August 3, 2005 @ 3:11 pm by sean
On 50states.com, a site with fun facts about each state, this is number 29 about New York:
On July 28, 1945 an Army Air Corps B-25 crashed into the Empire State Building at the 79th floor level.
It’s a lot harder to find how many miles of roads there are in New York City than I expected. Without the Internet it’d be substantially harder I reckon. It’s a lot quicker to figure out that if all the Crown Victoria taxi cabs were Honda Accords instead, length-wise there’d be 4 more miles of uninhabited roads in New York City. That doesn’t really seem like much compared to the 6,374.6 miles of roads in NYC; not as much as I expected at least. The Accord does get 3 more miles per gallon in city driving though, so cabbies could pocket more money, and it’d be better for the environment. Luggage capacity is 20 cubic feet on the Crown Victoria, or just over 3 of me with about 2 cubic feet left over, the Accord is 14 cubic feet, just over 2 of me and abot 2 cubic feet left over. I doubt most people fill all 20 cubic feet. My math could be wrong though, Crown Vic’s have huge trunks, and I’m pretty sure we could fit more than 3 of me in there. From the Crown Vic to the Accord, one loses 4.2 inches of rear shoulder room, 5.2 inches of rear hip room, 2.8 inches of rear leg room, and 1.1 inches of rear head room, but I doubt all of that get’s used up regularily anyway. Per car, the Accord takes up 77.4 less cubic feet of the world. That’s 932,902 cubic feet less for all the taxis in New York City. That’s the same as a building 310,967 feet long, wide, and high. The Accord also takes up 18.5 less square feet per car, which I think equals out to about 42 less square miles. NYC is only 54,471.144 square miles.
So there is an answer to a question only I asked. Perhaps the real answer I should look for, is what was the point of figuring all that out? Though I could only ask that question having done all that, so maybe I should ask, who cares?
Uncle David called me from his office a little bit ago inquiring about trivia on 104.3 WOMC. The question was Of the two nuts mentioned in the Bible, one is an almond, what is the other? I was saavy enough to find out it is pistachio, but I’m still surprised that there are only two nut varieties mentioned in the entire Bible. That seems wrong. I’m also suprised that I’ve been spelling surprised wrong for a looooong time.
A flock of geese just flew by my window. That was very unexpected.
I was reading in Car and Driver about the new Audi A8L W-12 Quattro that runs about $120,000, and they made illusion to putting ‘your Ferragamos to the plush carpeting.’ I didn’t know what Ferragamo was, so I looked it up. And found a pair of shoes for $610, and they suggested a belt to go with it for $155, and a wallet for $150. That’s almost one paycheck for one pair of shoes. I thought I paid a lot when I paid $60.
Detroit is about to lay off 600 cops. Awesome. That’s exactly what Detroit needs, less cops. Good job Kwame. Use the extra money in your expense account from 600 policemen salaries responsibly.
Some states are trying to illegalize spinners. Though they go against most of my values, spinners are fricken’ awesome. Besides the radio and heat, they are the greatest non-performance enhancer ever added to a vehicle.
I miss Joel.
Friday morning I went to Jillian’s for pancakes and French. But not French pancakes. I’m not sure why we’ve not made crêpes yet. They’d be a bit more fitting I’d say. Perhaps not as filling. Then work was usual.
I left work and went to Ian’s.! That was a statement, but it also deserves an exclamation mark because I got to see Ian. I went over to his house and we hung out and talked, and waited for his friends. After Ethan? arrived, they finalized their plans, and then we acted out the plans. We went to a girls house and picked up her couch, and back to Ian’s to pick up extension cords and his microwave, and we accumulated a bunch more stuff and ended up in a public park after open hours watching Mallrats and eating fresh popcorn by means of 150 feet of extension cords. It was quite an experience. I left about almost half-wayish through the movie because I had a long ride home. Hopefully no cops got involved after I left. I think there were around 12 people there when I left.
I got up Saturday morning and helped Ben and Lisa move. It was fun, but it sucked, because they moved. Far. At least farther than convenient. Especially with the amount of stuff that needs to get done before I leave for school, it’s going to be hard to see them. Matt helped a little. It was dissapointing to have a good time doing such work for such an unfortunate occasion.
I went up to the cottage from there. I found grandma and we went to Gary and Yvonne’s, and me to the beach from there. The water was amaaaaaaaaaaazing. Since the sun was setting, it was actually colder outside of the water than in. Months of cold water are worth experiencing that. We went back and found my parents. Then we went to Kara and Steve’s. Brian and the kids were up too, and Lindsey was with Kara and Steve. We played spoons, because that game is soo fun, and I lost to mom. Almost all of us stayed in until there were 5 of us with s p o o n, and it came down to mum and me. She dealt, I lost. So we went out to the bon fire. It was quaint. Looots of stars. Less company than usual for our cottage bon fires, but it was more pleasant. I love my family. I’m so blessed to have a cottage and a grandma that lives next door to the cottage and parents with cousins who also have cottages and who like to be with family and play games and have bon fires. It is certainly one of the things that reminds one of the good that existed before the fall.
