Lexington, VA to Rutherford, NJ. 400 miles of the Eisenhower Interstate System. A long day made to seem longer by the constant rain. Fortunately traffic was light except for around Allentown, PA on I-78 and about 5 miles of the Garden State Parkway.
In NYC’s competitive news market you just have to have a helicopter to cover breaking news (or just in case a low speed chase breaks out.) And while you have one you can use it for traffic reports in the morning and evening. WB11 the New York affiliate of the Warner Brothers fledgling TV network was giving a helicopter traffic report from a hanger somewhere. The reporter was reading while just sitting on the ground. Maybe they can’t afford to own a chopper, but the budget does allow for renting the cockpit out. Maybe I’m being harsh. It was raining that morning so they probably couldn’t fly because of the weather. They still had a traffic report, so it begs the question, why have the helicopter in the first place…oh yeah, low speed chases.
Rutherford, NJ to New Britain, CT. Easy drive of about 150 miles and one we used to do often when we lived in New Jersey. New Britain is home for my family and we used to try and get back there every couple of months. Surprise, it rained the whole trip. Hertz is going to have to replace the windshield wipers on the car if this keeps up. My brother Paul played chef and grilled up some delicious ribs for dinner. Mom whipped up a big ol’ bowl of pasta salad and Donna “tossed” together a Caesars salad to go with the corn on the cob. Sister Diane, her husband Allen and I did our part by staying out of the way and then eating it all up with smiles on our faces. Fitting Labor Day Feast for the traditional last-day-of-summer.
Spent most of the morning driving around visiting stores looking for stuff for Donna & I, my mom and Diane. At lunchtime Donna & I cried “Uncle” and went back to the hotel for a nap. Dinner tonight was stuffed shrimp and was consumed on the porch again. Afterwards Donna & I followed Diane & Allen to get ice cream in Berlin. Allen’s Integra needs a new muffler; he sounds just like those rice-boys with their chrome coffee can mufflers. Glad we only had to follow for a short distance or weren’t riding in the car.
I can’t wait to get back in the Miata. The tires on this Taurus slip and slide when cornering in the wet, which it was for the first 3 days of our time together. Now that it has dried out they squeal like stuck pigs on the dry pavement. They do alright in a straight line though, wet or dry. This car would handle a lot better with some sticker rubber (or maybe I should stop treating it like a sports car, hee-hee.)
Another Short day, New Britain, CT back to Rutherford, NJ. We took the scenic route, stayed on I-84 until we crossed the Hudson River and traveled down 9W and then drove the Palisades Parkway until we hit I-80. We found a neat “Miata” road, NY 318, north of West Point. It hugs the side of Storm King Mountain with nothing but a low rock wall preventing the plunge into the Hudson River hundreds of feet below. We stopped at West Point and did a quick tour of the museum and gift shop at the visitor center. They wanted an hour and a half of our time and $7 a piece for the real tour, so we declined.
Caught the latest No Doubt Video on VH1 this morning. Didn’t catch the title, but it was kind of a catchy tune. I was having a hard time following along with the song though, too many quick-cut, in-your-face close ups of the top half of Gwen Stefani in tight T-shirts or cleavage baring tops or her jumping up and down, backlit, on a bed in a semi-transparent skirt. I’m sure the 12 year-old boys love it, but it made me long for the simple blue dress with white polka dots of the “Don’t Speak” video.
Rutherford, NJ to Lexington Park, MD. We took the Garden State Parkway all the way to it’s southern end at Cape May. We arrived just in time to catch the 11:00 PM ferry to Lewes, DE. We then cut across Delaware to Maryland. While passing through Annapolis I thought it might be neat to stop into see the visitor center on the Naval Academy. We made our way through the narrow streets to Gate 1. The nice little Petty Officer at the gate said that you couldn’t drive in; you had to park outside and walk in. Fat chance of finding a spot, so we just continued our drive. We picked a stop in Lexington Park because this is where Donna and I meet while we were in the Navy some 20-odd years ago. Patuxent River Naval Air Station’s mission has changed from a Naval Test Pilot Center with a couple of small squadrons to a large Naval Air Warfare Center with nearly 18,000 people working there. Consequently the sleepy little town we knew is now unrecognizable behind the 6 lane road lined with every franchised restaurant known to man and 4-story glass & concrete buildings with cryptic names. Well, I guess Donna and & have changed a bit since 1975 too.
