Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Two New Things that aren't very exciting (90 + 91)

New Thing #90: I fixed my ipod

I was all ready to write a rant about how my ipod wasn't working and how upset I was and blah blah blah, but then I went online and googled "ipod problems" and found this blog where this guy mentioned that he'd had the same problems with his ipod. Everyone he had spoken to had told him to just drop his ipod on the ground and then it would work again, and so he dropped his ipod on the ground and then it worked again. And, well, I figured, what do I have to lose?

So I dropped my ipod on the ground and then, like magic, it totally started working again and I cannot tell you how happy I am right now.

New Thing #91: I found a new route in and out of Los Angeles

I travel back and forth between LA and Orange County quite a bit, and there always hella traffic, but the other day I totally found a new route that is AMAZING and shaves MINUTES off of my driving time and I am so not going to say what the route is because I don't want anyone else to know about this awesome secret route because it's mine.

P.S. Blogger still won't let me post pictures (after that short window of time when it would let me post pictures). Technology hates me.

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Steve said...

First. I'm intrigued by this new route.

marie said...

Erik, I'm gonna need you to do the live blog thing every week for The Challenge. I know this isn't the right post to comment on, but I've never been first before...

marie said...

Goddamnit, Steve!

Steve said...

I agree with Marie. You should live blog each week. I have it set to tape tonight, but it feels like I've already seen it. Also, I think we have the first instance of dueling for first comment.

Erik said...

OMG! There was a duel for first comment!!!?!>!!!!!!!!

I AM SO EXCITED.

Erik said...

I've seriously dreamed about the day when someone would post a comment saying they were first and then someone else would beat them at the same time. Nice work Steve, and sorry Marie.

Erik said...

Oh, and Steve, I will never tell you what this new route is. EVER. I will take it to my grave. I SWEAR.

marie said...

(Erik, hold on - Steve and I are scuffling over IM...results soon)

Erik said...

Marie, the live blog thing with the challenge was a lot of fun to do, so, all right, you twisted my arm and I will do it every week.

Besides being fun, it'll up the chances of any of my favorite MTV TV friends of self-googling and finding my blog. (How seriously cool would it be if, like, Coral read my blog?) (I don't even want to fantasize about Derrick reading my blog because that would just be too exciting.) (And I think if he read my blog he might be scared of me.) (Derrick, don't be afraid of me, I'm harmless, you're hot.)

Erik said...

Marie, I'm here. You and Steve should bring your scuffle to the blog.

steve said...

If I were to study maps, take numerous road trips and find out this route would you ever admit to it?

Erik said...

Steve, I am so excited you're going to watch Fresh Meat tonight! There are plenty of moments that are brilliant that I didn't even comment on!

Erik said...

Steve, no.

Erik said...

Okay, I said "no" really quick and now I've thought about it some more:

Steve, I suppose, maybe, if you put a lot of effort into it and you SHOWED YOUR WORK (I am a substitute teacher now, so it's fun to say things like "show your work") then, maybe, MAYBE, just maybe I would tell you that you got it right.

steve said...

Marie totally deserves to be first. How do I cede my firstness to her?

I was actually afraid of being second so I read the blog quickly and posted a quick comment to ensure I was first. I actually opened your blog in two windows and refreshed the second window before publishing the comment to make sure no one published before me. Marie and I were speaking of your blog on IM, but I didn't inform her of the new post and she didn;t tell me either. We're both pretty sneaky.

Also, I'll start y research and cite my sources and I'll try to figure out that route.

marie said...

not a bad rundown, Steve. here's the deal from my angle: Steve and I were discussing the liveblog of the challenge over IM. and how awesome it was. then we decided that you should do it every week, Erik. THEN...Steve was gone for a second. and i KNEW he was going to the blog. so i went too, and i saw your new comment with ZERO posts. but i have too much integrity to comment "first!" without actually making a comment (i wonder how many enemies i just made with that), or maybe i just think i'm too cool. so i held back and wrote what i wanted to write, and posted it, and STEVE beat me by twenty one freaking seconds! however, i stand by my decision, though it cost me First.

TheDarkerUma said...
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Erik said...

Uma is right, I can't claim First, but I CAN claim EIGHTEENTH!

Erik said...

Wait, Uma deleted her comment, so she's not right anymore.

TheDarkerUma said...

as someone who has dared to utter "first".... i now consider you (MARIE) a blog enemy (and joe too, because I can feel his judgement when I claim "first")

p.s. steve is a pussy for backing down from marie. geesh!

p.p.s there are no rules marie....except for the unofficial one that erik can't claim first. you snooze you lose...biatch.

