elarbee: (Badger or cat?)
I am bemused at how the assumption is that San Francisco, the Silicon Valley and the Bay Area are widely presumed to have superior consumer and other technology. I keep recalling two comparisons to the place we used to live - DC and Northern Virginia suburbs.

1. NoVa have FIOS! SF does not, not a good analogy! We don't need a landline or cable TV, FIOS was a relatively good choice in quantity and quality. And I realize it's because AT&T is the big brother of SF phones-n-stuff, but I thought Verizon has a presence here as well. Anyway, here, we initially went with a measured rate AT&T phone and some DSL company. Now we switched to a better-quality DSL that somehow takes over from AT&T for the landline, but I'm not clear on the specifics and we have turned off the phone ringer and voicemail anyway.

2. Giant (an East Coast supermarket) has an app that allows you to scan groceries as you take them off the shelf and put them in your bag. I haven't seen this in any local store, comparable or better. And even their self-checkout works better - you scan the items, then put them on the belt where they are weighed and spilled into a packaging area. Here, you scan each item, then put it on a weighing stand where you are supposed to package it with any others. Using your own bags frequently messes up the weighing, and even when not using them the computer frequently screams at you that you are wrong and must perform some sort of complicated penance to right it all. I seriously switched from self-checkout to human cashiers after a few experiences in CA, plus they're not any faster here!

And no, we don't have good public Wi-Fi everywhere! Not even in the most logical areas. But I still totally prefer living in SF.
elarbee: (Ana Ng)
Stuffs! Stuffs! )
Also need some 3/4 sleeve shirts, preferably striped, definitely in cold colors. And probably a gray techno-looking raincoat, kind of like [livejournal.com profile] marusja's.
elarbee: (Reznik)
My phone has been giving me enough grief without actually being broken that I want another, but can't completely justify the expense. Because my contract does not subsidize phones, it doesn't matter when I buy it, I have to pay a non-contract price. Probably $300-400 or more. I know I'm not going to be able to get what I want because there is only one phone that has all those features and that's the phone Andy has, but I don't know if I want that particular one. So he's looking around for me, and he went on a forum where he asked what might be the Honda equivalent of Android phones. This is a great analogy, considering that I've owned 3 Hondas before giving up having a car altogether, and I guess my dumbphone was the Honda equivalent of dumbphones - not actually flashy, but functional, not bloated with unnecessary features, and very long-lasting. The forum people recommended HTC, and that's what I have now, but I'm not convinced.

And no, I'm not buying an iPhone.


Jun. 20th, 2012 10:51 pm
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I have been looking for a new bag. When I get it into my head that I want a specific something or rather, I go in with several rules rather than a specific picture. Like in this case, I wanted something brightly-colored, with two handles and a strap, hopefully something that folds over and expands, and relatively sturdy.

And, of course, I never buy bags that have obvious brand names on them, words, bows or flowers, bling, or gold hardware.

Today, I bought this: )
I have no idea whether this is a good or a bad brand, and I couldn't care less. I don't think it's very high quality, and since I bought it for about a quarter of its original price, I don't really care. It does smell of funny chemicals, but it's actually a funny chemical smell that I rather like. And even though I never wear this kind of a green in clothes (fuck, I rarely wear any kind of green!), I don't care about matching. It's a little heavy for its size, but it might just encourage me to clean it out more regularly. Also not crazy about its brown strap (with black trim, WTF?), I'm not liking brown right now, but it's not that pervasive.

Just an FYI.


Jun. 10th, 2012 02:18 pm
elarbee: (Reznik)
As we are in need of a new mattress, I've been reading the online reviews for the local stores. Of course, I only read the negatives, and they're pretty fucking negative. I have pretty much decided that the only reason I'd set foot inside these places is to try out the product (and maybe practice my zen on the salespeople). But I'm sure shipping for online places is not cheap. I'm considering Ikea, which is made more difficult since we sold our big SUV with the roof racks, but it may still be a better option both in price and pain-in-the-ass-ness. Seriously, why do I have to suffer so in this day and age?
elarbee: (Reznik)

На мне оно сидит как с завышенной талией и в результате оооочень короткое. Хорошо что в тот же поход я купила leggings. А так даже лучше - все что надо показывать показывает, все что надо скрывать скрывает, а талии у меня и так нет.


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