[I’m posting this to help other people searching for what this means.]

We had a charge on our USAA Visa that read:


Neither of us could figure out what it was. There was no merchant phone number. The merchant category was: Fast Food Restaurants (QPS). The transaction was dated Friday, but we had not been to any fast food places.

I spent about 15 minutes trying to figure it out. Google suggested some bar-b-q places in Atlanta.

So I put it in dispute. The mechanism for dispute is pretty limited. I could not just ask for a merchant phone number or full merchant name, but I figured the dispute would get me that.

The next day I figured it out:

Atlanta Braves Baseball Club.

We had been to the Braves game the night before (Thursday.) Our tickets included some food allowance, which created some confusion, and we’re guessing that was one of the food counters. I contacted USAA to cancel the dispute. The stadium should consider reworking the merchant ID that transactions display the word “Braves”. May save some dispute work.

The new stadium at SunTrust park was impressive. The weather was great. The food was ok, but very pricey. Unfortunately the Braves lost.

Go Atlanta BB-Club!

Must be useful. Mostly Googlers finding this post:

Searches for ATLANTA BB CLUB

Searches for ATLANTA BB CLUB

Watchyer Cahdagsay?

I had just exited I-20 heading for Tucker. It was a warm, sunny day, and I had the windows of the VW Rabbit down. I stopped at the red light ready to take a left, when a pickup pulled up on my right.

“Hey!” the grizzled, weathered man yelled over to me.

“Hey!” I yelled back.

“Watchyer Gahdagsay?” he yelled in a thick suthern accent.


“Watchyer Gahdagsay?”

I cupped my hand to my ear. “Sorry! Can’t hear you,” I said, even though I could. I didn’t want to say, “I can’t understand you.”

He then cocked his thumb, gesturing to the back of my car. “Watch Yer Gah Dag Say?”

“Oh! What’s my car tag say!” I yelled back. “It says CARTOONS.”



“CAR TOONS? Oh, I thought it said CAR ZOOMS!” He took his right laughing.

(This car tag was Carol’s idea.)



My first Blanton’s bourbon was in Georgetown at the end of a long day of touring by foot and then a longer night of bar hopping. My young companion, the son of an executive, had very sore feet and said he wanted the horse stopper. I asked the bartender if we could get the stopper. She asked the manager who said the bottle wasn’t empty. I made a quick visual calculation, gambled, and asked her to pour out the remaining shots in a line.

As the filled shot glasses grew, I realized I may have underestimated the remaining contents of the spherical bottle, but with it empty and with a nod from her manager, the bartender handed me the stopper. I presented the horse and jockey to my pleased companion. We then worked the line, closed the bar, hopped in a taxi, and retired for what was left of the night.

As I write this, I am finishing off my second bottle of Blanton’s awarded for payment in full of services rendered to a local publishing company. I am now starting my own horse and jockey collection.


The barrels are dumped by hand without using machinery. There are eight different stopper designs, each with a different letter of the alphabet molded into it and topped with a figurine of a racehorse and jockey. When placed in order, spelling “B L A N T O N’ S”, the horse and jockey’s poses display eight different scenes of a horse race, from standing at the gate, to crossing the finish line with a win.

Restore Sidebar to WordPress Twenty-Eleven Single Post

I like the sidebar items (including Google Ad) to appear on the single post pages. The Twenty-Eleven theme (which I’ve used for several years) disabled the sidebar. These two patches restored the sidebar.

In the Theme Editor, go to single.php and add the following:

<?php get_sidebar(); ?>

In a new line just above the footer code at the bottom of the file:

<?php get_footer(); ?>

Next, go to functions.php (Theme Functions) and find the following at the bottom of the file:

add_filter( ‘body_class’, ‘twentyeleven_body_classes’ );

Comment it out and it will force WordPress to stop differentiating between normal and single post pages.

Now I have targeted ads once more! Although this is a pretty bad match…



Victorinox Swiss Army Expedition 24589 (Watch)

I’ve replaced the band once (friction pins) and the battery several times. I have to remember the back is not a pry open, but a twist. Large needle nose did a good job, firmly seating the tips in opposing notches. Battery = 395 / 399. $7 at Walgreen’s. Won’t do that again. Amazon.




I noticed that some versions of this model have a 23 and 13 flanking the Swiss Army at 11 and 1.

How to “Select All” in Gmail (Updated 8/2014)

I don’t know why this is hard for me to remember, but I forget how to “Select All” in any gmail view whether in an advanced search or a label view. And the first searches on the web I found for this are dated. So thought I’d write it down here.

In this example, I’m trying to delete over 6,000 notices that have been auto-filed in a label (folder) I call “backup”.

Here are the steps:

1. Perform a search or switch to a label view. In this case I have 6,157 messages in a label view called “backup”.


2. Choose “All” under the drop down selection box. Gmail will only select all 50 showing in the view, but…


3. Gmail will offer you an option to choose all items with a link! Now I can select all and trash or label thousands of messages at once.


I guess it is hard to remember that a link is going to show when I know All doesn’t mean All (at least not at first.)