Archive for February, 2013

Gas Prices

Thursday, February 28th, 2013

Stopped to put gas in the Saturn on the way home today. Learned two important lessons:

1. That shit is getting expensive at $4.09 a gallon for regular.

2. That car is much less efficient than I thought – somewhere around 22.5 mpg, at least in the wintertime.

So, with a round trip commute of about eleven miles, I’m burning half a gallon of gas to get to work and back every day. Two bucks a day, five days a week, fifty-ish weeks a year depending on how much vacation time I cash in; that’s five hundred dollars every year, and that’s with an astonishingly short commute and a car that’s not entirely awful on gas.

I’m sure glad bike commuting season is coming up. I’m thinking mid-March this year.

“Chin Up, Detroit”

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

Man, you know your city must be circling the drain when you get a patronizing editorial like this from the Rust Belt’s paper of record.

I like Buffalo, I really do. But I don’t think we’re in a position to tell anyone what it’s like to recover.

Aging

Monday, February 18th, 2013

I just finished working out in the on-premise gym at my corporate office job. I was listening to the angry punk music of my youth.

I’m pretty sure that if Teenage Matt could see Middle-Aged Matt, I’d be getting a kick square in the junk.

In Perspective

Wednesday, February 13th, 2013

“A human is a system for converting dust billions of years ago into dust billions of years from now via a roundabout process that involves checking email a lot.”

Love Canal

Tuesday, February 12th, 2013

There are 21,800 tons of toxic waste buried in Love Canal. Government agencies insist that it’s still a safe place to live, and have actually spent tremendous amounts of money upgrading the neighborhood around it to attract residents. Some of them disagree about the safety and have filed a $113 million class action lawsuit alleging that the pollution is not remediated and that it is causing health problems.

I’m torn. On the one hand, I understand that these people are upset and that there very well may still be contamination in these homes, no matter what the government says. On the other, who thinks buying a house in Love Canal is a good idea!? What’s next? Bhopal Estates Patio Homes? The New Chernobyl Retirement Community? What the hell are these people thinking?

Super Blackout

Monday, February 4th, 2013

Even if you are living under a piece of slate and completely missed one of the biggest annual sports events in the world last night, you’ve by now probably heard about the 34 minute-long blackout at the stadium in New Orleans. I nearly feel asleep before the game resumed; it was nearly physically _painful_ listening to the announcers attempt to fill the dead air, and since it was unscheduled, there weren’t even any unique commercials to watch.

Which reminds me…this was the first Superbowl in a long, long time where the game itself was actually the most entertaining part. Most of the commercials were forgettable, the halftime show somehow managed to be both vulgar and boring (did anyone else feel like it was missing a pole, and there should have been dollar bills shoved down her…whatever little clothing she did have on?), the pregame was just tedious, and they didn’t even have reliable electricity at the stadium.

But man- a fake field goal, a near 22- point comeback, an intentional Safety, decent officiating, amazing pass and rushing games by _both_ teams, and enough interesting human back story for two movies.

Charm City’s feeling good today.