PG&E – nobody to talk to

PG&E customer service is now completely automated, and that sucks when you want to talk to somebody about your bill. Lots of luck trying to use their website to contact them too. Guess I’ll be heading over to the local office.

Found out that the closest PG&E branch (3965 Occidental Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95401) is now for construction only. Was handed a piece of paper with directions to another branch which handles billing (111 Stony Cir, Santa Rosa, CA 95401). Inside, this branch looks more like a bank with a bullet proof glass wall protecting the employees. On the plus side, the teller I got was a nice guy and easy to work with.


I’ve been battling it out on – now at 1246 (I was at 1298 just a few days ago). Playing 3 minute games. Plus side is you can cover a lot of ground when you’re winning. Unfortunately, the inverse is also true.

iGigBook vs forScore

My initial impression about these two apps is that forScore is much more intuitive and easier to use and is better programmed — by far. iGigBook is kludgy and requires a lot of jumping around between the app and the iGigBook server to get things synced up — forScore does not.

The reason? I suspect it’s because iGigBook was designed primarily for use with unauthorized scans of fake books. These old PDFs started appearing about twenty years ago on CD roms and online. The scans all have one thing in common – they’re not hyperlinked and have no tables of contents or indices that can be used. That’s where all the iGigBook shortcode indices come in to play – to work around the shortcoming of the scans by adjusting for missing pages with offsets.

Poaching eggs in the microwave

I’ve been experimenting with poaching eggs in the microwave. I’m getting closer to getting the results I want, namely not over cooked. I’m using a covered small casserole dish by Anolon (Anolon Vesta Ceramics Casserole 18 oz Cobalt Blue)

1/2″ water in dish
Microwave 2 min (uncovered) to get water boiling
Add 3 eggs
Cover with lid
Microwave 45 seconds
Let stand 15 seconds
Drain excess water
Salt + pepper to taste

Hunt’s Organic Tomato Sauce, very high sodium!

I recently bought some 15 oz cans of Hunt’s Organic Tomato Sauce
After putting some on my spaghetti, I was shocked at how salty it was. Then I re-read the label: 410mg per serving.

This doesn’t sound that bad until you see that there’s 7 servings in the can. That’s 2870mg of sodium! I figure I poured at least half the can on my spaghetti, so in just that one bowl, I was getting nearly 1500mg. Since then, I’ve returned the remaining cans – just too much salt!