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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. 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;

Weird ass dreams (mh-?) 

I've just had some really weird dreams as of late.

Last night, it was about my adoptive parents, with us living right around the corner from where I live now. Dad's on hospice, and we were waiting for a medical transportation company to come pick up mom in a wheelchair van (mom never used a wheelchair). Someone broke into the house while I walked to the end of the street I currently live on to get the driver's attention.

"Hey, boss, we're a block over," I tell him as I approach his vehicle. He hands me a card, nods, and gets back into his van while I'm walking back over, and I see the door's been kicked in on the first floor.

So I walk in on the second floor entrance (this house was deceptively tall, and I don't know how I walked in on this floor, it's a dream, duh), and grab a couple of knives from the kitchen that was in the right place at the right time.

My cousins are running around, screaming, "I GOTTA PEE! I GOTTA PEEEEEEEE!"

And then I woke up.

Because I had to pee.

It was 04:35.

Physical health (-) 

Holy shit, why is my blood sugar over fucking 425 right now?

It must have been the french fries with my veggie burger, but I've never had it slap me this fucking hard.

I'm exhausted, night.


It's like no-one sells 49cc scooters in my part of Oregon! They're all up in damn PORTLAND.

I do not want to have to ride a scooter at 30 miles per hour all the way south. That's a four hour trip if I rolled non-stop.

Ramble about transportation and SARS-CoV-2 altered environments. 

I would really like my very own motorized conveyance.

I went for a bicycle ride today because I had to return a consumable item that I purchased yesterday that had gone well past its date. It was not safely consumable -- 6 months expired, yuck.

I ended up cycling further up past that store to pick up a few items (saltines, tuna, popcorn and licorice for the curious). I only ended up cycling up to the other store because I mistimed my first store visit by 90 seconds, resulting in a missed bus. And on that same theme, I missed the return bus by, again, 90 seconds.

I am thankful for the exercise, at least, but it just really reminds me that I want the power to say "I want to be home quickly." and have the ability to self-grant that request.
That's something you can't do in our current environment when you rely on public transportation.

So now, I'm eyeballing gas powered 49.5cc scooters, in addition to electric bikes.

Problem with e-bikes is that unless you're building it yourself, you get hammered in the butt by exaggerated pricing without getting the matching performance, or you get something that's made of super flimsy Garbaganium that falls apart in months.

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