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London Trip Part 1 of ?

Posted by mikenopolis on May 20, 2009

I’m wordy when I type, but you’ll probably get a one word answer from me if you’ve talked to me. This post is only on my airport experience…there will be more to come as I get chances to write.

Ok, I finally got some time to talk about my one week (May 3, 2009 – May 10, 2009) vacation to London, UK. There wasn’t too much planning involved with this trip. A friend (LB) of ours was heading to London because of a work crisis, apparently their accounting department in the UK office was not well trained/educated enough and was still trying to close their 2008 books even though we are five months into 2009! Her company needed to have everything in order because they were about to make presentations to potential investors. Since the company will eventually be sold soon, she may not get to travel as much and invited us to tag along and stay in her hotel room to cut down our travel expense, she’s so sweet! Due to my girlfriend (MC) and I having two mortgages, two car payments and two sets of utility bills, and various investments. International travel is not a luxury we can afford (we can, but we’re smarter than that, with this economy, Save! Save! Save! I was unemployed for about 2 months before; it felt scary dipping into my savings!)

The last time I flew international was over 10 years ago to my “Home Country” of Hong Kong, I needed to renew my British passport and they needed me to be there physically.  (Hong Kong was owned by the U.K. so I had dual citizenship in Hong Kong and England). I got naturalized to a U.S. Citizen when I turned 18…stupid rule considering that I already lived in the U.S. for 94% of my life at that point! Arriving at the airport I felt like a little kid in a candy store because I have this weird fascination and love for airports, I love the smell, the “foreign” people, the planes, and almost everything about it, yes even the stupid people, they are my entertainment and my motivation behind most of my blog posts.

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We had decided to not check any bags in so getting in and out of the airport would be faster and easier. As a typical guy I packed light, just enough clothes for the days I’m there, one power converter and a 5 port power strip, various toiletry and one light jacket. Then my messenger bog, with a folder of travel info and documents, netbook, flashlight, extra batteries for the flashlight and my trusty camera. This may seem like a lot, but everything is neat in two small “luggage”. MC however got stuck at the check-in counter because her carry-on was too big and didn’t fit into their little wire bin that determines the maximum size…. This is when the stupidity started. MC pulled out a jacket from her carry-on and zipped up the expansion partition of the luggage, voilà! It fits, and all is well. Once she got out of there she opened it back up and shoved her jacket back in…..and guess what? it fit in the overhead bin with room to spare!

Old picture from another trip

Old picture from another trip

On to the next annoyance… Security had to be a little bitch and completely take out my netbook from my bag and run it through the x-ray three times, asked me what it was like the idiot that he is, doing this 8 hours a day and you’ve never seen a small laptop? He asked me to turn it on just to prove it. Now I’m standing there with no shoes, no belt, and my $2000 watch is in my shoe, in a basket way down on the other of the conveyor belt thing (I am extremely paranoid about my stuff…explains why I don’t have any pictures of MC and I that were taken “MySpace self-portrait style” because I won’t hand my camera off to strangers…or anyone using a shitty point & shoot).  So now I’m standing there continuously looking to my right to make sure my watch is safe…you know like a nervous terrorist! Back to the stupidity that’s security. When the x-ray security called me over to the side, I had not gone through the metal detector yet,  so after the ordeal, being the safe law abiding citizen that I am, I started to walk back towards the metal detector and the security with the wand told me to go the other way (toward the gates). Ummm excuse me you stupid rent-a-cop, your colleague triple checked my laptop for a bomb, are you sure you don’t want to triple check that these are indeed my testicle and not grenades? I got my belt, watch and shoes from the basket and we headed over to the gate.

While waiting at the gate, I sat behind Rufus Sewell………………. “Who??!?!” you say? That’s what I said, but apparently there were plenty of people who know him and those people did not know the word privacy, common decency, or just STFU! I had to hear all their stupid questions and request for autographs and pictures! Eventually we got on the plane and were on our way across the pond.

