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This is an archive collection of entries from  my main personal blog, My Mundane Mid-Life.

This collection of entries is from June 2003.

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Monday, June 30, 2003

Why am I not surprised???

August 2003 cover of Playboy
We have the post office hold our mail when we go on vacation. Carol went today to restart mail delivery and pick-up what was held. She came home with an entire postal container full of mail. Buried in there was the latest issue of Playboy. There they were - on the cover. Survivor: The Amazon winner Jenna Morasca and her buddy Heidi Strobel have a 10-page pictorial in the latest issue. The shoot was done the day after the finale aired, right after Jenna's appearance on Letterman, and they were approached as a team, not individually.

posted at 06:52 PM | Link | Survivor § |
Back to the grind...

It's back to work for me after a week of vacation. The drive almost seems "foreign". I went through an entire week not thinking about the place, and even maybe not even caring about it as well. It's the first time in a long time where as I sit down after a vacation, things just feel "different" even though as I look around my miserable cube, nothing has changed.

Update: Wow... the main page looks pretty empty... I have lots of entries that are un-published from my Orlando trip. That will be up in a day or so.

posted at 08:36 AM | Link | Work § |

Sunday, June 29, 2003

White Sox 2 - Cubs 5

Chicago White Sox Chicago Cubs

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posted at 04:07 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Friday, June 27, 2003

Friday 5 - Summertime

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. How are you planning to spend the summer [winter]? Hey! This kind of fits being on my vacation! Watching as much baseball as possible and enjoying the weather as much as possible... oh and enjoying my vacation in Orlando!
2. What was your first summer job? I never had a "summer" job.
3. If you could go anywhere this summer [winter], where would you go? Every year I really want to vacation in Washington DC around the 4th of July. Carol & I did that one year and absolutely loved it.
4. What was your worst vacation ever? Wow... has to be a fmaily vacation, but I'm not sure which one...
5. What was your best vacation ever? That 4th of July in DC or it just might be the one I'm on right now!

posted at 06:59 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, June 26, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 5

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"You Are Just Deliberately Trying to Make Us Lose"

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posted at 08:08 PM | Link | Reality TV | 1 comment § |

Saturday, June 21, 2003

Liki Tiki Village

Liki Tiki Village

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posted at 09:59 PM | Link | Travel § |
American Trans Air 536

Well, here I am, stuck in seat 26A on ATA Flight 536. We're somewhere in the air - have no idea where - on or way to Orlando.

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posted at 11:22 AM | Link | Travel § |

I'm up early to go pick up Barry & Buffy - We're on our way to a week in Orlando!!!! I am off for a WEEK!!!! Hopefully I will fill you in during the week - if not, you'll know where I am.

See ya!

posted at 05:04 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, June 20, 2003

crappy response times here...

I'm so friggin' frustrated right now... it's taking up to 20 minutes to navigate page-to-page in MovableType to do some blog entries... so if you don't see anything here for a while, it's because I can't get in to do anything!!!!!!

posted at 11:57 AM | Link | Blogging § |
She's baaaa-aaaack!!!

She's baaaa-aaaack!!!
I was driving to work this morning, minding my own business, when I looked into the rear view mirror and... there she was! It's the lady from yesterday! Today, however, there's no makeup in her hands (it's already applied), just a cigarette. Oh, and she's paying attention to the road today. Amazing what you can do when you're not distracted.

posted at 08:02 AM | Link | Mundane § |
Friday 5 - Hair

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
HAIR?????? This week it's about HAIR????? How evil is this! I'm going bald and they're doing an F5 on HAIR????? Oh, cripes...
1. Is your hair naturally curly, wavy, or straight? Long or short? Whatever is there is straight
2. How has your hair changed over your lifetime? Other than going gray and falling out on top, it hasn't changed much at all
3. How do your normally wear your hair? Ummm... OK, look, I refuse to do the comb-over thing. I'm not attempting to hide the fact that there's hardly anything up there anymore... I just don't want it to go away...
4. If you could change your hair this minute, what would it look like? I would PUT IT BACK on top!!!!!
5. Ever had a hair disaster? What happened? I can't recall a disaster of any type... unless you call balding a disaster...

posted at 06:43 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, June 19, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 4

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"Check Your Tires Because... Oh God, You Never Know What'll Happen!"

