Friday, December 28, 2007

1 Day Oil Lasts 1 Month!

10/20/07: I had a prescription to take 4 x 1000mg (4g) of fish oil gel-caps per day. This cost me $39.76 for a 30 day supply (120) under the brand name of Lavaza or Omacor. My insurance company paid another $120.23 for this. I purchased a non-prescription (OTC) amount of (200) x 1200mg softgels for $14.00. This had saved me $33.46 per month.

NOW, I just purchased the same exact container again! I just paid $3.79 at Walgreens for Theragran-M Fish Oil! These are 200: 1200mg softgels! This is less than two cents per tab, and $1.73/month. I am saving myself alone, $38.03/month, and $456.37/year!

Convergys Lake Mary

I have been working on Convergy's Client account for Charter Communications, since 11/21/05. Until October 2007, it has been Telephone Customer Service for their cable VoIP hybrid telephone service. When hired, we were given the impression that it would not be a sales oriented position. Many of us, including myself have ethics, and lack the interest, willingness and skill for sales.

Since October, many policy changes came into effect. Some were done without any warning or explanation.


  1. Most of our stations have been eliminated.

  2. Our supervisors are changed as frequently as every week or two. We are often not given any coaching sessions or team meetings. Many of our Team Leaders have resigned, or transfered to other client accounts.

  3. Places, where information on our job is provided for us, is constantly changed, and we are not told were it would then be provided.

  4. When finally find on our own, information on the correct transfer numbers, a supervisor removes it from our our private notebooks, and not told how to get this information on KMS. We might learn about how, from other Agents on our breaks. It is listed under Cincinnati, instead of our location on KMS! I had to borrow a surviving worn folded list from a peer's pocket, to rewrite it all by hand quickly while I am on a call.

  5. The fifty cents per hour we earned, for working during evening and weekend hours, ceased to be paid to us.

  6. Our schedules were radically changed against our preferences. I used to work days, with weekends off. I now work nights and weekends

  7. We have to work on holidays, and do not necessarily have an extra day off that week.

  8. We were switched from Telephone Billing to Television Repair. At training we were told that upper management wanted our call center to be technical oriented.

  9. We were then told we are in a sales call center, and that 75% of our performance rating is now based on how high our sales are. We were not given any substantial or formal training in sales, the products we sell, or how to enter the orders.

  10. We are no longer allowed to have any time between our calls. We are harassed by telephone calls from our staff, if there are seconds between our receiving calls.

  11. As of January, we will be sent home and not paid if we do not wear certain kinds of clothing.

  12. We are required to set up our computer stations during our own time. When our stations are given away during our lunch, we must do that all over again, and not be paid for it. In addition, if we are not clocked back into our computers after exactly 60 minutes or 15 minutes, it is a serious infraction, that we are scolded for. If we clock-in five minutes late, we are reported as leaving early, which constitutes job abandonment, and can result in termination.

  13. We are penalized for being on a call too long. During the call, we have to show empathy to irate customers with poor service, fix their TV technical issues, sell them products, overcome their objections, put in the order, and make detailed notes notes in their accounts all while keeping them on the telephone until we are finished.

  14. We are not given time to read about constant changes in how we need to do our job, while we are getting paid, and not allowed to do so without pay when we are not scheduled.

Here is a letter I sent to Human Resources Payroll, and their reply:

For several weeks now, I have not received an additional amount per hour that I work in the evening, or on Sunday or Saturday. Why is this? Also, after starting my shift in the morning, and being off Sundays and Saturdays for most of my two years here, this has changed. Why is this? Without warning or explanation, I am suddenly given an exclusive night closing schedule, and well as working both Sundays and Saturdays. Why is this so? This means I am due an even greater amount of differential pay. It is as if you are forcing me to work harder, to eliminate my accommodations, and then not pay me for it. This is among many policy changes lately that has changed my plan to continue working for Convergys for about twenty years. I plan to write you future letters outlining the oppressive and unfair ways you are treating me as an employee. I no longer feel valued by you. The differential pay should be an additional hourly pay of $0.50 per hour that I work during a evening, Sunday or Saturday. My Team Leader has sent letters to answer my questions. She or I have not received answers. Give my answers. Pay me what you agreed to pay me for working for you.

Date: 12/26/2007 9:45PM EST
Cannot reply to this message
Type: Payroll
Subject: Re: Differential
Andrew - I understand your concerns and frustrations, however HR Direct is not a part of the policy making process. Please contact your local Employee Relations person or Human Resources Office to discuss your concerns. Thank you HR Direct

Monday, December 24, 2007

More Days

On Sunday, 12/23/07, I had my first chance to first find out my schedule for the week beginning next Sunday 12/30/07. It has me off Tuesday 1/1,2,3/08. This causes me much distress. I would much prefer to work these regular work days, and have Friday 1/4/08 and Saturday 1/5/08 off. Management has been begging for Agents to work the days that they assigned me off.

