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Got a speeding ticket today for doing a 75 in a 50, pretty sure I was going anywhere near 75 because I had seen a parked cop car less than 30 seconds before another one pulled me over and lowered my speed from 60-50.

I don’t really want my insurance to go up, or 6 points added to my license, or to pay the stupid $100 a year fee New York charges you for getting 6 points on your license, so I don’t know whether or fight it or just deal.

First ticket, got a moving violation ticket ten years ago for not signaling when pulling out of a parking spot (a.k.a driving while a college student)

Hows your week been?  


  1. though I am shocked and saddened to see that this place hasn’t vanished without my self-defined august presence. ;~)

    Planning a product launch and a trade show (and messaging, and …). Got a miniature woodstove off craigslist and just got it installed in my little office (nee-shed). Haven’t lost my freaking mind completely, so I’ll take that as a plus.

    How are the rest of you furry Mooses?

  2. virginislandsguy

    after 2 days of trying. My odyssey began with reading a diary on GOS of alternative Democratic blogs, one of which was MM. I took a look, saw a bunch of names I recognized from DK, along with the inscription:

    “Give me your tired, your poor/Your huddled kossacks yearning to breathe free”

    What I didn’t notice was the postscript hidden by the shrubbery that said [in best Sam Kinison voice] “Unless you’re in Thailannnnnnd!” Two days of trying every combination of username and phony (whoops!) email address, I finally told the proprietors that I was on a first name basis with Tony Ja and that he would Muay Thai their asses.

    So here I am and I must say I am underwhelmed. An open thread with 1 comment after 4 hours? On GOS, the Tweet Posse would have this baby on the Wrecklist with 100 incoherent comments.  But all is not lost as I think there will be more GOS refugees coming here with their uniquely nihilistic style. And I’ll call it home.

  3. sricki

    has gotten any updates on my life of late (or whether anyone cares), but I have been rather busy this year. I’m working on my internship at a clinic (and to a smaller — but hopefully soon larger — extent, the behavioral medicine unit of the hospital) here in town. I have to say, finally being out in the field has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life — and to my great shock, I’ve found that I am… actually good at what I plan to spend much of the rest of my life doing.

    I graduate in May, provided all goes as planned. Then I will go to work wherever someone will take me while I work on getting my license. This is not what I ultimately want — still want my PhD. But with money being as it is, that’s just going to have to wait, I think. It is not a dream that will die in the next five or more years, even if it takes me awhile to get back to school. Truth be told, I’m pretty damn sick of school at the moment.

    Personal life is filled with a lot of love the past couple of years, from family and others. I don’t know whether anyone ever notices my sappy-ass sigs, but they are all dripping with silly sentiment.

    Here I sit at 6 AM drinking a damn fine cup of coffee — I’ve been up for a while now. I’ve never been a morning person, but I find that I can’t get up and running quickly when I have to be somewhere early. So I never get up later than 5:30 when I’m going in to my internship site. Gives me plenty of time to relax, check the news, hydrate, and caffeinate (I think I just invented a word!). You know, I got tired of being gouged by Comcast, so I don’t get TV at all anymore. All my news is read online, and I can’t say I mind that it’s now more filtered.

    I’ve now rambled so long that no one will read it all.

    Hope all are well, or as well as they can be in times like these. Welcome to our new moose (I saw another aside from virginislandsguy in another thread, but I lazily let others do the greeting). Blasky, get your butt back here and comment up a storm. I bet our traffic has dropped by half in the absence of your words of wisdom. 🙂

  4. jsfox

    1) Heading home one afternoon on a rural NH road (redundant?) I got pulled over by a very young cop for speeding. While writing me the ticket he keep apologizing for having to do so. I finally said to him – Officer stop apologizing for doing your job. You won’t last very long in it if you are going to feel guilty every time you have to write a speeding ticket.

    2) Again heading home in NH. This time in my new Mini. I was flying up a hill enjoying the turns and the extra climbing lane. When around the corner comes a police car. First reaction? Oh shit! I watch as he passes and pulls a U turn. At this point I don’t even wait for him, I just pull over. By the time he has pulled in behind me and walked up to my window I already have my license and registration out. He starts to laugh and says – So I go you know why we are having this meeting? I say yes at which point he sees the radar detector on my dash and asks- Not working? I say – No it works just fine when I remember to turn it on. He starts to laugh harder hands me back my papers and tells me to get going, but maybe to have a little less fun on the way.