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posted at 08:08 PM | Link | Reality TV § |
UK Honda Accord Ad

I just saw this from a post at Mike's site. It has got to be the coolest Rube Goldberg contraption built to show off a car. It's a commercial that's running in the UK for a Honda Accord. If you go watch this commercial, remember these facts: 1) There are absolutely no special effects in this commercial. 2) It took 606 takes to shoot it. 3) There have been only 6 hand-made Accords in the world. All of the parts you see in this ad are from two of those cars that were disassembled (well, this excludes walls, floor, ramp, and the complete Honda Accord at the end)

posted at 08:33 AM | Link | Odd § |
They're still out there

Put... the makeup... DOWN!
I've been working here for about six months now. Prior to that, since I hadn't worked often in the prior year and a half, I hadn't been driving during the morning rush hour.

This morning, I finally saw and experienced something I haven't seen in a while.

A woman, applying makeup, while driving in the left lane of a 3 lane road (Higgins - 6-lanes divided), going under the speed limit and causing all kinds of traffic disruption. Not only was she was applying mascara while driving (and I'm not sure if she actually had both hands on the wheel during this), but she was also smoking.

She was an accident waiting to happen. When she finally pulled-up behind me at a light (after I had to blow her away after being behind her), she had to finish the eyes, move on to lipstick application, and oh, get rid of the cigarette.

When she finally was finished, she passed me, so she had no idea about how slow she was going. Oh, and not to be mean or anything (but I will anyway) - the makeup didn't help the look.

I get so pissed off at any driver that is just not aware of the traffic around them or that their actions are causing problems for other drivers. Just another one of my Pet Peeves...

posted at 07:58 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Wednesday, June 18, 2003

Nuts. That hurts.

I found some old Rocksport sneakers in my closet the other day and I started wearing them at the office. Bad idea. They don't have any arch support at all. The arch of my right foot is absolutely killing me. So, it was back to Rockport tonight and I got a pair of shoes identical to what I bought over a week ago, but in white leather. Feels better already. Well, not really. But it will feel better...

posted at 08:22 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, June 17, 2003

I miss Alan

Ground Force
BBC America started running the new series of Ground Force - this one without Alan Titchmarsh. I miss him. Never thought I'd say that. I mean, Charlie, Tommy, Will and new addition of Kirsty King are fine, but I just miss him. It's not the same. It isn't bad, it's just not the same. Did they have to change the theme?

posted at 09:13 PM | Link | TV | 1 comment § |

Monday, June 16, 2003

Cat's Away

My boss is away this week, and it feels good. It's not that we're sitting around goofing-off. We're working, but it just feels different. Like an added pressure is off your shoulders. Like you can focus on what you need to do instead of getting whip-sawed around at every turn to do something different from what you are doing, sometimes 3 or 4-times over. It's just nice to focus on something, you know?

posted at 12:58 PM | Link | Work § |

Sunday, June 15, 2003

Father-less Day

Here it was - my first Father's Day without my father. It sounds weird, but I was exactly where I wanted to be today - at a ballgame. I've said this here before that it was my dad that really turned me on to this game - and I don't think he ever had a clue how profound of a thing that was. To me, this is exactly what I wanted and needed.

I spent the evening with family tonight. We never talked about this being Fathers Day, and that was OK, too. Though dad did come up in conversation, we didn't dwell on anything. We're moving on, but not forgetting.

posted at 10:57 PM | Link | Mundane § |
White Sox 0 - Padres 1

Chicago White Sox San Diego Padres

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posted at 10:07 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Saturday, June 14, 2003

White Sox 6 - Padres 5

Chicago White Sox San Diego Padres

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posted at 10:31 PM | Link | White Sox § |

Friday, June 13, 2003

How is this going to effect sales?

