Thanks to all my Facebook and Twitter friends who tweeted or shared the call for help recovering my vehicle over 5,000 times. That was so awesome.
So here’s how it happened. Remember when I tweeted that my honda was stolen around two months ago? Well the car was recovered and all is well in the world. However, the story behind its disappearance are still irking me. Here’s how it happened, all nice and bulleted.
My 1998 Honda Accord was parked at our condo. The car was parked legally in a parking spot paid for by our association dues.
I went to Chase‘s softball game with a bunch of friends one night and came home to an empty parking spot, where my car used to be parked.
I called a few tow truck companies, none had the car (including Tiger Towing).
I called the police and asked if my car had been towed. They say no and send over an officer.
I open the door to a very nice officer who states “If your car was parked there and it isn’t anymore, it was stolen. For a car to be towed I would have to authorize it and I have not authorized any tows in this area. I’m sorry to say but your car has been stolen.”
I filled out the stolen vehicle report.
I called my insurance and filed a claim, they offered me a rental while recovery was attempted.
I waited several days.
I got a voicemail from State Farm saying at this point they see the car as gone for good, began to setup a payout on the value.
I received a phone call from the Columbia Police Department.
I am accused of falsely reporting a car as stolen! Officer on the phone says the car was stolen towed a week ago from my property by Tiger Towing (who denied a week ago that they had towed my car)
I call Tiger Towing, “Oh yeah, we have your car. We’ve had it for about a week.”
I am informed that the car was towed for being “illegally parked on private property.” Property that we own, parked 100% legally.
I pay the towing fee.
I pay the storage fee.
I am given a $15 ticket from the City for parking illegally. WTF?! WTF?! WTF?! WTF?!
I pay Custom Complete Auto to fix my car back up to where it was before the tow.
I send the car away to Texas. It has been too bad of luck for me.
In the matter of a few years that car has been stolen twice, broken into twice, vandalized three times, had three transmissions (two were defective) replaced… I loved that car but it had the absolute worst luck. For me.
When my parents came into town for my graduation, they kindly took the car back to Texas to sit in our garage. Whenever my parents visit America they will use it instead of a rental car. Here’s to hoping the bad luck I’m cursed with doesn’t continue to plague that car.
Be honest, how many of you are buying one of these? Don’t be shy, you know you want one!
Warning #1: Don’t wear while walking on hard wood floors, you will slip to your death.
Warning #2: Don’t wear while walking on carpet, you will certainly electrocute yourself & possibly a loved one.
Warning #3: Don’t wear outside. You are certain to get shot, if not by me, by some other do-gooder.
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I feel the need to open up about a few things on my flight from WashingtonDC to Paris.
First off, United. I know we’re in an economic crisis but if you could update your Boeing 777s, that would be great. Here are a few of my, why the hell, thoughts.
Why the hell…
Don’t you have standard power outlets for everyone on the plane. I’ve ridden busses with more amenities.
Don’t you have wifi on your airplanes. If a budget airline like Southwest and Virgin can handle it, I’m pretty sure and old, established and relatively premium outlook like you guys could swing it. Hell, for a flight this long I’d pay as much as $50 for access to high speed Internet access. I’m really only asking for 512kbps here.
Do you have your seats so close together that if the person in front of my leans back, I can’t see my little video screen, use my food tray or even THINK of using my laptop comfortably.
Are your headphone outputs boosted so much? I know I have high quality, high sensitivity Klipsch headphones but even my Sennheiser headphones with higher impedance could barely handle it.
Did my video screen, audio, map, light, flight attendant call, volume, channel, brightness control module die? I’m stuck looking at a over bight map, playing way too loud pop music, in the dark.
Did you make the aisles so thing, the space between chairs so narrow and the seats so flimsy? I know this is more of a Boeing and economics question but, seriously. If I can feel the every move of the people in front and behind me. If someone walking down the aisle means I get rammed into, we’ve got problems.
Aren’t there rules on who gets to fly on these planes. I know this one is a little silly but if people can’t mind themselves, stay at home. If you feel the need to constantly move your chair up and down, talk loudly to no one in particular, go to the lavatory every thirty minutes or any other absurdly annoying habit… Stay at home. I don’t want to deal with your issues and France certainly doesn’t either.
Ah, but it isn’t all bed. My seat is comfortable, despite the seemingly epileptic person sitting in front of me. The person next to me keeps to himself. The cabin temperature is just perfect. Oh and best of all, my flight attendant is the definition of a beautiful French man. He’s very nice, attentive and fabulously dressed.
Oh, and thanks for creating Business Class so that most of that stuff above doesn’t pertain to me anymore.
This brings the lulz and then brings the ahhgeeze.
On November 20, 2009, Sarah Palin visited Columbus, OH as part of her book signing tour for “Going Rogue.” When her supporters were asked broad questions about why they why they thought she should be president, the responses were vague: She’s “real.” She’ll “stick up for America.”
THERE ARE UNINFORMED OBAMA SUPPORTERS, TOO
It has been said in comments that we would find similarly talking point-driven, substance-less supporters at an Obama rally, and we agree. But no politician has emerged on the national stage as undefined and unqualified as Sarah Palin, and her public persona–which is anti-intellectual by definition–discourages substance. Instead, we get winking. One could hardly imagine her giving a complex speech about race in America, or speaking eloquently about our country’s relations with Islam. Not just because she couldn’t write such a speech (Obama has speech-writers, of course) but because she wouldn’t–such necessarily academic discussion is antithetical to the persona she’s created for herself and that her supporters have come to love.
As for accusations of cherry picking, which are commonly thrown at interview-based videos, it simply isn’t what we did. We interviewed only a few more people than ended up in the video, not hundreds, and what was cut was done for time purposes. The people were selected at random–some offered to be interviewed–and we were only there for about 90 mins (it gets dark early and fast in Ohio right now). What didn’t make it into the video was just more footage of people talking generically or about taxes/spending, drilling, and abortion, and we constructed blocks in the piece to represent those issues. Of course the piece was edited to be entertaining (this is YouTube, after all, where the currency is cat videos) but we don’t believe we misrepresented the attitudes of the people at that signing in any way.
This NEW LEFT MEDIA film was produced and edited by Chase Whiteside (interviews) and Erick Stoll (camera).
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Sad about it but my Disqus is still not working properly. Only maybe a hundred or so of the comments actually imported. As you can see in the screenshot below, the “latest” fourteen comments came in over the last two years. Now, I know my blog isn’t BoingBoing.net or LifeHacker but I’ve gotten more than fourteen comments over the last two years.
Disqus Comment Moderation Panel
So, where do we go from here? How do we get the missing 1,500 comments imported? How do I active posting a comment on an older post? Yeah, another problem I just came across.
While I’m sure this is just a setting issue, I sure can’t find it. That option is unchecked in WordPress and I don’t even see it as an option in Disqus. Help? I don’t want to poke and poke Disqus but I’d really like this to work. I’m pay for Disqus, I like the platform that much. But if this is how it’s going to work for, maybe I’ll look again for another option. JS-Kit Echo? Any other suggestions of where I should send my comments should Disqus never work properly?