Erik said...

Now here's the thing, I still need to reply to Steve's comment and Marie's comment, but I'm really annoyed with Urp for deleting her comment because I totally agreed with everything she said in the comment (and I have a record of it in my email, so I keep referring back to it and I so was about to reply to several of the things that she said).

Arg!

TheDarkerUma said...

how quickly you drop me erik ross patterson.

phewy on you.

Erik said...

Wait, she reposted it! okay, all is right with the world.

Erik said...

I didn't "drop you"!!!!

Sheesh.

TheDarkerUma said...

original comment:

as someone who has dared to utter "first".... i now consider you (MARIE) and steve enemies.

proud to be first when i am first and when i am not.

p.s. steve is a pussy for backing down from marie. geesh!

p.p.s there are no rules marie....except for the unofficial one that erik can't claim first. you snooze you lose...biatch.

Erik said...

Okay, so Marie and Joe are officially "enemies of Uma" on the blog. If this blog was a serialized drama or, like, an MTV reality show, this would so be the beginning of, like, so much drama hitting the fan. (Are we blog enemies now, too, after I "dropped you" so quickly?)

Erik said...

I cannot believe you posted the original comment too. I love you.

(By the way, the theme song to Degrassi:TNG is playing on my ipod RIGHT NOW as I type this. How cool is that???)

steve said...

Hi Uma,
I'm glad you reposted your comment. Do you really want to be enemies, cause that won't be fun for anyone. I'm giving you one last chance...

PS Erik, I think I'm an enemy too.

Erik said...

Okay, so, I am always proud of whoever is first. Warms the cockles (cockles?) of my heart.

And I agree that Steve is a pussy for backing down to Marie. (Sorry, Steve, you got the "first" fair and square, even though you used subterfuge to get it.)

And Uma's right, the first rule of commenting on My Year Of New Things is that there are no rules of commenting on My Year of New Things and the second rule of commenting on My Year of New Things is no tired retread Fight Club jokes.

marie said...

Uma,
1. why don't you come over here and say that to my face.
2. the deals that Steve and I work out are none of your business.

Erik,
1. don't group me with Joe - i don't want to be associated with him in any way.

Erik said...

Steve, I hadn't noticed that! You were an enemy and then you weren't an enemy and Joe became an enemy! Ha!

This comment thread suddenly has as much drama in it as Tanya's right thumb!

Erik said...

Marie, I think that you and Uma should meet out by the basketball courts and pull each others hair and slap each other! (And maybe we can throw some pillow fighting into it, because even though two girls having a pillow fight doesn't turn me on, I can appreciate the theatricality of it.)

Erik said...

On a totally unrelated note to anything that has been discussed so far in this thread, I'm subbing for another kindergarten class tomorrow. Just the thought of it makes me tired. But the woman on the subbing line, it's a recording, but she said I would be subbing for a "kindeeegarden" class, like, with a really long eee sound in the middle, and it makes me laugh.

marie said...

ok, Erik...except that i think neither Uma nor i are the type to fight like girls. nope, i think we'd throw down for real.

Erik said...

Uma is tired of me talking about subbing.

PAM prefers the subbing stories to me talking about MTV.

Just two observations.

Erik said...

Marie, you're so right. The reality of the two of you fighting...yeah, I wasn't really thinking of it in reality and you would both put up a good fight.

One thing is certain: you could both kick my ass.

steve said...

I'll use whatever tactic I can to get first - subterfuge and all. I guess I have a different mentality than most and want everyone to experience the joys of erik's blog comment 'firstness'. That's why I 'backed down' to Marie, but trust me she wanted no part of it. Call me a pussy if you want, I've been called worse.

marie said...

and while we're talking about rules, i think the trash can option should be outlawed. (setting aside the fact that i begged Steve to trash his first comment, fine i admit it.)

Erik said...

Marie and Uma, I want you to know (in case you were wondering) that I haven't forgotten about the New Thing we all did together, and I have lots of great pictures from that night, and I will post them soon. (That almost sounds dirty.)

steve said...

I would have trashed my comment too, but us Others don't have that option

Erik said...

Can I get rid of the trash can option?????? I will look into it.

Erik said...

Ooooooo, Steve, I like that the Others cannot trash their comments. Maybe that's the secret of Lost...you know how on Lost, it's all about the people on the island and then "the Others..."? Maybe everyone on Lost is really on a blog and the main characters have blogger accounts and the scary weird "others" are people like Steve who don't have blogger accounts????

marie said...

Erik, do you have any with the firemen?

Erik said...

