Archive for March, 2008

How to Break Into A Garage

So recently, my brother had to re-sync one of his garage door openers. Unfortunately, it unknowingly caused the other garage door openers to get out of sync. So, when he left his (detached) garage with the working one inside the car, he discovered the next day that he couldn’t get into his garage using the keypad.

He figured that he would try to break into his own garage and enlisted my help. At first, he considered using a coat hanger to try and hit the switch that’s located inside the garage, but the coat hanger was too flimsy. Eventually, we figured out that we needed some sort of stick, so he grabbed one from his place and we unscrewed the vent/panel on the garage and was able to successfully hit the switch.

It’s disturbing how easy it was to break into the garage. However, since it’s just his car parked in there with some random junk on the shelves, it wouldn’t be a big deal if somebody broke in. I guess the question is, if you got locked out of your home, could you easily break in? If so, then maybe you should consider upping your security.

Scarf Girl, signing off.


Suburbia Chronicles: Big Long Blocks

A friend of mine commented recently that I hadn’t done my city vs. suburbs comparisons lately. So, I thought of one today.

I was on my way to the optometrist, and when I was in the vicinity, I realized that I had passed by the office while in the wrong lane. So, I had two choices: a) make 2 u-turns and try again, or b) go “around the block.”

In the city, the blocks are normally pretty small. You have 2 long sides and 2 short sides. The grid system is pretty consistent except for in certain residential areas and in SOMA. Anyway, I decide to go around the block, being very used to driving around the block in the city.

Anyway, I make the first right turn I could, and then I made another right. I ended up having to drive quite a long way before making another right, then the final right turn. Sheesh, I think making 2 u-turns would’ve been faster. Also, in the suburbs, you never know if turning off into one street would lead you into a maze of cul-de-sacs.Lesson learned. Waiting for 2 left-turn traffic lights is the most reliable and probably quickest way to go.

Scarf Girl, signing off.


Climb Climb

Went climbing this evening after a few weeks break. Not too bad as I did 4 climbs (5.7, 5.9, 10d, 10a). We decided to go about 30 minutes earlier and it made a big difference in terms of being able to climb any route that we wanted. It also allowed us to leave earlier and grab dinner at a leisurely pace.

Scarf Girl, signing off.


Cheaper Paint

So I recently headed over the Lowe’s to get some paint matched for me. As I was walking around, I noticed their “oops” pile of customized paint colors with customers didn’t buy. Well, I noticed that they were heavily discounted. A quart was marked down to $1 and a gallon was marked down to $2. Of course, they were probably half off first and since they didn’t sell, eventually marked down to super cheap.

Anyway, it got me thinking. If someone was REALLY cheap, they would get some paint matched, not buy it and then come back later to get it when it was half off. How funny is that?

Scarf Girl, signing off.


$50+ Tank of Gas

So I filled up my car last week and saw that for the first time, my bill came out to over $50. “$50 is nothing!” you say? Well, consider that my car is not a big SUV or minivan. It’s a compact car that has a fuel tank size of 15.9 gallons. Also consider that when the light turns on I have about 2 gallons or so left (I’ve never pushed the envelope that much).

So I usually fuel up around 1/4 tank remaining if possible, so around 12-13 gallons. Yeah… the gas prices had gone down a bit for a little while and then shot back up very recently. Sucks.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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A Little Respect

For as long as I can remember, I called non-related guests in our house “auntie” or “uncle.” I also know that we would call other folks mr. or mrs. something.

Some habits i’m sure are hard to break. recently my friends were saying how American kids in our generation, tend to call their friends’ parents by their first name. Although in some Asian cultures it’s rude and disrespectful to do so.

I suppose as our generation gets older and has children of our own things may start to get more consistent. However, i’m pretty sure that I’ll make my kids use the more respectful name-calling since it’s better to be overly polite than a little offnsive.

Auntie Scarfgirl, signing off.