Thursday, April 27, 2006

Why are people so damned gross?

For close to two years, I have been using the same water bottle at the gym. Yes, this may be considered a bit nasty. I'm sure the plastic molecules from the inside of the bottle have slowly dissolved into my drinking water and have harmful side-effects (maybe that's why my memory is shot!). In any case, I have been extremely reluctant to throw out my bottle, for no real good reason, until this morning.

I was at the gym before work and placed my bottle in the little bottle slot in the elliptical machine. Upon removing my bottle, attached to the bottom was a used band-aid. That grossed me out so much, you could not believe. I threw out the bottle.

Now, my question is...why the hell are people so damned gross? What type of miscreant removes a bloody, pus-y band-aid and places it on the machine? People like this should be beaten. Same with people who cannot be bothered to throw out their gum and instead stick it places. And then on the bus/metro, you have people who sneeze without covering their mouth or if they do, they then wipe their hand on the pole. Use your non-pole hand, you jerkstores (although if you're from Warsaw, that would be kinda difficult...).

I guess it's easier to be an ass and be dirty than to take some time to be clean and have some damned sense 'bout you. I think we should all live in Singapore, where they cane you if you even think about chewing gum.

Friday, April 21, 2006

California dreamin'

(Disclaimer: This is a Star Trek-related post. If you don't care about such things, too bad!)

As you may or may not know, I will be going to the E3 convention in L.A. next month. If you are not aware, it is the world's largest annual trade show and the third largest gaming convention for the computer and video games industry. Only industry people are allowed to go, so this is indeed very special. Last year, over 70,000 people attended. It's like the Mardi Gras or Carnivale of video games. I've never left this time zone so this trip will be special to be sure.

While in L.A., I was planning on going down to 5555 Melrose Ave to yell at the gates, voicing my disapproval of Paramount's treatment of my beloved Star Trek. But good news, everyone! Today, news comes that Rick "The Toad" Berman is indeed out and J.J. Abrams and the crew from Lost are in! They are now charged with making the next Trek film, purportedly centered around Kirk's early days at the Academy and in space. This idea has been around for seemingly ever and it's finally getting its due. A lot of geek fanboys will dismiss this outright and claim they will boycott, but not I! I know the quality Abrams and co. can produce and I am hyped. Keeping with the Lost connection, maybe they should get Josh "Sawyer" Holloway as McCoy. Well, him or Gary Sinise. Anyway, I am happy with this news. I will now go to the gates and give a huzzah!

Yes, I am a geek. Leave me be.

Thursday, April 20, 2006

Call me Bob Vila

This past weekend, The Beauchamps (Jbo and M-E) had a ton of work to do at their new place. A while ago, the carpet that was glued with to the floors with what can only be described as unholy strength was finally pulled, through much sweat and toil. And then the fun of laying the floors began! The tongue & groove flooring was unlike any I had worked with in that they did not slide together straight, rather they had rounded edges on both the length and the width, making it doubly hard to fit into place.

After hours and days or cutting and sawing and much mathematical gymnastics and measurements, the floors were done. It might not be grade-A work, but it's the best we could do and I hope they are quite pleased with the result. Now all that is left is the Big Move and a new phase begins for Jbo/M-E. Congrats, you two. I hope those four walls contain much happiness and joy for years to come.

Thursday, April 06, 2006

Another drop in the I-hate-people bucket

Alright, that's it. I am sufficiently angry to rant. Topic: people on public transit.

First up: the bus.

Imagine a packed rushhour bus in the morning. Everyone is scrambling for seats. My stop is one of the last ones on the route. This specific bus stops by Terminus Brossard where many students get off, freeing up seats. Like a vaccuum, all the standing people get sucked into the recently vacated seats. I, being slow of thought and motor skills in the morning, am not so quick to react. Everybody is sitting at this point but me. I cast a cursory glance from one end of the bus to t'other, scanning for a place to park my posterior. At the very back, on the 2-seater against the back of the bus is this large-ish lady sitting on the outside seat, blocking access to the free space next to her. Worse still, she is having a conversation with the man sitting across from her. Why not just have him sit next to you? Free up that damn space! I want to sit! Jesus! And the worst part is that she will pretend like she doesn't see the million little hatred-tipped daggers shooting out of my eyes, Judge Doom-style. Listen, lady. I know you can feel my fury across the bus. Don't pretend you don't. Maybe you think your girth may entitle you to two seats, but that's simply not true. Scoot over or get heli-lifted into town. And she did this twice this week alone! To me! Damn my bitten tongue. I should tell her off. Social graces be damned. Damned, I say!

Next up: the metro.

WTF is up with morons who stand in front of the doors and refuse to move when people want to get out? I can maybe understand they're not aware they are blocking people at loser metro stops where nobody gets on or off. But at Berri or Bonaventure, who doesn't know that there will be a huge in/outflux of people? Yet, you always have these clueless, obviously freshly lobotomized yahoos standing guard at the doors. Then when you try to shove past them, they give you dirty looks! Hey, how about you do us all a favour and stand in front of the metro cars next time. We need less you of you Lennies out there. Christ!

That's enough for now. I am angry at people who make my day miserable. This also includes idiots who take the elevator up or down one floor when taking the stairs would have been much quicker. Don't get me started.