28 May 2006

24 May 2006

call the fashion police

what is it with the kids and their fashions these days?

case in point: the pants they wear, you've seen 'em, black with the tassels and the zippers up and down the inseam and outseam, so baggy you could fit an elephant leg inside.

can you say parachute pants redux?

extreme football

word on the street is that when paul tagliabue retires in january as commissioner of the nfl, he will be replaced by none other than jeb bush.

no word yet who the nfl will invade first.
source unknown

23 May 2006

for science

this is worth reading (thanks to nerdygirl)

speaking of new jersey

new regulations in the new jersey registry of motor vehicle's 2006 handbook:

turn signals will give away your next move. a confident new jersey driver avoids using them.

under no circumstance should you maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you, because the space will be filled in by someone else, putting you in an even more dangerous situation.

the faster you drive through a red light, the less chance you have of getting hit.

warning! never come to a complete stop at a stop sign. no one expects it and it will result in your being rear-ended.

never get in the way of an older car that needs extensive bodywork, especially with pa, ny or del plates. with no insurance, the other operator probably has nothing to lose.

braking is to be done as hard and late as possible to ensure that your abs kicks in, giving a vigorous foot massage as the brake pedal violently pulsates. for those of you without abs, it's a chance to strengthen your leg muscles.

never pass on the left when you can pass on the right. it's a good way to prepare other drivers entering the highway.

speed limits are arbitrary figures; given only as a suggestion and are not enforceable in new jersey during rush hour.

just because you're in the left lane and have no room to speed up or move over doesn't mean that a new york driver flashing his high beams behind you can go faster in your spot.

always brake and rubberneck when you see an accident or even someone changing a tire. this is seen as a sign of respect for the victim.

learn to swerve abruptly without signaling. new jersey is the home of high-speed slalom-driving thanks to the department of public works, which puts potholes in key locations to test drivers' reflexes and keep them alert.

it is the tradition in new jersey to honk your horn at cars in front of you that do not move three milliseconds after the light turns green.

to avoid injury in the event of a collision or rollover, it is important for you to exit your vehicle through the windshield right away. wearing your seat-belt will only impede your hi-velocity escape from danger.

remember that the goal of every new jersey driver is to get ahead of the pack by whatever means necessary.

in new jersey, 'flipping the bird' is considered a polite salute. this gesture should always be returned.

thanks to flynnski
for emailing this to me.
it's worth sharing.

21 May 2006


we finally got our first really good thunderstorm of the season today.

a thunderstorm in oregon is usually a three-bangs-and-it's-over kind of affair, never lasting more than about twenty minutes.

this one went on for about an hour.

nothing, however, compares to summer thunderstorms on the east coast.

nor'easter on the new jersey shore. summer of 1987. that was a helluva storm. lasted for days, rain blew horizontally into my open window, woke me up at two in the morning. went out onto the screen porch and listened to thunderclaps in surround sound until the sun came up.

that was a thunderstorm.

boy, do i like this kind of weather.