Friday, December 21, 2007

5 Years

12/21/2012
"It's the end of the world as we know it, and I feel fine" - REM

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Two 2-eye deers with one star idea

Notice that the antlers on one of these these dear deers form a Star of David!






contributed by sibling

Monday, December 17, 2007

Off Days

It bothers me much not to have Friday and Saturday off each week. I have a regimented schedule to do certain tasks every seven days consistently. Also, this encompasses the Sabbath or day of rest, and is not a workday. I can get much more done on a Friday than on a Sunday, since everyone else is working. I also am distressed not to have my two days off consecutively. For this reason, I have programmed my days off as my first priority. My workweek starts with Sunday, and ends with Saturday. Therefore, my preferences, in order of most desired first, are: Friday & Saturday, Thursday & Friday, Wednesday & Thursday, Tuesday & Wednesday, Monday & Tuesday, and Sunday & Monday. So far I have been given my first three choices these past few weeks. This week, it is back to Friday & Saturday, 12/20&21/07.

I just found out, what my schedule is, for next week. Imagine my dismay, finding that I have only Monday and Tuesday off! I do not know why this was done. I was given no explanation. This would mean only working the one regular workday of Sunday, and then having two days off again! Then I might have to work the next nine days in a row! Besides that, many people are not working on this particular Monday and Tuesday, preventing my productivity! These days off dates are December 24 and 25. They are the most lonely and depressing days of the year! I have nothing better to do than to work. I had to trade these two days with two other people’s days off in order to get Thursday and Friday off next week! That is the time I would then need to do my weekly laundry, groceries, postal mail, dishes, refuse, shave, pills, and cleaning!

Thursday, December 06, 2007

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Godsmack

Good Times, Bad Times is an upcoming greatest hits collection being released by the heavy metal /hard rock band Godsmack. The album is being released as appreciation for fans supporting the band for ten years. The project was originally meant to be a boxed set containing all of the band's previous albums, and a DVD. The album will instead include a cover of the Led Zeppelin song Good Times, Bad Times, and the band's acoustic performance from Las Vegas. Keep Away, Whatever, Voodoo, Good Times, Bad Times, The Enemy... CLICK ME!
Release date: December 4, 2007. (I want this)
This was originally posted 10/21/07

Sunday, November 25, 2007

AS

What Is Asperger Syndrome? By Barbara L. Kirby Founder of the OASIS Web site (http://www.aspergersyndrome.org/) Co-author of THE OASIS GUIDE TO ASPERGER SYNDROME (Crown, 2001, Revised 2005)

Asperger Syndrome or A.S. is a neurobiological behavior named for a Viennese physician, Hans Asperger, who in 1944 published a paper which described a pattern of behaviors in several young boys who had normal intelligence and language development, but who also exhibited autistic-like behaviors and marked deficiencies in social and communication skills. In spite of the publication of his paper in the 1940's, it wasn't until 1994 that Asperger Syndrome was added to the DSM IV and only in the past few years has AS been recognized by professionals and parents.

An individual with AS, is known as an “Aspie”. Aspies can exhibit a variety of characteristics and can range from mild to severe. Persons with AS show marked deficiencies in social skills, have difficulties with transitions or changes and prefer sameness. They often have obsessive routines and may be preoccupied with a particular subject of interest. They have a great deal of difficulty reading nonverbal cues (body language) and very often an Aspie has difficulty determining proper body space. Often overly sensitive to sounds, tastes, smells, and sights, the Aspie may prefer soft clothing, certain foods, and be bothered by sounds or lights no one else seems to hear or see. It's important to remember that an Aspie perceives the world very differently. Therefore, many behaviors that seem odd or unusual are due to those neurological differences and not the result of intentional rudeness or bad behavior, and most certainly not the result of "improper parenting".By definition, those with AS have a normal IQ and many individuals (although not all), exhibit exceptional skill or talent in a specific area. Because of their high degree of functionality and their naiveté, those with AS are often viewed as eccentric or odd and can easily become victims of teasing and bullying. While language development seems, on the surface, normal, Aspies often have deficits in pragmatics and prosody. Vocabularies may be extraordinarily rich and some children sound like "little professors." However, persons with AS can be extremely literal and have difficulty using language in a social context.


At this time there is a great deal of debate as to exactly where AS fits. It is presently described as an autism spectrum disorder and Uta Frith, in her book AUTISM AND ASPERGER'S SYNDROME, described AS individuals as "having a dash of Autism". Some professionals feel that AS is the same as High Functioning Autism, while others feel that it is better described as a Nonverbal Learning Disability. AS shares many of the characteristics of PDD-NOS (Pervasive Developmental Disorder; Not otherwise specified), HFA, and NLD and because it was virtually unknown until a few years ago, many individuals either received an incorrect diagnosis or remained undiagnosed. For example, it is not at all uncommon for a child who was initially diagnosed with ADD or ADHD be re-diagnosed with AS. In addition, some individuals who were originally diagnosed with HFA or PDD-NOS are now being given the AS diagnosis and many individuals have a dual diagnosis of Asperger Syndrome and High Functioning Autism.

