Archive for September 2004

When late becomes early

When late becomes early

I went into the city last nigh. Had a very nice time with Tara and Ross. And then I had to get home….. I left at 1:40am or so. Waited at the 34th St PATH stop for 20 minutes, waited at Journal Square for 15 minutes, got to my car exhausted.. Made it 10 miles or so and pulled over to take a 10 minute nap; my eyes were so tired and dry! It felt like someone was rubbing sandpaper in my eyes as long as they were open. It was torture! After my nap, I made it another 10 miles before having to pull over… the sandpaper man was working overtime. Drinking lots of water helped a tiny bit, rubbing my eyes felt like… rubbing sandpaper in my eyes, turning the air conditioner on or off felt like I was changing the grit of the sandpaper. I stopped a couple more times. I got home at 5 fucking 30 in the morning. :-(((( Now here it is, 11am and I feel like I’ve been run over by a steam roller. This sucks. I tried loud music, pinching myself, heat, cold, singing loudly, pure concentration, naps, slapping myself, caffeine doesn’t work…. I don’t know what else to do. And the worst is, when I get out of the car, I feel awake again! I mean, if I had stayed home, I might have gone to bed at 2 or 3. It’s like I’ve got automotive Seasonal Affective Disorder or something. Maybe I should shine lights on my face to wake up.

My time in the city was good. We tried the Kava Kava I had ordered from Hawaii. It was nice… a very similar feeling to when I was at Burning Man. That was good.

(No, it didn’t make me any more sleepy than usual. I’ve had this sleepy-driver syndrome several times now)

I can’t recommend

It’s not that they are terrible. Just a bit slow and don’t always have good product stocks. Read on…

9-16-04 Ordered a product online (at 70% off local prices). I had found the site from some official-ish Maine health care web site.

9-21-04 Sent email asking what’s up.

9-22-04 Got email response

My name is Aleisha and I would like to thank you for your interest in

We received your prescription on Sept 20th and needed to confirm the date the prescription was written. We got confirmation from your Doctor and the order is now processing.

You will get an email when your order is shipped. It will contain the tracking information.

9-28-04 Sent email saying that I’d cancel my order if it didn’t arrive by October 11th

9-28-04 They leave me a voice message to call them back.

9-29-04 I call back. They say, “We don’t have it in stock and don’t know when it’s coming in. We’ll cancel your order now.”


Now I’m trying Wish me luck.

Professional driver

Professional driver. Shown with optional accessories. Closed Course. Do Not Attempt.

Desperately Seeking Burning Man

I desperately want to tell you, dear reader, all about Burning Man. It was such a huge moment. I’m building up a big thang with pictures (some 400 photos raw footage), stories, guides, all that jazz. So don’t think that Total Remodeling of Union NJ has replaced in my mind the energy of Burning Man.

I’m already making an effort to shift my current world more into the world I saw in Black Rock City.

Total Remodeling of Union NJ is bad people

The short form: Total Remodeling of Union NJ (the same people are at Total Renovation Center) called me even though I am on the National “Do Not Call” list. I did some followup research and found they have been successfully sued by the state of New Jersey concerning their Do-Not-Call practices.

Total Remodeling has agreed to pay $123,500 to settle the alleged telemarketing violations and $23,000 to reimburse the state for its investigative costs and attorneys’ fees. The company also agreed to pay $5,000 to settle alleged violations of the state’s Consumer Fraud Act and/or accompanying regulations.

This announcement in it’s entirety appears at the end of this post.


At 1:57pm today, 9-16-04, I got a call… Here’s how it went:

[click click… autodialer pause]
Me: Hello?
Him: Hi, is this Mr. Sunco [slightly mispronounced]?
Me: Yes.
Him: “Hi, this is [I missed the name] from Total Remodeling. [Something about their company wanting to remodel my home].
Me: [putting on a chipper voice, hoping to scam the scammer] What was your name again?
Him: It’s [grunt] [click. hangup]

  • *69 “The number of your last incoming call was 908-686-1443”
  • Google for “908-686-1443”. Nothing
  • Google for “908-686”. Found several businesses in Union, NJ.
  • Google for ““Total Remodeling” NJ“. Found their company in Union NJ.

Contact Information:
Total Remodeling
Neil Parsons
1767 Rte. 22, West
Union, NJ 07083
Phone: 908-686-5788
Fax: 908-686-7810

Me: Hi I was just on the phone with someone from Total Remodeling and we got disconnected.
Happy Woman’s voice: Maybe I can help. What was this about?
Me: Actually, it was about an unsolicited call I got. You see, I’m on the National Do Not Call List.
Happy Woman’s voice: Ok. Hang on just a minute.
[music on hold]
Greg: Hi, this is Greg. Can I help you.
Me: I just got a call from someone at Total Remodeling. The trouble is, I’m on the National Do Not Call List.
Greg: Sorry about that. We’re still working the bugs out of that system. Are you at [he recites my phone number].
Me: Yes.
Greg: I’ll make sure we take you off the list.
Me: Alright. Have a good day.

  • Curious, I do a little more homework online and find that Total Remodeling has been named in a Do Not Call list lawsuit in the year 2000.
  • I call back Greg.

Me: Hi Greg, I just did a little homework and found that your company has been making unsolicited calls for a long while. You really shouldn’t be doing that. So I filed a complaint at and I’m making a web page to tell everyone about my experience with you.
Greg: Sorry you feel that way [or some nondescript apology like that]
Me: Bye. [hangup]

Here is the announcement from the state of NJ in it’s entirety:

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Kryptonite Locks


The Kryptonite Evolution 2000 bike lock (with a $3,000 theft warrantee) can be defeated with a Bic pen in 10 seconds.

If you outlaw Bic pens, only outlaws will have Bic pens!