Yesterday, Chris went to Douglas to get some plumbing supplies to hook up our new 40 gallon hot water heater (the 6 gallon did its job, but we wanted more than a 5 minute shower) and then made what was intended to be a brief stop at Walmart to pick up a few things for the house. He parked the truck, went into Walmart for less than 40 minutes and returned to find……THE TRUCK WAS GONE. Yes, that’s right, someone stole his wonderful 8 month old truck from the Walmart parking lot. Thank goodness he was not hurt and the truck is insured. The police officer came to take his statement and when she heard a description of the truck she said she felt horrible because she had just called in our truck to the dispatcher. I guess it seemed suspicious to her, but not suspicious enough to pull it over, or there just wasn’t enough “probable cause” to detain someone. Walmart security will be viewing all the video tape of the suspects and handing it over to the police. What they saw right away in the video was a car pull up next to the truck, and in under a minute someone else was sitting in our truck and starting it up. It was completely locked and everything, but apparently one can purchase a de-coder for those electronic locks that you can do with a remote from your key chain. Chris learned that Walmart has had a horrible rash of car thefts from their parking lot. Thieves take them, drive the half-mile to cross into Mexico, where the 4-wheel drive trucks are used to bring drugs and illegal aliens across the desert into the US. Ugh! I get so frustrated with the drug trade and with people here in the US who do drugs. The whole drug trade via Mexico (and elsewhere) ruins innocent people’s lives and affects folks like Chris and I who are so far removed.
Archive for January, 2006
Chris and just got back from our second trail ride together. Chris has been riding Gunner and I have been riding Little Bit. It seems to be a good match this way. I figure Gunner is such a huge goof and so is Chris that they are meant for each other. When I was saddling them up this morning (lucky Chris, he gets his own personal groom because that way he can ride for the full lunch hour) Gunner kept tickling me with his muzzle. And then he kept trying to undress Little Bit as fast as I could get her dressed. On went the saddle pad, then as I was turned around reaching for saddle, plop went the saddle pad. I looked at Gunner who gave me that, “Who, me?” look and then sheepishly (horse-ishly?) looked away. I am sure I heard him snicker.
The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are this year’s 2005 winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.
2. Ignoranus: A person who’s both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxication: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy: Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7. Giraffiti: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.
8. Sarchasm: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn’t get it.
9. Inoculatte: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Hipatitis: Terminal coolness.
11. Osteopornosis: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
12. Karmageddon: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it’s like, a serious bummer.
13. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
14. Glibido: All talk and no action.
15. Dopeler effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
16. Arachnoleptic fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.
17. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
18. Caterpallor (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.