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Penguicon and Snow
Tomorrow I leave for Cleveland -- lucky me! This morning I hired myself a lovely rental car, so that all of my coworkers can travel with me. When driving to Penguicon today, I figured, "Why not drive the rental car? That way I don't have to pay for gas...besides, now it's blocking my car in the driveway."

So there I was this morning, backing my rental car down the driveway. I noticed the snow all over my windshield --

...let me pause for a moment here, and ask: what the hell is up with the snow? Why is it snowing all over my daffodils, when it's practically May?? (antisorbate, sitting next to me right now, suggests that perhaps the snow is because penguins like ice so much.) I just don't believe this is fair nor acceptable. What ever happened to global warming? Somebody suggested perhaps we should squirt some aerosol cans toward the sun to encourage it to come more quickly....

-- so anyway, backing down my driveway, I saw the snow on my windshield. So I grabbed the gear shift and threw the car into drive.

Oops. That's where the windshield wiper control is on my car! Fortunately I hadn't been going very fast, so after a few startled glances around (Slow realization: "Wait, this isn't the direction I was going before!"), I was able to resolve the problem.

Eventually I got the car's controls all figured out, and I zipped off to the con. Now I'm sitting here, preparing to watch a live rendition of the Buffy musical. As I was driving though, I was entertaining myself by trying to compose journal entries in my head. I'm not sure why... other than that I found my windshield-wiper-failure to be mildly amusing. I hope you found it so also?

Actually, I tried to tell this story verbally to my Con Roommate a little while ago, but it fell flat. When I tell stories aloud, I have trouble. I think it's because I try to add in too many details and explanations, then the humor is lost... or at least obscured. Excessive details kill a story, especially an oral story.

I had another story to tell, but I've forgotten it. With luck, I'll remember it...someday....
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From: stilldocked Date: April 24th, 2005 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)
How is Penguicon anyway?

See any of the guests of Honor?

What was Cory D. complaining about this time?
atdt1991 From: atdt1991 Date: April 24th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC) (Link)
I'm just like that. :) I'm sad I had to miss penguicon, but I do like the smoky taste of graduation. ;)

Too bad you're going to cleveland instead of chicago, or I'd say you should have lunch with me on your way out!
ellison From: ellison Date: April 24th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC) (Link)
What IS penguicon?

And yes, I found the car story amusing! :)

And weirdly enough, I'm learning about global warming in my Chem class right now. The earth is 1 degree warmer today than it was a few hundred years ago, which is sort of a big deal. I guess since it's spread out over the earth, it doesn't help with snow in May. ;)
johnridley From: johnridley Date: April 24th, 2005 12:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
Well, not to get pedantic all over a good story, but global warming doesn't mean it gets warmer everywhere. It just means extra energy put into a chaotic system, and you can't really tell what's going to happen. It could mean huge blizzards in May, or draughts in some areas, etc. The only guarantee is that since we're pretty well adapted to the way things are now, changing them probably won't be good.

Weather systems work on the cumulative effect of very small bits of energy, all adding up to forces way bigger than anything we can do. It takes a whole bunch of energy to warm a planet's atmosphere by one degree, and that much energy is going to do something.

Maybe instead of global warming it should be called "weather chaos increase" or something.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: April 24th, 2005 12:33 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was once in PA on business and got a little Toyota as a rental car. On the way back towards the rental place after the job, it started raining hard. I couldn't find the wiper control. I pulled off and looked for 10 minutes, but never did find the wipers, so I continued to drive. There was no owner's manual in the car.
When I got back to the rental place, it had stopped raining. I complained to the lot manager. He and I went over every control we could find, and he couldn't find the control either. We didn't find any control that didn't do anything either, so it wasn't just broken. We pulled, pushed, twisted and poked everything we could find. As far as I could tell, Toyota put the wiper control in the trunk.
johnridley From: johnridley Date: April 24th, 2005 12:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, I just noticed your pics while checking out the Sluggy store. Lookin' good! 'course, I'm probably way behind in picking up a clue on this, as usual.
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