Showing posts from 2013

Stages of Drunk

At some stage on this list a few friends and I decided it was worthwhile to create the stages of drunk. Rule of thumb, up until drunk/pissed you are good, after drunk/pissed not so good.
Sober - BoringMerry - Starting off wellTipsy - the person you are talking with is looking betterBuzzed - a great place to beInebriated - happy for the nightDrunk/Pissed - time to stop drinkingSloshed - should have stopped drinking but too late to stop nowPlastered - that embarrassing friend of yoursLocked - stumbling around causing a sceneHammered - getting kicked out of barWasted/trashed - nausea and spinners Fucked - time to vomit and sleep next to the toiletShit-faced - sleeping next to toilet and not eating solid meals for the next few daysBlackout drunk - waking up in an alley the next day wondering where your pants wentDead - describes itselfIrish drunk- something the Irish people I was with said, because they think Irish are better drinkers than others… they aren't.

Westboro Baptist Church Mocked Mercilessly in Virginia

Church Goers Ignore Fake Homeless Man

Skimming the web this morning I saw this headline - "Mormon Bishop Poses As Homeless Man To Test His Congregation’s Compassion".

When I clicked into the story I wasn't surprised by what I found, that most of his congregation was rude to him. Many years ago I worked for Starbucks and we all hated working Sundays because after church we would get the church crowd. The church crowd being consistently rude, arrogant, and cheap tippers. Which makes sense of course, they just went to church, they are going to heaven so need to be nice to us heathens who are going to hell for working on a Sunday to make the overpriced coffee drinks they order. And no need to be nice to a homeless man, because as we all know Jesus taught us we are better than anyone who has less than us. 

I wonder how long this lesson was learned by the church, or more specifically how quickly they forgot it.

Cinema Etiquette 101

A cranky contribution from my new pal M. O'Cognac
We’ve all been to the cinema and one time or another had someone just get on our wick through their rude inconsiderate behavior.Normally this might irk me for the movie and then afterwards I’d let it go but on a recent outing I had not one but four of the offenses below committed by a couple sitting next to me thus ruining my enjoyment of the film so much this blog post was born.Below are a few “gentle” reminders of how not to behave at the cinema.
No Talking The most common offense by far but that does not excuse incessant jabbering so please shut the F up or in the exceptional case where you really must ask a movie related question to your friend, keep it short & to a whisper.  I & your other fellow movie goers do not want to hear it.  Having experienced how the Dutch stereotypically engage in full scale conversation in the cinema, my trips to the cinema back home are a relative spa-like experience but still there are the fe…

Stupid Americans on Obamacare

This is what happens if you get your news from the right-wing media.

Too Many People

Sexism Against Men DOES Exist!

The Government Shutdown

Yep, they are at it again, the government is shutting down, both sides of the isle are bickering, and who pays the price, as usual, we do. All because the Republicans are obsessed with the Affordable Care Act.
House Republicans have put it up for vote just under 40 times and every time they have lost the vote. But that doesn't stop them from wanting to provide healthcare to more Americans so they can spend more money invading other countries. So now, Republicans in the House of Representatives are refusing to fund the government unless the democrats defund the Affordable Care Act. 

But don't worry about Republicans. Congress still gets paid in a government shutdown. It's just everyone else who works for the government who doesn't get paid.
Good job America for voting these tea-baggers into office. Thanks for assisting with bringing the US economy down instead of up.

Tim Huelskamp Making Up Statistics on Issues that Don't Exist

I sure do love those Republicans who make random nonsensical claims with no basis on reality.

Tim Huelskamp from Kansas recently "asserted that voters will side with the GOP because a whopping '90 percent' of Americans oppose the reform law’s provision that 'every single person under Obamacare' will pay a $1 abortion surcharge"

 For the conservatives, who can read this, wondering what is wrong with that statement, I will tell you. 90% of American's can't oppose that provision because that provision does not exist. He somehow magically pulled a statistic out of his ass on a provision in a bill that is not actually in the bill.

You can read more about this here if you want.

Digging for Gold and Sucking on Nose

Standing on the light-rail on my way home next to this guy.

What's great about this picture is that just before I took it the guy had his finger buried in his nose. He was picking at it so long that I had time to watch, think about it, then get my phone out to take a picture, but I wasn't quick enough. Good thing he chose to suck on the finger after to give me something to snap and blog about.