I didn’t get up until noon on Sunday. I wanted to get up earlier, but couldn’t. I had coffee with grandma and Gary and Yvonne, then down to the beach. Who ever had the idea of getting pulled in a tube behind a boat wasn’t as adventurous as the guy who put skiis on, but he still certainly knew how to have fun. Especially with it being a little bit extra wavy. I found myself laughing like a food who had just cheated death everytime I was tossed in the air but held on. Everytime we stopped because someone fell off or we switched riders, we jumped off the boat. The water never got very deep for how far out we went. Lake Huron’s never been that shallow as far as I can remember. I dove in once and it was probably no deeper than 7 feet. And the water was of course faaaaaantastic. Being on a boat with family and tubing behind it and going far out and jumping in the water and swimming in warm Lake Huron water is another reminder of the good before the fall. We went back into shore and I shampood, then dried off and headed back up. I picked some blueberries, then headed home to pick up ma copine.
I picked up Alyson at church, having returned from the youth group retreat. We headed to the Vrazo’s for Ben’s birthday/Jon’s leaving dinner. The steak, the corn casserole, the twice backed potatoes, were delicious! After dinner, Alyson and I washed the many dishes, but it’s not work when doing chores with ma copine, it’s another excuse to do something with her. That was another reminder of what life was like before the fall; Celebrating a birthday, celebrating the opportunity we had to know Jon, celebrating and enjoying life.
From there we went to meet Bob at Starbuck’s. It’s the only coffee shop in the area open 24hrs. I think it is at least. That is quite unfortunate. We socialized a bit. Then left. I gave my farewell to Jon. I may never see him again. He’s moving back to Oregon. Maybe I’ll move out there someday. It sounds nice. It was a more brief good bye than I expected, but he needed to get rest. However our lives go, I am certainly blessed to know him.
Monday I went back to see ma copine. We spent a lazy afternoon outside, waiting for Jillian to arrive. She arrove(why not?) and we went to downtown Mt. Clemens and happened to see Ben and Lisa. We got chocolate. I got a big rice crispy treat covered in caramel and chocolate. Mmmmm. We went to Max and Ollie’s, which was closed, so I’ll have to wait. And that’s kind of where it all went down. We had intended to go to this four story used book store in Detroit, but it closed at 5, and couldn’t make it. And then I got tired. I had already lost to Alyson in Perquacky, so we played together on the same team with no opponent. Jillian cleaned. Carley showed up and we headed for Windsor. Canada was refreshing, though it seems to be headed towards just bars and clubs, just what the 19 and older American’s want. How unfortunate. Cook’s Shop is closed until the 16th while they are on vacation, so we headed back to the US for dinner in Greek Town Detroit. It was good, Canada would have been better. If we hadn’t eaten so late, and already crossed once, it would have been nice to go back to Windsor to a real coffee shop open late, and walk along the Detroit River. But we went home instead. And then I home. And then I to sleep.
There were a few reminders of what good there was before the fall. Most involved family. Families are wonderful things. I know there are people out there with better family lives than mine, so I pray everyone can have a family as loving at least as much as mine. I realize some people don’t desire that, and that’s why I pray.
Some recent developments have given me reason to get pumped about life. Pumped about things improving. School is starting soon, EYMB is giving me new and different hope a second time, recognizing existing blessings, etc. It would be appropriate for my car to break down soon. I get satisfied with life relatively easily, the current state of my car is a good way for me to ensure continued trust in God. Not necessarily that problems won’t come, but that I’ll have the means to fix them, and still be able to have the money saved I need to for the coming school year.
My brakes are grinding. Oil is leaking, that could be a bad gasket, that could blow, that would mean I need a new engine. The transmission is shifting funny more often. The windshield has a crack. The ‘leaf spring’ in the back creaks very loudly. Or I could just say I drive a 1995 GM with 126,000 miles, and that would sum up any problem I could mention. The entire hour drive to home and work is a precarious, nervous drive just waiting for any of the first three problems to stop the car completely. Or in case of the brakes, not stop the car at all. This was supposed to be a summer of saving, but GM doesn’t agree. Spending for the next 3 weeks will be minimum to be prepared for any breakdowns, and to fix the inevitable. I was looking forward to replacing more copies of burned CDs with originals, but I suppose that will have to wait. I used my debit card 27 times last month, only six of them were other than gas or repairs. Though it does include a trip to Minnesota.
I saw some signs on my trek to the cottage advertising ‘off shore boat racing.’ I’m glad people finally realized racing racing boats on the shore isn’t very exciting.
I’ve noticed lately, more of my friends having really harsh stereotypes. People I respect and don’t expect to be so ignorant. I stereotype too, but it hurts sometimes to hear how naïve some of these statements are, both for the sake of the stereotyper, and the stereotyped. If anyone has some kind ways of informing someone of their mistake, please mention it to me. Think about what you’re saying folks. And if you’re not saying it, think about what you’re thinking. Even if it’s true, don’t let it stop you from loving someone. Jesus surely knew the stereotypes of the Gentile’s, and they may have been right, He loved them anyway, and respected them anyway.
I wanted to have a PowerBook for the start of school, but I’m seriously considering not getting a Mac. It seems this supposed God send isn’t all that great. I’ve not seen people have any less problems with it than any other computer, and for the price of the computer, the price of accessories, the price of the protection plan, and the cost to fix it without the protection plan, it sounds like a bad deal. Considering the many friends I have in ownership of a Mac product, it seems inevitable I will have to send my computer back to Apple at least once, and spend a fortune on accessories to make the computer usable. Apple tries to persuade me by offering me a free iPod mini, which I have no interest in, and it’s hip status among young adults, which I have no interest in, and a supposed superiority for running all things Adobe, which I have interest in. I’m not sure what else to get besides a Mac though.