Thursday, November 22, 2007

Gobbles & TIMMY!

Being different can save your life. Ask Timmy and Gobbles of South Park fame.





Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Employed 2 years

I work at a no-collar job.

#3) Convergys, Lake Mary FL.....11/21/05 - present.....2 years.

#1) Bed Bath & Beyond, L.I......02/26/96 -10/01/98.....2 years, 7 months, 3 days

#2) M.H.T. / Chemical Bank, L.I......09/14/90 -04/13/93.....2 years, 7 months

#1) on 6/25/08 for Convergys

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Saturday, November 17, 2007

More labels

Have you noticed that there are two Odies for you?

My Lake Mary reference has many interpretations: I made and bottled it in Lake Mary. The pink, red, and Mary suggests woman related. It is as if this drink came from a lake full of this drink. Tomato juice suggests a "Bloody Mary"The dot below "Lake Mary" is a period. The color and consistency of the juice is similar to that of menstruation blood.

Homo can be interpreted as human, or homosexual. Closet can be interpreted as a pantry, or denial. Either way, all is of a healthy and natural lifestyle.

Friday, November 16, 2007

Place of employment survey

11/15/07 Annual Convergys survey: I greatly enjoyed filling out the long and detailed annual employee questionnaire. It in addition, gave me the opportunity to express my thoughts. Below is what I wrote:
Accommodations need to be made for the learning needs of people with Aspergers Syndrome. Training is not used efficiently. Training needs to cover more detail at a slower pace. Too much training time is wasted, often for long periods of non-productive work, such as chatting, smoking, and playing games. Refresher classes should be given to those who need and request them. The lack of communication at all levels is appalling. I am not provided the time to acquire the information and develop the skills to do my job efficiently. I continue to be frustrated in not getting the help that I need. I am eager to do my job better. There are tremendously way too many supervisory, managerial, and policy changes. I love my co-workers more than any other people I have ever met. I never know if the company wants me or not. I want to work here indefinitely. The prizes, contests, shouting, promotions, and events result in lowering my moral and motivation instead of the reverse. Too much time and money is wasted on them as well. I prefer to be shown how to help myself using resources, rather that be told to use them. In the 2 years I have been here, I am constantly craving the opportunity to learn how to do my job, and to have feedback on how I could do my work tasks in a more efficient way.

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I am A Lerner different.

My name is A. Lerner. I am an Aspie. It is not like you think. I think and learn differently than you. The order of my thinking process does not follow the same order as a NT (neuro-typical person), as perhaps yourself. Aspie is a person with Aspergers Syndrome. It is a high functioning form of Autism. One out of every 15 people are Autistic (Aspie ratio). We are gifted in different ways. Albert Einstein, Bill Gates, and Dan Akroid are Aspies. We all "Aspire" to enjoy in life what others take for granted. I am a learner. Since my thinking order and processing of information and stimuli are different, you could say I learn differently, or I am a little different. I prefer to say "I am A Lerner different." I am the A in Lerner.
Aspies think logically, and love math. Math is the only course I earned strait A's in. It has served Albert Einstein well. Aspies compensate to relate with NT people by acting. I am skilled in dry facetious humor. This has served Dan Akroid well. Aspies think "outside the box", and are non-conformists. I have found innovative ways to survive, and rejected formal and traditional education. This has served Bill Gates well. Aspies love words, phrases, and word play. This has served A. Lerner well.

Thomas Alva Edison said that "Genius is one percent inspiration and 99 percent perspiration." I have 100% Aspieration. I am ASPIErational. Like Bill Gates, I use the ASpie operating system. -2/14/08

Saturday, November 10, 2007

Sign

“CAUTION: Physically Disabled Person may be eaten by a crocodile at the bottom of the hill.”

Originally posted 10/13/2005

Sunday, November 04, 2007

Less "clock" work, more time.

Because of computers and the Internet, the time on my clocks have changed from DST to EST autonomously. This includes my DVR/digital converter, PDA, mobile phone, computer, telephone displays, and my wireless atomic clock/thermometers. Orange you glad clockwork is easier today? Please click on the clock title to this posting to see an orange revision that was not red or read. Or, instead, you can just scroll down to the posting of 10/31/07.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Fish Oil

I have a prescription to take 4 x 1000mg (4g) of fish oil gel-caps per day. This costs me $39.76 for a 30 day supply (120) under the brand name of Lavaza or Omacor. My insurance company saves me $120.23 for this. I purchased a non-prescription (OTC) amount of (200) x 1200mg softgels for $14.00! This saves me $33.46 per month! That saves me $401.52 per year! That is a total savings of $1,844.28 per year! I plan to consult my Cardio center if 3600mg/day is sufficient.

Also they have no fishy aftertaste. FishTaste? This is the phonetic Yiddish word for "Do you understand?

