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Weekend Update

Posted on 2006.06.10 at 15:29
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Want to take the kids to see Cars this weekend. Don't know if I'll get a chance. I know the theater will be packed with screaming children, and that will make me angry. And that they'll tag-team me for restroom breaks. Still, I'd love to take them. We downloaded the HD trailers a couple of days ago and watched them over and over.

Once upon a time, during in Air Force days, my roommate had recently gotten married, and his wife's arrival was pending. She would need a car. He needed something cheap. I suggested - just for a test drive, just in case it wasn't as bad as we assumed it was - the Geo Metro. I'm in the back seat, my roommate is driving, and the salesman is in the passenger seat. As we're driving, I ask the gentleman, "What's that on the right front fender?"
He takes a look out the windshield, but doesn't see anything.
I point this time, "That thing protruding from the right fender, what is that?"
He moves and strains to see it, but cannot.
"That metal whip, secured in the fender," I say, "What is it?"
He sees it, and turns to me, confused and answers, "The antenna?"
"Yes!" I proclaim. "That's right!"
The salesman is now looking at me as if I might be retarded.
"What is that for?" I ask him.
Now, pretty much convinced I'm stupid, says very slowly, "The radio?"
"WHAT RADIO!?" I nearly scream, as the car is not equipped with one.
Nice. He didn't buy the car.

Loaded Windows Vista (the Longhorn replacement) on an X1 and will be playing with that all week. Our group test-upgraded to Office 2003 prior to the migration to our users, and I lost my office bar. Office 2003 doesn't have an office bar. I know a lot of people hate the office bar, and many don't use it. I rarely care what "other people" do, or do not do. I liked it. I used it daily. However, in a fantastic turn of events, the Microsoft knowledgebase article written concerning the absence of the office bar in Office 2003 running on XP, (and I quote:)

The Office Shortcut Bar is not available in Microsoft Office 2003. However, you can use the Start menu in Microsoft Windows XP to start an Office program or to open a file or a folder. Additionally, you can use the Quick Launch bar in Windows XP or in Microsoft Windows 2000 to start an Office program or to open a file or a folder.

I wish I could slap someone at Microsoft for releasing that ignorant "Summary." Do they think I'm stupid?

So, sitting in the boardroom yesterday, I notice that my CEO is wearing a pink tie, with a pink shirt? I never would have done that. But he is a very distinguished, powerful man. Today - what the hell, I too show up with pink-on-pink. So far half a dozen people have mentioned to me, "Hey, the CEO wore pink and pink yesterday too..." The king looks like the piss-boy!

galinda822 came over for movie night, and the three of finally watched Office Space. I think I was the only one who enjoyed it, unfortunately. We followed that up with the first half of the mini-series Revelations, a galinda suggestion. It was quite good.

Took the kids to see Cars this morning. I expected the worst, and the wife even tried to talk me out of it. Boy was I surprised. I took a page out of the book of my dad and went to the first showing. There were maybe, 10 other people in there. I couldn't believe it. A nearly empty theater on a weekend opening show. Furthermore (and this really is hard to believe) neither of the children had to go to the bathroom for the duration of the full-two hour movie! And yes, it was good, on many different levels.

The story was basically Doc Hollywood. So if you've seen that, you know the entire story of Cars. (No Tony, Doc Hollywood was NOT Back to the Future III.) Owen Wilson does a fantastic job voicing the lead character, and as this is a Pixar movie, there was an animated short at the beginning. I even saw what I thought were the 'Birds' from the Monsters, Inc. short - and I'm sure there were other goodies I'll pick up on in subsequent viewings. What did you think, stuf123?

Was drinking my coffee this morning when my wife announces, "Oh, and your CD came in yesterday."
"WHAT! WHAT! WHAT? Hell woman, why didn't you mention this before?"
"I just remembered."
I snatched it out of her hands and ripped it into iTunes, read the liner notes, and made a copy for the car. I've been listening to it all day. it's very good, and as promised, a scan of Bear McCreary's autograph:

Drinking Pilsner Urquell...


CeltManX, Devlin O' Coileáin
celtmanx at 2006-06-12 05:13 (UTC) (Link)
My wife took our son to see Cars this morning. The other day I had to eat a happy meal for dinner so he complete his set of car characters from the movie. He has been seeing the trailer for cars on his Incredibles DVD for ever.

I am glad you had a good time with the kids.

I am excited for you that your cd came in.

You have always looked handsome in pink.

You just have to get one of those Texas shaped rainbow stickers for your car to show your pride.
ehowton at 2006-06-12 14:26 (UTC) (Link)
I'll get right on that.
Complete and Utter Nonsense
jesskd26 at 2006-06-12 14:19 (UTC) (Link)
That is one snazzy tie! :)

My son doesnt seem to be too interested in the movie Cars. He does want to see "Monster House", though. Im not even sure if its out yet. Looks cute though.

ehowton at 2006-06-12 14:27 (UTC) (Link)
heh - I don't know that my son wanted to see the movie either. I know that I did, however. He sure enjoyed it, though, once he sat through it.
drax0r at 2006-06-15 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
He does want to see "Monster House"

Yeah, we saw that when it was called "The Goonies"
ehowton at 2006-06-15 00:17 (UTC) (Link)
Goonies rules! I now have it on DVD.
ehowton at 2006-06-15 00:46 (UTC) (Link)
He does want to see "Monster House"

Take him to Tony's house sometime. That's enough to scare anybody!
galinda822 at 2006-06-12 15:03 (UTC) (Link)
I did enjoy "Office Space" (even Jennifer Aniston)- it was very funny! Don't say anything about my flair though!
I'm glad the kids enjoyed the movie and that it wasn't extremely overcrowded!!!

ehowton at 2006-06-12 15:19 (UTC) (Link)
I was doing all the laughing - and I've seen it!
galinda822 at 2006-06-12 16:21 (UTC) (Link)
I laughed!
ex_crowy at 2006-06-14 23:58 (UTC) (Link)
Battlestar Galactica rules.

The end.

That is the best you get right now.
drax0r at 2006-06-15 00:15 (UTC) (Link)
By your command.
ehowton at 2006-06-15 00:42 (UTC) (Link)
Very impressive. I shall reply in kind. The completion of which will then manifest a cross-post dialouge we can use as the cornerstone of our new relationship. Thank you.
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