I needed TP. (Toilet Paper). So I went to Target with a list* and got my TP and some other things. As I was leaving, I saw this.

Kiddy Carts

Please click to see what it says on the bag

Sad that they had to put on a warning like that, but I’m too tired for a full blown rant. Next time friends, next time.

*A nod to Becca

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The 5 Seeing Habits

April 5, 2012

Deep breath…I was so angry tonight. I know it’s not healthy, to be so angry. But I just don’t understand why people are such shitty drivers. So rather than ranting on about the dipshit and douche bag drivers in my part of the world, I offer instead some tips that I picked up during my years as a U.P.S. Driver. They were rules for me, take them as tips for yourself. They will make you a better driver. Years ago I gave my mom a copy of the “Rules” and at seventy…ah…I mean twenty-nine…she is one senor citizen I am not afraid to ride with.

Rule 1: Aim High In Steering
Basically this means look down the road not just right in front of your vehicle. This lets you see any potential problems before they become your problem.

Rule 2: Get The Big Picture
Use all of your windshield. Avoid tunnel vision. See everything from left to right, like looking at a picture.

Rule 3: Keep Your Eyes Moving
Scan your mirrors. Use your mirrors! Be aware of who’s around you. Look forward and back, left and right.

Rule 4: Leave Yourself An Out
Try not to get boxed in. Always keep a space open to which you can escape. If the person next to you drifts into your lane and you’re boxed in you’re screwed. But if you’ve left yourself room to escape you can avoid a potential accident. Same thing if you’ve left yourself space in front. Say the car your following slams on their brakes, if you’ve left yourself space in front or on the left or right, and you’re following rules 1 and 2, then you can “escape” from rear ending someone.

Rule 5: Make Sure They See You
Use your turn signals, horn, lights, whatever it takes to make sure the other drivers see you. Never assume they see you.

In my opinion, these Rules should be translated into every language and made a mandatory part of any training to gain the privilege of driving.

Space and Visibility

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Check List

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Thrown or Blown

March 29, 2012

I don’t care which, thrown or blown. Your bad habits have affected my life. Your casual attitude and belief that what you do makes no difference makes me sick. You say stupid things like “ Who cares” and “It’s my world” as if that some how excuses your deplorable behavior. I want to say I don’t blame you, that it’s your upbringing or your culture. But at some point, despite your parents shortcomings or where you came from, you should (we hope) grow up and realize that what you are doing is wrong. I despise your indifference to my outrage. If I could, I’d make you live for a year in your own filth in a land fill. I’m tired of picking up your trash. Every day of the week I find your garbage in my yard. Thrown or blown, the trash in my yard came first from your guilty little hand you piece of crap.

Trash

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Are You Stupid?

March 20, 2012

I was browsing aimlessly and found an interesting article about how stupid American adults are.

According to the national survey commissioned (3 years ago) by the California Academy of Sciences:

  • Only 53% of adults know how long it takes for the Earth to revolve around the Sun.
  • Only 59% of adults know that the earliest humans and dinosaurs did not live at the same time.
  • Only 47% of adults can roughly approximate the percent of the Earth’s surface that is covered with water.
  • Only 21% of adults answered all three questions correctly.

I’m encouraged by this. I truly thought way more than half of adults were stupid.

“Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I’m not sure about the former.” – Albert Einstein

Blue Moon

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Lazy Future Zombie

February 23, 2012

I understand that some people have trouble parallel parking. I understand people who have large SUV/trucks having trouble getting into small spaces. But this lazy SOB drives a Honda! I assume it’s laziness, because no one is that stupid. My first thought was “What an arrogant thing to do” but I’m constantly reminded how lazy, stupid, and selfish most of the sheep are in this area. (Sigh) Days like this I long for the Zombie Apocalypse. Most of the sheep will be Zombies or Zombie food and everyone knows Zombies can’t drive.

To clarify, had I not pulled out before this dipshit, she most certainly would have dented up my car…just like a Zombie.

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On This Day: Galileo Faces Inquisition

via On This Day: Galileo Faces Inquisition.

Science, of course has come a long way. It only took the Vatican 350 yrs to publicly agree.

Not a Right

February 4, 2011

Today I saw a tag surround, the plastic thing that goes around a license plate on a vehicle, that said:

“Get mad, I to go slow”

I don’t have a problem if someone wants to go slow. Not at all. Unless it effects me. This [bleep] was in the left lane. Now if you don’t know by now that the left lane is for passing , and that most experienced drivers recognize that the left lane is the “Fast Lane” then you really need to go straight home, take out an envelope, address it to the MVA or DMV and mail your license back to them. Stay off the road. You are part of the problem.

You want to be part of the solution? Recognize that the left lane is for passing and those who want to go fast. If someone is behind you, get the [bleep] over and let them pass. It will take you 10 to 15 seconds. Once they are gone you can take the lane back. But hear this…

Driving is a privilege, not a right!

If you do not understand this or do not know the difference between a privilege and a right, you should again, go straight home…

I was not on the GW parkway, so I can not speak as to the causes of the 8 to 12 hr event, but my guess is always “Stupid People”.

If you own a sports car, and you take it to work on a day when every media outlet in the region says we will have snow…heavy, fast, big snow, starting between 3 and 4 pm, You are an idiot. You are part of the problem. For all I know you could have been THE problem.

I saw camaros, corvettes, Porsche’s, stupid looking little lowered sports cars that sound like lawn mowers, and even a scooter! Dumb Asses! Who gets behind the wheel of a corvette hours before a snow storm? Why would you risk getting caught in the storm?

“Maybe it’s his only form of transportation.” Ah…sure, right. If you can afford a corvette… Anyway it’s a stupid primary form of transportation on the day of a major snow storm. In my opinion.

I was in Springfield VA, spreading salt at the start of the storm and then plowing. Again, this picture just doesn’t capture the stupid things I saw stupid people doing.

People not moving

The mnemonic goes like this, “i” before “e” except after “c”. There are more exceptions to the rule than words that follow the rule. In a guide, Support For Spelling, that was distributed by the British government to 13,000 primary schools it was suggested that the rule, “I before E except after C”, should be dropped because it “is not worth teaching”.

The truth is I don’t think this rule has ever helped me, just the opposite, It never fails to mess me up. Thank god for spell check, otherwise I guess I’d have to learn to spell all these words!  Here are some of the words I use pretty much all the time.

weird
neither

either
neighbor
weigh
their
seize
height
eight
sufficient
protein

Jail For Sale?

January 16, 2011

“So convinced were they that alcohol was the cause of virtually all crime that, on the eve of Prohibition, some towns actually sold their jails”

via On This Day: Prohibition Takes Effect in America.

I don’t think I’d want to buy a jail. Even cheap.

What did we learn from Prohibition? We should have learned that a few zealots can have a major impact on the laws of this country, that a vocal minority can ruin your weekend, and that not drinking is bad for you. Ok, I made the last one up, kinda, but we definitely should have learned the other two, but I doubt we did.

Cheers!