Archive for October, 2003

Halo & Stuff

Posted: October 20, 2003 in General

Drove to G-bury Saturday to play a marathon gaming session of Halo. We had 4 Xboxes with as many as 14 people playing at once. Too bad it’s such a pain to set something like that up, because it’s a damn lot of fun. I did fairly well usually in the top 4 or 5 (usually behind Brian,) I was top gun on a couple games too. I think I may grab the PC version of the game and try it out soon.

On the Lotus front I have a good idea of what actually may be wrong. There’s some runout on one of the rotors (I think,) So the rotor isn’t mounted on the hub perfectly straight. Of course this is something that isn’t visible to the naked eye (easily). I’m hoping I can pull the rotor off, clean the hub to rotor surface up and retorque the bolts to the rotor. That may fix everything up… of course it may not as well.

Yippie… or… not

Posted: October 17, 2003 in Automotive, General, Lotus

Well I got the Lotus it’s (or should that be her) temporary registration. Drove it around for a bit on Wed. It has some serious problems with the front wheels. I’ve been wracking my brain trying to figure it out. I have a couple ideas which I’ll test out over the next couple days. At least I might figure out what the problem is and have it fixed in time to still drive the car for a couple weeks.

In the meantime I was in Rocky Hill working on Virtual Painting’s site I think things are well under way there and they might roll it out in a couple weeks. After words I stopped by Aaron’s new(ish) shop and said hi. He’s really put together something good and I’m glad to see he’s doing well. We talked for a bit before I headed home.

DMV sucks (again)

Posted: October 14, 2003 in Automotive, General

If there is any government organization that always lives up to it’s stereotype, it’s the Department of Motor Vehicles. I couldn’t get a temporary registration today for two reasons…

1) I filled out the form in green ink, and I didn’t have a quarter on me to get one of the stupid ball point pens out of the machine.

2) A photocopied bill of sale was unacceptable.

Talk about a pain in the ass. Of course there was the hour of waiting around which always adds to the frustration. And of course there was no way I was going to drive 30 minutes home, then 30 minutes back to get the bill of sale (since I was on my way to work.)

Certainly not my worst experience, but it’s never easy.

Lotus is home

Posted: October 12, 2003 in Automotive, General, Lotus

Well I finally carted my new Lotus home today. No big problems (well other than I had to climb out of the very small window after getting it on the trailer, and I had to leave the window open as I drove it home in the rain.)

I took it for a quick jaunt up the street and back (it’s not registered yet.) It’s pretty quick, I don’t know how it compares to the original numbers. Well I might get it registered this week so I can spend a couple weeks driving it before garaging it for the winter!

Men & Women, and so on…

Posted: October 6, 2003 in General

Cara got home late last night after a fun 16 hour drive from Chicago. She said she really enjoyed herself, and I think if it weren’t for the crazy drive she’d be itching to get back there really soon (although when I suggested the possibility of living in the Chicago area she wasn’t too keen on that idea.)

I was thinking about “cleaning”. I picked things up pretty well before she got home (not that the place was TOO much of a pit.) It did start me thinking about one of stereotypical differences between men and women, and that is cleaning. It’s funny to think what is “good enough” for a man is not passable for most women. I wonder why that is.

It’s not that we as men like dirt, hell I love it when the place is clean, makes me feel… well clean! organized. Dare I say civilized? I don’t think it’s because we’re lazy or don’t think it’s important. Well… actually it could be because we’re lazy and it isn’t THAT important.

I drove out to East Hartford to hang out with Brian over the weekend. His new home is a pretty decent place. It’s a pretty standard “house” kind of house, but he’s happy with the place. I have to admit I have a certain amount of jealousy in regard to it (just intensifies that “want”.) Of course that said, as he’s started making modifications to it, it’s started to hit his pocketbook (or lack thereof.)

We caught a showing of “The Rundown” which was a pretty enjoyable flick.

Netflix, etc.

Posted: October 3, 2003 in General

So I’ve given up on NetFlix. I canceled my membership earlier this week. It’s not that it’s wasn’t a good deal, but the turn-around could have been better. I figure it takes at least 4 days to get a new movie after returning one (usually more than 4.) I decided instead to give the Blockbuster system instead. It’s a little more expensive ($24 + tax), and you can only have 2 movies out at a time, but you can exchange movies the same day. I think it makes more sense this way.