  5. fogiv

    *** Forget about a serious Obama primary challenge: Memo to pundits and political reporters: President Obama is highly unlikely to receive a legitimate primary challenge. Oh, someone out there might challenge him (to get a book deal or a TV show), but right now there’s no evidence that the person will be a serious threat. As Politico’s Martin and Smith write, “Some angry liberals may want to see President Barack Obama face a primary from his left in 2012, but they have no answer to a basic question: Who? Two of the Democratic Party’s most well-known progressives – Howard Dean and Russ Feingold – have both indicated that they won’t take on Obama and there are few others who have the stature and willingness to mount a credible campaign against the president.” Our guess why this “Is Obama going to get a primary challenge?” talk is gaining traction: Because with the GOP presidential contest getting a late start (compared with 2007-2008), there’s a void of other political stories to write about. That said, the more people write about this, the more likely it could become self-fulfilling, serious challenge or not. Remember this: If the two weakest incumbent presidents in modern history, Jimmy Carter and Gerald Ford, would win primary challenges against a Kennedy and a Reagan, it’s proof that defeating an incumbent president in a primary is not NEARLY impossible; it IS impossible.

  6. HappyinVT

    Got dressed once; ordered pizza so I wouldn’t have to go to the grocery store.  I’m going to watch the Bolshoi’s version of The Nutcracker tonight in my jammies.

    If you don’t drive you don’t get tickets.  🙂

  7. I was channel surfing the other day and came across a movie I’d never seen. It starred Ernest Borgnine.

    Now for a little background. Younger meese may not know much about Ernie unless they caught his performance in the final episode of ER for which he earned an Emmy nomination. He was 92 years old at the time. He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role in A Grandpa for Christmas when he was 90. If you are really young you may know him as the voice of Mermaid Man on SpongeBob SquarePants. People that are in their 50’s and 60’s will remember him fondly for his lead role in McHale’s Navy, a mid-60’s comedy series.

    I doubt very  many would think of him as a romantic leading man. They would be mistaken. He won an Oscar for Best Actor for his role in the film Marty. That’s the movie I stumbled across the other day. I had never heard of the film. I was only 8 when it came out. I never knew he won an Oscar until I saw the info that accompanied the film on TCM. I decided to watch a bit of it out of curiosity. It turned out to be a lucky find. I ended up watching the whole movie.

    No one would ever accuse Ernie of being a ‘pretty boy.’ I imagine there were some interesting conversations during casting for Marty. It turned out to be an inspired choice.

    Ernie’s Oscar win is even more impressive when you see the competition for that year’s award. The film also won for best picture. If you ever stumble across it, like I did, do yourself a favor and watch it.

    1955 Academy Awards


    “MARTY”, “Love is a Many-Splendored Thing”, “Mister Roberts”, “Picnic”, “The Rose Tattoo”


    ERNEST BORGNINE in “Marty”, James Cagney in “Love Me or Leave Me”, James Dean in “East of Eden”, Frank Sinatra in “The Man With the Golden Arm”, Spencer Tracy in “Bad Day at Black Rock”

  8. jsfox

    The Tea Party folks are up in arms over the tax deal. They want it killed. They say it violates the pledge that was signed. So here is the pledge:

    “Permanently Stop All Job-Killing Tax Hikes” (p. 16)

    “Act immediately to Reduce Spending” (p. 21)

    “Cut Government Spending to Pre-Stimulus, Pre-Bailout Levels” (p. 21)

    “Read the Bill” (p. 33)

    “Advance Legislative Issues One at a Time” (p. 33)

    So by killing this bill the odds are just about 100% that all the tax cuts expire and everybody gets a tax hike. I am confused

  9. DTOzone

    always loved this.

    but ugh, I hate those two bratty girls who mock Charlie Brown. I always want to smack them right across the face. And who the hell told you it was ok to wear a plaid bow in your hair you stupid bitch, you look like a farmer’s whore.

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