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July 2, 2009

Thanks for looking!  Discounts available for combined purchases.

Two IKEA Eina Nightstands – $40

Two light birch color Eina nightstands from IKEA, already assembled.

They sell at the IKEA website for $29.99, but two of these can be yours for $40!

InFocus Projector + screen – $350 SOLD!!!!

Really sweet InFocus projector with big ol’ roll down screen. Now you can watch movies at home! Comes with original InFocus box, IN72 model.  About 200 hours on the bulb, which has 2,000 hours.

Here’s the reviews for it:
http://www.projectorreviews.com/infocus/play-big-in72/

Perfect small washing machine for NYC: Hooks up to Sink – $95

Haier HLP21E washing machine for sale. We’ve had this machine for a year and it paid itself off within a month. Its perfect for delicates you don’t want to drop off, but it easily does sheets and towels.

Here’s a review:
http://products.howstuffworks.com/haier-compact-washing-machine-hlp21e-review.htm

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2006 Specialized Langster – $600

2006 Matte Black/Graffiti Finish Langster With Straight Forks

62 cm aluminum frame….this bike is for someone over 6 feet tall. Well-maintained, in EXCELLENT condition, includes a set of look petals and a high-end, specialized saddle. Currently set-up freewheel, but you can easily add a cog to the opposite side of the hub and make it fixed. 23mm rims. Set up for presta valves. Will also include Nashbar floor pump.

This is a wicked fast, super light bike, perfect for someone looking to step up from a converted 18-speed to a real single speed track bike. Sad to have to sell it!

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Ginormous AC – $75

Used Samsung AW1091L window mount air conditioner for sale– 10,800 BTU, Energy Star Rated

This is a big workhorse that can easily descend a smaller New York apartment into a penguin sanctuary (but has great settings if you’d like to feel your extremities).  No remote, about 3 years old.  $75 OBO

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Green BILLY bookcase – $30

Super sweet, green, already assembled IKEA bookcase. Yours for $30 OBO!

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Screenprinting Screens + Supplies – $100

Six screens:

3-21″ x27″
1-23″x31″
2-18″x18″

Various mesh counts from 80 to 260. All screens are wooden frame from Standard Screenprinting Supply. Lightly used, but in excellent condition.

Plus squeegee, scoop-coater (never used), various inks, emulsion (unmixed), and emulsion remover (unopened). If you want to start in screenprinting, this is a huge bargain!

Microwave – $20

Nice, used microwave. Has compu-defrost, and perfectly pops popcorn (even the 100-calorie packs!) $30 OBO

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Two IKEA Eina Nightstands – $40

Two light birch color Eina nightstands from IKEA, already assembled. Cool lamps and guitar not included:)

They sell at the IKEA website for $29.99, but two of these can be yours for $40!

InFocus Projector + screen – $300

Really sweet InFocus projector with big ol’ roll down screen. Now you can watch movies at home! Comes with original InFocus box, IN72 model.

Here’s the reviews for it:

http://www.projectorreviews.com/infocus/play-big-in72/

MSRP is $1299, so this is a great deal. Works perfectly, we’re just moving out of the country and aren’t taking any electronics. Snatch it up today!

Perfect small washing machine for NYC: Hooks up to Sink – $100

Haier HLP21E washing machine for sale. We’ve had this machine for a year and it paid itself off within a month. Its perfect for delicates you don’t want to drop off, but it easily does sheets and towels.

Here’s a review:

http://products.howstuffworks.com/haier-compact-washing-machine-hlp21e-review.htm

2006 Specialized Langster – $600

2006 Matte Black/Graffiti Finish Langster With Straight Forks

62 cm aluminum frame….this bike is for someone over 6 feet tall. Well-maintained, in EXCELLENT condition, includes a set of look petals and a high-end, specialized saddle. Currently set-up freewheel, but you can easily add a cog to the opposite side of the hub and make it fixed. 23mm rims. Set up for presta valves. Will also include Nashbar floor pump.

This is a wicked fast, super light bike, perfect for someone looking to step up from a converted 18-speed to a real single speed track bike. Sad to have to sell it!

