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Title of this entry is a lyric from a song about being lethargic. To this day I think the song has awesome 70's groove to it.

(Note: This is a long drawn-out post. But it's my site, so I'm allowed.) 🙂

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I finally broke down and bought a new pair of eyeglasses today. It's the first pair I've bought in four or five years. The ones I had finally got to a point where they were more or less beyond repair so I had to do it.

I decided to try out a LensCrafters and purposely sought one that was not in a mall, because in my experience, if there's anything you need to do that pertains to your health - a mall is the wrong place to go. And seriously, when is the last time you went in a mall and found any employees working anywhere that gave a crap about anything? Right? Right.

This particular LensCrafters has very up-to-do technology in it. Kinda neat. The staff was friendly with the exception of the doctor who was a young girl very close to my age and somewhat snooty. Were it not for the fact I had to be there for new frames I would have told her off.

A note on doctors: I'm the type of person who will put a doctor in his or her place if they tick me off enough. Most people have the utmost faith in doctors but always forget the fact they're human and can make mistakes - and in addition to that many doctors have a snooty attitude. It is not uncommon for me to say something to the effect of You know, I don't know if you're having a bad day or whatever, and to be honest I don't care, but your job is to assist me with my health. And I'm going to tell you right now, do your job and drop the attitude. After that I get the blank stare from them.. Whoa.. this guy's serious. I don't walk out. I make them do their job.

My AAA membership came in handy once again. 10% off my eye exam and 30% off my frames. The exam was $80 and the frames were $188. I went with that no-payment/no-interest for 90 days thing so I only had to pay for the exam today.

Am I happy with my new frames? Not really. They look nice and all that, but I only bought them because I had to. My previous frames were transition lenses that would auto-dim in sunlight which I really liked. Due to the fact I'm cost-cutting at the moment, I just went with basic frames this time around.

I full well intend on this being my last pair of glasses I ever buy. Next time around it's LASIK. There are tons of places in the Tampa Bay area that do this. It is definitely on my to-do list for the future. I am positively sick and tired of wearing eyeglasses.

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Leaving Riverview today, I stopped by a gas station to pick up a Monster soda and parked next to a kid who had just bought a GMC Canyon like mine. First thing he said was Dude! I want yours! because mine is the extended cab, a better color (dark green compared to the sandstone he had) and loaded while his is basic. I spoke with him for a couple of minutes. He asked how she runs, I said she runs good. About 40,000 miles and still chuggin' along.

While he was appreciative that my truck had more options, I was appreciative that his truck was cheap. He bought his for slightly over half of what I owe on mine.

Were it not for the fact my Alero had engine trouble, I would still own it. But as you know, when the motor starts giving you trouble, that car has gotta go.

I had made a personal vow to myself that the Alero was the last car I was going to buy for a while. That car was paid in full. I owed nothing on it and I was ticked off that I had to get a new truck, but.. I had to. I was in New England at the time and I needed a reliable 4x4 with a warranty, hence the reason I have what I have now.

Were I in Florida at the time, I wouldn't have bothered. I would have purchased a 2WD sport truck, and it would have cost me about $7500 less than what I paid for the 4x4. But what ya gonna do.

And yes, I am a bit miffed at the fact I drive a 4x4 in a state where that's never required. However, I'm making the same vow I did with my last car. I want this thing paid off in full and drive it for as long as I can. This was the plan with the Alero, but that didn't work out, so now the plan is to do it with the Canyon.

(fingers crossed..)

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I found this which is a frame-by-frame review (almost literally) of The Simpsons episode entitled "Flaming Moe".

No, I didn't read all of it, but it is nothing short of incredible how far people will go to document every single little detail of an episode.

I'm not a fan of The Simpsons. Or Family Guy. This isn't to say I don't like those shows, but I'm just not a fan.

Some Rhode Island fans of The Simpsons actually get together once a year and play a season or two in a theater. I heard this on WHJY (a radio station I miss dearly). I admit, seeing television episodes of that show in a theater would be pretty cool. The laughs are so much better when there's a crowd.

As grotesquely detailed as that review of "Flaming Moe" is, I can go to that level of detail for some movies because I'm such as behind-the-scenes fan.

For example, in Star Trek II, both Federation starships use the same set for the bridge of each ship. The set was designed in "wedges", so a little move here and there would change it around enough, then voila, different ship.

In many Disney movies, there is a hidden Mickey Mouse. In Tron Mickey appears on the ground as the Solar Sailor is flying across the game grid. In Toy Story, Mickey is visible in the background in Andy's room as a clock on the wall. There's actually a whole article written on Hidden Mickey's. It's fun to try and spot them.

(And you wonder why I have "hidden" sections on my site?) 🙂

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random road and geographical trivia

Zip code 12345 is Schenectady, New York.
Zip code 23456 is Virginia Beach, Virginia.
Zip code 22222 is Arlington, Virginia.
Zip code 44444 is Newton Falls, Ohio.
Zip code 55555 is Young America, Minnesota.

Interstates that end in odd numbers (such as I-90 and I-75) usually are North to South and vice versa. Those that end in even numbers are East to West and vice versa. However, for county routes and non-interstate/non-highway roads, this doesn't apply.

(I'm stating this one because I had an e-mail discussion on it with a reader.) Traditionally, all exits on interstates in the USA are supposed to be on the right. However, you will sometimes find left-side exit ramps on interstates. They are rare, but do exist.

