Archive for March, 2008

$50 50% off Easter at Target = 200 Cadbury Creme Eggs

March 25, 2008

Ever wonder what 200 Cadbury Creme Eggs look like?
Yeah, me too.
Here’s what $50 can buy you at Target’s “50% Off Day After Easter Sale”:

My dining room is a delicious, delicious place…
Story: Erik and I went “easter [cadbury] egg hunting”. We couldn’t find any, anywhere. Target was the 7th place we looked and decided to Go Big or Go Home. We cleared out absolutely every egg they had left, because, well, why the hell not? The reactions we got from people were awesome. Some woman told me she was gonna follow us home. Ha! 😉

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tornadoes hail = exciting track day

March 18, 2008

So this weekend Erik did a track day at Road Atlanta with our ’87 BMW 325i and it was, for lack of a better word, exciting.
Friday night me, Erik, Eugene and Tony went to see Doomsday (awesome movie, btw!) at Atlantic Station. It was rainy and gross out but meh, whatever. The movie ended at 11pm and it was all crazy lightninging outside but didn’t look too bad. Drove home, went to bed, wound up being up all night from a crazy storm. Well, during the time we were in the movie, a F2 tornado hit downtown Atlanta (2 miles from where we were). This is the first time in recorded history that a tornado hit the downtown area. It did a lot of damage, destroyed a ton of houses and fubar’d a bunch of buildings. Sad 😦

So Saturday morning we got up at 5am (didn’t know about the ATL tornado at this point) and drove to Road
Atlanta. It was storming pretty bad but we figured it would clear up. By early afternoon we started to notice a big black storm rolling in. Erik had his sidekick and had pulled up a weather radar map of the area and we saw a supercell was headed straight for us… Shortly after is when it started to pour torrential rain. By this time, Erik was in a driver’s meeting and I was with the cars in the pits. I took down our tent and put away anything that could become a projectile in the wind. I was listening to the national weather service on the radio and they said a few tornadoes had been sighted in our area, we were under a tornado warning, seek shelter immediately.
So here I am, all alone with absolutely nowhere to go and I couldn’t reach Erik and my cell phone was dying. I was compulsively refreshing the radar map every two seconds with the insane expectation that the storm would miraculously disappear or change paths or something. Anyway. So it’s raining but dark and eerily quiet and there’s this guy standing outside the door of the Subaru (he didn’t realize I was in it) so I opened it and asked him to show me on the map where we were exactly and I was kinda crying a little and freaking out at this point and he calmed me down and was really nice and we started talking. So we’re standing there watching the sky and there are all these swirlies in the clouds, threatening to make a tornado and my New Friend Doug i
s like, “yeah, we don’t really have to worry about those until we see a funnel cloud forming… *pause* uh, like that one.”
I looked up and there was a FUNNEL CLOUD FORMING DIRECTLY OVER MY HEAD. It started to drop down from the clouds and Doug and I took off for the tower where we could hide and be safe. Luckily, it didn’t touch down and the storm passed after another half hour or so.
The weather cleared up and we continued racing… That is until we were hit with *another* supercell. A tornado was spotted 2 miles from the track and everyone was “evacuated” to the tower. The very moment the last person was safely inside, it started hailing. Golf-ball sized hail all over the place, coming in sideways. It was absolute chaos. After the hail was torrential rain and black-green skies. I was pretty much crying and shaking at this point because the funnel cloud had really scared the hell out of me. Eventually that storm passed and no cars were damaged by the hail whatsoever. …and the racing started again.
We got hit with a third supercell right as Erik and I were leaving the track and luckily we got out of its path quickly. Driving to the highway we saw the most spectacular 180* complete rainbow in a field off in the distance. It was the most intense, bright and perfectly-formed rainbow I had ever seen. Pretty cool end to a pretty devastating storm (sadly, several people were killed%2
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That night we went out to dinner with some friends and people from a local shop. A couple weeks ago I had seen a blue Miata at my work. Really clean, modified tastefully, etc. So as we pulled into the parking lot, I saw that very same Miata sitting there! We went inside and it belonged to one of the people we were having dinner with. I asked him what he was doing at *address here* and he said he worked there. I was like ‘nowai! me too!’ and he said he worked at TMP and I laughed and said me too. Small world huh? 😉
Sunday was uneventful compared to the storms the day before but still wonderful. The weather was completely opposite of Saturday – 70*, not a cloud in the sky and just a slight breeze. Erik drove well. He didn’t wreck and the car didn’t explode so it was definitely a success.
Overall, this was definitely one crazy weekend… I”m just bummed I was too busy running for cover to snap a picture of the funnel cloud. Oh well, maybe next time.
In other news: I sold Wilma yesterday (my ’89 Nissan 240SX).
Erik had been bitching for a while that he wanted me to get rid of her since I never drove her and she just sat in the driveway… Well, Eugene posted a for sale ad on Craigslist and my inbox got flooded with emails and my phone wouldn’t stop ringing and by 10pm, I had cash in hand and Wilma had a new family. I’m gonna miss her…</font%
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time can make strangers of the best of friends…

March 6, 2008

First things first (and yes, this is directed towards a specific person):
I know you read this frequently and check up on me often. I think it’s really nice that after all this time we both still care how each other is doing (yes, I check up on you occasionally as well). But what I think would be even nicer is if you actually took the time to say hey instead of just being IP address that I see in my logs.
You should know who you are.
If you think it’s you but aren’t sure, just assume it is anyway. kthx.
Okay, now on to more amusing things.
Yesterday morning at work my coworker Chad and I are sitting around doing the usual and all of a sudden he points to the floor near our cubes and asks “what’s that?” There was a crumpled up ball of fabric on the floor. I said ‘I dunno, but let’s poke it with a stick!’ So he grabs a pencil and picks the object up. What was it? A black thong. Yup, someone’s underwear. We have absolutely no idea where it came from or who it belonged to. I’m assuming it was static-clinged to someone who had recently done laundry
and didn’t notice it and it fell off as they walked by (since it was clean I am guessing it had been laundered recently). At least, I’m hoping that’s what happened. Some people came by to look at “it” and giggled like children. Eh, I guess you had to be here. What’s my point? I wound up with a stranger’s panties in my trash can. Yeah, it’s never a dull day here at TMP.
What else… bought a new 30gig hard drive for my iPod that kerploded this summer and hopefully it’ll get here soon so I can revive the poor thing.
Erik and I tried to seal our deck last weekend (because the weather was absolutely gorgeous!) but failed. Apparently the people we bought the house from never cleaned or maintained it so we spent all day Sunday just cleaning the damn thing. It took forever and actually made a pretty big difference, but we’ve still got some work ahead of us before we actually get to seal it. Oh well, such is the life of a homeowner 🙂
Had the windshield replaced in the G *again*. It got nicked by a rock a couple weeks ago on the freeway on the drive to work and (since we were having cold weather at the time) spread to about half the width of the thing. Oof. Only cost $178 though, and the guy did an awesome job, so I really can’t complain.
Well, that’s it for now. And seriously, You, shoot me an IM or something and say hey, ok? Let’s not be strangers
after all this time…