Ginormous AC: Make You Apt Sub-arctic this August – $75

Used Samsung AW1091L window mount air conditioner for sale– 10,800 BTU, Energy Star Rated

This is a big workhorse that can easily descend a smaller New York apartment into a penguin sanctuary (but has great settings if you’d like to feel your extremities). We’d love to keep using this bad boy for the rest of our lives, but alas, we’re leaving glorious Queens. $75 OBO

Green BILLY bookcase – $30

Super sweet, green, already assembled IKEA bookcase. Yours for $30 OBO!

Screenprinting Screens + Supplies – $100

Six screens:

3-21″ x27″

1-23″x31″

2-18″x18″

Various mesh counts from 80 to 260. All screens are wooden frame from Standard Screenprinting Supply. Lightly used, but in excellent condition.

Plus squeegee, scoop-coater (never used), various inks, emulsion (unmixed), and emulsion remover (unopened). If you want to start in screenprinting, this is a huge bargain!

Microwave – $30

Nice, used microwave. Has compu-defrost, and perfectly pops popcorn (even the 100-calorie packs!) $30 OBO

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New York State Unemployment: Please, please, please pay me now

June 29, 2009

So, next week is the three month mark in waiting for my unemployment.

You read that right: THREE MONTHS.

The worst part is when my family asks me ‘what’s going on with your unemployment.’  I call.  After 15 minutes in the phone tree, I get hung up on, and I call again.  I get told that it will be processed by the end of the week.  That was two weeks ago.

Really, what am I supposed to do?  I worked, I’m legally owed money.  I’m not invoking moral standards or socio-political arguments.  It’s a pretty simple legal concept: I work for a set amount of time, my employers pay unemployment insurance, I lose my job, I receive unemployment.  What happens when that system breaks down?  How am I to fight against an eternally ‘pending’ application?  Do I drive to Albany and camp out on the steps?  As far as I can tell, that’s the next reasonable step…..

Living in New York is Stupid

June 18, 2009

Yes, I admit it.  That isn’t a blank check to spend your life in middle management in Iowa.  I just agree with Kurt Vonnegut: “Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you too hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you too soft.”  I have to say, I’m really looking forward to living anywhere that could be described as “soft”.

I got back this week from a month in Minnesota.  My mom was impressed with my cleaning, but really, cleaning suddenly seemed almost pleasurable when you had a dishwasher, a washer and dryer, and a garage to take the garbage down.  Not to mention a car and a Sam’s Club membership.

In contrast, I live in Queens, and if you take out your recycling anytime outside your approved one night a week (Tuesday, miss it and you’re screwed), a guy named Vinnie jumps out of a van and beats you with a baseball bat.  You don’t even want to know what he’ll do to you if you try to slip some recycling in your garbage, or in a non-authorized opaque carbage bag.  It’s to the point that we cook fish dishes around garbage day, because we don’t want to be trapped in the house with fishy garbage.

Today is yet another day that I’m putting off disinfecting my dishes, because roaches or mice have crawled over the dish rack.  The roaches are coming up the drains, so I’m going to pour a ton of bleach and boric acid down them.  To get said bleach and acid, I have to walk to Duane Reade.  In pouring rain.  I went today, and I wanted to buy a mop, but they didn’t have mops or brooms.  Nice!

To top it off, not only did I have to schlep heavy bags full of bleach and bug spray, but Duane Reade gave me those awful bags with the hard plastic strap handles that made my hands and fingers look purple and mangled by the time I got home.

Oh, and now my neighbor is playing hard rock music.  I love New York.

New York State Sucks

June 16, 2009

I just spent ten minutes going through the prompts at the New York unemployment telephone service.

And they hung up on me because they were “extremely busy”.

Sweet, so now trying to find out why your unemployment had been delayed for TWELVE WEEKS has the added bonus of calling repeatedly and going through ten minutes of prompts repeatedly just to get hung up on, repeatedly.

New York Unemployment: Maybe I’ll just buy a lottery ticket

June 15, 2009

What is it now?  Eleven weeks?  Twelve weeks?  I submitted my unemployment claim at the end of March.

