Qualified Condition

April 15, 2009

I Don’t Want to be Elfstar Anymore…

Filed under: Uncategorized — qualifiedcondition @ 4:25 pm

It feels like the wheels are about to come right off the wagon any day now at this place where I work.  It’s been busy, we have no money, no staff and horrible projects, usually involving big ugly signs never seem to go away.  I’ve actually taken to having one of those obnoxious outgoing voice messages that says something along the lines of “I’m too busy to pick up the phone and if you leave me more than one message today I’m going to come through the phone and punch you in the neck.  Beep.”  Consequently, I haven’t had much time to think about this blog, and when I’m at home the last thing that I want to do is sit in front of a computer.  Never the less, I miss you, so here’s a quick post. (Remind me to tell you about the creepy way that my “Tutu,” which is an embarrassing way to say grandmother, used to say “I miiiis youuuu.”)

I am on twitter now.  My twitter name is qcondition.  I still have no idea what the hell twitter is for.  Also, the main reason that I signed up was to get updates from the Kogi Korean BBQ taco truck so I’d know when they were by our house.  Yesterday we drove by the damn thing on Eagle Rock Blvd with a line down the block as usual and no update on twitter.  What the hell?  Feel free to follow me though, and you can read my complaints about how cold it is in the morning.  Every day.  Forever.


Here is a picture of what might be the ugliest multi-family building that I have ever seen.  Sure, there are some cheep ugly ones, but it looks like the developer actually threw some money at this one.  You know how when someone sends you a fax, and then you have to photocopy that fax, and then you have to take a photograph of that photocopied fax from a satellite in outter space and it turns out all crappy looking?  That’s what this building has done to the Mediterranean Revival Style.  You see, people in Italy used to build simple and elegant villas along the coast–they used plaster and red tiles and, well, you get the idea.  This went on for centuries.  Then in the 20’s and 30’s we decided that we wanted to recreate the style here in the south-land (hence the “Revival” name) and the result was homes that were still pleasant to look at, and well thought out with respect to scale and materials.  Then, in the 70’s and 80’s came the tract houses, and then in the 90’s we started making them all huge and McMansiony and then, sometime in late 2008 this dump came along.  Gee, where do you think the stairs are?  Better yet, where’s the front door?


I will leave you now with a fuzzy image of the 48-cent check that AT&T sent me.  I have no idea what the check is for, but I actually took it to a living bank teller to deposit it, just for kicks.  She asked if I wanted to get any cash back on the deposit.  What a smart ass.



  1. wow. a 48¢ check! that’s amazing. it cost 40¢ to send it. that is outrageous.

    Comment by dave rupert — April 15, 2009 @ 5:55 pm

  2. The best thing I ever did at work was to turn off my voicemail. I don’t have voicemail on my office phone or cell phone. The only way to leave me a message is to email me or … leave a message with Mustafa. And I think you know how often those get passed on accurately.

    Comment by Lazlo — April 15, 2009 @ 8:53 pm

  3. I know the plight of the cold office way too well. I shiver in solidarity with you.

    Comment by Cheryl — April 16, 2009 @ 11:20 pm

  4. We got one from ATT for .57!

    Comment by laura — April 16, 2009 @ 11:34 pm

  5. I got one for $1.98. I held on to it for too long (cause who wants to run to the bank to deposit a lousy $1.98 [other than you]?). Now it has expired.

    Comment by blogobispo — April 18, 2009 @ 5:54 pm

  6. Dear “qualified condition”
    I miss you and can’t wait to try and cheer you up when I return. Yay ugly signs! Yay voicemail!

    Comment by Blake — May 14, 2009 @ 2:47 am

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