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The DMV

Sent from a cranky reader...It's stories like this, that I'm surprised more people haven't gone postal at the DMV. I think one of the requirements for being hired is you have to be partially retarted.


So, people always complain about the DMV and I have always listen but have never really had a problem, until this week.

Last weekend I took a motorcycle safety class. The class was given by Theiseen in Everett (highly recommend this class) When you pass the class you get a certificate of completion which you take to the DMV and they will give you a motorcycle license. By taking this class you do not have to take the test at the DMV. On Tuesday I drag a friend down there with me to get my license. We wait for about 45 min. which really is not bad considering. They call my number and I walk up and show the lady my certificate of completion for my class. I ask how much it is for a license and she asks me for my certificate for the class. I push it closer to her since I had alread…

My Washington Representatives pt.2

I've recently posted a few times on the possible elimination of the Motorcycle Safety and Advisory Board, with Chris Gregiore's latest budget. Monday I posted that Mary Helen Roberts sent an e-mail and how I appreciated that she took the time to respond, or have someone respond on her behalf.

Yesterday, Marko Liias decided to be a one-upper and call me back. I don't think he appriciated my blog posting. I know it's against the purpose of this blog, but I'm going to say something nice. Besides the fact that he took the time to call, he seemed to pay attention to what I had to say on the subject. He also made some good points against my argument for saving the board. First he pointed out that even though the board in question is volunteers, there is a cost involved to taxpayers. These boards have to meet and the government usually flips the bill for travel expenses, and other possible costs. He also pointed out that if the board is eliminated, it is possible that the …

My Washington Representatives pt.1

About a week and a half ago, I posted on the governors desire to eliminate the Motorcycle Safety and Advisory Board. At the same time I e-mailed my state representatives Marko Liias, Mary Helen Robert, and Paul Shin.

Two of the three took the time to have an assistant or admin send out a response. And the winner is - Mary Helen Robert and Marko Liias.

When these three are up for re-election I know who is getting my vote and who isn't. Even a generic noncommittal response is better than no response at all.

Mary Helen Roberts sent the below e-mail. and Marko Liias actually had an assistant ask for my phone number so that he could call me. I haven't received the call yet, but will post about it when I do.

Dear (insert real name here)

Thank you for your email.

Based on the correspondence I'm receiving, the Motorcycle Safety and Advisory Board has had a positive impact on many people. Any board or commission that protects the health or safety of Washingtonians will probably not be cu…

I Also Hate Facebook

So a couple of weeks ago, I finally gave up and decided to set up a Facebook profile. I've had a MySpace for a while and hardly ever log into it, unless someone e-mails me. Which is irritating because most people who send me a message through MySpace, actually have my e-mail address. And those who don't usually are people, who find me after years of no talking.

Anyway, I finally set up a Facebook profile, not because I really wanted one, but because I do have a business, and Facebook is another avenue for marketing. And I've found that I pretty much hate it as much as I hate MySpace. Once again, instead of e-mailing me, people send a message to my "wall." Then I have to respond "wall to wall" so that everyone can read our conversation. Not to mention, each time they send me a message, I get an e-mail notification, that I then select and go to my Facebook profile. WTF people, you have my e-mail address, just freaken e-mail me if you want to talk! Or use t…

Gregoire to Eliminate Washington State Motorcycle Safety and Advisory Board

Governor Christine Gregoire is at it again. She has recently released a policy proposal that involves the elimination of over 150 boards and commissions. I have read through it, and actually do agree with a few of them. Others not so much. one of the items I disagree with is, the elimination of the Washington State Motorcycle Safety and Advisory Board. "This is the citizen oversight board, requested by the motorcyclists of Washington and funded through their endorsement fees. This is the same advisory board that has mentored the program from its earliest days, resulting in one of the best motorcycle safety programs in the nation and one of the best relationships between the riders of a state and the agency administering the program," according to the Washington Road Riders Association.

As a responsible motorcycle rider myself and someone who has taken the motorcycle safety training program, I immediately e-mailed my representatives (Marko Liias, Mary Helen Robert, and Paul …

Little Salamander Where Did You Go

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Here is one of the cutest fish to be listed on the endangered species list, the Mexican Axolotl a type of salamander. As can be expected, one of the primary reasons for the decline has to do with habitat destruction and pollution, all thanks to us humans, overrunning the planet like locusts.

Think about this little next time you decide to breed, buy something, throw something away, or start your car.


Photo copied from treehugger.com

Hobbit Homes

I've come to the conclusion that when I win the lottery and buy myself a hundred acres in in the woods of Washington, I'm totally going to build a house like this guys. The guy in Wales, built himself a Hobbit home. It's about as environmentally friendly as a home can get. And it would be a fantastic getaway from the million dollar Seattle condo I would also own if I won the lottery.

Here is a link to his website if you want to read more on what he has done…

http://www.simondale.net/house/index.htm

Open Wide

Better watch yourself my criminally inclined friends. The man is out to get you.

A proposed bill in the Washington State Legislator will allow police to collect DNA samples of anyone who is arrested, regardless of whether or not they are actually charged with a crime. That's right, house bill HB-1382, would allow police to swab the mouth of anyone arrested for anything. Shoplifting, jay walking, etc. The DNA would then be sent to the State Patrol and the FBI databases for review, even though those organization already have a backlog of work.

According to the Seattle Times, "A rough estimate shows the program could cost $1 million over two years." Even though out of those who are arrested, few are actually charged with a crime, and out of those charged, few are actually convicted. Lawmakers want tax payers to cover the $500,000.00 cost per year. Of course they are saying that anyone who is convicted of a crime will be required to reimburse the state for the cost, even tho…

Customer Service at Magic Toyota

This was sent from a cranky reader. I can back up the statements about how crappy the service department is at Magic Toyota. I’ve had my truck serviced there when it was under warranty. It consistently took them days longer than they said it would… Yes days. And in on instance they didn’t even bother putting in two of the bolts on my skids plates. Instead choosing lay one plate on top of the other.

This is a case of the best and worst customer service all by the same company. I recently bought a car from Magic Toyota in Edmond's. My sales man is a gentleman named Sammy. I highly recommend him for anyone who is looking.

I bought this car January 24th and Sammy wanted me to leave it with the service department for a good detailing and changing the seats to leather vs. the fabric it had. I went back on the 28th and the car was still not ready. I had already turned in my rental and was counting on my new car to be done. Sammy was very nice and promised it would be ready by the end…