Sunday, December 30, 2007

Movie micro-reviews

The Savages: Excellent. Philip Seymour Hoffman is great--yet again.

Atonement: A marvelously made movie of a ridiculous story. (Memo to Keira Knightley: Eat something!)

No Country for Old Men: Super! I saw this several months ago at the New York Film Festival.

Plat du jour

For whom?

Saturday, December 29, 2007

Hooters--another place to stay out of

2 Shot in Tab Spat at Hooters in Tenn.
Add Hooters to my list of dangerous places: Wal-Mart, Denny's, Starbucks.

Thursday, December 27, 2007

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Semi-random thoughts

● I hate Vista!

Driving with a GPS is wonderful.

● From the NY Times Metropolitan Diary column:
One of the perennial joys of the holiday season: the hearty good wishes for a very merry Christmas exchanged as my Jewish husband hands our Muslim doorman his year-end tip.
Been there, done that--though I usually just say "Happy Holidays."

Thursday, December 20, 2007

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Friday, December 14, 2007

From the Office of Ambiguous Headlines

Ireland Steps Away From Catholic Schools

When I first looked at this, I thought it meant Ireland was getting close to having Catholic schools--I read "steps" as a noun.

Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Answer of the day

A little while ago my Question of the Day was how did I accumulate 23 pairs of black socks. I've discovered the answer: Some of them are my wife's. She's been noticing her supply of black socks has been dwindling.

That's what I get for wearing women's trouser socks all the time. I can't really blame the cleaning woman for this mistake. The socks are pretty much identical, though my wife prefers the completely plain ones, and I like the ones with a bit of a pattern. But I do have some plain ones as well.

I'm not sure I can hold it that long

First of 20 New Public Toilets to Open in Manhattan
Let's see: 8,000,000 people in NYC (+ commuters and tourists)/20 toilets=some very long lines.

Plat du jour

Maybe he should see a dermatologist.

Tuesday, December 04, 2007

Plat du jour

Here's one to enjoy today.

Saturday, December 01, 2007

Question of the day

How did I accumulate 23 pairs of black socks?

Semi-random thoughts

● It really feels good when I complete a chore that I hate doing.

● Sometimes I simply must drop everything and do something. I just had one of those times. I noticed that I had worn mismatched socks yesterday. So I had to go through my entire sock drawer and a) find the mates to the two I had worn; b) make sure all the other pairs matched.

● I hate it when I try to log on to some site, and they say there's a problem with my account name or my password, but they don't say which one.

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Plat du jour

They must be shameless to have such a poorly spelled plate.

Sunday, November 18, 2007

Protest HRC: Joe Must Go!

The JOE MUST GO coalition will rally on the National Transgender Day of Remembrance, 6-8 p.m. Tuesday Nov. 20, in Sheridan Square at Christopher Street. The rally honors the transgender heroes who participated in the Stonewall Rebellion and also protests HRC’s betrayal of the transgender community, as HRC will be hosting a networking event at the Stonewall Bar across the street.

Joe Solmonese is the head of the Human Rights Campaign. An op-ed article by Jon Winkleman, the organizer of this rally, in the NY Blade, explains all this.

I'm going to be there. Join me!

Semi-random thoughts

● The best from today's Overheard in New York:
Father to young son: The species tourist vulgaris is identified by the fanny pack and the new white sneakers.

Suit on cell: No, I'm just saying that you are being very unresponsive... Unresponsive! Do you know what unresponsive means? ... Hello?

● Somehow, my apartment seems quieter when my wife is away for a few days, even compared to when she is out for just a few hours.

● I see my friend Clover Honey has a picture of me in my Halloween costume (Tracy Turnblad from Hairspray) on her blog.

● There is an excellent summary of what happened with ENDA, and HRC's role in it, in an (I think) op-ed piece by Paul Schindler in the Gay City News.

Friday, November 16, 2007

My morning so far

So it's cold in my office. The radiator's barely above room temperature: clearly there's been no steam coming up for awhile--which happens occasionally even in my semi-fancy apartment building in my very fancy neighborhood. So I dig out my electric heater, which is buried under some stuff in the corner. (One of these years I'll clean up this place.) It doesn't work. I vaguely remember having had problems with it last year. So I go to the storage closet and find another one (we have several). But its cord is shorter, so I have to find a heavy duty extension cord. Unbelievably, it's right where it should be, in the "electrical stuff" drawer in the other storage closet. I plug it in. Ah finally, heat.

