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Today’s life pro tip. When the pavement ends, without warning, do not continue on. Even if the map you looked at said the road goes through to a road you know is paved.

At first, when I got stuck, I tried to dig myself out. No luck. So I called USAA roadside assistance. They immediately dispatched a tow truck. A few minutes later, I got a call from the guy from the tow company. He asks: “You passed the fairgrounds?” Yep. “Are you past the church?” Yep. “One or two one-lane bridges?” Two. “Did you pass the state hunting grounds?” Nope. “I know exactly where you’re at. I used to live out that way. I’ll be in my 30-foot truck, you can’t miss me. We’ll pull you out.”

It took 2 hours to pull me out and load my car on the tow truck, and then 20 minutes to get me to pavement. As we’re driving back, the tow truck driver says, “Pulled a 4X4 out of there a week or two ago.”

 

Going over the first (second I passed on the way in), he says, “This bridge didn’t used to have guard rails. One beer and you had to call your friends to pull you back on the road.”

Four miles closer to pavement, “Pulled a Jeep out of there about a month ago. You got pretty far.”

I responded, “I don’t do anything half-assed.”

“Nope,” he said, “you’re a pretty good driver. Is your car four-wheel drive?” Nope.

And my car, here’s a picture of Tincup Tina, the brave 1990 Mitsubishi Mirage that took me on this adventure: 

At least it was free with my USAA insurance roadside assistance. Him coming to get me 10 miles off-road was $300, plus at least $250 for the pulling me out of dirt. Nice.

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Really!?!?!?! I went out to my car this morning and the passenger seat was moved forward. Hmmm…

  1. I leave the car unlocked because fixing a broken window would total the car’s value of $300.
  2. Everything from the glove box (coupons, owner’s manual, car registration, insurance card, extra interior light bulb, extra fuse, pen from Jax Sheriff’s Office, sunglasses case, glasses cleaning rag) was strewn about the passenger seat.
  3. The only thing missing was my prescription sunglasses that I paid $60 for. Really??!!?  They were the old prescription and on the way to be donated to the Lion’s Club.
  4. You didn’t even try to steal the radio. It doesn’t work anyway, so no big deal, though at least with that I could have filed a police report.
  5. Still in the car, though moved around:
    • Umbrella
    • laundry detergent, economy size
    • brake fluid
    • engine oil
    • large container of water (1.5 gallons)
    • 1-liter water bottle
    • 2 bags of clothes for the Goodwill
    • a box full of canvas tote bags
    • Rocawear flannel
    • a beach bag with a beach towel, floppy hat, sunblock, and flip flops

You may think that because you have my address from the registration and insurance (if you were bright enough to write it down as you didn’t take any of these), you will now be able to tell when I’m gone. Wrong. I’ll be parking elsewhere for the next month or so. And my neighbor, who is currently unemployed, knows what happened. He has a German Shepard. He’s home all day. And he’ll be watching my place. Also, I have a very flexible work schedule, so I’ll be stopping by the apartment unexpectedly several times a day the rest of this week.

To the jerk who trashed my car: don’t worry, you will be caught for something else. As your actions show, you aren’t the brightest bulb and that will eventually get you caught. As a friend is fond of saying, Karma is a goddess.

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Poor Ignored Blog!

I have been busy moving and starting work in FL.  I’ll start updating the blog regularly next week with a new schedule.

Work is amazing!  I have found my dream job: Reference Law Librarian.  My co-workers are awesome!

And here, enjoy a kitty picture!

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I got a *real* job in Jacksonville, Florida!  I’m super excited and will be moving in the next 2 weeks.  Ack!  So, needless to say, I won’t be posting much here until I get settled there!

Bye PGH, I liked you, and I’m sure I’ll visit!

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Yes folks, we have a bug problem!  Not as freaky as you would think.  The cats like playing with these, and so I decided to see what they were.  A friend called them “Albert Beetles” but they’re really “Brown Marmorated Stink Bugs“!!

Lily’s fascination with the crack underneath the counters has now been explained as watching for the bugs to come out on “warm” winter days.  Apparently, this pest is a growing problem for gardens from New Jersey to Florida to Oregon!  Wow!

No, I don’t have pictures of this, I’m not sure you’d want to see them anyway!  The links do have pictures though!

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New Blogging Schedule

So, I’ve been lax in blogging this year, so I’m gonna set up a new blogging schedule:

  • Misc. Mondays – just something random
  • Wordless Wednesdays – a picture or 2
  • Caturday! – Cat pictures on Saturday

Of course, if anything exciting happens, I’ll add it in between!

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I love the snow, don’t get me wrong, but there are some definite winners and losers in how this blizzard and aftermath have been handled!

Losers

City of Pittsburgh – they ran out of salt (they’re now using sand which is not as great), they have failed to plow all of the major arterials in the city, leaving an ankle-high mucky and muddy and street to cross.  Get it together!  I would expect this if there were 2 feet of snow dumped in Seattle – they aren’t used to that, but here we do get snow!  Learn to plan!

University of Pittsburgh – Snow closures on Saturday, with no announcement on the website or to employees until mid-day.  Open on Sunday (WTF?), and closed on Monday, only with the announcement a small sidebar on the main web page after 10 pm – no notice via social media, email, or even a flashing banner across the web page!  Grrr..  And what was with that being open on Sunday?  What, support staff who work then can trudge in, but when the bosses might have to come in, well they’re too good to trudge through the snow?  Give me a break and get a contingency plan in place for snow storms and other emergencies!

Winners

CLP – The library was fabulous in that they announcements for closings was across the top of the main website and reported to the media!  I’m so proud of you, but next time, also include it in your twitter feed, okay?

Port Authority – THANK YOU!!  Announcements on the main webpage, press releases to the media outlets, and a twitter feed with a direct link to a mobile-readable website of bus routes up and running!!  All date and time stamped so you knew if it had been updated since you saw it last!!  And they did get some buses running limited schedules on Saturday!  Amazing drivers – next time you want a pay raise, I’m raising hell and reminding Burghers that you were the ones who got us moving first during the aftermath of this storm!

Neighbors and Neighborhoods – Saturday was magical as we were all out trouncing and playing around in the snow in the middle of the block.  we worried about the trees/power-lines situation, we took pictures, we commiserated over how awful yet wonderful it was!  Thank you, it could have been horrible or boring, but we made it fun!

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