More to come…eventually

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Why Some Relationships, Rings, Proposals, Wedding & Marriages Are a Waste

Posted by mikenopolis on April 27, 2009

This PostSecret picture really made me think…

Marriage

I’ve said many times that I would love to finally get married after being with my girlfriend for 12 years & 10 months. I don’t want us to be in our thirties saying the words “My girlfriend and I are…”. Over the past 4-5 years many of our friends and family have gotten married some had a child or two. I’m truly happy for MOST of them not because they ARE happy, but because some of them BELIEVE that they are happy. The main reason we’ve not tie the knot after all these years is because we wanted to financially build a foundation for our livelihoods before doing so. Money has been a big problem with me after my father passed away and left me to support my handicapped mother.

The reason I look down on some marriages is because some couples gets married and live in their friends/parents/grandparents homes. That’s even worst than renting an apartment in my view. I’m sure some of you will say that I’m “snooty” for thinking this way, but I blame this discrimination on the society we live in. I’ve seen people driving a beat up old Toyota Corolla with three baby seats (and plastic spinners on their wheels). I’ve had an employee ask me to get her a raise because her husband can’t (won’t) get a job. I’ve had friends that dropped out of college to get married and “start a family”.

I know all these examples are just that… bad examples, but I feel like I’m seeing more and more or these type of relationships. Obviously there are MANY happy couples out there who live the “perfect” life where there is sufficient income, family value and love. Their children would be well supported financially and emotionally. But as I look at the younger generation around me (while I’m in my very late 20’s) I’m starting to lose hope. They listen to junk they think is music, they watch reality TV shows that lack direction, whatever happened to shows that has a story, a show that taught young children lessons in life? These “kids” think visible body piercings and tattoos won’t ruin their job search and the only thing they know about a computer is how to go on social networks. I read over 400 resumes in the past two weeks trying to look for 2 new employees, interviewed about 20 of these people and maybe 3 of them will have a promising future in being human. The other 17 looked good one paper but definitely bent the truth just a little too much on the resume. The rest of the resumes are just a disgrace to the word resume.

I can rant on and on about this, but it’s starting to get too long.

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I Hate Dumb eBayers

Posted by mikenopolis on April 3, 2009

WTF is with people? I’ve had many problems buying “Like New”, “Great Condition” things on eBay over the past 10 years. I saw this picture and description on eBay and realized that maybe I’m the only one who thinks the words “excellent condition” is same as new. This guy follows the words “excellent condition” with “some scratches” and a picture of a VERY scuffed up product!

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I’m a Microsoft/PC Commercials Are Starting To Piss Me Off

Posted by mikenopolis on March 27, 2009

They are kinda stealing the Mac’s “I’m a Mac, I’m a PC” commercials. They are stupid….why? They have little children doing stupid shit on their PCs. I as a consumer am not going to buy a computer because a little kid was able to make a slideshow or print a panoramic picture of her room.

What made me blog this was the following commercial…a girl is looking for a sub $1000 17″ notebook. In the end she got an HP for $699.99+tax, roughly $750. I do have to agree with people that Apple products are on the pricier side. But they are well built machines that can last a long time and still be very dependable. Personally I have never had much trouble with my Windows machines, not even my Vista (but then again its 64-bit). All I’m saying is that you can give a mac to your grandmother out of the box and she can’t destroy it (not talking about physically). Here’s an article discussing the video and guess what? He’s siding with me, even as a PC user.

Anyway I digress, here’s the video…She’s just poor, if she had the money and had ever used a mac in her life, she’d be all over the 17″ Mac Pro….I miss my old 17″ Powerbook G4

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Frosty Heidi & Frank 97.1FM (in Los Angeles California)

Posted by mikenopolis on February 20, 2009

UPDATE 2013 – I just thought I would update this post with what has happened to this great trio after a few years. They did a podcast show for a bit but are all now fully employed and officiall back on the airwaves! Though they are not all on the same show, I’m happy for their success.

