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(Not-so-)instant “car”ma’s gonna get you…

18 September, 2016

So, although – as I suspected – switching to a new, subdued gray car from a bright yellow one has significantly reduced the number of speeding tickets I get (none in the two years I’ve had it, vs. one a year in the yellow car), it does seem to have increased the number of people [...]

He gets pulled over by the police, but you’ll never believe what happened next!

21 February, 2016

Well, I guess it was inevitable, but I finally earned myself another traffic ticket. This is almost 3 years after my last ticket, which is a personal record, so I guess I can’t complain. But, surprise, surprise, it wasn’t for speeding! Which itself is a minor miracle, as I was going 85 mph as I [...]

I can only receive; I can listen to you

14 September, 2014

So I finally bought myself a new car. And a new, new car at that; it had exactly 2 miles on the clock when I bought it. This is the first car (out of 9) that I’ve bought that wasn’t pre-owned. It will probably also be the only new car I buy, as I intend [...]

Keep On Truckin’

12 January, 2011

A couple of weeks ago I was at Reliant Stadium for a football game. This weekend I was back at the same venue for an entirely different type of ‘sporting’ event – a monster truck rally. This is actually my fourth or fifth, but I hasten to add that it has always been for the [...]

Refining my appearance

29 June, 2008

After four months on my new project, I finally got the chance to travel beyond my cubicle.  All the way to our refinery at ‘beautiful’ Baton Rouge, Louisiana.  We’re implementing (among other things) a new dock management system, and I had to go and train some of the users on how to use it. The [...]

They’re not “just doing their job” – they’re scamming us

6 December, 2007

So last week, coming back from the Black Angels gig, I got pulled over by the police.  I shouldn’t be surprised – I seem to average one ticket a year, and I’d made it to December (actually, November 30th) without getting a ticket so it was about time.  What was a surprise is that this [...]

Road – it’s all the rage!

11 May, 2007

This commute is killing me.  A couple of nights ago it took me an hour and 40 minutes to get home from work.  For a 20-mile journey, on a single stretch of motorway – the infamous I-10 (a.k.a. the Katy Freeway).  That’s an average of 12 mph – which just shows that the police are [...]

Belgium is Driving Me Crazy

3 May, 2006

OK, I’ve now been in Belgium for over a year, so I think I’m qualified to make a few comments without being dismissed as a ‘newbie’ who needs to learn to adapt.  There are some aspects of driving in Belgium that I just can’t adapt to.  Three of them, in fact: (1) Giving way to [...]

No, really, they are are out to get me…

9 March, 2006

My car sprang a fairly serious oil leak (to the point where it was getting through oil faster than petrol, and I was leaving a trail all down the road).  I’d noticed the oil light flashing on and off when I drove into work on Friday morning.  So I topped it up with a gallon [...]

Four Wheels Good, Two Wheels Bad

19 September, 2005

Last Sunday was ‘Car Free Day’ here in Brussels.  This is the one day a year when all traffic (emergency vehicles and the ubiquitous police excepted) is banned from the city.  I think it’s to promote exercise, or reduce pollution, or something.  To give them credit, the Belgians fully embrace these kinds of initiatives, so [...]


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