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To the driver who shouted, "Ride the bike, you dumb bitch," at me from his car window,

I have problems with one of my hamstrings, and sometimes it hurts when I ride. Yes, I do stretches before I start riding, but it doesn't always do the trick. Getting off the bike and walking, on the other hand, helps a great deal. It stretches things out quite nicely. Once I'm feeling better, I get on my bike and ride some more.

I may be a bitch, but one thing I am not is a dumb bitch.

No love,
[livejournal.com profile] nekosensei

P.S. Too bad you didn't say that to my face. Then, I would have had the pleasure of showing you what a real bitch is.

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Oh...and guess what I heard on my way back home. Bag pipes. Seriously. Bagpipes.
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* Blame [livejournal.com profile] bottledgoose. It's all her fault.

* Called an arborist to come and look at my two ailing pine trees, which seem to have some kind of borer. They'll be stopping by sometime next week to look at all the trees. [Scratch that....they're coming tomorrow]. I'm hoping they can save the pines because they make a good hiding place for birds. And having bug-eating birds hanging around is a good thing considering the fact that my garden is nearby. They'll control whatever likes to nibble on my plants. Also, I'm thinking that, if they can't be saved, then I'll call a tree removal company that will turn them into wood chips. That way, I can at least use the wood chips to control some of the weeds I have growing back there. Keep your fingers crossed that I can save them though, because they are pretty firs and I'm kind of partial to them.

* That brings me to my garden. Last year I had a huge problem with "something" nibbling on my garden. I was weeding and turning over the soil this weekend and disturbed a nest of red ants. I asked my next door neighbor, who is very knowledgeable about gardening and who was out at the time, if they would be a problem. He said that usually ants are a negative. He told me to put some coffee grounds out there and that should kill off a lot of the problem bugs. The caffeine kills the harmful bugs and, at the same time, is good for night crawlers, which make the soil richer. [livejournal.com profile] doomsey left me some of his coffee grounds from breakfast this morning-- I can't drink caffeinated coffee-- and I put them out there this afternoon.

* On my way out to the garden, I heard some rustling by the garage. Turned out it was a garter snake who was out sunning himself. He saw me coming and then slid into a crack by the garage. I love garter snakes. Do you think [livejournal.com profile] doomsey would get too pissed off if I kept one as a pet? :)

On second thought, scratch that. I would have to feed them crickets and other bugs. Crickets tend to squick me out. I could probably handle mealy worms though...

* The road construction on my way to work is turning people into assholes. I had not one but two people refuse to let me merge onto the expressway. (grumbles) Also, the exit where I usually get off-- which is already very difficult to navigate because you have to move over two lanes in order to get off-- has been made impossible to navigate with all the road horses they put up. I damn near clipped someone trying to figure out where my lane was and how to get off at the exit...in the dark. At first I thought they had narrowed it down to one lane because of the construction. I was wrong. I hope the guy behind me forgives me for the fright I must have given him. :(

So yeah, I think I'm going to get off at a different, much simpler exit from now on. They way they've got it set up makes it kind of dangerous.
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* [livejournal.com profile] doomsey called me up this morning to tell me that he scraped the side of the car on the gate while trying to pull out of our driveway. Since it's a pretty deep scratch, it needs to be fixed. It's going to cost us $650 to fix and we're going to be down to just one car for three days.

* The story about the girl whose prom got cancelled because she wanted to wear a tux and bring a female date just gets more and more disturbing. After the school cancelled the prom, the parents organized a prom themselves. Constance Miller got an invitation to the prom, but it turned out to be an alternate prom for seven people, two of which were students with learning disabilities. Meanwhile, the rest of her class attended a party elsewhere. You have *no idea* how infuriated this makes me. So fucking spiteful. Well, I guess that's Mississippi for you. Tea-bagger heaven.

* And...our insurance company's mail order is giving us the run around about filling one of [livejournal.com profile] doomsey's prescriptions. They're harassing our doctor by calling her numerous times to ask her for more information. And now they're calling us saying that the prescription can't be filled until they hear back from her. They pulled that shit when I was trying to get one of my prescriptions filled several years ago or so. After talking to my doctor, I called my insurance company back, told them my doctor hold told me they were harassing her, and asked them not so nicely if they were going to fill my prescription or not. After I said that, the problem got fixed promptly.

