[Card Card Theft]
This week my wife's credit card was stolen at my favorite bar. Some shady-ass women who my wife saw and got a creeped out vibe from, managed to slide her hand into her purse, take out her wallet, take the card and put the wallet back her in purse. Allison noticed her acting strange, shooting looks at her, taking a quick shot, and then rushing out of the building. She didn't notice her credit card was missing until the next day, but thankfully her credit card company immediately noticed odd activity and shut the account down. This woman managed to spend 500 bucks at Pathmark. She stole a credit card to buy food I guess...I sort of feel bad that this woman stole for food, but I choose to think the worst and assume she got something she could resell. Pathmark is all sorts of sketchy so I am sure she somehow got cash money.
If I saw that woman I would tell her to put those quick hands to good use... I suggest somewhere on Vine Street, I am sure she can make a few bucks....
Capital One was totally class act on this issue, so if you need a credit card...
Speaking of theft, another issue in our life at the moment is disputed charges against our "official" wedding photographer Joe DiFeterici (Regal Photography). For those not in the know, two weeks before our wedding in October we found out that Joe had a massive number of complaints lodged against him at the better business bureau. The reason we found out was because I called Joe to see what he wanted to eat at the wedding and he didn't call me back. So after a month, we googled him and saw the massive amount of incidents (yes we googled him before we hired him and he was clean at the time). So we freaked and a good guy by the name of Mark Anthony agreed to come and take pictures at no cost. Another friend of the family who is a professional photographer also took pictures and they turned out to be fantastic (we are going to do more on that in another post). Joe actually showed up at the wedding, took below average pictures and got pretty cranky as the night went on.
After the wedding we wanted to lock down the album ASAP, and he played games by not giving us the right forms, saying we had a different package and now it seems he has disappeared.
From what I have heard, after not appearing to court several times, a warrant was issued for Joe's arrest. Instead of dealing with the law, the man abandoned his house and pulled a disappearing act. Who knows where he is now...
CBS Video Expose
The Knot Message Board
I guess we shall see how this all turns out.
On to the paver patio...
[Recipe of the Week:Tangy Red Lentil Soup With Niçoise Olives]
It is cold outside, here is some soup!
1 large celery stalk, finely chopped
1 large carrot, unpeeled, finely chopped
1 large onion, finely chopped
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
2 tablespoons tomato paste
1 pound red lentils, rinsed
1 pound chicken backs
4 thyme sprigs
2 lemons, halved
1/4 cup whole niçoise olives
1. In a 4-quart saucepan, combine celery, carrot, onion, garlic, olive oil and salt. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 10 minutes. Stir in tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Add lentils, chicken backs, 8 cups water and thyme, and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, uncovered, until lentils have broken down, about 30 minutes.
2. Discard thyme sprigs. Remove chicken backs, remove meat from bones, chop meat and return meat to soup. Using an immersion blender, partially purée soup. Taste and add salt if needed. Ladle soup into bowls, squeeze in lemon juice and serve topped with olives.
[DIY of the Week: Make your own robots]
Maker Workshop - Miniature Robots on Make: television from make magazine on Vimeo
I have bitched enough this week, so I am done. Don't take shit from anybody.