Thursday, January 29, 2009

25 Random Things...

Currently making the rounds in Facebook is the 25 Random Things About Me list.

Rules: Once you are tagged, you are supposed to write a note with 25 random things, facts, habits or goals about yourself. At the end, choose 25 people to tag. You have to tag the person that tagged you.

Note: I got tagged twice in almost the same moment yesterday

1. Its true, I'm a geek

2. I think its a crime to actually bake Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough, just eat it in its pure, raw form

3. I firmly believe that the concept of salaried workers being expected to put in 45, 50, 60 hours a week is complete bullshit. Random overages happen but for a boss to say (and I've had it said to me) "you're salaried and expected to put in 45-50 hours a week" is wrong.

4. Until OS X I was a mac hater, now I can't stand Windows but I do give it credit for getting me to where I am today.

5. I'm a Sci-Fi and Discovery channel nut, the 2 best stations on TV period.

6. Like most geeks I can quote the Holy Grail as well as a plethora of other movies. Inconceivable!!

7. If I had a nickel for every hour I've spent on the phone helping someone do something on their computer that would take me 10min to do, I could have retired last Thursday.

8. I have little to no patience with stupidity but I always try to be polite when dealing with it

9. I believe that CEOs of companies should follow the Steve Jobs model and work for $1. They should be paid for their companies performance via bonus and stock value ONLY. CEOs that make millions while their companies tank and employees get laid off should be taken out and shot.

10. My dream job is to be a Mythbuster

11. I am a Level 80 Pack Rat with a Cloak of Hoarding +50, Gloves of Can't Throw That Away +35, Armor of I Might Need That One Day +60, and Boots of I Can Fix That Later +25. Just ask Jessica or look in my Garage.

12. I am a cross between Tim "The Toolman" Taylor and Bob Vila and have the medical records to and scars to prove it.

13. I go completely and absolutely batshit crazy at Halloween with the decorating

14. I'm a sucker for natural redheads

15. My upper lip and chin haven't seen daylight in 20 years

16. I love to hike and dream of doing the AT one day, just gotta get in better shape

17. I love Guinness

18. I have read the Belgariad and Mallorean Series by David Eddings 10 times and will probably read it another 10

19. I am thrilled and ecstatic that Logan loves to read and absorbs books daily

20. I know there is life besides us in the Universe, Statistically its not possible for it to be just us with all that we can see from our little spot in space. If it is just us then its a awful waste of space.

21. Believe it or not, I have never smoked weed but believe it should be legal, just tax and regulate it. "Gateway drug" my ass, gateway to the Doritos, Mountain Dew, and a Nap maybe but hardly to other stuff.

22. I have not traveled as much as I would like to, I plan to change that one day

23. I believe that some groups need to focus more on their own house and not what others are doing in theirs. One groups beliefs do not need to become other peoples Laws. Manage your own flock and let the rest of the world do the same.

24. I'm an early adopter/gadget whore, always looking for the next new thing and usually end up getting it. (iPhone, Drobo, etc..)

25. Hearing Logan playing in his room with his turtles and having an active imaginative conversation makes the universe fall into place for me, it is very relaxing.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Atlanta Traffic and Self Entitlement

Why is it that every driver in Atlanta drives and behaves as if the streets and roads were put there for THEIR use and you are in THEIR way causing them delays by using THEIR road?

If there was ever a reason to Work From Home (WFH) it is so you don't have to put up with arrogant Atlanta drivers and their abusive habits. Now I'm sure that its similar in other major cities so maybe this post should focus on arrogant drivers and their sense of self entitlement to the road and all its lanes but I live around Atlanta so those are the idiots I see every time I take a drive.
Its not everyone, I acknowledge that and salute the polite drivers out there. The ones that pay attention, use turn signals, stay in their lane for more than a mile, and generally SHARE the road. Its the other guys and gals I'm focusing the full force of my disdain and loathing at.

You know the ones

-They have 2 speeds, Stop and FLOOR IT!!! with the former used only when forced to by obstruction
-They are 1/4 mile from a Green light just turned Amber and they floor it.
-They speed constantly even in neighborhoods and school zones
-They change lanes 5 times in a mile because the next lane over might just get them a few extra inches ahead of you or the car they are screaming at for going "too slow" even when its bumper to bumper traffic for miles ahead
-They assume that because THEY need the lane you're in that its YOUR job to look out for them because they aren't going to signal or even look, they are just going to merge right into you expecting you to let them over
-Even with no cars behind you for miles they will speed up, pass you, and cut in front of you to make an Exit ramp or immediately turn on their turn signal and stop to make a turn. They can't be bothered with slowing down and getting behind you, Nooooo that would be polite and not bother anyone. They have a inate desire to make sure that you are inconvienenced so they can feel superior for causing you a delay.
-They see the same construction signs that you see yet insist on being the car that flys by in the rapidly decreasing merge lane so they can get ahead of all the other people that planned appropriately and got over with plenty of time.
-They can't plan to save their life. They make right turns from the left lane or stop dead with a turn signal on because they just now realized they were right next to their destination. This is usually caused by constant and mindless yakking on the cellphone. Since they have no regard for others they just stop traffic to achieve their goal with no thought of the inconvienence they are causing others.

These are the people that need to have their license revoked and be forced to a life of public transit.

What is it with these types of drivers? Do they really think that their insane driving habits will truely get them to their destination any faster? Take a look next time you spot one fly past you. 9 times out of 10 you'll be sitting right next to or behind them at the next redlight. Most of the time I am breezing past them at the same redlight that just went Green while they were sitting at the Red. Since I wasn't going their speed earlier I did not have to stop but only slowed down to stop when the change occured thus leaving my momentum in tact and able to continue on while they had to start from a dead stop. I'm sure this infuriates some of them to no end causing them to floor it and race past me only to lather, rinse, repeat at another redlight down the road. This has been my experience on many occassions.

"Drive it like you stole it" is an expression for the racetrack, not the public roadways. With fuel prices on the rise yet again people should really relax a bit and try and squeeze every MPG they can out of their vehicles. An old Mickey Mouse comic book taught me as a child that driving like a madman only waste fuel and doesn't really get you anywhere that much faster. I try to remember that comic when I drive. I'm not always perfect but 9 times out of 10 my attitude is a direct relation to the amount of idiots I am confronted with.



And show some frickin courtesy out there people.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

And so it begins.....

Inspired by an old friend and co-worker Joe the Peacock (see: I've decided to try and do some daily blogging.

I remember back in High School, watching Doogie Howser M.D., I would think "hey, that's pretty neat the way he sums up the days activities and experiences" 20 years later I finally get around to giving it a try. That brings up the question, was Doogie Howser the first "blogger" even though the term would not be coined for another 9 years? These and other strange questions are the random synapse misfires I deal with throughout the day. One stray thought leads to an entire tangent of I wonder... what if... why do... remember when... etc...

So enjoy the ride down the pathways of my thoughts and ramblings. It should be an interesting ride. Kind of like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom in the Mine Car chase scene when they are flying around..... Sorry about that, see what I mean, BLAM! out of the blue a tangent strikes.

Stay tunes for more.