Thursday, February 23, 2006

I Fought The Law...

As some of you know back in 2003 I had surgery on my back. Well I have a handicap placard which I occasionally use (i.e. when I park downtown in Morgantown). Well today I went downtown to go to the school board office to see why I haven't been receiving calls to substitute this week. So I drive downtown and park in the handicap spot and as I pull in the I see that the meter checkers were on patrol in the parking lot. Now what usually happens if I pull in and they are in the parking lot checking meters is they come over and I show them my registration card which I keep in my wallet and all is good. Well for some reason this did not happen today, so after I waited a bit I headed on down the street.

I go to the board office, stop in and visit my dealer, and then head back to the car. When I get there I unlock the car and start to get in and as I do I notice something orange under the wiper blade. Well it turns out that the orange thing under my wiper is a ticket for $100.00 for parking in a handicap space without a handicap permit. I hit the roof...I mean I was pissed because there hanging on the rear view mirrior was the permit. I drove down and around High St., the main drag through town, looking for the meter checkers to ask them why I got the ticket. Well finally I decided to come back to the house and call the number on the ticket and complain.

I stormed in the house, slammed the door, frightened the animals and got on the phone...I was steaming. When the lady came on I tore into her (I later apologized) wanting to know why I had received the ticket when my placard was properly displayed on my rear view mirror and that some @--hole meter reader had given me a ticket and I was not going to pay it.

Well I ended up having to go back downtown and to the parking authority office and showing them the placard and registration. When I got there the lady I talked to on the phone radioed the guy who wrote the ticket*. He came in, confirmed it was me he saw walking away from the car, and apologized and said that students sometimes use their parents and grandparents handicap parking permits which is not allowed.

Well now they now who I am so it better not happen again. I was bored this afternoon but that was not the "excitement" I was looking for.


*-the lady described me over the phone as a 30ish looking guy...gee thanks... add 3 years to my age. I figure it was the beard and the flannel shirt I was wearing that made me look older.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

The Beard Chronicles..Part 1

So it has been about a week or so since I have last shaved...mainly because I am lazy. Since then my beard has been growing out and I am at the point of trying to decide what to do with it...continue to be lazy and not shave, whack it down to a goatee(this is what the lady who cuts my hair says I should do), or cross the line and get rid of it all. I really don't know what I am going to do. Part of the time it annoys the living daylights out of me other times I can ignore the fact that it feels like tiny bugs are walking all over my face.

So what do you out in the blogosphere think I should do?

Thursday, February 16, 2006

On A Lighter Note...

So I realized that I apparently have this thing for having my picture taken with animals be they stuffed, metal, or fiberglass...
Case in point:

Stuffed Moose
Alaska June 2000

Make Way for Ducklings
Boston, MA March 2003

Muir Woods
San Francisco, CA August 2004

Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras Co. , Mark Twain museum Hartford, CT December 2005

Yankee Candle Factory Southern MA December 2005

One can only wonder what it will be in 2006...

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Sunday, February 12, 2006

Full of Spite


Black Tuesday is almost here, thats right its Valentines Day

I loathe Valentines Day.

I believe that one of the great poets of the 80's said it best:

You love her, but she loves him
he loves somebody else -You just can't win.
And so it goes until the day you die...
One thing's for sure...
Love stinks!
Sound bitter?
I don't care...

Thursday, February 09, 2006

WIRED!!!!: The Followup

So I finally got to 5:30 am.

Around 4am the Guinness and the coffee started to fight in m stomach. Spent most of the night surfing the web and talking to my friend who is down in Antarctica over IM

at 5 am I heard a strange noise then realized it was my aunt in the next room riding her exercise bike before she went to work. Woke up at 9:45 am when my cell phone alarm wentoff so I decided to get up so I can sleep tonight.

Nothing really planned for today probably going to finish my Application for University of Cincinnati, watch some Family Guy and Futurama dvd's, do some laundry, and put together comic boards with bags.



Ok... so I can't sleep and its all thanks to this guy...

Thats right I am riding the caffeine train. I just got in from driving all the way from Albany, NY to Cleveland, OH. I left around 5:30 PM and drove straight through only stopping for gas.

caffeine used not to bother me at all however since October 2004 I have been pretty much caffeine free (occasionally enjoy a cup of Joe or a diet coke if nothing else available). Anyway now if I have even one cup of diet coke after 6pm I am up half the night. So needing to stay up and alert on 7.5 hour drive I started preparing early today.

11:00 -Venti Caffe Mocha from Starbucks

3:30 - 20 ounce Diet Vanilla Coke

5:30 - Venti Carmel Marcharotti(or something like that) from Starbucks

7:50 - Large Marshmellow fl. Coffee from Dunkin Donuts

10:30 - Large Diet Coke

So as you can see I will probably get to sleep...oh..NEVER!!!

If it weren't so cold outside I would go run around the block a few million times.

Maybe a Guinness will help me get to sleep...


Thursday, February 02, 2006

Reading List Update

Reading List of 2006 (January)
Baudolino - Umberto Eco
Gospel According to Tolkien-Ralph Wood
Team of Rivals - Doris Kerns Goodwin
Harry Potter Series
Brief History of Time - Stephen Hawking
The World is Flat - Thomas Freidman
1776 - David McCullough

Baudolino - Umberto Eco
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

Gospel According to Tolkien-Ralph Wood

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Team of Rivals - Doris Kerns Goodwin

Additions to the List:
The Physics of Superheros - James Kakalios
God's Politics: Why the Right Gets It Wrong and the Left Doesn't Get It - Jim Wallis