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There are a few things I picked up from old friends/acquaintances/boyfriends that just seem to stick. More than the people I got them from. Books I read, bands I listen to, catchphrases I say.

One of the more noticable ones is stuff yelled at other drivers. Feel free to use them yourselves:

At someone stopping at a yield sign (unnecessarily): "It says Yield, not die!"

At people going too slow/braking unnecessarily: "The skinny one on the right! Not the big, fat one on the left!"

Somehow, those are more fun to say than random swearing. And suitable for all ages.


Dec. 2nd, 2007 02:32 pm
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Such a sweet husband - all the snow is off my car, and I didn't even ask.
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I was doing really well at posting regularly for a while, and then there was a crackdown on surfing at work, and I felt it would not be a good idea to go to LJ. And at home, it's such trouble to dig out the keyboard to the tablet, and the handwriting recognition editing gets old quickly, so....

Anyway. The latest news is that there was an opening at work in the department I've wanted to work in for several years (Branch Libraries' Information Systems - internal QA, kinda), so I jumped right on it. I'm still waiting to hear, since the application period only officially ended on the 30th. I got my first interview about a week after applying, and my second a week or so after that, so it's very promising. And I heard that only three people got a second interview. Cross your fingers for me.

In other news, my poor car got its hood crumpled, again. This one was not my fault. In fact, I wasn't even there - it was parked, and the person left the scene without leaving info. Lucky for me, there were several witnesses, and one took down the plate number. Can I say how much I love this neighborhood? The most annoying part was it evidently happened not five minutes after I parked it. Guess I should have been late to work that day, huh? All fixed now, and I didn't even have to pay the deductible. I love my insurance company. Just hoping to get reimbursed for the rental now.

I think that hits the high points of September. I'll post again if I can think of anything else noteworthy.
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Today during my commute, I ended up behind a car with a bumper sticker that said: Save the Environment, Drive a Hybrid.

It was on a Lexus SUV.

Methinks someone is unclear on the concept.
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You know, I could see the torrential rain (and the backup on the Cross-County Expressway) this morning, so I very carefully listened to the traffic report. There appeared to be problems on Long Island, and in Manhattan, and with the trains, but no problems were mentioned for Westchester.

So imagine my surprise to find that the Hutchinson Parkway was closed for flooding! Why was this not part of the 1010 WINS traffic report?! Is Westchester not part of the metro area?

If I had known that, I would have taken a different route from the beginning. But by the time I saw the traffic cones, it would have taken too much time to go back to that other route, and I just had to follow other cars and trust that they were headed where I wanted to go (since of course there were no detour signs).

Sorry, had to get that off my chest.
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It snowed last night, although not enough to paralyze the area.

And I woke up to discover that my car had already been mostly brushed off. My first thought was "awww, how sweet, Rich did my car for me!"

Second thought was, "I wonder if he did that so I'd have less excuse to stay home." There wasn't enough snow to really get away with that anyway, but I had made a joke about it last night when it started snowing. Which got me a dirty look and "don't rub it in."
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And the first thing that happened to me today after getting out of the house was ... a flat tire. Oh, such a good way to start the day. Let's hope it can only get better from here.


Sep. 19th, 2003 03:45 pm
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I indeed did not have to go to class last night. W00t!

And in further happy news, this morning I finally got my car back from the garage, with its brand new unscratched front bumper (yeah, I do a little bumping when I parallel park - that's what bumpers are for). So now I have a car I can play my Nomad in, I have my EZpass for the tolls back, and I can park in the garage at work again! (because of course I forgot to take both EZpass and parking permit out of the car when I left it).

The parking in the garage is no small matter. I work in Co-op City in the Bronx. Those of you in the NYC area have doubtless already heard about the parking crisis. For everyone else: Co-op City has 8 parking garages. They recently had to close 5 because they are so decrepit. This has created quite a parking crisis in the area, even with a couple of additional lots added and slanted parking spaces on some streets instead of parallel. I happen to own a parking permit for one of the 3 remaining garages, and boy it makes getting to work on time a lot easier.
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So, as I left work to go to school and then begin my three-day birthday weekend, I got in a fender-bender. Way to begin life at 30.

And, of course, it was my fault. And it was almost just like the bump incident before, where I was going maybe 5-10 mph, except this time, the guy in front had a minivan. Which means his bumper was significantly higher than mine, which means I hit him (actually her) not with my bumper, but with my grill, headlight, and hood. So now my car needs like $4000 of work.

On the bright side, USAA is being very good about it. I am definitely with them for life.

And, I continued onto class, which was interesting enough that I managed to completely forget about my car for 2 hours.

But I was still so wired from the accident and the Coke I has during class that I couldn't sleep until like 5 in the morning. So Friday, I'm trying to sleep in for my birthday, and my Dad calls at 7:30 (am), to wish me a happy birthday before I leave for work. Who the heck goes to work on their birthday? And on other occasions when he calls, who leaves enough slack time in their mornings to have a phone conversation? Not me. But he always calls in the mornings, not the evenings. I didn't answer the phone, but it still woke me up. And then other people called later on, but while I was still asleep.

So, it wasn't the best birthday ever. But, it was my 30th, so it wasn't going to be. I was depressed for a little while, but everyone I talked to said they had that too. And I felt better by the end of the day.


Aug. 21st, 2002 04:10 pm
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I am moved to profanity. Both loud and profuse. And if you know me, you know how unusual this is.

Evidently, my car's inspection expired on Sunday the 18th. I got a ticket on Tuesday the 20th. They couldn't even give me 2 days! 2 Days! And then, everywhere I went to try and get it inspected, they wanted me to leave it - well, I needed it to get to work. Luckily, I not only found a place within walking distance of the branch, but one which seems to charge much less than everyone else ($10!). So I'm feeling slightly better now.

Personally, I think that if you bought your car new, it shouldn't need an inspection for at least 2 years, unless you're in an accident.

Couldn't even give me a week . . .
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So, I have finally been in my first car accident ever (well, that I remember - mom says there was one when i was an infant). Luckily, it didn't even qualify as a fender bender.

I was in one of those hellish merge situations that occur only in New York - cars coming in from the left, wanting to take the right lane, cars coming in from the right, wanting to take the left lane, with a whole 20 feet to effect this switch). I saw the guy in front of me start to move forward, so I started to inch and glanced back to check for a break in traffic. meanwhile, someone cut off the guy in front of me and he slammed on his brakes. And since I was still looking behind me, I bumped him.

So, we pull over and get out. He looks at his back bumper and says, "I don't see anything wrong here!" I look at my front bumper and say, "I don't see anything wrong here!" And we shook hands and got back into our cars. And really, it wasn't like my little Corolla could have done anything to his SUV anyway.

So, is that like the best "accident" possible or what? I'm almost happy to have it over with, since it's almost inevitable that everyone is in an accident sooner or later. I felt like I was on borrowed time.

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