Annoying Hockey Fans Waving at the Cameras

Watching the NHL playoffs, and really any regular season game, I notice a handful of people who think it’s awesome to stand up in front of the camera in the middle of the game. The like to wave and jump around and are usually on their cell phone talking to their buddy: “Can you see me now?”.

The ushers at the hockey games do a good job prohibiting people from returning to their seats until there is a stoppage in play. This is a courtesy to both the patrons attending the game and the viewers at home as the progression of people up the stairs usually interferes with the camera views.

I think the ushers should make an example of these idiots who continually standing/waving/jumping around. Yes, they are distracting the viewers at home and blocking views of the game, but they are also annoying the people around them.

Kick them out. Set the example with a few and the problem will go away. Just like everyone respects standing at the section entrance until a stoppage in play – setting the rule in place now will make it common courtesy in the future.

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May 4, 2010 at 3:19 pm 1 comment

Q-Tips: A Better Marketing Campaign

I noticed in Target’s circular this morning a box of Q-tips for sale.  The box contains 750 Q-tips for $3.79.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t clean my ears out every single day.  Why not advertise this box as a whole year’s worth of Q-tips?  Or something to the tone of “Clean ears for less than a penny a day”.  Make people think about exactly what they are getting compared to the cost.  I think a year’s supply sounds pretty enticing, especially for less than four bucks.

April 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm Leave a comment

An Implied Dress Code

Today being St. Patrick’s Day, most people wear some green attire. Be it a shirt, socks, or even a button, people usually dress at least partially to help celebrate the day.

I like days like this. It makes picking what to wear in the morning very easy. GREEN SHIRT. I think I would be an advocate of wearing a uniform to work, or perhaps “color days”. Monday is blue, Tuesday red, etc. Remove the thinking about getting dressed in the morning and save me 2 minutes (more time to sleep).

Now I could do this on my own, but I think one person actively pursuing a color coded week would stand out. It would probably turn into a big joke. But if, for the most part, everyone participated, it wouldn’t be so odd.

March 17, 2010 at 1:58 pm 3 comments

GE Refrigerator Door Not Closing

My GE fridge has been bothering me for the last year. It’s an older model (mid-90s) side by side and I was having issues with the refrigerator door.
The door was not closing by itself and was having issues staying shut. Some mornings I would come downstairs to find the door slightly open.

I had noticed that the door didn’t align correctly, but that seemed to be more of a cosmetic problem. The more I looked into it, the more I realized the cockeyed door was a symptom of the larger issue. There are two cam risers on the bottom hinge of the door that raise and lower the door. These cams help close the door and align the door to meet the fridge opening when fully closed. As I dug around, I found others with the same story and what appeared to be an easy fix.

The cams, being plastic, wear out and break over time. I suspected I was missing both cams. Small pieces of black plastic on the floor around your door is a good indication of wear/breaks in the cam.

I found the part I believed I needed here, http://www.partselect.com/PartDetail.aspx?Inventory=297995&imgID=1, but needing 2 at $10 each seemed steep for a small piece of plastic. I ended up ordering my parts here https://www.appliancezone.com/ShowProduct.aspx?ID=10122 for $0.99 plus $6 to ship. I ordered 2, but each 0.99 package contained 2 risers (so I got 4).

I followed the steps that others outlined on the PartSelect site and had a nice new fridge that closes itself, stays closed, and looks better too.

  1. Removed all items from door storage.
  2. Removed top hinge cover held by single screw and top hinge plate held by two bolts.
  3. Lifted up door to clear bottom hinge pin and removed door.
  4. Turned door upside down and removed bottom hinge assembly held on by two bolts.
  5. Replaced upper cam located on bottom of door and screwed the hinge assembly back on to bottom of door.
  6. Drilled out the rivet that holds the lower cam to the bottom hinge pin.
  7. Removed old lower cam and and replaced with new cam and secured to lower hinge assembly with pan head screw and nut (instead of rivet).

    NOTE: The metal shim that goes between the cam riser & door was also broken, we used a small washer instead of the replacement shim.
  8. Replaced door back onto lower hinge pin and secured upper hinge pin with original bolts.
  9. Placed cover on upper hinge assembly and secured with original screw.

March 16, 2010 at 1:37 pm 6 comments

Winter Weather

I’m a fan of winter. I like to play in the snow. I like to snowboard, make snowmen, and I even enjoy shoveling the driveway (as long as it’s not 24 inches of snow). I enjoy sitting by a fire with large snowflakes falling outside. I like looking out of the bedroom window when I get up to see an untouched coat of snow covering the brown ground left behind from the fall. There is something fun about being outside as the snow falls around you. I just like it.

All of that is great.

All of this is terrible:

I hate trudging through half melted slush. I hate walking through the parking lot and getting salt stains all over my pants. I hate the cold rain of a 35 degree day. I hate the black-brown snow that the plow pushes up into my front yard. I hate the white specs of salt that turn my black car into a sliver one.

In the end, I enjoy 10 days of winter and hate the other 120. But those 10 days of fun usually outweigh the bad and hence my reason for being a fan of Winter.

December 9, 2009 at 11:43 am Leave a comment

Days That Feel Like Other Days

What makes a day, say this particular Tuesday, feel like another day? Today it seems like it should be Wednesday. Is it me wanting the week to be over? Or at least closer to over?

I never mistake Saturday for any other day, but Tuesday and Wednesday always seem to play tricks on me. Here’s hoping for a quick Tuesday and a Wednesday that, well, feels like a Wednesday.

December 8, 2009 at 11:18 am Leave a comment

Late Christmas

Why Santa will visit my house on January 1st

The day after Christmas the sweater that cost $40 is now on sale for $25. It cost you $12 in wrapping paper to wrap all your presents – I will wrap mine in 90% off paper for 1/10th the cost. If I start the tradition of celebrating Christmas by going to church and enjoying a day with family, then the (future) kids wouldn’t be any the wiser that Santa was coming on a different day.

There are other benefits too. That Wii-Fit that was sold out 4 months before Christmas – I have a chance to buy the one you returned because you got two.

Perhaps stockings should still be done on Christmas day just so there is some other excitement, but I’m all for the delayed, larger (read more) Christmas.

December 1, 2009 at 12:47 pm 1 comment

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