Today, I replaced one of my oak kitchen cabinet doors, that was painted with high gloss oil-based almond paint, with an oak door that was not painted. It was not wanted in another unit in my community. I wish all of the paint on my cabinetry to be removed. I love oak. All of my living room and bedroom furniture are oak.

Monday, October 15, 2007

You might be an Aspie if...

This is a collection of phrases that I most identify with, in regard to its intention, motivation, theme, and meaning. Sometimes it is exact. Examples include Star Trek, South Park, Blog, and T-shirt.

"If it takes you 5 minutes to explain where the mayonnaise is in the refrigerator.....you might be an Aspie"

"If you would rather eat broken glass than go to a sorority party....you might be an Aspie"

...when someone says, "Now take a minute and picture -in your head- something or other", you wonder why it would be necessary to suggest it, because you always have pictures in your head.

...when you get old you know you will be "an old lady with cats" (or dogs, or ferrets, or lizards.

...you want to sky-dive or bungee jump, but you wouldn't do it if you had to drive through traffic to get there.

...if when you were a kid, and other kids wanted to play ball, you wanted to turn toy cars over and spin their wheels.

...on the one hand you think you are the most interesting person you know, but not too many other people are trying to get to know you.

...you have learned to say "why" in several different languages.

...your boss says, "Do such and such", and you can't do it until you know "why", because you are not going to waste your time on doing something that doesn't make sense.

...if you refused to let your grown son get rid of his Lego's, because you wanted to have the option of playing with them yourself again.

...you get extremely disappointed in yourself if you don't know something when you need to know it because you really "SHOULD" know that.

...you choose the grocery aisle that you go down based on whether or not there are any other people (children) in that aisle.

...you knew years ahead of time that you weren't going to the senior prom. (I did not know what it was)

...the word "Hallmark" makes you think "When you care enough to send the very best",
and you can remember tons of those kinds of "ad" lines and you use them in everyday speech.

...if you recognize yourself in the "you might be an Aspie" jokes and you don't know if you should laugh or cry.

...you are middle aged and going to college and petrified by the question "what is your major" because you don't know if it should be, English, Russian, Art, Art History, Psychology or whatever your next interest will be, OR if you should pursue your own personalized major program in Eremitic Studies or Anti-Social Science.

...if the thought, "there has to be a pattern to this" is a major theme of your life.

...if you were a treker long before there were such things (when the show started in 1970?, I don't remember numbers.) (10 extra points if you are a female)

...if the word "logic" goes right to your heart but the word "love" usually bounces off of it.

...if you been driving a car with someone in the passenger seat who's voice was too quiet and you reached for the volume control on the radio to turn up the the sound of their voice. (OK, that's just strange....but true)

...if you absolutely hate news reporters who go up to the grieving widow and say, "Are you sad?, tell us exactly how sad are you?". I want the widow to say, "Of course I'm sad you idiot, see the tears? My husband was just shot, fool!" They're just a bunch of vampires, the news media. (rant)

...if you think cataclysm is a really great word. Catamaran, catatonic, catalyst, Catalan, catalogue, catastrophe all great words, and they start with CAT, which is neat, too. Patagonia is a neat word, too. And sassafras.

...if you think an old fashioned egg beater is a very cool toy.

...you go to see a psychologist a bit worried that he might tell you that you are imagining that you are on the autism spectrum, and the visit goes well, especially when you catch yourself watching the ceiling fan blades lazily spinning....then you go look in the fancy shops nearby and about an hour of this window shopping, etc., you realize that you have had your sweater on inside out since you left home...
and then you can't wait to tell the psychologist that you did that because it's funny and so typically Aspie.
--you make sure to describe the whole sweater on inside-out incident on your blog.

You get irritated when people come up to talk to you when you are doing something important like; staring at a wall, trying to find a space in your mind that is not overwhelmed by noise and imposing people with their desire to converse.

...you always liked the phrase "deja vu" and have experienced it, of course, but you were really happy when you learned about,"jamais vu", because it's always nice to know that the psychologists have picked pretty sounding French words to describe your problems.

...your teacher commands every one in the room to pair-off to discuss a topic and you are extremely relieved that no one wants to be your partner.

...you are extremely grateful for online tax preparation because:
a)no one has to try to decipher your handwriting,
b)you don't have to see or talk to anyone to file your taxes, not even the people at the post office...


...you feel somehow privileged to have insights into the subject of cultural anthropology because you have been studying anthropo's your whole life trying to figure out what makes their culture tick. (it's Temple Grandin who compared herself an "anthropologist on Mars")

...you have a t-shirt with the word Aspie on it.

...you tell people you have a "neurodevelopmental disorder" and you kind of hope that they don't ask what that means.

...you think "Cure Autism Now" ought to be called "Eliminate Autistics Now" and it makes you mad.

YMBAAI: You find it extraordinarily annoying to hear someone say the same thing multiple times, but you do that same thing yourself, that is, say things multiple times. Did I tell you that I hate hearing other people say things multiple times, but that I do the very same thing? Multiple times?

