Monday, July 28, 2008

tour de france?

Apparently, the Tour de France ended yesterday. Evidently it's as unpopular as ever, especially when you don't own a television.

Saturday, July 26, 2008

hurricane? pshaw

So, that Hurricane Dolly wasn't that impressive. In fact, I think it rained more in Houston than here since some of the major bands swept well north of Victoria. All we ended up with was a few gusts in the 30-40 mph range and a few inches of rain. However, I'm told the hurricane made some strong inroads and managed to dump a lot of rain on Laredo while our Mission district shut down and moved equipment to a safer locale. I am glad we didn't have to go into full 'batten down the hatches' mode since it would involve a lot of really aggravating work and then more work to undo everything we had done.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

identifying headlights

When I drive at night, I like to play a little game where I attempt to identify the vehicle that is driving behind me. Size and shape certainly help identify the class of the vehicle (ie: sedan versus SUV/truck) but headlights can be surprisingly distinct.

One of the easiest vehicles to identify is the previous generation Ford Explorer. It has a two by two headlight arrangement with the turn signal lights diagonally across from each other. Of course, when the turn signal is on, it's a dead giveaway, but they are still partially illuminated when jsut the main headlight is on.

Another easy to identify vehicle is a Chevy pick-up, both Silverados and Colorados. They sport similar headlight arrangements with a bar (chrome on the Silverado) that splits the assembly into upper and lower halves. Obviously, the bar isn't lit at night, but there's usually enough reflected light to see the distinct separation between the two sections.

Most cars, principally due to their generic looks, are more difficult to identify. However, a couple of nights ago, I correctly guessed an older Toyota Camry while I was waiting at stoplight. However, until I can parlay this into a meaningful skill, it remains un-monetized.

Friday, July 11, 2008

enormous sunglasses

What's up with big sunglasses? They're everywhere. Why do I suspect that they'll go out of style in a couple of years?