Time to pick on the rent-a-car. All of these items are minor gripes and I’m sure if you actually owned a Taurus, you could get used to them. The radio volume knob is too close the shift lever. At least ten times in the past 6 days I have inadvertently turned the radio volume down when shifting into Drive from Park. (I will give Ford points for actually having a round knob for volume instead of the usual up or down buttons.) The car had an in-dash CD player which was nice and about 2 days into the trip I noticed a button for selecting a disc number. Ooh, maybe this car has one of those multi-disc players that is right in the dash. Nope, would take the second CD I tried to feed it. Why, if you don’t have that option, is there a button for it? There is a big hesitation when the transmission shifts from first to second that is disconcerting. Kinda like riding in a manual transmission car with an inept driver. The power window lock out switch is in the wrong spot or it is sitting too high. It is right below the four window switches and it is easily turned off or on when used the other switches. How come the driver and passenger floor wells are not flat all over? This is a front wheel drive car right? The back quarter of each foot well is raised an inch or so near the transmission tunnel. Feels kinda funny when using the cruise control and you put your feet flat on the floor, one is higher than the other.
Lexington Park, MD to Lexington, VA. Today was a beautiful back-road jaunt through the middle of Virginia. Made a stop in Richmond to visit a cousin of Donna’s. We had a couple of hours to kill before we could get together so we visited the Lewis Ginter Botanical Gardens. Nice place to visit and it was in very good shape considering the drought that central Virginia is in the middle of. After lunch with cousin Suzy & her daughter we finished the day’s journey by heading west on US 60, a very straight round with lots of ups and downs until you hit the Blue Ridge Mountains. Then it winds it way to the top where it crosses the Blue Ridge Parkway and then winds itself right back down into the Lexington area. The Taurus didn’t do to bad on the twisty roads, a set of higher performance tires and I’m sure we could have given some of today’s “sports” cars a good run.
That night I went to my second high school football game ever. The last one was almost 29 years ago while in my senior year of New Britain High School. Some friends and I snuck into the Thanksgiving Day game with our big cross-town rivals, Pulaski High. Tonight I “snuck” into the game between cross-county rivals, Rockbridge County High School and Parry McCluer High School. Stuart is the RCHS Marching Band Drum Major and tonight was his first football game in that capacity. Mom Sally is the president of the Band Booster Club, so she asked us to come along and help out. We followed the tractor pulling the trailer of band equipment down the road into the field to keep stuff from falling off. We just waved at the guy guarding the gate as we walked on by. Later that night I thanked Sally for helping fulfill a life-long dream of being able to get backstage somewhere by just saying, “I’m with the band.”
Picking a Rant subject about politics & current events is easy, just watch the news or read the paper. I usually do neither, so my rants usually come from other aspects of my pitiful life. Today while traveling in the car I finished my last trashy mystery novel and with nothing else to read I glanced at the Roanoke Times we had. There was this story about 4 terrorists who were living in Detroit, MI. Holy Crap! Something needs to be done about this. Michigan is harboring terrorists. Does George Bush & company know of this? He wants to invade Iraq for similar reasons, maybe we should practice first on someplace a little closer, let’s bomb Detroit. I’m sure Illinois, Indiana or Ohio would give us permission to fly over them on the way.…
Back from vacation and went to listen to my favorite Celtic tunes on The Thistle & Shamrock on Georgia Public Radio and it wasn’t there. Every Saturday for the past couple of years I’ve been listening in at 8:00 PM for music from the Emerald Isle and its neighbors. The folks at GPR have replaced the show with something called “Green Island Radio Show.” It’s still celtic music, but it is hosted by some guy. I’m really going to miss Fiona’s lovely voice.…Hey, wait a minute this really should be a rave. I just remembered that I could always listen to the same show again on Sundays at 6:00 PM over on the South Carolina Educational Radio Network and they are still going to be broadcasting T & S! Now I get 2 shows of Celtic music. Just going to have to make an effort to catch the Sunday show. Before if I missed the Saturday show I knew I could catch it Sunday, but now the pressure will be on.