Further Proof of What's Wrong with this World

Today in proof of what's wrong with people on this planet…

The Life of Poo

BMW Gets a New Owner With Same Problems

The saga of the barely working motorcycle (BMW) continues.
About a month after Ride West sold the motorcycle on consignment for me I received an e-mail from some guy. In reading the e-mail it turns out he was the one who bought the bike from Ride West, and surprise, surprise, he had a problem with it not starting and had to take it into the service department there. He was asking if I had any problem with the bike prior to selling it.
I was a little hesitant to reply, worrying he might try to blame me for the problems with the motorcycle. But decided to reply and let him know. So I did, told him that I had the same issue with the bike and that the mechanics at ride west told me it was fixed. His reply to that was, that they told him the fuel pump had never been replaced before. Odd, since it was the same dealer mechanic and they were well aware of the problem I had with the bike that they would have had a record of. Anyway, we spoke back and forth via e-mail and I assured him that …

Where Do You Work?

When traveling around Europe we often hear how Americans work too much. That wedon't get as many vacation days each year, that we work more hours in day, and that when we go out our conversations revolve around our jobs. And to be honest, this is a true statement. I get half as many vacation days a year as my European counterparts, and when I am out of work, one of the first questions someone asks me when I meet them is what I do for a living. At which point I have to engage with them on the subject of my job. A subject I don't want to talk about when not at work, because I'm not working.
I travel, I meet people, I engage people in conversation, and I have this expectation that our conversations won't revolve around our jobs. Unfortunately, this turns out not to be the case. Experience has shown that when sitting at a pub somewhere in Europe having a conversation with a group of people the conversation always turns to what I do for a living. I never bring it up, I ne…

Airport Security For The Over 75 Crowd

We trust you... because you're old and old people are trustworthy.

Something for the rest of us to look forward to

Keystone XL Pipeline: Not In Our National Interest

Even women are standing up to the hypocrisy of feminism

Done With The BMW

For anyone who might actually be following along with the saga of my 2010 BMW F650GS POS (readable here) and wondering what is up with it after my last update of it being back in the shop? Here is the update and last post I will write on the subject.
After it's last visit to the shop, they replaced the fuel pump and jets again and as usual I started it up without issue and rode it home. This time however, I was able to start it later that evening and the next day. So it seemed the problem had been fixed. I took it for a ride the following weekend, and it did start a little slow and made me nervous as it did, but it did in fact start. So at that point I felt comfortable putting the thing up for sale. I was previously worried about the bad karma associated with selling bike, but since it seemed to be starting consistently now, I felt better about selling it.

So I posted it on a few sites listing the extras I added, and listing it for what I thought was a fair price.
After a week…

Ireland Finally Doing Something About Ridiculous Anti-Abortion Laws

The Irish Parliament (the Oireachtas) will debate the Protection of Life during Pregnancy Bill 2013 for two straight weeks, after the tragic death of Savita Halappanavar shone a light on the country's controversial 'abortion law'.

Basically, abortion is illegal in Ireland, except for situations of  ‘real and substantial risk’ to the life of the mother. Recent events have shown this not to be true. A woman, who was not even a resident of Ireland was in the country and experienced complications from the pregnancy. The only option to save her life was to abort the baby. But the doctor refused to do it, out of fear of the repercussions. In the end both the woman and the unborn baby died. There was also another recent situation where a girl was raped, and was forced to have the child. I'm sure that child will be well raised, as the mother looks in its eyes, and see the rapist father.

I know some right-wingers in America thing any kind of conception is good conception. And …

Signs you are a victim of emotional and verbal abused by toxic women or potential narcissist

Scarlett Johansson Sues Novelist Over Use of Name

I've always felt that Scarlett Johansson is overrated. And I will quite often have arguments with people on this subject. Sure, she's hot and looks good in a tight outfit in the Avengers and Iron Man movies. But beyond that, she really hasn't been in a movie that has impressed me. Yes, including Lost in Translation.
Now I have more reason to dislike her. Johansson is suing a French novelist for referencing her in a book in a complementary way. The novelist didn't make her up as a character in the book, he compared a character in the book to her, and she is now suing the publisher for ""breach and fraudulent use of personal rights,"
What a pretentious self-involved bitch.
Read more about it here.

Remember the 4th Amendment

You know what is funny about the right-wing. They are always ranting about the second amendment. "Don't infringe on my rights to a well-regulated militia." Yet they don't seem to have a problem with the government trampling all over the rest of the constitution.
This week we have found out that the government is reviewing millions of Americans phone records, text messages, and e-mails without probable cause, under the guise of preventing terrorism. Which seems to be the magic word for the right-wing. Mention terrorism and the fourth amendment's just goes out of the window.No questions.
For the conservative readers who only know the second amendment; the fourth amendment is the one that prevents the government from unreasonable searches and seizures. Which is exactly what the government is doing. They are searching personal information on American citizens in the hopes of finding a criminal, in complete disregard of the fourth amendment.
So, how about you tea-b…

