I was driving and saw two kids riding in the opposite direction on bicycles. One of them was talking. The other had no hands on the wheel, busy texting and not looking at the road at all. In the 20 seconds or so that he was in my immediate view, he didn’t look at the [...]
Monthly Archive for June, 2009
The result of a company policy about mandatory retirement for executives, our CEO is stepping down. As I look back over the past couple years, I’m not thrilled with the path he has led us down. In fact, I’m irked.
Did our CEO do a lot for the company? From my position as a worker bee [...]
I’ve been wanting to eat at Tampico Grill for a while. It’s small. It’s local. It’s been around for at least five years without any major changes, though some of my coworkers say that there used to be a cheese steak joint in its place. It’s got all the indicators that it could be another [...]
I owe a coworker a Diet Coke for his suggestion to follow up with the landscaping company. I owe a lunch to Sharon at Safelite for her reinforcement of that suggestion. Either I’m too cynical or I’ve had bad experiences in the past.
The landscaping company that maintains the property around the office paid for my [...]
I’ve never heard of anyone getting a citation for littering. On the highway and in parks you see all those signs warning that littering will bring fines of $500-1000, but isn’t it a crime everywhere? Where is it actually enforced?
Certainly not on the highway, where I see cigarette butts flung out the window or out [...]
There was a time in the not-so-distant past where I found myself in Pasadena on a regular basis. Last night I found myself reminiscing as I drove down Fort Smallwood Road. I was heading towards Riviera Beach en route to shoot some pool, but kept coming back to times of old. Late nights ordering custom [...]
My car — still unnamed — sustained her first injury today. I came out of the office and found a completely shattered window. Short of a hole smaller than a pencil eraser the glass was intact, just crystallized as safety glass is supposed to be. I was parked on the end of a row and [...]
I was reading Scott Smith’s novel A Simple Plan. It’s a dark tale about a trio who come across a large sum of money. It’s more about the sick and twisted acts that greed can inspire in people. It left me feeling very uncomfortable, such that I was having work on it. I can’t remember [...]
Growing up, I swam competitively for close to ten years on a summer league. Then life caught up with me. School. Career. No regrets; my priorities changed. So after a ten year hiatus, I’m pretty excited to be heading back to the pool. My roommate has inspired me, after watching her take up running, cycling [...]
GQ is still referred to as “Gentlemen’s Quarterly” on the spine of the print edition. That’s odd, since publisher Conde Nast puts out twelve issues per year. Actually eight issues worth if you exclude the advertisements, but that’s a tangential thought and one that could be directed at much magazines.
Though I’m usually a fan of Super Saver Shipping, I’m in the midst of a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime. After a handful of orders I came to realize something.
Two-day shipping is awesome.
For two reasons, really.
Items arrive in two days.
Items arrive via UPS.
In my experience, UPS does a better job of handling packages [...]
After careful consideration, I’ve decided that sandwiches are better when cut diagonally. They don’t taste better necessarily, but the experience is better overall. With a full sandwich, you’ve got to hold it with both hands. I feel like I’m eating a turkey leg at the fair and large bites follow, inhaling the contents. Whereas a [...]
I’m a regular but infrequent E-ZPass user. I probably only use it once or twice a year, but when I do I rack up $30 or $40 worth of tolls across the East coast.
Back on January 5th, 2009 the Maryland Transportation Authority proposed raising toll rates for large vehicles. That doesn’t affect me so much, [...]
A mistake originally, I ended up liking this distorted shot. Without effects or post-processing, it appears pixelated and Matrix-like to me.
I’m sure the photo-minded would be quick to point out how it was done or what the original subject matter was. Any takers?
When I eat in the car while driving — admittedly not a great idea in general — I use my left hand to steer. It feels more natural than my right hand, which is odd because I’m right-handed. Common sense would recommend using your dominant hand to perform the more important function; it’s definitely more [...]