It’s been beautiful here the past few days. 70s with tons of sunshine, more of it to come in the next few days. Here’s the thing, I love having my windows down in the car, 4-55 is what we called it back in the day (4 windows down at 55MPH). Now instead of being a necessity for comfort, windows are a luxury, a nice way to enjoy the weather, a way to get some fresh air. Cranking up the radio, hitting the gas and just cruising the highway for 30 minutes or so is great, sure the occasional semi will pass and drown out the tunes. But my beef is with everyone who puts “pipes” on their truck/SUV/motorcycle. Do you *really* need an engine that idles at 80dB+ and revs well over 120dB? In most towns around here teenagers are harassed by police constantly because of their booming stereos, however a man in his early 50s with huge pipes on his Harley will go by without notice. Why?
These people are causing more harm to those around them than a fat man sitting in a movie theater after a burrito-eating contest. Why a fat man, because I said so, that’s why!
Putting pipes on your vehicles makes it sound “cool” right,Â wrong. You may be looking for that low rumble at an intersection, I’m cool with that, you may want a fuller deeper sound, I’m cool with that, adding pipes so that you are obnoxiously loud at intersections and even at highway speeds is stupid. You are not only possibly damaging your engine with sub-par exhaust flow; you are damaging my hearing and all that you pass or are passed by (yes, people do pass you from time to time, admit it Bubba).
I think that noise ordinances should be enforced not only on bass-thumping rice burners but also on Harleys Dodge Rams, and any other vehicle that causing such a racket racing down the street as to cause potential hearing loss for all those around. Get off my lawn!
Perhaps I’m a little odd. Maybe I’m just plain weird. I’m not really sure either way. What I do know is a do a lot of things people don’t understand. I noticed it recently while I was writing notes to myself in class. I keep a pad of paper on the desk at all time for “Notes to myself,” I write what I need and leave the list out. The list is usually a blog topic I’m thinking about, a thing to do for school, a to do for life, just anything really. While I was getting weird looks for making my usual list of junk, I made a list of odd things I do or have. Here ya go:
Pens: I have an obsession with pens. Not just any pen mind you but a nice pen. I just bought a new Retro 51 Tornado to complement my other one from Christmas time. It writes very well and I just like the design. It cost $20. I realize that may seem crazy to you but I love writing with it and I think it helps me want to write more.
Shoes: I’m not really obsessed with shoes I guess. I own about 6 pairs that are in the rotation right now. Normally I wear some sort of sneaker, Chucks, Adidas tennis shoes, Nike and New Balance running shoes, but I also keep a pair of boots, brown shoes and black shoes around too. I’m constantly looking for shoes though, not buying usually, just looking. When something catches my eye, I buy it though. I change shoes so often actually that sometimes I have shoes that are 3-5 years old and look brand new still.
Socks: I will wear the same pants for 3 days in a row, shirts sometimes twice. I don’t take a shower on some Sundays when I’m not going out. I change my socks everyday, at least once. It’s weird but I have to have clean socks on…
Traditions: I’m a huge old fashioned person. I’ll probably spank my kids, make them say sir and ma’am and they will have a bed time that’s probably too early. I try to open doors for girls. I always offer to pay for a meal or drink. I wear a t-shirt under my clothes everyday. A belt is a must. I keep everything with any sort of meaning to it. I’ll yell at kids to get off my lawn when I’m older. I will have a sit down meal at home at least 4-5 times per week with the entire family in my home. Basically I’m saying that tradition means a lot to me. Not just because of the routine, but because I love the sense of history that it brings for me. I love knowing that I’m carrying something on that many have done before me. I love holding up those thigns that we take for granted.
Phone Calls: I will return your phone call if you call me. I will also call you as close to when I say I will as I can. I also will call you if something isn’t going as I said it would. I still call my house if I’m not doing what I said I would just so they know if something should happen on either end. Tradition I guess.
Appointments/Meeting Times: If we are to meet at 10am I will be there at 9:55 at the latest. Being early for any kind of appointment is a must for me. I hate waiting on people who are late and I don’t expect them to wait for me.
Organization: I don’t clean my desk very often, I don’t clean up my room very often. When I do I want it the way I want it. I put things where they are for a reason and I expect them to stay that way unless I move them some where else. I stay organized in my own way. I keep paper and pen handy at all times so I can write down any ideas or thoughts that I have either to write about, to look up, or to do when I can get to them. I just know how to do things the way I like them, and I don’t want to do them any other way.
Computers: I probably have an unhealthy obsession with computers and anything electronic. I have my computers setup so I can login to them at any time from almost any where. I check my email and website constantly. I blog anytime I can. I know where and how to find things on the ‘Net for just about anything. I can send a picture from my cell phone to my blog in a matter of seconds and also have it show up in my email and any one elses at the same time. My iPod only shows songs I haven’t listened to recently or podcasts that I haven’t finished yet so as not to hear songs too often or podcasts repeatedly. I own two printers in the same room. I keep constant track of the stats of my site. The bottom line here is I like information and computers give me a constant supply from various areas all over the world.
So maybe I’m weird. Maybe i’m just more observant about how I act in the world around me. Do you do anything weird like this?
So I’m cruising the ‘net today, working on nothign as usual… Some interesting stories came up today though, here’s a quick peek:
Curious George co-editor found dead: MSNBC
I think it’s a bit odd that just days before the release of the movie this man who helped write several books and many of the short films about Curious George is found dead in trash bags at his Florida home… Something is up here.
Related note: The Jack Johnson Curious George soundtrack is pretty good, give it a listen.
Walmart to open over 1,500 new stores in the coming years: MSNBC
They opened 341 last year and are expecting more than that this year. When will it end. I seriously cannot stand to see Walmart in every community. Millions of square feet of empty Walmarts are vacant useless to so many communities around the country because Walmart left for a better deal. Millions of people are without adequate, affordable health-care because of Walmart. When will it end?
New Muncie curfew to hold parents responsible WTHR
Muncie isn’t a large town, but its a college town with plenty of mischief to be caused. For the youth of the city that isn’t yet in college a new law will make parents know a little more about what their children are doing. I know that if I was faced with a fine of up to $2,500 I would know exactly where my child was and when he was in the house. Exceptions have been made to allow for school and religious events. But I think it’s about time that cities got more strict about parents being responsible for their children.
Blogger thinks of starting new category Here
I think I’ll call it “Get off my lawn.” After the supposed stereotype of old men who yell at those “damn kids” to get off my lawn. My soapbox if you will… Any thoughts?
Apple unveils new iPod Nano, drops price on Shuffle
Isn’t this thing dead yet, the shuffle is so low-tech.
Alabama church fires
Find them and hang them
Coretta Scott King Funeral
A bit overdone, but she was worth it
Google to pay Dell $1B to put software on new machines
Stop putting extra crap on my computer!