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“As the Boots Turn” #3: An Episode of Road Rage (almost)


Traffic Cat is not amused (CC)[cue the music, roll the opening credits, cue the announcer]

We join our intrepid hero as he is headed to dance practice.  He approaches his trusty stead, a new Toyota Tacoma named “Tonks” on which he has only made three payments.

Smiling in anticipation of the drive, he carefully buckles up, adjusts the mirrors, looks behind and on both sides before backing out of the parking space, at the edge of the lot of course…we don’t want Tonks to get scratched up!

Approaching the exit to the parking lot, he slows, carefully looks both ways, and shifts into second, thus venturing out into the badlands… …otherwise known as the byways and highways of Dallas/Fort Worth.  (Roads, streets and freeways for those who haven’t had coffee yet and didn’t catch the literary allusion!) 😉

Once out of the parking lot and onto the road he immediately encounters that orneriest of the ornery, the meanest of the mean, the rudest of the rude, the Scourge of the South, the nastiest critter in all of the West… a careless, distracted, self-obsessed driver, whereupon we hear our beleaguered hero declaim:

Oh no she did-uhnt!”

Thus with a shake of his head and a well-timed Quadruple *SNAP* in Z formation, our intrepid hero begins his journey across town…. …only time will tell if he succumbs to base emotions and flips someone the bird along the way.

When Did Inconsiderate Driving Become Routine?!!!!

The Bird (CC)I’ve noticed a strange thing on the roads over the past couple of years.  People are becoming routinely rude, inconsiderate and self-obsessed.  Not everyone, of course; one must be careful with generalizations –there are still a range of drivers with behaviors running the gamut from steering wheel gripping beasts in the midst of a road rage episode to those who are friendly, courteous and law-abiding.  But on the whole, the percentage of rude inconsiderate nuts on the road is definitely increasing.  The ratio is shifting and not in a good direction.  For those seeking real research and “just the facts” skip down to the Related Links and Articles section at the bottom of the post.

The rest of you who want some drama along with a chuckle or two, keep reading…

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Prepping For Week 1 or “The Third Time’s the Charm!”


Starting Line (CC)On your marks!

Ready…

Go!

You would think that getting started on a fitness and health plan would be a simple 1-2-3 kind of process:

  1. Recognize you are out of shape and living unhealthy lifestyle
  2. Decide to do something about it.
  3. Do it!

Yeh, right.  Dream on boyo!

Week One (kinda) Back on Jenny Craig

Last week, on Dec 15, 2011 I finally kept an appointment at my local Jenny Craig Center.  It had been 4 1/2 months since my last visit.  Eighteen weeks of falling back into old habits of eating out and eating unhealthy.  Oh my!

So, I confessed my sins.

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Driveshaft Drama: The Final Chapter–I’m a Papa!


Dude I gotta pee! ©2011It’s a boy!

Or a girl.

Ok, ok, it’s a TRUCK!

I know that ships are always “she” unless you’re Russian then ships are “he.”  But trucks can be a he or a she and I haven’t driven it long enough to figure out it’s personality or it’s gender.  But when I do, then I’ll have to pick out a name for it.  (Note added Dec 24th — I named it “Tonks”)

Regardless, it’s MINE!  All Mine!  (so are the payments, but we won’t ruin the moment by talking about those!)   I likes it though! I really really really REALLY likes it.  And, just so we keep this whole “he’s having truck problems” related somehow to “fitness and health”,  here’s the connection:..

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Driveshaft Drama: Preview of Coming Attractions


My New ToyOk, maybe my last post did set a new new record for “short blog entry” but this one will be shorter!  LOL

Here’s a photo of the truck I’m considering.  I go test drive the truck tomorrow at 2:30.

FedEx is delivering my loan papers tomorrow morning.  Woo Hoo.

2009 Toyota Tacoma.  Still under Factory Warranty.
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Driveshaft Drama: The Continuing Saga…


The dog broke it ©2011This is going to set a record for my shortest post ever.

  • I have found a new truck that I really like a 2009 Toyota Tacoma..  My #1 choice
  • I have financing (they’re verifying the information pending final approval, but I have the financing).
  • I’m negotiating the price (via email at this point)
  • I’ve scheduled a test drive of the truck for Wed.
  • I know what my old truck is worth as a trade in.
  • I have insurance estimates for my # 1 choice and my #2 choice.

If everything goes well, I may be driving a new truck by the end of the week.

See ya on the dance floor!

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