For entrance ramps, same deal; they're supposed to enter on the right. This is why you will find tight-turn loops for many ramps of this type (so they purposely put you on the right side when entering).

If you drove on nothing but dirt roads, your tires would last at least twice as long. The surface of dirt is softer and doesn't make your tires flex as much, hence the extended lifespan. However, your car would always be dirty. 🙂

U.S. Route 491 used to be an "evil" highway, but was renamed to what it is now.

Fact: You can make any compact car built in the late 70's or early 80's easily achieve forty miles per gallon or more by having the carburetor re-tuned by a professional mechanic. Granted, you will have a large loss of power by doing this, but, high-mileage cars are low on power to begin with, so the driving experience is essentially the same.

Fact: The most fuel you expend when driving is when you start from a stop, such as accelerating from a stop light when it turns green. If you feather the gas pedal when first accelerating, your mileage will increase exponentially.

If you took out the back seat of your car, your gas mileage would most likely improve by at least one to three miles per gallon, due to the reduction of weight by not having it.

An empty trunk will usually increase your mileage by about one mile per gallon due to the fact most people keep at least fifty pounds of crap back there (not including spare tire or jack).

Most convertibles get better gas mileage due to the fact they don't have steel roofs (huge reduction in weight), but, since you pay more for convertible car insurance, you're still spending the same amount of money in the long run.

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More info added.. if you're seeing this on the home page, hit the "more" link. If not, just scroll down.

Why do some road names change? Here's some info on that:

"Promoted"

Sometimes a road, such as a county route or freeway, will be "promoted" to be part of an interstate, causing a name change. An example of this is when Route 52 was changed to I-395/I-290. In Massachusetts it took the residents several years to call the road "290" instead of "Old 52".

"Demoted"

When new roads are built, some will "inherit" names, causing the old road to be renamed to something else. Usually it will be renamed to simply "Old Route [route number]". I remember seeing "Old Route 6" in Connecticut when I lived there.

Unforseen circumstance

You would not believe how much design revisions take place before the first shovel's worth of asphalt is put to the ground. For example, if you examine the extremely long drawn out history of traveling from Hartford Connecticut to Providence Rhode Island, it's enough to make anyone's head spin. (If you click that link, look for the graphic that shows the grayed-out portion of I-84. That's what was canceled in 1983. And that's what should have been originally built.)

But even so, it's interesting to see where roads and exits could have been - but never happened that way.

If you ever wondered why the Northeastern portion of Connecticut seems so unbelievably disconnected from the rest of the state, you can point the blame directly at the highway system.

This has been an ongoing battle for years and years. The question is continually asked, How do we get this state connected with its roads? Very few been able to answer it sufficiently, and even fewer could redesign the highway to accommodate without ticking off at least 5,000 people or more.

What will happen is this: Eventually, new roads will be built there and new connectors put in place. Because of this, you'll see some radical changes in the naming of many different roads.

Unfinished projects

Some highways are built but never completed. It happens from lack of funds usually. Rather than let a road that cost millions of dollars just sit there, the state will use it. Over time it may go through a few name changes before it finally sets on a specific name that sticks.

let them destroy you or carry you on

Title of this entry is a lyric from a song that has the best synth solo I've ever heard (and not one song has topped it since). While it's true there are those who believe I can rip/shred it up pretty good (which I sincerely appreciate), it's solos like song I linked that inspire me to go gonzo on the keys like that. 🙂

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TV tuner cards suck

I bought a TV tuner card today from CompUSA. Installation was fairly simple (but not really), then I plugged in the antenna and got only one channel. Yeah. One. On my lil' television I get nine with the same antenna. Uh-uh. No way. That sucker is getting packed back up and I'm trotting over to CompUSA tomorrow to return it.

Needless to say I was very disappointed. There is absolutely no reason that I know of why the tuner card shouldn't have been able to get the same reception the television did.

I'll be watching DVD's on the computer since it has the bigger screen, but for regular tv I'll stick with the little television. Being that I hardly watch tv anyway, it's not something I'm going to use often.

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Waning bloggers

I pretty much knew this was going to happen, but it seems that it's happening in grand fashion these days. What am I talking about? Dead blogs. Tons of 'em sprawled out all over the internet. You know, the kind where the most recent written post was months ago.

Blogs always start out the same way. Someone gets a bright idea and figures they'll write a thing or two. So they do. Then they develop a following after a while. Then for whatever inexplicable reason, it stops cold and becomes dead as a doorknob.

Of course, this doesn't only happen with blogs. It can be for anything on the internet, be it a web site, MySpace page or whatever. But this is about blogs, and I've been noticing that the blog graveyard is on the rise.

I think there are lots of dead blogs because people are figuring out that writing isn't easy. It's tough. I mean, yeah, you can write up a thing or two every so often, but can you do so every day or at least once a week? Most people have a bit of difficulty doing that, and therefore blogs die left and right.

Maybe blogs are best left for writers (or people who just like to write)? Who's to say for sure.

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Yet another comment or two about FL weather

When I drove out to get my tuner card, I was wearing my standard t-shirt and jeans (which I don't think I'll ever outgrow). No coat. Not necessary. Drove with the driver's window rolled all the way down and the sunroof all the way open. It was awesome. As I write this it's really early in the morn' (5:30am), and in Tampa it is 63° F. The high today will be 81°. In Dayville, CT? 31° with a high today of 62°.

And yes I can't help but get a big grin on my face every time I compare the weather here compared to where I used to live. 😀

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