Steve, I appreciate that you want everyone to have the chance to experience the joys of first, but now Marie will just have to try again and when she ultimately gets it, it will feel THAT MUCH MORE AWESOME because of the struggle.

It's all about the struggle, baby.

Erik said...

Oh, yeah, Marie, I have a few pictures of us with the firemen. They're pretty hot.

marie said...

Uma, where did you go? did i scare you?

Erik said...

Where did Uma go? I miss Uma in this comment conversation.

Erik said...

OMG, Marie, I totally did not see your comment until after I posted my comment. You totally deserve a notation of "first" when it comes to wondering where Uma went! And then my measly comment came in right after yours, thinking it was first.

Jinx, you owe me a coke. (except the comments didn't happen at the same time, yours was, like, 50 seconds earlier.)

Erik said...

52 seconds earlier.

Erik said...

I'm not very good at math.

marie said...

Erik, i love you, but...

i don't want your pity "first".

i want to earn it.

marie said...

but i'll be happy to buy you a coke.

Erik said...

It wasn't a pity first, (okay, it was), it was more, like, a different kind of first. I mean, it wasn't the cool kind of first that people try to get and that Steve beat you out on, but it was still first in its own way.

You're just going to have to try harder to get the real first next time.

(If anyone should be enemies, though, I think that Marie and Steve should be enemies, or maybe "rivals" is more the right word in this context.)

Erik said...

Okay, cool, you can buy me a coke. (Unless we're enemies after my last comment acknowledging that it WAS a pity first.)

steve said...

I don't want to be enemies with anyone, save maybe Uma. That's her call. Rivals is another story.

marie said...

ok, calling it "a different kind of first" makes it even worse.

steve and i could never be enemies, he's right. i suppose we could try rivals.

Erik said...

I don't think Uma really wants to be your enemy. After all, that was in her first comment, the one she meant to delete, until I talked about it and then she posted it to spite me. But I think it's significant that you were edited out as an "enemy" and Joe was put in your place.

I think that it's quite healthy and fun for people to be "first comment" rivals.

Erik said...

That last comment was talking to Steve.

Erik said...

Marie, your comment about calling it a "different kind of first" being worse made me laugh out loud for reals.

Erik said...

But seriously, where did Uma go?

Come back Uma!

marie said...

uma can't save you now...

Erik said...

Maybe I owe YOU a coke for calling it a "different kind of first."

Erik said...

Uh-oh, Uma, SAVE ME, I am suddenly getting the feeling that Marie is going to throw me down. And we all know that Marie doesn't pull hair, she punches for reals.

Erik said...

Unless she'll accept my offer of a coke as a sort of white flag apology.

steve said...

I wasn't sure why Uma deleted her first comment. Know this the only ones to read it before she took it down were you and I (not counting Uma, since she wrote it). I had to fill Marie on the quote. Then Uma reposted.

Be careful erik, slippery slope

marie said...

make it a dr. pepper and you got yourself a deal.

steve said...

It's really hard to keep up with you (Erik) and your blog comment replies.

Erik said...

Steve, it's because I'm the master.

Erik said...

Or because I'm, like, too obsessed.

Erik said...

Or because I'm, like, too obsessed.

Erik said...

And I type fast.

Erik said...

And Marie, you've got yourself a deal, Dr. Pepper it is.

Erik said...

Slippery slope indeed!

Erik said...

Steve, have you watched Fresh Meat yet????????? I am assuming you haven't because you've been too busy commenting here.

IT IS SO GOOD.

marie said...

by the way, Erik, responding to something you said much much earlier...i really really hope Coral DOES read this cause she is my new favorite. my Derrick, if you will, but without the attraction part.

steve said...

I have Adelphia's tivo (moxi) and it is taping as I type. I'll try to watch it later tonight, but I might have to wait for tomorrow. I'm watching that show that includes the Others.

Erik said...

Marie, as Uma said in the last comment thread:

"i heart coral. especially after watching overdrive. as danny put it...shes nice off camera but a bitch on tv. what's not to love?"

I love that she's your Derrick but without the attraction part. I think she has a good chance of winning the whole challenge.

Erik said...

Steve, are you watching the finale from last week, or are you watching whatever rerun they're airing tonight? (I assume they're airing a rerun tonight?)

steve said...

I've been looking at Google Earth trying to figure out the new route (this refers to the actual blog this comment thread refers to). My issue is I don't have enough info, like starting and ending points. Also I'm only assuming the old route was the 5. I want to ask questions, but I'm sure that's not allowed, since you don't want to tell me anyway.

Anonymous said...

Erik, you are so right about my preference for subbing stories over MTV.

However, I'm rethinking my view of reality shows as an alternative life style.