…the Jehovah's Witnesses missionaries who rang your doorbell fell over in a dead faint when you answered the door because you were so engrossed with whatever, and you like being nude in the privacy of your own house and rushed to answer the door without putting on a bathrobe.

…you go into a tizzy because a family member who ought to know better gives as a birthday present something you already have.

…your idea of a date is to lie under the stars with your partner of the evening and discuss which of the visible stars will become a black hole the soonest.

…you almost go into a panic when you discover that a picture or other wall-mounted item is hanging 1° off perpendicular, and you feel compelled to straighten it out, even if it's not in your own home.

…you not only line things up, you always line them up in a symmetrical arrangement.

…you're disappointed that the latest close-approaching meteor is not, after all, going to hit Earth because you've been fascinated by cataclysms and catastrophism ever since you first saw "When Worlds Collide" and it scared the bejeebers out of you, and you really want to see what a real cataclysm would be like.

…you tend to regard the world as your personal scientific experiment, with you playing Mad Scientist to the hilt.

...you constantly forget taking the trash out even if you walk past it all the time because it isn't on your mental agenda of things to do.

..if you spend hours trying to figure out how someone could find a meaning in your words that was not there.

...if you do your walks and exercises at night because it is quiet then and hardly anyone else around.

...if you are cleaning up the house and later find you put the oranges in the shoe-holder and the shoes in the fridge.

...if your brain decides to take a leave when ever you are asked to do an unpleasant task.

...you are at a tour at a science museum and can't help correcting your touring guide on matters of quantum mechanics.

...you don't realize that people call you names because "stupid idiot" has nothing to do with you.

....you sit around trying to decide what to work on today, and by the time you are done deciding the day is over.

...you understand a certain figure of speech because it was explained to you, but you still wonder what idiot could come up with something like that.

...you consider the pleasantries of others just a waste of time.

...you follow rules to the letter - but only if they make sense to you.

You manage to make out a list of shopping items to buy, and you hate making lists. You feel all proud of yourself for your accomplishment until you realize once you're at the store that you left it on the kitchen counter.

YOU MAY BE AN ASPIE IF you have dreams of communicating with extraterrestrials and nightmares about chatting with the next-door neighbor.

YMBAAI you'd rather endure a root canal (without anesthesia) than watch certain cartoons. (10 points extra if your peeves EXCLUDE modern works like "South Park")

YMBAAI you prefer a collegiate library over a public one because their inventory is more to your taste and you have less chance of having your attention interrupted by a screaming two-year-old.

YMBAAI you feel like rallying for the free-speech rights of the Road Runner (there's gotta be more to him than just "beep-beep").

YMBAAI you find it easier to remember something reasonable like "acetylsalicylic acid" than some arcane, fancy-shmantz word like "aspirin".

YMBAAI people think of you when they see a film of Jews praying at the Wailing Wall--and you're Presbyterian.

YMBAAI you indicate diary entries by Star-Date.

YMBAAI you've often been caught dancing to supermarket music.

YMBAAI you firmly believe that amyotropic laterosclerosis should be named for Stephen Hawking instead of Lou Gehrig.

YMBAAI your life's ambition is to produce "Webster's Dictionary--The Movie".

YMBAAI you call Time and Temperature because it has the only voice that won't call you bad names.

YMBAAI when someone recommends that you ask Jesus into you heart, you form a mental picture of him changing the wallpaper in your left atrium.

...you go to the paper shop to buy a newspaper but you can't decide whether to get the Herald or the Telegraph, then you remember news is all lies and nonsense so you go home again without a paper.

...you get all cleaned up and dressed for a party and just before you walk out the door you remember you hate parties so you switch on the computer, put on a t-shirt and get settled in for the night.

You like defraging your hard drive so you can watch little blue squares lining up for a couple of hours.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

A.S.P.E.R.G.E.R.S.

Advanced vocabulary
Sensitive to criticism
Particular topic obsession
Endless talking
Rigid
Gifted
Easily distressed
Remiss
Socially challenged

Saturday, October 06, 2007

WAYFARER eye shades

These are "Wayfarer" eye shades. They were lost, found, and returned to me. Still missing, are my two pairs of prescription optical shades.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Free South Park episodes!

One of my favorite episodes is "4th Grade" (Season 4; Episode 59; 2000 Nov 08) College students build a time machine out of Timmy's wheelchair, sending him back to some saurian epoch. AKA episode 512 and 4-12. Use this link or click here to watch this episode. If that does not work, than see this other favorite episode about Family Guy!
The 2007 Emmy award for outstanding animated program went to “South Park”.

Monday, September 24, 2007

AQ test

Take this test and let me know your score. I got a 42. You have to figure out your test manualy, yourself. The "Calculate Score" button link does not work. To look at and or take this test, Click on "AQ test" above. OR, you can go here first, instead, and have it graded for you. Go to this posting for another test.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Friday, September 21, 2007

Yom Kippur

Sundown on Friday, September 21 through Sundown on Saturday, September 22 is the day that corresponds with the Hebrew calendar in 5768 for the day of Yom Kippur.

