“Wordless” Wednesday: Closed Caption


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As seen at work.

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Because Driving A Yaris Isn’t Embarrassing Enough


One of the cars we own is a 2010 Toyota Yaris which is about as low as you can go in the econobox scale. It’s a functional car that aside from its better-than-average mileage, isn’t going to be the most appealing to the opposite sex.

Not only that, it’s get-up-and-go is subpar and there isn’t much room in it for anything. But alas, it’s still bigger than one of those stupid Smart cars.

You definitely give up a lot when you sign the paperwork and make a commitment to drive a Yaris, most of which is your pride.

Which leads me to the Yaris I saw on the freeway this morning on my way to work. When I saw it, I couldn’t believe it. I tried to get a picture of it but being it was still dark and the screen on my phone was blinding in such conditions, I took one shot and just got one giant blur. Besides, I didn’t want to risk my life any more than I had to while behind the wheel of…a Yaris.

And no matter how I tried, my description would not do it justice.

Once I got to work, I decided to Google what I had seen and lo and behold, there was proof of its existence on the Intertubes.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Toyota Yaris Batmobile. (See more pictures here.)

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I…I don’t even know where to go with this. But what I can tell you is the “HEROES FOR CHRIST” is now gone and so are the Bat-Chutes on the bumper. Because, you know, those Yarises (or is it Yarii?) are so fast that they need the assistance of parachutes when stopping from break-neck speeds.

Look, if you’re going to make your care a rolling homage to something then go nuts and make it worth your while. And for Christ’s sake, don’t do it to a Yaris.

Because driving one of these things sans decorations is embarrassing enough.

Blogging 365, Day 75: On Second Thought…


When I first made the decision to blog every day for the entire year, it seemed like a good idea. I felt up to the challenge and figured I’d always have things to talk about. And for the most part, I did generate ideas that turned into (somewhat) interesting posts.

But on this, the 75th consecutive day of blog entries (with 290 days left), I’m reconsidering my decision.

There are more than a few reasons why I’m leaning in that direction, the first of which is time. I’m spending my evenings typing away and sacrificing time I could be spending with the family.

That time also has impeded on my reading time. Since starting my blog-o-thon, I put down whichever books I was reading at the time and they have remained untouched since. I kind of want to get back into it – a big deal since I don’t like to read books in the first place.

Working out has also suffered. I’m managing to squeeze in some here and there but I’m always mindful of the blog and what I’m going to write about that night. I feel sort of rushed to workout when there’s a blog post must be written.

Then there’s the topic of traffic which is something I never really had much of here anyhow and since starting at the beginning of the year, I can’t say that traffic has increased with the constant posting. Additionally, comments are few and far between.

So in short, it’s taking up more than time that I had previously thought it would and the expected results just aren’t there. There are nights when I just want to do nothing but no, it doesn’t happen. I have to blog. I have to keep it going.

What it all adds up to is me putting this crazy idea of blogging every day on the shelf and learning from my experience. If anything, it lasted twice as long as the annual NaNoWriMo blogging challenge plus 15 days so I guess that’s something to be proud of.

This doesn’t mean the end of blogging, though. Not at all. But I’d rather spend a day or two collecting thoughts for one good blog post rather than rush myself into writing some half-assed thought of the day.

Thanks for sticking with me and my lousy posts and I hope you return when I have something of quality to write about.

Blogging 365, Day 74: Serious Business


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Just a shot of Anthony using the ball washer before tonight’s round of golf at Heartwell Golf Course, the place where that Tiger Woods guy got his start. Doesn’t he look so serious?

I got a text from Ann before our group started asking me if we were cold. Yes, we were.

By the time we reached Hole 2, I see Ann sitting in a golf cart and being driven right to us with two jackets in hand. It definitely got quite chilly tonight and I’m thankful that we live so close to the course.

Cold weather aside it was a good night for golf and I walked with three other kids besides Anthony. They were all well-behaved and I had no issues with any of them; the youngest boy’s sister was also in the group so she kept him in line.

That’s all I got for tonight. Walking nine holes with a group of kids can take a lot out of you.

Blogging 365, Day 73: Google Reader Is Dead


There are a lot of Google services that my life has been perfectly fine without, some dead and some still living for whatever reason.

Google Wave was one of them and something that I (and a lot of other people) could never quite figure out. Much too complicated for something that was supposed to be a collaboration tool.

Then there’s Google+. I have a profile there but rarely check it. I may post something on there now and then but other than that, it’s completely useless to me and I find it hard to believe it has as many users Google claims it does. As per Wikipedia:

As of December 2012, it has a total of 500 million registered users of whom 235 million are active on a monthly basis

Meh. I still think it sucks.

I did, however, enjoy iGoogle which offered widgets to things like Gmail, Google Calendar, etc. I had it as my homepage for a years – until Google decided it would die on November 1, 2013.

One widget that I used all the time was for Google Reader which is where I keep all of my RSS feeds nice and tidy. All of the blogs I’m subscribed to, news feeds, etc. are all in there because it’s so darn easy.

Then today, I got this message when I logged in:

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Damn you, Google. Aside from Gmail, Reader is the only other service of yours I actually use and enjoy. Now I’ve got to go and find another way to get all of my news feeds. And so far, I’ve tried most of them and none of them have worked very well nor are free.

Thanks, guys. Maybe it’s just a ploy to get me to use Google+.

Nice try. But it’s not happening.