Tuesday, November 20, 2007

The First Snow

We had our first snow today.
It brings with it a feeling of tranquility and peace. It also brings a hope that it will snow enough for me to be sent home from work :).
Winter is approaching and we are getting very excited for the holidays. I look forward to spending time with my family.
Shout Out to the Fam!

Saturday, November 17, 2007

Lars and the Real Girl

Last night we went to see "Lars and the Real Girl". I knew I needed to get out and see it eventhough it is not a blockbuster, and I was right. The movie was the perfect combination of sweet, quirky and armchair psychoanalysis to keep you interested. I never knew I would cry over a man and his love for a doll, but I did, and you should too.

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Stop Signs

Does anyone know how to use a stop sign in Massachusetts?!! I have composed the following letter to express my feelings on the matter, with a full awareness of the possible offense to my Massachusetts family and friends. But as you will read they probably all hate Massachusetts drivers as much as I do.
Dear Massachusetts Driver,

Allow me to shed some light on the topic of proper stop sign use, as required by the law of your commonwealth. (Rants about Massachusetts as a commonwealth as apposed to a state are reserved for a later post.)

When approaching an intersection controlled by a stop sign, operators of a vehicle must bring that vehicle to a full and complete stop within five feet behind the stop line. The position of the stop sign and also the pedestrian cross walk have no bearing on where operators are required to stop their vehicles. To gauge a complete stop, I use the roll back test. Once the vehicle has stopped all forward motion there will be a slight roll back of the chassis. Also of note, stopping before the five foot mark dose not constitute proper use of the stop sign, because the vehicle has not technically reached the stop line. To bring this point to the extreme, a driver could bring their vehicle to a full and complete stop 30 feet prior to the stop line and then proceed directly through the intersection. The opposite is also not within the laws of the road. Stopping past the stop line is the same as running the stop sign entirely. Not only that, it also throws off the timing of every other driver at that intersection. Once a driver is inside the intersection, their turn is forfeited and they must now wait until the other driver concedes right of way. Now that we have clarified what stopping is and how it should be done, let us talk about right of way.

Right of way at a four way stop intersection belongs to the operator who is first to come to a full and complete stop. If two vehicles do this at the same time, a driver must yield to the vehicle on the right. If the two vehicles are across the intersection from one another, only if one of the vehicles is turning left would that driver who is turning left need to yield to the other driver. If in all four directions drivers bring their vehicles to full and complete stops behind the stop line at the exact same time (highly unlikely), then the right of way is decided by courtesy and a wave or other acknowledgment of yielding. In Massachusetts this wave is usually performed by showing the other either the back of the hand or an upside down fist, but in both cases only the middle finger is extended while the others are curled in.

If a vehicle operator can not sufficiently see around a corner after making a full and complete stop behind the stop line, that operator may then proceed slowly into the intersection until the field of vision is adequate to judge whether another vehicle, who may have the right of way, is approaching.

Motorcycles must abide by the same rules and should be given the same respect as a four or more wheeled vehicle. That means you can't cut me off just because I look less intimidating on my two wheeled vehicle _insert expletive, or derogatory term here_.

Sincerely,

Me, a non-Massachusetts driver, who happens to know the laws about stop signs and their use.


Ps. For those of you aspiring to drive like a Massachusetts driver there are two main points you will need to learn. Forget about right of way and yielding and make sure that you and only you are the first to get through the intersection at all times. Also, forget your current form of waving and study the art that is “flipping the bird”.


Merging will also be covered in a later lesson post.


Sunday, November 11, 2007

Joy

About 7 or 8 years ago my friend Lucas (holla) gave me the Twin Peaks box set as a Christmas gift. All episodes in their freakish glory in one beautiful box set. I loved it so much that eventually the tapes were rendered useless with wear and time and are now just tucked away in the attic looking pretty. I just discovered that there has been a Twin Peaks gold edition released. Oh the joy. "Special Agent Dale Cooper we shall reunite again soon!".


Saturday, November 10, 2007

Political Compass

Where do you fall on the political compass?


"Welcome to The Political Compass™ There's abundant evidence for the need of it. The old one-dimensional categories of 'right' and 'left', established for the seating arrangement of the French National Assembly of 1789, are overly simplistic for today's complex political landscape. For example, who are the 'conservatives' in today's Russia? Are they the unreconstructed Stalinists, or the reformers who have adopted the right-wing views of conservatives like Margaret Thatcher ? On the standard left-right scale, how do you distinguish leftists like Stalin and Gandhi? It's not sufficient to say that Stalin was simply more left than Gandhi. There are fundamental political differences between them that the old categories on their own can't explain. Similarly, we generally describe social reactionaries as 'right-wingers', yet that leaves left-wing reactionaries like Robert Mugabe and Pol Pot off the hook....The idea was developed by a political journalist with a university counselling background, assisted by a professor of social history. They're indebted to people like Wilhelm Reich and Theodor Adorno for their ground-breaking work in this field. We believe that, in an age of diminishing ideology, a new generation in particular will get a better idea of where they stand politically - and the sort of political company they keep. So are you ready to take the test? Remember that there's no right, wrong or ideal response. It's simply a measure of attitudes and inevitable human contradictions to provide a more integrated definition of where people and parties are really at"

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

you calling me a softie?

Sorry 50, I like Kanye West's new album. The song Homecoming is pretty much where it is at for me right now, and the MJ samples on the song Good Life - you KNOW I approve. I am also liking the whole American Gangstar soundtrack. The promo track, Jay-Z's Heart of the City (Ain't No Love), is very nice indeed.

Sunday, November 04, 2007

"The Almost Impossible Rock & Roll Quiz"

Some people like cross words. We have discovered "The Almost Impossible Rock & Roll Quiz" in Rolling Stone here are a few sample questions.

We will post the answers in the comments section.

1) Bob Dylan has sixty-four cue cards in the clip for "Subterranean Homesick Blues." Which is the very first one?

a) "Government"
b) "Johnny"
c) "Basement"
d) "Pavement"

2) How many songs on Abbey Road are credited to George Harrison?

a) 0
b) 1
c) 2
d) 4

3) Which qestions was not put forth on the Zombies' "Time of the Season"?

a) "Who's your daddy?"
b) "Is he rich like me?"'
c) "What's your name?"
d) "What time is it?"

4) According to Prince's "Little Red Corvette," what's the most lascivious parking method?

a) sideways
b) alternate-side
c) perpendicular
d) parallel

5) Which of these are post-humous Tupac Shakur Albums (a) and which are Steven Seagal movies (b)

a) Black Dawn
b) Loyal to the Game
c) Urban Justice
d) Half Past Dead
e) Until the End of Time

To take more of the quiz go to rollingstone.com/trivia tell us how you did...we got 25/58

Saturday, November 03, 2007

Bring on the Heat

This week we finally broke down and turned on the heat. It didn't take long for the cold to break our souls.
Every year we seem to have ambitions of holding out until Thanksgiving, but let's be serious people, when you get home from work do you really want it to be 62 degrees in your house and have it stay that temperature? The goal of Thanksgiving didn't last very long, so I had set a goal to make it to Nov. 1st. That lasted a little bit longer but we finally broke down on the 30th of October.
I haven't done any research to see if heat is more expensive here than in other places, but here in the Boston area it is crazy insane expensive. For that reason our house is on a timed thermostat. 62 from 11 PM to 4 PM (the next day) and 67 from 4 till 11.
When we eventually have a baby, the extra heat needed from staying home with the baby, will need to be factored in to our expenses along with such things as day care and diapers.
Here's to heat and to only wearing two layers of clothes, rather than four, in one's own home.