Yom Kippur (Hebrew) is a Jewish holiday, known in English as the Day of Atonement. It is the holiest and most solemn day of the Jewish year. Its central theme is atonement and repentance for sins against both God and ones fellow man. On this day, Jewish people are greeted with the phrase "Good Yontif" (Yom Tov).

Please click on the title and all words that are underlined, or in a different color for more information.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

My Mother

My Mother was last alive on this day, five years ago. She was born in 1918. Her name is Edith Miriam Lerner.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

The 2007 Emmy award for Outstanding Variety, music or comedy series was earned by "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," on Comedy Central.

Sunday, September 16, 2007

SOUTH PARK

The 2007 Emmy award for outstanding animated program went to “South Park”. South Park had been nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Animated Program seven times (1998, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006, and 2007). The show has now won twice, for the 2005 episode "Best Friends Forever".[12] and the 2006 episode "Make Love, Not Warcraft".[13]

On April 5, 2006, it was announced that the show had won a Peabody Award.[12]South Park was nominated for important awards such as the 1998 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Primetime or Late Night Television Program. It was also nominated for the 1998 GLAAD Award for Outstanding TV - Individual Episode for "Big Gay Al's Big Gay Boat Ride". It also received an Image Award nomination for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series (Isaac Hayes) in 1999. [14]South Park was nominated for a 2006 Teen Choice Award for "Best Animated Show", but lost to Family Guy.[15]

South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut was nominated for an Oscar for "Best Music, Original Song" for the song "Blame Canada". They lost to Phil Collins and made fun of him in two consecutive episodes in season 4 ("Cartman's Silly Hate Crime 2000" & "Timmy 2000"). Creator Trey Parker explained the reasoning for these barbs in the season 4 DVD commentary. Saying, "we were fully expecting to lose, just not to Phil Collins." It was performed by Robin Williams during the televised award show, which was the first to carry a TV-14 parental advisory, in part because of the performance of that song, which contains some adult language.

Another track from the movie, "Uncle Fucka", won an MTV Movie Award for Best Musical Performance; Trey Parker and Matt Stone accepted the award, and thanked the audience for "not nominating Phil Collins".South Park is the last actively-running television series that has won a CableACE Award. It won the award for Best Animated Series in 1997, the last year the awards were given out.[16]

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Towelie

Towelie, (also known as Toweleeeie or Stephen McTowelie), voiced by Vernon Chatman, is a talking "RG-400 Smart Towel" manufactured by Tynacorp, designed to automatically be able to adjust his absorbency level depending on the dampness of the surface he is used on. He is 17 in "towel years". He is usually seen either giving towel-related advice to the citizens of South Park or, more often, getting high on marijuana. Towelie constantly reminds other characters to "Don't forget to bring a towel!" and then, after an awkward pause, asks the subjects "do you wanna get high?".

Towelie often falsely claims that drugs improve his memory and/or make him smarter. It is implied that marijuana is to Towelie's memory as spinach is to Popeye's strength: whenever Towelie smokes a joint, the Popeye theme song is played, as it is when Popeye eats spinach. This ends in an anticlimax with Towelie forgetting where he is and what he was doing, saying "I have no idea what's going on."

Towelie's major appearances include appearing in a self titled episode based around his origin, and in A Million Little Fibers, a parody where he writes a partly fabricated memoir, which gets him into trouble with his fans. After Kenny's death, the boys go searching for a replacement friend in the episode Professor Chaos. Towelie, a possible candidate, was said to be "Stoned all the time. You can't really depend on him for anything", by the boys. Nonetheless, Towelie makes it to the final round.

In the South Park episode A Million Little Fibers, Towelie goes on the Oprah Winfrey show wherein Oprah's genitalia begins to talk, in a 'British' accent, and refers to itself as her minge.

"A Million Little Fibers" is episode 10x05 of South Park and aired on April 19, 2006. It is primarily a parody of the controversy surrounding James Frey's book A Million Little Pieces and focuses on Towelie and features none of the other main characters. This episode is the lowest rated South Park episode on Internet Movie Database [1].

Towelie is one of my favorite characters.This is the first episode of South Park I have seen without any of the main characters. Unlike most of the episodes, I did not smile often. I laugh out loud at many. This episode had a talking towel, who smokes marijuana. He wrote a book, and was on both the Larry King and Oprah Winfrey show. Other prominent characters in this episode included Geraldo Rivera, Oprah's "Asshole" and vagina. I found the sensationalism of the script amusing.
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At the end of Towelie's fist episode, Towelie is very high and has no idea where he is at. This leads Cartman to tell him, "You're the worst character ever, Towelie." Towelie replies, "I know." Please click on the title and all words that are underlined, or in a different color for more information.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Foresight + Hindsight

On this day in 1981, I earned and received my Diploma, for completing a 675 hour course on Computer Programming. As of 2001, this was twenty years ago. Now it is twenty six years ago.

