Derived from a quote by science fiction author Theodore Sturgeon, who once said, “Sure, 90% of science fiction is crud. That’s because 90% of everything is crud.” Oddly, when Sturgeon’s Law is cited, the final word is almost invariably changed to ‘crap’.
This is what the Purple Whale looks like reflected in the side of a tanker truck, possibly carrying Black Oil, on one of Eisenhower’s Interstate Highways. Early this morning, somewhere not too far from Aiken the Sonata’s digital odometer blipped past the 9,000 mile mark.
We searched for a total of 10 caches today and found 7, while DNFing 3. Those finds were very productive though, as they did net 7 GA Counties, 2 GA Delorme pages and one State Park.
We walked from the hotel to a place for breakfast, but it was just a drive-thru, so we went with Plan B, Micky D’s. As we were almost done eating our Egg McMuffins we heard an employee shout, “We have a bus! We have a bus!” Sure enough, a stream of high school aged kids came piling in the door. A few just came in and sat (the ones with not much spending money), some headed for the restrooms (those with small bladders) and the majority of them got in line. They made a queue that was three wide that snaked all the way to the entrance door.
We finished up our stuff and cleared off the table figuring that it would be needed soon. As we were exiting the restaurant through the door on the other side, we were met by an older couple coming in. I looked at them and said, “You might want to find another place to eat, a bus just unloaded a big bunch of high school students on a field trip to Epcot.” The man replied, “I know, I just dropped them off. I’m the driver.”
December 2nd, 2011 | Tags: Whatever | Comments are closed
We walked the main downtown shopping street in Melbourne twice. Once when we went for lunch and a second time because went back when the “candle light” thing was going on between 5 & 9 PM. There were a fun assortment of stores and restaurants to keep us entertained and fed both trips.
Outside one of the funky little shops there was a colorful flashing, rotating light that danced on the sidewalk that prompted passers-by to dance on the spots.
December 3rd, 2011 | Tags: Whatever | Comments are closed
Somewhere a little south of Egypt, GA the Sonata passed the 10,000 mile plateau. I was hoping for a Welcome To sign to add to my Travels With Brian gallery, but there was none and really the only thing to distinguish Egypt from any other stretch of south Georgia road was that I had to slow to 45MPH for about a 1/4 mile as we passed a crossroads.
The photo is of a M3A1 Stuart Tank used in WWII from Thursday’s stop at the Georgia Veterans State Park.
Terry Francona, the ex-Red Sox manager, announced today that he was not going to try to manage in 2012. Cool, maybe FOX will hire him to replace Tim McCarver.
Tim McCarver is still announcing on FOX, but Mr. Francona has basically swapped jobs with Bobby Valentine and he now will be broadcasting on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball and will also serve as an analyst on their Baseball Tonight show too.
December 6th, 2011 | Tags: FRS | Comments are closed
In the past I have unknowingly gotten a senior discount and I haven’t ever called them on it to turn it down, the 5% off is a nice bonus. I have never asked for one that I’m not eligible for nor lied to the unattended self check out at Kroger on Wednesday. But, being 56 I do actually qualify at a few places and I’m not upset by the fact that the only reason they are cutting me some slack is because I am old or just look that way. I just didn’t think I looked that old.
Tonight we made a run to the dollar store for a few items that you can only get at a place like that. We bought 19 of them and the total came to $20.12. Nineteen bucks for the items. A nineteen cent discount. Plus one dollar thirty one cents for tax.
The nineteen cents represents 1% of our purchases and that discount is available in the State of South Carolina everyday on anything you buy…if you are older than 85!
December 8th, 2011 | Tags: Rants | Comments are closed
a check for $18.04 from the Foreign Currency Fee Litigation Settlement Fund. My first thought was that it was a scam, but an internet search led me to the BBB and to Reuters’ saying otherwise.
a mailer from Kroger chock full of coupons.
a statement from Hyundai Finance reminding me of my next Purple Whale payment, including a handy payment coupon even though they know I have it set up as an automatic payment from my bank.
and a couple of Christmas cards. One of which included a bunch of old photos of Donna’s family.
The above photo, circa mid 80’s*, was taken in New Orleans. I immediately recognized Donna, but it took me a while to figure out who she was holding on to. Yikes, it’s me! Donna looks just about like she does now, but that person she is standing next to looks nothing like the old guy I see in the mirror every morning.
Try as I might, I couldn’t conclusively make out what is embroidered on the shirt, best guess is Louisiana State University.
*Photo dating clues were Donna’s big glasses, my positive amount of hair, the bicycle helmet I am holding onto and the shortness of my shorts.
I haven’t turned all morbid, stared taking mortician training courses at the local junior college or anything, but me merely enjoying the slowly drying out of our real pine wreath hanging on the inside of our front door.
December 21st, 2011 | Tags: Whatever | Comments are closed
Today was the last day of work at the Valve Store™ until next Tuesday because of getting a 4 day weekend off for Christmas. Every year, as we get to the end of the final work day before this holiday, various employees will punch 6 on their phones, activating the paging system, and broadcast a loud, “Merry Christmas from Line 6″ (or SBSA or Nuclear or whatever.)
I always find these very cringe-worthy and am far from being alone. One notable detractor was our previous Director of Operations, he hated it, but didn’t want to come across as a Scrooge, so he let it go on. Hey, it is only once a year and the hourly Janey Lunchpails got a kick out of it.
The new Director started last October and he is not so worried about what folks think of him. After he got an earful of all the “Merry Christmas froms” last year, he decided that was just not professional and would not be tolerated. There was no official word that the new Big Cheese didn’t want that to go on anymore, but word did filter down through the ranks somehow.
From 2:30 to 3:30PM today the paging system was oddly quiet and even though I thought the practice was kinda stupid, I missed hearing it.
Published this year’s “Best Of” page tonight. You can find it over on the left under Highlight Reels.
In the beginning, ten years ago, this was two different and separate blogs, The Miata Diaries with stories about the car and how it fit into my life and the other, called Brian’s Daily Rant, was a place for me to bitch about what got stuck in my craw each day. There was so much stuff written during the year that I had a hard time weaning out all the quality posts to get it down to just one best per each month.
Somewhere around 5 or 6 years ago I merged the two into this one. The total posts diminished and soon after the caliber of content did too. For the last couple of years I have wished I could have cheated and used a second post from one month to use in the place of another month with nothing that I felt qualified.
And as I look back on this year I don’t see very many posts that qualify either, mostly they were just just recaps of geocaching adventures or pictures of papercraft projects. In an effort to at least post something when I didn’t feel like writing I would often upload a photo. So for the Best Of 2011 I have used no words, just my best picture from each month.
December 31st, 2011 | Tags: Whatever | Comments are closed