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Big Brother

Since: 9.12.01
From: ミネアポリス

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#1 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.51
Ever since I permanently settled on using an animation of six hours' worth of Weather Channel temperature maps for my post icon, I've missed picking seemingly random objects at seemingly random times for my user icon. So I decided that I would include things I WOULD have used for an icon as graphics for these posts. We'll see how long I go before I get tired of this - probably three days.

Hard to believe I've been here for 7 hours (well, take an hour out for "lunch", but I HAVE been here since 7am. Of course, since it's been four days since I've worked here I totally forgot my badge and had to look pathetic at the front door until someone blatantly violated our security policy and let me in. Thanks, (name withheld)!

Of course, Thursday night, the night before my lovely FOUR day weekend, the MIL indicator in my car went off. I couldn't find one online, so you get the Toyota version, but imagine a lightning bolt going THROUGH the engine and that's what's been in my dashboard greeting me since Thursday. It's probably an oxygen sensor or maybe it'll take a mechanic five seconds to wipe some gunk off a throttle body piece (and then charge me $300) but I won't know until at LEAST Thursday after next. There are four VW dealers in the greater Twin Cities Metro and they're ALL booked for at least ten days to two weeks. Okay, well, the two that I actually CALLED were. I was told that I could probably drive the car just fine in the meantime and not to worry but man, I HATE seeing things light up on my dashboard. Fortunately, this is the first thing to happen since the warranty expired, so that's at least two years. I can't complain. (Too much.)

Let's wrap up the


STATE FAIR FOOD LIST OF THE DAY: It rained A LOT on Saturday, so we were really curtailed.

Pickle dog (R)
Crab cakes
Root beer
Cheese curds (R)
Hot dogs
Wild Cherry Pepsi
NITRO ice cream

Wow, was that really it?

I don't think I really missed out on anything during my three fair trips - I could have gone for one more Scotch egg, maybe. Oh, and the ribbon fries looked nice but I certainly didn't NEED them like, say, cheese curds. Besides, I wasn't gonna stand out in the RAIN just to get ribbon fries!

MY STARAOKE PERFORMANCES OF THE DAY: Well, with Labor Day being a giant holiday, there were loads of people around to sing on Sunday - including me - so I only got to do one:

"The Look of Love (Part One)" by ABC (R)

Still, it moved one man to tell me that my performance "rocked [his] world" and he was SO moved, he told me a SECOND time on his way out.

The highlight of the night was the big dark Mexican guy with not much hair (and yet...a long ponytail) who was looking to fight - well, apparently ANYBODY, and the slightly less big Mexican guy failing to hold him back. Unfortunately, he happened to be walking towards ME while my brother-in-law and I were trying to get in our cars and go home with absolutely no desire to fight...anyone, ever, most likely. I got in my car before anybody could catch up to me, but he decided he would at least kick the ass of my CAR before being talked into walking in some other direction. I'm glad I didn't have to back over him, but I still have NO idea why he was so angry. I hope it wasn't my Packers hat. (He left no marks on my car - it wasn't much of a kick, I have to say.) I would have to guess booze and/or drugs and/or homemade crystal meth (because why else would they ban all that cold medication?)

I've noticed that none of this cool stuff ever happens when my wife is at the bar with me. I can't figure it out either.

I wore that Packers hat to the state fair, and THAT was the thing that got me the most talkin'. You'd think a "Don't blame me, I voted Libertarian" would get SOMEBODY riled up, but I guess if it's not bashing Bush it's too esoteric and uninteresting for the DFL crowd. The sad part was people were expecting that I'd know the score of the Packers preseason game, and I kept having to say "naw man, I didn't watch it either. Hell, was it even on here?" like just because I wore the cap, I'd somehow be MORE tuned in. Hmm, did they win? Let me check...

Green Bay 21, Tennessee 17

That was THURSDAY?!? Geez, we're ALL really dumb if we're asking ourselves these questions on SATURDAY.

Oh wow, can't spell "Cletidus" without C-U-T

Geez, this post took way too long. I really oughta do some work or something

(or make my W League Survival Football pick)


(edited by CRZ on 6.9.05 1456)

(edited by CRZ on 6.9.05 1456)

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Since: 12.1.02
From: Fresno, CA

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#2 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.90
Have you tried re-tightening the gascap?

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Since: 2.1.02
From: NS, Canada

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#3 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.00
I have had the same thing lit up on my shitty old Corsica for a while now. It only comes on when I slow down below 80.

Plus the ABS light is always on. I should probably look into it.

Nothing creative.
Mr Heel II
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Since: 25.2.02

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#4 Posted on | Instant Rating: 6.59
IIRC, you have a turbo? The oxygen sensor attached to the back of the catalytic converter is a common reason for the "Check Engine" light on Beetles. If you've noticed a lack of acceleration lately, it also might be the turbo bypass valve.

Both of which are relatively cheap parts ($30-$60) but expensive in labor...even though they can be done by any decent backyard mechanic in a half hour or so. Of course, unless said backyard mechanic has a VAG-COM, they can't reset the light.

I bought my Beetle at one of your four dealers...Burnsville. I've had work done there on previous cars. I like them fine. But yeah...They're always insanely busy.


Since: 19.1.02
From: Minnesota

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#5 Posted on | Instant Rating: 7.73
You went to the State Fair and didn't eat one food that came prepared on a stick? And only ONE that was deep fried beyond recognition?

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Mr. Boffo

Since: 24.3.02
From: Oshkosh, WI

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#6 Posted on | Instant Rating: 5.12
    Originally posted by Excalibur05
    You went to the State Fair and didn't eat one food that came prepared on a stick? And only ONE that was deep fried beyond recognition?

Ah, you must have missed his previous thread on this subject.

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Since: 17.2.04
From: Eugene, Oregon

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#7 Posted on | Instant Rating: 4.50
Mmm fair food. Unfortunately being on the Westcoast it seems we are somehow shafted when it comes to the strange and varied deep fried concoctions. But ever since a bunch of people got horrifically sick at the local county fair here three years ago I have little desire to go (and that children is why you wash your hands AFTER going to the little petting zoo, but before you stuff your face with greasey fair food). Though David Lee Roth almost convinced me to attend this year.

Still I should probably try the state fair next year to see if they possess these things that our Dread Master CRZ has described, at the very least I must find a Pickle Dog.

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Since: 9.12.01
From: Bay City, OR

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#8 Posted on | Instant Rating: 8.81
Dude, you know I have the hookup for cheese curds.

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