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October 29, 2004

Election Day is coming... go vote!

So I'm all registered in this great state, and I've been getting my mailings and watching the news and listening to NPR. I watched two out of three of the debates (the first one I missed due to incorrectly assuming it would not be live on the West Coast). I think I'm actually almost an informed voter! Go me! I just need to figure out all these Propositions, and which ones I should vote Yes on and which ones deserve an emphatic NO! And our dear old governor, who claims to be a Republican but whose policies seem entirely Democratic, is actually jiving mostly with my viewpoints, which is good. Also, I'd like to look into the judicial elections, because there's nothing in the world worse than having bad people in your judicial system. In my opinion, anyway. That's not one you get lots of propaganda thrown at you about, either. Will require a bit more research.

And, after all that political babble, a joke found on a blog:

A woman in a hot air balloon realized she was lost. She lowered her altitude and spotted a man in a boat below.

She shoulted to him, "Excuse me, can you help me? I promised a friend I would meet him an hour ago, but I don't know where I am."

The man consulted his portable GPS and replied,"You're in a hot air balloon, approximately 30 feet above a ground elevation of 2346 feet above sea level. You are at 31 degrees, 14.97 minutes north latitude and 100 degrees, 49.09 minutes west longitude.

She rolled her eyes and said, "You must be a Democrat."

"I am," said the man. "How did you know?"

"Well," answered the balloonist, "everything you told me is technically correct, but I have no idea what to do with your information, and I'm still lost. Frankly, you've not been much help to me."

The man smiled and responded, "You must be a Republican".

"I am," replied the baloonist, "How did you know?"

"Well," said the man, "you don't know where you are or where you're going. You've risen to where you are, due to a large quantity of hot air. You made a promise that you have no idea how to keep, and you expect me to solve your problem. You're in exactly the same position you were in before we met, but somehow, now it's my fault."

Ahahahahaha! Funny, right? *laugh*

October 28, 2004

Sox, drugs and the FBI

Well, the Red Sox won the World Series. I'm not much of a baseball fan myself, but S and C both have ties to Boston so we went to an Irish pub down in Santa Monica to watch the game. Being on the Left Coast, however, by the time we all got home from work and actually made it down to the pub, the game was at the top of the 7th. Still, we saw the exciting part (the end) in a pub full of Sox fans, which was fun.

I've been getting tons and tons of comments posted on my blog about prescription drugs and porn and "check out this link" and such. They're filling up my inbox (at times it was hundreds a day), so I've been banning IP addresses from commenting. I've banned 34 addresses so far (usually multiple emails come from the same address) and I'm still getting them. It's really frustrating. So if I accidentally ban any of y'all from posting comments, let me know.

Also, PSA here. Found this link on another blog. What you post on the web could have serious consequences in real life. This girl posted her opinion of Gee Dubya Bush, and she now has an FBI file that will follow her around for life. Scary!! Go read about it. It's important.

October 20, 2004

Uh oh, accident

Well, today I was in my first car accident in 23 years. I'd rather not do it again, thanks.

I suppose they tell you to stay off the roads when it's raining for a reason. Yeah, people in LA don't know how to drive in the rain!!. I was driving down Melrose, having just left the Paramount lot. Red light, so I stop. Guy behind me? Doesn't so much. I was talking to Caitlin on the phone, and all I could think was Shit, he's going to hit me. And he did.

And you know the most fabulous thing ever? He doesn't have insurance. Fan-frickin'-tastic.

My head hurts, and I can still (seven hours later) feel where I hit the headrest. He couldn't have been going that fast, because he didn't shove me into the car in front of me (thank the lord... that would have been an entirely different can of worms). And my bumper didn't crack, my tail lights didn't break.

So I spent the afternoon of my day off driving all over the Valley getting estimates. I got two. Both were around the $2,000 - $2,500 range. Fab-u-lous. They both say the frame has been damaged, possibly shifted to one side, and it's going to take a disassembly to fix it. Lovely. The guy said he'd pay, as he doesn't have insurance and, obviously, that driving-without-insurance ticket would cost him more. But he was thinking it wouldn't be more than $1,000. Wait until I tell him what the estimates came out, and that he's going to need to pay for my rental car for the "five to eight business days" it's going to take.

But see, I was told that if I get a ticket, my premiums double. What happens to my premiums if I get hit by an uninsured motorist? It's not in any way my fault, but it'll still utilize my insurance. So I'm tempted to not bring them into it if I don't have to, but he's going to have to pay for it. All of it. Including the rental car.

Ugh. This sucks. This sucks a lot. I didn't need this. *pulls hair out* If he's not willing to pay the total amount, I'm filing a police report tomorrow.

I want my mom and dad.

October 14, 2004

CSI! At the Bank!

Today, we were robbed.

No one was hurt, so it was actually a really exciting experience. The bank went under lockdown, the LAPD came in, and the FBI. The FBI! The FBI dusted for fingerprints! That was very cool to watch. But some of the LAPD had Very Large Guns (frighteningly so), and one was quite the Officer Hottie. They were there a few hours. Everyone was questioned separately, pictures were taken, and the bank was closed for a good three hours.

Most excitement I've had at work in a long time. More exciting than the day the power was out and we were trying to fully operate in the dark, without computers. More exciting than the tornado alarms going off and having to usher all the customers downstairs into the safety deposit vault. More exciting, even, than closing Epcot due to a fire, and having to go in on my day off to help some of the 40,000 displaced guests.

Because dude, the FBI dusted for fingerprints! Totally like being in an episode of CSI, without the murder. Super-cool, so long as no one was hurt. *g*

October 11, 2004

Blank again

Uh oh, my blog is, once again, blank. Has it been that way for long? Meep! I have been quite busy lately, but with nothing of real importance, it seems. I have no reports of live-altering events or even anything a little bit cool. Hmm.

Spent almost the entire weekend moving Caitlin into my kitchen. *laugh* She found someone to sublet her place Friday, so we packed her up Saturday afternoon, moved some things, and did the rest yesterday morning. We spent the remainder of yesterday setting her up here. In my kitchen. It's quite the arrangement!

She'll share my bathroom and closet, her dresser is in the living room, along with her TV (so now we have two TVs, side-by-side), and her bed and nightstand are in the kitchen, where the never-used table previously was. It's like a little tour bus, or RV.

It's fun having another girl in the house. As much as I love the boys, they're boys. So it's good. Like yesterday, we watched Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and did French manicures. Caitlin and I, not the boys. Although Sean did watch the movie with us.

Hmm, what else? I've been working a lot. Taking exams. I've taken my L&D (which I passed) and my notary exam (which I'll find out about in a few weeks, but can't imagine I didn't pass). I'm starting to study for the Series 6 and 63, which I have four months to pass. So that's what's been occupying me on the job front. We have a rally on Thursday after work, which is supposed to be fun, but doesn't sound like it to me. Blah blah blah.

Tonight, Caitlin and I are going to a show. One of her company's clients is a hip hop artist, so we're going to see him. He's a really nice guy, but I think he has a little crush on C. Heehee. That shall be interesting, at least.

And that, I think, is that.