Words, Weights, Whatever

Saturday, September 03, 2005


Got hit by a meme from God's Undies. Here's my response:

7 things I plan to do before I die:

  • Learn patience
  • Assemble a fabulous wardrobe:

  • Lean to get and give multiple orgasms.
  • Be at my sibs' children's high school graduations.
  • Visit every state in the Union at least once.
  • Write and get at least one novel published.
  • Own at least one of the cars of my dreams.

7 things I can do:
  • Sleep 12 hours without a headache.
  • Type around 75 wpm.
  • Read several books simultaneously and without losing any of the plots.
  • Come up with an interesting rap topic a few hours before the rap.
  • Project my voice.
  • Worry myself into losing weight.
  • React before I think.

7 things I cannot do:
  • Read a boring book.
  • Stop my leg from shaking.
  • Stop thinking about sex for more than a few minutes.

  • React angrily when my buttons are pushed.
  • Stop worrying about where I'm going with my life.
  • Stop my body from deteriorating.
  • Not listen to music while driving.

7 things that attract me to the same/opposite sex:
  • Nice arse.
  • Nice eyes.
  • Nice face.
  • Sense of humor.

  • Reads genre.
  • Sexual innuedo.
  • Goal-oriented.

7 things that I say most often:
"I love you, chew."
"Beautiful one."
"Love you, too."

7 celebrity crushes:
  • Tom Cruise
  • Jaclyn Smith
  • Shania Twain
  • Janet Jackson
  • Lucy Lawless

7 people I want to do this:
51313 Harbor Street
Alex's Writing Journal
ClingingVine...so he say's
icyblog v1.2.1
Me, My Muse, and I
SwanShadow Thinks Out Loud
The Zen of me

Friday, September 02, 2005


Here's my review of the 3.

Thursday, September 01, 2005


For those who are interested, here are my reviews of the Mazda Tribute and the 6:

Mazda vehicles by Joel

I'll post links to the 3 and RX-8 once I've written them.

Wednesday, August 31, 2005

***Strike Two***

I just received a call from the temp agency.

The second interview tomorrow has been cancelled. The agency's client had to put the job on hold because their customer had stopped the project until further notice. No project means no more money going to the client which means no money to pay for my position.

The agency said they'll call me when the position opens again. Uh, huh.

Time to put the suit back in the closet....

***Weekend Words (Part III)***

Sunday was busy as well. We indulge in Indian brunch before checking out the Expo and Cost Plus for more house stuff. (See what this year's theme is yet?) A visit to the Carfaire (very disappointing) ended our outdoor journey and we spent the rest of the evening at home. R. had paperwork to do.

Another weekend down with a three-day weekend on the horizon.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

***Weekend Words (Part II)****

Saturday (cont.)

R. had heard about the Southern California Home Show on the radio and no amount of fatigue would keep us from attending it. So, after being fortified with coffee, we plunged into the nine-acre display.

To our left was the jungle garden display. With animals. I did a double take at what first looked like a rabbit with fuzzy socks for ears.

"Is that real?" I asked the owner of the display. She nodded and told me the name of the species. Dazed, I moved on. (I didn't see the squirming meal worms until much later.)

Nine complete homes ranging from 398 square feet (I think our master bedroom's bigger) to over three thousand. Dozens upon dozens of contractors. At least three jerky beef sellers. Nuts. Soaps. Vinyl outdoor patios. "Space age" mattresses (and beds!). Enough hot tubs to dry SoCal into another drought. Faux plants matching the faux smiles of money lenders. And the booths went on and on. And it was made worse because R., coming directly from work, looked like an upper-middle class mark. (I, on the other hand, was dressed like everyone else: middle-class trash.) And we saw everything. I was quite thankfully to get out of there and grab dinner.

It was not a waste of time, though. R. learned a lot about roofs. And I, like my father, have suddenly developed a keen interest in lawns. (There were some real kewl self-water pots, for instance.)


