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I could've sworn I posted this earlier but I guess I closed the window before I mashed "Save" to publish it. Whatever.

Due to my recent episode with the FL fuzz I decided to trot on down to the DMV (a.k.a. HSMV) to get tags for my truck. Before I left I called up and asked what I needed to bring.

1. Florida driver's license.

Check.

2. Proof of Florida auto insurance.

Check.

3. Current vehicle registration (even if out of state).

Check.

4. Lien holder's name, address, phone, fax and acct number.

Check.

(Side note: If I wasn't making vehicle payments all I would have needed is the title instead of the lien holder's info.)

I had everything needed so off I went.

At the DMV I signed in and waited for my number to be called which took about ten minutes. When my number came up I went to the desk, provided all my information, and just as the clerk was about to enter my vehicle into the system....

The system goes down. For the whole office.

Blah.

I was told to wait to see if the system would come up, so I grabbed a seat and waited for fifteen minutes. Then a DMV employee announced that the entire system would be down all day.

Blah.

So... I grabbed my paperwork and left. I'll get it done next time. The DMV employee manning the desk was genuinely apologetic, and I understood because there was nothing he could really do if the system didn't work.

I am assuming the system will be fixed so I can get my tags and sticker next time I go (which will be @ 8am today).

I wasn't all that ticked off about it really because in all honesty the Florida DMV (for Hillsborough County at least) is quite speedy and everyone there was nice to me.

For my next entry here I should have brandy new FL tags. Can't you tell I'm excited? No? You'd be right because they're just tags. 🙂 However, it will solidify me as a true-blue FL resident, so I guess that means something.

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curses! it's the fuzz!

It's 2 o'clock in the morning on a Sunday (actually Monday but let's not get technical) night and I'm bored so I figured I might as well pick up a few things at the Wal-Mart. I visit two Wal-Marts around Tampa. Both are closed, including one labeled as "SuperCenter" (and those are always supposed to be 24-hr).

Blah.

So I start driving home. I get on Busch Boulevard and a cop is trailing me. I say to myself Okay, no big deal.. but then the lights go on.

I pull into a Walgreen's parking lot where not one but two cruisers pull along side. Before the officers come up to my car, I stick both hands out the window.

Why are you showing us your hands?

Being from Connecticut this was a weird statement to hear, because CT cops know exactly why anyone would do that.

Well, you guys have a dangerous job..?

Fair enough! he replies.

He also asked if I was carrying (as in carrying a firearm), which I don't because I don't own a gun or any other weapons. In FL it is very common for residents to carry.

Anyway, long story short: A guy driving around Tampa at two in the morning with Connecticut plates just might cause a lil' bit of suspicion. (grin)

The cops were cool, told me to get my plates changed over to FL tags a.s.a.p. and let me on my way. Not a hair-raising experience by any means.

And in case you were wondering about the whole hands-out-the-window thing, I did it because a) it was the middle of the night and b) to let the officers know I could be safely approached. It makes their job ten times easier when they know you're not going to do anything stupid.

If memory serves correctly, the is the fifth time I've been pulled over in my fifteen (at present) years of driving. My track record is pretty darn good, eh? 🙂

sunday, friggin' sunday

Title of this entry comes from a lame joke about that well-known song from U2. I'm not linking to the song because you should know what it is, and if you don't, well... sucks to be you. 🙂

My weekend mainly consisted of web site updates and other tech stuff. I'm 100% sure no one is going to give a crap but I'm going to write about it anyway.

Concerning my phpBB2 message board I did some major behind-the-scenes work on that. Little things here and there that started out as small but ended up as quite a few changes. Those who use the forum will not notice anything (and that was the whole point).

Speaking of phpBB, I installed a test beta version of phpBB3 (the Olympus beta 2 version at the time of this writing). The install went okay, everything checked out and the system is chock full of new features, but as far as I'm concerned, too little too late. They should have done all these upgrades a long time ago. I'm sure that eventually phpBB3 will become widely used (when it's officially released and out of beta), but I'm quite certain that version 2 users will be around for a long time - especially considering the fact that so many admins have customized-beyond-belief versions of it already in use.

Small side note: If there was a way I could export my entire forum system to punBB, including user accounts, and have it "talk" with MovableType without a hitch, I'd do it in a second. But alas, no such way exists. So I'm staying with phpBB.

The web site now has a light template instead of dark. The dark was cool for a while but it was getting on my nerves. The biggest difference between this template and the last one is that the menu is on the right and it's a 100% CSS "table-less" thing. Worked out well and tested properly in both Internet Exploder Explorer and Firefox. I also went back to using Verdana instead of Arial for the content font.

Aaaaand that's about it unless I think of anything else to write today. 🙂

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