Category: Cars

Your wake up call

Maybe you’ve seen this and maybe you haven’t.  I saw it posted on Facebook but the number of people who have watched it on YouTube is really low.

You need to watch this.  If you use your phone in your car or if you have children or other loved ones who use their phones while driving, you need to see this.  This is specifically about people texting but the same goes for anyone not paying attention.

This is a very graphic and realistic dramatization.  Those of you who don’t like the sight of blood may not make it through the whole thing.  It’s very well done.  I watched this at work right before I left and almost started crying when they showed the passengers of the second car.

Maybe its because I now have a baby of my own but that was horrible and will haunt me for a while.  I’ve never texted or written an e-mail while driving but I guarantee that I never will either.  Sure this seems like common sense but this video just drives it home.

You won’t like it but you need to watch it.

If for some reason the YouTube link above doesn’t work, here’s another link.

Friday Mussings

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….

Bullseye car

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.

Hump day

It’s Wednesday of my second week back in the St. Louis office and things are going fine I suppose.  I’m spending about half my day working on issues and projects for Asia Pacific and the second half of my day working on getting up to speed on new projects.  Nothing too difficult but very time consuming.  A few deadlines are arriving faster than I’d anticipated but I think we can manage.  I hope.

We bought a new car on Friday night after work.  I’ll post more details about that as well as some pictures later.  I don’t have them with me right now.

Work and Cars

Well, it is Friday morning and I’ve survived my first work week back here in Saint Louis.  The jet lag has been hitting me pretty hard as it usually does when I’ve flown back to the States.  But I was doing pretty good yesterday and feel pretty good today.  I’ve had a persistantly random cough of the phlegmy nature since the flights which also isn’t too unusual for me travelling long distances.  The people in the office are a bit concerned that I brought SARS back with me.  I tell them they are just being silly.  It’s Bird Flu.

I’m planning on leaving work today and venturing up into the unknown wilderness known as St. Peters to buy a car.  I’m sure there are ogres and dragons that far away from civilization but there are also a ton of car dealerships so it’s still rather convenient.  I’ve got an orange Mitsubishi Lancer GTS being held for me to buy tonight.  It’s pretty damn nice.  I’ll get some pics snapped maybe this weekend while it’s still all clean and shiny.

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