The Guide is beautiful. It’s funny (most importantly funny), clever, and gorgeous. The special effects, from the biggest thing (the factory floor) to the smallest (the Vogons’ pupils) are just brilliant. The details are exquisite. The actors are fabulous, especially Ford, Arthur, Zaphod, and Slartibartfast. And Humma Kavula. It was made with an obvious love, if not worship, of the original, and the pieces that aren’t from the book fit in cleanly.
I’ll think about adding spoilers, and my one complaint, in the morning… maybe. Just go see it.
The place I go to shoot is by far the longest drive I ever make, with any regularity. It takes almost 45 minutes to get there, and half of that is on an interstate. So I guess it’s the combination of time and number of cars that gives me so many opportunities for observing personalized plates. I always see good ones on that drive.
One time I saw two vehicles, side by side, both with Kansas plates. One was a beat up old white van with eco- and Indian-type bumper stickers all over it. The other was a silver Lexus. As I said, they were perfectly side by side, and they both had personalized tags. One was NATIVE and the other was VIVALDI. (I’ll give you one guess which was which.)
This past weekend, the only one really worth noting (or at least the only one I recall now) was a Mercedes with:
(Who you should totally be reading, every day.)
I got an interesting phish last night, but I’m not sure I get the point. Some of you more frequent ebay users might be able to explain it.
It was a outbid notice on an auction on which I hadn’t bid. The links went to an aol homepage that someone had set up to look like the ebay login page. (I didn’t click the link, obviously, but I finally typed it in manually, out of curiosity)
I only use ebay once or twice a year, and I’m not curious enough about this to do a lot of research. Why would anyone want your login and password? Could they do anything with it, other than place fake bids? I mean, is there a money angle here? A back way into your paypal account or something?
Ok, I didn’t write this last time, and I should have, because I was right. So this time, naturally, I’ll be wrong and take a lot of shit for saying this.
I genuinely hope it’s just cold feet and/or she’s batshit crazy but safe. Because I’m getting really sick of the sad endings.
And it still makes me laugh every single time I see it. Never fails.
So I called Trugreen Chemlawn a few weeks ago, about service for my lovely new lawn that I spent so much time and money on last fall. I told them that I had just overseeded, and he said they’d come out and use a fertilizer only, not weed killer, because that would kill the seedlings (which I already knew), and then start with weedkiller later in the year. I watered it every day, and the seedlings came up and it was starting to look really good.
Then Trugreen came. And they used fucking weedkiller.
I called and verified that it was in the computer correctly, fertilizer only, and the guy had just screwed up. And the guy who did the actual work called me and verified that he had in fact, killed my grass.
And now they’re dicking me around. And I thought I’d start posting about it now, because (a) I’m already extremely pissed off, and (b) if they don’t pay me back for all that grass seed and work, I’m going to be a whole lot fucking more pissed off. And you will be reading about it a lot until it’s fixed.