Dilemma word cloud

Dilemma word cloud

I like this “mind map” of a dilemma. I feel aggravated at WordPress for not having a theme that I like. I feel annoyed at myself for changing themes every other month. And then I feel irritated that the “free” themes want to be “paid” themes–in that when you select them and want to change, for example, the background color–that will be a custom fee, please. Why? Why can’t I have a free theme with colors, and menus, and widgets, and change the colors when I want to and change the way that posts look if I feel like it.
This is why people leave–where everything is oh so simple–and host their own sites using It sounds like a lot of work. It sounds like an awesome, customizable site. Don’t I spend enough of my time on the computer already? Sigh…what to do?


Someone stole my identity. Now what?

So, this just happened to us today. However, the person who filed taxes for us did NOT get the refund check–it arrived at our house! Imagine our surprise!

alek davis: blog

The 2007 tax season brought me an unpleasant surprise: my (e-filed) federal tax return was rejected. The Federal EF Rejection Diagnostics form indicated the problem:

“Reject: Error Code 0515: Your Social Security number cannot be used more than once in the return or on another return.”

Apparently someone had already filed a tax return using my name and Social Security number. A classic case of identity theft. So what do I do now?

I started by visiting the local IRS office. After waiting a couple of hours, I talked to a nice lady who appeared genuinely surprised to learn about my problem. Based on the IRS computer record, the person using my identity filed his (her?) tax return in New York, NY (I’m in Northern California). The IRS lady instructed me to send my tax return forms via regular mail and recommended to contact Social Security Administration…

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Visiting the lot


Granite pricing

granite prices



Granite pricing made slightly less mysterious. This is from Lowe’s and, on the bright side, corresponds to one of the granite places we actually visited! On the down side, the fancy granite below is in the most expensive group, E.



More expensive granite