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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Ten On Tuesday: 10 Things You Want, But Don't Need

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10 Things You Want, But Don't Need
1. The new Apple iMac with dual Intel processors.
2. Another acoustic guitar
3. Plasma flat screen TV
4. A condo in the city (Chicago)
5. An SLR digital camera
6. A more interesting job
7. A full head of hair
8. Cubs World Series Champs... actually, I need this.
9. A tattoo
10. Summer to be here now!

Tuesday, February 21, 2006

Kids' Cartoons These Days...

... I was surfing the ol' cable channels on Saturday morning, and had to take a picture of what I saw showing on Nickelodeon Cartoon Channel...

Do I even need to make a comment?

Friday, February 10, 2006

Situation 1: Honk., this post isn't about driving in traffic, as the title might infer. It's more about... strange things happening in and around our house at night.

Situation 1:
About a year ago, my wife and I were asleep in our bedroom, when our SUV parked out in the driving started to honk it's horn... basically, the car alarm was going off. It was about 12:30 in the morning.

I am a light sleeper, so I immediately darted out of bed and looked through the bedroom window, fairly worried because if I did see someone breaking into the SUV, I wasn't sure what I was going to do. The SUV was honking, headlights flashing, but from the window I couldn't see anyone trying to break into our car. I grabbed the remote key and shut off the alarm from our bedroom window.

A bit flustered, I stared out the window for a few minutes to see if it happened again. After about five minutes, I turned away from the window and slowly made my way back to the bed. Just as I was getting underneath the covers.... honk, honk, honk!

This time, I jumped into my flannel pajama pants, slid on my flip flops and ran down the stairs towards the front door. The alarm still sounding, I opened the front door and quickly surveyed the area. No one was around. I again shut off the alarm with the remote key.

By now, I was pretty awake. Something was odd. The alarm on the SUV is the most basic you could have. The only way it goes off is if the inside door handles are pulled if the SUV is in security mode. In other words, you can touch, shake, even break a window and the alarm still wouldn't go off. Only if you broke a window, then reached in to open the door, would the alarm go off.

I stood there in the cool night time air, staring at the SUV, keys clutched in my left hand.

Honk, honk, honk!

That's right. As I stood and stared at the car, the alarm went off again. I immediately shut the alarm off, since I'm sure by now the neighbors weren't too happy with sounds of a car horn going off in the middle of the night.

I scratched my head and walked around the car. I looked into all the windows to see, if for some reason, something was inside the car. Nothing. I was starting to get worried there might be some electrical issue, and that this alarm was going to be going off the rest of the night. I was already contemplating disconnecting the battery as a last resort.

I was getting cold, so I walked back into the house and turned on the TV. If the alarm went off one more time, I was going to have to disconnect the battery and take the car to a mechanic the next morning.

The alarm never went off again.

It's been over a year since the incident, and it's never happened again. And, it never happened before this either.

Did my car have a 30 minute electrical issue that fixed itself, never to happen again? Did my car temporarily become possessed by the same demon that possessed Christine?

.... in the next day or so.....

Situation 2.