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Tuesday, January 10th, 2012
4:20 pm - Now playing: The Bobby Fuller Four
On my way into work this morning, i took our normal route into town - get off at Greentree Road and go down it towards the West End. And as usual, the road was backed up. There were cars all the way up the hill to the mall. So I slowly crept my way down the hill towards the intersection with Woodville. This intersection is an odd one. Coming from the West End, there is no stop sign. But coming down the hill, there is. So in the morning, when all the cars are heading into town, this becomes a bottleneck. What they should have at this intersection is a stoplight that varies between the morning rush hours and the rest of the day. Regardless, I reached the bottom of the hill. No traffic coming. So I made the right onto Woodville. And a few moments later, I see a bad ass motorcycle coming behind me. It's pimped out with a cool side car and neat red, white, and blue flashing lights.

Officer Holmes got me for rolling through the stop sign. He apparently had heard every excuse in the book becuase he rambled them all off to me (not that I was going to use any of them). He told me how it was nice of me to try to keep things moving for the people trying to get to work, but I still needed to come to a complete stop for safety. Normally, not stopping at a stop sign is 3 points. But he was giving me "failure to obey a traffic control device". This must be the generic catch all citation. They use it for speeding as well since a speed limit sign is a "traffic control device". Failure to obey has no points and a fine of $25. He gives me all the directions about appealing and then goes on his way. And I continued on mine.

When I got to work, i took a few minutes to look at the ticket. Along with the fine for $25, there is $10 added on for the Emergency Medical Services Act. Along with that is $10 for "Judicial Computer Project/Access to Justice". I have no idea what that is. And of course, how can i forget the $30 for the Medical Care Availability and Reduction of Error Fund. So my screwing up helps fill a fund so that doctors don't get screwed should they screw up. And lastly, box 32 shows a $36 charge for "Fees". I guess the cost of the carbon paper for citations is rising as rapidly as gas prices. When its all added up, my $25 fine totals $111.

Moral of the story - the white border on a stop sign isn't optional, and PA has masterfully found a way to rake people over the coals, and still complain about needing money for the budget.

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Tuesday, December 21st, 2010
9:42 am - Hold the Pickle



Hi Folks. I'm still alive. Haven't had much worth posting for a while. I've been just flying under the radar. But I thought I'd take a moment to post about someone else.

Last night after running a couple of errands, I stopped at Burger King for dinner. There is no line at the counter to order. One older gentleman is waiting for his food, and another guest is talking to the manager. This should be an in and out, and I can still make it in time for the South Park Christmas Marathon on Comedy Central - the Mr. Hankey episodes are awesome. So I placed my order with the pleasant gentleman who always has sunglasses on. More people need to have an attitude like this guy - always smiling and happy. I think he is thrilled to be working. He gives me my change and I look down the line. Nothing has changed at the far end - lady talking to the manager and old guy waiting on his burger. I am sad to see there is no bucket for my change. They could be collecting for some charity, perhaps the Tony Stewart Foundation. So I drop it into my pocket. I turn my attention to the dad and his two kids behind me. The kids are excited. They are getting a ZuZu pet toy with their kids meal. The guy behind the counter keeps smiling as he repeats back their order - a #1 and two kids cheeseburger meals with apple fries and chocolate milk - one with no pickles. I look on amazed. A father was able to order a meal with a toy and still get somewhat healthy choices - and the government had nothing to do with it. Hooray for good parenting and hamster toys. I turn back to where old guy is still waiting and the ladies are still talking. The lady has been complaining this whole time about how something was wrong. And she is loud - loud enough for me to know that this was the fourth time she was trying to get her order right. The manager had already given her her money back and given her the number of a higher manager to call. But this still wasn't enough. She wanted to know the number of the Burger King corporate offices, wanted to know how this manager would change things, and that she would never be back because McDonalds and Wendys were so much better. The manager pointed out the corporate number on the receipt. But the lady still wasn't done. She moved on to complaining how this manager needed to train her employees better. Meanwhile one of the little kids is pacing and the old guy is still waiting for his burger. So I decide to butt my nose in where it doesn't belong. I interrupt the complainer, saying that she was holding up the line. She turned and started yelling at me, giving the manager a momentary reprieve to answer the phone. The complainer tells me that I shouldn't get involved. So I point out how people were waiting for their food while this manager gave her all the attention for a good five minutes. The manager had essentially done everything she could do, and that the lady was a fool for coming back 4 times. I used the line that insanity was doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result. Plus, in the time that she was talking to that guest, she could have been helping with other orders or showing the new employee where he had made his mistakes and how to correct it. I also pointed out how the lady should understand this since she works at Getgo (she had her uniform on) and she probably has to see the same things. Its okay to complain, but once you made your point, move on. She ranted some more about how much gas she had wasted for all these trips.  The lady then started leaving, being sure to point out to me that she wasn't leaving because of me. I considered pointing out that it didn't matter to me because the old guy was getting his burger, but I resisted. When she reached the door she told the counter gentleman "See you next time if I come back." She then added to everyone else. "You need to pray that your order is right. Praise Jesus". I wished her a Merry Christmas. I got my food and headed to the truck. I was almost certain that the complainer had hopped in her car and got back into the drive through line. I guess gas wasn't that important after all. If I had known, I could have used that change to buy her a cheeseburger.


current mood: amused

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Wednesday, March 25th, 2009
9:18 am - If it looks like bullshit, and smells like bullshit,...
So let me see if I have this straight...

