Archive for March, 2004

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I’d say that I’m pretty tolerant of things. Normally, when riding on a crowded train, and I’m a bit squished, I’m okay with it. Afterall, no Bay Area train will ever feel as packed as a Japanese commuter train during the middle of rush hour. NOTHING.

Anyhoo, so I was sitting in my seat the other day reading a guidebook for my next travel adventure, when this somewhat large woman sits down next to me. There were 4 seats and I was sitting on one end, and someone else was sitting at the other. She chose to sit next to me. Well, she was kinda squishing me a whole lot even though she had plenty of space to lean towards the empty seat.

I would adjust my arm every half a minute or so. USUALLY, that hints to my crowding neighbors to unsquish me, but none of my subtle hints worked. She just kept on reading her book, and resting part of her elbow on my forearm, which started making my forearm get tired (you know, as if it was about to get numb and fall asleep).

I figured that I could hold out until my stop arrived, but I couldn’t, so I actually got up a few stops before my destination. Oh, and one other thing. The train was going somewhat downhill and I was sitting on the right side…definitely didn’t help the situation.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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I’d have to say that being a rental truck company must be pretty sweet. I was helping J move this weekend and he rented a U-Haul truck for $20+$0.70 per mile. That doesn’t sound so bad, but when you add it up, it can be very costly.

For all the driving around we did, the total bill was around $115, plus about $15 worth of gas. Not bad for a day’s work. We noticed that the odometer said something around 100,000 miles.

I did some mental math and realized that for the life of this particular truck, the company has gotten $70,000 in mileage dollars alone. This doesn’t even count the $20 fee per usage. Now while I don’t know how much a truck like that costs to buy and maintain, but I’m sure it’s nothing near $70,000. I can picture the progressive-jackpot-slot-machine-like-counter increase as each mile is driven.

Anybody want to open a truck rental company with me? Heehee.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Wow, kind of collection you could have if you had tons of money. I had the pleasure of a 4 hour tour of Jacques Littlefield’s tank collection down in Portola Valley recently. Yes. Tanks. Not those little model tanks, but military tanks. I’d say it numbered about 100 of them. Apparently, he’s got the largest collection of tanks in the world. He buys them in all shapes and sizes and in all types of conditions. For some of the scrap-heap ones, they have this humongous restoration garage.

Where do you store 100 tanks? In your 4-building-warehouse-ish-garage each equipped with 5 HUGE “garage doors.” It was overwhelming and my feet were tired by the end of the tour, but it was just amazing to see someone so passionate about one particular thing. Well, actually, he’s very passionate about anything mechancial.

The thing is, I bet he could design the ultimate tank. I mean, he’s got tanks from many different countries. Just like cars, there are good and bad things. So why not pull all the good features together? Hmm… if car companies don’t do that, I suppose tank-makers don’t do that too. Makes too much sense I suppose.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Writer’s block at the moment… I just hate it when I’m out and about and see tons of things that I want to write about, but when I get access, *poof* it’s gone. Perhaps it’ll magically appear in my head later.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Survived another Monday…

On a positive note, I’ve been working on a website for my friend who’s getting married in a few months. Yay, it’s almost done!

Did you know that if you recycle printer cartriages/toner at Staples, then they donate $1 to schools for each item and you also receive 1 ream of recycled paper? That’s a pretty good deal if you ask me.

My co-worker and I found out about it this morning as we hauled a box of used cartriages that just sat in our office. I knew that Staples recycled, so we were feeling a bit Spring cleaning-ish and decided to take a walk. When we dumped our box at the table, a Staples guy told us that we get can get free paper. We counted up the contents of the box and realized that we had 8 cartriages. DOH!! We have to carry 8 reams of paper amongst the two of us. You’d be surprised how heavy 4 reams of paper feel after 3 blocks of walking.

I also noticed that they recycle old cell phones. Don’t just chuck them in the trash!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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I suppose nothing really beats enjoying the nice afternoon sun on a lazy Saturday afternoon.

So I’ve been wanting to buy a digital camera. I’m not sure what kind to buy though. If I had tons of money, I’d buy more than one, but I’m just an average working person. At any rate, I’ve considered buying a digital SLR, but then I’m afraid that my precious film SLR that takes great pictures will just sit and collect dust.

I’ve also considered a very high-quality point-and-shoot camera with lots of manual features that has a quality lens. This will not replace my SLR, but it should hopefully be able to allow me to take the kind of pictures I’d like to take. Plus, the cost would cap off since I won’t be able to buy any extra lenses. What’s a girl to do?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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HOOORAY!!! I got my car back and it’s all nice and purdy again. They even washed my post-Tahoe dirt/snow off and cleaned my rims. Woohoo! I can finally drive it again. I’d say it’s been about a month and a half since I’ve last driven it. So what happens to the gas in your car when it just sits there forever?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Woohoo! I placed my order today for my new-old glasses. I think they’ll get here in about 2 weeks. Counting down the days…

Another lovely day in the neighborhood… I keep saying that it’s not going to last, but I suppose I should enjoy the weather while it’s here.

So the invitation saga is over. It turns out that my friend DID read my page and IM’d me soon after. The verdict: I do get to bring a guest.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Woohoo, it’s official, I made it on the A list. Heehee. I received a wedding invitation from one of my high school friends. I suppose I’ve made it to the age where every May-September is “Wedding Season.” I expect that this is the only wedding I’ll be attending this year, but I do have 2 I’ll probably be attending next year.

Here’s one thing I’m not so sure about though; for every invitation I’ve received in the past, it said “and guest,” but this time, it didn’t. So does that mean I can’t bring a guest? Should I ask? What if I ask and they say no? That would definitely create an awkward situation. *ponder* The good thing is that my friend reads my blog! I suppose that means I can expect some sort of communication in answer to my question.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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*RAAR* My glasses sometimes gets all out of whack, so I usually bend them back into place. So yesterday, I was bending them, and then I heard a *snap!* and suddenly there were two monocles, one for each hand. Doh! Stinkin’ cheap glasses. You get what you pay for, right?

So about 2 years ago, I had left my pair of glasses in the bathroom of a community center. I was changing for vball and wore my contacts. I called the next morning and they were gone. They weren’t in the lost and found either. Why would someone steal them? Stinkin’ glasses stealers.

Well, I still have the clip-ons for those glasses and yesterday, I dug them out because I wanted to use the power of the internet to track down a pair of them so that would be more affordable than going back to the optometrist would would force my non-vision-insurance-self to pay loads of dough for an exam that I don’t need (my vision is fine with the current pair, and my last appt has just past a year) and extra costs on the frames and lenses.

After a bit of surfing, I found 2 sites with them. Woohoo! I’m not exactly sure if it’s the same pair, but it’s GOT to be. The number on the clip-ons match the number of the frames on the website, and they look just like them. I’ll probably give them a call tomorrow and hopefully can place an order. Hooray for the internet!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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