Tell us a little about the first car you owned/leased/drove — i.e. what it was like, what you loved/hated about it, etc.
It was a horribly beat up grey 1982 Datsun (not even Nissan yet) Maxima mini-station wagon. It ran on diesel and always had problems with the wheel bearings. I loved that piece of shit though even though it was creeping up on 250K miles. The hardest part about driving it was finding gas for it because I needed diesel to run it. So I was usually in line with larger trucks and semi’s to get my gas… 😆
I went everywhere with that thing… I used to skip school in the spring to drive on up to Bear Mountain by myself or on a trip up to High Point state park to just relax and take in the clear cool air. To this day I daydream about all of my adventures I had on it. 😀
This is a two part question: first, do you consider yourself a good and/or courteous driver and second, what’s one of your biggest pet peeves with other drivers?
Well, the first day I learned how to drive, I was taken to Hoboken during rush hour. Talk about stress…
The second day was Manhattan… ’nuff said.
The third day was the Jersey Turnpike in the truck lanes… Scary.
I consider myself an excellent driver simply because of how I learned to drive. Am I considerate, no. Am I courteous, no. There really is no need to be both to be a good driver in my opinion. I am extremely cautious of my surroundings and I make driving a very challenging game of chess. True, I have had one major accident where I lost my car but, because of the way I drive, I was able to walk away from being rear-ended and side-swiped at a high rate of speed with only a few scratches. I’ve known of people becoming more injured in much less than what I went through. To me the key of good driving is simply always having control of the situations you are placed in day to day on the road.
The only thing that really upsets me when I drive is the lack of poor judgment and naiveness of the drivers I see out there. People just blindly assume too much when they are on the roads and that’s why there so many accidents. You can’t imagine how many times I have seen one driver go through a green light not noticing a car coming the other way who has not seen their red light. Or the amount of times people just assume that because their blinker is on that there is no one next to them. It’s the little things like that where you simply assume another driver is being cautious that you get the most trouble in and what I find most annoying.
That and the god ef’ing morons that have to look at an accident and slow down traffic for miles because they can’t leave well enough alone.
One of the things I forgot to mention was about our trips to Princeton this weekend. Saturday night, Devina treated me to this pretty cool little Japanese restaurant called Soonja’s Cafe on Alexander Street in the middle of Princeton. It was a very quaint little restaurant with a little bit more than the usual sushi and Korean food combos you see littered all over Central Jersey. The have some pretty good Thai and Chinese food, as well as a hint of some Indian stuff as well. I had their Sea Bass with a Thai green basil sauce over cellophane noodles (*yummy*). I think Devina had this home made noodle dish that she up and drooled over. The food wasn’t that expensive either. I think the total for those dishes, two appetizers and some drinks was like 35 bucks total. Not bad if I say so myself considering the area.
On Sunday she was telling me about the Wegmans near the Quakerbridge Mall. She seemed to have found it on one of her many lunch-time day trips throughout the Princeton area and couldn’t stop raving about it to me. From what she described, it seemed nothing more than Central Jersey’s version of Whole Foods up near me. It’s one of those uppity food stores where you can get some good gourmet stuff at really high prices. 😉 They also have mini restaurants and buffet lines where you can partake in some of their fabulous cuisine. We grabbed some grub and then proceeded to check out their wine shop because I was looking for a very specific Cabernet I shared with Karen last week. Lo’ and behold I could not find it, but here’s the interesting part about the wine shop. Just as I went in, I did not notice who was paying for a few bottle of wine. Devina yelled my name and as I turned to her, she looked at me and made a gesture to check out the person paying for his wines. I turned, looked, blinked, blinked again, my jaw dropped and there standing in his white pants and polo shirt wearing majesty, was no other than Avery Brooks ! Devina knew who he was but couldn’t place a name to the face, and here I am squeaking out “it’s Mr. Brooks….” I used to love watching him in Spencer for Hire when I was a wee lad and of course, I think he was a kick ass captain (he’s number 2 [to Patrick Stewart] on my list of favorite captains) on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine as Benjamin Sisko.
Did I say “Hello” to him? No… I was too chicken. I’ve read a few stories about how he blows up at people when he gets approached, so I just watched him pay and leave without saying a peep. Yeah I know… I should have said something. Perhaps next time I will. He was dressed as if he was doing some shopping so I’m thinking that he lives in the area. Perhaps we’ll chill at Wegmans a few more times and I’ll say my respects the next time I happen to run into him. 🙂
For your reading pleasure…
Only in America
- can a pizza get to your house faster than an ambulance.
- are there handicap parking places in front of a skating rink.
- do drugstores make the sick walk all the way to the back of the store to get their prescriptions while healthy people can buy cigarettes at the front.
- do people order double cheeseburgers, large fries, and a diet coke.
- do banks leave both doors open and then chain the pens to the counters.
- do we leave cars worth thousands of dollars in the driveway and put our useless junk in the garage.
- do we use answering machines to screen calls and then have call waiting so we won’t miss a call from someone we didn’t want to talk to in the first place.
- do we buy hot dogs in packages of ten and buns in packages of eight.
- do we use the word ‘politics’ to describe the process so well: ‘Poli’ in Latin meaning ‘many’ and ‘tics’ meaning ‘bloodsucking creatures’.
- do they have drive-up ATM machines with Braille lettering.
- Why the sun lightens our hair, but darkens our skin?
- Why women can’t put on mascara with their mouth closed?
- Why don’t you ever see the headline “Psychic Wins Lottery”?
- Why is “abbreviated” such a long word?
- Why is it that doctors call what they do “practice”?
- Why is it that to stop Windows, you have to click on “Start”?
- Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor, and dish washing liquid made with real lemons?
- Why is the man who invests all your money called a broker?
- Why is the time of day with the slowest traffic called rush hour?
- Why isn’t there mouse-flavored cat food?
- When dog food is new and improved tasting, who tests it?
- Why didn’t Noah swat those two mosquitoes?
- Why do they sterilize the needle for lethal injections?
- Why don’t sheep shrink when it rains?
- Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?
- If con is the opposite of pro, is Congress the opposite of progress?
- If flying is so safe, why do they call the airport the terminal?
In case you needed further proof that the human race is doomed through stupidity, here are some actual label instructions on consumer goods.
- On a Sears hairdryer: “Do not use while sleeping.”
- On a bag of Fritos: “You could be a winner! No purchase necessary. Details inside.”
- On a bar of Dial soap: “Directions: Use like regular soap.”
- On some Swanson frozen dinners: “Serving suggestion: Defrost.”
- On Tesco’s Tiramisu dessert (printed on bottom): “Do not turn upside down.”
- On Marks and Spencer Bread Pudding: “Product will be hot after heating.”
- On packaging for a Rowenta iron: “Do not iron clothes on body.”
- On Boot’s Children Cough Medicine: “Do not drive a car or operate machinery after taking this medication.”
- On Nytol Sleep Aid: “Warning: May cause drowsiness.”
- On most brands of Christmas lights: “For indoor or outdoor use only.”
- On a Japanese food processor: “Not to be used for the other use.”
- On Sunsbury’s peanuts: “Warning: contains nuts.”
- On an American Airlines packet of nuts: “Instructions: Open packet, eat nuts.”
- On a child’s superman costume: “Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly.”