Wednesday, October 29, 2003

California drivers suck!


Now I don't want to overgeneralize, so let me describe how I got that metric. I know that California houses somedamn fine drivers. Anyone who can take Laguna Seca gets props. But California has a lower percent that grossly biases the state average.
Case in point: On the way to work this morning, there was a driver who had been tailgaiting me. After hitting some traffic, the car in front of me put on his brakes, so I put on mine. I had to adjust and brake harder as he did the same in front of me. After I got the stop in full control, I looked in my rear view mirror and the guy who had been tailgaiting me was in the process of swerving into the guy in the next lane because he hadn't left enough space behind me and figured it was better to go into the next lane blindly. He did manage to stop, and the car next to him managed to avoid him, and he did give me plenty of space after that, but that's my california drivers suck story for today.

Tuesday, October 28, 2003

Just let me put pants on


Jaime was ill Monday night, and spent the night on a friends couch in the city. She had asked me to bring her car back from the Millbrae BART station, so I knocked on the door upstairs, and asked Lexi to come with and drive one of the cars back. She said "OK. Just let me put pants on first," and the door was closed before I fully processed the sentence. I think I may need to start paying closer attention to what's going on around me in the future.

Scotchtoberfest 2003


Was, from the small bits I remember, a blazing success. I'm still trying to work out exactly what to do about image web space, so I don't have pictures up yet (and boy where they helpful in figuring out what happened on friday). We had a large crowd, and about 20 different scotches to sample. And, if we had a lampshade, I believe I would have been "lampshade drunk". Damn Jaime for pouring her scotches into my glass, though I suppose I probably should have eaten before a heavy night of drinking. At least we didn't actually hotwire the forklift across the street, though apparently I promised Lexi sexual favors from Jon to do so. That was a surprise to learn on Monday.

Friday, October 17, 2003

In a New York minute...


...everything can change. And the Yankees defeated the Red Sox last night in one of the most exciting games of baseball I've seen in a while. Clemens leaves after 3 to a standing ovation. Wells comes in as the 3rd reliever from the bullpen (that was a sight) and gives up a homer on his first pitch. And Pedro pitches a great game until the 8th where he loses his steam and the Yankees pick him apart to tie it up, and it goes until the 11th. Rivera pitched the last three innings (the first time since 2000 he's done that), and Boone wins the game.

But with all the hoopla over Boone, and the decision to keep Pedro in the game during the 8th, I think theres a small bit falling through the cracks. That's that throughout the game (until the 8th) the Yankees couldn't do squat against Pedro. Except for Giambi. His two solo homers were crucial to keeping New York in the game, and Torre had put him 7th in the line-up that night. So while everyone congratulates or vilifies the later inning players, I want to give props to Giambi for keeping hope alive.


Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Bubba Ho-Tep


Elvis Lives! In a retirement home in Mud Creek Missouri. And there is an egyptian mummy stealing souls there. Bruce Campell did a compiling portrayal of The King and got to deliver some of his classic attitude as a geriatric Elvis. The character was well thought out, and certainly made me think about the lives of the elderly. And the current mythology around Elvis provided a wonderful gateway of discarded disbelief to the soul-sucking mummy.
Very good movie. I highly recommend it.

And China makes three...


So the first teikonaut took off yesterday. With Russia not able to afford their current space program, and the United States fleet of space fairing vessels land bound after Columbia, it may well be time to have another player in space. My hopes are that this leads to future exploration, and scientific knowledge, and that the cost is something the Chinese people can bear.
It is disappointing however that we won't give funding for science and research in it's own right, but we will give funding for the sole purpose of beating the other person. And I'm not sure whether the "we" I just mentioned there applies to just people in the United States or if it's a part of the human condition...

Wednesday, October 01, 2003

Allied Driving School


I was driving to work this morning when traffic began to get heavy so I had more of a chance to look at the debris on the left shoulder next to the freeway divider. What should I see but the triangular prism of an "Allied Driving School" roof attachment laying serenly and visibly in the shoulder. Now should I think "what was the school doing taking a student driver on a freeway" or should I think "the poor student who recieved that introduction to the freeway system"? I think I'll just hope that it was an off-duty instructor, though I don't think that bodes well for the future of drivers in this state...