Who’s Fault Is It?

Tonight, as I was driving into the Schnuck’s parking lot, the car in front of me stops and some older lady gets out of the passenger side. She crosses behind the car (in front of me) and begins to scurry across the street. As I watch her cross, this red mini-van all of a sudden slams on the brakes and comes within 6 inches of hitting her. The car was close enough that the lady actually put her hand on the hood. I look to see this guy, talking on a cell phone, looking pissed. Now, who’s in the wrong here? Is it the woman, who crossed the street without looking or was it the guy who was going too fast in the parking lot and not paying attention? In my opinion, they are both idiots, her for crossing the street like a child (you would think that she had some more sense than a five-year-old) and him for being more interested in his conversation than what’s going on around him (learn to multi-task). Stupid people!

The Wrath of the Asian Lady

Friday night, Jen and I went out to dinner with her mom, sister, 2 aunts and uncle to Ryce Oriental Buffet. I was in the zone, putting down some dumplings near the end of the meal when Jen started tugging at my elbow and hissing under her breath. See, we had decided before we went that we’d pick up the tab for this meal, but Jen’s aunt had snuck away and cornered our server and was trying to pay. Once I figured out what Jen was hissing about, I jumped up and strode purposefully over towards the server, trying to head him off before he ran the other card. I waited for Jen’s aunt to turn around and head back to the table, and slid in next to the server.

I said, “Hey buddy. Here. Run this one instead.” Just then Jen’s aunt turned around and saw what was going on and used her secret weapon. She started speaking to the server in Chinese and looking angry. I was telling him in English that we were going to pay, she was (presumably) telling him that she was going to pay. The server looked like he wanted to crawl under the table and hide.

Fortunately, Jen came to the rescue with her potent mix of Chinese and English and some finger shaking + angry eyebrows. The server finally relented and took our card, and a good laugh was had by all.

Moral of the story, when Jen shakes her finger at you, you had best respect.

Home Improvement Weekend

We’ve been kind of ignoring some things around the house hoping that with enough time, these things would somehow fix themselves. Yeah, three years later, still not fixed and I decided that I have had enough of it. If you want to get things done, you have to do it yourself. After spending $150 at Lowe’s, Bob and I are now armed with the necessities needed to improve the aesthetic of the house. Here’s the list: paint all the trimwork around the doorways, paint the guest bath ceiling, fix the chip in the bathtub, recaulk around the tub, paint and put the trimwork back into the bathroom, paint the front door, paint the hall ceiling, hang the chandelier correctly, paint the kitchen ceiling and replace a couple of missing tiles in the bathroom. And all of this will be done in 48 hours. It can be done…I think.