by Heiderino on the April 19th, 2006

Have you ever been toodling along, minding your own business, when a BMW drives past you with a maddening license plate such as “JIMS BMW?”

The term “new money” immediately comes to mind.

If I don’t already know what a BMW is, telling me that you are driving one is moot. I don’t know what it is, and nor do I care. Also, if you are the “CEO VIP” of your company, that is great, but it doesn’t do much for anyone’s ego but your own. Actually, it’s a good bet that this annoys the living heck out of employees who see your car in the VIP spot every day too. You might as well say “IM BETTER.”

Then there are the hilarious misspellings – some so bad you can’t figure out the plate to save your own life. Sure, sometimes people are clever with great combinations of letters and numbers, but more often I see one like I saw today – DEUTSH on an Audi. The simple lack of C was enough to make my skin crawl. Of course, I have never been a fan of purposeful misspellings (Ha! Even foreign!) such as “krazy,” or “nite,” which may explain this a bit more.

One last thing to consider when getting a personalized plate: At least in Wisconsin, it’s easy to find out who drives a car just by their license plate. With this in mind, you may want to get the plate “STALK ME.”

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by Heiderino on the May 25th, 2006

I just got home, got caught up in the hustle and bustle of getting the kids fed, happy, bathed, etc. etc. etc.
When I walked into the living room and caught a glimpse of the couch, I realized that Decker (our Cairn terrier) gets to lay around all day, and never has any other expectations from me but that he not chew on anything, pee in the house, or throw up.

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I would like to be a dog for just one day. Or maybe just trade places with Decker so he can see how good he really has it!

by Heiderino on the June 3rd, 2006

How many times have you seen a pixelated, blurry, badly-lit security-cam photo of someone committing a crime on T.V.? It seems to me, with technology the way it is, they should be making better cameras, capable of night-mode shooting, and much, much clearer. Seriously – my Sony DVR video cam even has a night mode.

“If you recognize this blurry blob of a face, please call your local police department…”

by Heiderino on the June 18th, 2006

Originally uploaded by Heiderino.

The Domes are an obvious landmark in Milwaukee. This is horticultural heaven, with the Tropical, Arid and Floral Show domes. It’s kind of funny, because they have been there for my whole life (or at least since I was two) and I went on numerous family visits and school field trips there, but I haven’t been there now for probably (gulp) 16 or more years.

I was taking the kids down to meet my parents for lunch at our favorite Mexican place, Botanas, and by some freak of nature was running early. I didn’t really want to get to the restaurant and drag them in to sit there by myself, and Drue just happened to spot the Domes from 35th Street.

For fun, I decided to drive over to them for her to see. She was in awe – fascinated by these things. I couldn’t believe how EXACTLY THE SAME they were – particularly the zig-zaggy entrance way. Just driving up there brought back a flood of memories, including what I can even imagine the smell was inside.

I’m glad we saw the Domes that day – next time we’re looking for something fun to do, we are going there! It’s a great photo-op heaven, and I’m always looking for those!

To get an even better idea of the domes, and because I can’t (YET) provide my own photos of them, check out the “official” web site.

by Heiderino on the June 27th, 2006

I saw them for about 6 months – several times each day… Vonage commercials. “It’s so easy to install…” “We love it…” etc. etc.

I must say, it has saved us a bundle of money each month, but on the downside, I find that the reception ranges from slightly staticy to severely staticy. Forget about walking to the mailbox while talking on the phone, too. I have a VERY SHORT driveway, and I can’t get more than ten steps outside before I lose the call.

As a positive, their web dashboard rocks. I can look at my activity – it logs ALL incoming and outgoing calls (Great for parents of teenagers) and offers features such as simul-ring (make another # ring at the same time as your home phone) The bad news is, I set that simul-ring to call my cell phone at the same time, and whenever it is activated, I cannot call my home phone from my cell phone for some reason. A tad bizarre, no?

I think it is cool that when you forward the calls from home to wherever you are, the caller ID carries over! A bonus indeed over the “unknown caller” text that used to show up with a forward.

All in all, I definitely appreciate the cost savings and web features, but I think the call quality is lousy. I guess this is a case where you have to tally your pros and cons. I’ve been too lazy to do that just yet.

by Heiderino on the July 5th, 2006

 

“No, really – it’s water!”

This is the most unique design for bottled water I’ve seen yet.

I suppose there isn’t much more to say about it, except for the fact that it isn’t only visually intriguing, but extremely practical for wedging between ketchup and mustard bottles in the fridge door.

You might get some strange looks at the office if you pulled this out during a meeting, but I’d say it’s worth a try. I think I will do that tomorrow.

by Heiderino on July 18th, 2006

I’m not happy to hear that my favorite news personality Shepard Smith is over in Lebanon, dodging rockets.

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Rookie journalists are made to stand on the shore during hurricanes, with their goggles and hats blowing off, staggering around while trying to shout “As… you can see… WHOA! Very… Windy here…” They get paid next to nothing, and work insane hours.

After they claw their way up the journalistic totem pole, they get rewarded with fame, prime time, good pay and… ROCKET DODGING!