then today I was cut off twice by people in a desperate hurry to get ahead of me to turn exactly where I was turning, even when there was no one behind me for miles in BOTH cases.
Our regular scanner maintenance guy is on vacation, and they apparently hired the Three Stooges to cover for him. The mail scanner went down on Monday, the service man arrived some time Monday afternoon. He took the scanner apart and left, saying he'd be back Tuesday by noon. A different guy arrived at nearly three in the afternoon on Tuesday, fiddled around some more, and left again. No one came at all today. We're a day behind on regular mail and two days behind on records. I stayed until six tonight trying to get us at least finished with YESTERDAY'S records. I almost made it.
I contacted the City of Phoenix to inquire as to why they hadn't picked up our curbside bulk trash when they picked up the rest of the block, and got a response today in the form of "you need to put it in the alley." Come again? Street collection happens four times a year, and we've put our bulk trash in that exact same spot on the Fairmount side of the house for, oh, I don't know, the LAST TWENTY YEARS!!! So I fired back another email, and if email continues to be unsatisfying, I guess I'll have to swallow my hatred of Mr. Bell's annoying invention and call to rant in person.
It's all the little things, piled up, and then I managed to spill some of my excellent dinner down my front, and I almost burst into tears. Stupid, but there it is.
I've been pondering that "25 Favorite Television Characters" meme, and wondering how I could possibly do it. I notice most of the people I've seen tend to lean heavily toward the last decade (as often happens in such things - the fresher in the mind, the more likely to make a "top" list), but I started thinking WAY back - like Lucy and Ricky Ricardo; The Lone Ranger and Tonto; Uncle Arthur, Endora, Mrs. Kravitz, and Samantha; The Professor, Gilligan, and Thurston Howell III; Micky, Peter, and Mike; Maxwell Smart and 99; Columbo; McCloud; Richard Kimbell; Matt Dillon, Kitty, Doc, and Festus; Bret Maverick; Dobie Gillis and Maynard G. Krebs; Hoss Cartwright; Oliver Wendell and Lisa Douglas, Mr. Haney, and Mr. Kimball; Gomez, Mortisha, and Fester Addams; Roger Healey; Kermit, Cookie Monster, and Oscar; Felix Ungar and Oscar Madisen; Archie and Edith Bunker; Steve Austin; Fonzie and Richie Cunningham... and that's not counting the obvious ones, like Dr. McCoy and Spock. Which is WAY over 25, and I haven't even gotten to the 80's. And yes, I know, some of these shows weren't the greatest, but to be honest, the worst of these old sitcoms are better than almost everything being shown in the "sitcom" slot now. If I kept on going, I'd have to add Alex P. Keaton; Sam Malone, Cliff Clavin, and Dr. Fraser Crane; Al Bundy; Murphy Brown, Jim Dial, and Eldin Bernicky; Harry Stone, Bull, Selma, Roz, and Dan Fielding (not to mention the CAVALCADE of great recurring characters on Night Court); Jessica Tate, Burt Campbell, and the General; Hawkeye Pierce, B.J. Hunnicutt, Charles Emerson Winchester, Colonel Sherman Potter, etc.; Thomas Magnum; LaCroix and Don Schanke; Larry, Darryl, & Darryl; Sam Beckett and Al Calavicci; Chris Stevens, Holly Vincouer, Maurice Minnifield, and Ed Chigliak; Niles Crane; Jeffrey Geiger and Alan Birch; Larry Paul; Angel and Spike; Fox Mulder, Dana Scully, and the Cancer Man; Jesse Katsopolis; Homer Simpson, Comic Book Guy, Waylon Smithers, and Charles Montgomery Burns; Chandler Bing, Phoebe Buffay, and Joey Tribbiani; Alan Shore, Denny Crane, and Shirley Schmidt; Abby Sciuto, Timothy McGee, Leroy Jethro Gibbs, Tony DiNozzo, and Ziva David; Dr. Gregory House and James Wilson; Earl Hickey; John "J.D." Dorian, Chris Turk, Elliot Reed, Carla Espinosa, Perry Cox, and the Janitor; and John Locke and Hugo "Hurley" Reyes. ETA: And, duh, I forgot British television - Lister, Rimmer, and Cat; Doctors One, Two, Three, Four, Six, Nine, and Ten, Jo Grant, Sarah Jane Smith, Ian Chesterton, Jamie McCrimmon, and Rose Tyler (so far).
I never said I wasn't a long-time television addict. Plus, I'm sure I've forgotten some, even using trivia sites to jar my memory (and in doing so, I see that Donald Bellasario is in production on a Quantum Leap movie with Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell!!!).
I'm trying to watch my weight again, but man, I want pie.
I found this icon at bibliophile1887's journal. Some nifty Doctor One, Two, Three, Five, and Six icons.