Filled out my W-4 and I-9 this morning. Suddenly, it's real.

Did anyone else just have trouble connecting to

We call our car, "Sequel." It was "Boogaloo" until the alt-right decided to coopt that word.

In the whole "Check Engine Light But Nothing Is Wrong" end, this is very much like our earlier cars.

Update: Just like the two GM vehicles we had, the VW didn't record any sort of error code associated with the check engine light.

"This is normal," the tech told us.

At least the visit was free, right?

Our Check Engine light came on last Thursday, so we scheduled an appointment.

I fueled up on Monday, and the light went off.

Tuesday morning, the light came back on. We're super-glad we didn't cancel the appointment.

This morning? Light turned off as Steph was leaving my office.

So far, VW doesn't seem to be any better-made than GM. Just sayin'.

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Better Half has a co-worker whose wife is now a confirmed case of COVID-19. He's undergoing testing, now. If positive, Better Half will probably need to be tested.

The best thing about tomorrow is that Steph will be home.

I made it ten days without drinking any caffeinated soda.

Then, when I had one, I really felt it.

This is going to be a struggle.

One of my friends on FB posted a promotion for my Patreon, and I realized that I'm really bad at self-promotion.

Did you know that I have a Patreon dedicated to mocking shitty crowdfunding projects?

Just had independent confirmation that the new owners (when they take over here) are likely to want continuity, which means my job should be safe.

This is a huge relief.

Some day, someone in the Portland office will learn how to communicate.

For real like Bandcamp is exactly the kind of service we *hoped* the internet would give us: “hey, people make things, they set their own price inc. free, we provide the storefront, you buy it and the money goes to the creator, you get it in a DRM-free format and can play it however you want, we just make money to keep going & improving and aren’t a VC-funded nightmare company of rampant reckless growth that will do something nightmarish and implode.”

We need more media platforms like that.

The best way to improve your Twitter experience for yourself is to block the assholes.

The best way to improve everyone else's Twitter experiences is to go through an asshole's history and report all of their offensive tweets.

Time-consuming, but such a feeling of accomplishment when done.

Update: They were able to source one part elsewhere. The other, we had a spare and set out UPS Next Day to the job site.

And then UPS apparently lost the package.

I've been on the phone with UPS and with the customer for most of the day. I'm not getting ANYTHING accomplished. Customer is pissed (and rightfully so).
I've fixed the address so this won't happen again - but, at this rate, I don't know that they'll still be a customer.

We have a customer who has had an incorrect address in our system for ... a long while, now. Each time we shipped, UPS would flag the package, correct the ZIP code, and forward it along. This slowed the shipment by a day.
They've never ordered things that were urgent or time-sensitive, so it was never an issue before.
Tuesday, we shipped some things to them that they needed today.
Wrong ZIP code + holiday rush = two packages (out of three) arriving. The other one will show tomorrow. Too late.

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