The Big DumpTruck

Throwing Little Thought Pebbles at Your Windshield Since 1996

Unintentional Downtime

I didn’t realize you guys were bigdumptruck-less for a chunk of the weekend until I got my daily traffic report email and it said that my hits were about a third of what they normally are, making me think there was some sort of problem. Apparently, there was some sort of problem. Luckily, it appears the hosting company found their plunger and released my website, and it is now available again.

I just got paid four days ago and I’m already counting the minutes until next payday. For those of you keeping track, I only get paid once a month. It SUCKS OUT LOUD. I hate it. I’m no good with getting paid once a month. I had to set aside a chunk of change for getting the furnace fixed out of this one and there’s just no cheese money left. I suppose I shouldn’t be complaining about a lack of cheese money when some people can’t buy groceries or pay rent, but dang it, I strongly dislike not being able to spend $10 on myself without feeling very guilty.

And on that topic, we were going to look for a nice rubbish container for the kitchen, and we were at Lowe’s and the cheapest one was $79. The one we liked was $99. Hello?! A hundred bucks for a trash bin? And it isn’t even one of the “survives a nuclear blast” kind that you want to buy for putting out at the curb. This is just a bin with a foot pedal for the kitchen. I could buy a grill for less money than the trash can!

Needless to say, we do not have a hundred dollar trash bin this morning.

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  1. Anonymous

     /  April 14, 2008

    Yup – I’ve been having trouble getting to your site on and off for weeks esp from my blackberry which has it’s servers in the UK.
    For anything cheaper you wind up going to plastic waste bin. I just went through that about a month ago. The best one is the metal with the infrared sensor so the lid opens automatically when you get close to it. Next it will email you when it’s gets close to being full.
    Note of course the weather if perfect now it’s time to go back to work. Jerry

  2. Jane

     /  April 14, 2008

    Jody,

    Try BB&B or Linens & Things – use the coupon.. (You know they take each other’s coupons. And even expired coupons..) I went thru this a year ago or so – I refused to pay $129 for a trash can. I ended up with a nice one that is plastic (oh the horror) but looks decent.
    If you do get one with the step on pedal to open the lid – make sure the pedal is in the right place – the one I wanted had the pedal in a funny spot so I had to walk all the way around the can to pitch stuff in from the sink area. Um, no.
    Also, these things are HUGE so make sure it fits in the spot you have planned – that was another reason not to pay the $129.. LOL.

    Good luck.

    Oh, I get paid 1x/month also. I HATE it. It’s been this way 12 years – you’d think I’d be used to it by now. I’m not.

    Jane

  3. Suldog

     /  April 14, 2008

    I’d like to think I could BUILD a trash can for you for less than $100, but I wouldn’t promise it 🙂

    Been a long time since I bought one. That is an outrageous price.

  4. Jody

     /  April 18, 2008

    That’s it! I’ll host a “who can build the nicest trash can” contest and give out ribbons to the winners and then I’ll get to keep the nicest one!