May 292017

Dad, the boys, and I had a wonderful time attending the 101st running of the Indianapolis 500 this weekend. I shall blog about it.

However, I’m a little too tuckered to do it tonight. Instead, I will briefly write about the only real negative of the weekend here, in order to a) isolate it from the overwhelmingly positive recollection to come; and b) get it out there so I may have my hair of plausibility in thinking that he might see it. Are you sitting comfortably? Excellent. Then I’ll begin.

To the police officer directing traffic in Speedway, Indiana, at Lafayette Rd. and W. 30th Street, about 9:50 the morning of May 28, 2017:

Listen, you contemptible prick. I drove through the intersection when you waved me through. Eminently reasonably, I believed that to be the end of our interaction.

Now, unbeknownst to you, but knownst to me, I needed to change lanes from the right to the left to get to my parking lot. Seeing an opportunity to do so after you waved me through, I did so.

Apparently, this was me getting one over on you somehow, because you then beat on the side of my wife’s car and appeared at my window. When I lowered it, you yelled at me to get back in the right lane immediately.

Not wishing to further anger an obviously irrational man with a gun, a club, and the authority to take me into custody and ruin my race weekend, I complied.

From here, I’ll say hey man, what the hell?

I am a big supporter of the law enforcement community. I appreciate the work you do. But I really resent you unloading on me, particularly when my “violation” was apparently against some made-up shit in your head. Straighten up, you jackass. We’re trying to have a society here.

(And hey, if you recognize yourself in this narrative, feel free to email me. I’ll give you your side of the story! Make you an Internet sensation!)

 Posted by at 7:04 pm
May 252017
  • The weather this day and evening are/were perfectly indicative of why it’s so expensive to live some places.
  • “We could have been killed—or worse!” “Check city records and see how many umbrella factories have been opened in the past three days.” “A corner table, please. I don’t wish to attract attention.” These are some of the gems the boys and I enjoyed during our initial exploration of my new Batman (1966) box set of all 120 episodes.
  • Nathan is exploring my Styx CDs. He told me Dennis DeYoung seemed kind of hit-and-miss. I said yeah, talented guy, but sometimes he didn’t know when to quit. (Definitely more good than bad though.)
  • Top Gun 2 is a terrible idea.
  • The current Camry is a prettier car than the current Accord. I think this is the first time in the history of those models that I’ve thought so.
  • I’m loving Ryobi’s ONE+ cordless tools. My most recent desire is the 10″ orbital buffer, after fighting with keeping the cord in mine a couple of weeks ago. I’m trying to take care of the batteries. I’m hoping they’ll be robust and long-lived if I do so.
  • Weather is looking questionable for Indy. Can we pack all of that rain on either Saturday or Monday, please?
 Posted by at 9:11 pm
May 182017

Chris Cornell, lead singer and cofounder of both Soundgarden and Audioslave, has died at 52. He was one of my favorite musicians to come out of the grunge scene. God be with his family and friends. The first sugarless cola on the market was Diet Rite, a product of the Royal Crown Company, in 1958. […]

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