PAM

marie said...

a "good chance"? she's gonna take it, baby. she and that maniac canadian she's paired with have got it in the bag.

(i'm trying to draw ums back with insults about canadians)

steve said...

Rerun of the opening of the hatch. I haven't seen all episodes from past seasons.

Erik said...

Speaking of Coral, does anyone else find it interesting that Coral is teamed with EVan and that they very well might make it to the end (I'm just predicting here, because I think they might be the strongest competitors) and that EV was the FIRST one to go, so, like, the girl and boy with basically the same name might be the first and last people to leave the show?

I find that fascinating, for some reason.

I swear to god I am not high right now. This comment suddenly feels like the ramblings of a really high person. But I'm not. High.

Erik said...

Geez, I ramble on and on about EV and EVAN and all of these comments come in. Okay, here come some replies.

christy said...

erik is fresh meat going to be rebroadcast? i missed the boat.

p.s. i'm considering abstaining from commenting ever again after being shushed on your last comment thread for going off topic.

i just took a nap and had a dream about you and kevin.

but i'm not going to tell you about it because that would be going off-topic and it didn't have anything to do with an ipod or a map.

Erik said...

First of all, Steve, wow, okay, a comment about this actual post, which, as much as I love talking about The Challenge (and I could talk about The Challenge FOREVER) (obviously), I also love that you've been on google Earth trying to figure out my new secret route. Well, here's the thing. I don't want to give you any clues because I don't want you to figure it out, but one thing that I WILL say is that it's not an ENTIRELY different route, it's just a different path for one small section of the route that happens to be the most congested portion of the route and so this new route sidesteps that congestion. But I won't give you any other clues, i.e. what freeways are involved, because I don't want you to figure it out.

christy said...

i think it's on right now but i'm not following since it's over 1/2 over.

i just heard one of the girls brought sixty pounds of luggage.

is this the right show?

Erik said...

Christy! I didn't mean to shush you, I just am obsessed with Fresh Meat and wanted to say that thing that I said about it. I mean, look at how this thread has devolved into Total Fresh Meat thread.

Erik said...

And MTV will rerun the show at least 500 more times before the next episode airs on Monday.

marie said...

that was a pretty big clue, Mr. Take It TO My Grave.

Erik said...

PAM, it IS an alternate lifestyle.

Don't you hate when people call gayness an "alternate lifestyle?" Because being gay is just, like, living. But being obsessed with Reality Television? THAT, my friends, is definitely an "alternate lifestyle" and one that I am proud to live.

Erik said...

Shit, was it a big clue? I was trying to say a lot without saying much.

steve said...

thanks for the clue. i have several ideas, but i won't type any because I don't want to be right and people find out your secret.

Erik said...

Thank you, Steve.

Erik said...

Marie, you're right. Coral has more than just a "good chance." She's totally gonna take it.

I was sad that Derrick was featured so little in the premiere episode. I think that he was tired of being so dramatic last go-round and so he's keeping quiet and drama-free (for now).

But knowing him, he won't disappoint next week (especially with his partner who said that ominous thing about losing physical abilities!).

Oh, and Coral's partner Evan is SUCH a MANIAC canadian!

marie said...

oh, i think derrick will come through for you...

christy said...

oh, good.

it's just your comment had a very, "let's get back to the issue at hand here, people" vibe to it.

i was just trying to participate since i hadn't watched the show and i didn't read the comment because i wanted to watch the show without spoilers!

so in my dream, the three of us were talking about how far we've come since who we were in high school and how maybe no two of us would even like each other if we knew each other in high school and i was like, 'yeah except you' (to you), 'you're like, a rock.' (erik, i totally called you a rock in my dream. like the great kind of rock, not like an impermeable heartless kind of rock.) (my unconscious is obviously a big fan of yours.)

oh and kevin and this other girl who apparently was directing my play (that he's been reading) implored me that nobody liked that his character name was stephen and i was like, sorry to let your fans down but that's his name and it's not changing.

and they were all, but stephen sounds like the weird new kid.

and i was like um, yeah-h...

and we were all outside and it was pretty and grassy.

that was my dream.

steve said...

Stephen is a good name. Stick with it, regardless of what your dream says. It works, trust me.
Sincerely,
Stephen

Erik said...

Derrick is Good TV. He will come through.

marie said...

100th!!! So much better than first!!

Erik said...

100!

steve said...

congrats marie!

marie said...

even better than getting 100 is BEATING ERIK WHEN HE THOUGHT HE HAD IT!

Erik said...

Okay, if I was a weak man, I would delete my (now embarrassing) attempt at 100.

