Had a bit of unplanned excitement this afternoon. Just two miles up Lake Street from home, there is a hairpin bend. It's a rather sharp bend so locals know to slow down to 10mph or below before going around the bend. To make things worse, the eastbound approach is downhill so you'd have to step on the brakes starting at the top of the hill, 500 feet before reaching the bend. To make things even worse, it had been raining all day long today, making the road slick with water runoff. Someone drove his van a little too fast on the downhill approach to the bend and realized too late that he wasn't going to quite make the turn. At the same time, I was coming around the bend from the other direction. So what I saw was a van, with tires squealing, five feet over into my lane!
I didn't see the van until I was pretty close to it, so I don't think there was any way I could've avoided it if I hadn't done one thing right. For reasons I can't explain, I was driving closer to the right edge of the road than usual, almost on the dirt shoulder. So the net effect was I passed the van with room to spare and nothing bad happened. I just gave him a little warning beep and was on my way.
And now for something less exciting: Friday Five.
1) If you're dressing up (yourself or your kids) for Halloween, who are you/they going to be?
I'd probably be in fursuit.
2) Handmade costumes or store-bought?
I'd say it's handmade, although not by my hand.
3) What age did you last go trick-or-treating?
We didn't have that back in the old country, so I never did that.
4) Have you ever egged someone's house on Halloween, or done any other such "trick"?
We didn't do that either back in the old country.
5) Do you believe in ghosts?
No. I can tell you about some experiences I've had with shadow people, but those happened while I was in semi-sleep state, which is enough of an explanation for me.
From Five on Friday:
Would you rather...
1: eat nothing but chocolate or go without chocolate for the rest of your life?
I rarely eat chocolate anyway so I can do without.
2: stub your toe or get a paper cut?
Stubbing my toe usually hurts for only a short time, whereas a paper cut can irritate for quite a while. So I'd go with the former.
3: write the news or make the news?
I've been in the news a couple of times before, thankfully not for anything bad.
4: lose 10 pounds or gain 10 IQ points?
I'd go with the latter. It's not the hardest thing in the world to lose 10 pounds.
5: wear a costume to work or wear normal clothes to a Halloween party?
What's so bad about wearing normal clothes to a Halloween party?
1. What is sweet?
2. What hours do you work?
3. When do you relax?
When answering Friday Five. Actually, not even then!
4. How did you learn about the birds and the bees?
I probably first read about it in an encyclopedia when I was little. Yeah, I know, worse possible answer.
5. Friday fill-in:
The good vibes flow ____.
... down the erosion gully of mixed feelings.
1. Of peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control, which are you most lacking?
Self-control. There are things I do too much of.
2. Of peace, joy, love, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, humility, and self-control, which are you most blessed with?
Humility! No one is more humble.... uhhh, wait a minute.
3. The Scout Law says that a scout is trustworthy, loyal, helpful, friendly, courteous, kind, obedient, cheerful, thrifty, brave, clean, and reverent. Which of these are relative strengths for you?
I was a scout... for a few weeks. I just didn't like the way the Boy Scouts was run back in the old country.
I try to be trustworthy anyway, although I tend to think that it is easier not to steal or cheat if you don't have a need to do that.
I'm thrifty when it comes to mundane things like groceries, but I tend to spend a little more on hobbies.
4. Which of the elements in the Scout Law are relative weaknesses for you?
I'm not friendly or cheerful enough, or I'd go to the Central Jersey geomeets and not get annoyed at certain people.
I'm not brave or I'd retrieve the geocache that is on the edge of the cliff at Garret Mountain.
5. If you were to create a list-type law, such as the Scout Law, for your occupation, what might it look like?
From the altfriday5:
1. What do people tend to assume about you, because it's the perceived cultural norm, that isn't true (e.g. sexual orientation, gender, religion)? What is the reality?
Cablevision assumes I can read Chinese. They keep sending me junk mail in Chinese.
2. Which of those things are you "out" about (i.e., which ones do you tend to choose to explicitly reveal or clarify)? Why?
I guess I'm going to have to break it to Cablevision eventually. Boy, will they be disappointed or what? :)
3. Which of those things are you not "out" about? Why?
Ha! Wait... if you're not "out" about something, why would you tell it to Friday Five?
4. Does your level of "outness" vary between social situations (e.g. work, family, friends)? If yes, what are the differences?
Of course, but mostly because of relevance, I tend to keep to geocaching topics when at geocaching events, Where's George topics at Where's George events, work-related topics at work, etc. Telling people about unrelated stuff just doesn't make sense. I mean none of them care that Cablevision sent me junk mail in Chinese!
5. How would you define "coming out"?
The opposite of going in! :)