02/15/08: Well, this years birthday season starts off with a bang today, with two of the most important people in my life celebrating birthdays today. Happy Birthday, Dad and Stephie! Looking forward to that big birthday meal this weekend!
02/11/08: This winter has been particularly brutal on my poor little car. A couple weeks ago I was driving home from work during one of our recent afternoon snowstorms when a chunk of what I'm assuming to be ice and snow flew off the truck in the next lane and exploded on the front of my car, covering every available surface in muck. I couldn't see out of any of the windows, front, back or sides, and it took three or four swipes of the wipers before I could see where I was going. Quite a harrowing experience at tollway speeds. The corpse-sized chunk of crud must have hit the nose of the car first, because it punched a hole in the plastic cover of the headlight, which had to be replaced, before splattering the windows and taking a tiny chip out of the windshield, which will have to be replaced one of these days.
Then last Friday, I was on my way to work when I came across an abyss on the tollway, with no way to avoid it. I knew it wasn't good the way the car shook when I hit it, but it wasn't until I was parking that I realized that my tire was flat. What's worse was the rim was bent, so while they were able to save the tire, I had to buy a new rim. I guess I should count myself fortunate that nothing else was damaged, like the steering or the transmission. But still...
I did have to laugh, though, when I was coming back from dropping off the damaged wheel and saw two guys changing a tire in the parking lot. I stopped and said "Let me guess: Westbound 88 right around Naperville road?" They both looked up a little startled and said "Yeah, how did you know?" At least I'm not alone.
02/05/08: It's Super Tuesday! If you're already registered, go vote today! If not, listen to what Frank says in this little video clip and register before the general election in November. You know the old saying: "If you don't vote, you have no right to complain about the outcome."
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