Frosty has separated from Frank and Heidi. After doing some time at KFI 640AM he left and  moved away from LA. He’s been doing a morning show with co-host, Sandy on STAR 101.3FM in San Francisco. Ratings has been strong and the show’s raking is…..#1 within their target demographic (doesn’t surprise me one bit).

Heidi and Frank did a paid podcast program which was very funny since it’s uncensored and I assume it paid their bills since they were doing it for quite a while, then they went to 790AM which is a talk radio station, they were forced to censored themselves a little because the demographic of people that listen to that station is just not a good match, people didn’t get their jokes and seemed to be offended a lot. Luckily, they are now at KLOS 95.5FM in LA. If you live in Los Angles County. You’ve probably seen their huge faces on billboards and buses.

I’m so happy they are all doing well after 97.1’s end. I’ve occasionally turned the dial to 97.1FM and seriously don’t understand the need for yet another pop music station. Maybe I’m just old, but music is not what it used to be and if I can hear the same bunch of songs on 102.7, 104.3, 105.9, 106.7 etc. why have yet ANOTHER station? It’s playing from the same pool of songs!

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Today is a very sad day for me. The day after one of my favorite show’s (CNET’s The 404) Wikipedia page got deleted once again, another talk show (Frosty Heidi & Frank, AKA. FHF) I listen to is broadcasting their last show (Links to final show below) on KLSX 97.1 FM. The station is owned by CBS and the board of director decided to go a different route with the station by turning it into a Top 40’s music station. I don’t understand the thought process of the people in charge of making these decisions, but I seriously doubt that the audience of this talk radio show will be listening to the music radio station. They may as well have turned the station off and just have dead air. Ben Tao has posted a blog on the stupidity that is CBS here:

http://www.benjitao.com/2009/02/cbs-radio-is-stupid-dont-cancel-frosty-heidi-and-frank

FHF have had the highest rated mid-day show for the past 7 years but apparently with high ratings comes big bonuses. Due to the state of our current economy the station is no longer able to support their talk radio programs with the little sponsors and advertiser that are left.

Here’s their Farewell Video, as you can see they have a HUGE fan base:

What I’m really surprise at (once again) is the individual that brought this issue up and started the train rolling on ending the station. His name is Tom Brown. Brown is a fashion designer who happens to also be a member of the board who decided to cancel the talk radio station.

This is what he looks like, I’ve gotta say he’s not ugly…..but the man needs to learn how to dress (much like many of the celebrities and people in the fashion industry). Why are the people who makes these final decisions always the ones that look like they need the most help?

Pictures are from Zimeo

Didn’t see what the problem is? Here:

Do you want to know what he designed? “Two Man Pants” Doesn’t this look promising?

As I’m posting this, I’m listening to the last show and Frank Kramer has just announced that he’s starting his own radio show called “Blaze Radio” and will be available on www.FrankArmy.com. For now it will play some of their old shows. I’m not sure what the future will hold for these three hosts. They will make an announcement of “something they have been working on?”. I wish them the best and hope they will be on the radio again. (UPDATE 3/2/09: I didn’t hear too much old shows on Blaze Radio, there was a lot of downtime and music.  Upon reading Frank’s blog, it appears that he did not have a equipments or services necessary to stream the audio he wanted. It was mentioned the FHF was under contract with CBS until September 25, 2009 so there may be no update on their plans until then.  I’m still wishing and hoping)

 

Update: I finished listening to the whole show and there was no “big announcement” but we did get a farewell video (shown above). I was seriously tearing up watching the video as well as when Frank actually blabbered his goodbye to the audience, Frosty and Heidi.