U.S. President George W. Bush is pictured in this combo image falling off a Segway personal transporter on the front driveway of his parents' summer home June 12, 2003 in Kennebunkport, Maine. Bush arrived from Washington to spend the weekend with his father, former President George Bush, who celebrates his 79th birthday today and his mother Barbara. Bush was not injured in the fall. REUTERS/Jim Bourg
Anybody catch the two George Bush's on their Segways in Kennebunkport? the elder George (George the 41st) handled his quite well. George the 43rd... well, he fell off. Wonder if this will effect sales?

posted at 04:25 PM | Link | Odd § |
HP5 Hype

Well, here we are a week from the release of the Next Harry Potter book - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and the hype is now in full gear. I keep forgetting that not only does the book come out in print, but there's also the audio book on cassette or CD. Problem? Since the book is over 800 pages, that means the audio book comes on 17 cassettes or 23 CDs, lasting 26 hours, 30 minutes. If you go to the Amazon page for the CD Audio Book, they have put up a 105-second excerpt to listen to before the book gets released.

posted at 11:35 AM | Link | Mundane § |
Friday the 13th?

I'm trying to figure out how that date just snuck-up on me. I wonder what great things it will bring me today?

Oh, and Happy 33rd Birthday to Kate!

posted at 08:36 AM | Link | Mundane § |
Friday 5 - Potpourri

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have? Go into space. OK, how about a Zero-G environment? I was supposed to feel that about 15 years ago (has it been that long) but never made it.
2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest? Well, yes. I can't help myself.
3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened? Not that I can recall.
4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why? The Jetsons. Everything is just so friggin' cool. Everything is high-tech, flying everywhere. And just think - everything is clean, there's no racial strife, there's no wars, there's no poverty.
5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted? Something to do with music - either be able to sing or play an instrument (either guitar or piano, but I wouldn't mind knowing how to play a horn - could come in handy at hockey games...)

posted at 06:47 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 3

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"I wasn't Even Going to Touch You Until You Slammed My Head Backwards"

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posted at 08:08 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

Poker Night

It's poker night at our house. Unfortunately, we don't play - we watch. We've got ourselves hooked on the World Poker Tour on The Travel Channel. Two-hours every Wednesday night and they package the action so that it really sucks you in. Tonight was the Million II Tournament hosted by Card Player Cruises - a $25 Buy-In Single Table event (they're already qualifying people for Million III in March 2004 here with Super Satellites every Tuesday Night). I'm feeling a strong urge to learn Texas Holdem.

posted at 10:07 PM | Link | TV § |
Air Force One

On the way into work this morning I saw a huge C-5 transport on the ground at O'Hare. It's not something that you normally see at O'Hare, even at the USAF Ramp area in the northeast corner of the field. I had to run an errand at lunch today, and looked over to the military area on the field, and there it was Air Force One. George the 43rd was in town, and his plane was on the tarmac at O'Hare. I love that plane. Not only does it look good, but it really is the symbol of America when The President travels, almost like an ambassidor itself. By the time I had come back from my errand, Air Force One was gone, but the C-5 was still there with its nose swung open for cargo loading. I wonder if the C-5 is like an advance plane, carrying limos/cars and other support "items" for The President when he travels?

posted at 01:10 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

I'm clean

My car has been significantly overdue for it's Vehicle Emmision Test. Somehow, even though I pass the sign every day coming home from work, I have forgotten that there was a testing station on the way home. I stopped-in tonight. I've been putting it off because, well, that "Service Engine Soon" light (or MIL for Multifunction Indicator Lamp, which I will learn later) has been on my dash for quite some time. I thnk it was lit the last time I was there two years ago.

But now they've changed the testing. Since my vehicle is "new enough" (1997 Infiniti), it now just gets plugged-in to their compuiter for an On-Board Diagnostic test. If you pass the ODB, then that's it - you get you certificate and show up again in two years.

