Tuesday, December 30, 2003

High Speed Chase at 50 mph

Today I remembered something funny that we saw when driving south on I-15 this August. Way off in front of us we could see flashing police lights and it looked like the police had pulled somebody over.

As we got closer we could see that the lights were actually moving - but unusually they were going slower than traffic. The police officer was driving behind an old brown van that looked like it could break down at any moment - or at least fall completely apart from structural integrity failure due to rust. The cop lady was driving behind him with her lights flashing and siren on. They couldn't have been going faster than 50 mph.

All of the cars were hesitantly passing the officer and the old van, not wanting to get involved in a police chase. As we passed the van it looked like some old guy was behind the wheel. I'm not even sure he noticed that the officer was trying to pull him over, or he was doing a really good job of not caring. We tried to signal to him and point at the police car but he wouldn't look over. We were scared that he was crazy or something so we got out of there after a few seconds.

Sunday, December 28, 2003

Pernicious Proposal

I just heard a pretty crazy story. My unidentified friend ("FRIEND") had this guy ask her out last Saturday. The plan was to go sledding. He was supposed to call FRIEND but didn't call until about 3:30 that afternoon.

FRIEND had already left to go sledding so when she got back she was all upset because she had missed his call. After about a half an hour of debating whether or not she should call him back she finally did. He wasn't there so she left a message.

Later than night he called FRIEND back and they talked for a while. In the conversation it came up that the guy was freaking ENGAGED! He'd been engaged for 4 days!

I want to know why he was asking someone out when he was engaged.

Glowing Shoes

Rachel got me some new shoes for Christmas. I really love them. They are white Adidas shoes with navy blue stripes on the side.

Wearing new white shoes is always kind of weird. It feels like your feet are GLOWING. I feel like I'm walking around with these huge, white things on my feet and everyone is looking at me. All I can see when I walk is my feet!

I remember going through this same thing when I was younger. After a few weeks it will wear off and then it will feel weird when I wear black shoes.

Thursday, December 18, 2003

This is a business!?!?

Two days ago there was a lady that called work and was trying to reach someone. She called once and hung up before I could get the phone. Then she called back again and I answered.

"Hello, is Shawn there?"

"I'm sorry - I think you have the wrong number. This is a business."

"This is a business!?!?" She was so shocked that she had called a business and not a residence. But the funny thing is - before she could have talked to me she would have heard the following recording: "Thank you for calling eRentPayer - rent made easy. For sales, press 2. If you need help logging in or making a payment, press 3 ...."

How could she possibly think that was someone's home answering machine?

Tuesday, December 16, 2003

I guess I'm Lessly

It was freezing on the way out to my car today. I got into my car and started the engine as fast as I could to get the heater going. I looked up at the windsheild and noticed a note underneath the right wiper.

"Lessly, I need to talk to you. It is very important. Please get a hold of me your life depends on it. J/K. If you get this soon check the army place down the road. I will be there for a minute.

The one, the only, the cool, Marc"

Should I give him a call? haha

Tuesday, December 09, 2003

Tenant Romance Drama

This summer I got a call from a concerned girlfriend/fiancee that was trying to find a place for her boyfriend in Provo. Her one constraint was that the contract term only be one semester - they were getting married in December, after all.

The next day I got a call from the guy. His attitude was not the same. She had seemed so focused on the marriage. It was the only option. The first thing that he said, when he called, was "Can I extend my contract?"

Sure enough, a few weeks after moving in, they broke up and he wanted to extend his contract for another semester. I'm amazed at the miscommunication in this relationship. My best guess was that it was a long-distance relationship that turned bad once it became close.

Thursday, December 04, 2003

Use Voice Talent for Greetings

You know how when you watch trailers for movies and hear commercials on the radio - the guy with the deep awesome voice comes on and says some cool stuff seeping with enthusiasm and bass? Well, we just got a new phone system and I wondered how much it would cost to hire one of those guys.

I was thinking it would cost about $500 - $10,000 (Yeah, I know that is a big range .. but the point is, I didn't think it would be cheap)

Voice Talents are actually incredibly cheap. So cheap that I'm thinking about having him do a message for my personal voicemail at Banta. (IN A WORLD WHERE TERROR WAS KING - ONE MAN - A HERO - AROSE TO THE CHALLENGE OF HIS LIFE. THANK YOU FOR CALLING JAMES ROWELL. WEB DEVELOPER, EXTRAORDINAIR. LEAVE A MESSAGE ... BEFORE IT'S TOO LATE)

Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Nobody really likes Dave Matthews Band

I think that I'm old enough now to say that I don't like Dave Matthews Band. Did anyone ever really like them? I have distinct memories from high school and college of people asking me what bands I liked. I remember that if I said "Dave Matthews Band" then everyone would say "Oh yeah, he's SO GOOD."

But oddly enough I don't think I've ever heard anyone listen to him. But, regardless, they would still name him off when they were saying bands they liked.

I always thought his songs were annoying - they would only be cool for the first 15 seconds then I would have to turn them off. I think a lot of people have been pressured to say they like DMB in the past. It's time that people start admitting that they really don't like him.

TPM threatens the wrong owner

Total Property Management, the home-owners' association managers for La Jolla, called up Rachel yesterday at about 4:00 and told her that our second story condo was leaking water into unit #1 below us.

The manager, Joe Sanchez, then went on to threaten Rachel with fees of thousands of dollars in water damage repairs for the unit below. Rachel was, obviously, upset.

She called me and I immediately called Joe and got a message saying he was going to be "out of the office on vacation" until Wednesday. That's odd - didn't he JUST call Rachel?

So I had to take the rest of the day off of work and run over to La Jolla for an emergency fix. When I arrived there I thought it might be a good idea to talk to the people below us first to see exactly where the leakage was. As we approached there door we could see that the unit below us was, in fact, unit 19 - not unit 1. I knocked on their door anyway, thinking that Joe had just said the wrong number, and asked to see their reported water damage. They looked at me like I was some kind of nut. They had no idea what I was talking about.

So I went upstairs and looked in our unit and, sure enough, everything was fine. We walked around the building to unit 1 and found that unit 2 was above them.

Stupid Joe had called and threatened the WRONG OWNER.

Monday, December 01, 2003

December so soon?

Was it really Thanksgiving last week? Seems like I just had some weird dream. It feels like Christmas time to me, though, because FM 100.3 and 106.5 play Christmas music around the clock.

I can't believe it is December already. This year has FLOWN by. One year ago I stupidly started two businesses simultaneously while working full-time (on the side, haha). One of them lasted for only 8 months and the other has grown some roots. They definitely have kept me busy along with the marriage this summer.

I'm just in shock that Christmas is just around the corner and 2003 is almost over.