November 2002 Archives

The Parking Ticket Incident

I came out of a restaurant the other night to discover that I had received a parking ticket:


After confirming that I wasn't crazy - sign read "NO PARKING 1am - 8am", and the time was 8:40pm, I went home to devise my war against the illiterate law enforcement officer who wrote me this ticket - how did this officer decide to give me a ticket and not the 4 other vehicles parked right in front of me?

The next day, while having lunch with a co-worker (I was still fuming over this incident), I was asked a few strange questions:

- do I drive a red car?
- what does P/U stand for?
- was Minnesota FHH 457 the license place for my Miata?

Astonished, I read into the ticket:


and discovered that the ticket did not belong to me. Someone decided to just stuff me a ticket that they had received...

what the &%@#?

I suppose this is the scheme - someone would get this ticket, think that they deserved it, and blindly help pay the fine for the driver who actually got the ticket in a red GMC pickup truck, MN license plate FHH457.

I hope the schmuck who devised this stupid plot gets a warrant out for his/her arrest, and rot in jail.

Pet Peeve

Just watched an episode of The Real World on MTV, and I have to admit, it annoys the hell out of me. No - the concept of a room full of hot people living in a posh Las Vegas hotel suite is not the problem. It is one of my pet peeves listening to these people open their mouths and try to make a point...

From what I see, the show lasts 30 minutes. If you edit out all the clips where these guys and girls utter the words "you know...", the show would be probably truncated down to 5 minutes.

I am not talking about the standard "you know", seeking agreement after making a statement. It is the "you know" that populates and pollutes an entire sentence over and over again, which usually renders the entire statement (as well as the intelligence of the speaker) down to an idiotic rant - these "you know"s annoy me.

While I am on the topic, I should start my brief list of my other pet peeves:

- people who can not write a complete sentence without having people think that they are complete morons.
- people who can not speak a complete thought without having people think that they are complete morons.
- people who can't spell (I am not talking about those who type fast and don't bother to spell check - I am talking about those who confuse THERE with THEIR, for example).
- people who don't know how to use punctuation marks accordingly.
- rude people.
- people who drive slow.
- people who drive slow in the passing lane, then becomes rude when you politely flash them with your high beams from behind.
- stupid people who think they are smart.

The list goes on and on, but I should stop here so I don't get incomprehensible e-mail death threats. Furthermore, I promised my brain to go to bed before midnight to prevent overheating like the past few days, blogging and surfing until 4:00 a.m.

Good night.

Happy Birthday, Mom

I was having dinner with a friend who actually reminded me that it was going to be my mother's birthday tomorrow...

I have been so busy that I had forgotten about this day, shame on me.

For strangers to this web site:

Memories of mom, part I
Memories of mom, part II

Thanks to the person who reminded me of a date I once swore I'd never forget.

Guestbook no longer broken!

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Lost picture found on my desktop. Picture of Bill, Linda, Maki, and myself, ~2:00am, Akasaka Noodle Shop, Japan.

Before I go on another trip...

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... I would like to get my site at least half done - well the guest and projects link are now broken links, and it seems that I would not have time to finish them. Oh well such is life I suppose. Always broken links, never complete.

Flying to Kansas City tomorrow. Back on Thursday. If I have time I may take some pictures... depending if there is anthing worthwhile of a shot...

大家好 - 明天去 Kansas City 工作, 星期四下午回 Minneapolis. 有事打我手機.

Lewis Lau re:design is complete!


Finally got my site in place! The posts below are archive posts that I have manually ported to the current format. Hope you all like it. Okay now that my work is done for now I am going out to buy Grand Theft Auto: Vice City before Best Buy closes tonight!

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