Thursday, March 27, 2014

A Partial List of Other Things Jesus Didn't Talk About So They Must Be Okay, Too

1) Speeding
2) Identity theft
3) Internet pornography
4) Junk mail
5) Under-tipping your waitress
5b) Over-tipping your waitress
6) Cannibalism
7) Skipping school
8) Sleeping at work
9) Abuse of the 911 system
10) Bulimia
11) Cutting
12) Playground bullying
13) Crush films
14) Twerking
15) Fur coats
16) Cheating at sports
17) Universal health care
Just because Jesus didn't have anything to say on a certain topic doesn't make it okay, and it definitely doesn't mean that He endorses it.
Jesus loved all people, that's true. He also rebuked sinners and told them to sin no more, showing that it is possible to love the sinner but hate the sin. Unfortunately, many people today seem to have forgotten this part, as they immediately marginalize anybody who tries to make that point, marking them as intolerant bigots.
If you have the ability to do something, that doesn't mean you absolutely should and must do it. And it doesn't mean that you can put other people down who disagree with it.
There's no calm discussion about anything any more. People immediately take it to intensity level 100% and demonize their opponents that disagree. How is that right? Oh, it's because Jesus didn't have anything to say about it. My bad...

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Tank 382 - The Electric Boogaloo

So this last tank I got 37.44 mpg, but mostly I wanted to send along the attached picture.

Friday, March 21, 2014

Re: A buddy of mine picked his nose and had no where to put it, so he put it back in his nose

Things are getting worse. In the last couple of weeks, several websites I go to have informed me that I need to change my password. And I can no longer use the same general family of passwords that I have used in the past. Typically, my passwords have been a version of a certain set of numbers/words, with "1234" added to the end in the event that it needs to meet some length requirement. But now different websites are implementing new and different password requirements.
"It can't look like your username or real name" (so the letters McK are out of the game)
"It must use a special character but no more than one special character"
"It must use two or more special characters plus a number that is not in your phone number or date of birth"
"It must be 15 or more characters long!"
Oh, man this is just getting to be too much for me to handle. I can't remember all this stuff any more!
And the stupid website I go to to check my pay stub, that password is only good for like 60 days and then I need to change it again! And it can't be similar to any of my last FIFTEEN passwords! Just to look at my little pay stub on the internet!
And in order to change it, I have to answer like SIX security questions. Luckily, I made the answer to all the security questions "givl this djoy!" so I con't have to remember the name of the first street I lived on (what" the first street I lived on? Do they mean Stafford Road? Because I don't remember the name of the actual first street I lived on! HOW WILL I ANSWER THIS QUESTION IF I MYSELF DON'T EVEN KNOW THE ANSWER?)
It's not even like I have a life that's so excitong or lucritive that somebody else would even want to steal my identity!
Can you imagine the lurking thief, browsing identities, trying to pick the perfect one to steal. "Oh, look at this guy, what a catch! Government job, sensible car, rarely-viewed blog, bifocals. Now THERE'S someone who is living the type of life I want to steal!"
I don't know if it's worth it any more...

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Tanks 380 and 381- A Really Neat Coincidence

So I refilled the Mighty Corolla twice since I last updated here, and my mileage continues to suck, only being around 35 mpg, but that's okay because there's only so much I can do about it and 35 mpg is still higher than the estimated highway mileage and I spend probably half my driving now around town, so I got that going for me.

The cool thing that I notices is that this last tank stopped when I had pumped in 11.336 gallons of gas. Three tanks ago, less than 20 days ago, this exact same thing happened, where the pump stopped also at 11.336 gallons.

So two tanks of gas each stopping at exactly 11.336 gallons of gas. That's got to be pretty rare. I mean, there has only been one time in 381 tanks of gas where it stopped at a round dollar amount, and that's just out to the nearest penny. This is going out to the thousandth of a gallon. And I got two matching tanks of gas out to the thousandth of a gallon in less than a month.

So that's kind of neat...

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tank 379 - 27 February 2014 - I'm a Lazy Blogger

I refilled the gas tank of the Mighty Corolla last week but forgot about it until now. The notable part, I guess, was that I drove 433.6 miles on 11.948 gallons. That is the farthest I'd gone and most gas I put in a tank in well over a year.

That is all.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Tank 376 - 30 January 2014. Everything is Meaningless

So I refueled the Mighty Corolla yeaterday on my way home. It had been 10 days since the last fill-up. I didn't post about that, either.

My little notebook I keep this information in is getting worn out. The flip-open cover is now completely torn off of the spiral wire binding. It's being held on by a few layers of tape. This little notepad has the record of every tank of gas since the first one, pumped on December 1, 2004.

So this means that in about ten months, I will have had this car for ten years. That will be about 24% of my life, and about 38% of my driving career. Easily the longest time I've ever owned a single car.

For a long time I wondered why survey responders would say they'd buy the same car over again. Surely they'd have complaints with their current cars, either cosmetic, convenience, or performance related. I have thought for years that I'd like a smaller/zippier/better fuel economy car. But close to ten years into ownership of the Mighty Corolla, it's done fine. It's not the peppiest or most luxurious, and one of the speakers buzzes when the bass it turned up, but it does the job and it's been paid for.

So I guess, sure, I'd buy another Corolla. It does what a car is supposed to do. It can go as fast as the other cars on the interstate, and it can be stuck in traffic congestion just like those fancier cars. So I don't see much of a point now to seek a faster/fancier/plusher car. The car is a way to get me places. I don't see it as a destination in itself. What's the point in getting a car that's nicer than your house? You spend more time at home or work, usually, than you do in your car. Why spend more than you have to on a car that takes you places?

After you're done with the car, it's not worth that much to anyone else, and I'd rather use my money on something else. A $14,000 Corolla over 10 years is (MATH!) $1,400 a year, or about $117 a month. A $35,000 fancypantsmobile over the same time frame is (MORE MATH!) about $292 a month. For the difference of $175 a month, that's a lot of pizza and beer. Or shoes. Or pants.

Oh, and I'm averaging 35.02 mpg so far this year...