xoder: (Burning Man)
I was in the middle of the crosswalk, when I see a too-fast cab rounding the corner. My first thought was "He must be slowing down to make this turn, and he's gotta see me." Very quickly I realized that neither of those things were true, so I ran up the block and across the street. I'm not sure how close he ended up being to me — definitely less than a meter, though. As he sharply decelerated (somewhere after where I was initially in the crosswalk, but before I made it completely across) the cab (one of those hybrid Ford Escapes) made some awful noises. The cab was stopped about 1.5 meters past the inside edge of the crosswalk and would not move. He tried revving the engine, to no avail (and to some horrible noises).

Some other pedestrians asked me if I was okay (I guess the thudding noise coming from the inside of the car sounded like I got hit). I had trouble deciding whether to call 911 or 311 or what, and decided that the damage he did to his own vehicle was sufficient, since I was not harmed (hell, I didn't even have a stress reaction aside from swearing at the guy).

Afterward, as Erin and I headed out for dinner, we went by the guy who was calling someone about his broken vehicle. He apologized. I asked him what happened there and he said he didn't see me. I said "Really?" and went on my way.

IIRC, it was 4J16.
xoder: (Political O RLY?)
There is a guy out in front of our building today, protesting. He's across the street, on public sidewalks, so it's absolutely legit, but it's a little strange. He's wearing hunter's camo (i.e. screen printed pictures of trees and leaves, not the pixel camo or the patches camo that actually work), and has a sandwich board and a sign. He's been there all day from 8am, and I'm pretty sure he's still there now.

The front of the sign says "PERJURY", "FELONY", and "FIRE CEO YBERATRE*" with the famous Obama/Joker picture in the middle. The back of the sign says something along the lines of, "Watch out, Terrorists Ahead!" The front of the sandwich board says "VGG* DISCRIMINATES AGAINST AMERICANS!" And the back of the board implies our company should "DEPORT" all H-1B visa holders.

The really, really ridiculous thing is that we have no foreign nationals in this building, let alone H-1B holders. We have very particular rules about who is allowed in the building, and when foreign nationals are in, we are all alerted and must not discuss business in hallways, and so forth.

I'm not annoyed by him, as he's providing exactly no nuisance, but I am amused at the lack of research he did, and I wonder what corner he came from. My coworkers theorize he applied for a job here and was turned down. They also joked it was a recently (well, actually about a year ago) laid-off mutual coworker, but it's not.


* All identifying marks have been ROT-13 encoded for Google-protection.
xoder: (Baby Resperator)
Let us say you're a superintendent. Why in holy fuck do you have 3 numbers I can contact you at AND YOU NEVER ANSWER THEM OR RETURN MY CALLS WHEN THERE IS WATER DRIPPING FROM MY FUCKING CEILING?
xoder: (A DeLorean?!?)
I went to Fairway to pick up some of my favorite Ginger Beer, and first, they had nearly none left (certainly none left in their legendary Cold Room), but my long arms were able to fetch me four delicious bottles. Prize (and salt, and peppers, and olives, and Silk®) in hand, I went to the register. A little old lady let me cut in line because I had so few things. The cashier starts to ring me up and stops at the soft drinks. She says something I cannot quite hear because I've got my iPod on (antisocial me, indeed). I take off the other earbud and ask her to repeat herself. "ID." I try to explain its a soft drink with less than 0.5% alcohol per volume, but she just looks at me like I'm either an idiot or trying to get around showing my ID. I display my papers (bitte) and swipe my credit card and continue on my way.
xoder: (Rez)
Asian Plastic Surgery:
"Preserving Asian Identity Through Cosmetic Surgery" came up while I was reading my MTA weekend travel advisories. A rather large part of me wants to say "what the fuck?" The rest wants to say, "You meant to say 'well-equipped" there in the last paragraph, didn't you?"
xoder: (Size Matters)
The difference between US and China.
xoder: (Burning Man)
Well. That's one way to drop my email backlog to 2 days. Lose all my email from before then.
xoder: (PCG Barcode)
So I found out this afternoon that I've been volunteered to go to Detroit and help with some phone validations. On Monday. Returning Wednesday. This is going to require a lot of plans rearrangement and some kit building for some specific needs. So tomorrow, I get to break out the soldering iron and some more tape or perhaps hot glue. And it needs to be done by the end of tomorrow, as I have other off-site things to do on Friday that doesn't have any hopes of telling me when/if it'll be done.

Oy Vey
xoder: (Katamari SNL bouncing heads)
What's that I heard about doing no evil?

PS: We are not China. HTH. HAND.
xoder: (Crying Penguin)
I would like to apologize in advance. Dear future bride, I will never be this leet. Sorry.
xoder: (Default)
so:

black ∴ gray, blue
brown ∴ brown, green

wtf, where does this shit come from?
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