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6
Dec 10

$100 Food Budget – Day 6

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I’m sort of excited. The bananas I bought the other day are finally ripe enough to eat. I don’t know why it took them so long to change from green to yellow. Ordinarily I would never buy unripe bananas in the first place, but on that fateful day green bananas were all they had at Kwik Trip.

I didn’t buy any food today.

Total Spent: $23.30

Remaining Cash: $76.70


2
Nov 10

SpamBox – Part 1

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Receiving junk email has become an unfortunate part of the online experience over the years. Spam email is annoying and stupid. However, every now and then I get a spam message that makes me laugh just because it’s so incredibly ridiculous. I’ve decided to share a couple examples today so we can all have a laugh together. Welcome to the very first edition of SpamBox.

“Greetings from Mr. Maxwell Kofi,

Best Compliments.

It’s my pleasure to contact you for a business venture which I intend to establish in your country.Though we have not meet face to face before but i am very confident that we will be able to establish the necessary trust that we need to execute this project together. I am Mr. Maxwell Kofi. The chairman, Contract-Awarding Committee of the Economic Community of West African states (ECOWAS) with its fund headquarters in Accra Ghana.

We wish to transfer the sum of $USD 25.5, 000,000.00 (Twenty Five Million Five Hundred Thousand United States Dollars only).Into your personal or company’s bank account and subsequent investment of same in lucrative ventures in your country. There are no risks involved. More details about the transaction will be given to you when I receive affirmative response from you with your mobile phone number.

God bless you and direct you on this subject.

Mr. Maxwell Kofi”

The above spam message was pretty run-of-the-mill. I was just amused by the dude’s name. I imagine he was probably looking at a can of Maxwell House Coffee when he coined his moniker. *chuckles quietly to self*

“Promo!!!

You Have Won 750,000GBPS and a Dell Laptop on the Irish End of Year Promo 2010. Confirm the receipt of this mail by Sending your Name,Age,Occupation,Address,Country and Tel To Dr.Bell Brown (Tel:+447035994209) Via Email at irishclaimsunit@live.com

Note: All response and Queries concerning your claims should be sent via email at irishclaimsunit@live.com

Online Cordinator.
Terry Mazzei”

Wow, I’ve won an Irish prize! Yes, this message looks totally legit. Not only have I won 750,000 British Pounds, I’ve also won a free Dell laptop! I guess if I add that money to the other $25 million from that Maxwell guy, I’ll be set for life! Hooray!

Spam photo provided by freezelight on Flickr.


13
May 10

Zzzzzz

I’m sleepy. I think I’ll sleep soon. After all, that’s usually what I do if I’m sleepy. Unless I can’t. But that’s really not the situation right now.

I have to drive for about 7 hours tomorrow. I’m not really looking forward to the windy windy curvy mountainous roads of West Virginia. It’ll be all right though. It only takes about 3 hours to get through the state according to Google Maps.

Anyway, on Saturday I have to drive through over half of Ohio, all the way across Indiana, and through a big part of Illinois. Google Maps is predicting that it will take 11 hours, but I’m hoping that it’s wrong. Anyway, according to my personal calculations it should only be around 9 hours. We’ll see who’s right. Yeah, it’s down to me and Google! Can I, a simple man, best Google? We shall see. Oh, we shall see.

Anyway, Good night. Zzzzzz.


12
May 10

A Sort of Watered Down Blog Entry

This may seem weird, but I’ve had a lot of soda to drink lately and now I’m craving water. If it wasn’t so late maybe I’d go out and buy some. :P

I love water. I remember when I was little I didn’t really care for it. But at some point I started drinking water and I’ve found that it quenches thirst better than anything. Soda, while delicious, almost makes me more thirsty. The more I drink the thirstier I seem to get. So tomorrow I think I’ll try to get some water. Icy cold delicious water. Mmmmm.

I head home on Friday. Since I got into a little accident yesterday I’m going to have to go straighten that all out with the insurance company on Monday. I’m pretty sure the cop wrote down the phone number for my insurance agent incorrectly on the form. Hopefully this won’t be too complicated to sort out.

