Heavy Chevy

Posted on Tuesday 15 September 2015 at 09:38 am in category: USA, Whatever
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Jaren geleden had ik een Chevrolet Blazer, uit 1987. Het was een machtige machine. En toen verkocht ik hem, ik weet nu ook niet meer waarom.

Daar heb ik dus altijd spijt van gehad. En toen was er ineens eentje te koop, niet al te ver weg. Om een lang verhaal kort te maken: ik heb 'm gekocht.

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Ik kocht 'm in Ashtabula,OH, en dat is ongeveer een uurtje rijden over de snelweg. Dat is geen pretje kan ik u vertellen, in deze auto. Maar daar heb ik 'm ook niet voor natuurlijk. Thuis het ding op de oprit gezet, en uiteraard wilde ik er later weer een stukje mee rijden. Helaas, hij wilde meteen al niet starten, dus nog dezelfde avond lag ik eronder om een nieuwe startmotor te monteren. Gelukkig kan ik hier op elke hoek van de straat (bij wijze van spreken) dat soort onderdelen tegen een schappelijke prijs kopen.

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A very brief history of North America after 1492

Posted on Wednesday 01 August 2012 at 11:22 am in category: USA
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Back in 1492, there was a pretty crazy dude called Christopher Columbus (or actually Cristóbal Colón). He was one of those guys that went out on a ship to go discover stuff, which was pretty lucrative business. Anyway, he thought he'd do something else, and instead of leaving Spain and going around Africa to get to the East, he decided to keep going west. What he did not know yet, is that you run into the Americas if you do that.

Eventually he arrived in what is now the Bahamas. He loaded up the boats with all the funny things he found there, and a bunch of funny people, called Arawaks. That was not too hard, since these Arawaks didn't have guns. He killed a couple, and the rest was scared shitless so he could make them servants. All in all a pretty succesful trip.

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Halloween 2011

Posted on Wednesday 02 November 2011 at 8:55 pm in category: Abby, Kees, USA
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Halloween

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Usability Issue

Posted on Monday 22 August 2011 at 11:51 am in category: USA, Whatever
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Here's something that has been bothering me for a while now. I've been to the parking garage of Akron General Hospital quite a few times, and everytime I drive in there, I see this sign:

North Parking Deck

As you can see, the parking deck has nice color coded floors, so you can remember where you parked easily. The buttons in the elevator inside do not have these color codes, which is stupid in itself, but I can live with that. Somebody has given the basement floor the color green, the ground floor the color blue, first floor is orange, and the second floor is red. A committee has probably looked at it and approved it. 

The real problem is this: wouldn't it make way more sense to give the 'Basement Floor' the color blue, so you can remember Blue - B - Basement, and the 'Ground Floor' the color green (Green - G - Ground)? Of course, I'm not even talking about people that are colorblind, but they probably should use the handicapped parking spots anyway. I do not know if everyone has this problem, but I do. When I get in the elevator, I always push the 'G' button, because I remember being on the green floor, and then I end up looking for my car on the wrong floor...

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Odd sign

Posted on Monday 22 August 2011 at 09:40 am in category: USA, Whatever
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I've had fried green tomatoes, and they are good. But why would a store called Sam's Applicances in downtown Akron have this sign on the window?

Wanted: green tomatoes

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What keeps the police busy in Hudson, Ohio

Posted on Sunday 14 August 2011 at 12:58 pm in category: Whatever, USA
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This, my dear readers, is what keeps the Hudson Police busy:

Dead baby squirrel

From the Hudson Hub, August 14th, 2011.

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Starbucks is throwing laptop-lingerers out

Posted on Tuesday 09 August 2011 at 08:49 am in category: Whatever, USA, Nerds
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Starbucks

Related link: NYC Starbucks Taking Steps to Block WiFi 'Loiterers'

Apparently the people that use the free WiFi in Starbucks coffeeshops are starting to become a problem. I have to admit I have done this too: you go into a coffeshop, order a cup of coffee (maybe a pastry), and sit down with your laptop at one of the tables. Nobody bothers you, and you can sit there virtually forever.

Some Starbucks restaurants in New York City want to put a stop to this.

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