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Mid-week random updates

The anklebiter (the small dog I found) was kept by her ‘foster’ home – so I still have visitation rights and I don’t have to pick up poo! Best of both worlds!

The toilet is fixed.

I’m appealing my unemployment denial, and when I got the statement from unemployment about contributions, I saw that Axium reported none of my earnings to them at any time last year. Fuckers. Interestingly, a subsidiary company of Axium called Pax did report earnings.

All of us are really hoping the writers take the DGA deal – pilot season is when I make a significant chunk of my year’s income, so losing it would suck even worse now that I know over half what I made last year wasn’t reported to unemployment.

Over the weekend, I decided to go out for a long bike ride (I know I sometimes make it seem like I use martinis to cope with my problems, but I really use my bicycle to cope with problems), and when I was about 15 miles away from the house, I managed to get two flat tires. Basically, what happened was this: the city of Los Angeles will sometimes try to put stop signs right in the middle of the road (in the lane dividers), so motorists can see them better – of course, it takes about a nanosecond for the sign to get run over, so then the city comes along and cuts off the signpost about an inch above the pavement – also of course, they don’t bother to mark it so anyone can see it, so it just sits there until either the road gets repaved or someone important shreds a tire.

After I ran over the thing, I went back and looked for it and I could barely even see it when I was looking for it. Awesome.

The good news is that it just tore up my tubes, so I won’t have to replace the fairly expensive road slicks I’ve got on the bike.

Also, I only had to walk about a mile to reach a bus line that went to my neighborhood. Normally, whenever I put my bike on one of the bus racks, I’m completely freaked out that someone’s going to grab my bike at a crowded stop – this time, I figured if they did try to steal it and ride away, they wouldn’t have gotten very far so I was able to sit back, relax and listen to the guy next to me talk to himself all the way home.

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7 Responses

  1. Stan says:

    I agree. Riding a bike is a great way to deal with stress. And even without stress, it’s just fun.

  2. Now you’ve got me scared, Peg. I worked for Axium in the first quarter of ’07 — my only good quarter in the past two years — and was hoping that way back then, they were still making their required payments into the Fed/State tax/EDD systems. After reading of your experience, I am no longer optomisitc. The stitches don’t come out until friday, at which point the doc will sign the forms allowing me to begin the long journey through the labyrinth of Disability — and only then will I learn The Truth.

    Those Axium bastards need a good beating with six foot lengths of rebar…

  3. Charli says:

    I hope along with you that the WGA settle this strike. Golden Globes, I didn’t even bother seeing the announcements, but I hope the Grammies and the Oscars don’t get messed with.

    I meant what I said, I didn’t take one step on that picket line, decided to go another way, though I believe everyone should get their fair share, it’s hard when a fair share hurts a ton of people.

    Girl, sit at home, turn on American Idol and you will realize you have far less problems than you imagine.

  4. geekhiker says:

    Ah, but the toilet is fixed. That’s pretty darn important.

    Good luck with the appeal.

    It’s surprising how unfriendly this town is to biking, since it’s such a perfect place to ride a bike!

  5. Peter says:

    At least Los Angeles puts bike racks on buses. Most cities don’t.

  6. Ride on, Peggy! Ride. On.

  7. Meg says:

    Some parts of LA are bike friendly, but not the downhill part of Cahuenga near the Bowl where I got forced into the grate covering a storm drain that was just wide enough to snag my front tire, flipping me ass over teakettle into traffic. Doing my best stunt roll, I managed not to break anything. But it seriously screwed up my bike. Long walk home to Beachwood and Melrose with a hurt bicycle.

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