Category Archives: Amusing

People are out to get me! oh noes!

Yeah I know that comes off as tinfoil hat-ish, but wow.  So first off I was at the bank and one of my checks was deposited with a decimal 2 places over and not in my favor.  This means, for example, $26.11 instead of $2611.  Luckily I caught it before I had taken more than 2 steps from the counter so the whole previous transaction was reversed and the correct numbers entered in.

Then, while leaving the parking lot I was 75% backed out and this idiot in a mercedes SUV starts backing up and doesn’t stop when I honk.  She came pretty close and never ONCE checked her mirrors or looked around, I think she was caught up in conversation with the person in the passenger seat.

On the way home from the same trip, I was turning right onto 7th to get onto coburg/take the bridge and they’ve recently changed the lanes.  So I had someone not even look and use the old lanes, damn near plowed right into the side of my car, ‘cept I’ve been keeping an eye out for that and swung wide (to where my lane used to go.)

Originally we had planned on going to Borders but Sara said she’d rather go home than face more idiotic drivers.

Oh yeah on the way there a bicyclist was almost hit by a truck serving across two lanes of traffic (into the third, a turn lane) and then taking the exit without yielding to the bike in the bike lane (which goes across the turn lane in this case, and he should have yielded.)

Damn car

Well that must have looked funny, had anyone been looking. And I’ve got neighbors moving in both across the street and next door, so maybe I just provided some amusement. The story after the background info…

My car – yes the same one I just spent $1300 fixing – has had issues with it’s sunroof for some time. I fixed a stripped gear a while ago but there is another problem causing the sunroof to open but not close. Like, click the button and absolutely nothing happens, even though it works fine in the opening direction. The normal fix is to remove the shroud and unmount the sunroof motor in order to manually turn the crank. This time, I’d just spent a bit of time looking for others with the same problem, and found one person whose sunroof stopped working like mine, only she drove about 10′ and it worked again. The reply was “you must have knocked the brushes back into position.” I’ve had this problem before and sometimes it’ll work after some driving but usually not.

So I put on my shoes, grabbed my toolbox and headed out. Before disassembling everything I decided to give it one last try. Keys in, on position, button pressed… nothing. Remembered the bit about the brushes. Gave the motor one sound SMACK and tried it again. Worked.

A video would be pretty damn funny: guy walks out to car with a toolbox, sits in it and fiddles for a few seconds. Looks up in disgust and hits the roof. Sunroof closes. Guy lugs tools back into house with a smile on his face after a total of about 90 seconds.

a special moment

At the grocery store self-checkout machine I get a strange feeling of amusement when the touchscreen reads “Please use the payment terminal to complete the transaction” exactly at the same time the payment terminal states “PLEASE USE TOUCHSCREEN TO COMPLETE THE TRANSACTION.”