I took the day off from work, but haven't been able to watch a single crappy movie so far. Originally, Tolemite was slated to visit this weekend, and part of it was to be spent watching Turner Classic Movies' broadcast of the U.S./Japanese production THE GREEN SLIME, a 1968 sci-fi picture from the director of BATTLE ROYALE. Toler couldn't make it after all, but I had to take this day off sometime before Christmas or lose it, so I stayed home. In Toler's absence, I've been busy though. I had two more conversations with USAA General, who still aren't making it easy for me to get paid. I had to drive out to work this afternoon so I could fax them a copy of the title to my Altima. They apparently need this to either prove or disprove that it's a "salvage title", which shows whether the car has been totalled before. Apparently they are showing that the car is a "salvage", although to the best of my knowledge it's never been wrecked, and there's nothing on the title that indicates a salvage job.
I also had to run out to the auto body shop where the Altima is to clean out my personal stuff from it. I don't keep it too messy or cluttered, so I only had to retrieve some tools, an ice scraper and a few other things. The hardest was getting back the tape that was lodged in the cassette player. Normally I wouldn't bother getting a tape back, but at the time of the accident, I was listening to one of my old radio shows, the last night I was on the air at WCIL-FM in Carbondale, a night that found me hosting a number of "surprise" guests. It's obviously a tape with special meaning to me and one that can't be replaced, so I had to dig it out of the player. The mechanics must have removed or disconnected the battery, so I couldn't turn the tape player on to eject the tape. All I had were two car keys that I used like tweezers or pliers to reach in and pull the tape out. It wasn't easy and took me about 20 minutes to get it. Surely there must have been an easier way.
I also went to the grocery store today and stocked up on some snacks. Tolemite isn't here, but Cheeseburger is coming this weekend, so I suspect there will be some crappy movies happening sometime. I could certainly use the rest after my "day off".