Two minutes later steam starts coming up to the radiator.

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Weird websearch of the day

blue glob in ohio at gas station
Someone came here doing this search, which lists my blog first. Apparently they were looking for information on this news story: Ghost-Like Blue Cloud Haunts Parma Gas Station.

When I lived in Cleveland, Parma was the suburb we all made fun of. Except the Parmasans, or whatever they call themselves, of course.

Monday, November 12, 2007

Semi-random thoughts

● I just passed the ninth anniversary of the first time I presented as a woman.

● I also just passed the first anniversary of my mom's death.

● It's not as much fun watching a recorded sports event when you already know the outcome--even when you like the outcome.

Councilman To Introduce Bill That Would Ban The Feeding Of Pigeons. I thought it already was illegal. I'm all in favor of curbing the pigeon population (rats with wings), but I don't know if appointing a czar is really necessary.

● The absolute worst pick-up line I have ever heard of (courtesy of Overheard in New York):

You are so beautiful, I would suck on your father's dick just to taste where you came from.

Sunday, November 11, 2007

He's not just a sports writer

Sports Illustrated's Rick Reilly is a great writer--not just a great sports writer. His column in the Nov. 12 issue (not online, unfortunately), "It Isn't Just A Game," is a masterpiece. It explains why spectator sports is so much fun--and a bit why it's so important for society. My favorite quote:
Sports encourages good healthy hate. If I'm an Auburn fan, I can hate you, an Alabama fan, from the bottom of my hater, and it's all right. Who knows where all that hate would go without sports?
(But I wonder if "hater" is a typographical error--it is an anagram for "heart.")

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

Monday, November 05, 2007

Colbert withdraws!

Stephen Colbert has withdrawn from the race for president. I'm sure the real reason for this action was the overwhelming pressure from the transgender and allied communities who are aghast at his transphobic jokes.

I wish.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

U-rah-rah, Wisconsin!

UW gets $85 million for School of Business,
Gift is biggest ever, but won't require new name

My alma mater--I'm so proud.

But I'm not terribly surprised--they've always had smart people at the business school, people who understand how money can be used for good purposes. Their alumni showed it with this action, and the current students did also. They recently approved an increase in their own tuition, so better professors could be hired--a situation necessitated by the state legislature's refusal to adequately fund the university.

I wasn't in the business school, though I did take a course in accounting principles there. But I'm proud of my fellow Badgers.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Semi-random thoughts

● A Halloween costume is good for no more than two wearings.

● As a general rule of thumb, there is an inverse relationship between a rock group's quality and its volume.

● Where did all the South Beach Diet Whole Wheat Snack Crackers go? Suddenly none of the stores have them.

● Flats can cause just as many blisters as heels--but in different places.

● Am I the first person to notice that if a space gets between the N and the D, Indiana Jones becomes a porn movie?

● This weekend they're going to return the hour's sleep they "borrowed" from us last spring. The least they could do is to give us a few minutes interest.

Thursday, November 01, 2007

Monday, October 29, 2007

Colbert is not always so funny

A little while back I posted about comedian Stephen Colbert's candidacy for president. I did this without really knowing that much about him--I've seen his show only once or twice. Now I find out that he regularly makes fun of transgender people.

I discovered this from a post by Julia Serano on the Trans Group Blog. I recently got her book, Whipping Girl, which has been garnering a lot of praise on the My Husband Betty discussion boards. Now all I have to do is find the time to read it.

Getting back to Colbert, it's not just him. The transgendered are about the last minority group that's still pretty safe to make fun of, without being thought of as politically incorrect. Well, us and overweight people.

Come to think of it, I'm in both groups.

Friday, October 26, 2007

Plat du jour

I'm staying out of his way.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

E-mail forwarding--that I want!

A woman has petitioned the FCC to require Internet companies to forward e-mail to your new address for six months, similar to what the post office does with snail mail.