Well that’s about it. I think I’ll head to bed in a few. I’ll probably read a book on my iPod touch until I fall asleep. That Kindle app is pretty handy.


7
Apr 10

Midweek Thoughts – Part 14

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Welcome to another exciting edition of Midweek Thoughts! I’m your host, Mr Nethead.

Okay, so I have a confession. I’m not always the most decisive of guys. Sometimes I just can’t make up my mind about where to go for lunch. I’ll literally be driving down the road not sure of where I’m going to eat. Why just moments ago I was thinking about going out to eat for lunch, but nothing sounded good at the time. Instead I stopped at the store and bought 10 bottles of vitaminwater.

I love it when they have 10 for $10 vitaminwater sales. Of course, I’m pretty sure we don’t actually have to buy 10 bottles to get the sale price, but it’s a great way to sucker shoppers into buying 10 bottles of the stuff. All I can say is that those vitamins better be making me healthy, ‘cause a dollar a bottle isn’t cheap, and that’s the sale price! Anyway, I love vitaminwater. I’m going to be trying a new flavor called “Spark” later when it gets cold. It’s a grape-blueberry flavor. That should be interesting.

One of my favourite games on Facebook is called Bouncing Balls. It’s rather trite and pointless but also addicting at the same time. It annoys the heck out of me that it doesn’t have an option to pause the game though. Would it have been so hard to give us a pause button? Because of this oversight, I can only play the game when I won’t be interrupted by something else. Sometimes I find myself playing the game at 1 in the morning instead of sleeping. You know what the really sad part is though? I’m not even good at it.

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9
Mar 10

Welcome to the Men’s Room

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The men’s room can be a scary place. I once witnessed four or five guys in a row walk out of the men’s room without washing their hands at East Towne Mall in Madison, Wisconsin. To make it even grosser, a couple of those guys were walking out of stalls. And to make it grosser yet, it was the men’s room next to the food court, so there’s a good chance those dudes were about to eat.

The men’s room is a rather unpleasant place and I usually try to get out of there as quickly as possible. Urinating in front of a urinal flanked by guys on each side doing the same is just… awkward for me. Of course, it’s a little better when a men’s room actually has a partition between each urinal. I think all men’s rooms should have partitions. In fact, maybe they should make it a federal law.

Yep, I’ve been in a lot of disgusting men’s rooms in my time. The ones in Kentucky were pretty gross. The ones in New York City were the worst ever. But I have to say, that one night when I stranded at O’Hare airport in Chicago, the men’s room was totally spotless and clean during the dead of night. I guess that was the only upside to being at that airport for 14 hours straight.

Anyway, it may seem germophobic, but I like to grab a piece of paper towel and hold it while touching the door in the men’s room. Maybe that thin little paper towel doesn’t actually help much, but it makes me feel better.


19
Feb 10

A Look Back At My Road Trip

So today I finally returned home from my 2000 mile road trip. I drove through Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and West Virginia.

There wasn’t much noteworthy about Illinois. The roads were a little torn up and there were some crazy Illinois drivers. Other than that it was mostly a snow-covered land of flatness not very different from Wisconsin. Toll roads are annoying.

Indiana was also very flat. Most of the state had snow. The people seemed friendly and I enjoyed my stay in Scottsburg. It’s a little town less than half the size of the city I live in, but because it’s an interstate town they have lots of hotels and restaurants. I’m a little jealous. I love that type of town because there’s not a lot of traffic and they’re easy to get in and out of.

Kentucky weirded me out a little. I think I stopped three or four times in the state and never once came across a nice restroom. They were so disgusting that it made me glad I’m a guy. Heh. I hated driving around Louisville because all the lanes and exits and such were extremely confusing and nerve-wracking. Plus, some crazy Kentuckians flipped me off because they wanted to go about 90mph in a 70 zone and I was temporarily in their way for about 15 seconds while I passed a semi.

The part of Tennessee I was in was very mountainous and hard to drive around. The interstate I needed to cross over to North Carolina was closed because they had a landslide last October and apparently still have not cleared it. I ended up taking some small back-road highway all the way to North Carolina. I passed through a town called French Broad. No, I’m not kidding. Anyway, that little detour added about two hours to my trip that day.