President Obama said that he "likes to know what he's talking about" before he speaks, when he was asked why it took him several days to speak out about the AIG bonuses.

Yet this is the same man, along with Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid who pushed for the Stimulus bill to be voted on before people had time to read the 1079 pages.

Our President needs to pick up the pace and be as efficient as Congress.

current mood: amused

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
10:00 am - Welcome to Bedford Falls
Jimmy Stewart is looking down from heaven and smiling. Due to the recent historical events, those in Hollywood are celebrating. And in honor of this great time, they plan on releasing a remake of the classic "It's a Wonderful Life", except it will be modified to fit current times.

It's A Wonderful Life 2009 - starring:

Barack Obama as George Bailey
Nancy Pelosi as Ma Bailey
Ted Kennedy as Pa Bailey
Joe Biden as Uncle Billy Bailey
Michelle Obama as Mary Hatch Bailey
Malia Obama as Jainey Bailey
Sasha Obama as ZuZu Bailey
Roland Burris as Harry Bailey
Dick Cheney as Henry Potter
George Bush as Emil Gower
Hank Paulsen as Sam Wainwright
Jeremiah Wright as Burt
William Ayers as Ernie
Hilary Clinton as Violet

and featuring
Oprah Winfrey as Clarence

Zuzu: Look Daddy. Teacher told me that Everytime the Messiah Speaks the Country Gets More Hope.
George: That's Right. That's Right!

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
9:52 am - Don't Blame Me - I voted for Kodos

Just thought I would have a little flashback



current mood: indifferent

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Thursday, July 24th, 2008
10:35 am - Fantasy Football

Up for a challenge? Think you have what it takes to beat last years champion? Want to play in a fun league where things aren't uber competitive?

I have a fantasy league that is looking for 3 more owners. 

It's a great league for the seasoned expert, and the beginner as well.

If you are interested, let me know and I'll send you the invite.

Come play with me.....Please..... (Play with Va too)

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Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
10:41 am - Oil Crisis Rant

The following is a post I made elsewhere about the oil crisis. As typically happens when something like this comes up, both sides were fighting back and forth in bullheaded fashion - name calling, finger pointing, etc. - "I'm right and you are a fool for thinking otherwise."

So I decided to post this. The quoted text was part of the previous message from someone against drilling:
**************************************************************************

 

> Grab a pair of scissors, reach over your
> head and cut the strings of your puppet master. Then maybe you can
> begin to learn HOW TO THINK and not simply "what to think".
Oh my God. This is the most brilliant thing that has been said. Now if
we can just get both the democrats and the republicans to do it and
stop spreading the blame while looking for one-up-manship.

Clinton turned down drilling while he was president. And the democrats
control congress. Nancy Pelosi said vote in democrats and they would
fix things. That hasn't happened.

The crisis has crept up under the Bush administration, and he has the
power to make some changes. That hasn't happened.

There seems to be two thoughts of how to fix this. One side says drill
in new spots. The other side says take the caps off of leases that
aren't being used.

How about doing both? I compare this to dealing with a starving
family. One one side you have people saying lets plant them crops on
this unused land. The other side is screaming, lets teach them how to
turn these nuts into food. Both solutions will work, so why not do
both instead of fighting over it. The family is still starving while
the fighting goes on.

The same can be done with the oil crisis. If there are two possible
solutions, do them both. Find what is stopping it from happening and
fix it.



current mood: curious

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Thursday, June 26th, 2008
11:17 am - You knew it happen someday

I now own a pinball machine :)

a 1976 Bally Night Rider EM Model

http://www.ipdb.org/machine.cgi?id=1677

Someone should ask Va to type up the story because its interesting



current mood: excited

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Wednesday, May 28th, 2008
8:59 am
Happy  Birthday

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Thursday, April 17th, 2008
10:45 am - Ben Roethlisberger for President?
Pennsylvania will be deciding the election, regardless of my vote.
 
It will be decided by a bunch of guys dressed in black and gold.
 
the outcome of the final home game of the Washington Redskins has been as an indicator of which political party would win the presidential election. If the Redskins won their last home game before Election Day, then the current party in power would win the election. If the Redskins lost, the opposing party would take over the White House.
 