The tester leans in my window as I pull into the bay, see the light, and says I'm going to have to sign a waiver. OK, not a problem. I am escorted to a waiting area (a long, glass tunnel next to the testing area) and he hooks up the computer.


P0440 - EVAP Control System
P0136 - O2 Sensor Circuit Malfunction (Bank 1 Sensor 2)
P0446 - EVAP Control System Vent Control Circuit

Great. Wonderful. Now they actually have to put the car on the rollers and do an exhaust test. The car passes the test and I'm certified that my car is clean. I've dodged the bullet for another 2 years. I should get the car serviced by then. I mean, most of the past 2 years was eaten-up by my unemployment time and I didn't want to spend the money. I hope I can spend some on the car in the next two years.

posted at 06:33 PM | Link | Mundane § |

I'm wearing too many hats... today I played shipping clerk sending equipment around the country. This, after having to deal with one snooty beeotch after getting treated like crap by another (who thought we were working a problem since Friday... until I told her that no one told us there was a problem to work on...) to new users who I have never talked to on the phone and don't even know how to describe a problem:

"I need help"
"With what"
"The computer"
"Can you tell me what you were doing?"
"Well, I got hung-up"
"In what?"
and it goes on from there...

Crap, I hate this job...

posted at 03:04 PM | Link | Work § |

Monday, June 09, 2003

That's not right...

Golf Road construction... ummm... I don't think it's supposed to do that...
I was late getting to work this morning. I don't like that on a Monday morning - people are usually calling because there's always something that broke over the weekend.

So, I'm on Golf Road by my house, right in the middle of the construction, when I noticed that the traffic just isn't moving. At all. It's hard to see, as we're heading east into the morning sun, but as I look ahead, I can see something that looks like a crane and it appears to be over the road ahead. As we all inch forward I realize that it's not a crane.

The crews had put up telephone poles along the road months ago to run ether power or some signaling cables (there's not a lot of cables and they're pretty thin). We've been having some pretty good rain over the past week. Off and on, but when it rains, it rains. My guess is that it made the soil on the side of the hill by the parking lot to a strip mall a little soft. Why would I say that? because what I thought was a crane is actually a telephone pole leaning over the road, snapped cables and all. Carol had passed through here within the last 15-20 minutes and all was fine. Traffic was fine after that.

Gorgeous morning, though. Maybe we've turned the corner from the cold,wet Spring.

posted at 08:26 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Sunday, June 08, 2003

Wireless Sunday

Well, we tried watching the Tony Awards when we were at my mom's house, but I hate that show. I may enjoy the theater, but since I am never in New York, I just don't give a damn about the awards or the show. Tried to watch the ESPN Sunday Night game - but it was the Cubs and Yankees - and since I was in such an anti-New York funk at the time, I couldn't stomach that either.

The only cool thing of the day happened earlier. I was at CompUSA and I noticed that they had the Linksys WET11 Wireless Gateways on the shelf. I've needed one of these for years, as I've been using a 75' CAT5 cable to cascade my 12-port hub upstairs with my Linksys Router downstairs. Now, I can finally do it wirelessly. It is, however, a tad bit slower.

posted at 10:04 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Saturday, June 07, 2003

I gots me some new shoes

The Rockport store at Woodfield My new shoes from Rockport
Well, we're leaving on vacation two weeks from today (Hey - I haven't talked about that yet, have I?) We're going to be doing a lot of walking, so I wanted to get some walking shoes. Oh, and I prefer that they not be white. So, we went to Woodfield to scour the shoe stores. I hated everything I saw. They were white, or Moc-like or trail boot-like. So, we wound up at Rockport. All of the shoes I own (except my more formal Florsheim's) are Rockports. Well, they had what I wanted but not in my width (8½ D). I wound up getting casual shoes instead that were real comfy. I'd rather have the walking shoe, but these will have to do. Then we had dinner at Stir Crazy. Yummm...

posted at 08:21 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Baseball collision

