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I'm going to go to Furvana this September in Ocean Shores, WA.

I haven't been to a furry con in over half a decade, and getting a proper vacation under my belt β€” a Β«get out of the town I live in and go see a new placeΒ» level of vacation is becoming more and more important to my mental well-being. As in it's self-care important.

As it stands, buying my train tickets (about $120-ish?), setting aside the $10 needed for the city bus round trip (three buses from Olympia to Ocean Shores, $1 a pop), making the second payment for the Airbnb ($110-ish), and buying con admission (up to $175, depending on level) are on the list of Things To Doβ„’.

I also need to budget food into this whole thing, and pay more attention to the current budget in the months leading up to this.

It's doable. I'll likely be consuming more Saturo to at least get balanced nutrition (at $2 a bottle) while really minimizing some of my other expenses.

That said, if you'd like to help, feel free: buymeacoff.ee/Xial :)

Ramble-rant about phone insurance (cw: language?) 

You know it's kinda fucky-wucky that this phone insurance is damn near encouraging me to drop my phone without a case on so that I could file a claim.
Dropping the phone several times during this pandemic with the case ON or with the mod battery on has caused internal damage, though. But because it's not cracked and obviously going to hell, Assurine has no interest in replacing the device.
And at this rate, I have no interest in paying them for insurance.
Fuckholes.

I have a type 3 bizarre craving.

Chicken tenders.
With ranch dipping sauce.

Anyone worth their peppercorns knows that barbecue and/or hot mustard are the two true dipping sauces, and that ranch isn't even fit for the wastebin.

Hm. I need to buy tools to work on my Citycoco scooter.

Think I have a slightly warped rear rotor, though it would be a good idea to probably loosen the caliper assembly, squeeze the brake, and tighten it down to get it centered on the rotor before trying to use a rotor tool to straighten things.

I just need a socket wrench to make getting these 10mm nuts loosened easier.

And that means booking a ride over to the local Harbor Freight for tomorrow to pick up stuff that I could use to work on the rest of the scooter in general.

Sure, I could call a taxi or hail a rideshare to get over there today, while I have the urge to actually work on the scooter, but it's money that I was wanting to not spend if I don't have to, and our paratransit service currently operates at no cost.

Just have to hope the call center is even open today for bookings for tomorrow because I just realized today is a bank holiday.

I'm looking forward to getting mail today.

I have a replacement charger arriving for my big scooter that I still need to name and number.

Also really need to figure out how to adjust its brakes. Rear brake is noisy as hell, rubbing without brakes being deployed.

COVID-19 and Unemployment: The Next Generation (+!) 

Housemate of mine made a fantastic suggestion to me yesteray afternoon. Tells me to call the local employment office.
I questioned it, because they normally help with job searches. She tells me they have enhanced powers right now and can assist with claims.

Since I couldn't get through on the state number this morning and still didn't know what's wrong with my claim, I called the local office.

5 minutes on hold, and in 44 seconds the first person on the call saw the issue, had it queued for a fix, and let me know someone will review and call back with a resolution.

5 minutes later, my phone rings.

Really nice and friendly guy came on the line, confirmed it was just a simple issue with a return to work date, threw a hammer at it and says it's sorted, I should be fine, if I have issues, call the local office, NOT the state office.

... It was amazing.

COVID-19 and Unemployment (-) 

Well, something's gone awry with my unemployment claim. The state is seeing fit to mail me a letter to explain what is wrong instead of making the message available to me online in the portal where I found out something is wrong.

I'm a bit miffed by this. I'm in no immediate financial crisis, thankfully, but I would like to know what exactly is wrong at this time. And hopefully, it's a simple fix that doesn't require me to live on hold with an already overwhelmed call center.

I just want the information to arrive quickly so I can fix the issue. I had just started paying off some old bills to see about improving my abysmal credit score, but have to hold off until I see what's going on with this claim, because I don't want to overstretch any further than I have to.

Until then, I'm just going to drink another cup of coffee and maybe take a little phenylpiracetam, since I've been a bit more mentally focused with the last dose I took a couple days ago.

Hey, mastoverse.

Keybase is being swallowed up by Zoom.

I am not cool with that, and am curious as to alternatives. ]

Suggestomendations are accepted.

Hm. I've noticed on the new computer that after I've been playing games for a while, my display goes black and the system just locks up. Nothing gets dumped, so not likely a stop message.

There's a few possibilities:

  • I am currently missing one case fan. It doesn't seem to be thermal related, as I can hop right back into a game and keep playing, however.

  • Video drivers keep crapping the bed. This is possible, after all, they are AMD drivers. There's a pending update that came out 19 days after I installed; I should install and try that.

  • Power supply is browning out or otherwise not supplying the video card enough juice after a while. This is extra possible: quite often, audio continues for upwards of 30 seconds in an intelligible manner before stopping. I pulled my 500 watt supply from my previous build, because it has an 8 pin connector for the video card, and while this build is generally power efficient, it's possible this video card is stressing things more than the previous one.

