my life

i’m a warriors fan and enjoying their recent success after watching years of deplorable success with players like alton lister and kevin pritchard. i have my second electric car. i recently put a deposit in for the new tesla model 3 car but was disappointed at the interior and potential for problems since it’s the first model year of that car. i grew up near my parents and my kids grew up near their great-grandparents which is fantastic because i grew up far from extended family.

my rides

toyota mr2

geo prizm

volkswagen passat

bmw z3

volkswagen gti

bmw z4

audi s4

honda civic hybrid (ouch!)

ac transit van hool a300

the silver bullet

honda civic hybrid (again!)
vta gillig phantom 5813
chevy volt at-pzev

chico state produces winners

chico state students represent a large portion of the market for drugs and alcohol in northern california. keeping this in mind, it comes as no surprise to me that there is a ‘construction management’ degree in chico. however, it is a little bit of a surprise that this girl is so proud that she’s wearing a sweatshirt with the logo on there.

i wouldn’t last a day in construction.

should we legalize?

saw this interesting table comparing the us and netherlands. keep in mind netherlands has a very lax drug policy.

Social Indicator USA   Netherlands  
Lifetime prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 36.9%
Past month prevalence of marijuana use (ages 12+) 5.4%
Lifetime prevalence of heroin use (ages 12+) 1.4%
Incarceration Rate per 100,000 population 701
Per capita spending on criminal justice system (in Euros) €379
Homicide rate per 100,000 population 5.56

i’m not a smoker myself but i know many others who do. it’s interesting when our jails are full of drug criminals and not enough child molesters, bank cheats, robbers, etc. do you think we’d be better off decriminalizing personal drug consumption and maybe focus on the greater ills of society?

source [presscue]

look at those melons!

merry christmas!

woke up and headed over to steve & tracies to open up presents. i scored tickets to a warriors game with elizabeth ann. feli put a bunch of clothes on her list, but i would have surely messed it up somehow and so i gave her something more practical – some silverware to replace that pink shizz she has right now. it’s unsexy for sure, but i’ll make it up to her by getting her some new music for her ipod or somethin.

alyssa made out pretty well with presents from both the halls and doylez. i probably ate enough for a couple days between all the meals. i feel a light underboob sweat coming on as i type this.

i took some pictures with lizzie’s camera and posted them to the photos area.

we’ll try and see lynda & noah while they’re here in the bay area over the break too.

one more day to work links

unlike nearly every other last day of work for the year that i have experienced in my life, i am actually busy right to the end and even possibly working late tomorrow to finish up everything that’s open. wtf! oh well, i don’t want to cry about it. if you are like everyone else and have to put in your 8 hours tomorrow but trying to find something to kill the time, please visit the following carefully selected web properties and hope the time pass quickly. there’s a couple extra this time around. some are good, some are funny and some are wrong:

mom and son separated at birth work at the same lowe’s [seattle times]

the most expensive starbucks drink in the world []

mercury news wishbook 2007 – it’s humbling for sure [mercurynews]

top 5 sunsets from northern norway – [thomas laupstad]

the best news of the year – guinness is good for you [bbc]

closeup pictures of eyeballs could be nice wall art [art-dept]

best pictures of 2007 as judged by atlanta constitution [photojournal]

best pictures of 2007 as judged by associated press [xinhua]

awesome vocalist

just in time for christmas.

it sounds like he’s singing inside a shower. everyone sings bad inside the shower, even harry connick or mariah carey. that’s just the way it is. also, isn’t it a sin to be drinking alcohol at church?

the best is catching someone (like, say, my daughter) who thinks they are home alone and so they are belting out tunes while showering.

thanks to my irish brother paul’o for sending that over.

give the gift every woman enjoys!

a new jacket!

one drink per person

we had our company holiday party last night – dinner at buca di beppo downtown and then grabbed a couple beers afterwards at nola’s. i got a text from liz saying that frances would be in town from the uk for the holidays so i swung by coach’s on the way home and toasted one up there.

most people at the company party behaved pretty well. there were a couple loud cackles and a couple people stumbling but, for the most part, very little revenge material on display, considering the amount of drinks that some people had. bryan did end up wearing one of those overpriced balloon hats:

one company had a problem with drinking at the holiday party, so they instituted a ‘one drink per person’ policy. it seems that someone got creative with that:

where do you even find cups like that?

happy festivus!

i did manage to snag every seinfeld episode off bt the other day and loved watching frank costanza at the cafe talking about festivus.

“Many Christmases ago, I went to buy a doll for my son. I reached for the last one they had, but so did another man. As I rained blows upon him, I realized there had to be another way.” – Frank Costanza

for more information on this fascinating holiday, check out the wiki [wikipedia]

another youtube vid

i’m so glad someone made a video of this because i saw this game and had to rewind the tivo a few times to make sure i saw what i was seeing.