This has been true with every election since 1936 with the exception of 2004.
 
So what is the last Redskins home game before the election?
 
Steelers at Redskins -- Monday, Nov. 3

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Tuesday, April 15th, 2008
8:54 am - This may be asking for trouble, but what the hell...
 Happy Tax Day.

Which means I've got one week left to decide who to vote for in the Pennsylvania Primaries.

Do I choose Clinton, Obama, or one of the other dems who have already left the building.

Or perhaps I write in someone.

Sway me if you'd like. Of the people I've talked to, nobody thinks good of Clinton. And they think Obama is only slightly better. 

But why would I want to vote for either of them.

current mood: apathetic

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2008
9:47 am - About Me Meme
Okay, this one sounds quite fun: YOU fill in the blanks about ME and post as a comment, then steal the questions and post to your own journal.

Where did we meet?

Take a stab at my middle name?

Color of my eyes?

Do I have any siblings?

What's one of my favorite things to do?

What's my favorite type of music?

What's my favorite film?

Am I shy or outgoing?

Am I a rebel or do I follow the rules?

Any special talents?

How many children do I have?

If you and I were stranded on a desert island, what is one thing that I would bring? 

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9:37 am - Double Yoi.
Rest In Piece Myron



 

current mood: sad

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Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
12:57 pm
 Rock on the Range

Va & I are planning on going. But we are always up for more people that would be up for a fun weekend roadie. Even splittin a hotel room.

If this is something that you'd be interested in - Holla!

This will be STP's first show in over 7 years together!

current mood: excited

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12:43 pm - Stupid Cell Phone Companies

I'm looking for some suggestions on how to deal with a little issue we have.

we had cell phone service through cingular/at&t/phone company with an identity crisis (henceforth known as crap). In June, my cell phone started going on the fritz. My reception became limited and my calls were dropping more than they were staying connected. So I took the phone to the store where we bought it. The sales guy there looked it over and concluded that it was indeed broken. But it wasnt under warranty. So there wasnt anything he could do. My options were to buy a new phone, or wait until my plan was up in November. Being poor, I choose the latter option.

So I went 5 months fighting with the phone.

And November came. The magic month. My plan was up. We wnt shopping and T-Mobile had a good deal, so we took it. I had a phone that worked. They took care of everything, or so we thought.

Soon the last bill for crap came. And it was for over $400. Included on it was 2 early termination fees. It turns out that our contracts were up in March. I was eligiable for a new phone in November. The Crap salesperson had failed to convey that when he said my plan was up in November.

We have called support and sent them a letter, but they have yet to waive the fees, even though a part of the miscommunication was because of the ineptitude of their salesperson.

Any suggestions on how I can keep fighting this?



current mood: annoyed

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Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
1:07 pm
I dont want to do it, but....

Tagged by macbeaner

A. List seven habits/quirks/facts about yourself.
B. Tag seven people to do the same. 

 

1. The first Nascar race I ever went to was the 1984 Champion Spark Plug 400 in Michigan. Darrell Watrip won the caution-free race (there was no debris that day).

2. I once met Rowdy Roddy Piper in a 7-11 in Wheeling. He was buying a 6-pack of beer.

3. I used to like spinach when I was younger. I can't stand it now. I have never liked broccoli.

4. My Beer of choice as a youth was Coors Artic Ice. My second favorite was whatever I could get my hands on. I really miss Coors Arctic Ice.

5. If I had the money and room for a gameroom, it would include a juke box with Crimson and Clover, a BurgerTime machine, and Gladiators & Twilight Zone Pinball games.

6. When I was being baptized, I pissed on the minister.

7. I'm not going to tag anybody because I'm lazy.

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Friday, January 25th, 2008
9:33 am
Thanks jdm13 & daintress for the enjoyable reads.

1.How old were you in 1980?
4

2. How old were you in 1989?
13

3. Were you a Toys R' Us kid?
I Still am.  But in the 80's, Childrens Palace was the way to go. I thought the castle was so cool.

4. Did you watch Transformers?
Yes. I watched Gobots too.

5. Did you see E.T. on the big screen?
Yes. In a theatre in Bridgeville that is no longer there.

6. Did you own a Lite Bright?
At some point. I lost all the pegs to it though. But think about how much Lite Brites have added to global warming.

7. Who is your Favorite Golden Girl?
Estelle Getty

8. When someone says " Who you gonna call? " You think?
Ray Parker Jr.

9.What was your favorite toy?
My GI Joe Snow Mobile or my Baseball Game.

10. Did you have a Pogo Ball?
I didn't, but i'm pretty sure one of my brothers did.

11. Did you listen to New Kids on the Block?
I'm Hangin Tough. I'll Even Go as far as Saying I'll be Your Everything Tommy Page!

