Sunday, October 31, 2004

Three Days After Yesterday

If you haven't yet seen "The Day After Tomorrow", I can give you only one word of advice.

Don't.

I mean, it's a good movie, if you ignore the inane and contrived plot, the blatant down-your-throat political statements (including a Dick Cheney look-alike), about 300 or so plot holes, and the horrible CGI wolves. I think I've seen Paintshop pictures that were more realistic...

The only redeeming part of the whole movie was when Dennis Quaid pulled up to pick up his son in a Honda Insight. The Insight is a hybrid gasoline-electric car, meaning it has an electric motor that helps propel the car and boosts the fuel economy of the gasoline engine. Burning less fuel is good for the environment, and saves resources for future generations. I purchased a 2004 Honda Civic Hybrid six months ago, and it's been a great little car.

40+ miles per gallon...

It's not the most powerful car in the world (not nearly as fast as the 'Vette) but it's fun to drive past gas stations for weeks at a time, watching all the SUVs filling up...

Anyway, the big elections are on Tuesday...so get out and vote! Next post, I'll give a little insight into how I'll be voting, and why.

Until next time - don't forget to wave!

Sunday, October 24, 2004

Everyone outta the gene pool

(Or, the failure of natural selection)

It all started on Friday night, when I was awakened at midnight by the phone ringing. Half asleep, I rolled over and answered the phone. Here is the transcript of said conversation:

Me: "Hello?" (said in a groggy, tired voice)
Caller: "Is Seymour Butts there?"
(I hang up)

The second call, seconds later:

Me: "Hello?" (again said in a groggy, tired voice)
Caller: "Sir, I really need to speak to Seymour Butts! It's urgent!"
(I hang up again)

At this point, I go into the kitchen and dial *69 on the phone base. Here's where the whole 'failure of natural selection' thing comes in. The caller had not blocked their number before calling, so I got their phone number.

Guess what number may be getting hundreds of telemarketing calls in the next few weeks? If you're going to prank call someone, at least have the smarts to block the number. Technology rocks, yes?

Until next time - don't forget to wave!

Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Would you like fries with that?

If you're one of the millions and millions of people who eat fast food every day, then you owe it to yourself (and your health) to see the documentary "Super Size Me", by Morgan Spurlock.

Morgan took it upon himself to conduct an experiment where he ate nothing but McDonald's food for every meal; if they didn't sell it, he didn't eat it. The results were horrifying, if not predictable.

I used to be one of the many people who ate fast food every day, but after viewing this movie, I haven't touched it since - not even once. It's scary to think what greasy fast food does to your body...the same way smoking or excess drinking can harm you. Large, greedy corporations that care more about money than the health of their customers are somewhat to blame, but so are the people who purchase the food from said companies. If people exercise restraint and don't purchase the fat-laden, addictive food, then there would be no market for it and the companies would go out of business or be forced to change.

Anyway, go rent the movie if you haven't seen it yet - or go buy it. It's worth watching again whenever you get a Big Mac attack. Food for thought...

Until next time - don't forget to wave!

Tuesday, October 19, 2004

Why the strange title?

There's some reasoning behind the choice of my blog title - it wasn't just a random thought that popped into my head. Okay, it was, but I came up with the reasoning behind the name shortly after the initial concept.

Here's a picture of my car. Notice the sloped fenders...very cool to look at, but they obscure the driver's vision.

Check out the fenders...

Now, look at the high-rise center hood section...

Gotta love the hood...

Combine the two, and the view from the inside is restricted and narrow. Kind of like my own part of the world. Hmm...could be on to something here.

Until next time - don't forget to wave!

First post on my new blog

Well, I finally managed to create another blog to replace my old one...not that anybody ever visited it anyway. This time, I'm going to do something a little different. I'll post anything I feel like...pictures, rants, thoughts, stories. Whatever I want. Because it's my blog, my opinions, and I'll do what I want with it.

As for the title of the blog...I purchased my dream car a few months ago - a 1979 Corvette, red with red leather interior. It's just a day older than I am. Don't worry, plenty of pictures will follow, just as soon as I manage to learn to upload them and post them here...

Until then - don't forget to wave!