Archive for August, 2005

Running Amok

So apparently, an ostrich had crashed through the back of a window in a cargo van and fell onto the Golden Gate Bridge yesterday. About 10 minutes later, the police managed to round up the ostrich. What as sight that would have been to see.This sort of thing makes me want to have tiny camera around in my bag at all times. I’m sure with the digital technology we’ve got these days, finding a cheapie one won’t be a problem.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Print Test

So there are dozens of online photo printing places and I have been wondering which ones are good to use. They all vary in price, from 9 cents to $1 for a 4×6. I mean, some places are outrageously priced, but is it worth the money?That’s what I’ve set to find out. I’m not going to test them all, but I will test a decent amount of them which offer 4×6 prints at different price points. Then I’ll conduct a small “blind test” with my friends to determine which company prints the best in the four types of photos that I’ve chosen:

1) black & white photo
2) landscape photo with lots of trees
3) photo of people
4) sunset photo

So far, I’ve gotten 3 sets of prints back and they’re all different! I’ve gotten some mixed results as some companies have done better at one type of thing over the others.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Baby Ages

I recently noticed that when inquiring about the age of babies, people use a fairly small denomination. First it starts in days when the baby is less than a month old (15 days… 20 days…). After one month, they use weeks (6 weeks, 8 weeks). Then they use months some time after after it gets too complicated to mentally figure out how many months a baby is solely by using weeks (17 weeks? How many months is that?). Then they’ll use months until about a year and a half to two years old. Then of course, they start using the years.So I was thinking about it, and realized that the method in which people use to describe the age of a baby is similar to how people use it to describe the lenth of time they’ve been in a relationship. Yeah, random, but if you think about it, it’s kinda true.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Switching Seats

Whenever a seat becomes available on the train, I often get tempted to get up and take it if it’s a better seat. I’ve often wondered whether or not the person I’m sitting next to is offended by that.

Do they wonder if they stink? Maybe they think that they’ve got cooties, and that’s why I’m switching seats. Is it weird if you DON’T scoot over if say there’s 3 seats in a row and you’re in the middle?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Car Care

Recently, my car passed its 30,000 mile mark. Wow, I can’t believe I’ve driven so many miles! It made me realize that a 4-year-old used car isn’t so bad to buy if the owner took basic care of it. I always thought that cars started showing some wear after the 3rd year, but my car has been chugging along smoothly.I know that one of my friends has been looking into buying a used car, and while he is open to looking at something much older than 4 years, I’d say that a 10 year old car could be very reliable, but you’d have to check out its maintenance history along with seeing how the car was used.

Since I am able to take public transportation every day to work, I have an annual average of under 10,000 miles, which many people would consider extremely low. I have my oil changed every 3,000-5,000 miles (whatever is in the manual), try to wash it when I can, and detail it once or twice a year.

I figure that I spend thousands of dollars on a car, I might as well take good care of it, right? A little bit of effort once in a blue moon goes a long long way when it comes to the inside and outside of your car.

Having said all that, if many people took basic care of their cars, then maybe buying a used car isn’t so bad. That way, you can let someone else eat the “drove out of the lot” depreciation.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Bad Floss!

Recently, I found myself standing in the dental care aisle of Walgreens and staring at the variety of floss to choose from. I was amazed at how much a box of floss could cost. I mean, it’s a piece of string that you run along the gaps between your teeth. Is it REALLY worth $4 plus tax? Don’t get me wrong, I’m all for proper oral hygiene. After all, I still want to be able to eat solid foods when I’m old.Then there’s the fact that there’s about 20 different boxes you could choose from: waxed, un-waxed, shred resistant, and “regular.” A friend of mine had introduced the Satin Floss by Oral-B to me once and it soon became my choice of floss. The only drawback is that it costs more than some other ones on the shelf.

How big of a difference could one floss be to another? Is it REALLY worth that extra 20% cost? I decided to be cheap one day and ended up buying a Walgreens waxed mint box for nearly half the cost. I ended up HATING that box and would pull an extra few inches each time so that I could finish it off faster. Now, I’m not one to waste, so I just roughed it. The floss shred on me very often and was really thick, which made it hard to pass between my teeth at times.

The next time I was shopping for floss, I thought I’d go with a brand name I knew I could trust: Johnson & Johnson. I bought their easy-glide waxed floss. I find it somewhat of a toss up which one I hated more!

This is the floss that I’m currently using and the first time I used it, I had this strange aftertaste in my mouth though I couldn’t quite figure out what it was. A few days later, I decided that the “minty” floss had a slight cinnamon-y taste. While the string is thinner, it seems to be coated with the wax, which gets rubbed off when you start flossing. Not only that, but there is a waxy build up on the blade that cuts the string, which means that I’m not able to cut the string so easily anymore. *sigh*

It’s important to pick the right floss for you because one box takes several months to use up if you only floss once a day. The moral of the story is, pick a floss that works for you and stock up when it’s on sale.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Hitting on the Taken Revisited

So a long while back, I asked the question, is it okay to hit on someone else’s signifcant other. I received a few opinions on that topic, but only from men. A female friend of mine recently read that old entry and offered her opinion on that matter.She said something to the effect of it can be flattering for the girl who is being hit on. She said that it is up to the girl to decide what she wants to do. Most likely, a girl in a relationship that is happy will kinda let the guy down, but a girl who is in a rocky one may realize that she is in a relationship that doesn’t work and will get out of it.

Of course, there are always conditions which would make it inappropriate for a guy to confess his undying love, like, if she was standing at the altar about to be married.

Side note: I’ve noticed at the weddings that I’ve been to lately that they longer say, “If anyone here objects to this union, let him speak now or forever hold his peace.”

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Evil Warranties

Our microwave seems to be on the fritz and when we looked up the warranty terms, it expired not long before the microwave died. How convenient is that? Do these appliance companies just build the product to last just long enough so that they don’t have to replace it? Evil, I say.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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New Border Cafe

I went to the Borders closest to my house and noticed that Seattle’s Best seemed to have taken over. They remodeled the cafe area and added some cozy-looking lounge chairs. An improvement in looks indeed, but it seems as though the prices are now a bit steeper. Ah, good ol’ Starbucks and their expensive-ly priced coffee products.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Pictures of Rings

So one of my friends suggested using some sort of adhesive to stand a ring up if you want to photograph it, then use Photoshop. First he said gum, which I thought, “eew… it’s going to get all dirty,” because in order for gum to be sticky, you have to chew it first!

Then I thought of packing tape. I figured that packing tape has a strong adhesive side to it and should be able to hold up a piece of jewelry as long as it’s balanced correctly (so the ring doesn’t fall over).

This would explain why most photos of rings on websites show just the ring and nothing else. I’ll have to try out this trick. I wonder if it works for other things.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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