Archive for October, 2008

Friday Mussings

Friday, October 10th, 2008

Yes, I did mean that.

Finally – its Friday!  Yesterday I thought it was Friday all day.  Imagine my disappointment when I was leaving for the day and people were saying “See you tomorrow!”  And I’m thinking to myself “pshaw… I’m not coming in on Saturd… dammit!”  And you’d think I’d know what day it was since it was a comic posting day.  Sheesh.

Me and two of my co-workers travelled into the deepest darkest depths of North Africa for lunch yesterday to get take-out from Crown Candy Kitchen.  I’d never been there before so I figured what the hell, why not?  Let me tell you… we couldn’t have looked more lost if we had a neon sign flashing above us with the word LOST written in 20 foot tall glowing letters.  Imagine this: Three white guys in button down shirts driving down the side streets of North St. Louis in a shiny silver BMW.  Me in the passenger sheet holding three pages of Google Maps trying to figure out which way to go when the route we are taking is inexplicably cut off by a street closure.  Yeah.

But we found it and made it inside without hearing a single gunshot (although to be fair there was a lot of road construction happening nearby so we might have missed it) and I have to admit its a pretty neat place.  A throw-back to the 50’s or 60’s in style, decor, seating… everything.  OK not everything.  The prices are insane.  It cost me almost $12 for a ham & cheese sandwich with some potato chips and a marshmallow malt.  What the hell?  Up here?  Who can afford that in this area?  Sadly, the candy prices were even higher.  Have they never heard of Wal-Mart?  It was good, don’t get me wrong, but I don’t think I’ll be taking that particular safari again any time soon.

On the way back to the office my friend was showing off and punched the accelerator on the BMW.  We rocketed back and then he slowed down abruptly.  I asked him what that was for, thinking maybe he saw a cop.  He said we were doing 95 MPH and he didn’t want to take the Broadway exit ramp.  I called him a pussy.  There’s no other response possible at that point really.  If he’d have floored it and got another 20 or 30 MPH on it we could have taken that ramp, hit the apex, and flown right over the parking garage – through the side of our building and into his parking spot in the garage.  But no.  He slowed down and took another exit.  Pussy.

I brought my lunch today….

String theory

Monday, October 6th, 2008

I need a nap.  Considering I’m at work though… naps are generally frowned upon.  It’s silly, I know but it’s just the way it is.  Some things will never change. Aw, but don’t you believe it.  Thanks Bruce.  And for those of you who don’t understand then I’m sorry but I won’t change it.  Sometimes you have to stick to your guns and blow the potato whistle at anyone who tries to tell you differently.  Which is one of the main reasons why random stream of conciousness type style posts are both entertaining and annoying.  Quite possibly for everyone involved.  At least there’s no lack in punctuation Or is there?  I have two computers here at work and one won’t let me login here and I have no idea why.  Obviously the other one seems to be working just fine.  Who knows – not me.  Hyphens are completely underrated and underused.  At least they aren’t terribly -abused- like some other things.  Yesterday we had a baby shower and it was really nice to see a bunch of our friends all together like that.  We did a very casual co-ed thing so it was just a nice get-together at a restaurant and not a bunch of screaming girls sniffing poop on diapers.  I think the restaurant people appreciated that distinction more than anyone.  Sadly, doing a shower at a restaurant ends up being EXTREMELY EXPENSIVE.  Luckily we only had to pay for half of it.  Paragraphs are overrated.  We went to the zoo on Saturday and that was a nice thing to do for a change.  We had pizza afterwards.  I like pizza.  And I had a big pretzel at the zoo.  Without cheese.  It was a bit underdone.  I’m using under a lot here.  Underwear.  Under where?  Yes.  Preferably with Mac & Cheese.  Speaking of which, exactly how has Apple sold so many iPods?  You are forced to use the iTunes software and it is the most god-awful user-unfriendly program I have used in a very long time.  There’s no documentation, no pop-up tool tips when I mouse over an extremely vague and ambiguous icon or button or even help on getting music into iTunes without buying it from their store or using their import tools that will destroy my folder structure.  It took me a day and a half (with help and searching for help) to finally figure out that I needed to drag mp3 files from My Computer to the open Library window in iTunes to get it to recognize the songs.  Then after messing with the sync on my iPhone I finally figured out that the reason it was still not transferring music was because I had to manually set it to sync with iTunes.  WTF?  So really… how did iPod become the standard defacto music player?  Hypnosis?  Or is there secret training camps for the usage of this stuff that I have yet to get the invite for?  The camp probably has the slogan “Work Makes You Free” over the barbed wire fences.  But enough of that.  Our designers put up all their web pages and blogs with no links at all to get back to the Home page once you’ve clicked on a post or article.  These are highly paid designers.  Obviously they are idiots or maybe they just have no idea what they’re doing.  Considering the aftermath of some of our departments meetings with them…  it’s a coin-toss really.  Ah well.  Deep subject.  Always thought that was a stupid saying.  Not all wells are deep.  We looked at a house when we were house shopping that had a wishing well setup in the backyard but instead of a deep shaft leading to water, it was a firepit with a grill for BBQ.  And it had the classic wood roof over it.  Flames below… wood above….  Did no one see the potential here?  At least there’s very little possibility of a little ghost girl crawling out of that particular well.  Oh but what if they sealed it and turned it into a BBQ because there’s one or more people down below?  So glad we didn’t buy that house.  I would have always wondered….  Three more weeks till we close on the house we are buying.  Not much disposable income after that considering we will be having a baby any time after that.  AFTER that.  Not before.  Do you hear me?  Yeah.  I thought so.  OK.  Wait… where was I?  Oh yeah.  I hafta pee.  This will do for now.  Excellent.

Bullseye car

Friday, October 3rd, 2008

Coming in to work this morning I was starting to wonder if someone had painted a big bullseye on my car while I slept.  I checked all around it after I got to the parking garage and didn’t see anything but maybe it was a decal and it blew off somewhere on the highway.   I’m guessing that must be it.

No… me and the car are fine.  My horn got a thorough testing though.  Man, that little Mitsubishi needs a horn upgrade.  It’s weak.

Turning off of Baxter onto Manchester I’m sitting at a red light.  It’s a two lane turn onto Manchester and there’s a woman in a car next to me.  The light turns green and we both take off and start making our turns.  I’m staying in my lane and the other car seems be trying to merge with me as it begins to be driven between the lanes.  HORN.

On Highway 141 I’m slowly pulling past a woman driving a light colored sedan when suddenly she starts drifting sharply into my lane.  Then she jerks over a little and then back and then back and forth because obviously searching for something in her purse is much more important than driving.  Horn.  Speed past the crazy woman.

On Highway 44 another woman in a small car decides to wander into my lane without looking.  More horn.  More speeding off to escape the crazies.

Come one people.  It’s a freaking ORANGE car!  How hard can it be to notice the orange car?  Just try and look.  Seriously.  You’ll see it.