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October 30, 2008

Call the locksmith!

From Consumerist:

The "locksmith" shows up over an hour later, in an unmarked car, with no uniform. I show him my car and he decides that my 2005 ford focus is VERY hard to break into, and that the labor charge is gonna go up to $125, for a total of $177 after tax. About $19 does not = $125. I'm sure he saw 20 year old female college student and thought $$$$$.

Oh, you have NO idea. It probably would have been cheaper for her at that point to break one of the windows and gain entry that way. It gets better:

When I woke up and won't to work the next morning, I noticed that the door of my car was all bent up. I didn't see it in the dark the night before.

Whoever it was that showed up is probably not a locksmith, but rather a former car thief/burglar. I know this routine. Bend the top of the car door enough to reach in with your hand/tool/whatever and unlatch the door. Works great, if you don't care about bending the door. Some dumbshit goblin did this to my Mazda a couple years ago to steal a $50 car stereo and a Cox Digital Cable receiver (not a DVR.) The stuff he stole was worth about $250 bux, but the damage to the door cost me $1800.

The geniuses at Consumerist recommend a letter to the BBB and/or the State Attorney General. How about the state licensing board? Locksmiths have to be licensed, and my guess is that the lazy ass who warped her door is no locksmith.

I have three letters for you ... AAA .... $51 a year is peanuts in comparison to what she just paid. Considering the discounts you receive just for being a member (30% at lens crafters for instance) it's practically free. Even if I didn't own a car, or had a wife that owns a car, I'd still be a member just for the discounts and other perks.

My wife has been rescued by an AAA wrecker / locksmith service twice. They always show up quick, and are super nice. The last thing they want is someone calling up AAA and complaining. Most towing companies also perform lockout service as well, 24-hours a day, for less than calling out a locksmith.

And if you're on in Texas, just call the 800 number on the back of your license (800-525-5555), and they will find someone to come rescue you. (It's not free, but they will send someone reputable)

You're welcome.

October 20, 2008

Still undecided? DONT VOTE

I'm not joking. If you still haven't made up your mind on who the best team for the White House is yet, you haven't been paying attention. If you go vote for anyone, you're stealing a vote from someone else who is informed. If you feel you must go vote, vote for someone like Bob Barr, that psychopath Cynthia McKinney of the Green Party, or perpetual candidate Ralph Nader.

I have been paying attention, and I'm sick of hearing about the "undecided voter." I don't understand the undecided voter when the differences between the candidates are so huge.

I voted today, and I feel very good about it.

October 13, 2008

My BFF GothMartha was on Fox 7 Today

I went to Maker Faire last year, and immediately had two thoughts:

  • I need to have a booth next year
  • This show is PERFECT for my BFF GothMartha

When she applied to the Maker Faire, not only was she accepted, but they decided to make her a "feature" exhibitor!

Click the pic below to see the broadcast Fox 7 did about Maker Faire featuring my BFF GothMartha.


H/T: Makezine Blog

October 3, 2008

Great videos on the great bailout of 2008

I just escaped my Countrywide Sub-Prime mortgage for a fixed-rate mortgage with Wells Fargo at 6.5%. And I don't have a spectacular credit score either. Affecting main-street? Not on my street.

I called every Texas Congresscritter and Representative and told them I would actively campaign against anyone that votes in favor of HR1424. And yes, that includes both Cornyn & Hutchison, who I voted for and gave money to. Not again.

I was ignored, and I won't forget!