Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Four Things About Me - A Different Twist

I'd love to start having this go around. The only change to the instructions? Make sure every person that you ping - and responds with an email, blog post, YouTube video or whatever - pings me too!

Well, it starts with me, but I really want to know about YOU!

This one is a bit different from others we've seen go around. Four things about me that you may or may not have known in no particular order.

Four jobs I have had in my life:

1. Making shakes at McDonalds
2. Pushing carriages /cashier/ front-end supervisor in a grocery store
3. Program Director/DJ at the college radio station
4. Domino's delivery

Four movies I've watched more than once:
1. A Knight's Tale
2. Pride and Prejudice
3. When Harry Met Sally
4. All Six Star Wars movies

Honorable mention: Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (only because it's so new. Only 3 times so far)
I FORGOT! Legally Blonde (had to add it for full disclosure)

Four places I have lived:
1. Coventry, RI
2. Atlanta, GA (really Buckhead and Dunwoody - but they're both part of Atlanta now)
3. Fall River, MA
4. East Taunton, MA

Four T. V. Shows that I watch:
1. American Idol
2. House Hunters International
3. Chuck
4. BSG

Four places I have been:
1. Haiti
2. Hawaii
3. Cali
4. Virginia

People who e-mail me
1. Shanna
2. Halle
3. Kevin
4. BACN! (it's a meme - look it up ;-)

Four of my favorite foods:
1. My father's lasagna
2. My mother's meatballs
3. My wife's Chicken Scampi (with the salt amount adjusted)
4. Bang Bang Chicken & Shrimp @ The Cheesecake Factory

Four places I would rather be right now:
1. Cali
2. Florida
3. London
4. France
(I know - France? What kind of an Italian/American am I?)

Four friends I think will respond:
1. Ed
2. Karina
3. B
4. Annie

Things I am looking forward to this year:
1. Explosive spiritual growth
2. Impacting people - one person at a time
3. Missions trip
4. Vacation - in a van - with four little girls.

Hit forward, delete my answers and type in Your answers. Then send this to some people you know INCLUDING the person who sent it to you. The Theory is that you will learn a lot of little known facts about those who know you. Remember to send it back to the person who sent it to you.

My Addendums
- send me a link to your blog post, YouTube/Viddler/Seesmic video, etc.
- have anyone that answers you via email include me on the distribution
- feel free to answer in the comments

YOU ROCK. Never forget it.

Sunday, June 01, 2008

Frustrations of a Tire Changer

Thanks Dodge/Chrysler. May I just take this opportunity to say that your engineers really need to rethink how the spare is stored on your minivans? Because while this experience has been enlightening, and possibly humorous, fun it hasn't been!

So, the short story, I get a call from the beloved wife last night at 11:00 saying "I have a flat tire". Thank the good Lord that she heard something happen to the tire shortly before getting to the development we live in. So, she had come to a stop off the main road and only a 1/4 mile away from the house. I padded out to the car in my bare feet (not a wise decision as I was to find out) and zipped up the road. Of course, it was drizzling and it was dark and I couldn't see a damn thing. She had already driven a good mile or so since the noise (but the tire took a little while to go flat) so looking at it there in the 11th hour darkness - and not knowing where any of the requisite tools were to get the job done I just declared the tire hosed and I drove it the 1/4 mile through the development to the house.

This morning I go out to the van in full regalia - all prepped for crawling on the ground and handling nasty tire kinda stuff (come on - did you think I was going to get dirty? PHULEASE). I knew where the jack was. Figure out where that went pretty easily. Score one for the designers. But the spare, where the heck was that? So, I started looking around - and under. That's where I spotted it. The sucker is underneath the back of the van. So I crawl underneath looking for some bolt or something... nothing. There's some kind of plastic piece holding the tire on. I start thinking, lefty loosey? Is that it? So I try to move it. No easy task. And I'm still thinking - how the heck do they expect people to be able to do this? Well, really, they don't. I cranked around a few times by various methods (like hammer for instance). Nothing. Finally (hey, I never said I was quick, you know?) I resort to the manual and find out the tire is held up by an ingenious winch mechanism that releases from a nut inside the van. So, I find the nut, crank it around assiduously and BINGO! The cable loosens and drops to the ground. The tire on the other hand does not. Seems the piece holding it is locked - rusted - right to the anchor. That baby ain't goin' NOWHERE. Of course, I find this out after wasting a good 45 minutes of my time on a Sunday morning! Which of course is important because I was trying to get the spare on so we could all go to church. BEAUTIFUL.

So thanks Dodge. I appreciate the opportunity for forbearance, patience and all those other great attributes that only show up in trial. In this case; however, I would have preferred a tire change.