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I stopped by the library today - and when I walked out, there was a Mercedes SUV on fire.  By the time the fire department arrived, it was a totally loss - the whole front end was burned up.  I drove off before I got stuck there and before the acrid smoke filled up my car.

c01dphu510n 3/27/2009 05:42:00 PM


Greg's Pet Peeves

Welcome to the inaugural episode of Greg's Pet Peeves. I have been
threatening for years to write a book with a list of things I hate the
most. Since I doubt any self-respecting publisher would pick it up, I
think just write them on my blog. I reserve the right to turn these
into a book in the future I'd I want to.

1. The DoD's obsession with turning every repeatedly used phrase
phrase into an acronym, no matter how obscure of arcane it'll be.

2. Speed bumps, especially those that are offset from one another.
Set them at entrance to your workplace's parking garage, and you can
hate them even more because you associate them with the dread of
another 9+ hour day at work.

So it begins...

c01dphu510n 12/15/2008 04:14:00 PM


You better, or I cut you so bad, you wish I not cut you so bad.

c01dphu510n 12/14/2008 12:24:00 PM

So, I was walking down 28th street in New York one Friday night in late September, pretty toasted, on the way back to the hotel. In our stupor, my brother and I walk right in among this group of people on the side of the street - I really had no idea what they were doing. I saw cameras, and lights, and I looked over and saw a person I thought I recognized - America Ferrara from Ugly Betty. My girlfriend loves this show, and so it is TiVoed. I walked right in among them I tried to take a picture with my phone, but some the cameraman walked in front of me, so I walked away to delete that picture and came and snapped this one. At this point, he turns around, and says, "Will you go to the other side of the street?" I said, "yeah, sure, on my way" and complied. From there I snapped the other photo when the guy who plays Daniel walked out of the building. We saw this scene in the episode dated 6 November (judging by the outfits they were both wearing). Goes to show you never what you'll run into in New York.

c01dphu510n 12/14/2008 11:58:00 AM


So, tonight, just for the hell of it, I decided to look up Joe Paterno to see how old he was, and naturally I went for the Wikipedia article. OK, so I saw an article on CNN where Joe Paterno, who will be 82 in about a month, said that he return to coach another season of Penn State football. Good for him, he must love it, and we should all be so lucky. Anyway, I pulled up the article, and read for a few minutes, and what did I see...well, see for yourself.

Who is Kyle Strohl? Why did he deserve to be called such a harsh name by the anonymous douche at

All this guy got from the moderator who edited out his bitchslap a minute later was, "Welcome to Wikipedia. Your previous edit has been reverted as it appears to have been unconstructive."

How professional. I'd have been far more abrasive.

c01dphu510n 11/22/2008 10:58:00 PM


Welcome to loteks.net. Now that I have a website address people can actually spell, I hope to increase my traffic. Right now, though, this site needs a major overhaul. Now.

c01dphu510n 11/11/2008 10:52:00 PM


Is it honorable for a man to give up when he knows the work he does is
not for him? Or that he is hopelessly bad at it? Or that he has
poisoned the well to the point that he can never recover? Or when his
job destroys his very soul, day after day?

I always said that if I couldn't do my job, the right thing to do is
to move on. It's long overdue.

c01dphu510n 10/28/2008 10:51:00 PM


I attended the Linkin Park Projekt Revolution show on Sunday. Early
in the day, around 1630, I was standing in the crowd watching Atreyu.
A couple was walking past me, away from the stage. The better half
was acting strangely. I heard her say, "my eyes are wide open, I'm
going to pass out." With that, she collapsed. Sharron and her
boyfriend tried to hold her up, and for 20 agonizing seconds, tried
feed her water donated by passersby. I thought, although I don't
believe I said, "pick your woman up, get her out of here, and get her
some help." I acted. I knelt down, picked the girl up (who felt
surprisingly light), and fast-walked her out of the crowd to the
workers at the gated entrance to that area. As I carried her, she
gripped on to me a little, which leads me to believe she wasn't
completely out. As I walked her out, most people moved out of the
way, but I shouted "move!" at a couple of stragglers. As I approached
the workers, I said, "I need some help for her." Per their
instruction, I sat her down and leaned her on a fence post while they
fed her water, and a couple of minutes later, she stood up, with help,
and I departed. I didn't get her name.