North Carolina seemed pretty. There were mountains and such. By the way, if you’re ever in North Carolina, DON’T SPEED. I saw about a half dozen cars pulled over, including three right in a row.

I like South Carolina. It was surprisingly easy to drive in Rock Hill and there are lots of places to eat and go shopping and stuff. My hotel was easy to get to. Leah and I also went to Kings Mountain State Park which was quite fun. :)

I wasn’t in Virginia terribly long. There were pretty mountains which were fun to see. That’s about all I noticed. Heh.

West Virginia was just awful. It was wet, slushy and snowy. They have the worst drivers I have ever seen in my entire life. I’m kind of hoping I never have to go through West Virginia again because I really didn’t like it.

So those are my thoughts on the states I drove through. I think the road trip would’ve been more fun during the summer when the weather is nicer and the scenery is prettier. But it was by far the biggest adventure I’ve ever been on. When I look at the map it’s almost hard to believe I did all that driving.

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18
Feb 10

Mountain Pics

So mountains are nice to look at and all, but driving around them, or through them is sort of difficult for a Wisconsinite like me who’s used to long, straight, flat roads. Heh. Anyway, I tried to take a few pics from the car before my windshield got too dirty. Taking pics from a moving car isn’t terribly easy to do though!

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Those pics were taken along I-77, I’m not sure where exactly, but I think it was in Virginia.

Anyway, I’m in Scottsburg, Indiana right now. I’m driving home tomorrow.


14
Feb 10

Greatest Blog Entry Ever Written

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13
Feb 10

Day One of My Road Trip

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I drove over 500 miles today. Today was day one of my 1000 mile journey to see my special friend, Leah. I’d never gone on a road trip of this length before. In fact, the longest road trip I had previously taken was only three and a half hours.

I started my journey at 7:22am central time. It took me nearly 90 minutes to reach the state of Illinois. I made the mistake of wearing a hoodie and my coat, and as it turns out, my car heater works exceptionally well. By the time I reached Rockford, IL, I had to pull over just to take off my coat.

But my battle with in-car climate control was only just beginning. When I had my heater going for a while, my car would get much too warm. Then I would roll down my window just a crack to cool down the car. I actually turned on the air conditioning a couple times for a few minutes. Unfortunately, my feet would get cold. I discovered the nifty little setting in my car that lets me aim the heater at my feet. It was swell.

The roads in Illinois are terrible. They’re bumpy and full of cracks and potholes. You’d think they’d take better care of their roads – especially the Interstate. There was very little traffic though. My decision to go through Bloomington instead of Chicago was a very wise one.

Indiana was more fun. The speed limit was 70 mph for a big stretch of the trip. I actually set my cruise control at 76-77 much to my delight. The speed limit on the freeway is 65 in Wisconsin, so I never get to go faster than 72 at home.

I arrived at my hotel at approximately 5:00pm eastern time. Tomorrow I will be driving through Kentucky, Tennessee, North Carolina and into South Carolina.

Things I Noticed Along the Way:

I drove past the world’s largest fireworks store. It struck me as somewhat odd that you can actually buy fireworks in February there. My brother-in-law would probably love that store.

There are loads of Cracker Barrel restaurants along the Interstate. I must’ve seen at least a dozen signs along the way, and quite possibly more than that. Funnily enough, my hotel is next to a Cracker Barrel. I almost ate there but instead opted for KFC which is right next to Cracker Barrel. Heh.

Illinois posts a minimum speed limit under the normal speed limit signs. I had never seen this before.

Illinois and Indiana both have a slower speed limit for semi-trucks. This is pretty cool as it generally makes them easier to pass.

The only area on my entire trip that had any congestion was the Interstate around Indianapolis. This struck me as odd because the Interstates in Wisconsin are usually jam-packed with cars.

In Indiana, you’re not allowed to stop, stand or park on the Interstate. They must’ve had problems with that before since they’ve posted a zillion signs informing drivers of this fact. They also seem quite obsessed with informing drivers that bridges may be icy. I guess Indiana is a safety conscious state.