I'd love to have that. I spend over $20 a month so I can maintain my old e-mail address. I would like to switch to a new one, but it's too much of a hassle. But if things got forwarded it would make it easier. I'd still have to put in manual changes to where my e-mail address is my account name, and update my profiles on some other sites, but this would be a good start.

The petitioner wants the companies to provide this for free, but I'd be happy to pay for it. I'd even pay my full, regular charges for the six months if I could get this.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Plat du jour

A pQlice Qfficer, I assume.

Friday, October 19, 2007

If you're gay you're ageless

The Metropolitan Opera is holding a series of "Connect at the Met" nights--singles events with a pre-opera reception ("a chance to mingle with other singles over hors d'oeuvres") and a champagne-dessert reception at intermission.

What is curious is that there are three different sub-series: one for those in their 20's or 30's, one for those in their 40's and up, and one entitled "gay and lesbian events." If you're gay or lesbian your age doesn't matter.

What does matter, though, regardless of which sub-series you want to attend, is your gender--there are separate sign-up links for "females" and "males." I guess the gender-queer are out of luck.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Neologism of the day

"Shittiquette list." Thank you, Helen Boyd.

Google lists a half dozen references to "shittiquette," all dealing with shit in the literal sense, and mostly as synonymous with bathroom etiquette. Helen, though, has invented a new usage.

Just another example of why I like Helen's writing.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

A presidential candidate who really stands out from the rest

The list of candidates for president includes a woman, an African-American, and a Mexican-American on the Democratic side, and a crossdressing control-freak currently on his third wife trying to convince the conservatives of the Republican party that he's their man. Oh, yes, there's also an actor auditioning for the role of Reagan II. In this crowded field of unconventional office seekers it's pretty hard to really stand out. But now we have a candidate who I think can outdistance all the rest: Stephen Colbert.

It's been quite a while since we had a comedian run for president. At least an intentional one. But I fondly remember Pat Paulsen's run in 1968. My favorite line of his concerned equal rights for women: "It is wrong to discriminate against someone because of the shape of her skin."

Saturday, October 13, 2007

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Plat du jour

The NBA is in pre-season. Go Cavaliers!

On the other hand, perhaps this car belongs to a member of Straight Women in Support of Homos.

Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Headline of the day

Lindsay Lohan Says Rehab Was `Sobering'
I thought that was the whole idea of rehab.

Monday, October 08, 2007

ENDA resources

My friend Helen has compiled a list of various articles, essays, & blog posts concerning ENDA dating back to April. She posted it on her blog. It's also on the Trans Group Blog.

If you haven't contacted your CongressKritter (thanks to Betty for that moniker), please do so. Today their offices are probably closed for Columbus Day, but tomorrow would work very nicely.

Saturday, October 06, 2007

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

Help pass the trans-inclusive, un-watered-down ENDA

See Lambda Legal's analysis of the substitute Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) bill. Not only would it leave out gender identity and expression, but it would also dump protections for gays and lesbians who don't look straight.

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Plat du jour

Yum! (assuming they mean gnocchi)

Monday, October 01, 2007

Now this looks promising

Conservatives Consider 3rd-Party Run
Just what the Democrats need: a third-party run that will siphon off votes from the Republicans. It almost makes me want to send some money to Giuliani's campaign.

Nah, that's really going too far.

Plat du jour

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Plat du jour

Clean dogs are good.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

I know that football games can get boring, but really now

Football fans banned from stadium for bathroom sex

Two intoxicated fans who police say were having sex in a Camp Randall restroom at the Washington State home game had their lewd and lascivious charges reduced to disorderly conducts in a district court Monday.

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Plat du jour

Sanction what? Or maybe sanction whom?

Saturday, September 22, 2007

My excursion to the Governor's office

Yesterday morning (it already being Saturday) I participated in a meeting of the NY State GENDA Coalition Steering Committee and Governor Spitzer's First Deputy Secretary, Sean Patrick Maloney, at the Governor's offices in Manhattan. Maloney is gay, so he acts as Spitzer's liaison to the LGBT community.

We were there to present our requests for help by the Governor to enact GENDA, the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act, and for other actions he could take to eliminate discrimination against trans-people. During his campaign Spitzer expressed support for GENDA, and we would like him to take some action now that he's Governor.