* Is it me or a people driving like jack-holes lately? I had a kid riding a bike try to Darwin Award himself on the front of my car this evening. I was waiting at a stop sign because I had to turn right and I had seen a kid riding a bike just behind me. I figured that, being a kid, he'd be more likely to blow right through the stop sign and run into my car when I turned right. So, the kid turns right. I turn right. Then, the kid abruptly veers across the street...IN FRONT OF MY CAR...turns around, and then proceeds to go down the street he was originally on. WHAT WAS HE THINKING??? Well, I had him pegged for being the type that would do something dumb, but I obviously underestimated his dumbness.
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* Feeling much better today after getting a full night's sleep.

* This morning, some doofus running a red-light damn near hit me. The person was turning left on red as I was headed straight. Imagine the fright I had when I saw a white SUV come barreling towards my driver's side window. Yeah...that was enough to get my blood pumping. Thankfully, he stopped in time, but it was so very very close.. Oh...and last night I almost got side-swiped by one of those people that like to weave in and out of lanes. The expressway was four lanes merging down into three. When the driver of this car-- which was also white-- saw that he couldn't pass a slow-moving truck on the right because the lane endend, he tried to pass him on the left. Problem was that I was in that lane. Idiot.

* Called my folks. Turns out I'm not baby-sitting my niece today because I got exposed to someone with a 104 degree fever yesterday. I called them up and let them make the decision. They said no, which was what I was expecting.

* I'm not doing any more driving today. No way...no how. I'm still pretty shaken up from the close call I had this morning.

* Kids performing Scar-face -- Turns out that it's not a school play. The movie was made by a firm called Rockhard Films and the kids came from a casting agency. Can you imagine the outrage that would have come pouring out of the internets if this had been an honest to goodness school play? The principal and the teachers that thought this play was a good idea would have lost their jobs in a heart beat. (Blame [livejournal.com profile] bottledgoose)

* Single Ladies Devestation -- Bwahahahahaha! (Blame [livejournal.com profile] bottledgoose)

* Here...have some cuteness.
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Dear Whoever You Are:

Thank you so much for not letting me in today. I really liked how you camped out right by my bumper so that I couldn't change lanes. Also, working on the computer while going 70 miles per hour? What a wonderful idea! I'll have to try not paying attention to the road sometime too. It sounds like a lot of fun.

No Love,
[livejournal.com profile] nekosensei

Seriously. I had three people in a row not let me into the middle lane today. What's up with all the jack-tards drivers this afternoon?
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Today, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I finally got the deductible back from when I was rear-ended over a year and a half ago. Our insurance company ended up suing the guy because his insurance company wouldn't pay. He was covered by a very crappy insurance company called Apollo. I googled them last year-- after the officer who filled out the police report said that they were one of the worst-- and found out that they're infuriating to deal with. The most common complaints are that they refuse to pay out on claims, don't answer the phone, and hang up on people who are trying to get them to pay. I'm guessing that, after not getting anywhere with the guy's insurance company, they just sued the driver, who ended up settling out of court. Yay! Money!

[livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to [livejournal.com profile] voidness' house tonight for anime night. I have decided that the show, Detroit Metal City, is evil.
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I fix things like that all the time! (Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] cuteoverload).

And here, we have what is quite possibly, the world's most dangerous hike. It's called El Camino del Rey and it's outside of Málaga, Spain. And to top it all off, it doesn't look like the person filming this is using a harness and the guide wire at the side of the cliff. I don't see him slowing down to hook himself up to anything. It must be a pretty view, but very scary! (Courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] tx_cronopio).

In other news, I went canvassing for the Obama campaign today. They sent us up to Waukasha, WI. (By the way, I thought it was a cute little town). I had a lot of fun and hope to do it again next month. Basically, they handed the different groups a folder covering one neighborhood, and you had to go to the addresses listed and ask people who they were leaning towards and what issues were important to them. Then, you had to check off the appropriate boxes and tally it up at the end. I met a lot of interesting people. There were a few Obama supporters in the area, but we came across a lot of people who were undecided and some people who either supported or leaned towards McCain. I think we did a good job getting some people who were still on the fence interested in the campaign and thinking about the issues. *keeps fingers crossed* We also encouraged them to watch the debate on Friday.

