Anyway, I read for a while over there and played with the puppy. Eventually, I changed out of my pajamas and headed over to Jim and Karynya's for a BBQ-thingy. More important than BBQ, there was poker. I've never actually played poker, save a couple drunken games of Baseball (which I have no idea how to play). But I am positively fascinated by the World Series of Poker and other professional poker tournaments. I don't actually know much about poker, but I'm spell-bound by it. Anyway, it turns out that I'm not a fabulous poker player, but I'm not half bad either. I did lose $10 in one hand at one point. But there were several hands where I won close to that much. (this was nickel and dime poker, so it was sorta significant). Turns out I'm quite the little poker addict. But I still came out ahead. I'll stick my winnings in the tzedeka box* and put the rest back into our change jar for next time. And yes, there will be a next time.
I got a few really great pictures which I'll post eventually. I can't post any for a while because we can't find the cable for our camera do transfer the pictures over to the computer (er, it's certainly in one of the boxes somewhere, but who knows how long that will take to surface). Theoretically, there's a way to just put the memory card in the slot on the printer, but I'm not really certain how to do that either. So we'll have to figure something out. Or maybe just buy another cable. Duh.
Anyway, that's the good. Here's the bad...
I still can't find my stupid cell phone. It has been MIA for about 2 weeks now, so I'm thinking the only way to find it is to buy a new one. Problem with that is that I've TRIED to buy a new phone a couple of times. Couldn't get anyone to help me in the actual Verizon store. Tried online (even though I detest ordering cell phones online). Two days after I sent in my order online, I got an email saying that they couldn't (rather, wouldn't) process my order because I was 11 days away from being able to get the promotional price for the stupid phone. You know, at this point I don't give a crap. I need a stupid phone!!! Is it so much to ask? Plus, their email to me had such phenomenally bad grammar that I wasn't entirely certain that I was 11 days away from getting the promotional price. So I called and asked the representative if Verizon's computers were stupid or just poor grammaticians (is that even a word?). He didn't get it, but it turned out that it was just another case of lousy grammar. And I begged the man to TAKE MY MONEY in exchange for a shiny, new phone. And his response? "Oh, don't worry ma'am. No money has exchanged hands. We haven't taken anything from you."
So I hung up on him. Now I'm trying to decide whether to fight with verizon in person or if I should just switch carriers. Problem is that Verizon really has the best coverage for what we need. Sigh.
Anyway, I will be getting a new phone this week because I'm driving down to Richmond next Sunday to see fheyd and yermie and I will not be doing so sans cell phone. So there.
*Tzedeka means charity. A tzedeka box is a box in which you put money that is earmarked for charity. Usually at a minimum, a woman puts some coins (or a couple dollars or whatever) in the tzedeka box (also called a pushke) before lighting candles Friday night. When the box is full, the family counts up the money and chooses a charity to donate the money to. Typically we don't burden the charity with all the coins; we just write a check for an appropriate amount. Figured I'd put that last bit out there before one of you smart-aleks asked how we sent all those coins through the mail.