We were accompanied by Dick Gottfried, the main sponsor of GENDA in the assembly, and the Senior Legislative Aide to Tom Duane, the main sponsor in the State Senate. Midway in the meeting Tom himself showed up--resplendent in his pink shirt. It was great having our two strongest backers in the legislature there to support us. Also with us were members of the Empire State Pride Agenda (ESPA) staff, who came down from Albany. They're our logistical supporters and their expertise in lobbying is a great help to the Coalition.

The meeting was supposed to be with Maloney, but all he had time for was a brief apology for having to go to something else (I believe it was the press conference to announce that New York would be issuing driver's licenses to illegal immigrants--illegal immigrants being another part of his area of responsibility to the governor). He said he would be returning to our meeting, but when he did it was just to tell us that he wouldn't be able to stay, and that his "door was always open"--which is very nice, except it would help if he were actually in the office with the open door.

Anyhow, the meeting ended up being with an assistant counsel to the Governor, who attended via speakerphone from Albany. So much for our strategy of letting the Governor's staff see trans-peoples' faces. (Well, Maloney was with us for a few minutes.)

I won't go into the details of the meeting, other than it was somewhat of a disappointment to me. The assistant counsel couldn't commit to anything--even after some insistence from the Senator. Although he gave what information he could, I'm sure he had no authority to promise anything. He did give us one or two direct contacts, and said he'd e-mail more. If we do end up getting some positive results, I guess it was worth having Coalition members take off from work and traveling great distances to attend. We'll have to wait and see what support we get from the Governor.

There was one positive note: during the meeting Sen. Duane left the conference room, and returned with Eric Dinallo, the Superintendent of the State Insurance Department--someone who could be very helpful in getting better health insurance coverage for trans-people.

On the way out we ran into most of the lesbian, gay and bisexual members of the State Assembly, who were there for another meeting. Deborah Glick complimented my jacket. Micah Kellner, the recently elected bisexual assembly member, was there with his chief-of-staff, Eliyanna Kaiser, who worked closely with the GENDA Coalition as one of Gottfried's staffers. This was the first time I really saw Kellner up close. He is (allegedly) 28 years old, but he looks like he's 16!

Speaking about going out of the meeting, I had a couple minor kerfuffles (if that's not a word it should be) on my way in. No, not the misspelling of my name on the security guard's attendee list. It was the fact that the name on my driver's license wasn't on the list at all. But the guard didn't have a real problem with it. The other little problem was going through the metal detector they have at the entry to the Governor's office suite (two floors, actually). I kept setting it off, so I kept removing my jewelry, until the guard indicated it was something at my mid-section. Then I remembered I was wearing a steel-ribbed corset--which wasn't a problem for that guard either.

Of course, my major kerfuffle of the day was just getting to a 10:30am meeting (actually our pre-meeting) across town presenting as a woman. I got up at 5:00am to do that, and I was still a little late.

EDIT: Do read the comments for more info on getting my corset through metal detectors.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

A sound investment

Canadian Dollar Reaches Parity With U.S.
I guess I've made a very good investment in Canadian currency. I have C$4.94 in Canadian change, some of which was left over from my last trip to Canada, in 1991. I also have C$2.34 in Canadian postage stamps (not to mention 4 Montreal Metro tickets from 1991, which are probably worthless).

As you may surmise, I do tend to favor the "buy and hold" investment strategy.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Today's best "Overheard in New York"

Lady #1: The doctor has me on all kinds of medication for my STD.
Lady #2: Oh?
Daughter of lady #1: Mom, for the last time, it's 'SVT,' not 'STD.' You have a heart condition, not a sexually transmitted disease.
Lady #1: Shit, I really have to stop getting those two things mixed up!

--E train

via Overheard in New York, Sep 15, 2007

Friday, September 14, 2007

Weird websearch of the day

Someone came to my glob looking for crossdresser nude pictures. If you're nude, you can't be crossdressed, can you?

It reminds me of the joke about the nudist camp for crossdressers. It went bankrupt.

