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What!!??

by addicted2speed In reply to Trials and Tribulations o ...

<p><strong>I found out today, that I already had a previous login here... addicted2sp33d. I couldn't remember which e-mail address I used to register that account, so I can't even get the password back. It was created several years-ago, so I tried the old work e-mail address that I had. That didn't work either. </strong></p>
<p><strong>So, I just added some vestigial remnant that will probably be relagated to a deep-dark-dusty corner on TechRepublic's Servers. </strong></p>
<p><strong>Oh Well. Moving On...</strong></p>

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What!!??

by Beth Blakely In reply to What!!??

Guess what... I have the information you seek! Send me an email at beth.blakely@techrepublic.com and I'll help you out.<br />
:-)<br />
Beth<br />

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Helpful People

by addicted2speed In reply to Trials and Tribulations o ...

<p><strong>Thank the stars for diligent people! I wasn't even expecting anyone to read my blog just-yet... but thankfully, Ms. Blakely of TechRepublic is one of these diligent people... or maybe she was just extremely bored yesterday. </strong></p>
<p><strong>Anyways, I deal with slackers all-day, both in my own organization and outside my organization. It's refreshing to work with someone who is at-least apparently dependable. =)</strong></p>
<p><strong>I had given-up on reclaiming my old username, but now with Ms. Blakely's assistance, I am having a better day. =)</strong></p>

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Random Drivers (Cars not Software)

by addicted2speed In reply to Trials and Tribulations o ...

<p><strong>As I'm driving home after work on Thursday afternoon (GF is in the passenger seat), enjoying the tedium of the daily commute, I find myself pulling out of a parking lot and making a right turn to assume a position behind a fellow commuter (Gold Nissan Maxima). There isn't enough space to complete the turn, so I find myself stopped; with the nose of my car in the lane behind this Maxima and the ***-end of the car still in the parking-lot driveway, waiting for the light to turn green so he can move forward and make some space.</strong></p>
<p><strong>Suddenly, his reverse lights come on. I'm thinking, "OK. That's weird, maybe he just wanted to put the car in Park and he didn't quite shift far enough." No biggie, when the light turns green, it'll be good... good things always happen when your light turns green during a commute. </strong></p>
<p><strong>Holy Crap Batman! He starts to creep backwards. I'm thinking, "WTF is he trying to do? Where's he trying to go?? Is his car magically going to shrink to 1/10th its current size and he can make progress??" There is about 1' between the cars as he starts to do this, so I don't have any time to react at all. I stand on the brake, and honk my horn just as he he makes slight contact with my car. No biggie, since this was the beater-car that's already got more scars than a cat's scratching post. </strong></p>
<p><strong>To my amazement, he keeps backing up!!?? Is this guy on crack!!?? Then I hear, "Chrooomp". It sounded like dropping something heavy into an empty plastic 55-gallon garbage can. Sounded weird, but it definitely did not sound good. Finally he stops.</strong></p>
<p><strong>I reverse back into the parking lot that I was trying so-hard to escape-from in the first place. Great, right back where I started. I get out to survey the damage and to my dismay, there is a round-ish dent in the front  bumper, about the size of a decent 15-20 lb watermelon. I look at his bumper, where the contact was made, and he has some silver paint on it; undoubtedly from my bumper. On other parts of his car however, it looked like he used it in a demolition derby. Dents, scratches, and rust of every color. </strong></p>
<p><strong>His first words to me weren't, "I'm sorry", or "Are you OK". His first-statements to-me were, "Why didn't you honk sooner!!?" If I was prone to emotional outbursts, I probably would have unleashed on him at that point. But no-one was hurt, and I was still being amazed by this guy's strange concepts of behavior. If it wasn't my car, I'd probably be highly amused at this guy's antics. </strong></p>
<p><strong>So we proceed to exchange insurance information. Guess what. He doesn't have it in his car. He keeps insisting that he has insurance, but he cannot produce a single piece of evidence to support that. The only thing that he can produce that resembles insurance, is an offer letter from 21st Century Insurance that says, "Call us now, and we can save you X amount of money on your car insurance". Basically the automotive insurance equivalent of SPAM. Great. </strong></p>
<p><strong>I start to write down everything about this guy except his blood-type. His address on his driver's license is a PO Box. I didn't know you could do that. At this point, I'm pondering whether to call the police. But besides his original stupidity and not having insurance in his car, he seemed to be genuine. He told me where he worked, the company he worked-for, his work schedule, and his home phone number. I eventually did receive a call from him the next morning, with his insurance policy number. </strong></p>
<p><strong>The rest of the story goes into mundane details about filing an insurance claim. Boring. </strong></p>
<p><strong>Bottom line: Don't understimate the capability for random behavior during the home-bound commute. </strong></p>