Two years ago today, @ & I met for the fist time. We are meeting for only the second time this year, today!

See also 3/8/11.

Leopold "Butters" Stotch

Leopold "Butters" Stotch (voiced by Matt Stone) is a fictional character in the animated television series South Park; his nickname is a play on the word butterscotch. Butters has a large tuft of blond hair on top of his head, and wears an aquamarine jacket with green pants. His birthday is September 11, after the September 11, 2001 attacks.[1] Having a birthday that's the same day as a national tragedy is one of the many misfortunes Butters has suffered. Butters speaks with a distinctive stuttering Southern accent, and has a wholesome attitude despite suffering greatly at the hands of his friends and family. The character is loosely based on South Park director of animation Eric Stough, who Parker and Stone regarded as a "goody-goody" because of his reluctance to offend.[2]
The creators have said in multiple
DVD commentaries that Butters is one of their "top 3 favorite characters".


Despot

President George W. Bush has pathetic poll standings because of his position on stem cell research, the Iraq war, Hurricane Katrina, and the Veterans'Administration. George Bush is a liar, cheat, and a low-intelligence weasel. He took the tragedy of September 11th and used it to frighten and manipulate the American people. He lied about weapons of mass destruction and invaded Iraq for oil and money, causing the deaths of tens of thousands and making the United States the most hated country on earth. He appointed cronies to positions of power and influence, leading to widespread death and destruction during Hurricane Katrina. He awarded contracts and tax cuts to his rich friends so that we now have more poverty in this country and a greater gap between rich and poor than we've had since the Depression.He has headed the most corrupt, bribe-inducing political party since Teapot Dome. The national surplus has turned into a staggering national debt of$7.6 trillion, gas prices are up 85%, which the people of America cannot afford, and vital research in global warming and stem cells is stopped cold because he's afraid to lose votes from religious kooks.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Public Quotes

Publix is also experimenting with a gourmet deli at its Lake Mary Collection store in Lake Mary, Florida.[16]
Publix recently announced in August 2007 that it plans to offer 7 Antibiotics for free to its customers. The 7 prescription drugs include amoxicillin, ampicillin, cephalexin, ciprofloxacin (excluding ciprofloxacin XR), erythromycin (excluding Ery-Tab), sulfamethoxazole/trimethoprim (or SMZ-TMP) and penicillin VK. Customers must have a prescription and are given up to a 14 day supply for free. [17]

I have Atention Deficit Disorder: I do not receive enough attention.
In The U.S.A., Quality is job two. Convenience is number one.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Both @ Are Back!

After either more or less than a year, both @ are back in my life! Each @ represents a person in my life that I treasure. @&@

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Rich & @ with me @ home.

Richard Elliot Lerner visits my home. @ & & connected via telephone.

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Hug Coupon

This is printed on the back of my "&rew Lerner Custom Creations" cards. I made this from scratch. I am proud of myself with the professional job I did. Please click on the title of this and every posting. Please click on the picture for a large detailed view.

Friday, August 10, 2007

Brian Griffin

Brian is a talking dog, who has lived with the Griffin family since Peter picked him up as a stray. While he exhibits some typical dog behaviors like eating garbage, licking himself, intensely fearing the vacuum cleaner and the dog whistle, sleeping at the foot of Peter Griffin's bed, and trouble standing up in the car, he also possesses various anthropomorphic qualities, such as the ability to speak intelligently, drive a car, and walk bipedally. He also has a particularly sharp wit. Peter is his best friend, despite Brian's vastly superior intelligence.

Brian has a cultured background; he loves
opera and jazz (he is a fan of John Coltrane) and speaks fluent French, Tagalog, and decent Spanish. He is also a member of Mensa. He loves to sing, and can imitate a barbershop quartet without accompaniment. He is an avid writer, having once been invited to write for The New Yorker; although he was fired from the magazine when it was learned he did not graduate from college. He has also attempted to write a novel, although has made little progress (for which Stewie mocks him). He is a smoker (although in the commentary for the episode Road to Rhode Island on The Freakin' Sweet Collection, Brian stated that he has quit smoking and has gained weight as a result and he also did not smoke during the 2006-2007 season), an alcoholic and recovered cocaine addict. Brian discovered that his alcoholism has stemmed from his mother abandoning him and for which he saw a therapist. He has also referred to buying, being in possession of, or smoking marijuana in five episodes.

