Stupid and Unskilled (New edit)

I’ve had an interesting few days, I suppose. I brought my car, Jeep, in for a brake examination. The brakes are in bad shape. I swear there’s something hydraulically wrong with it, because when I press on the brakes, half the time the pedal goes to the floor without much braking effect. The dealer said there’s nothing wrong with the brakes except that they hadn’t been lubricated (yes, there are moving parts in the brake system that require lubrication, they weren’t oiling the brake pads or anything), but that my tires were badly worn, I needed to spend $1500 on the steering system, $500 on the suspension system, and $100 for an alignment (plus whatever new tires cost). I said, “That’s wonderful. I’ll take my car back now.” My tires appear fine (they have plenty of tread, although I’ll admit it’s possible for them to be worn on the inside track [although closer inspection makes this appear unlikely, too]). My brakes are still the suck. The odds I’ll pay $2000 for repairs on a car that’s not worth $2000 before or after the repairs are approximately one in a kajillion. So I’ll drive it slowly into the ground, leaving plenty of space between me and the car in front of me. When I was driving it away from the dealer, the “Check Engine” light came on, and I almost crashed because the brake pedal was on the floor and Jeep wasn’t slowing down very much. Oh! And another update! I got a $60 ticket because I haven’t renewed my registration. I’ve already paid for it, but stupid California law requires a smog check before they’ll send me the stickers. So I have to get that done.

I watched Deuce Bigelow 2 yesterday. That was a waste of time. Luckily it didn’t cost me any money. I watched The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy tonight. It wasn’t a waste, but it sure was as much of a disappointment as another screen adaptation of it, and less true to the book (which wasn’t necessarily entirely true to the original radio show).

I’ve also taken up Photoshopping. Not really, but it was something fun to do for part of an evening. Sorry Andi.

There was other stuff I was going to say, but beer and memory have tabled that motion. I’ll come back and add links and pictures of my poor decrepit Jeep, so you can look at them sadly and say, “Aw, that poor thing.” Oh, one of the things I was going to say is that I saw my other roommate for the first time in six weeks today.

Now that I’m editing this to add links to Jeep, I remember what those other things were. One thing is a description of how stupid I am. USA Today Sudoku puzzles come in five flavors of difficulty, one to five stars. Five stars is the hardest. One through three is easy for me, four stars is hard but I can apparently do them, and the last time I tried to solve a five star puzzle I got one number into it before getting stuck. I was stuck there for about an hour. I got two more numbers with KrisDi’s help. KrisDi was able to solve it in about an hour. Our other roommate, whom we’ll call Oleo, solved it in about 30-45 minutes. So I’m stupid, and they’re not.

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I forgive your photoshopping, of all the things you could have done, i suspect that was the least cruel. 🙂 But, sweet photos otherwise.

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