Friday, February 27, 2004

The Saga of the Elusive Stoli Zinnamon.

Two weeks ago I sat comfortably in a hotel room nestled in the Catskill Mountains of New York and drank a spirit I had never tried before. It was delicious, it was spicy, it was Stoli Zinnamon. I drank it as my hosts had intended, straight, on the rocks.

I thought about it the next day...and when my hosts offered it again, later that evening, I jumped at the opportunity. I drank it...again...one glass, before the bottle was empty. They had more plain vodka, but it just wasn't the same. So I figured I could get some more when I came back to Boston...a bottle all to myself.

Insta and I went to a liquor store tonight, clerk saw me eyeing the Stoli bottles on the shelf and asked if I was looking for something in particular. "Stoli Cinnamon?" I said, still trying to find it among all the other bottles. "I don't think we have Stoli Cinnamon. In fact, I didn't even know Stoli made cinnamon vodka.
"Yeah, they do." I said to him..."I just had it recently...it's a little like Goldschlagger..."
"...without being so firebally" he said, finishing my sentence...
"exactly..." I acknowledged.

So we left, no Cinnamon Stoli, but a bottle of good ol' Sinatra-approved Jack Daniels instead.

When I came home I asked Melissa, (who enjoyed the Stoli Cinnamon along side me) if I was correct about the special spirit. She confirmed. Indeed I was correct, we did enjoy "Stoli Zinnamon" as it is spelled on the label. "But it's not on their site." I said to her. "All I can find is this info page and a recipe some girl made up named the "Dry Beaver."

"Don't you remember..." she said to me...I'm always forgetting things..."They have a hard time finding it..."
"They said that?!" I exclaimed in mixed excitement and disappointment. "Yeah, that's why they bought several bottles when they were in St. Thomas last month..."
"Oh! So that explains it...I wonder if you can get it States side..."

If anyone knows where I can legally purchase a bottle of Stoli Zinnamon (Cinnamon) in the Boston or New York City area, please, please, please let me know.

Saturday, February 21, 2004

Jumping on the bandwagon

You're Alice's Adventures in Wonderland!

by Lewis Carroll

After stumbling down the wrong turn in life, you've had your mind
opened to a number of strange and curious things. As life grows curiouser and curiouser,
you have to ask yourself what's real and what's the picture of illusion. Little is coming
to your aid in discerning fantasy from fact, but the line between them is so blurry that
it's starting not to matter. Be careful around rabbit holes and those who smile to much,
and just avoid hat shops altogether.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

Tuesday, February 10, 2004

I'll use any excuse to bring back this picture.

Bestseller or yesterday's news?

Thursday, February 05, 2004

[ For context see post below ]

I am an idiot. I am a moron.

I figured out the problem and it had nothing to do with the card at all...sort of.

I bought the wrong one. I bought a network/telephone modem combo card. It's being returned tomorrow.

I hope my story was a source of amusement. At least then it would have some value.

I blame the dongle.

I bought the computer I use most frequently in 1999 or early 2000. It's a few years old, but it still works well for my everyday needs. I, probably like most people, don't have the money for a brand-spankin'-new machine, so I'm making do with what I have...something that's becoming unusual now-a-days...

When I bought this computer I purchased a combo modem/Ethernet card (PCMCIA - after all, I am on a laptop) along with it, which I've used ever since...and it's been fine...until now. This card uses "dongles" these silly little tentacles that hang precariously from the card, where you plug the Ethernet or phone cable. These dongles are such a silly idea and even worse in practice. The slightest bump, breeze, bustle, tug, turn or tear will disconnect your computer, letting the cable connected to the dongle, dangle from the table or flop to the floor.

Finally, after four years of use, and four years of fear that I would lose the damn dongle and be somewhere stranded without the ability to connect, I did what needed to be done. I ordered a new combo card. One without dongles.

It came today.

On my way out I noticed a box, from Amazon, with my name on it, in the lobby of my building near the mailboxes. Of course, for securities sake I couldn't just leave it sitting there...I wouldn't want it to get stolen. So I brought it back to my apartment. Of course, I couldn't just leave an unopened box there, what if they had sent me the wrong card? So I opened it. They sent me the right card, but I couldn't just leave without seeing what the card actually looked like...what if it had been damaged? So I opened the box - card looked great...

I suppose at this point I could have just left and not installed it...but momentum got the best of me and I started to install. Should be real easy right?

Right...it should be. But it's not.

I take out the old card, dongle and cable fell off, of course and plug in the new card. Win 2000 recognizes it without a problem, asks me for a location to search for a driver...so I dig in the box for the driver CD that came with it. There is no driver CD. Only a floppy disk. There's FAX software on CD included, but all the drivers are on a 3.5" floppy. So I had to shut down the computer, take out the CDRom drive, swap it with my floppy, and boot back up. Installed without a hitch after that.

Great. I'm ready to go...

Now I'm in all sorts of networking hell. It recognizes the card, the card is talking to my router, but I have no connection at all. Zero packets sent, zero packets received. IPConfig isn't telling me much...won't let me /renew...All sorts of bad things are happening.

The worst part is...I knew this was going to happen. This ALWAYS happens. I'll figure it out by the end of the night. It'll be something small, silly and insignificant, but I will have spent the good part of the evening tracking it down. It shouldn't be this way. What ever happened to 'plug and play' ?

So I bet you're wondering how, if I don't have a connection, am I able to post this blog? The trusty ol' dongle. Four years and counting...

Stay tuned for updates...

"And Nietzsche, with his theory of eternal recurrence. He said that the life we lived we're gonna live over again the exact same way for eternity. Great. That means I'll have to sit through the Ice Capades again..."

-Woody Allen from "Hannah and her sisters"

Wednesday, February 04, 2004

Happy Winter.

Post your best distance...

490.2 for me.

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