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renniekins
renniekins
Driving Stories
I was driving to work today, and I saw a new shiny green pickup truck pulling a trailer. It was an old and beatup open air trailer, the kind that's just a platform with a rickety fence surrounding it.

The trailer was empty except for a vending machine standing up in the back. I could see it was loaded with a variety of bags of chips.

Now, I understand the importance of bringing snacks on a road-trip, but really. I think this is taking the concept just a little too far.


In slightly-related news, I did an amazing job parallel parking last night. Usually my parallel skills are only so-so. I stopped in downtown RO for pizza, and saw an open space right in front of the shop. Because I was just running in to buy a slice and leave again, I wasn't too worried about doing a good job parking. I figured even if I did a terrible job, I wouldn't be there more than a couple of minutes.

I think it was my lack of worrying about it that caused me to wiggle so easily into such a tight space. I did give the car behind me a pretty firm love-tap, but otherwise slid in without much trouble.

It wasn't until I got out of the car that I realized just how tight the space was: there was probably less than a foot of empty space on either end of my car. Then I looked more closely at the sidewalk, and I realized there wasn't a meter by my space. There was a meter in front of the cars on either side of me.... It was then that I realized I wasn't in a parking space at all. I was just in the small empty space between two legal parallel parking spaces. All three were fairly small cars, so we all fit (if tightly).

I hurried into the shop and bought my pizza, then I wiggled my way out of the tiny non-parking space and left before anybody noticed my mistake.
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lahabiel From: lahabiel Date: September 16th, 2004 08:02 am (UTC) (Link)
I think that's the first time I've heard someone other than myself and my father use the term "lovetap." Is this a more common expression than I'm aware?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 16th, 2004 08:04 am (UTC) (Link)
I don't know -- I got it from my brother, who lives in Chicago and therefore parallel parks a lot more than I do.
cpip From: cpip Date: September 16th, 2004 08:33 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm familiar with the term; it's somewhat out of common use, but as I understand it it means just a gentle blow of some kind.

Or it's used sarcastically. "I just gave Bob a li'l love-tap," said while standing over Bob's unconscious body.
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: September 16th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
So THAT'S what happened all those times!!!

Oh, my cranium...

>;-D
cpip From: cpip Date: September 16th, 2004 09:39 am (UTC) (Link)
It sucks when you have to be used as a Demonstrator. :)
bob_the_mighty From: bob_the_mighty Date: September 16th, 2004 09:43 am (UTC) (Link)
All depends on what's being Demon-striated...

*waits for the "How To Be A Millionare" demo to start*

>;-D
From: stilldocked Date: September 16th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC) (Link)
you so rock...and with each passing moment...we are all falling more in love with you.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: September 16th, 2004 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
Nah, I'm about maxed-out on Rennie love. She'll have to step up a bit to squeeze any more love out of me :-).
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 16th, 2004 11:25 am (UTC) (Link)
Thank you....I am honored to count you among my friends.
specialagentm From: specialagentm Date: September 16th, 2004 11:40 am (UTC) (Link)
...and you know I'm kidding, right, sweetie? ;-)
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 16th, 2004 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I figured you were, but thanks for saying so. (:
From: stilldocked Date: September 16th, 2004 02:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
really? or is that a stock response to a declaration of love?
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 16th, 2004 06:12 pm (UTC) (Link)
Really! My stock responses are, depending on the person, either "I love you too", or "I'm very flattered". But both of those seemed trite, so I went with telling you how I feel -- that even though I've never met you, I count you a true friend.
From: stilldocked Date: September 17th, 2004 08:01 am (UTC) (Link)

I know...it sounds like an AT&T commercial.

wow...thank you. honestly. Thank you.
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 16th, 2004 10:02 am (UTC) (Link)

Car Choice counts

I think one of the keys to good parallel parking is to drive a small car.

I do not park the Accord nearly as well as the Civic.

Good thing your love tap did not set off a car alarm!

Maybe this is a sign that you worry too much?

renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 16th, 2004 06:13 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Car Choice counts

At least a sign that overthinking one's parallel parking doesn't help!
jeffreyab From: jeffreyab Date: September 17th, 2004 06:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Car Choice counts

Now that I think about it having a small car means not having to think as much about parallel parking!
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2004 06:52 am (UTC) (Link)

Lovetapping a truck

Maybe it's just me, but I thought standard operating procedure to parallel parking was to NOT tap the car behind you? ;)

It's stories like these that make me feel at ease that I drive a truck. It may be a 4800lb. pig on gas (in my defense I use it all the time to haul stuff), but it has steel bumpers, 12" higher than normal, so tapping something like that just ends up squishing someone else's plastic bumper instead ;)

The pants are cool. I have a paisley long-sleeve shirt, does that count? I should get ken jennings double jeapordy points cuz I'm a guy with a shirt like that ;0)

MJP
renniekins From: renniekins Date: September 17th, 2004 01:00 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Lovetapping a truck

While not ideal, a lovetap in a tight space (i.e., city parking) is perfectly acceptable. It does no harm to either bumper -- that's why bumpers are there, for bumping!

Yuck, I understand some people's need for a big truck, but I hate 'em. Especially SUV's. They make life on the road more difficult and more dangerous for efficient little economy cars, thus making everyone want bigger vehicles, thus perpetuating the problem!

A paisley shirt, on the other hand, sounds great! definitely you get bonus points for that. (: (:
From: (Anonymous) Date: September 17th, 2004 05:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

4-wheel love hate relationships

So you hate big trucks? Fascinating.... I don't think you hated your neighbor's the other day when he was able to extricate your post-processed bushes. LOL ;P

I will however tip my hat to said XPV's (extremely pointless vehicles). The vast majority only use a vehicle like that at max capacity only 1% of the time.

It's kinda like the law (I don't remember who came up with it) that 90% of the cpu time spent processing code resides in only 10% of it.
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