Here are their current (as of 02/20/09) contact information

Frosty Stilwell
frostyradio@gmail.com
http://www.myspace.com/frostystilwell
Heidi Hamilton
heidifreefm@yahoo.com
http://www.myspace.com/heidihamilton
http://www.facebook.com/people/Heidi-Hamilton/735681673
Frank Kramer
letsbefrank971@msn.com
http://www.myspace.com/frankkramer
http://www.facebook.com/people/Frank-Kramer/500707829

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25 Random Things About Me – Not That Anyone Cares

Posted by mikenopolis on February 7, 2009

I’m taking the “Everyone else is doing it, so why not?” route on this. I’ve made fun of people for doing it. But for shitz-n-giggles, I’m putting one here…Facebook is too public.

1.) I’ve held 4 jobs at the same time for 4 years of my life.

2.) I’m a pretty big guy but deathly afraid of most bugs, will literally run for my life.

3.) I fear having children because I’m afraid I will hate them (I cringe at the their cries).

4.) I can count the shots/glasses of alcohol I’ve ever had with one hand.

5.) I’m a clean/neat/timeliness freak (borderline OCD).

6.) I’ve washed my car/cars weekly (except raining) since  before I was driving my parents car.

7.) I got my first job at 12 and have been “jobless” for 2 months since then (knock on wood), I’m now 29.

8.) I have a fascination with guns, knives and weapons in general.I haven’t gotten a gun because I may just be that idiot,  I have anger problems and that’s not safe.  I’m very safe and DO abide by the rules 100% at the range.

9.) My closet is very neat, t-shirts are folded into approximately 12×12 squares, work clothes are hung (hanged?) 1 finger width apart.

10.) I’ve used (and resold) over 80 cellphones (that I can remember) in the past 9 years, but have stop swapping since the release of the 1st generation iPhone, Apple helped with my addiction.

11.) I have very strong morals, I will go far out of my way to help someone who’s nice or innocent. But I also take revenge very seriously (see “anger problem” #8).

12.) Because of my growing up in Denver, Colorado. I have a high tolerance for cold weather, sadly I still hate California because I get hot so easily.

13.) I owe my hometown’s public library $5…they claimed I ripped out some pages in a 40 year old book I borrowed. We had a “hearing” of sorts, they demanded that I pay the fine. I refused and have never gone back, thank you Internet!

14.) I didn’t go to a dentist is 13 years (until I was 22). Apparently I have very good dental genes. No cavities, perfectly aligned teeth, never had braces. now I have to get my wisdom teeth pulled out because they are starting to  pushing my 2 front bottom teeth inwards….I’m in fear…another 13 years? no just put me under.

15.)Women love their shoes and purses. I have an addiction towards messenger bags, sling  bags, attaché cases and laptop bags.

How anyone put 25 of these is beyond me. I’m tired and I highly doubt you cared. Sorry for be wordy, I guess that can be #16.)I’m very detailed, I don’t like being vague, or people who are.)

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No Fat Chicks!

Posted by mikenopolis on February 2, 2009

Since I mentioned no talent assclowns (that’s from Office Space remember?) wearing Ugg is my last post. I thought this would be a great followup. If your feet don’t fit in your jeans, get bigger jeans, if your feet don’t fit in normal shoes don’t event think about putting on a pair of Uggs. Some people just don’t know how to put themselves together! I really have no problems with people who are a little heavier, I’m not exactly a model of health and fitness. At least take a good look in the mirror before you walk out! I’ve met and seen plenty of bigger girl and guys alike that are attractive.

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What I Drive and Why I Drive It

Posted by mikenopolis on February 2, 2009

I just got around to uploading the pictures from my phone to my computer and saw this picture I took, it was a rainy day about two months ago. I saw 4 Honda Elements parked there and HAD TO park mine there too for this great photo opportunity.  IKEA has always been one of my favorite stores (that’s where this picture was taken) I shoved 3 bookcases and two tables in my car and still had plenty of room. A few people were trying their best to tie things on their roof with twine

I’ve had my Element for a little over 2 years now and still love it, I had my doubts about getting this car because I still have to admit it’s pretty weird/ugly looking. But seriously, I didn’t get this monstrosity for it’s looks. I’ve been wanting to get a BMW 7 series  ever since I was 12, now that I can afford it, I can’t afford to give up my Element, plus it’s stupid to pay insurance on two cars. My justification is I can’t put three full size bikes standing up in a BMW now can I?

