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Jul. 29th, 2006 | 09:48 am

What is going on? Couples I've known for years are splitting up, all suddenly, without much reason, just bam, it's over. I'm starting to wonder if people generally get depressed in July more then other months. People may feel lost, or confused, unsure, who knows. Anyway, I saw Livelihood at the Old Arizona Theater near by where I live. It would have been faster to walk then run around trying to find parking. The play was great, really clever writing. Lots of comedy. I think their last night is tonight, and I was in the largest crowd they had had since the beginning of the run almost two weeks ago, and there were only a dozen people watching. Go see it if you can make it.

My car decided to take several calculated poops on itself in a row. It's not that old, just 5 1/2 years old. It has 111k miles on it. It probably still has Tony Jackson's ass juice on the passenger seat at some microscopic level, if anyone would like to clone him from ass juice, go ahead. On Tuesday, I brought my car to Tires Plus to get a rotation, and to check a tire that was running low in the front. Oh, we found your leak, your front rims are bent, and need to be replaced, we can't get them now because the ford parts department is closed, but it should be $600 to get both rims. Oh, by the way, you have a nail in one of your other tires, it's too close to the sidewall, so we can't repair it, but we'd be glad to replace it with a slightly different tire. Mind you, my tires are only six months old, and generally, if I'm lucky, will be $100 each to replace. So, that'd be, $700 at Tires Plus, without labor, which I would be bent slightly further over, with a total running about $800.

I was kind of pissed because I didn't want to drop that much money on an older car. I am damn grateful that I could afford paying for it though without selling a kidney. The next morning, I took my car in to a shop to fix the A/C, which had been charged in April, but leaked in May. I finally got pissed out driving with the windows down when it's so hot out, it feels like a hair dryer blowing in your face. I toughed it out as long as I could, and was ready to drop another $100-$200 to get that fixed. I get a call back from the shop. We found your leak, it's in the evaporator and compressor. Now, I do know that's pretty much your whole A/C system, and this won't be cheap. We're looking at around $1200 to get that repaired. Uh, no, that's OK, I tell the guy. I picked up my car, and they didn't charge me anything for all of the work they did to test the A/C. That is awesome. I went to Lyndale Auto Service on Lyndale and 28th, if anyone cares.

So, I took my car, which I thought wasn't in that bad of shape, but was now going to cost me $2000 to get fixed, into work. Now, I may not be broke, but I'm not rolling in that kind of cash either. Plus, Jeannette has had some money issues, so I've been helping out with that, and rent is on me these last two months. I really like my car, it's still pretty peppy, I still have a sport chip in it to make it faster. It's been pretty reliable, except for a fuel pump, but that was covered under a recall. I've taken plenty of parts out of it, replaced them with crappy parts off of eBay that are supposed to make it faster, or make it look cooler, and replaced them back with stock parts. I've been inside and outside of that car, I know every scratch and dent. I have freakin Pac Man on the hood and rear window. I installed better speakers myself. I installed a CD player myself. I put in an MP3 Player under the seat and wired it up myself. The car has been to New York four times.

Now it was time to bury the Focus. Wednesday night, I had my car appraised by a guy, $2200 was all I could get for it, with the A/C not working. I imagine it'll make some college kid happy. I know they'll take Pac Man off, but I have another set of the decals. I ordered a Scion xA a month ago, because I was kind of interested in getting a different car, but now it was certain. The car arrived on Thursday, got the loan paperwork filled out and signed on Friday. Had a check made at my credit union just half an hour before I was supposed to pick up the car. Drove to the dealership, picked up the car, had my title transferred, signed everything, and was out of the door in 40 minutes.

The car is awesome, and the payments easy to handle. It'll be paid off in four years, so I'll have some time without payments before this car craps on me, and wants to be replaced. This new one is Japanese, so it might last longer, who knows.

I saw A Scanner Darkly. The animation, while cool, I think distracts from the story a bit. It seemed too short, the plot too simple. Whatever, I'm overly critical anyway.

Bill, I still have your Pinto keys, if you'd like them, let me know.

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Opposite of cock fighting

Jul. 22nd, 2006 | 05:54 pm

I saw something nice today. I saw a blue collar Mexican walking down the street holding a hurt pigeon. Just when I think everyone is greedy and selfish, you see something like that. Might be dumb, for all I know he could be a bad person, who might cook up the bird later, but I'd like to believe that he was trying to help, even if he didn't know how. I think that's a good lesson, help even if you don't know how, just try. You could ignore the stray cat on the street, or you could take it to a shelter, and it could be adopted to a good home.

