I’m not exactly what you could call a big fan of The Get Up Kids, but this particular song transports me right back to late summer of 2000. I had a huge crush on a girl that I met online (weezerfly mailing list) and she sent me a mixtape with this song. Good song; sad memories.
Before you get mad, let me explain why I wasn’t home when you called me. I’ll tell you while it’s fresh on my brain. Well here it goes:
Ships from the sky land on the sea and seven little men stood before me. Waving a flag, they all agreed: “Let’s go for a ride.” Into the sky and over the sea, seven little men staring at me. They dropped me off right on my street.
Why? Why would I lie? If you don’t believe me, and I’m guessing that you don’t, a lie is a painting and I am blind.
A favorite song by the best band ever spawned in Rochester. Relevant to my current interests.
I saw something Thursday morning that I’ve never seen before and that I can’t quite explain. I was on my way to work, driving northbound on I-390, nearing my connecting ramp to I-590N. The sun was up and the sky was blue and mostly clear, with a line of light clouds to the east. I drive this same route at this same time five days a week, and what I saw was something completely abnormal.
At 7:20AM in the northeast sky, I noticed a bright spot of light, about 25° up from the horizon. My first instinct was to think it was a distant planet reflecting the early morning sun, but I’ve confirmed that no planets are currently viewable, and besides… after about five motionless seconds, the light dimmed, then moved… and then vanished.
That’s right. I’m not making this up. The light shined like a beacon for a good five seconds before dimming to a tiny black dot. Then that black dot began to move across the sky, continuing in a straight line for another five seconds before vanishing completely. I continued scanning the sky for any other signs, but nothing returned.
There are no reports of meteor activity in my area so I’ve eliminated that as an option. Meteors of such intensity tend to draw a lot of attention, but I haven’t found anyone else that saw what I saw.
My best guess is that it was a high-flying jet passing through an opening in the distant clouds that was allowing the sun light to reflect off of it, and then passing again into shadow - except that jets don’t stand still in the sky, whereas I distinctly noticed that the light was stationary for a few seconds (which is why I originally thought it was a planet).
Blah. This is all over the place and but I’m too tired to edit it. All I know is that I saw something I’ve never seen before and it freaked me the hell out.
I can’t mention my love for Cherie without also mentioning my love for the other voice of The Rentals, Petra Haden.
But where Petra really shined was in that dog., along with her sister Rachel and Anna Waronker. Not only were they the best female rock band of the 90s, I’d say they were one of the best bands, period, of the decade. No band had better harmonies.
When I go to close the sunroof of The Wife's Subaru, it stops at the half-way point. Why is this and is there any way to make it not do that (short of using some sort of power-grinder)?
Note: answers which invoke or imply the phrase "first world problem" will result in knitting needles applied to the genitals of this voodoo doll I have here.
This is a safety feature that cannot be disabled. It prevents the sunroof from closing and trapping someone, or someone’s limb, in the opening.
As far as I know, it’s controlled by the ECU and cannot be disabled, because above all else, Subaru cares about your safety, and not getting sued.
Does anyone have experience with buying and activating a used cell phone?
My venerable LG VX8300 flip phone still works fine, but the camera is dead. I could get a free upgrade from Verizon, but then I’d face $175+ termination fees if (when) I jump ship for a white iPhone in the next few months. I’d rather spend $20 on ebay to buy a used VX8300 and just bring it to Verizon and tell them to activate it with my number or whatever the technical mumbo jumbo jargon would be. Then, in a few months when I spring for an iPhone, there will be no penalty for going over to AT&T - or I’d still have an upgrade credit if the iPhone comes to Verizon.
So… have any of you ever done this? Do I just buy one and bring it to Verizon? Is there anything I should be weary of? Tips? Tricks? Advice?