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August 2013

Rant: Why the US Post Office sucks

I don’t know where to begin with the HELL that is dealing with the US Post Office. It’s no wonder that people avoid using it for major shipments.

Up until I went to college it was pretty reliable, but when I actually started getting regular mail (like magazines, paychecks, acceptance letters) I’ve been dealing with the stupidity of a convoluted system.

My most recent issue is that I do as instructed and still, somehow, can’t get my mail.

Here’s the rundown: I moved to LA for a year, so I got my mail forwarded until JUNE 25, 2013. When I moved from LA (first weeks of JULY) to my permanent addy I was bewildered that my mail was still not coming to me, despite the forwarding request having expired a while back.

Calling the post office doesn’t help, but they refer you back to the website. I tried accessing the original request and, shocker, since it expired I can’t change or cancel it. Yet my mail is still sporadically going to the magical place lost socks go.

And going in person doesn’t help either because they take note, but then a week later (i.e. TODAY) I went outside and they had put a rubberband around the box, meaning our mail is getting held (doubtful) or forwarded.

Worse for us is that my last paychecks and my grandmas new credit card are now floating around somewhere. And no one in the entire post office seems to be able to give us a definitive way to make this stop.

Why is there not a way to see that we’ve requested our mail, or better yet, what’s the point of having an expiration date on a request if no one pays attention to it?

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My first Doctor: On Doctor Who

My first Doctor was 10. My first episode was viewed via a local PBS station that for some (awesome) reason had the ability to air old episodes.

I remember trying to catch all the episodes because it was before online streaming became so prolific, so the only way I could watch was via PBS. (I also didn’t have BBC America.)

I remember I must have been around high school age because none of my friends had any idea what the show was. I think that was one of the first times I turned to online forums to be able to talk to other fans, I just couldn’t contain my excitement over the most recent adventures.

There was a particular incident in which two of my friends came over during the Doctor Who hour unannounced and could not fathom why I did not want to go out on a Friday night. The second the opening credits started rolling they somehow got the hint from my utter concentration that I was not going to leave.

It’s funny now because they are super into Doctor Who and I guess they finally understand why I was so diligent/obsessed.

 

And now I’m watching the livestream for the announcement and I’m just as excited as I was when I was waiting for the one showing a week on my crappy tv.

Show Review: Primeval

Now that I’m a week away from turning in my finished thesis and UNEMPLOYED… I have some time to drown my student-loan-sorrows. First in my queue was Primeval just because it seemed pretty silly and unlike Mad Men, I could walk away and do something, come back, and not be behind in a new plot point.

The show is essentially about these rips in time/space that pop up and sometimes dinos, disease or massive bugs come out. The team works to make sure whatever comes out doesn’t fuck up too much shit.

 

Season 1

Surprisingly good considering the quality of the effects is… BAD. I was pretty hooked and the episodes weren’t entirely formulaic (yet). There weren’t too many characters and there was a good balance of individual missions and individual character development. It was short (six episodes) and sweet. The finale was such a clincher in making me watch the next season.

Season 2

I wish they had stuck to Cutter’s mission to find Claudia. That’s really what it felt like the subsequent seasons were going to be geared toward, but NO. UGH. I would have been more interested in that plot line than just the Helen-is-evil stuff. The episodes became pretty formulaic starting this season and continuing on. It reminds me a lot of Bones in that the episodes are more about the current case and then they splash a little bit of character development. Just a splash.

 

Season 3

I’m not finished, but I want it to deviate from the formula. As of now there are only three characters remaining from the original cast, so if that’s not a signal of the end of a series I don’t know what is, but Netflix tells me that there are two seasons left. I did like how they included the medieval knight and showed how human history intersecting is part of the rips in time thing.

So I’ll probably finish the series in the next week.

ALSO, it really bugs me that none of the positions on the team are actually specialized. The Egyptologist can suddenly repair all the super-complex computer stuff. You know, because when you major in archaeology they also require courses in computer engineering. Not.

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