blowing edust off the blog

well, it would appear i have been remiss in updating my blog. which would have bothered me greatly if it weren’t for the fact that it really doesn’t matter. but beyond that, i totally feel guilty for my lapse in blogging.
a couple of weeks ago i ordered a shirt from shirt woot. it was the bluebird of hopelessness. it’s out of print now, so you can’t buy one and try to be cool like me. i know you were totally thinking it.
at some point a week or two ago i watched high plains drifter. it’s a clint eastwood film, sort of him keeping with the spaghetti western thing. but it’s kind of surreal and/or existential. i’d seen bit and pieces of it a few times over the years, but i never had watched the entire thing. it makes more sense if you watch it from the start. but it’s still sort of weird. i’m not sure if there is really anyone to root for in the film, except perhaps to root for justice and revenge.
last saturday was pretty eventful. i started off by going to the house of pies for a late lunch. from there i went to border’s to use a coupon i had for 40% off on up to 3 cds. i also bought a couple of dvds that were on a sale, and three cheap books:

  • never mind the bullocks here’s the sex pistols – sex pistols (warner)
  • greatest hits – social distortion (time bomb)
  • misfits – misfits (caroline)

it’s a part my slow-going attempt to go and backfill some of the older punk/hardcore albums i never bought back in the day.

  • mirrormask – dave mckean and neil gaiman (sony)
  • strange brew – dave thomas and rick moranis (warner)

i really don’t think mirrormask is all that great of a film, but it’s got some pretty cool visuals at times and parts of it are pretty nice. i’m also interested in the extras that are available on the dvd. and as for strange brew…do i really need to justify that one, eh?

  • 50 philosophy ideas you really need to know – ben dupre (quercus)
  • 50 mathematical ideas you really need to know – tony crilly (quercus)
  • 50 physics ideas you really need to know – joanne baker (quercus)