Mr. Plinkett - Star Trek: Into Reference


Star Trek Into Darkness Movie Review

I generally don't do a lot of movie reviews on this blog. Mostly because I'm just that lazy, but I have to post something about the worst thing I have seen in months. Star Trek Into Darkness. I would say this review will include some spoilers, but that is impossible since the movie is a complete rip-off of all previous Star Trek movies and a few others. And by rip-off I mean, a copy and paste of those movies.
I can understand throwing in a few references to previous movies as people usually get a kick out of getting those references, but to cut and paste previous movies is a little much. Since this movie is picking up where the last one left off, with the Star Trek universe starting over, it makes sense that they would have a some of those references. So, fine Dr. McCoy now has a Tribble in his lab. In the series they have a story about how the Tribble showed up. In this movie he just happens to have one and everyone knows about it and accepts it. Khan, the villain who is gen…

BMW Still In The Shop

And another Seattle area weekend goes by without a motorcycle. On the plus side, I have to give the guys and Ride West props for actually working on it this time. Sounds like it might be the fuel pump and not just the injectors. And another plus, when I go to sell it as soon as I get the POS back, it will have some nice new parts for the new owner.

Chase Finally Cancelling a Canceled Account

I logged on this weekend to access my Chase mortgage and received an error:
You're unable to log on for one of these reasons:
This website is temporarily unavailableYour User ID is invalidYour profile is locked

Along with a list of phone numbers to contact, depending on which service I am trying to access.

Knowing my user ID isn't invalid I decided to give it a day or two and give it another try, receiving the same error when I did. So the only logical conclusion is that my profile is locked for some reason. So, I call the number listed. I enter the automated validation information and sit on hold for a minute or two before the call is dropped.

I then call back and go through the same process, this time reaching a person. I explain my issue, and she transfers me to another department. Because, the online service department number was not one of the numbers listed in the 12 to choose from at the error page.

I enter my information again, select a few options, and get the next person…

Beemer Back in the Shop

Last weekend the weather reached the upper 70's, which, anyone who lives in the PNW knows is not something that happens often, and is great weather for taking the motorcycle out for a ride. Unfortunately, as seems to be the case with the BMW, it wouldn't start. After cranking it quite a bit it eventually started but ran like crap. So, back to the dealer it went along with another video of the problem.
On the plus side, a couple of days later when they called me, there wasn't any question of the issue like before, and lack of belief in was it was telling them. This time the guys at Ride West knew exactly what the problem was, another bad injector. So they replaced it and took the bike out for a few shakedown rides and told me I could pick it up today. I brought my helmet and jacket in to work, ready to bus on over to the dealer after and get the bike. That was until they called me today. Today, I received another call that after the shakedown ride they found they …

Disabled couple denied chance to live together by group homes

sent to me from FoxyNick

This is so wrong, why would they deny people this? I mean I can understand why disabled people are undesired people because at some point society deemed them undesirables, but some how they survived evolution. And they are here demanding rights, they are a community just like gay, lesbians, feminists, blacks, Jews, Catholics, etc... I have a few friends who are disabled and I don't see them as any less of a couple

Hava Samuels and Paul Forziano, who are mentally disabled, say the group homes where they live are blocking their request to live together as husband and wife. They are suing for the right to do so.

Ready the full story here...

The You Tube Party

I've notice this trend over the past couple of years, and maybe it started earlier and took me this long to notice, but it's a trend and it is lame. I call it the You Tube party. This is exactly how it works. A friend has a party or a little get together. We have a couple drinks, if there is food we eat, and we chat with one another. We see what's going on, tell stories, do whatever it is that people do when they get together in a group. Then, at some point someone will bring up a funny You Tube video. They will then pull up the You Tube video on a TV that has it built in, or pull out a laptop and start showing the supposedly funny video to people.Think about it, how many parodies of Call Me Maybe have you seen at a party vs. the ones forwarded to you. After the first video is watched, it then leads to another video, and then to another and before you know it you have all just spent the rest of the evening staring at a screen watching stupid videos.
It has gotten to the …

BMW Fixed?

Wednesday afternoon I get a call from one of the mechanics at Ride West. He tells me they think they have solved the problem, and that the video I provided them with doesn't have any sound. Personally, I care more about them fixing the problem, which he tells me was the injectors.

By the way, the injection system being clogged was one of the things I thought the issue might be, and one of the things I mentioned when I dropped it off, besides an electrical short. But hey, what do I know, I'm just a guy who rides a bike. They are the trained mechanics that took weeks to figure out and solve a problem.

So, today I went and picked the bike up. It started fine at the dealer, which it did before. But, I did notice on the ride home it felt like it had a little more power and was running smoother. And, most importantly when I got it home, parked it and shut it off, it restarted. Hopefully the problem is now solved and I won't have to take it back again.