Now I really do owe you a Dr. Pepper. Two Dr. Peppers.

Touche. Well played, Marie.

marie said...

i am redeemed. i would like to dedicate this successful run at 100 to Steve, without whom i would never have made it.

Erik said...

I bet you can't get #200, though.

christy said...

there would be an argument over 100th but erik's not allowed to claim 100th.

and he's not even 100th so there's really no contest.

but if he had been 100th it would have defaulted to marie.

Erik said...

(Do you like how I just baited you to, like, spend countless more hours commenting here, trying to get to 200?) (Just because I'm a comment whore.) (I really DO owe you TWO dr. peppers.)

Erik said...

christy, the only rule is that I can't claim #1! I think I'm allowed to claim #100 because, at that point, I don't have any advantage of, like, having just posted the blog and being the first one to know it's there because I posted it.

steve said...

What happened Erik? The battle for first was only 21 secs, for 100 it was over a minute.

marie said...

christy, are you trying to diminish my win? i think you are...doesn't matter, you can't bring me down!

steve said...

What are you more excited about? The battle for first or 100?

Erik said...

Christy, I haven't commented about your dream yet because of all of the Number 100 activity. I will comment in a moment, but I agree that Stephen is a good and rockin' name and I'm glad you stood up to the people who said it wasn't.

Erik said...

Steve, I hadn't refreshed my page, I saw that there were 99 comments and posted "100" as quick as I could.

I would like to blame my very slow (or at least slower than usual) internet connection tonight.

Erik said...

The fact that it was over a minute makes it even more embarrassing.

Erik said...

Christy, the "let's get back to the issue at hand here, people" vibe was totally unintentional. When I went back to see what I had said that you thought was a shushing, I realized that I had completely ignored and not replied to your comment. It's just that I had meant to say the thing about Tanya in the actual post and when I realized I hadn't said it, I was really excited about saying it, you know? (And to reply to your comment that I shushed, I am SURE that Last Comic Standing is totally rigged. Poor Theo. He doesn't have a chance.)

You MUST watch Fresh Meat in its entirety and I PROMISE you will have many opportunities this weekend. (They might even rerun it RIGHT BEFORE the new episode on Monday night.)

Thank you to your dream self for calling me a (good) rock. But I think that you, me, and Kevin would have been friends in high school. I wonder if he's reading our blogs now that you've told him about them????

Erik said...

Marie, I know you wanted to post first in this comment thread and that's how we got to talking about The Challenge in this thread rather than the last thread, but did you notice the question I posed to you at the end of the last thread that you never responded to???

What do you think of the TV-14 rating appearing over Tanya's lingerie clad body??? How funny is that, right?

Erik said...

And Steve, I suppose, if you've figured out the route, you'll have to tell me off blog, and if you're right I won't tell you, but I'm kind of a pretty bad liar, so you'll probably be able to tell if you're right, so then you'll be happy.

Erik said...

And Uma, seriously, where did you go?

marie said...

erik, i totally didn't see that question on your last thread...and i TOTALLY laughed my ass off tonight when i watched the episode and that happened. excellent observation.

christy said...

no, not at all marie.

i was trying to diminish erik's attempt to claim one hundredth.

(a minute late!)

marie said...

oh, well then. carry on.

Erik said...

Oh, YAY, i'm glad I pointed the question out to you because I KNEW you would appreciate that moment.

The producers of Fresh Meat are VERY FUNNY.

If I, like, found a bottle with a genie trapped inside and I let the genie out and the genie was like, "hello, sir, you get three wishes," one of my wishes might be for Derrick to be gay and fall in love with me and marry me and for Tanya to, like, strip at our wedding. How sad is that?

(Another wish might be to be able to compete on either Survivor or The Amazing Race, but, like, the gods could choose which one I got to compete on because I honestly couldn't choose.) (Though, a few years ago it would not have been a question--but in my old[er] age, I've grown more realistic about my chances of winning Survivor and think I might have a better chance at The Amazing Race.) (how sad is it that I am so obsessed with reality television.) (i'm sorry mom and dad, for growing up to be such a reality TV addict.)

Erik said...

I think we lost Steve. Maybe he's hanging out with Uma.

Erik said...

But Steve (and don't answer this question in a way that would give anything away) (though I know you wouldn't), did you figure out my alternate route?

christy said...

he better not, because i told him he's not allowed to read our blogs until he reads my script.

(and i really hope we would have been friends in high school. i think more than anything about actually the three of us my unconscious is starting to work on a new play idea i've been having through the three of us.)

(wouldn't it be really cool if it became like, a serial dream where the three of us kept coming back and talking about different things in this pretty, grassy place?)