Monday, August 29, 2005

***Weekend Words****

R. was on-call Friday night. So I spent the morning and much of the afternoon test-driving various cars at the Zoom-Zoom Live! event sponsored by Mazda.

As long-time readers of my blog know (all eight of you), I was looking for a new car last year to replace my aging 1996 Dodge Neon. Ultimately, I took over my spouse's 1998 Mazda 626 while getting a 2005 Accord hybrid to replace it. (We donated the Neon.) But I continued to keep an eye on cars (and even SUVs) since the 626 has nearly as many miles as my Neon.

One of the cars of interest is the Mazda6. While I checked out the car, I never test drove it, thinking I couldn't fit in it. I discovered, during the Zoom-Zoom Live! event, that impression to be a mistake.

I arrived at the Pomona Fairgrounds shortly after noon. Heat and dust blasted across the concrete surface. I quickly bolted to the circus-like tent for cover. I hadn't seen many cars in the parking lot so I thought there were few attendees. That turned out be an illusion caused by the sheer size of the fairground. Many had already arrived or had carpooled together. There was easily a good 20-30 minute wait for many of the events.

When I had discovered Zoom-zoom on-line, I found no info on the event's cost. Well, that's because it--from parking to food and drinks to driving the cars themselves--was free.

When I walked in the tent, there was a long line for the free food (pretzels and popcorn). Not feeling hungry at the time, I instead checked out the new MX-5 (commonly known as the Miata). Now I never liked the MX-5, always thinking it as a toy. (My nickname for it was the "putt-putt" car.) Also, at six feet in height, (taller with my platform sneakers), headroom is a top (no pun intended) priority.

So I was amazed that I actually fit the car. Yeah, the top of the front windshielf was at eye level but the top of my head didn't pass it. And those seats were quite comfortable, wrapping around my body like a cocoon. Impressed, I pulled myself out of the car. I now knew how several same-height or taller friends and acquaintences of mine actually enjoyed the vehicle.

Near-furnace-level winds pushed against me as I stepped outside the tent. A circle of Mazda vehicles stood nearby. To my right was the first Zoom-Zoom event.

Zoom-zoom Live! was the opportunity to test-drive almost all the Mazda vehicles on test tracks. To make it more interesting, everyone received points in matching (not exceeding) a certain time on the track. The closer you matched the time (36 seconds for the Mazda3,5, and 6 track), the more points you gained. Your accumulated score garnered prizes.

I didn't care less about accumulating points. I was attending to see how the cars drove. While there were others with similar views, the vast majority viewed the event as some sort of "legal " opportunity to drive as fast as possible. (Hilarious, especially, in the van-like Mazda5.) I heard the event sponsors constantly blaring to remind people to match the time on the track, not beat it.

There were four tracks: two for the Miata's, one for the RX-8, and one jointly for the Mazda3,5, and 6. The first track I waited in line was for the 6. Later that day I checked out the 3. R., who's owned Mazda RX's in the past, pushed me to try out the RX-8. I'll post reviews on those vehicles in future posts.

Between test drives, I chatted with event sponsors about the models which included checking out the interior of the new Mazda5. Unfortunately, all the other cars were locked. One sponsor confirmed that the 2006 models would be including a NAV system as an option, something I had been wanting after the purchase of our Accord hybrid.

R. and I spoke several times throughout the event. I headed home around 4PM to attend another event.

To be continued

Sunday, August 28, 2005


For Weekend Words:

Sat: Zoom-zoom and House thingie fair. Finished Berlin Stories.

Sun: Indian brunch, Expo, Cost Plus, Carfaire.

Future posts:

  • Transitioning from "frantic to be high" youth to the more "sedate" adult phase.
  • Favor post from each regularly read blogger (per year?)
  • Writing in the coffeeshop
  • Reviews of Year of the Hyena(sp?), Dragon Precinct, and Berlin Stories
  • Learning from badly written books.
  • Telling your spouse you don't love them sometimes and surviving the experience.

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