Hi there. I'm back after not having a computer for two weeks. Back about a month ago when I was in the throes of finishing my screenplay, my old Mac died. Just stopped working. Well, that's not really true. I had been noticing signs that it was dying for quite some time, I just did the ostrich routine and was praying the problems would go away.
As I was coming up against this really hard deadline, I was forced to buy a new Mac, a PowerBook G4, to finish my script. Fast forward to about a month later and I started having problems with the new computer. Specifically, I began hearing these STRANGE noises. Like, you know that sound a pair of dice makes when you toss them across a gaming table? Kind of a subtle thump, thump, thump as they roll around? Okay combine that sound with the sudden closing of a trap door and that's one of the strange sounds that was coming out of my computer. Not right.
Then I noticed this weird clicking sound when I would power up my computer. Then, and this was the kicker. I was listening to music on iTunes one day and over the music without any warning came this ear drum shattering, mood-altering, nasty SCCRRREEECCCHHH. That did it for me. I packed up the rat bastard and sent it right back to Apple.
I was told that they would need my computer for 7-10 business days. I was pretty cool with that. I mean, it's a long time to be without your only computer but it's important to fix these problems while the machine is still under warranty. But some time off sounded pretty damn good to me. So I took a week's vacation. Had tons of fun in LA, visited friends, drank Bloody Mary's, etc.
My expectation was that when I got back to the office Monday morning, my Mac would be there serviced and ready to go. It wasn't. Tuesday, same thing. So I called Apple and inquired about the status of my computer. I was told they didn't know when I should expect my computer.
Yeah. I hung up and called American Express and reversed the charges on my Mac and then I called Apple back. Suddenly I was connected with a guy name Dan who told me that the service techs were unable to find anything wrong with my computer but just to be sure that I was 'happy' and because of 'their award winning service and tech support' they were replacing my logic board or some shit like that.
Surprise, surprise. My Mac arrived yesterday. And guess what else? Yep, it's still making that damn dice/trap door sound. And it clicked at me when I powered it up too. Those bastards. Good thing Amex credited my account. Now I hold all the cards.
Let's talk about what's been going on since I've been offline.
Show of hands: Who's tired of hearing about the damn Pope?
This Presidential delegation controversy cracks me up. Did anyone really expect Bill Clinton NOT to make a complete ass of himself like he always does? He's kept a very public schedule this week in Rome and he's doing high profile television interviews. Meanwhile, the Bushes are keeping a LOW PROFILE, honoring the Pope's legacy. It's all about JP II, as it should be.
And then there's this Jimmy Carter bullshit. The initial news reports were that CARTER WAS SNUBBED BY THE WHITE HOUSE, who didn't want to include him in the delagation. But digging a little deeper (read the link below) we learn that Carter's people called the White House first inquiring about the possibility that the former President WOULD LEAD THE US DELEGATION if Bush and Cheney didn't want to go.
ARE YOU KIDDING ME?
Apparently the Vatican thinks Carter is a big chickenshit too, thanks to his TERRIBLE record on human rights in places like Cuba, Libya and Venezuela. They didn't extend an invitation to him either.
I think it's time we get over this whole thing and let the Catholic church get back to doing the two things it does best: Making people feel guilty and sexually abusing little boys.
Anyone remember Terri Schiavo? I bet Florida freshman Senator Mel Martinez is going to remember her for a long time and not for a very good reason. His office, we now know, wrote that ghost talking points memo that talked about how Republicans could capitalize on the Schiavo tragedy by appealing to the pro-life movement. That's pretty disgusting. And this would be no big deal except for the fact that Martinez, the former HUD Secretary under W, lied about it first.