Put it up for last Friday’s rainy day and it has been up all week (and in the garage) until tonite. We put it down for a drive in the dark and a quick stop at the store for some breakfast essentials as the fridge is pretty bare before the weekly shopping excursion on Sunday. The Taurus was a nice car for the big trip but once again it is good to be back in a Miata. From last Friday at around 5:00 PM until today at around 5:00 PM we put 2231 miles on the rent-a-car and 120 more on the Civic. Today was another long one too, Lexington, VA back to Aiken, SC, approximately 400 miles. Now all I have to do is find the time to type in my trip notes for the past week, type in the last 8 days worth of RANTS, and get the photos of the Stone Guards up.
Finished up the Stone Guard install. Will take a daytime picture tomorrow to complete the picture series, then I’ll caption the photos and upload them. I have to judge the Barndoor Fan Club photo contest and announce the winners. Busy, busy, busy.
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Got home yesterday from work and the “line” was blinking meaning I was disconnected from the net. Happens. I rebooted and it was still blinking. Checked the phone and there was no dial tone. I walked across the street to use a neighbor’s phone to call it in. (I know I am the last man in America without a cell phone.) the woman informs me that the service techs only work from 8 AM until 6 PM (it is 6:30.) I guess the phone isn’t considered essential anymore (cell phones?) My mother-in-law lets in the tech today and he spends an hour and a half solving the problem and as he leaves he says, “The charges will be on your next bill.” Does he tell her what he did? Nope. Does he leave a copy of the work order? Nope. I tried to call the help line again this evening and got tired of waiting. I never signed anything agreeing to any work being performed, neither did she. I may just refuse to pay anything.
Our little Miata Club is going to the Gap this weekend and according to the Tail of the Dragon we won’t be alone, there are a couple of biker groups and about 60 Honda S2000s coming. Plus we know the Windy City Miata Club will be there as well.
After work I finished most of the preparation for the trip. New plug wires. Fresh oil & filter. Rotated the tires. Bottle of Techron. Tomorrow, if I have time, I’ll wash the car.
While I was at it I took off the Alley Gator Teeth. (That is my picture at the bottom of the page.) Saw a picture of my car from a couple of years ago with out the teeth and thought I might go with just the gums showing for a while.…
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Enough already. Yeah what happened was terrible, but more than 17,000 people died in car wrecks involving alcohol last year. Forget terrorists, I’m worried about drunk drivers! More interesting stats here: MADD’s General Statistics.
Had the perfect rant this morning. Told myself I should write it down so I wouldn’t forget. Another faction of my rapidly dwindling grey matter said, “Nah, this one’s so good you will remember it.” Wrong.
Off for a weekend of fun and frolic in the twisties of western NC. See you Sunday.
We missed any rain on the drive up, although the clouds looked like we might get a downpour, it never materialized. We put it up when we got to the hotel, as everyone wanted a driving break after the 6-hour trip up. But the break didn’t last long, as the siren’s call of 318 turns just up the road, had us back in our cars in about an hour. We managed to get one complete spirited run through out of both passes. On the north run we came up behind a small car at about 2 miles in that didn’t take the hint to pull over until about 5 miles later. On the way back south we had to chill until halfway through and we passed Sheriff’s car #2. We knew there were 2 Sheriff’s cars in the gap, because they passed by us as we took a break in the big gravel lot at the Tennessee end. One stopped and chatted with us a bit and asked if we were enjoying ourselves and told us to be careful, we were. At dinner that evening I balked at putting the top up, but Donna insisted, so up it went. As usual, Donna was right, as it had started to sprinkle before we were done eating.
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Why is it that hotel/motel curtains don’t close all the way? There is always an annoying gap between the left and right sides. To make matters worse there is usually a nighttime security light just outside that paints a bright streak of light across the bed. Donna & I always carry our own Speakman showerhead with us because of the notoriously light mist available from the water-saver showerheads that everyone is using. We should start to carry a couple of those giant spring clips for curtain securing too.
