Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Not so fast and furious

About a month ago, while helping a friend move into his new house in Temple, one of Jeffrey's buddies backed his truck into Jeffrey's truck.  The damage was superficial, so we haven't gotten around to fixing it until now, but Jeffrey took the truck in yesterday and found out that he would get to have a rental car for the duration of the time needed for repairs.

The rental car company went through their song and dance about how to care for the car and why he should buy their insurance.  He bought the insurance, just to be safe, and they brought out their guidelines of what he can and cannot do with the rental car.

The list of things you cannot do with a rental car is very short, but debilitating and prejudiced against certain groups of people:

You cannot sell drugs out of the rental car.

You cannot leave the country in the rental car.

You cannot street race in the rental car.


Monday, August 13, 2012


This is a public service announcement:  If you ever should decide to go to a home improvement store and purchase a storage shed, PAY WHATEVER THEY ASK FOR INSTALLATION.

Jeffrey and I bought a shed from Lowe's about a month ago and foolishly thought, "We'll save so much money by putting this together ourselves.  How hard can it be?"

The answer is HARD.  Really, really, incredibly hard.  Like one of those bad jokes hard (How many doctors does it take to put together a storage shed?)  *For the record, we've had 2 accountants, 2 doctors, and a dentist attempt it so far, and it's still not completed.

The main problem lies in the fact that the instruction manual (more appropriately called a destruction of hope manual) is not helpful.  While most instruction books come with parts named "A" or "2," each piece of the shed is named with a six digit serial number so lightly etched on metal that it is almost invisible.  Secondly, the instruction book is 28 pages long, including 7 pages that are blank for "notes."  Dear Arrow Shed People:  I would much rather have a few more diagrams (as in, maybe a couple that actually show the pieces and how they fit together instead of a bird's eye view of the entire shed from an odd angle with no hint as to how to connect the various pieces) than 7 pages of scratch paper.  *Why do people need to take notes while putting together a shed anyway?

So again I say--This is a public service announcement: If you ever should decide to go to a home improvement store and purchase a storage shed, PAY WHATEVER THEY ASK FOR INSTALLATION. 

Because you're worth it.