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06:14 am: Everything is better with wine...and power
This weekend, my parents took me on an excursion to visit a couple of my favorite Amador County wineries. It was the release party for Frivolo, a sweet white wine that I enjoy. We tried to visit the Charles Spinetta Winery first, because their web page says that they open at 9am. However, when we arrived at 10:30, the gates were closed, which was quite disappointing. We passed the time instead by visiting some other random winery in the vicinity that was already open (where we bought some of their non-wine products). Then we went to taste the Frivolo, which was even more flavorful this year than the last time I had bought it two years ago. We stopped by Charles Spinetta again before leaving, and that time they were open. Apparently they changed their hours without updating the website.

My dad is spending this week working on constructing my book storage. His first project is a set of custom cabinets for the library. It's exciting to watch them take shape. I'll also be adding a small computer desk to the library, so someone could take a laptop in there and shut the door to have a nice, quiet retreat.

Yesterday I was surprised when I got a letter in the mail from my gas/electric company saying "Dear Customer, we are leaving your service on for your convenience." Now, I had been on the lookout for my power bill for the past couple weeks, and have been wondering why none had shown up. I get e-bills directly on my banking website, so I know the bill couldn't have gotten lost in the mail. This letter about leaving my service on made me curious--if they had been turning my power off (for construction or something) I could understand the notice, but leaving it ON?

I called the power company to ask what was going on, and I discovered that my account had been cancelled in October. That was why I hadn't received a bill. The customer service person tried to figure out what had happened. He said that he believes someone else had started up a new service (perhaps one of the new neighbors that moved in down the block) and gave my address incorrectly. That closed my name off the account for my address and put it under their name. Then they realized the mistake and told the power company their true address, whereupon the power company removed their name from the address...but neglected to put my name back on. So, as far as the power company was concerned, NOBODY was listed at my address.

A few days ago, they noticed that power was still being used here (duh), and that's why they sent me the letter, figuring it was an empty property with power being drawn for renovations or something. Thankfully, the customer service guy was very helpful and started my account up again. It will take a couple months for their accounting department to figure out how to charge me retroactively for all the power that I've used since October, but at least it will all be straightened out eventually.

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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 14th, 2012 02:17 pm (UTC)
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I'm always a little sad to see books stored in such a way that you can't see the books, but...those cabinets are really slick. I think I'm going to be reeeeaaaally jealous of your library by the time it's done.
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From:mangaroo
Date:December 14th, 2012 02:27 pm (UTC)
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I have kind of a mixed reaction to the cabinets. It's not the way I would want to store my books for retrieval, but every time I get an annual inspection notice from my landlord, I regret that I don't have someplace to secret away my smooching boys.
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From:wednesday_10_00
Date:December 14th, 2012 02:39 pm (UTC)
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It's not the way I would want to store my books for retrieval

That was my first reaction, but...it is actually how I have my doujinshi stored. And it is space-efficient. So I could maybe see myself coming around to it.
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 14th, 2012 11:43 pm (UTC)
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And it is space-efficient. So I could maybe see myself coming around to it.

I'm primarily doing it for space, secondarily to keep the manga out of the sunlight. (Some of the manga I keep on my nightstand already have faded covers/spines.) Keeping prying eyes off the BL is just a beneficial side effect (in case all my relatives suddenly decide to visit).
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From:mangaroo
Date:December 14th, 2012 02:19 pm (UTC)
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Hrm. I know I'm notoriously cheap, but it was their mistake. As a good-faith gesture to you, *G&E should just eat the cost of their error. Still, I like their mysterious letter to you. Did the letter at least instruct you to contact customer service?
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 14th, 2012 11:49 pm (UTC)
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Did the letter at least instruct you to contact customer service?

It said "contact us at this number if you will be doing any work around the gas lines so we can turn them off."
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From:sara_tanaquil
Date:December 15th, 2012 12:42 am (UTC)
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Oh, wow! I was picturing regular bookshelves. But I'm sure that will allow for storage of much more manga. (Will you have little labels on the outside of the shelves?)
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From:spacealien_vamp
Date:December 15th, 2012 12:08 pm (UTC)
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I was picturing regular bookshelves.

I will have shelves on the rest of the walls, I just happened to have space for deeper storage in one section of the room.

Will you have little labels on the outside of the shelves?

I'm planning on getting something like this.
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