  • I have a bad GPU. This is possible, and the easiest way for me to test is to install my previous GPU and put my games to the spurs with it to try to recreate the crash.

Okay. With my newfound freedom...

I'm off to get some damn SALAD DRESSING before all of my salad mix goes bad.

And some chicken, so I can put it in the salad.

So, I have the scooter. :blobcatheart:​

I took it out for a ride today.

This... this is going to be addictive. Mistakes were made. I now have the freedom to go to the grocery store and pharmacy when I would like to, without planning days in advance.

I can finally buy certain things in quantities I'd like to purchase them in, without needing a $35 minimum purchase to get them delivered.

I can stop paying delivery fees for groceries and takeaway.

This morning, I was able to go check in with my boss at work (which meets the legal obligation for me to check in weekly with my employer to be paid for unemployment), go pick up my new prescription, and pick up breakfast, all inside of an hour.

If I had cycled that, it'd be 10 minutes of pain biking over to work, 20 minutes of pain biking back up to the pharmacy, and then F picking up breakfast, I just want to go home, 10 minutes of not as bad pain. This doesn't include the stop times for each task.

My housemate, R, was surprised to hear that I got that much done when she asked about the ride.

I... I'm free.

Today has been strikingly productive.

The new scooter arrived, albeit late in the day. It's assembled and charging.
My yellow rice arrived from Tampa. I cooked some and have enjoyed it.
I opened a can of black beans. So I've tried my hand at aquafaba meringues. The kitchen smells nice right now, but I have to let them cool in the oven.
The main pile of cardboard boxes in my room have been broken down and placed in recycling.

Stuff is going quite well. πŸ’™

I really need to watch my carb intake. That, combined with my lack of daily exercise (the mile walk to work) is leaving my blood glucose higher than necessary.

But so many snacks are just carbohydrates, ugh.

A mood. I gently label it Β«build-my-own-damn-image.pngΒ», lament the death of JNG, and move on to figuring out how to build this image.

Now that I'm waiting on my new scooter, time dilation has gone into effect. I could have sworn today was Tuesday or Wednesday.
But no, betch, it's frickin' SUNDAY. :|

It's tricky to silence an internal alarm that's wrong about something.

Just wrote a check for rent to the guy I live with. I had funds set aside specifically for that, and my brain keeps telling me I'm out of money.

re: Huh. I finally shut down my computer to complete a series of tasks I've been putting off: 

Don't really know what pushed me to do all of this, either. Maybe I had a leftover spoon or two from the earlier spoon gathering when I needed to call my credit union?

... That's gotta be it. I was expecting it to be at least 333% nuisance rating, and was probably prepared to go into a fight, since my last couple of contacts devolved into being told where I can spend my money.

Hell, I'm still cleaning a little right now, so I can take my garbage out. Mostly because I only just realized it's Thursday night, and garbage is likely to be collected tomorrow morning.

... so much for not leaving my room at all today.

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Huh. I finally shut down my computer to complete a series of tasks I've been putting off: 

  • Install the new RAM, swap the power strip to one that's just a surge protector (battery backup isn't as vital to my desktop these days)
  • Sorted out some of the under-desk wiring
  • Swapped in the new speakers since the wire from the sub under the desk to the speakers above had something funky going on right at the connector.

It's been worth it. Back up to my desired amount of RAM (32 GB, because Cities: Skylines goes hlarghbrgbhft! nomfnomfnomf to the 16 GB I was running on since the new build). Getting the underdesk wiring sorted gives me increased legroom, because it allowed me to move the old UPS out from there.

I just want some zip ties, so I can anchor the new power strip to the desk leg for more out of the way and off the floor goodness. I also need to find something to raise my tower about 6 to 9 inches off the floor.

If I can figure out some kind of under-desk shelving unit to go along with this, then I can move my router cube off the corner of my desk while I'm at it.

A longthought. I obnoxiously label it "IT'S MY DAMN MONEY, LET ME SPEND IT WHERE I WANT TO." 

Since I've been home, furloughed for the last month, I've been paying off a few medical expenses to get those off the board.

This said, I still have the cash right now to spend on buying a big, fat tired scooter that I can sit on and ride to the grocery store or the farmer's market (which has spread out the booths to be able to comply with personal distancing guidelines).

A personal vehicle would benefit me in several ways, but I don't really want a gas-engined automobile, and I really don't want to get into a loan situation to buy an EV with how this economy is surely going.

So, I've eyeballed a few electric scooter choices.

ebikewholesaler.com/collection This one stands out to me because the pricing is fair enough, and would more than meet my needs for a local commuting object.

The problem, however, is my financial institution.

I'm probably going to have to get on the horn with them and ask/insist/request that they raise my daily maximum transaction limit temporarily, because that's the thing that's blocked me from buying this scooter, a vehicle that I can say I need with public transportation being less available and a bit scarier to use.

Collecting spoons to deal with people on the phone now. X_x;

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