||[Mar. 25th, 2006|04:45 pm]
The Veritable TechNinja
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This weekend is a bizarre temporal do-over. Last night I ran sound for Cignal to Noise, who OWNS ALL OF YOUR BALLS. It was a total success, I even had the time to toe in the PA cabinets, which evened out the sound dispersal and made the place sound good throughout, not just in the "sweet spot" 15' in front of the stage. Honestly I didn't have to do much at all, just take a pair of XLRs with the whole mix in them and put it through the PA. Had fun tweaking the EQ and feeling like a minute part of the performance. A good time was had by all.
Also, -5 geek points for not Reading The Fucking Manual. My headlights are altogether too easy to replace, I just had to move the washer fluid spout out of the way by removing a single quick-fastener. Unfortunately, Sylvania bulbs aren't as bright and don't throw as wide a beam as the OEM Philips, so my headlight pattern has gone from "pirate" to just "lazy eye". Arrr. Also, the Subaru driver's side wiper is a monstrous thing. Two feet long with some kind of snow shelf thing on it that's not transferable, so technically I've lost a feature by buying cheap blades instead of OEM there as well.
What it comes down to is that the Subaru dealership seems to hate me, or at least be a bunch of dishonest shysters. I'm dead serious, they tried to charge me $500 for my 30K-mile service. They wanted to flush my trans fluid. C'mon, at 30K miles (technically 40K when I brought it in, but still)? That's unheard-of. 50K I could believe, maybe. An oil change, air filter, brake fluid, coolant, transmission flush and diff flush shouldn't even cost that much anyway. $250 would be reasonable. I asked them to just change the oil and look for any other problems. Of course, they came back with a burnt headlight and bad air filter. Funny that you have to remove the air intake to get to the headlight, the one I didn't notice was burnt out... That was $70. The diff and coolant flush was $120 at Valvoline, and my trans fluid looked fine. Will flush the trans at 50K just to be sure. I love my Fuji-cakes, but she's a bit high-maintenance.
In other news, my investment consolidation is going well. I've got my savings account split so that I can write checks against it, online balance transfers enabled so I can put money for the checks and the main balance in a money market account so I get better interest. Investment ideas include Altria, Edison, and Verizon. Considering the ups and downs of dividend reinvestment, would probably do so for Verizon at least. Otherwise, I'm essentially giving myself a raise with a good chance of increasing equity. Also need to switch my mutual fund to FBRVX. Guess I won't be selling my other old crap fund, as Fidelity is where my other old crap fund I've got is. Sold and am waiting for the check on the other one. Once I have that, it's time to dump some of my other wastoid investments and put the proceeds in to those stocks.