The Big DumpTruck

Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

I’m a Horrible Slacker

I’d like to apologize for my incredible lack of attention to the BDT these past few weeks. I’m a bad person. Go ahead, you can say it. I can take it.

I have been working very hard on getting the design and templates set for bigbadwords. I’m at a point where I’m pretty happy, in general, but there are still a couple of things I want to do that I have to figure out. Because it’s a WordPress site (not a blog, but I’m using it to publish/manage the content) I need to do everything with all this PHP and CSS coding. I am not completely ignorant in that department, but I’m no expert. So it takes me 3x as long as I would like it to figure out how to change the page look and structure, and then only because I copy code from all over the place. That’s how I learn. “If this code does that, I should be able to do THIS and get the reverse.” Voila.

Of course, spending 2 weeks to code the thing is fine and dandy, but then I have to have content to put in it. Small details. I had a story a friend’s son wrote for my Kids section, but due to massive stupidity on my part a month or so ago, my mail folders got deleted because I maxed out the mail on my phone (duh…don’t SMTP your google mail if you’re only allowed 6meg of storage on the phone) so I don’t have a copy of the story he wrote. I don’t know if she kept a copy. I feel like a schmuck.

Let’s see, what else? Oh, my mom and Junior tried to call me at work today and for whatever reason they didn’t use the speed dial, so the first thing Junior said when I answered was “We just called France!” Actually, I looked up the call online (my mom’s cell is part of the “family” plan pool that we have for her phone, my phone and the 2 we gave my step-kids, so I have access to all the records.) and they called Quebec, which explains why the person who answered the phone spoke French. That’s what happens when you dial 8 and then 1-978…you call an 819 area code, which is in Canada.

I blocked international calling on all 4 phones (in case they are lost or stolen, they can’t be used to make international calls) but apparently Canada isn’t considered International. I would have thought Canada (and Mexico) were, but they let the call go through and charged me 20 cents extra per minute. I guess we’re in trouble if the phones are stolen by a gang of Canadian Street Thugs. “Jean-Georges, you got the stolen phones, eh? Call Memere and tell her to send poutines râpées.”

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  1. Christine

     /  August 28, 2006

    Sounds like fun. 🙂 I have had a real drought of ideas to blog about lately, so I’ve been putting up these three-line posts that feel like the blog version of cotton candy. I’m glad to see you back and hope I soon join you.

  2. Jerry

     /  August 29, 2006

    Well it’s a good way to learn is to dive into it and then come up for air once in awhile. Eventually you will hit that next step where it’s second nature.
    I work in hardware but do part time coding, so I run into streaks of 6 months w/o coding. When I go back it’s like starting over again.

    Well, ‘lil advise for those on the “southside”. Something is snatching our cats. We let ours out Saturday morning for a cruise around the yard, now she’s gone. Daughter is devastated since we had it for 4 years and she was good cat. I believe there are ferrets in the area.

    While searching around I did find a 1934 glass soda bottle from Beauboin Bros, Leominster, used to be
    on 7th street..

  3. Christine

     /  August 29, 2006

    There was a coyote afoot a few years ago. Think it could be another one?