I actually had the Cubs game on the TV. That wasn't scary enough, but what I saw happen on the field was really scary. It's the top of the 4th Inning, 1 out, a 1-0 count on Jason Giambi, who pops up the next pitch. The popup is in the infield, in front of the mound. Kerry Wood sort of goes for it, but first baseman Hee Seop Choi comes in to make the grab. The two of them collide, and when Choi comes down, his head bounces hard off the the foul line dirt between 3rd and home. Well, he looked like he was out (as in unconscious). The trainers rushed out there and got in his face to see if they could get a reaction (I couldn't really tell), then they place a hand on his chest, sort of to make sure he was breathing and they took his pulse (carotid and wrist). He looked in really bad shape. They opened-up the big doors in right field and brought in a Fire Department ambulance (fortunately, there's a firehouse a few doors across the street and a few doors down from the left field corner). They eventually got him on a gurney, got him in the ambulance, worked on him a while, and they finally left. It shook up the teams and the fans. You never want to see a player get hurt. Oh, BTW, he held onto the ball for the out.
Update: He's in fair condition with a concussion.

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posted at 01:26 PM | Link | Cubs § |
Breakfast with The Away Team

I had breakfast this morning with my old buddies John & joe, as well as Barry (who I see regularly at work). We ate at Egg Harbor Café in Glenview (or Northbrook - it's right next door). It's nice being able to get together with old friends every once in a while and just talk and catch-up on things. I think we overstayed our welcome, though - the waiter was getting a little snippy wit hus toward the end. We need to do this again.

posted at 12:31 PM | Link | Mundane § |

Friday, June 06, 2003

8 Games
Chicago Cubs outfielder Sammy Sosa has been suspended for eight games for violating Major League Baseball Rule 6.06 (d) in a game against the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on June 3, 2003, Bob Watson, Vice President of On-Field Operations, announced today.

Sammy immediately appealed the suspension, allowing him to play in what is being described as a "historical" series against the New York Yankees. Hmmmm... it's supposed to rain this afternoon...

Update: Yankees 5 Cubs 3. Sosa 1-for-4 2 strikeouts. (Boxscore)

posted at 11:35 AM | Link | Baseball § |
Friday 5 - Love

The Friday Five
Time for another Friday Five...
1. How many times have you truly been in love? Other than my wife??? What, are you nuts??? You really expect me to answer that???? I'm letting this go...
2. What was/is so great about the person you love(d) the most? Oh, God, I hate this week's 5... I don't know right now... and if I don't say anything, Carol will kill me and if I say something wrong, Carol will kill me so why should I answer?
3. What qualities should a significant other have? Empathy and the ability to make you feel good - and that could have soooo many different meanings.
4. Have you ever broken someone's heart? I don't think so...
5. If there was one thing you could teach people about love, what would it be? That there's so many facets to what love is and could be, don't overlook or ignore the tiny things

posted at 06:38 AM | Link | Friday Five § |

Thursday, June 05, 2003

Amazing Race 4 - Episode 2

The Amazing Race 4 THEME
"It Doesn't Say Anything About First Come, First Served. And We're Bigger"

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posted at 08:08 PM | Link | Reality TV § |

Wednesday, June 04, 2003

*ouch!* What the... *ew*

So I get out of the shower, dry my hair, and start coming it when I notice that those fine hairs that are still struggling for survival on the top of my head are all knotted up. Then I look a little closer, and it looks like there's something in my hair. Then I look even closer and realize that my scalp is peeling from my sunburn from last week.

Great. What a wonderful look.

posted at 07:17 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Tuesday, June 03, 2003


Screen Capture of ESPN coverage of Sammy Sosa's postgame press conference
So much for going to bed early... it's all over the news. In fact, lead story on each of the newscasts: Sosa ejected after cork is found in shattered bat. First inning of the game tonight (Boxscore), Sammy Sosa comes to the plate with Alex Gonzalez on 2nd and Mark Grudzielanek on 3rd, and with a 3-2 count from former teammate Jeremi Gonzalez he hits a ground ball to 2nd and his bat explodes. Sure enough, there's cork in it. Sammy is ejected.

