Solved that problem...
Wednesday, June 29, 2005 ~ 10:56 a.m.
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Starting last Friday, I'm now in charge of all the BMP inspections here at work. I'm also still doing the usual geotech and environmental work. This means a lot more time spent out in the field inspecting silts fences and other sediment traps. Not only that, but it also means venturing into more undeveloped areas and driving up into construction sites.

I love my Corolla. The Squirrel is a great car, with great gas mileage. It's even paid off - I made the last payment in May. But it's just not built for the construction business. I've scraped up the bottom coming in and out of jobsites. The trunk and driver's seat are all muddy. It's got scratches and dents from stuff being hauled in and out of the trunk. I never have enough room for all the tools and equipment I need to take with me. Enter, The Purple People Eater.

It's a 1999 Toyota 4-Runner with around 117,000 miles on it. It's scratched and beat all to hell on the inside. It's purple. But the woman who owned it before never took it off-road and it's well maintained. It drives really well and, best of all, it has 4-wheel drive. It was also a very nice price.

So, as of Monday evening, I now own two vehicles. The Squirrel for road trips and days when I'm in the office. And the Purple People Eater for days like yesterday, when I'm driving around in a hay field with muddy samples and equipment in the back. I have to say that it was really really nice to be able to do my job without worrying about tearing up my car.

Today, I'm back in The Squirrel. For the first time in a long time, it doesnít have a mud mat in the floorboard. The trunk actually has some space in it. I washed the outside just the other day, and Iíve already started cleaning the inside. Iím looking forward to driving the Corolla for many more years, and now it might actually have a prayer of surviving that long.

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Psst. I have a superpower in my pants...
Thursday, June 23, 2005 ~ 09:54 a.m.
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Why is that they never propose an amendment to the Constitution for something that actually matters? I think our flag is very nice, but why do we need to meddle with our Constitution over something that, when all is said and done, is just an object?

I mean, they might as well go after all the people who put their flag stickers up backwards on their vehicles. And is flag burning really any worse than, say, a flag thong? Or boxer briefs?

After all, people who burn the flag are protesting America and all it represents in the world. It's really kind of a left-handed compliment, when you think about it. When's the last time you heard of someone burning the flag of Liechtenstein? But people who wear the American flag in their pants...well...that's a statement all of its own.

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Gah
Wednesday, June 22, 2005 ~ 01:06 p.m.
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I am bored out of my tiny mind.

That is all.

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If only I were kidding
Tuesday, June 21, 2005 ~ 12:01 p.m.
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My God. Apparently, Jeb Bush has decided that the character assassination of Michael Schiavo was woefully incomplete, and now he wants to finish the job. A lot of words could be applied to this subject (i.e. petty, sadistic, stupid), but I think "completely f**king uncalled for" pretty much covers it.

In other news, a Republican asshat Representative said today that "Democrats can't help themselves when it comes to denigrating and demonizing Christians." Iíll be waiting for Dick Cheney to go on national television and accuse this guy of being "over the top."

Some days I wonder how decent Republicans cope with the shame of belonging to the insane asylum their party has become. I fully expect John McCain to commit hari-kari before 2008.

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Tiki's Celebrity Debut
Monday, June 20, 2005 ~ 08:39 a.m.
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Whaddyaknow! Tiki's up on The Daily Kitten. :-)

She's gonna be a star.

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On a less serious note...
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 ~ 02:19 p.m.
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Thanks to Domesticat for the link to The Daily Kitten. Just for the record, I make the stupidest cooing noises when I see kittens.

...No, Pat, it's not a menu.

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I'm not going to hold my breath.
Wednesday, June 15, 2005 ~ 01:10 p.m.
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"Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron's cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated; but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience." - C.S. Lewis

It seems to me that a few apologies are in order. Apologies from all the Christian conservatives who heaped hatred upon Michael Schiavo. Apologies from all the conservative politicians who used a deeply personal tragedy to attack the rule of law and further their own political agendas. And, in particular, apologies from Dr. Bill Frist, whom I can only hope one day [soon] experiences a persistent vegetative state of his very own.

For the skeptics among us, here is the full text of the autopsy report, free from all dastardly media influence.

