This Friday I'm supposed to go out with a friend to a see a blues band, and I'm really looking forward to it - but I'm trying not to get too excited about it. This is because every time one of my friends wants me to go out anywhere to do anything, something always comes up and I have to stay home, again. It's never me that has the excuse not to go out. It's always the person who invited me to go out that has to cancel or suddenly change plans.
The last time this happened was about 2 or 3 weeks ago. Spiderman 2 was playing in the theaters, and a friend said "Hey, we should go, can you make it Friday at 9pm?" "Sure" I said. And sure enough, Friday comes around, and my friend calls me at 6pm and left a voice mail saying "Oh, hey, change of plans, the show is at 7pm instead of 9pm, call me when you get this". Bear in mind that after I leave work I get home at 7pm, and when I got the call at 6pm I was still at work so I couldn't call back. So I couldn't make it. Then the guy has the gall to tell me how great the movie was afterwards. Yeah, thanks for telling me the great movie I missed because you decided to change plans at the last minute.
The last time this happened (previous to the movie fiasco above) was when some dopey broad (who I will mention in my next entry) tried to set me up with her sister. She chatted me up saying how great she was, and then suddenly decided for me not to meet her and gave a very lame excuse why. But I'll write about that later.
Situations like the 2 mentioned above happen to me all the time. I swear to God I must have some sort of curse where people love to ditch me for some reason. So you can probably understand why I don't get too excited when anyone schedules anything with me. It's not that I'm being pessimistic. Me being ditched just seems to be a normal occurrence. Blah.
But on a positive note, I think I will be able to go see that band Friday, because the person who invited me doesn't ditch.. usually. :-)
Let me say first that I am very diligent about eliminating spyware from my computer. I run Ad-Aware, Bazooka Spyware Scanner and a few other programs to get rid of any instance of spyware programs that may pop in my computer from time to time.
Recently, my Internet Exploder started having random pop-up windows with advertisements appear. Ran Ad-Aware, updated it and it found nothing. Ran Bazooka Spyware Scanner, updated, and it found nothing. Ran a few other programs, nothing was found - yet the popups still appeared. Seems to only happen when the browser is running.
This pissed me off something fierce because I try so hard to not have any spyware at all, and now I have pop-ups happening but I don't know where they're coming from. ARARHARHGHGHGHGHHH...
So I said "to hell with IE, I'm using FireFox instead!" Been running it for a few days now. Guess what, no popups. As a matter of fact, I've had absolutely no problems with annoying ads at all, this browser is a beautiful thing. (grin)
I have this browser installed on both my computers and it's staying. I removed the icon for IE from my taskbar and will only use it if a particular site has to have IE in order to view properly (fortunately there aren't too many of those).
Long live FireFox, I hope it stays around for a long long time.
This has probably been the boldest move I have ever done, but.. I've decided to make this web site almost 100% text based. I have come to a point where I am absolutely sick of web design, and almost damn near hate it at this point. If there's one thing I can't stand, it's arguing with my own site. Screw that. I buckled down, downloaded all the original templates for the software that powers this site, then stripped those down after that. The result is what you see now, and I like it. This thing loads so fast now it amazes me. I bet it would even load quick on those poor souls out there who still connect using dial-up (hehe).
I've come to the realization that blogs are not supposed to be graphically based. They should not be full of ads or banners or other stuff. They should contain the one thing people come to your site for in the first place: the blog itself. (duh??!?!)