(or would that start to get weird after a while, like why is my unconscious so adamant on the choice of you two?)

(and would you two start getting weird, like why is christy dreaming about us all the time?)

(or would i just keep it to myself that i was dreaming about you both in serial?)

steve said...

I'm here, but I don't think I'm playing to 200. I did enjoy the game to 100 and I know you were as aware as Marie. Am I right? You knew the game was on?

PS Uma hasn't confirmed our enemy status yet.

Erik said...

christy, you should total serial dream of us.

Erik said...

Maybe Uma is pooping, maybe that's where she is.

Erik said...

Steve, you're right, i DID have my eye on 100, but then it snuck up on me. We went from the 70s to 99 REALLY QUICKLY.

Erik said...

speaking of pooping, i have to go poop right now and i think i'll be a while. (i'm bring US magazine with me.) so maybe we won't reach 200 tonight, but we should definitely reach it sometime tomorrow morning. i'll check back in when i get back from pooping, in case there have been any more comments.

Erik said...

Apparently, talking about how you're about to go poop really kills the conversation.

Anonymous said...

ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY THIRD!!!!!!

Erik said...

I have the best blog readers ever. One hundred and thirty third, indeed.

marie said...

Damnit. I was hoping that last "apparently poop kills the conversation" comment would stand. It was perfect at the end there.

Oh, well. I'm just gonna take my Number 100 Trophy and head off to bed.

Erik said...

marie, i woiuld never let this thread die before hitting 200, even if it means it's just lonely ol' me posting a comment a day until it gets there.

marie said...

i won't leave you, Erik.

joe chandler said...

first!

joe chandler said...

oh, dang.

frank's wild lunch said...

I want to be a part of this comment thread, since everyone else seems to be (I'm such a follower), although I'm too intimidated by the 3-digit number to actually read them all closely enough to find a way to contribute....

I got my Cherry Orchard tickets for Sunday!

Anonymous said...

ONE HUNDRED AND THIRTY THIRD!!!!!! was typed with irony

Anonymous said...

Comments in total: 141
Comments by Erik: 80

Angela said...

Erik, if I didn't know better, I'd SWEAR you were tweaking last night!

(Oh, and 143!)

Angela said...

PS. If your iPod ever freezes and the "throw it to the ground" method doesn't fix it, try going to the Genius Bar at an Apple Store. They'll totally look at your Apple products for free and fix it for you on the spot if they can--no charge.

My laptop was freaking out a couple of months ago and I took it to them--a nice, geeky Apple employee ran some little program, deleted some things, moved some hidden files around and it was all better! It would've cost $75 if I'd taken it to a repair shop. Most other people that were there were getting their iPods unfrozen/reset/etc...

Angela said...

I just moved you 2 (now 3) comments closer to 200...

joe chandler said...

Is your ipod doing that thing where you can hear it whirring and then clicking, like the disc isn't spinning right? If so, mine does that too, you don't need to drop it on the ground,just hit it against your palm. It's a little less violent and has the same effect.

marie said...

i'd just like to point out that i still have my 3rd generation ipod -the one without the clicky wheel buttons, with the blue screen. and (though i will completely jinx everything by saying this) i have never had a problem with it. they just don't make them like they used to...

Annie said...

What you shouldn't do with your ipod is put it in your back pocket and then fall on your butt a lot because you moved to a country full of ice and snow. That makes your ipod the opposite of being fixed.

Erik, we don't know each other personally, but I'm Marie's sister Annie and so I know "of you." Also, I love your blog. It kept me going through the harsh Arctic winter. Which was almost as harsh as my sister losing #1 to some guy named Steve!

Erik said...

Joe, dang, I know.

Erik said...

FWL (kyle), i'm really excited you got your tickets to the cherry orchard. That's much more exciting news than the two new things I did in this actual post.

And you shouldn't be too intimidated by all of the comments. I'll give you a Cliff's notes version. Marie thought she got "first" but Steve really got it, then there was lots of bickering and then Steve gave up his firstness and then Uma came into the conversation and called Steve a pussy for giving up his firstness and then she disappeared and everyone wondered where she went and then Marie told Steve she didn't want his pity first and then she got "100" in her own right and then we started talking about MTV's Fresh Meat again (which, if you've seen it, you can feel free to say anything about how hot Derrick is, or you can say that he's not hot and I'll argue with you) and then Steve said that he was going to figure out what my secret new freeway route is, and then I went to go poop and people stopped talking even though I challenged them to get the comment number to 200, and then I went to go be a substitute teacher for a kindergarten class with the coolest kids ever, and then I came back and it looks like there was some ipod discussion and someone is anonymously being snarky (and I am guessing it's Jesse?) about how even though there are over a 100 comments in this thread, 80 of them are by me, but I never said that I wasn't verbose, and these comment threads are, after all, like my little playground, so I can comment as many times as I damn well please.

