Things & Stuff
2008-12-18 - 12:38 p.m.
The internet continued to be wonky yesterday. There was no connection at all for most of the day, so there was no way to post an entry. Sorry if I worried anyone.
Evidently the wind and rain had something to do with most of Anaheim being without internet service from Time-Warner...yet for some reason, the tech I spoke to seemed to think it was something wrong with my actual modem itself.
Then again, he was in Costa Rica.
A very nice lady asked me if she could use my cell phone to call her husband, since she had destroyed two tires on her car. Apparently, it rained hard enough last night that she didn't see the concrete divider in the street.
I was able to reach her husband and he agreed to come and pick her up...which was a relief, because what with Brin, roommate Jim, Solange T. Cat, and myself, there's just not enough room in this apartment for another human.
Got up at too-damn-early in the morning to take the car to the dealer. One new ignition switch and $190 in labor later, a great deal of my interior electronics work again. This includes the fan and the rear-window defroster, which we really needed in the 45 degree weather we're having.
Brin and I had breakfast at a little restaurant a short distance from the dealership. They were nice enough to let us use the booth for the three hours it took to get the car fixed.
One of Barack Obama's energy advisers, Steven Chu, wants to raise the federal gasoline tax so that people will want to live closer to their jobs and use less gasoline:
"Somehow we have to figure out how to boost the price of gasoline to the levels in Europe," Mr. Chu, who directs the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, said in an interview with The Wall Street Journal in September.
But Mr. Obama has dismissed the idea of boosting the federal gasoline tax, a move energy experts say could be the single most effective step to promote alternative energies and temper demand. Mr. Obama said Sunday that a heightened gas tax would be a "mistake" because it would put "additional burdens on American families right now."
IMHO, Obama has it right - except for the "right now" part. It would be a mistake at ANY time.
Hungry for truly green Christmas wishes? Well...
(Here's the story behind today's title.)
Okay. Brin and I are gonna take a nap before we meet up with my brother for dinner.
Be seeing you.
3 comments so far
Brin aka Bindyree - 2008-12-18 20:48:12 -
artgnome - 2008-12-18 21:01:32 - http://artgnome.diaryland.com
stepfordtart - 2008-12-18 21:39:28 - http://stepfordtart.diaryland.com