Friday, November 04, 2005

Just Another Friday 

Ahh, Friday. Leave it to me to turn a Friday into a Monday. Today, I was out the door about an hour early, since I needed to head to the nearest branch of my credit union in downtown Oakland. For some mysterious reason, my ATM card decided to not work since I made the move to Alameda. It was my task to go in and basically say, "Here is my ATM card, it's screwed up. Please fix it."

Off to downtown Oakland I went. I wasn't about to pull into a parking lot and pay, so I pulled up next to a metered spot on a nearby street. Time was tight, and I had to get going so I could make it to work on time. I gathered the correct paperwork, plus a couple of quarters and prepared to head off to the bank.


I don't know about you guys, but I know the instant I lock the keys in my car...

I wove a tapestry of obscenities that as far as we know is still hanging in space over Lake Merritt.

OK, so I didn't do that. But I did bang my fist on the roof of the car.

This whole locking-the-keys-in-the-car thing could be a problem, especially because of the following:

1.) AAA makes a really neat key-card that you can carry in your wallet in case you ever need it. Too bad I haven't had one since my car was stolen last year, and I inherited the Toyota. That old key-card saved my butt with the old Saturn on a couple of occasions.

2.) The cell phone was kaput because my cell phone charger was worn down and I haven't replaced it yet.

3.) I didn't have any money in my wallet bacause, um.....oh yeah, the ATM card didn't work. The reason I'm on this trip in the first place.

4.) Work was to start in less than an hour. Today was the day the boss was to come down and watch the team run the waterbath. Without getting technical, I can say it was considered a big deal.

Oh well, that God for small favors. I had the AAA card, and the road service number was toll-free. Plus I had two quarters that I could use to fend off any approaching meter maids. The tow truck service did their usual professional job, coming out in less than 15 minutes and having the car unlocked in less than two.

Work ended up just fine. However, I have to try a farther branch tomorrow to get the ATM issues settled. There was a nice bonus: while driving home tonight I saw a meteor. Yes, I made a wish; and no I'm not telling. I have no problem with days that start bad and end on a good note.

Thursday, November 03, 2005

OK, Wierd For the Sake of Being Wierd 

gender nazi
You are a Gender Nazi. Your boundary-crossing
lifestyle inspires awe in your friends and
colleagues. Or maybe they're just scared you
will kick their asses for using gender-specific
language. Either way, the wife-beater helps.

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I dunno, I just don't brood enough in public to be a Po-Mo. I'd rather look normal and be freaky on the inside. Just me.

via Caltechgirl.

Amazing Race: In the Jungle 

I dunno, I'm having a tougher time getting into this edition of The Amazing Race. Of the teams that are left, I can't find a team I'm solidly behind.

Oh well. At least the scenery is nice.

In this latest episode, the teams had to travel from Panama up to San Jose, Costa Rica. After arriving at a volcano, teams then discovered they had to travel to a coffee plantation where they had to sort through a huge quantity of beans to find just one red bean. Yuck! It seems that whenever TAR has these "needle-in-a-haystack" challenges, one team takes forever to finish it. This time it was Team Marathon, the family with the two young children.

Just before the coffee bean challenge, the racers came upon their first Yield of the race. The Yield allows the first team in to stop a team of their choosing for a pre-determined amount of time. First up was Team New Yawk, and they decided to Yield the much disliked Team NASCAR (Weavers).

Once that elusive red bean was found, teams were off to a Detour, where they had a choice of either collecting four Mayan relics, or loading 15 bushels of banannas onto a pulley leading to the distribution center. Team New Yawk did the bananas, with the father's experience lifting heavy containers as a garbage man coming in handy. The rest of the teams collected the relics, with Team Marathon pulling up the rear.

After completing the tasks, the teams then had to travel to a picturesque Costa Rican beach town, which was the Pit Stop for this leg of the race. Team New Yawk came in first and won some nifty sporting vehicles. Team Marathon couldn't make up the time and were eliminated. It was tough seeing their little daughter cry at the news of their elimination. But the team went out with pride, and even discussed returning to the beach town, finding the location beautiful.