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The Good Samaritan

Yesterday afternoon I was sitting in my chair finishing up the latest episode of Burn Notice when my bride came home with the kids.  I only had 10 minutes left on the episode, so after I helped get everyone settled down and rotated through the potty I returned to my show. 

Five minutes later there was a knock at our door.

I cursed under my breath and went to send whomever it was away.  Usually, it is a religious person handing out crap that I don’t want.  But this time it was a motorcyclist saying that there was something leaking out of the bottom of my wife’s van.

I said it was probably just condensation from the air conditioning, but that I would take a look anyway.  He said that condensation should have evaporated and that he had followed the leak for 3 miles.  I look under the car and find that the transmission is leaking severely.  I immediately drive it to the repair shop.  About a block from the shop it stopped changing gears out of first.

That guy saved me having to have my wife’s car towed the next morning when we would have noticed.  I also would have left for work and we would have had to find an alternate means of transportation in the morning.  The heads up this guy gave me allowed me to get my carpool to pick me up (Mondays are usually my day).

I didn’t get his name.  I have no way of contacting him.  He was kind without reward.  And I thank him and wish him good karma.

July 28, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Pet Peeve of the Day

I just hate when I get to the last character of my password and fat-finger it so that I am not sure if I typed an extra character (or two) or not?  I end up having to go back to the beginning and start again.

July 9, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Wall-E vs Number 5

Does anyone else see a similarity?

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Wall-E Title

Wall-E Title

July 8, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | 5 Comments

New Project

As if I didn’t have enough going on at the moment, I have started a new project.  Funding may be an issue with this one, but feel free to take a look: http://electricvehicleproject.wordpress.com/

July 5, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment

Wall-E: Review from a Regular Guy

I don’t consider myself a regular guy…I doubt anybody does. Everyone thinks they are special…don’t they?  I have learned long ago not to listen to professional movie critics.  Many of them are more interested in the artistic aspects, rather than simple things like entertainment value.  Also, I will try to avoid giving away too much of the plot, but the close observer will undoubtedly be able to deduce some things from my words.  If that isn’t what you want, then do not continue.  With all that being said…

I went to see Wall-E on opening day.  In fact, I had to keep myself away from going to the first showing.  Instead, I went on a date with my wife…after dark.

Overall – Excellent movie, not my new favorite as I thought it might be.

In fact, the thing I can tell you is that it met my expectations.  That may not sound like much, but considering how high my expectations were, it is the highest praise I can give the movie.

I will say that I was a little disappointed in the theater I went to see it in.  During the last half hour the sound didn’t match the action…it was off by a good two seconds.  I found it distracting.  My wife…didn’t notice.

The movie did have some imagery that was disturbing specifically to me as an obese human who gains a certain guilty pleasure from the current commercialism and welcomes the coming era of robotic servants.  As with everything else…everything in moderation.

Also, some of the robotic speech was a little difficult to understand.  These are minor issues.  It is a fun and cool movie and I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys wholesome entertainment.

Something I will likely follow-up with is an analysis of the movie…just to suck the fun out of it.  But that will have to wait until the DVD release.

July 5, 2008 Posted by | Random Thoughts | Leave a comment