Sharron tells me that as I carried her, her boyfriend held on to her
arm. You hesitated, kid, and somebody had to do something.

c01dphu510n 7/29/2008 10:21:00 AM


What is the rich American obsession with driving an overpriced German
import? I'm talking about BMWs and Mercedes in particular. Perhaps
it's the luxury, the status symbol, or perhaps the comfort of knowing
that $40K-50K on a car. I got all I needed and more from a $20K
Mazda3. These people drive these powerful machines around like they
haven't got a pair. Of course, that may just be me complaining about
worst drivers in the country - Washingtonites, in particular,

c01dphu510n 7/25/2008 09:17:00 AM


Every time I walk past a Toyota Tacoma, I have the urge to take a
razor blade to it and make it Taco...or coma.

c01dphu510n 7/24/2008 11:32:00 AM

I want to breathe deeply, but I can't. If not for the usual soul-
crushing heat of this city, it's the pollution of far too many cars on
overpacked roads. That, in turn, is the symptom of too spread out a
city that does not lend itself to walking, hence you must drive to get
anywhere of consequence...which causes the pollution that has anyone
who wants to walk taking their pulmonary health into their own hands.

c01dphu510n 7/24/2008 09:10:00 AM


It's raining tonight. I've gone to taco bell to clog my arteries a
little more. I'm a little hungry, but really I just wanted to go out
and drive a little in the rain. It's been dry for weeks, after a June
of thunderstorms. Green Day and Soundgarden on the radio. Pulling
out in front of DC drivers in the rainy night is risky, no matter how
quick my car comes off the line.

c01dphu510n 7/23/2008 11:14:00 PM


Heh.  So I was watching the CNet Tivo show for this week (9 May), and Donald Bell was going on about some Sony MP3 player when he pulled out an iPod Classic, probably his own judging by the wear and scratching on it.  He turned it over and etched on the back was "Beer Not Bombs."  I had to rewind and watch it again just to be sure I had seen what I'd seen.

c01dphu510n 5/09/2008 10:50:00 PM


OK, good for the Giants.  But, what was up with that freaking Fox robot?  It...annoyed...me.  I cheered when the Terminator was beating it up.  But it just wouldn't go away.  Annoying robot.

c01dphu510n 2/03/2008 10:32:00 PM


I left work today, on my way to the gym, excited to run myself into
the ground one more time (like you believe the "excited" and "into the
ground" parts). As I entered the locker room, I came across a sight
much maligned by me but never before complained about - old naked
men. Please, someone explain to me why people think that anyone wants
to see them walk around with nothing on but a pair of flip-flops. I'm
not interested. How hard is it to wrap a towel your waist when you
get out of the shower? Some of these idiots walk out carrying the
towel, without bothering to cover themselves with it. All right,
let's talk about women walking around naked - a far more interesting
subject. Contrary to assertions made in the movie Road Trip,
according to my girlfriend, women DO walk around nude in the locker.
"They're not all skinny and pretty," however. Well, a guy can
imagine. Or just watch the aforementioned movie.

By the way, this post is a test of a method of posting from my new
iPhone. Let's hope it works.

c01dphu510n 1/29/2008 08:44:00 PM


About 30 minutes ago, I was on my way home on I-95 North.  About 8 or 10 miles south of the beltway (sorry, it was raining and dark, and I was too flabbergasted to notice where exactly I was) I came around a gentle curve and saw brake lights ahead of me.  As I slowed, I began to see the dozens of flashing lights which signifies a crash in Northern Virginia.  In fact, all I could see were police cars, fire trucks, and more police cars...and two wrecked Virginia State Police cruisers!  One had front end damage, concentrated more on the passenger side, and if it had been driving north at the time of the accident, was turned 110-120 degrees counterclockwise.  The other was facing the same way, though was closer to the right side guard rail, and appeared to have severe rear end damage.  Did they hit one another?  Were they chasing somebody and wrecked them, and either didn't see that car, or it had been hauled away?  I hope this one hits the news.  I wish I had a capable camera in the car, but I just order my Nikon d40x yesterday...

c01dphu510n 1/06/2008 12:57:00 AM

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