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Jul. 19th, 2006 | 07:55 pm

I saw a pretty good movie, although X-File-y. It's called A Shadow Darkly, and unless you are unfamiliar with near future fiction or big brother parinoia, it might be hard to grasp or follow. I think it might be trying to prompt viewers to have a debate with their friends about what if the future was like it is depected, or is it already like it. I don't think it gets there, as true geeks are just waiting for a holosuite to dive into forever, and the rest of the audience probably didn't get enough of it to pose such questions.

Work has been crazy busy. A guy from Texas flew up to train me on our new backup software which costs way too much, doesn't do what we need it to do, and make little sense. I just moved some equiptment into a disaster recovery center in case the main building blows up, the company can still run, as long as I'm still alive, that is. Take that al qaida! I'm going to have to find some funny this weekend.

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Annoying survey ahead!

Jul. 12th, 2006 | 09:15 pm

(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

× I miss somebody right now. I don't watch much TV these days.  (I download more tv from the net. Robot Chicken rules, paying Time Warner twice does not.) I own lots of books.  (Whether or not I have read all of them is a mystery.)
I wear glasses or contact lenses.  (It's part of my dork costume) I love to play video games.  (When I get the time. I'm not very good at online first-person shooters. I'm a n00b.) × I've tried marijuana.
I've watched porn movies.  (I wish I could direct classy porn.) × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.  (As hard as it is, truth is best.)
I curse sometimes.  (Fuckin people!) × I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. × I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.
it goes on...Collapse )

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Jul. 12th, 2006 | 08:21 pm

The Dante's Inferno Test has banished you to the Sixth Level of Hell - The City of Dis!
Here is how you matched up against all the levels:
Purgatory (Repenting Believers)Very Low
Level 1 - Limbo (Virtuous Non-Believers)Low
Level 2 (Lustful)High
Level 3 (Gluttonous)High
Level 4 (Prodigal and Avaricious)Low
Level 5 (Wrathful and Gloomy)High
Level 6 - The City of Dis (Heretics)Very High
Level 7 (Violent)Moderate
Level 8- the Malebolge (Fraudulent, Malicious, Panderers)High
Level 9 - Cocytus (Treacherous)Moderate

Take the Dante's Inferno Hell Test

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Jul. 12th, 2006 | 07:52 pm

5 dollars a day. The average income of a person in Mexico. If I here one more person bitch because their mom won't buy them some $80 ticket to some stupid concert, I will probably become more bitter. The same thing goes for people who can't afford gas to go to work the day before payday because they blew all their money at the bar the other 12 nights since they were paid.

Life is about choices, and you should do what you like, so long as you aren't harming anyone else, or fucking children. But, deal with the consequences, don't whine like a bitch because you think life is unfair. Remember, there is a whole country next door working for $5.00 an hour.

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Jul. 11th, 2006 | 07:35 pm

Despite being filled with ignorant 12 year olds, Digg has expanded to sell advertising to not only the geeky, but the morons who enjoy dumb videos, or like to yell back and forth about politics they don't understand because they aren't old enough to drive yet.

Here's my big complaint about Digg V3, the video category. I like YouTube because it can provide a way for teenage girls to make non-nude web cam videos that are clever enough to land them jobs helping out Carson Daily with his web ventures. However, this example, http://digg.com/videos_comedy/What_happens_when_you_put_a_slice_of_ham_in_a_CD_Player shows why I hate YouTube. If you make your own content, more power to you. You worked hard, or not, but at least you pressed some buttons, said some stuff, and are looking for some exposure. That'd be great if that's what YouTube was. Instead, it's filled with commercial material. These are cartoons I can watch on TV, or DVD. I want new content. Give me some dork singing along to show tunes. Another thing that pisses me off about YouTube is that some teenage girl can twirl her hair, bat her eyes, and post a video that gets a million views, and thousands of comments. Most of those comments are, damn, you're hot, or something equally clever. Take a guy doing the same thing, and he might be lucky to get a few hundred views by the curious. The Cake song, "Pretty Pink Ribbon" comes to mind.

Anyone out there, make some funny content, male or female, include a link to a web page, and a t-shirt for 10 bucks with a clever saying on it, and I might buy it.

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