I wrote them a letter in May, and someone clued me in that there was a secret way to talk to a person on the unemployment “help” line.  Yes, how to get a hold of a person to discuss why your claim hasn’t been processed FOR MONTHS requires secret information handed down amongst the New York unemployed underclass.  It takes between 13-18 minutes, and there are several times where it tells you it will hang up or take you back to the main menu.

So, I get hold of the person and they didn’t get a fax from me (even though I had the confirmation, as if that matters!)  This time I faxed and mailed it two weeks ago.

I can’t take it anymore.  I’ve done so much work on this stupid thing, walked through hell, and what if my claim is denied?  Now they make you fill out a worksheet to track the jobs you’ve applied to.  Which is fine, except, of course, you can’t just send in your sent emails or careerbuilder account.  Instead, they somehow act like everyone who applies to a job knows the name of the hiring person, address, and phone number of the jobs they are applying to.  So, I’m painfully writing out craigslist emails that probably don’t even work anymore because the folks at unemployment think I’m asking Doc Sawyer down at the Old Saw Mill for a job.

You have to know that no one is reading those, let alone checking them.  There’s like three people answering phones and taking months to process claims, and now everyone who is unemployed in New York is sending in these worksheets.

It makes you want to sit down and weep.

Maple Grove Farmer’s Market

June 12, 2009

I was driving around Maple Grove today, completely maxed out on Byerly’s and Cub Foods.  I love Byerly’s, but somehow I always end up spending about $40 for one little bag of food (they have really good heirloom tomatoes now, fyi).  I am pretty neutral towards Cub, like they don’t carry Ezekial muffins.  Come on, they were mentioned on Oprah, get with the program Cub!  Ok, I was actually thinking about going to (yerg) Wal-Mart.  But mostly I was thinking, ‘man, I wish I could find a Farmer’s Market.’

And just like that, with the powers of my mind, I saw a sign on Weaver Lake Road that said “FARMERS MARKET TODAY AT 3PM”.  The signs then got a little misleading, all these crazy arrows this way and that way, when the sign could’ve just said it was in the community center parking lot (behind the Cub).

First, I wanted srawberries for a cake, but unfortunately, the strawberries I bought were so juicy and delicious that we just ate them.  Oh well.  I also got rhubarb and potatoes.  I got a whole chicken and butter for just $11!  And I almost forgot to grab eggs (you cannot beat farm-raised eggs).  They also had homemade ice cream, barbeque, and massages.

Way to go, Maple Grove, you rule.  I borrowed that photo from the Farmer’s Market website, so stop over there to see details about future markets!

Model Tragedy of the Day

June 10, 2009

Oh, how we love to write and speak endlessly about the numerous problems that affect white, thin, beautiful women.  Models are forced to be far too skinny, worked until they keel over in their $15,000 shoes.  And what is the point of arguing that all the focus on anorexia and models could be used on genocide in Darfur, when models just continue to get thinner every year, almost fueled by the media attention.

Now we have a documentary by Sara Ziff called Picture Me.  Don’t get me wrong, I can’t wait to watch it.  I’ll admit it.  I want to see this for the same reason I read Perezhilton: I enjoy seeing the beautiful and untalented being tormented.  They’re never going to make documentaries about really boring temp jobs, or emotionally abusive bosses, or that guy in accounting who is a complete d!ck.  Even the two movies about thankless jobs, Nanny Diaries and Devil Wears Prada, just made me feel bad for not getting a $40,000 wardrobe or Harvard boyfriend out of my awful, thankless jobs.

Yes, it’s really sad that 14-year-olds get pawed at photoshoots where they make $10,000 a day.  When I was 14, I had to work eight hours in the heat at a drive-inn, and I dumped a rootbeer.  The owners screamed at me.  Then I would have to watch the very obese owner constantly adjust his balls.  And then I was biking the mile to work and fell off my bike and broke my nose.

I got paid $5.75 an hour plus tips.

By the way, this movie has already been made.  Showgirls, anyone?  Sexual harrassment, rape at fabulous parties, bonus broken, weight harrassment.  When they show Picture Me on TNT, will they put fake, beige bras over the breasts?