Still not well, prodigal gym trip, TWC & Twitter again, and a celebrity quiz…

~Friday~ I took a sick day today, and went back to sleep after sending an email to that effect to my boss. I took two more Pepto-Bismol tablets.

I woke up at 11:25 and downstairs adding the coffee to my coffeemaker, which is right under my calendar on the side of the fridge, I noticed that in five minutes, my ex-boss was going to be picking me up behind my work building for lunch. I called her cell phone real quick to bow out and apologize profusely for the late notice.

I got a load of laundry done today. Colors, if you must know.

I got to the gym before the after work crowd got there, albeit the after work crowd on Fridays is not usually all that. I did 300 (15 sets of 20) ab crunches and 40 minutes of cardio on the elliptical machine.

I had some more of that chicken breast I grilled out on Tuesday, and after a few bites, I noticed that it didn’t really seem to be cooked as well as it probably should have been. This made me think about my current GI issues, as I also remember that I got that chicken for over half off, because it was so close to its expiration date. Things that make you go, “Hmmmm.”

I microwaved the hell out of the rest of it, and still only ate about three-fourths of it. It was a big breast.

Late afternoon, I called Time Warner Cable to ask them about this $125.85 charge on my latest bill. After waiting for about 7 minutes “due to a large volume of calls at this time,” I hung up and tried my luck with Bryan P on Twitter. My first question to him was, “Are you working now?” Here’s the stream of the conversation, which is in reverse chronological order. All that is to say is that you have to read it from bottom to top to understand it:

And when it was all said and done, I sent this email to Bryan’s boss:

I responded to an odd e-Rewards survey today, which was about “entertainment.” Usually I get disqualified for those pretty quickly, especially if there’s a question early on that asks, “How much television do you watch per week?”

This survey showed me about eight pages, each with four or five celebrities on it, and I had to say if I recognized them or not. I really thought, that with the number I said no to, I’d be disqualified, but evidently I said yes to the “right” ones.

Next, they brought up a page full of questions about each of these celebrities, all of which I had indicated I knew: Nicholas Cage, George Clooney, Susan Sarandon, Adele, and Julianne Hough. I have to admit that I really didn’t know who Julianne Hough was, but I’ve heard of the name, which stuck out to me, because I know a lady named Julie Haugh from my days at IBM, whose first name I think is actually Julianne, too.

They asked the same questions about each of those five celebrities and they were questions like these, which had to be answered with a Likert scale that went from something like “Not at all” to “Yes, completely”:

  1. When news appears about this celebrity, I’m interested in reading about it.
  2. When this celebrity speaks, people listen to them.
  3. This celebrity is a trendsetter.
  4. If I knew this celebrity personally, I would trust them if I told them something personal.
  5. This celebrity would make a good product spokesman.
  6. If this person was a product spokesman, people would be more likely to buy that product.

I got offline early tonight, and read The Hunger Games until I fell asleep.

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