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10 02 2009



Whatever happened to flashing the high beams?

26 03 2008

I was driving home from work tonight when, as happens 3-4 times per week, I passed a turnaround on the freeway where two Highway Patrolmen were perched watching the passing traffic.  Waiting no doubt for unwary speeders to catch.  So once I passed them, I decided to flash the ole high beams a few times at traffic on the other side of the highway.  If I could help someone avoid a ticket, I figured: great!

Then, I got to thinking about what I had just done.  It was a simple gesture that I recall learning from my father when I was a kid.  It probably goes back as far as cars and highway travel do.  However until recently, I thought very little of actually doing it for, well, as long as I could remember.   Why that is I’m not certain, but I have begun to do it again.

I can’t help but to think, however, that I really cannot recall any time, any instance at all, where another driver had done this favor for me.  Whatever happened to flashing the high beams?  It’s a courteous thing to do in this case.  I can think of, erm, several instances in recent years where I sure would have appreciated the gesture!

It must be a lost art.

12 Months Removed

27 02 2008

I was paging through my Marble Memo today and I came across a wish list that I wrote at around this time last year:

  1. Computer chair
  2. New glasses
  3. PC rudder pedals
  4. Widescreen monitor
  5. A house
  6. New watch
  7. The latest Zelda game
  8. An HDTV

Let’s see.  I’ve acquired numbers 1, 2, 4, and 6 and don’t want 3 or 7 anymore.  8 will need to wait unfortunately for various reasons.  I don’t think I’ll be ready for 5 until some things stabilize in my life.  So, I guess I did OK.  Just one addition to make: a new car.  I decided I’m tired of my ’06 G6.  It’s not really “me”.   I want something more like, say, this.  Sunroof, iPod-ready sound system, chrome trim, manual transmission, and leather seats.  Ohhh yes.  Put the “vergnügen” back in Fahrvergnügen.  Hopefully I’ll be closer to attaining that one by this time next year.

Cut the chit-chat!

22 02 2008

This Dilbert strip from earlier in the week sums up one of my biggest pet peeves at the office.


Honestly, who does that?? Shouldn’t it be obvious that this is annoying? I think I should patent some sort of installable cubicle ceiling…

Hello (again) World!

2 11 2007

After a hiatus of roughly 3 years, I decided to have another run at this whole “blog” thing. A lot has changed: some will be written about, some will not. I can say that WP has certainly made some big improvements. Here goes nothing.