Friday, March 21, 2008

Frozen in Time, Don't Say a Word, -and- Name Game

Frozen in Time - watch from Titanic for auction on eBay
Don't Say a Word - librarian fired for reporting child pornography
Name Game - mental hospital renamed "lunatic asylum"

On this day in history: March 21, 1963 - Alcatraz Prison closed.

Born on this day in history: March 21, 1685 - Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) composer, organist. He was a master of church music and Composer of the Baroque era; works include "Brandenburg Concertos," 1721 and "Well-Tempered Clavier," 1722-44.

Scripture of the Day: But now a righteousness from God, apart from law, has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness from God comes through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. - Romans 3:21-22

Video of the Day: Real Transformer - submitted by Danica

The Three Stooges, 2008! Click to enlarge.

The DirecTV fiasco: When I ordered the HD DVR/receiver online from DirecTV, I scheduled an installation for Thursday, March 20th, between noon and 5 PM. Yesterday morning, I sensed somehow that all was not well. I looked at the installation order online and determined that my billing address and telephone number were listed as the installation address and telephone number! The representative assured me that she had effectuated the requisite changes in order to assure the installation would be completed properly.

I closed my office and went to our house and awaited the installer. He did not appear. At 5 PM, I telephoned DirecTV and learned that the installer had gone to my office, found no one there, and departed—without calling me! The DirecTV representative said the address mistake was excusable, but the lack of a telephone call was inexcusable. He said he would see that my account was credited $100 for the inconvenience. He rescheduled the installation for Saturday, March 22, between noon and 4 PM. My fingers (and toes, and eyes!) are crossed.