Not to sound …

BMW Back At The Dealer

for those who have been following my motorcycle ownership adventures... After getting the bike home and not being able to start it, I did what I did previously. I put it on the trickle charger and charged the battery, but this time I kept it attached to the charger when attempting to start the bike. It took quite a few tries and didn't want to start but it eventually cranked over. I rode it in the Seattle rain to Ride West where I dropped it back off. As we were talking, of course they tried to start it, and as you can imagine it started just fine. So, I gave them the DVD with the video of it not starting for me, and headed home to enjoy an occasional warm weather day and no motorcycle to ride.

I Can Repro and I Can Video The No Starting BMW Motorcycle

Nearly two weeks now since I started having problems with my motorcycle, and still the guys at the BMW service department can't seem to identify the problem. I called earlier this week to ask if they were going to give me a loaner, since it is being fixed under warranty. Here is an exact quote, "we only do loaners for one day service. If we gave a loaner to everyone who had it in for warranty work we wouldn't have any bikes." I'll let that statement speak for itself.
Since they couldn't reproduce the problem with it not starting, I told them I would come pick it up. Today I picked it up around 5:00 pm after work. I rode the motorcycle home, about 15 to 20 miles.

I then let it sit for a few hours, and went out to start it and see what happened. As can be imagined, it didn't start. This time however I created a video of it happening and will provide some snarky comments while showing the mechanics the video.

5 Day Broke Down BMW Update

I had to leave the bike at the dealership from Sunday night until Tuesday morning, since they are closed on Mondays. Tuesday rolled around, and on my lunch break I swung by the dealership in the hopes that the bike had been stolen, which it had not been. I go to the service person and start to explain the issue. He tells me that it might be a couple weeks before they get to it, because they are so busy with the spring weather and people getting bikes out for service. He also tells me that he thinks the issue is the battery. I tell him I don't think that is the issue, and that it seems like an electrical short somewhere, but I don't argue the point. After all, he is the trained professional.

Later that afternoon he calls me up and tells me he checked the battery and it is fine. He plugged it into the diagnostics machine and nothing came back, and that the bike is starting just fine. Of course it is, I think, isn't that always how these things work.

"So, …

Motorcycle Troubles Day 2

First thing Sunday morning I decide to start troubleshooting issues with the bike. I put it on the trickle charger, just to be sure that isn't the issue. Even though the battery is only two years old, it could be an issue with the battery. I add some Sea-Foam to the fuel system, thinking maybe I got some bad gas at some point that was clogging the fuel injection. And I get out the owner's manual and start checking what limited information it contains, and I can actually access on the complicated machine.

After it is all done, I start it up, and it starts just fine. So, I let it sit for most of the day, when I decide to take it out and see how she runs. This time to Seattle, and a well populated area with phone service and nearby towing companies. I start the bike up, it starts fine and sounds fine, so I cruise on down to Seattle and meet a friend for some food. After we eat, I walk back to the bike and nothing. Not even a slight showing of wanting to start. We tr…

John "The Gay Moralist" Corvino - Sodom and Gomorrah


Breakdowns and My Fancy BMW Motorcycle

Spring is arriving here in the Pacific Northwest, and with our first nice weekend, I texted a buddy to take our bikes out for a ride. First thing Saturday morning I'm up, doing my pre-ride checks and ready to roll when my buddy R. showed up. The route involved heading north out of Seattle via some back roads to the lovely little town of La Conner, across the Deception Pass Bridge, and back to the city via the Mukilteo ferry: similar to this route that I posted a while back.

A funny aspect of living in the northwest is how when the weather starts getting nice, everyone pours out of their homes and hibernation to enjoy the little vitamin D we get each year. The back roads to La Conner were packed with people out for a nice drive, and fellow riders running the winter fuel out of the gas tanks that had sat for so many months. So, after a few wrong turns through the farms on the way, we made it to La Conner, with the crowds and lack of parking, and found a place for lunch while we reste…

Anger on a Plane

A post from occasional contributor FoxyNic
I don't always understand why I have the urges to be uncooperative or violent, perhaps It goes back to the animal instinct in me that just hasn't died out quite yet. Or perhaps it is in conjunction with lack of impulse control that follows anger issues. All I know is that there seems to be only two options, just accepting my fate or doing something about it. Now this is where it gets tricky; I could accept my fate and let the resentment built like the pressure behind a hose where the nozzle is off but the water its turned on full blast, this will most likely yield poor results as understood by how physics works eventually the pressure will become too much for the nozzle and blow shooting it off potentially maiming or even killing someone. Or the even more dangerous option: action. This only results in danger if the state of mind is in an irrational state. Although even rational people do irrational things. Sometimes I wish I had bette…