We recently got a new house and the move was a breeze with this. When I got the 50″ Plasma TV, we just lifted and pushed the entire box into the car and still had 3 seats. It’s a funny and sad sight seeing people throwing away the box in front of the store (which voids any possible returns) angling and trying to fit a TV into their trunk/backseat (warning to everyone, NEVER lay a PLASMA flat, the glass can break)… Gotta love the Element for their usefulness.

This post has been a little too positive for my personality. Since I’m on the car topic, I would just like to say that I HATE all those effing people driving their BMW 3 series and Mercedes C-Classes wearing big ass sunglasses and wearing Uggs with a tank top and a mini skirt, it’s one thing if you wear the Ugg when it’s cold, it’s looks plain stupid when it’s 80+ outside. I’m just everywhere today! Anyway my point is that a 3 series and C-Class screams poor, ghetto and stupid. My friend Jon notices F-Sticks (check out his post) a lot because he lives in the Inland Empire of California. I live in Orange County now (Denver, Colorado 0-8, Pasadena 9-17, Riverside 17-22, Irvine/Pasadena 22-now) where I see these…I wonder what are they called. You know people who work in mediocre places leasing a 3 series for $700/month because their credit is bad. Living in an small apartment with 6 people because they charge $2800/month, “But it’s all worth it because it’s “The OC” “. I guess I’ll call them Paris Hilton wannabes…but Hilton can actually make a living.

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Why Are There So Many Stupid People(eBay User)?

Posted by mikenopolis on January 27, 2009

So a little over a month ago (12/02/2009) I sold my portable DVD play on eBay because I never use it, maybe 4 times in the past 3 years. It was right before Christmas and bidding goes a bit high becuase of it. I sold it for $60.00, and I charged exact shipping cost. I got the player for $69.00+tax so this was something I didn’t make a profit on which I didn’t care for anyway.

so this is the timeline:

12/02/08 - POSTED
12/09/08 - SOLD
12/10/08 - PAID
12/11/08 - SENT VIA USPS PRIORITY (#420338819101150134711481XXXXXX)
12/17/08 - POSITIVE FEEDBACK RECEIVED FROM BUYER
12/18/08 - POSITIVE FEEDBACK GIVEN TO BUYER

I thought that was the end of the deal, guess what? I get a message from him on 1/22/09 saying that there was a problem,  that’s 43 days after I sent it out, assuming that USPS Priority takes 3 days, he’s had the thing for 40 freaken days, now he’s speaking up? I’m waiting to hear from eBay, this is the most ridiculous thing I’ve heard. If eBay sides with him on this one, I’m done.

Here’s are the messages:

01/22/09 – BUYER

Dude, this DVD DIVX player keeps freezing up every 2-3 min. I there a setting or something?

01/23/09 – ME

Not that I know of, I really didn’t use it much, but never had a problem with playing back divx/avi files have you already tried other discs or files?

01/23/09 – BUYER

I just actually had time to pull it out and I tried to play 10 different divx about 10 and even regular dvd’s and got nothing. It’ll play for about 2 min. and then freeze up and then shut off.

01/23/09 – ME

I don’t know what’s going on, I played an entire movie (regular DVD) with it a few days before putting it up for sale. Have you tried contacting Philips support? http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbint/cpindex.pl?ctn=PET724/37&scy=us&slg=AEN#

01/27/09 – BUYER

I had it checked out and it has a bad lazer. I really hope you didn’t sell me a dvd player knowing that it didn’t work. I’ve been buying/selling on ebay for a long time and I have NEVER sold anything that was described as “good condition” that was broke. To me thats like stealing someones money. I don’t mean too be this ugly about this situation but It came right out of the box you sent it in broke. I pulled it out of the box and plugged it in and it DID NOT WORK! When I first contacted you I was cool about this and I would of even paid too have it cleaned if needed, but a bad laser come on man it’ll cost me $100.00 to get that fixed. I need to know whether I’m able to get my money back. I really don’t want to report you to Ebay hopefully we can resolve this issue smoothly.

