In a long string of randomly weird things today...
These are the kind of weird things I notice... BUT I STILL FORGET WHAT DAY IS TRASH DAY? Go Figure.
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In a long string of randomly weird things today...
For me at least, its another day. Dawn brings with it the promise of a new day and the warmth of spring that is promised this week.
Something about this time of year when the sun comes up right between the houses at the precise angle to catch the dew always catches my eye. Today it was more like frost and it did not glisten quite as well but I have taken this photo before.
I took almost this exact same photo almost exactly one year ago, honestly I did not realize this until I looked at the archives.
It reminds me that 1 year ago would have been Jarrods B-day (tomorrow really) and that this Saturday would have been the anniversary of his death.
Honesty it struck me that I have still not forgiven him, and it does not help that death again haunts me as a father of a close friend just passed. Although also not expected and not nearly as close to me, it was not nearly as jarring just another bit of fuel for the emotional fire brewing within me.
I probably should have more forgiveness in my heart but I just don’t see that in the near future.
It may have rained, but things still had to get done. Work still needed to be completed, and the dog still expected to go to the park.
But that does not mean they have stopped telling me what to do. They have just switched to Spanish.
It may have been in the twenties when I woke this morning but signs of spring were everywhere. Hidden bulbs finally start to yield sprouts as green finally starts to overtake the grays of winter throughout the neighborhood.
Turns out the girl was looking for a used car and found this add for a 2005 Acura caught her eye. Why not, a car that should book out at 15k selling for 3500, loaded, 1,200 rims. Sounds to good to be true right? Well guess what... it is.
After an inquiry, the “seller” replied:
Subject: Re: Acura TL
I'm writing you regarding my Acura TL. The car is still for sale. My asking price for the car is $3500. The car is currently located in
1. You send me your full name, complete address (I need for shipping) and your phone number.
2. I open a transaction with eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection.
3. eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection will contact you with an invoice regarding our transaction.
4 You will send the payment to eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection and they will notify me to ship the vehicle to your location.
5. After you will inspect/drive the vehicle and decide to keep it, eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection will forward me the funds and the deal is done.
Basically, eBay Vehicle Purchase Protection will secure the funds until you will receive and inspect the car. You will have 5 days inspection period. If the vehicle is not like described, you will have to ship it back on my expense and they will give you a full refund. This way, you will be able to inspect the vehicle before committing to buy it and I know that you have the money and you aren't just fooling around. I will wait your reply.
Thankfully, she asked us to look at this and these were my red flags:
Car is priced to good to be true (rims alone are worth 1200)
Blue book is 13-18k by my estimates. (also similar cars for sale in that price range)
Seller is conveniently not around (cruise ship casino dealer, really?)
His conditions are too good to be true.
He says he wants to use ebay vehicle purchase protection but this car is not for sale on ebay, but per their own website this is not correct.
Seller says car is in
Add was posted on 3/5 and this “super deal” has no been swept up yet.
eBay vehicle purchase protection does not work like he has said in his email
Then I found *this*.
So I guess it really is Caveat emptor. It pays to be skeptical and my suspicious nose sometimes pays off. I guess we were lucky, we were not too greedy to see the signs, but I wonder how many people he got (or will get) to send money. In the end I did all I could: I reported this as possible scam.
Why Apple should be scared...
Just another argument at our house.... That I will never win. *
You! Yes you with the
Your new planned ban on electronic devices is just to broad, stupid, and quite frankly annoying.
As planned it reads:
The ordinance bans motorists and bicyclists in
· Talk to or listen to another person.
* Create, send, transmit, read or listen to a text message, verbal message, oral message or electronic message.
* Leave a recorded message.
* Create, send, transmit, review, read a map or other image, whether or not the image or map includes or is accompanied by written or oral messages.
* Use the Internet.
So I can’t use a Bluetooth hands free device? A gps? What about talking to a passenger or plying the with the radio (are radio commercials a verbal message?) Ban texting and surfing while driving and leave it at that. What about hands free systems? Your wording is too broad and if you pass this you are stupid. I have an idea, keep you segway on the sidewalk and take it over to the park and hug a tree and let the gown-ups drive will you?
(PS my apologies to anyone you has had a family member hurt by a distracted driver, but poorly written overly restive laws/rules a just not good for anyone.)
