Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Random thoughts and observations

I was on my way home tonight, and some dipshit in front of me in a Honda Civic came to a COMPLETE stop on an entrance ramp to a major highway. FYI, there were no cars coming to even warrant a slow yield. It often amazes me how many clueless people possess a driver's license.

Speaking of clueless me a favor, if you live in Pennsylvania, or know anyone who lives in Pennsylvania, please help spread the word to all your friends and family that despite whatever the law is in PA, in NJ it is the LAW to KEEP RIGHT EXCEPT TO PASS! If I had $1 for every PA douchebag cruising casually in the left lane and not passing the cars in the center lane in NJ, I could retire! Oh, and for my PA readers of this blog, if this applies to you, nothing personal I assure you. :-)
Don't get me wrong, we have plenty of our own "Left Lane Dick's" in NJ, but in my experience, the PA contingent far outnumbers the NJ; at least on Rt 78.

One last driving related comment. I noticed that they are going to be cracking down on non-handsfree cell phone use while driving starting March 1. I hope they mean it. I can't tell you how many times I see someone driving like they're stoned, only to pass them and see that it's some asshole talking away with their cell phone to their ear and paying no bit of attention to their surroundings. Frankly, I don't understand what is so difficult about using a headset in the car. Most phones these days come with bluetooth, and bluetooth headsets are not expensive anymore. Even if you don't have bluetooth, what phone does not come with a basic earpiece? No, it's just plain laziness and arrogance. And for those who say there is no difference between a headset or not, I beg to differ. I have talked on my cell both with and without a headset while driving, and there most certainly is a difference in your concentration. Holding a phone to your head with one of your hands adds an unnecessary distraction, not to mention tying up what should be a free hand.
I heard in the news last week that some teenage girl was killed in a car accident, and her cell phone showed that she was in the middle of a text message. Yup...people (mostly young) are now texting while they drive.
Everyone's invincible until they're dead.

Most of you by now have probably heard that Mrs. Obama stated that for the first time in her adult life, she is actually "proud to be an American." The FIRST time? Up until now this country has given you no sense of pride?
Of course, supporters are spinning it to say that it's not literally what she meant. You know what? It probably isn't, but you can bet that if Mrs. McCain said the same thing, the liberals would have been all over it. Point is, it's good to see the scrutiny and criticism go the other way for a change. Nobody's perfect...not even Democrats.
I have to say, I like Barack, but Michelle seems like a loose cannon, and I'm not sure I'd be thrilled with her as First Lady.

Finally, for those of you who wisely held off on buying a BlueRay/HD DVD player to go with your HDTV until a format winner was declared, looks like you can now start shopping. Toshiba announced earlier this week that they have officially withdrawn from the format wars and have conceded defeat. BlueRay is the winner as the last movie company holdout (Paramount I think) has joined BlueRay support. So, BlueRay is the new VHS, and poor HD is suddenly the new Betamax...obsolete in it's infancy.
Sorry HD...we hardly new ye.

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