It was spritzing lightly as we started out for our morning drive, so only Rudy had his top down. When we stopped at the Crossroads of Time for a couple of folks to gas up, everyone else put their tops down for the run through the gap. If you have ever owned a convertible, you know that in a light rain as long as you can keep moving you stay dry, we used this principle throughout the day. The tops did go up a couple times during extended stops. With the roads mostly wet it kept our speed down through the gap, which in a way was a good thing, as I got to study the turns instead of just reacting to them. About 3/4 way through the Honda S2000s started passing by in the opposite direction. There was a group of 50 or so from all over the country in town to do what we were doing, drive the gap. When we got to the gravel lot at the end there were still a few of them there. We chatted a bit with a couple. Saw one that I’m going to get when I win the lottery, light blue metallic exterior with a dark blue leather interior.…sweet.
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Why is it that you find out you need new windshield wipers just when you need them the most? Coming back from dinner tonight at the River’s End at the Nantahala Outdoor Center it was raining hard and it was dark and the road was twisty and oncoming traffic and the wipers were more smearing the water than wiping it off. White knuckle drive.
More rain dodging on the return trip. We left early and it was raining so we put the top down after filling up with gas. The top was way wet from sitting out overnight, so I tried to dry it as best I could before putting it down. Seeing as I was filling up with gas, I thought that I could try using the window-washing squeegee. I tried it and while it got a lot of the water off, because of the pebble grain on the vinyl it left a lot behind. To get as much of the left over water I used those blue towels they keep right there. While not completely dry, it was good enough for now. When we stopped to put the top up at a later time I noticed that there was lots of light blue fuzz all over the top. I guess those little towels are not lint-free.
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Why is it that when you finally get some new wiper blades, it stops raining? It is Sunday in South Carolina and because of the archaic blue laws you can’t open stores until after 1:30 in the afternoon. So I can’t get any new windshield wipers until we get back home to Aiken and by then the rain had quit. Oh, well, it is supposed to rain on Wednesday, so I’ll get to use them than.
The car is way filthy from driving around in the rain all weekend. I couldn’t wash it because Donna needed it to go swimming. Busy after work week, so it may be all the way until Friday before it gets washed. Ordered the 2 rubber shift boots that go on the transmission under the leather boot you see. When I installed the leather a few weeks back I noticed that the top one had a big tear in it. I didn’t place too much emphasis on it until I was lurking over on the Miata.net Forum and discovered that those torn boots would lead to extra heat in the cockpit. It was then that I put 2 and 2 together. The transmission has been radiating heat for a while now, I just thought it always did that. Now I think that after reading the procedure for changing these boots I will have to move up the purchase of the short shifter kit so I don’t have to do the job twice and potentially pay for the bottom boot twice.
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I have been accessing the internet since before there was an Internet Explorer even. Most people I know when they have a question about the Net, email, viruses and computers in general come ask me. I don’t know everything, but I do know where to find the answer to almost everything. So tonight in a brilliant show of just how smart a guy I am, I sent out a change of email address via email to everyone in my address book, nearly 200 folks, and gave the wrong suffix on the email addy. I had dot com instead of dot net. So all 200-ish people got 2 emails from Mr. Smart Guy tonight.
Washed the car this afternoon even though it is supposed to rain tomorrow. It was just too filthy not to. It was covered in an even coat of gray, except where I had placed the little RoadsterChat & Master’s Miata Club magnets, it was perfectly clean under them.
Ordered the short shifter kit from Moss. They are proud of their Shipping and Handling department — $15 to UPS that 2 lb. shifter.…
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My wife watches way too much HGTV so she is prone to fits of “redecorating.” Last night she decided that she wanted me to move my CDs out of the living room and put them in the computer room where they would be closer to me. She wanted me to clear off the shelves on one side of the room that were full of books and put my music CDs on them. She wanted the selves in the living room to put her teddy bears on. For now the books reside on the floor in the computer room.
If you don’t use the books for a while it is amazing the amount of dust that gathers on them and the selves they reside on. Dust disposal takes on two forms at my house: 1) When Donna is around, you have to wipe the dust off with a damp washcloth, so it doesn’t fly everywhere. 2) When she is not around I just wipe it off onto the floor (where I could vacuum it up later) I know I read somewhere that dust is mostly dead skin that has sloughed off of you, but what else is it? Really, really small dirt? Tiny meteorites? Insect shit?