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posted at 10:24 PM | Link | Baseball § |
100 Heroes/Villains

AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Heroes & Villains
I really wanted to get some things done early tonight so that I could make some attempt at catching up on my lost sleep, but I got absolutely hooked watching the American Film Institute's "AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains" on CBS. It was a great show, and I have to say that I agree with everyone that was selected for the list, though I have one complaint with the ranking - though I love the character and agree that he should be on the list, I just don't believe that Indiana Jones should rank as the #2 hero character of all time. Here's a PDF from the AFI website of the press release of the list. What I hadn't planned on was sitting in front of the TV for 3 hours...

posted at 10:02 PM | Link | TV § |
It really is closed...

All six lanes of Higgins Road are closed
I was wiped yesterday. My body just doesn't like getting up in the morning. I'm just not a morning person.

So, in my morning stupor, I was driving to work like normal. For the last two weeks, as I'm driving on Higgins Road in Elk Grove Village, I cross over some train tracks. I think they're just single tracks, normal bells/lights/gates crossing. There's been am orange construction sign that says "Road Construction Begins 05-31-03" near the tracks, and then right at the tracks there's another orange sign that said "This road will be closed 7 days". Higgins Road at that point is 6-lanes wide, and with it being such a heavy track traffic route, I'm thinking there's going to be significant lane closures so that they could do whatever they have to do to the tracks.

I didn't trust that sign. I should have.

Sure enough, Higgins Road is closed, and the detour is to use Oakton. Oakton is 4 lanes, tight, and just cannot support the additional traffic. The commute is now absolute hell. I need a new route. I'll check it out on the way home and see how bad it is going west.

Right now, eastbound sucks.

posted at 08:32 AM | Link | Mundane § |

Monday, June 02, 2003

Woo Hoo!!! Some 419'ers sentenced

Some (6) Nigerian 419 scammers were sentenced in Dutch courts to between 301 days and 4½ years in prison. Bastatrds... quit clogging up my email...

posted at 11:10 AM | Link | Nigerian 419 Fraud § |

Krispy Kreme on Manheim Road in Rosemont Mmmmmm... doughnuts...
I had to be at work this morning at 6:30am. Ugh! We have some eye clinics going live on NextGen, so I had to field the help desk calls for them (their in the eastern time zone and they open at 7:30am). Well, when I got here at 6:15am I found out the hard way that my security key fob doesn't allow me access to the building off-hours! I was able to "piggy-back" on someone going in that had access, but then I found out that the security cards are used to activate the elevators and are coded for the specific floor you work on. Since our floor isn't heavily populated, I had to wait for the building to "unlock" at 7am. I sat in the lobby eating my Krispy Kreme doughnuts, just biding my time. Now that I'm upstairs, there hasn't been a phone call. So, I'm groggy and bored. Going to be a long day...

posted at 07:03 AM | Link | Work § |

Sunday, June 01, 2003


So, I'm driving home from my mom's house tonight, and I'm trying to get onto the Kennedy at Nagle, but I can't. I am mesmerized. In front of me is a black Cadillac Escalade that has what appears to be a gorgeous LCD monitor that's at least 14"-15", in clear, bright, vibrant color, playing what I'm assuming is a DVD of Rolie Polie Olie. I can't get my eyes off of it. I'm not watching the car, I'm not watching the stop light, I'm not watching traffic around me - I'm watching friggin' Rolie Polie Olie as clear as if I was sitting at home! I can't get my eyes off the thing! Something that big, bright, and clear should be outlawed for night-time driving! Or be required to put up a shield on the back window!

posted at 10:23 PM | Link | Mundane § |
Damn cable company...

Though I am a very happy DirecTV customer, I still use Comcast for my broadband internet connection... which is now down. If a few graphics don't show up correctly on this website, you'll know why.

posted at 09:06 PM | Link | Mundane § |


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