Oh...for those of you who are interested in volunteering, but don't have the time to go canvassing out of state, there is a way you can make phone calls to people in battleground states from home. I haven't checked it out yet, but here's a link.

On the way home, I had a nasty scare in the car. We were just south of Milwaukee when we came across some asshats who must have been racing. One of the guys cut us off...badly. In fact, he damn near forced me out of my lane!! I thought he was going to sideswipe us. Part of me thinks he might have been playing chicken with his friend and using us for his little game. He did the same thing to another car that was ahead of us and on the right. In other words, he was seeing just how close he could get to him. And he ended up not going into that guy's lane!! Seriously, WHAT THE FUCK?? There so happened to be a car belonging to some random security company behind us, but he obviously didn't have the jurisdiction to pull the idiots over. (On the other hand, he would have been an excellent witness had anything...God forbid...happened. I just hope that he had a radio and that he contacted the police about those bozos so they could get them off the road...PERMANENTLY...for reckless driving. There was no excuse for that. None! He could have gotten us killed!! I swear...people are crazy.

Anyhow, I am dead tired. It has been a long day and we did a ton of walking. Off to bed with me!
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Remember that car accident I had in February when some guy thought it would be cute to rear-end me? Well, we just got a letter from our insurance company today saying that the other guy's insurance still has not paid and that they're trying to collect both the claim and our deductible. That's just what I expected because the other guy's insurance company, Apollo out of Des Plaines, was rumored to be pretty crappy. I'm guessing that our insurance company is going to have to sue them to get our deductible back.
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Oh my. This is just priceless!

Apple Store

Aug. 9th, 2008 01:37 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I went to the Apple Store today because [livejournal.com profile] doomsey needed a new laptop. His old one died a few weeks ago. We got to the store and saw that they had a line of people waiting outside to buy an iphone. When we asked about buying a new computer, they told us that they wait for a computer was two-and-a-half hours because they were at full capacity today. Um...no. We turned around and went home. I think [livejournal.com profile] doomsey is going to order what he needs online.

Oh...and as [livejournal.com profile] doomsey said, I got honked at by the guy behind me because I stopped for some asshat who was about to run a stop sign. Sorry, but I'm not going to trash my car because you're an impatient asshole.
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This was how my drive to work went down yesterday:

I have my ipod on shuffle, and a song that I really like comes on.

(sings along) "lalala-la-lalala-la-lalah...AAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!"

And no, that last part was not me hitting a high note. That was the sound of me screaming because some asshat in an SUV thought it would be cute to change lanes without bothering to look. And he did it in such a way that there was no time for me to stop at all...only react. Really, it was very close. The last time I screamed in the car was when I got rear-ended back in February. In this particular instance, said person crossed a solid white line when they decided that they wanted to see if two cars could exist in the same place at the same time. I managed to swerve just enough to avoid him. When I looked into my review mirror right after it had happened, I noticed that he had ducked back into his original lane. Essentially, he had used my lane to cut off the person in front of him, who was also stuck in traffic. So...not only was he being an ass, he was being an ass squared.

The funny thing was that this was the area where the expressway divides into local and express lanes. I was in the right-most express lane, but I had slowed down because the lane next to me was backed up. I knew that people waiting in traffic have a tendency to change their minds, decide that they don't want that lane after all, and pull out abruptly so I wanted to be ready to stop. Well...as I discovered yesterday, there's only so much you can do when the person next to you starts doing dumb things.
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This evening, I was stopped at a light and I watched in my rear-view mirror as a motorcyclist cut off the car in the other lane He stopped next to me, and I just knew he was going to try to cut me off too once the light turned green. So...what did I do? I decided to be an ass because I'd had my fill of cyclists doing dumb things this summer. I sped up so that it would be difficult to pass me. Ordinarily, he'd be able to pass most traditional cars with his bike, but not the Prius! The electric motor gives it infinite torque, so it's able to accelerate from 0-40 surprisingly fast. My car can beat out most other cars at a stoplight. (Once, my mother-in-law beat some kids driving their parents' fancy car at a light. The looks on their faces as we careened by them were priceless). So...I accelerated the car to 40 mph and leveled off because I wasn't about to race him. The guy on the bike "retaliated." He waved at me (really, it wasn't an obscene gesture) and then did a wheelie. My jaw must have hit the ground. I wasn't expecting him to do that at all.