Thursday, August 09, 2007

Disturbed

Disturbed is a rock band from Chicago, Illinois. The group was formed in 1996 when musicians Dan Donegan, Steve "Fuzz" Kmak, and Mike Wengren hired singer David Draiman in Chicago, Illinois. [1] David Michael Draiman was born March 13, 1973 in Flatbush, New York)[1] , to an Orthodox Jewish family. Originally classified as a nu metal band,[1] Disturbed is now regarded by some music critics as hard rock or heavy metal,[2] although others now regard them as alternative metal.[3] However, the band's genre is still being debated. When asked about die-hard metal fans not finding Disturbed heavy enough, frontman David Draiman stated: "We probably have too much melody going on or we're not quite as turbulent or caustic. While I really love that type of music, it's not what we try to do. If we have to place things in context, we're more hard rock than heavy metal these days."[4]

Wednesday, August 08, 2007

Odie 1978 & beyond


Odie first appeared in the comic strips on August 8, 1978, which is considered his birthday. There has been only one comic strip that celebrates Odie's birthday, in 1995[1]. He was originally a pet to Jon Arbuckle's roommate Lyman, but Lyman disappeared from the series after about five years (with the exception of a one-panel cameo appearance in the strip for Garfield's 10th birthday). Odie eventually becomes a pet to Jon. There were some strips stating he was a pet to Jon originally.
In the motion picture, Odie was adopted by Jon at a veterinarian center.
One year from today is 8/8/8, and Odie will be exactly Age 30!

Friday, August 03, 2007

Employment Duration: 3 on 3

#3) Convergys, Lake Mary FL
.....11/21/05 - present.....1 year, 8 months, 13 days
#1) Bed Bath & Beyond, L.I.
.....02/26/96 -10/01/98.....2 years, 7 months, 3 days

#2) M.H.T. / Chemical Bank, L.I.
.....09/14/90 -04/13/93.....2 years, 7 months

#1) on 6/25/08 for Convergys

Monday, July 30, 2007

Pen Again

Pen again $9.95 Pen Again Most Comfortable Pen In Our History The Pen Again with its new, soft ergonomic grip, is the most comfortable pen we,ve tested in our many years in business and it improves writing legibility The pen is designed to fit your hand, reducing pain and stress on your joints. Its organic form contours to the hand's natural position when the hand is relaxed. The pen slides easily into your grip and seves as a perfect extension of your fingers. A new favorite of many with and without hand problems. Retractible point, pocket clip, black ink. Comes with 2 refills. Addtional refills are also available.

Sunday, July 29, 2007

LAKE MARY IS THE BEST!

Lake Mary, Rated by Money Magazine as the #4 best place to live in America in the August 2007 issue.
4. Lake Mary, Fla. Population: 13,200 Median home price (2006): $321,173 Average property taxes (2005): $2,419Pros: Big-economy jobs, small-town feel, no income tax. Lake Mary may be only 30 minutes from Orlando and 45 from Daytona Beach, but residents have plenty of shopping, restaurants and events in their own backyard. There are lakes for boating and fishing, and the Timacuan golf course lies in the center of town. On weekdays, the Lake Mary job population rockets from less than 14,000 to more than 35,000 as commuters arrive. Rockets can also be seen going up at the Kennedy Space Center. Housing prices have been on the rise, but a four-bedroom, three-bath house can still be had for $300,000. Click on the title above, and every title, always.

Saturday, July 28, 2007

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

Monday, July 23, 2007

South Park

I love South Park! It is amazing and unfortunate that I did not discover it until recently! It was an incentive to get my first DVR the other week. How did I survive without a DVR my whole life, let alone South Park? Now I have ten days, each with three episodes, on my DVR. The title of this posting is "South Park". Please click on it for more information on South Park. This was originally posted on 6/15/07.

Sunday, July 22, 2007

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Friday, July 20, 2007

News

Face Smashed Into Concrete!
Electricity Suspended!....Tatto put onto arm!
Exposed Behind Clear Glass!
Ate 4-Year Old Food!.... Last Day of Job!

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I dove into my 6' pool last week. I scraped the back of my hands to save my face. I had a power outage for two hours. I put a temporary tattoo of Homer Simpson on my arm. I started making plastic window decals. I finished eating food purchased in NY from years ago. I started a new position today. It is the same company, same desk, same PC, and same co-workers. However, we are all now doing this new job. It is much busier and more work.


Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Odie Zephron Lerner

Odie, her name-sake to the left, was adopted by me on this date, twenty years ago. She was a Whippet/Shepard, born in May, 1987.

Liquid Ice


This is a copy of self-adhesive labels that surround the bottles I bring to work each day. If you click on it, and then go to its own web page, you can click to save it. Then you can print it out and put it on your own plastic bottles. However, I would need to fill it with product. The resolution and colors were compromised for web display purposes.

I made this label from scratch. I am very proud of myself with the professional job I did. Please click on the title of this and every posting. Please click on the picture for a large detailed view.

Contains: Water, purified by reverse osmosis, triple filtration & bottled by &rew Lerner @ 943 Bakewell Ct. Lake Mary, FL. Andrew.Lerner@yahoo.com Call 321.214.9855 516.770.3766 &rew Lerner Custom Creations
Improvements to the label include the phrase "Re-usable Container" in word-art. Dioxins are highly poisonous to the cells of our bodies. Don't freeze your plastic bottles with water in them as this releases dioxins from the plastic. Click on title for Reverse Osmosis.