i was perusing the cheap books area, and i noticed one of these. then i noticed the two others. most of the stuff in them is things i knew on some level at one point or another, so i figured it’d be kind of nice to have a few reference books that sort of provide synopses of the more major ideas in these fields as a kind of instant refresher. i noticed there was one other book in the series: 50 management ideas. you’re probably surprised to learn i didn’t hunt that one down.
once i was done at border’s, i went home and then sue came by and picked me up and she and the kids went to discovery green park downtown. i hadn’t been there yet, although i’d been close to going several times for different reasons. the park was recently built and finished a few months ago i guess. it’s an attempt by houston to create a realistically interesting and enjoyable park in the downtown area. they have some places to eat, a number of pieces of playground equipment, several water features for playing in, lots of grassy areas, a place for concerts or movies, and a big pond area — part of which has a place for you to bring or rent remote controlled boats. it’s pretty nice. we spent a few hours there. ryan and sarah showed up, and when everyone left to eat i had sue drop me back off at my house.
not too long after that, brad texted me to see about riding with him and kelly. it’d been some time since i’d seen them. they’d just eaten, but they agreed to meet me at brasil so they could hang out and i could eat. while there, i presented kelly with the original braderfly in a nice black glossy frame with red and white etched versions of butterflies and scrolls. kelly loved it, brad was mixed. haha. we left there and started to ride around. while we were going down westheimer i said i didn’t know where late nite pie had moved to, so brad said we could go there. we were a block away when i noticed a cop behind us. “great” i thought, “and my registration expired a couple of weeks ago because i’m waiting on my new plate.” then his lights came on. *sigh* i started to slow down and pull over, but he passed me and went after brad and kelly.
i decided to pull into a parking lot and face my bike toward his vehicle so my plate wouldn’t be staring him in the face. he got out and went and talked to brad and kelly. it turns out he stopped them because neither of them were wearing helmets. his claim — which is incorrect — was that you have to have taken a motorcycle safety class and have a helmet exemption sticker from it. in fact, you have to have that or at least $10k in personal injury protection. but he ended up not writing them up for that, since brad wasn’t carrying his insurance card…and his registration and inspection were both about 3 years out of date. ha. i was going to question him about the law changing, but he ended up being nice (even though when he was first talking to them i walked up and he turned and said “go back beside your motorcycle.”). i didn’t really care to give him reason to start running my info. and i didn’t want to get brad and kelly in more trouble.
once that was all taken care of, we went into late nite pie (which we were right in front of when we stopped) and got some beer and played a few rounds of pool. then we sat out back and talked for some time. the new late nite pie location is pretty big. i was surprised when i walked into the back — they have a lot of space.
earlier in the week i watched the break up. it was somewhat funny, and there were some very accurate moments in it, but overall it was just okay. i was kind of annoyed when jon favreau’s character — who was always negative and suspicious of jennifer aniston’s character — suddenly defended her and gave this awesome little soapbox speech about how vince vaughn’s character is always selfish and she never had a chance in the relationship with him. it just seemed to not be aligned with the perception of his character throughout the earlier parts of the film, where he was telling gary (vince vaughn) to do negative and vindictive things to her and claiming she was cheating on him. i did enjoy the fact that the ending was ambiguous though.
on wednesday a cold front came through and it rained like crazy between 7:00pm and 7:30pm. i left the house about 7:45pm in the pickup to do the radio show. most of alabama was flooded, as was most of montrose up to westheimer, and side streets. there were lots of cars stalled or stopped and waiting. i drove through everything, probably annoying some people with the wake. but i needed to get to the station. eventually my engine started dieing. i got it restarted each time, but it didn’t sound good. once i got to the station i couldn’t start it. i did the show, hoping it would dry out or whatever during the interim, but after the show it still wouldn’t start. i was pretty sure i didn’t get water in the engine, but i didn’t know what the problem was. jay suggested the distributor might be wet, but we popped the hood in the dark (i don’t know where my flashlight is/was that i usually carry under the seat) and the compartment looked dry. jay gave me a ride home.
the next morning i got up and went back to the station. fortunately, they hadn’t towed my vehicle or anything. i tried starting it…no luck. i jumped it with my car to keep the battery up, but it wouldn’t turn over. finally i decided i’d probably need to just call aaa, but i decided to put some oil in it first so the shop wouldn’t complain about the oil being low in it. (it burns/leaks oil.) i went to autozone and got a couple of quarts, then came back and put them in. i’d talked to a co-worker at some point, and he’d also mentioned the distributor. “what the heck” i decided, “as long as i’m under the hood i’ll just pop the distributor and look at it.” i took the air filter off and popped the distributor and flipped it over…condensation and droplets on about half of it. i went in the station and got some paper towels, then came out and wiped the distributor real good. i reseated it, clamped it down, put the air filter back on, and hopped in the cabin. it started on the first try. yea!
while i was taking care of the pickup on thursday morning, i also went by the tax office downtown and picked up my new motorcycle plate. so all three of my vehicles are official now. “what did i get?” you ask. H4XR. that’s right. the online system said my old plate was available, so i got it. i figure i’ll call the police in a day or two and see if it’s still listed as a stolen plate. if it is, i’ll contact the Texas plate office and see if they can cut me something new at no charge (since i don’t really wanted to be stopped, dropped to the ground, and cuffed, because i’m driving with a plate listed as stolen).
related to that, today i went by home depot and bought some allen wrench bolts, nylon lock nuts, and finishing washers, to use to put my plate on my bike instead of the standard bolt with reflector and wing nut. i don’t really want it to be easily stolen again.
in the last few days i watched the world’s fastest indian. it was enjoyable. the guy it is based on seems like quite a character. i’m not really sure how accurate the movie is to the reality of what happened, but i’d assume a fair bit of it is true. it’s almost more interesting to see the documentary extra on the dvd with the real guy. what a unique and interesting fellow.
i finally took the plunge over the last week or so and moved my email for from my own (flaky) server to google mail (google apps). the transition went pretty well i think, but i really only had to deal with about three users. i’m now gearing up to move over, but that may be a little more painful since i’ve got five or six mailbox users (the handful of forwards shouldn’t be an issue).
whew! glad to have gotten mostly caught up on my blog. i’m sure that lets all of y’all breath a sigh of relief as well.

4 comments on “blowing edust off the blog”

  1. I’m a pretty big fan of Clint Eastwood and his “man with no name” Western screen persona. My favorite is _The Good, the Bad and the Ugly_. I recently discovered _Once Upon a Time in the West_ which is another Sergio Leone-directed spagetti western, but with Charles Bronson playing the lead, which is why I guess I hadn’t heard of it before.
    So, like, _Strange Brew_ is another classic too, eh? I’m pretty sure that I still have a cassette dub of their _Great White North_ album somewhere.
    And I miss those south Texas gulley-washers in the fall and winter! It seems like October is a bit early for one of those, but boy are they awesome to watch! Good times!
    We are still having all kinds of email trouble here (no fault of I don’t know how many emails we may have missed that have not been delivered. Definitely NOT good times!

  2. What do you mean “would have bothered me greatly if it weren’t for the fact that it really doesn’t matter.”? Dude, it’s not fair to deprive an expat of his weekly slice of Americana pie!!! Of course it matters.

  3. LOL! I think I can relate to Ash’s comment, and maybe that’s why I pay more attention to the blog these days.

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