But if you're looking for something else to discuss or comment on, well, you could tell me which Chekhov play is your favorite and why (intellectual comment), or you could rate the hotness of every former Real Worlder and Road Ruler from least hot to most hot (trashy comment), or you could tell a funny poop story (funny comment) (or inappropriate comment, depending on your point of view and/or generation).

Erik said...

Angela Kang, I was SO not tweaking last night, though it even felt like I was to me, a couple of times.

Erik said...

Angela, my next move would have been to go to the apple Genius bar. A few people had suggested that. (My ipod was on the fritz for a week!) But then the dropping it on the floor method worked surprisingly well.

Erik said...

Oh, and Angela, thank you for moving the thread three comments closer to 200. By responding to all three of your comments individually, I moved the thread three comments closer too! (Despite the rank and ire that kind of commenting inspires in "anonymous.")

Erik said...

JOe, that thing you described about your ipod doing the whirring and clicking thing is EXACTLY what my ipod was doing! I will try the hitting it on my palm method next time I have trouble. (And of course, if that doesn't work, then I'll go to the apple genius bar.)

Erik said...

Marie, I'm sure that even if I had an old skool ipod like yours, mine would be broken ten times over by now. Technological things just hate me. It's seriously sad.

Erik said...

Annie (Marie's sister): welcome! Thanks for your first comment! I am glad to have helped you through the cruel Arctic winter! Where the heck are you?!? I mean, more specifically than "the Arctic"??? And what are you doing there, besides being cold and reading my blog???

Angela said...

(Marginally related:) Have you seen the new Mac TV ads where the two guys go "Hi, I'm a Mac", "I'm a PC" (etc...), and then the guy who's playing the PC freezes mid-sentence and the guy who's a Mac has to like "reboot" him?

For some reason, I find this commercial riotously funny, and I will actually TiVo back to watch it if I see those two guys on the screen while TiVoing forward.

(157!)

Angela said...

RE: Your post "I Can't Sleep".

I spurn that comment thread.

SPURN IT, I TELLS YA!

Technology said...

I hate you.

Erik said...

Angela, that's a great commercial. It's not as good as the infamous Carl's Jr. "cow shake" commercial, but it's still really good. I think the future of commercials is all about making commercials that will make us stop the fast-forward function on our Tivos and rewind so we can watch. And 98% of the commercials around won't make me do that. At all. Not even remotely. But I do it EVERY SINGLE TIME the cow shake commercial comes on. And I've definitely done it for the Mac/PC commercials.

Erik said...

Technology: I knew it!

Erik said...

And Angela, I'm glad you've spurned the "I can't sleep" comment thread. This one is way more fun.

Erik said...

Hi Joe, I see what you're doing on the other comment thread, but I'm not going to comment there because I'm curious to see if you'll actually get it to 200 and if you'll get it to 200 BEFORE this comment thread gets there.

Erik said...

By the way, impressive spelling of impressive.

steve said...

Erik, I watched the Challenge last night. I don't know if I loved it as much as you guys did, it's going to take me a week to fully process everything. All these MTV reality shows are like a drug for me - where I know I shouldn't watch it, but for some reason I keep coming back season after season. I also recently befriended a story editor that works on the Real World - next city just started filming like last week in Denver. I don't think I'll ever get out now. What am I to do?

PS I think I want to read your blog recaps before I watch anymore episodes. So you need to do them!

steve said...

Oh and I'm gunning for 200!

Erik said...

Yeah, Steve, and we have to beat Joe Chandler to 200 here before he gets there on the other thread. (He's currently slacking. He said he would get to 200 and then mysteriously stopped.) (What, does he have real work to do or something?)

Erik said...

And you're so right, MTV puts cocaine in the airwaves of their shows so once you've watched one, it's hard to quit them.

Erik said...

Thank you, Marie.

Erik said...

I'm shunning that other comment thread along with Angela, and at first I really thought Joe Chandler would beat this thread to 200, but now he seems to have disappeared. Where did you go, Joe? Are you with Uma?

marie said...

joe is just jealous that he wasn't invited to the comment party last night...don't mind him.

Erik said...

Marie, you think? For reals? Because that's just ludicrous. There were no invitations sent out. We just all happened to be online and became freakish about it. One of those lightning in a bottle moments, you know?

marie said...