01/27/09 – ME

If you wish to take this up with eBay for a fair resolution, I’m more than happy to let you proceed. This item was sold on 12/9/08, you paid on 12/10/08, I sent it out on 12/11/08 (USPS Priority #420338819101150134711481XXXXXX) you should have rec’d it by 12/14/08. I get a message from you on 1/22/09, 40 days after you’ve received it telling me you have a problem. What does that tell MOST people? that YOU broke it.

Ok now that I’ve gotten through that. I’ve been using eBay since the year 2000 with 100% feedback, I’ve NEVER sold anything and not describe EXACTLY what it is and the condition it was in, I go into detail on every little issue. This DVD player was used a few times, I tested a movie out before posting and packing it. It was 100% working. I do not know if the shipping people broke it while shipping (during their 3 days) or you broke it (40 days ownership). but I am telling you that you have a very very small chance to getting a refund even if you report this to eBay.

And YES, I personally think this is a fault on your part. if you had contacted me a DAY OR TWO after you got it. We could have taken it up with the shipping people, but 40 days is out of the question, Even stores have a 30 day return policy!
My eBay return policy clearly states I’ll refund if the item is DOA (Dead On ARRIVAL), not 40 days after arrival.

If you have a better argument or explanation you’re more than welcome to message me for a possible partial refund, otherwise, I’ll wait for an eBay personnel to contact me.

Once again I did not sell and ship out a broken product. There’s always the possibility of the shipper tossing packages around too roughly, but in the end you are to blame for not telling anyone for so long.

***I’ll update this when I get a response***

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Customers Are Always “Right”

Posted by mikenopolis on January 22, 2009

I love to use Yelp to preview or review restaurants because I believe in “regular” people’s opinions when it come to food. Food magazines and their professional food critics are just too picky. Unless it comes down to more sophisticated things I don’t need them.

Yesterday, a few “yelpers” got into a discussion about what a restaurant owner wrote back to a reviewer who gave him 3 stars out of 5. Read for yourself here [Click to enlarge]:

Now keep in mind that 3 stars is an okay average and that Fuego Bistro has an average of 4 stars based on 24 reviews thus far: http://www.yelp.com/biz/fuego-bistro-phoenix. I don’t know about you, but I’ve always known that customers are always right not because they really are, but because word of mouth is the best advertisement. You don’t treat your customers bad because you would lose potential customers. When I used to work in the women shoes department at Macy*s (stop with the Al Bundy jokes, it put me through college, paid for my car and rent…along with my other 3 jobs) I was averaging $2,000 a month part-time, you know why? Because women love their shoes and they have friends who love shoes. It’s like a pyramid scheme but I’m the one on the top (well Macy*s corporate is, but I was close to second or third). The lesson here is DON’T BURN ANY BRIDGES! Since my first taxable job at 13, I’ve always known that you don’t treat anyone bad because they can one day help you directly or indirectly.

In this tough economy, I’m sure most of us are being very careful with our investments and financial decisions. I myself have cut back on my gadgetry spending a bit, turning off more of my computers instead of letting them run 24/7,  carpooling in my girlfriend’s Mini Cooper instead of driving my less gas efficient Honda Element. However, since I’m lucky enough to still have a decent income,  I’ve tipped more generously when it comes to eating out. Plenty of people are now saying they won’t be going to/back to this place. It really doesn’t affect me since the place is in Arizona, but seriously, there was no need to do this so publicly, he might as well have put out a commercial/advertisment saying “I don’t care if you don’t like it!”.

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