12. What New Kid did you have a crush on?
Tiffany

13. Did you play M.A.S.H?
I don't think so.

14. Did you watch The Care Bears?
Only in Boredom

15. Did you have Jelly bracelets?'
No. When I found one, I liked trying to stretch them out.

16. Did you have a charm necklace and/or bracelet?
No. This 80's quiz certainly is aimed towards girls, isn't it.

17. Did you own a glo-worm?
No. And why is the Glo-Worm an 80's thing. They still make those.

18. Did you ever own a slap bracelet?
Yes. I cut my wrist when the metal in a cheap one busted.

19. The Breakfast Club or Sixteen Candles?
16 Candles

20. Did you have a crazy hair style?
No.

21. What was your first bike?
a Huffy Rawhide.

22. Name one thing you still own from your childhood?
Baseball Cards

23. Did you have a Cabbage Patch Kid?
Ummm....No. My sister had 2 though.

25. Rainbow Brite or Strawberry Shortcake?
Strawberry Shortcake tastes better. And smells better.

26. Did you watch Miami Vice?
I probably watched it a couple of times, but not regularly.

28. Did you own a Trapper Keeper?
Wanted one. Probably had the generic alternative.

29. Atari or Nintendo?
Atari - Still have it. The cat sleeps on it at my parents house.

30. Did you play Pac-Man?
I played every video game I could. Burgertime was my favorite.

31. Which was better: Jem and The Holograms or Barbie and The Rockers!?
Jem

32. He-Man or She-Ra?
He-man. I liked Ram-man

33. What movie scared you the most?
none.

34. Did you try to dance like Michael Jackson?
No. I really wasnt into Michael Jackson except for the Thriller mini-movie.

35. What Is The First Thing That Comes To Mind When You Hear "flux copassitor"
Delorian

36. What other colors did Pepsi come in?
Clear.

37. Roger Rabbit Or Howard The Duck?
Roger

38. Did you ever beg your parents to have your school picture taken with the 'LASER' background?
No. Always had the boring school offered backgrounds.

39. Do you know what the Ninja Rap is?
I couldn't recite it now.

40. Do you know why people cringe when they hear the word BUCKNER?
They only cringe if they are from Boston. People in New York like Buckner.

41. Can you name the family members from National Lampoons Vacation
movies?
Rusty, Audrey, Cousin Eddie, Clark. (Had to look up the Mom's name: Ellen)

42. Did you have pump sneakers?
No. I had the generic Chuck Taylors which were cooler in our school since the gym teacher's name was Chuck Taylor.

43. Did you own HYPER COLOR shirts?
No.

44. Did you watch Smurfs?
Yes. La la la la la la.

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008
11:50 am - 2008 Predictions
After listening to the Glenn Beck program today, I felt inspired to make some predictions for the 2008 year. His were a lot funnier and more realistic than mine, but what the hell.

Please feel free to laugh, cry, and post your own.

1. Gas prices will stay steady or only rise slightly until Labor Day. Then they will sky-rocket for 2 months.
2. The National debt will continue growing out of control.
3. cat_n_de_hat will drink me under the table at some social event.
4. Justin Timberlake will have a #1 song on the billboard charts.
5. daintress will lose at least 15 pounds and look hot as hell.
6. clovecigarettes will have a healthy baby. Britney Spears will also have a baby, but it won't be nearly as cute.
7. A new flavor of Mountain Dew will hit the markets.
8. A team in the Top 6 in salaries will win the World Series. This team will not be the Pittsburgh Pirates or Washington Wild Things
9. fazzumen will use the imaginary word "Chizzy" in a myspace post.
10. Garter Belts and Stockings will become very fashionable.
11. I will get into multiple car accidents on the same day.
12 gc_storyteller 
will consider earning a Masters Degree at Grove City. It will most likely involve an rp character.
13. The CHHS 15 year reunion will end up being a paintball game and a bunch of 40s.
14. foster076 will post 287 times to her LJ. Lily will post 16 times to hers.
15. A drug scandal will start in another sport - I'm thinking growth hormone in the NBA.
16. An earthquake will rock one of the Pacific Island nations.
17. Judd Apatow will produce something that makes me laugh like crazy and macbeaner will claim is 140 minutes of her life that she'll never get back.
18. One of bab5guy's favorite shows will be cancelled and he'll drown his sorrows in chips and homemade guacamole.
19. jdm13 will make a scrapbook full of pictures of scrapbooks that she's made.
20. Pittsburgh CIty Council will pass another tax that everyone hates. But those same morons will still get voted back in.
21. I will piss someone off with something I post ;)


 

current mood: humerous

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Thursday, January 10th, 2008
9:51 am - I would sure hope so...
You are 100% Pittsburgh.
 

Great job! There's nooooo doubt about it. You're from Da Burgh. You deserve a reward, so go have an Ahrn City or two. And GO STILLERS!

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
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