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It's a strange compulsion
Tuesday, June 14, 2005 ~ 04:46 p.m.
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Yesterday, I wandered across a website where people send postcards revealing their deepest, darkest secrets. To me, it was awfully disturbing and more than a little depressing. I have no idea why I'm linking to it here, except that it's also strangely fascinating and sometimes even funny.

By the way, it's definitely not for the kids, and might even cross the border for work-safe, depending on where you work.

In other (unrelated) news, I love my crazy coworkers. :-)

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Because I'm bored
Monday, June 13, 2005 ~ 04:08 p.m.
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At this very moment, half the people in my office are clustered around the TV in the breakroom in breathless anticipation of the Michael Jackson verdict. I'd be in there too (since I'm obviously not doing any work)Ö.except that I just can't bring myself to care.

Todd's out of town for the week, this time to San Francisco. To keep myself occupied, I have (at Todd's request) vowed to clean out the boxes in the garage. They've been stacked in there since I moved in, so it's safe to say that most of the stuff out there won't be missed. Still, I hate sorting out stuff to throw or give away. Iím always thinking, "Oh, I should keep that - it'll be useful one day." But common sense prevails and I throw it out. Invariably, six months later, I find myself desperately needing whatever it was.

On the other hand, even I have a hard time rationalizing the thousands of non-working pens I keep in and around my desk. I have yet to figure out why I'm incapable of throwing them away. Upon discovering that a pen is out of ink, I have the disturbing habit of simply putting it back in the jar and trying another. Like I think that, given three days, the pen will be miraculously resurrected. People, thatís the kind of habit that, if unchecked, will one day turn up in legal documents as "irreconcilable differences."

Oh, and speaking of San Francisco, this is a classic example of why I advocate birth control in the water supply. Some people were just never meant to be parents.

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Speaking of killing the English language...
Thursday, June 9, 2005 ~ 12:48 p.m.
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Since this cracked me up when I saw it on The Daily Show yesterday, I'll share:

"It seemed like to me they based some of their decisions on the word of - and the allegations - by people who were held in detention, people who hate America, people that had been trained in some instances to disassemble -- that means not tell the truth."

-- Our Shrub-in-Chief on the Amnesty International report, May 31, 2005

As John Stewart said, "The word is dissemble. Disassemble is what we did to Iraq."

In my words, "Good grief, our president is such an asshat."

In other news, according to the Allstate study, Huntsville is the 4th safest city in which to drive. Nashville is the 23rd safest. Having said that, I'll probably get hit on my way up to Nashville tonight. :-P

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Congrats!
Wednesday, June 8, 2005 ~ 11:30 a.m.
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It has been a truly awful day.
Monday, June 6, 2005 ~ 07:27 p.m.
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To sum it up:

1) Nikita killed a cat in our backyard around midnight last night. The cat hopped the fence, and likely never had a chance from the moment her paws hit the ground.

1a) I am a cat person.

1b) Nikita is a SIBERIAN. She hunts small animals, cats included, because it is in her nature. All information on Siberians I've seen warns about this trait.

2) The cat's owners are only moderately dismayed that Nikita killed their pet.

2a) But maybe that's because our other neighbor told her about it before I could.

3) The woman told me they have a full pet cemetary of animals they've "lost." And I strongly suspect that the first cat Nikita caught in the yard was another one belonging to this family.

4) I'm more broken up about this cat than its owners.

4b) I really, really despise people who view pets as interchangable parts to be replaced when one breaks.

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The Alabama Education System...
Friday, June 3, 2005 ~ 04:02 p.m.
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...Killing the English language, one child at a time.

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"How many Assholes we got on this ship, anyhow?"
Thursday, June 2, 2005 ~ 09:58 a.m.
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Lately, I've just not had the motivation to rant about anything political. Living in Alabama, I am constantly faced with reminders that facts are no match at all for a strongly-held BELIEF. So what's the point of ranting?

I'm sure that one day I'll return to my old habits of venting. But I figure if I'm going to make it through 3 more years of this farce, my blood pressure it going to have to stay a bit lower.

So, since I've turned over a new leaf, I am NOT going to talk about our asshat president and the Amnesty International report. I'm not going to point out that the FBI has been making similar claims for a while now. I'm certainly not going to mention how many times the Shrub has praised Amnesty International when they criticized other governments.

Nope. No ranting for me.

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