[livejournal.com profile] doomsey thought it was hysterical and he later explained to me that the cyclist most likely didn't know that Priuses were capable of doing that. The guy must have been impressed and decided to show off by popping a wheelie.
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Well, [livejournal.com profile] doomsey and I were headed to his parents' house when we almost got T-boned by another driver. One of the traffic lights was out because of bad weather, and I treated the intersection as if it had a stop sign. Well, some idiot wasn't paying attention and blew through the intersection when it was my turn. He didn't even bother to slow down! If I hadn't slammed on the brakes (and the horn!) he would have plowed right into us. Seriously...pay attention to what you're doing.
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This week I had a bit of a scare. I had some swelling on my thigh, and I didn't know what it was. I didn't think it was a clot because the circumference of my leg didn't increase and it wasn't red, but it was still a bit disconcerting nonetheless. I went to the doctor on Wednesday, instead of Friday, which I already had an appointment for, so that she could take a look at it. It turns out that the part of my leg that swelled didn't have any veins in it. My doctor said that it was a problem with my sciatic nerve, which runs from the back all the way down the legs. She said that, sometimes, changes in weather can piss off the muscles so that they aggravate that nerve. She said that sometimes it can hurt like hell, but not always. Fortunately for me, it doesn't hurt very much. The treatment is usually ibruprofen to reduce swelling, but since I can't take it, I'm going to have to make do with exercise (aka swinging the leg back and forth) and a heating pad. Last night, I was afraid that the rear-end collision I got into was going to piss off my neck and back, but so far that hasn't happened. Hmmm...it looks like I got off lucky on that one.

My doctor also tested my INR, and it was low, so it looks like it's more rat poison Coumadin for me over the next ten days. I also have to go back in ten days and have my blood tested again too.

Today, I got in contact with my insurance agent, and filled out the rest of the police report. When I told him who the other guy's insurance policy is from, I could hear him cringe on the other side of the line. He told me that said company is pretty crappy, and they jerk everybody around so that they don't have to pay out on claims. I looked up some of the complaints online, and a common theme seems to be leaving people on hold, not answering the phone, and disconnecting on them and not bothering to call them back. I'm glad that my insurance company is the one who has to deal with them and not me. I just don't have the patience to play those kind of games right now. We do have to pay the auto body shop a $250 deductible, but we will get that back once the other guy's insurance ponies up. I have a feeling that we're not going to see that $250 for a long time.

Last night and today, I was kind of depressed. I was in good spirits on Thursday, and it really did feel like things were going to be okay. My classes were going well and my health has slowly begun to improve. Then, I got a cold dose of reality when idiot driver rear-ended me. After the initial fright of the crash had passed, my heart sunk. I was driving the new Prius, and I love that car. I've only had it a couple of months and already it's been in an accident. And it was something stupid that I had absolutely no control over. I seem to be having a rather impressive streak of bad luck. This might sound irrational, but I can't help thinking that, if this is the kind of luck I'm going to have at the start of the year, how bad are things going to be by the end of it? Am I going to live to see 2009? I don't know, it just seems like things are spinning out of control right now, and there's nothing I can do to stop it. I'm also still a bit nervous about the CT scan that they're going to do in April to see if that mass in my chest area is growing. The way my luck is going... Yeah...I'm not going to finish that thought...
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And it my case, it really pours.

You know my nice, red Prius that I got last fall? The one I love so dearly? Well, I was driving it home from work this evening and got rear-ended by some jackass who was too busy talking on the phone to pay attention to what was going on in front of him. Fortunately, it doesn't look like it took a lot of damage. I was stopping for a red light (but wasn't completely stopped) when it had happened. His front end looks pretty bad though. He lost some of his lights and his hood looked like it was bent a bit. I'm guessing that the Prius is probably going to need a new rear bumper though.

Yeah...I really needed this. I needed this like I needed a frigging hole in my head.

[Edit: There's other stuff that has happened this week, but I probably won't post it until I have the patience and energy to deal with it].
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If you put a "Jesus Loves Me" bumper sticker on your car and cut people off on the expressway, you're still an asshole.

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