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Random Drivers (Cars not Software)

by Beth Blakely In reply to Random Drivers (Cars not ...

I just have to know, how did you respond to "why didn't you honk sooner?"

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Random Drivers (Cars not Software)

by addicted2speed In reply to Random Drivers (Cars not ...

<p><strong>I filed his question under that crowded category of "WTF!!??", and I responded with a shrug. How are you supposed to respond to something like that? </strong></p>
<p><strong>I equated his comment to someone hitting a stationary tree, and then asking the tree, "Why didn't you get out of the way??". Now that I think about it, this applies on so many levels. My car was completely stationary. It's not like I snuck up on him and surprised him with my presence. </strong></p>
<p><strong>If I responded with aggression, </strong><strong>he might have proceded farther towards deep-end of the pool and maybe completely out of the pool. Years of dealing with people of all types as taught me that adding anger to an already tense situation is never a good thing, especially if you don't know the other party.</strong></p>

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Thunder, Lightning, Fire, and Brimstone

by addicted2speed In reply to Trials and Tribulations o ...

<p><strong>OK. Maybe I exaggerated the fire and brimstone part. But there <em>was </em>thunder and lightning. A LOT of it. </strong></p>
<p><strong>We had a strange "freak" storm pass through San Diego last night. It sounded and looked like those scenes with reporters from the original George Bush Senior Gulf War, where there would be a bright flash, and rumbing heard in the distance... then add rain... subtract the Iraqi Republican Guard... subtract the invading Marines and the military airplanes flying overhead... hmmm... OK. Maybe they're not that similar. </strong></p>
<p><strong>C'mon! It was thunder and lightning! Shock and Awe! Am I the only one that finds that sort of natural power really cool? The flashes would literally light up the room for a split second; long enough that you could still see the images of things after the light was gone; like a camera flash leaves purple spots on your vision for a while. </strong></p>
<p><strong>Good thing I didn't wash my car. </strong></p>
<p><strong>What is brimstone anyways? </strong><strong>[Checks Wikipedia]</strong></p>
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<p><strong>OK. There was definitely no sulfer falling from the sky.</strong></p></strong>

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More Projects are a Good Thing!

by addicted2speed In reply to Trials and Tribulations o ...

<p><strong>For the past week-or-two, there has been a bothersome trend of my projects being pushed-back or deprioritized due to changes in the project sponsor's timelines. So would really have nothing pressing to work on, and projects that could not proceed because my progress had outpaced some other dependencies. Good for me, but also bad-for me... because to the passer-by, it would appear that I wasn't doing anything. Surfing the web, reading about stuff that wasn't work-related. </strong></p>
<p><strong>Now granted, I was reading articles about Real Estate Licensure, and Project Management Certification, but it was still not <em>really</em> work related. I wasn't surfing Ebaum's world or anything like that. Most of that stuff is not safe to be watching at the workplace anyways. </strong></p>
<p><strong>Today, I got two new projects that have already been delayed long-enough, and they are now being assigned because they need to get done. Yay! </strong></p>
<p><strong>Also, in a followup to an earlier post, the insurance company of "Mr. Backing up into My Car" has offered to pay for all the damages, not just re-imburse my deductible. I think they're more worried about a law-suit or something. I didn't even have to suggest it to them. Double Yay! </strong></p>

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More Projects are a Good Thing!

by babee_bub In reply to More Projects are a Good ...

I can't believe I signed up just so that I can put a comment on your
blog.  This is quite the nerd-ized version of Xanga+thefacebook.<br />

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More Projects are a Good Thing!

by addicted2speed In reply to More Projects are a Good ...

<strong>What... You don't have to sign up to leave BLOG comments on other sites?</strong>

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