I drove in the snow today. I miss driving in the snow. It calls for an extra level of awareness and alertness. You have to be in control while watching out for others who aren't in control.
I drove to the MFA to met Jeffrey Ellse for lunch. Jeff's an old friend (who gave me my first skateboard, which I still have today) and a great artist. Click the picture to see more of Jeff's work.
You are my sunshine on a snowy Boston day. I spotted this behind the MFA.
Last night I changed my car's headlight bulb. It wasn't as easy as it was when I had to change a headlight on my '87 Cutlass, but it wasn't impossible. It was simple with the Cutlass: unscrew the busted light with a phlips head and pop in the new one. The 'lac had a few more steps but I'm happy that I did it myself rather than overpay a mechanic to do it. Doing it myself brought back memories of going to AutoZone (across from the police station) or to Bradlees with Jimmy to buy a replacement headlight for the Cutlass.
I love the DeVille but I miss the Cutlass...
I just bought an Eye-Fi memory card for one of my cameras and I think it's pretty amazing. Basically, I take a picture and then it wirelessly uploads to my flickr page (or my iphoto or my desktop if I want it to) in a matter of minutes. It also geotags my pictures with the location they were taken...which could be very useful when I'm in Sicily. So check my flickr page to see what I've been seeing...
i want to buy a pontiac.
When I was a little kid, my mother had a blue Mercury Sable. I wished that the car could shoot lasers and had all types of cool Spy Hunter/007 weapons. There was this little round button on the inside door handle that I would use as the trigger when pretending to shoot pretend weapons at pretend bad guys. And just fyi, Spy Hunter might be made into a movie. I say "might" because of the following list of speed bumps (had to keep the car theme going) found on Spy Hunter's wikipedia page.
I've been in New York since Monday for work. I'll post some pictures when I get back to LA but here are some bits of tid.
- When was waiting for my luggage at JFK, there was a pigeon sitting on a sign in the airport.
As soon as I got out of the taxi at the hotel, the bellhop/hotel doorman guy starting talking Mets/Sox with me. (of course I was wearing my Red Sox hat.)
- I haven't seen this many: people in "business" attire, people walking, taxis, street vendors selling pretty much everything, people walking or diners (I've been to three in three days) in a while.
- In the same night I saw Brendan Hermes and Terrance Howard.
- I still to buy a pair of sneakers....
I saw a chick picking her nose. Maybe she thought she had tinted windows, but she didn't. She wasn't massaging the inside of her nostrils or scratching her nose hairs, she was really diggin' for gold. She took out her finger and looked at it to see if she found any gold. Apparently she didn't because she went digging again.
I also saw Avon Barksdale. He wasn't picking his nose. He was driving with a gangster lean.
I was in Vegas for CES and this is what my various cab drivers taught me:
the dime tip
- no receipts are given then you only tip ten cents. stop thinking that i did this because i didn't. the guy who got out of the cab that i got into did it. (goon move)
10 cent tipper: "can i have a receipt please?"
cab driver: "nope."
10 cent tipper: "you don't give receipts?"
cab driver: "not for a dime i don't."
The cab driver wasn't happy about his ten cent tip. i gave him a better tip.
coffee causing confusion
- in cab driver talk, asking for coffee is code for asking for help. i was in a cab and over the radio the dispatch dude kept asking for this other cab's location. the cab wasn't responding. then it sounded like a (possibly drunk) customer had taken control of the radio and was shouting random garble. the dispatch dude then started offering coffee. "if you need coffee i'll get it to you, i just need your location."....no response..."please let me know if you need some coffee and i'll get it to you right away." my cab driver explained to me that you say you need coffee when you're in trouble. but this often causes confusion because "some taxi driver like me don't speak good english too much" (i complimented his english and told him that i could understand him fine) "when we start to drive we hear the other drivers say 'copy' or 'copy that.' but sometimes when we say 'copy' it sounds like 'coffee' and he doesn't know what we mean."
i suggested that maybe they should change their code word to something that's less confusing, like asparagus or ointment or sucrets. (im kidding. i really didn't.)
begrudgingly, i left the cab with out know what happened to the unresponsive cab driver. i hope he's ok.