Made it to work with it down, but put it up. It did rain for most of the day, thereby negating the wash job, but what did I expect. Got an email from Moss Motors, the short shifter kit is on backorder and they don’t have an ETA on the next shipment, so they cancelled my order. I think that it is a good thing. I read some of the reviews on Miata.net and now am slightly confused as to which way to go. The Brainstorm one sounds like the right one except for the disclaimer on their site about letting in more transmission noise. Shift boots came today, guess I’ll just put them on this weekend as the research continues.…
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Back in the wild and wooly days of the internet, 10–15 years ago, I signed up with a cool service, bigfoot, that promised me an email address for life for free. They gave me an address and what ever email was sent to that address, they would forward to any email address I chose. This was a thing of beauty, I gave it out to all my friends and family, it was my address, Brian_the_Red@bigfoot.com. Bigfoot grew and and offered more services, one of which I found really handy was distribution, I could have all the mail I got come to home and work. The internet grew and email grew and it became all about the money. Bigfoot cut back on all their services except the original forwarding. The other stuff was still available, but for a fee. Earlier this year they put a cap on the amount of mail I could get for free each day to 25. This is probably a reasonable amount for personal use. I have probably never gotten 25 pieces of mail on one day that was important to me. The trouble is SPAM. I have been sprinkling the internet with this address for the last 15 years and the SPAM just rolls in. Every day that I exceed the 25 limit, I get a nice little email from bigfoot reminding me I’m missing out on getting some of my mail. It seems like like I was getting one everyday. On some days I know I’m not getting 25 emails even with all the spam. Yesterday I got 2 warnings I was over 25? The end of an era (at least in internet time,) I’m giving up on bigfoot. I sent everybody a change of address and after a while I’ll quit even checking it.
Put the top down for the trip to work, but almost didn’t make it. After we came back out of the bagel place it was sprinkling. Got going in a hurry and for a second there it came down hard enough for us to consider finding a place to put it up. Passed out of the rain and by the time we got to work it had stopped, so we threw on the cockpit cover. Keep in mind the weather channel insisted that the only chance of rain was a 30% afternoon variety. We discovered on the 10:00 walk around the parking lot that sometime during the morning it rained enough to really wet the pavement. The cockpit cover worked wonders this time, the inside stayed totally dry. The top went up this afternoon because Donna went swimming by herself and the clouds still looked ugly. This evening the skies cleared up enough that we went back out for a drive under the nearly full moon.
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Back in the wild and wooly days of blogging, 6 months or so ago, I signed up with enetation to handle the commenting on my 2 blogs. They promised me free comments for my blog. Just like the exponentional nature of growth on the internet, in that short time enetation has now decided that comments are free, but if you want your comments without a tagline that begs for money, you shall pay. They want 10 quid or around 14 bucks a year, while that in itself is not a princely sum, added up with all the other fees I now pay to keep what was once free, ad free, we are fast approaching the amount at which I have to consult with my Budget Director (AKA, wife) about before spending.
The last 2 days have been about the end of my free ride on the internet. Here is my thoughts on free services: If you intent is to give away something for free on the internet, there comes a time when you have to limit the number of people who can use your free service. If you can spend $100 a month providing this service and it cost $1 a user, stop at a hundred. Don’t go to 200 and then say to your self, “Damn, I’m spending too much money, I better start charging.”
Of course I never attended any business courses in college, maybe this is the way to get into business, get people used to using your service for free and when they are so entrenched that they can’t live with out it, charge ‘em. I mean, it works for drug dealers, right?
Turtle Wax Color wax has made all these dark swirl marks on my car. I’m sure they are temporary, but after waxing the car today I noticed streaks of darker blue in places on the paint. I’m hoping it is just because I inadequately wiped off the dried wax. I used the wax once before and didn’t get this problem, but this time I applied it a bit thicker. Tomorrow I may just re-wax it with a cleaner/wax product and see what happens.
