July 9, 2007: Turd Painting

Around eight o’clock this evening Dominica’s mother called to tell us that Dominica’s cousin, Andrew – 38 years old and a father of two – had passed away after a short battle with cancer.

Dilbert: My Job to Spraypaint This Turd

Scott Adams has a good post today about Honda spokesperson completely messing up what would be a very straightforward defense. I felt that, as I read the article and before reading what Scott wrote, Honda was in the right but had completely misstated their case and stated the issue in such a way as to make themselves into the bad guys! Nothing criminal, just utter foolishness. Honda is totally bound to state the EPA figures regardless of their accuracy. The US Government is stating what the legal fuel economy is of the vehicle. If the Honda hybrid actually got better mileage than what was stated we would never let them say it but somehow we think that they should point out that the numbers are completely wrong to their disadvantage? Of course not. No one else in the industry does this nor are they required to. They are legally stating what the EPA has told them their rating is. That is all. If you don’t like it then complain to the EPA and make them come up with useful numbers or a better comparison system or ask them to force Americans to all take “efficient driving” courses since the real issue is the idiotic way that people drive.

Today was relatively slow at work – perhaps because this is the hottest day of the year so far with temperatures soaring into the nineties and a heat index at one hundred degrees! Surprisingly when I was outside I didn’t really notice that it was all that hot and actually thought to myself when I went out at three thirty this afternoon that it was rather nice out. I guess that is a pretty serious sign that I am aging!

I ran to Taco Bell for a quick lunch and stopped at Jiffy Lube and got the Mazda’s oil changed. It has been needing to have been done for some time now and we are driving the Mazda up to Pavilion this weekend so it really had to be done before we left. So I figured that today would be the best time to get it done. My car thanks me. This is the last oil change before we flip one hundred thousand miles. Hard to believe that we have owned that car for that long but we did buy it a full two years before Dominica and I got married so we have had it since late 2001 – almost six years. So really the mileage is as it would be expected to be.

I worked just a little bit late today and came home to find Dominica already playing Tales of Legendia. Apparently she likes it. The idea was that we were going to play the game together but she is rather impatient.

Oreo has been under the weather for the past week or so. He didn’t do anything all weekend and just slept. He barely ate or anything. But he appears to be back to his normal, perky self again today. Maybe it was sympathy sickness because Min and I had bronchitis. I still have it a little but for the most part I feel quite a bit better.

The second season of <em>Veronica Mars</em> came in the mail today so Dominica is going to be dead to the world for the rest of the week. She has no self control when it comes to television series like this. I am bad but she is totally addicted. Luckily I don’t really like this particular series very much so I don’t feel the need to watch them all with her. Recently it seems that there is very little that I really want to just passively watch. Almost no movie appears to be worth my time. I really need a special occasion to bother watching a whole movie and television shows that keep me interested are getting fewer and fewer.

Dad emailed me to let me know that Dark Cloud 2 and Rogue Galaxy, both for the PS2, arrived at his place today. I had managed to get both of these titles off of eBay recently and hope to get to start playing them soon. I am very excited to see what Level 5 has done with some other titles beyond Dragon Quest VIII.

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