Simple as Pie

Request for Urgent Business Relationship

Dear American:

I need to ask you to support an urgent secret business relationship
with a transfer of funds of great magnitude.

I am Ministry of the Treasury of the Republic of America. My country
has had crisis that has caused the need for large transfer of funds of
800 billion dollars US. If you would assist me in this transfer, it
would be most profitable to you.

I am working with Mr. Phil Gram, lobbyist for UBS, who will be my
replacement as Ministry of the Treasury in January. As a Senator, you
may know him as the leader of the American banking deregulation
movement in the 1990s. This transaction is 100% safe.

This is a matter of great urgency. We need a blank check. We need
the funds as quickly as possible. We cannot directly transfer these
funds in the names of our close friends because we are constantly
under surveillance. My family lawyer advised me that I should look for
a reliable and trustworthy person who will act as a next of kin so the
funds can be transferred.

Please reply with all of your bank account, IRA and college fund
account numbers and those of your children and grandchildren to
wallstreetbailout@treasury.gov so that we may transfer your commission
for this transaction. After I receive that information, I will
respond with detailed information about safeguards that will be used
to protect the funds.

Yours Faithfully
Minister of Treasury Paulson
Me @ Susan's Wedding

storyofstuff.com

http://www.storyofstuff.com/

I was talking to my parents about this website/video this weekend, and I thought I'd post it here. My coworker friend Jessica sent it to me a while back. I know it's made its rounds on the internet, but in case you haven't seen it, it's very much worth the time it takes to watch. Kind of ironic that my icon has my cat in a Target bag :)
Ben Folds Flip

Well now I'm just mad

http://www.newschannel5.com/global/story.asp?s=8876770

"...the burden of safety is on the motorcycle rider or scooter rider. They are in, I mean, on a much smaller vehicle and, you know, a lot harder for people in passenger vehicles to observe them."

-Sgt Bob Sheffield of the Metro Police


I'm sure he doesn't mean that this accident was Will's fault, because it was clearly the van driver who failed to yield. I guess he is trying to say that when you're on a motorbike, you should take care to be the best defensive driver you can be. But shouldn't we all do that all the time?

He is just helping to reinforce the idea that anyone in a vehicle is king of the road over motorbikes, bicycles, and pedestrians. You know, there is this guy that rides his bike around my work that blatantly disobeys traffic laws. It is really aggravating. And there is this one area I am in a lot that pedestrians just walk right out in front of me, even though there are designated crosswalks, and even though I am going the speed limit, it really freaks me out. But in general, the most aggravating thing are people in cars that drive wrecklessly and endanger bike riders and pedestrians by not respecting their right to the road.

As gas prices get higher and people become more interested in lessening their impact on the environment, there are going to be more and more people on the road using other forms of transportation than cars. So I wish Sgt Bob had mentioned something about drivers needing to look out for people using alternate transportation. Don't always look for 2 headlights. Look for one, look for a blinking red light, look for reflectors or reflective clothing. And YIELD when you should!
Riding Bike

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A Month Without Plastic - http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/uk_news/magazine/7508321.stm

Had a good weekend. Went thrifting with Andi on Saturday. Had some friends over Saturday night for games - Clue, Kuuduk, & Sorry. Yes, we are geeks, but it was really fun.

Went bike riding with Alex yesterday at a local greenway (paved paths). We went about 8 miles. I had forgotten how much fun riding a bike can be. I can't wait to get back out there.

Saw The Dark Knight yesterday since everyone has been saying how good it is. And it was! Although I had seen clips and was impressed, I thought the praise of Heath Ledger's acting might have partly been posthumous sympathy or fascination, but wow, he was very convincing. I want to see it again just for his character.