20% of the district? Really? Ouch. I can’t even rage about this one. Times out tough and loss of tax revenue I am sure is taking its toll. That just sucks.
In the face of everything I stand for, I will just say this: Sometimes its embarrassing to be part of this dysfunctional mess. By sometimes I mean always and by mess I mean disaster on a biblical scale. On the other hand thanks for making me, as an individual, look better.
Finally I have been told today that sometimes I come across as whiney...and to that I say:
I amm nnoooooooott!
End of Tuesdays observations
Uncharacteristically Kitty was super affectionate last night demanding to sit in my lap in the Girl’s absence AND purring to boot.
When your not drinking, ST Patrick’s day seems like another day at the zoo.
That being said, a GUINNESS sounds really good today.
Almost to tired to rant this week.
Just because you signed your kids up for the faux education service, this does not automagicly make you a good parent. Try getting you stupid ass off the call phone and pay some attention to your child. Just a thought.
Really? Your that bored? OK it is kind of fun in a creepy sort of way. Why does it feel like you one or two clicks from being charged with something? No wonder it’s popular.
California Prius driver (and other
Finally I am starting a new project that I have been waiting to do for a long time.
I own guns and knives and for the most part I am super careful with them.
These things are tools, and meant to be handled as such, should never be played with and demand the respect I afford to them.
That being said this morning, I cut the shit out of my thumb.
Why? I was uncharacteristically careless with a super sharp knife.
While I was bleeding all over the place it got me thinking. Given a long enough time line, it is human nature to get careless with things that we are familiar with. Take driving. People get really stupid, and the respect that should go with a 3-4000 lb battering ram gets lost in the “got to get there” attitude.
Even flying, I see pilots get careless, and do things that normally should not be done. Although I like to think for me, the adrenaline reminds me to be vigilant, mistakes have been made I can tell you even a little mistake there can be eye opening.
I guess what I am getting at is with today’s life style, it is easy for get complacent with everything we do. For me, I am going to try and remind myself … slow the F down and watch what you are doing.
As I had mentioned before, the girl’s studies took her to Russia where she is still… only now the student blog is up and running you can see it *here* if you like. She tends to write in volumes, but it is engrossing making the posts fly by. Here is an excerpt:
(talking about a small city in northern
“I knew that the city was looking forward to our arrival, but don’t think I could have ever comprehended the level of their excitement and mystification. We are the first group of foreigners (with the exception of Professor Makin of course) to come to this city and visit, so in a small way I can try to understand their emotions, but I can’t help but think about it inversely; if a group of students from another nation came to America, we would of course be very welcoming, but it would not be anything like this!”
The stark difference in culture makes it an interesting read if anyone is to inclined to read it. She will be back home soon and the better for it. In all of her travels these small villages seems to have left a big impression on her already.
Its nice to see the days are finally getting longer and its not pitch black out when driving home at 6:45 pm last night.
I don’t wan to beat this thing to death but after the last printer incident I ended up just switching out printers and all was good.
By “all was good” I mean after wading though about an hour of uninstalling/reinstalling enterprise self install utilities, I had a working printer again. Sort of, I still could not use the paper tray lid but whatever it was working.
For a while.
Today my new printer took a giant steaming dump on my productivity again just like that last one. Same make an model, what did I expect (I only have so many “approved” printer choices here at work where they keep all this shit locked down as if printer drivers were national secrets). Like an evil twin channeling itself through the good twin it took only a week for this one to start eating pages like they are Pringles out of a can.
I am at wits end, and am starting to see evil printers around each dark corner lurking in wait for the most in-appropriate time to jump me and f-up my day.
Seriously, I am going to start etching into stone tablets soon.
OK so I found a few words:
Re: US Senate
Stop fighting girls… you are all pretty. Can we run the country now?
Re: Apple Suing HTC
Some advise: Once you start down the dark path, forever will it dominate your destiny. PS… do you have a patent for stupid ideas, cuz this was a good one.
Seriously, what did you expect? Kudos on finding the only thing bigger than a firetruck on the block though.
Re: Tim Burton
Crazy much? PS- I totally want to see your new movie.
Re: Mayor of
Google, really? I just re-named you: Stupid.
Re: BK “tiny hands” commercial writer
You just creeped me out… Now I’m no longer hungry. Good Job
End of observations
Thanks to Ben Heine for the photo.
Am I disappointed that USA lost to Canada in Hockey: Sure
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