Yes, for reals he is jealous. But you're right, lightning in a bottle.

Erik said...

It's like, if we had planned it, it never would have happened like it did. It would've been, like, 7 comments total.

marie said...

also, re: Annie (Marie's sister) - i will answer for her since it's 2am where she is.

she lives in Pitea (with a circle over the "a"), Sweden, which is just a tiny bit south of the Arctic Circle. she is going to music school on a full tuba scholarship, majoring in Jazz Voice and Tuba, with a minor in Piano. and she's awesome, and she's coming home for the summer in 3 days and 19 minutes.

Erik said...

"She is awesome" is definitely an understatement, Marie, because anyone going to school in Sweden on a full tuba scholarship is so much awesomer than awesome they defy the dictionary's ability to define awesome. Hurray for her coming home in 3 days and (now) 18 minutes!

Erik said...

My math sucks.

Erik said...

Marie, Joe Chandler hates me. This is from his blog:

"I hate Erik and his stupid blog. Today when I tried to leave 193 one word comments in a row, it blocked me from posting comments on all of his blog entries.

"If I were Erik, this is the face I would be making:

(and then he inserted a picture of me)

"I'd be making this face because I'd know that Joe Chandler now hates my blog and that he will do his best to destroy it.

I am Erik and my blog is a dick."

I replied with an explanation on his actual blog.

http://mybetteryear.blogspot.com/

It's all so sad.

steve said...

You know why I hate Joe's blog and not yours (erik). Joe's blog makes me become a blogger and I'm not going to do. You allow me the freedom to either be anonymous or an Other.

Joe - your blog sucks!

steve said...

Oh yeah, plus you have that pic of me with a pencil in my neck. Thanks again.

Erik said...

In Joe's defense, I think the pencil-in-the-neck photo is funny.

But you're right, Steve. Joe's blog shouldn't be such a hater when it comes to "others" and anonymousi.

Erik said...

MARIE-----emergency:

What was the name of that AMAZING sausage cinnamin thing that you and Uma got for me from Del Taco?????

THIS IS AN EMERGENCY. I need to know the name if you know it. I have someone picking up food for me from Del Taco RIGHT NOW and I MUST HAVE ONE OF THOSE RIDICULOUS SAUSAGE CINNAMIN (I HAVE NO IDEA HOW TO SPELL CINNAMON) THINGSS!!!!

HELP, if you are still online.

marie said...

sausage roll ups.

Erik said...

OMG, you are a god. THANK YOU. I am calling my friend right now!

Sausage rollups!

Erik said...

Dammit, i think they are only "testing it out" at certain locations--they didn't have it--now I feel like i am going to die from this unbrideled (unbridled?) craving for cinnafuckingmon sausage rollups.

marie said...

i'm secretly glad, Erik...those things just aren't right. and i'll eat just about anything.(mcgriddle fans keep it to yourself.)

Erik said...

But Marie, the sausage rollup tasted SO GOOD, and I like the McGriddle too. How am I alive right now?

christy said...

erik, i have to agree with marie and say they really don't *sound* right.

Erik said...

But Christy, even though they don't *sound* right, that doesn't mean they aren't.

christy said...

marie just said they aren't.

Erik said...

But she didn't actually eat the sausage rollup, so she doesn't know what she's talking about there. (I cannot speak to her distaste for the McGriddle because I don't know her McGriddle history.)

christy said...

sometimes you just know, erik.

Erik said...

No you don't. Not when it comes to the sausage rollup. As horrendously gross as it sounds (and I totally understand how horrendously gross it sounds), IT TASTES AMAZING.

Like, fireworks-in-your-mouth amazing.

christy said...

it makes me think of a big ole bratwurst with a fruit rollup wrapped around it.

marie said...

look, Erik - when i say "i'll eat almost anything", i'm not kidding. i have kind of a reputation (more based on my inability to back down from a challenge than an actual desire to eat "anything"). and though i didn't have any of your SRU that night, i have tasted something in the McG/SRU family before. and it's not right.

yes, i know millions of Americans would disagree with me.

Erik said...

bratwurst with fruit rollup sounds disgusting. (i mean, i'd try it, sure, but it sounds awful.)

the sausage rollup was really more sophisticated than that.

and marie, i am SO going to think of something really gross to dare you to eat the next time i see you.

marie said...

all right, Erik. the challenge thing kind of applies across the board, so don't feel limited to food.

steve said...

Do you think anyone will ever read all these comments?

marie said...

nope.

steve said...

So I think I finally really figured out the secret route to OC you speak of in this blog. I have a few ideas, but I've settled on one.

Oh and 200!

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