The little dark blue swirls are not as noticeable nor as plentiful as I first imagined, changing my course of action from hurry and clean/re-wax to “watchful waiting.” I mean if this was harmful in a permanent way they still wouldn’t be selling this stuff. While I was doing Miata stuff yesterday I also replaced the two (upper & lower) shift boots. Both of them were broken and cracked horribly. I guess there is less cockpit heat.… While I was in there I notice the oil in the turret was brown and very thin. I guess it is time to change that out. I think that maybe I will buy a couple of quarts and go ahead and change all of the transmission fluid while I’m at it. Maybe next Saturday’s project.
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Caught a rerun of Sports Night this morning on Comedy Central. That was such a well written show. At least I can still get my Aaron Sorkin fix this Wednesday on the season premier of The West Wing. The again maybe it is a good thing it went away after 2 seasons. It went out at the top of its game, like Jimmy Hendrix. We were spared the decent into mediocrity of other things that hang around too long, like The X-Files and the Rolling Stones.
The front office folks (with a few exceptions) are assigned to either Group A or Group B and every other week (excluding weeks in which there is a holiday) a group works an extra hour on Monday through Thursday and then gets the Friday afternoon off. The company started this program during the summer and we didn’t do it. Maybe because we out of vacation time for the year is why we jumped on the bandwagon now. Today was day one of the extra hour and it didn’t seem too long. We got up 15 minutes earlier with thoughts of speeding some morning routines to make up for the other 15. We were so well oiled that we actually started the commute 15 minutes before we planned. So we took an extra long drive in. As a bonus we were so early that the school busses weren’t out and about yet.
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And I use the word repair lightly. there are about a half dozen spots on my commute to work that have had sewer work or water main connections or repairs done to them. The patching back up of the road is so dismal that you have to slow down to keep from rattling loose automotive fasteners. I know it would be impossible to return the road to previous smooth as silk condition, but could you at least try? I think they just toss back in what dirt they can find of what was removed, sprinkle on some gravel and then lay a 1/2 inch of asphalt over the top. In the matter of a week there is a 2″ dip!
Fortunately a couple of these “repairs” occur in just one lane of the 4 lane road that I travel, so that I can on most days, switch lanes and then go back to avoid them. I’m sure the big sedans and SUVs behind me wonder why I dodge left, only to go back right. Well I’m saving my fillings from falling out.
The mouth of the car has looked kind of naked since I pulled the Alley Gator teeth off, so last week I ordered a different style set of teeth to put back in there. My wife said she would pay for them if I let her pick the style. Our Wabbit Teeth arrived at work today. When the mail clerk brought the package to me it was so messed up that I thought for sure the teeth would be in pieces. They ship them in one of those triangle shaped express mail tubes from the USPS and it must have gotten wet, letting the weight of other mail bags squish and mangle it, but the teeth are made of sturdy stuff and were just fine. Of course the first thing I did on arrival home is put them on. It is going to take some getting used to this style, right now I think they are a little funny looking. I know what you’re thinking, any kind of teeth on a car look funny! Even if they are supposed to look like alligator teeth.
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This is an easy one. It was time for me to renew my driver’s license. The closest DMV place is practically just around the from work. This morning I went over there at around 11:00 PM figuring I would be after the morning rush and before the lunch rush, HA! rush is definitely an oxymoron. The line was about 20 people long. I did an about face and headed towards work. Then is when I remembered the other office about 20 miles away. I figured instead of wasting time standing in line, I could just as well waste it driving. When I got to the second DMV office it was nearly empty, there were 2 people in line ahead of me! Even being that close, it still took me a 1/2 hour to get my license. Extrapolate that data back to the line at the other office and I might still be there.
Saturn Vue — Really cute commercial with these 4 20-somethings heading out to the swimming hole. One rocket-scientist sets up a rope swing and when he tries it out he doesn’t let go over the water, he comes back across the shore and slams into the side of the car. While lying on the ground, he tells his friends, “I’m alright.” Nice subtle touches to let us know this baby can go off-road and has those famous plastic body panels. I only wish before he launched himself he would have said the legendary redneck last words, “Hey Bubba. Watch this!” Too bad this thing is 1) an SUV & 2) ugly as sin (looks like the Saturn Sedan in a funhouse mirror.)