Blogger bugs

There's a little bug with Blogger that's been bothering me for a while. I use comment moderation--comments do not appear on my blog until I approve them. Blogger is supposed to e-mail me a notification when someone leaves a comment that needs moderation.

The problem is, the e-mail isn't sent until after I go to the comment moderation screen. So it's pretty useless.

So I want to report this bug to Blogger. Except I can't. Their bug reporting screen seems to have a bug in it.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Plat du jour

Outre mer: French for "overseas."

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Headline of the day

Bird Brain Dies After Years of Research
When I first saw this I thought, "Gee, what a horrible thing to call a researcher--especially one who just died." Well, no, that was really the second thing I thought. My first thought was that researchers had somehow kept a bird's brain alive in a jar or something.

Actually, it was just a poorly worded headline. "Brainy Bird Dies After Years of Research" would have been much better. (EDIT: the AP originally titled the article "Gifted Research Parrot Alex Found Dead." Two minutes later they came up with this one. Maybe they wanted a separate story for their weird news category.)

Anyhow, I hope people refrain from any Monty Python sketch comparisons now. But I kind of doubt they will.

Another boost for "There will always be an England"

The Pint Lives: Metric Britain Abandoned
Does this mean they can go back to calibrating their automobile speedometers in furlongs per fortnight?

Monday, September 10, 2007

20,000 visitors!

Thanks to all the vanity plate fans, the bear (and/or moose, wild turkey, coyote, etc.) fans, the Bucky Badger seekers, those wondering about Mary Carillo or Clayelle Dalferes (not to mention the kicking testicles enthusiasts), this blog has logged its 20,000th visit.

I hope I've amused or enlightened at least some of you. As I continue to get a better handle on managing my time (it's a lot of fun being retired, but it's not as easy as one might think), I hope to get back to more serious blogging fairly soon.

Thanks again.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

Mary Carillo lesbian?

I've been getting a huge number of hits on my blog from people trying to find out if Mary Carillo, the CBS tennis commentator, is lesbian, married or divorced, or transgender. I see nothing to indicate she is lesbian (and I spend a fair amount of time with lesbians. My sister (and sister-in-law) is lesbian.). Carillo is certainly not transgender.

As far as I can tell, she is just a divorced mother of two, who is an assertive, excellent television commentator. She won't play the meek, deferential to men, role with her colleagues. That does not make her, or any woman, a lesbian.

The Badgers pull one out

Late Touchdown by Donovan Gives Wisconsin 20-13 Victory Over UNLV
They didn't play well, but they played well enough. The Wisconsin Badgers football team managed not to get upset by a much less-talented UNLV. Quarterback Tyler Donovan did enough. Running back P.J. Hill did enough. I never was too worried they'd lose--the size of the Badgers tends to wear down smaller opponents late the game. But it really wasn't much fun to watch. Especially with the lousy Versus commentators--half the time it sounded like they weren't even looking at the game.

Next week we play the Citadel--who we've never played before. I don't think it's being televised here.

Saturday, September 08, 2007

Plat du jour

Fine play, I guess. A sports fan? A theatre-goer?

Friday, September 07, 2007

Tennis announcers' nightmare

Kittipong Wachiramanowong v. Peerakiat Siriluethaiwarrana in the Junior Boys' event. Actually, they didn't play each other at the U.S. Open. But they could have.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Come help honor Kate Bornstein

I'm on the Host Committee.

Proudly presents its 2nd Annual Women’s Awards

2007 HONOREES: Liz Abzug, Kate Bornstein, Las Buenas Amigas

When: Tuesday, September 25, 6-10pm
Where: Henrietta Hudson, 438 Hudson St, New York, NY 10014

Hors d’oeuvres and a complimentary glass of champagne is included in ticket as well as one year membership to the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York City

$35 advance purchase or $40 at the door
RSVP to: or buy your ticket in advance via Paypal at:
P.O. Box 514, Old Chelsea Station, New York, NY 10113

Plat du jour was conceived of as an online space for the organization and management of potentially complicated, non-linear networks of thought, a forum for the visual manifestation and discovery of the shared experience of inter-related ideas, memories, thoughts, and conclusions.

Right. I'm glad I'm done with college, so I don't have to think about stuff like this.

