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Grig Larson
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The first Monty Python movie I saw.
He's NOT the messiah. he's a very NAUGHTY BOY.

From #MontyPython #LifeOfBrian Eric Idle's famous skit. A crowd has chased Brian (the synonym for #Jesus ) through a town to his bedroom window after he did something pretty ordinary that was mistakenly believed as being messiah-like. Love this skit's portrayal of iconism and it's ridiculousness. I don't know if iconism is a real word, I just made it up.

BRIAN TELLS US: (about social media as much as anything else.)

BRIAN: Youve got it all wrong
You don't need to follow me
You don't need to follow ANYBODY
You've got to think for yourselves.

(CROWD).... Yes, We're all individuals!!!
BRIAN: You're all different!
(CROWD) Yes! We are all different!
(ONE MAN ALONE)) I'm not.....
BRIAN: You've all got to work it out for yourselves!
(CROWD) Yes, we've got to work it out for ourselves!
BRIAN: Exactly
(CROWD) Tell us more!
BRIAN That's the point! Don't let anyone tell you what to do!!

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Today is a good day. I just had a call from a telemarketer. Did I yell and scream at them, you ask? Certainly not. Like a good IT administrator I put my skills to use for their benefit. Here's how the conversation went:

Computer: "Press 9 to not be contacted in the future. Press 4 to speak to someone about your mortgage issues"
<presses 4>
TM: "Hello, are you having problems paying your mortgage?"
Me: "Hi, this is the IT department. We intercepted your call as we detected a problem with you phone and need to fix it."
TM: "Oh... ok, well what do we need to do?"
Me: "We're going to need to fix the settings by pressing 4-6-8 and * at the same time"
TM: "Ok, nothing happened."
<alright, so he's not using a Polycom>
Me: "Are you using the new Polycom phones that we deployed?"
TM: "No, it's a Yealink"
Me: "Ok, I see. You haven't had the new Polycom phone deployed to your desk yet. Let me check our technical documentations for the Yealink."
<did a quick Google search, "yealink phone factory reset">
Me: "Alright, do you see an "OK" button on your phone?"
TM: "Yes I do"
Me: "Alright, you're going to press and hold that button for 10 seconds."
TM: "OK, pressing it now"
Me: "Perfect, let me know if you get a password request"
TM: "OK, nothing has popped up ye----"

That's right. I made a telemarketer unwittingly factory reset his phone which means he will be unable to make anymore calls until someone is able to reconfigure his phone and that will take at least an hour or longer if they can't do it right away!

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I meant to post this earlier.  But time makes fools of us all.

Today (April 30th) is the last day to donate for Christine's medical bills.  The donations have tapered off, and Cat Hillberry, who has blessedly handled this, is going to close the account tomorrow.  We got more than halfway there, and YOU GUYS PAID FOR THE FUNERAL which ... goddamit, is so awesome and helped out so much, because they wanted cash up front, and without the donations, it wouldn't have happened.  We still have a huge tide of medical bills coming in, which I am getting help with, and I have some life insurance, but we lost 40% of our household income.
Last chance to donate:

Today is also the last day for people to use your coupon code for  You get 10% off and a portion of the proceeds also goes to help CR and and I out and our bills.  Coupon code GRIG.  Thanks again to Lori Titus for this.  

You can always buy a copy of my book, "Trolley," and any other books I will be selling later.  I get $5 per copy no matter how you get it (Kindle or softcover):  That won't expire anytime soon.  BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY, IF YOU LIKE THE BOOK, TELL OTHERS.  I have no ad budget to speak of.  I need to spread by word of mouth: recommend it to review sites, friends, family, and so on.

If you already helped out, I bow humbly at your feet in deep, deep gratitude.  Might I also recommenced helping out two friends of mine:

Barb Fischer is an author and mother who needed eye surgery, and has no insurance.

CJ Henderson is also a friend of mine who is a prolific author, and suffering not only from cancer, but crippling medical debt.  He is a local treasure, and been a staple of local area fandom for decades.

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Okay, so here's a big thing for me: a coupon that will save you money and help my family.

So, do you like honey? No, I mean REAL honey. Not the Chinese half-corn syrup, half mystery bee product you get at the Dollar Val-U-Mart. I am talking real, honest to goodness honey. You know those honey sticks I bring to convention tables? Those who saw our Katsucon promo tables over the years know the honey sticks. Well, that business is run by someone I have known since the dawn of time: my long-time friend Lori Titus at The Bee Folks. And she is giving an offer to help you and me out.

If you use the coupon code GRIG (that's "Greg" with an I), you get 10% off your order, and a portion of those proceeds go to help out my family's medical bills and lost income from Christine's passing. I would be super grateful if you did your spring orders this way. They have all kinds of honey and honey products, including their new carrot honey!

But this can only go on until the end of the month. Please pass this along to anyone and everyone you can in our circles. Thank you again and blessed bee, Lori, for your kind generosity and an opportunity to help us out.

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