Viagra — Nicely dressed fellow at the office and everyone is telling him he looks different. “Did you get a haircut?” “Did you lose weight?” Etc. He just smiles. Could it be the bulge in the front of his pants?
Actually there are hundreds of horses in this town, unfortunately not enough of them shop at Staples in the evening. Because maybe if more of them did, Staples would close a little later than 8:00! Needed envelopes to mail off the Master’s Miata Club newsletter, so I piled into the car and drove over at 8:15. I knew I was in trouble when I pulled into the lot and it was nearly empty. Almost went over to Wal*Mart, but came to my senses and went to K-Mart instead.
Well tomorrow we will reap the rewards of working an extra hour each day this week, 1/2 day off. We are going to go to Outback for lunch, because it is my birthday and that’s where I wanted to go. I’m going to get a Blooming Onion, mmmm, and a big ol’ slab of kangaroo, grilled to perfection.…
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Did you know that Outback isn’t open for lunch? I sure didn’t. Oh, well, we resheduled our dining down-under until Sunday afternoon. I hope it rains hard the whole weekend, I’ve got a bunch of movies to watch. Mother-in-law gave me Die Hard & Lord of the Rings on DVD for my birthday. My wife gave me A Hard Days Night and the combo of Koyaanisqatsi & Powaqqatsi.
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Insteadof Outback, we ended up at the Big Easy Cafe in next parking lot over. Donna & I used to live in New Orleans about a dozen or years ago and this is as close as we can get to the food we loved so back then. Unfortunately every time we eat there the experience gets worse. For what ever reason they have never been able to cook rice right, it comes out all puffed and split. We now know not to get anything with rice, but that severely limits the entrees. Today was the last straw, the first 2 items Donna tried to order that didn’t have and don’t plan on having anymore (they could at least cross them off the menu.) My french fries were cold. And worst of all the fucked up the loaded potato skin appetizer — they covered half with sour cream and the other half with guacamole. Unfortunately the guacamole was kind of watery making it look a lot like baby diarrhea.
Backed the Miata out of the garage to make it easier to clean some shelves in the garage. I put the top up to keep out the leaves and any other tree debris that might fall in the cockpit. Damn, now that I said that word it reminded me that I should have used the cockpit cover.…
Didn’t watch any of my birthday movies yet. We are right in the middle a “The Sopranos” marathon. We don’t get HBO, so we rent the DVDs when they come out. Season 3 was recently released and I timed my Netflix rentals so that I could get all four discs at around the same time. Thursday, 1& 2 arrived and today the other two were in the mailbox. We watched 1 episode on Thursday and 3 more on Friday. Today was 5 more episodes and we will probably watch the last 4 tomorrow.
Started down, went up, went down, still down.
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If it seems that this blog is slow to load, it is the fault of Enetation Must be a server shortfall again. It seems as if their web site is MIA. Another one bites the dust.
One a good British note is Scaryduck, not that he needs any plug from me as he was just voted best British Blog or something and has got a note right there at the top of the Blogger home page. One look and “the blog that was nearly on the telly” will be right up there on your must read list, it is on mine.
Not really, but I do dislike one aspect of it. Like Sunday is the day before Monday, autumn is the season before winter and I really hate winter.
Finally got around to repairing my 3rd brake light. On the last Master’s Miata Club run, the person following me told me it was dead. As it was twice before it was the wire breaking right near the trunk hinge. Next time it dies it might just stay dead.
Made it to Outback for my birthday “lunch” this evening. Did you know they don’t serve kangaroo steaks? I ain’t never going back there.
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A friend asked me to make a copy of a borrowed CD. I took it home, ripped it into waves and then burned a copy with CD Text. I took it in to work to give him, but before I did I thought I’d listen to it. Good thing I did as it was silent. Tried it in another PC and when I still got silence, I tried in the car — nothing. Windows explorer read it as 20 cda tracks, the PC CD player showed 20 tracks and it “played it like normal, just no sound. Whe I got back home I checked the wave files and while they looked in explorer like normal files, when opened in a wave editor, they were 2 straight lines. Tried ripping 1 track again to check and got the same results, Ripped to an MP3 with the same results. So I figured what the heck, let’s try the copy CD option –that worked. What the…?