Monday, September 03, 2007

I think that's about right

I'm an Uber Cool Light-Weight Nerd says I'm an Uber Cool Light-Weight Nerd.  What are you?  Click here!

Thanks to Alexandra for this.

Plat du jour

This could be any number of things. I love McDonald's. I love my crossdresser...

Sunday, September 02, 2007

Weird websearch of the day

how a male crossdresser get pregnant another man
Uh, yeah, I'd like to find out about that, too. I have no idea how my blog got in there. In fact, I don't even see it in there.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Plat du jour

A fan of "Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea?"--either the film or the television show.

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

How about bisexual, Senator?

Craig Says 'I Am Not Gay,' Did No Wrong

There's a river in Egypt...

Another Republican departs under a cloud

Arizona Congressman to Retire Amid Probe
Now Rick Renzi is leaving. This guy was being investigated for a variety of things--election rules violations, the prosecutor firing scandal. I guess the third time is the charm.

Another good chance for the Democrats to pick up a seat.

More wordplay from the Associated Press

After this, we have:
Court Upholds Wild Bird Conviction
An appeals court has upheld the prison term handed to a bird expert who ran afoul of U.S. wildlife laws

Monday, August 27, 2007

Sunday, August 26, 2007

Yawn headline of the day

Argentines Win World Tango Championships

Plat du jour

She loves New York and Visual Flight Rules. How do I know it's a woman? She also had this sticker on her car.

My flickr GLOB is back!

Somewhere along the line, probably when I switched to the New Blogger last February, I lost my "GLOB" in flickr spell letters at the top of my blog (It's amazing that I never noticed in all this time.) Now it's back. So if you don't like the letters that come up, just reload the page and get different ones.

Friday, August 24, 2007

Wednesday, August 22, 2007

The Associated Press has a sense of humor?

Pigeon Dung's Toll on Bridge Examined
the pigeon problem is one of many factors that dogged the structure.

Keeping pigeons off bridges usually requires a multi-pronged strategy that can include...spikes to keep them from landing...

Sunday, August 19, 2007

Plat du jour

Sorry, but a Volkswagen is not a jet fighter.

Now maybe if this were a Saab...

Friday, August 17, 2007

This may not work so well

Beijing Bans Cars to Clear Air for Games
They tried something like this in Mexico City once, banning cars on certain days based on their license plate numbers. (I think they only banned one tenth of the cars each day.) It actually increased pollution a little. Many people just went out and bought another car to drive on their off days. The real problem was, what they usually bought was a cheap, old car that polluted much more than their regular one.

Maybe conditions are different in Beijing. Maybe most drivers there can't afford a second car, or maybe there just aren't that many old clunkers for them to buy. But I would not be the least bit surprised if this scheme fails to reduce air pollution the way the officials think it will.

My body is worth $24.58/lb.!

$4240.00The Cadaver Calculator - Find out how much your body is worth.
You can do the math.

Thursday, August 16, 2007

Headline of the day

Scientists Give Wild Elephants Photo IDs

This reminds me of an elephant joke from my long-ago youth:

Why do elephants have slits between their toes?

So they can carry their library cards.

Wednesday, August 15, 2007

Plat du jour--Music Department, part 3

This was an old New York plate I found on the front of a car in the Tanglewood parking lot (which is where I found DAFLUTE also). The rear plate was an ordinary current Florida one.

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

A great idea

One of the ways the government has come up with to collect unpaid child support is the denial of a passport until the arrears are covered. And now that passports are being required for travel even to Canada, Mexico and the Carribean, a lot more of these deadbeat dads are being forced to fulfill their responsibilites. (It's usually the fathers that owe the money, since mothers are usually awarded custody, which is a whole other issue.)

Millions of dollars have been collected, all of which goes to the custodial parents. I think this is great.

Monday, August 13, 2007

Question of the day

How could they name a hurricane "Flossie?"

Another interesting websearch

On the heels of the websearch from Expedia, somebody at Dell just found my blog--specifically the My hard drive is dead post. They probably also saw Dell comes through. As far as Dell goes, I'm a pretty satisfied customer--though I'll never buy a printer from them again. I don't like having only one source (Dell, of course), for the ink cartridges.