My next car

I currently drive a Pontiac Firebird, but GM in their wisdom have discontinued the Firebird/Camero lines, so I have to look for a different car for the future. Plus Pontiac has been a pain the ass on warranty and I’m not buying another one from them.

When I was young there were two cars I wanted, a Trans Am and a 280ZX. In a way I got the Trans Am. Now I need to work on the Nissan.

The new 350Z is a nice car. My best friend went to the Houston Auto Show yesterday and said he liked it, and the performance for price is really good. It does look nice, but the car I want is the new Mazda RX-8.

A “four door” sports car is very attractive to a middle aged guy like me. My Firebird will seat four, which is cool, though I don’t use it that much. The whole family went a week long vacation in it last summer and managed fine. The biggest problem with the Firebird is the size of the doors. They are real long, making getting out in a tight parking place a problem. The RX-8’s double door design should help in this.


They even have an X-Men version. Can’t ask for more than that.

How to make fun of your wife

I once read an article, I think it was in GQ, that said men make fun of their best friends. They don’t insult or mess with their not so good friends. In a way this make a perverted kind of sense. Your best friends know you don’t really mean it, your so-so friends aren’t sure. So it is a show of affection to insult your friends.

This don’t work so well with women. It is my personal opinion American women are very neurotic. They take everything you say in the worst possible way. Therefore they don’t understand this insult is affection thing at all and it wears on their psyche.

So how do you as a male live with your natural tendency to insult your wife as a show of affection? There are a number of ways to insult people. The worst ones are those that pick on their worst traits. Another is to exaggerate some trait of the other person, normally some not so flattering trait.

You can use this exaggeration of trait as a means of “insulting” your wife, but you exaggerate a good trait. Few woman are insulted to be called too skinny. Or too pretty. Or too sexy. You can say thing like “Yeah well people wouldn’t be staring at your if you weren’t so freaking good looking.” “Don’t worry they always let you pretty girls have what ever you want.” “The problem with you is you’re too sexy. Distracts me all the time.”

I think you get the picture.

Another thing about insulting people.The truth is the unconscious mind takes everything seriously. I may understand you are jesting and lower the belief of your statements, but it still keeps track of them. If you tell someone repeatedly, even in jest, they are stupid or ugly, they will eventually begin to believe it at a very low level. Of course the same is true in the opposite direction. If you say good things, even if they consciously don’t believe your, subconsciously they will be getting a positive message.

Suanna’s List

To make things complete, here’s my wife’s list. And I don’t have any links for it because I don’t think most people would buy this stuff online.

duvet cover for down comforter–$50-75, Bed Bath and Beyond
frame for my nature original that’s still not framed–$250, probably
large bookshelves, one dark, two light– Cost Plus, when on sale $140
ea.
drop silver earrings that aren’t too fancy. I’d like to wear some in
the daytime.–$20

My Xmas list

B5 first season DVD$74.99

A New Kind of Science$44.95

Pocket Ref$4.95

Desk Ref$20.97

Sony AV3000 remote$109 plus shipping.

Supposedly if you email Fernando Castaneda,PCMALL & MACMALL, [email protected] and tell him you heard about it on RemoteCentral.com forum he’ll send you their best deal. They had some refurbished units coming in in Oct that were even cheaper.

Apple 10 GB iPod$399

You can also get it a MacMall, which if you were buying the remote at the same time could make a difference in shipping. If you want to save a little money you can get the older version for $349

Radar Detector

Bel 985$239 or $229

Escort 8500$299

This morning

Harris County Office of Emergency Management has a cool rainfall map for Houston. You can actually look at the rainfall in a particular area and when you click on the little rainfall numbers you can see if byous are over their banks.

Kingwood, where I live was one of the heaviest rainfalls in the area. But we really didn’t have much flooding. Lots of roads were flooded on the way to work. Based on water lines, there was a foot of water in the parking lot of our office. Another two or 3 inches of water and it would have flooded the offices.

Went out an looked at the roof over the closet that was leaking last night. There is a vent pipe or something coming out of the roof, though not right over the place the leak is. Maybe that is leaking and not the whole roof. Guess it wouldn’t be the whole roof anyway.