Rant: Driving and Traffic in Pittsburgh

It’s been a while since I’ve really gone on any rants, but I’ve been rather pissed lately when I drive my car, and I don’t like it… I loved driving, but now I hate it, I hate these mother fucking prick ass bastard drivers out there today…

I live in Pittsburgh, not by choice but by birth, and yeah sadly I’m still here.. but it’s not really that bad… unless you drive everywhere as I do…

Pittsburgh has lots of tunnels and for some unknown reason people feel they must hit the breaks when they come to a tunnel… Five days per week I drive through a tunnel going towards town, called the Squirrel Hill Tunnel, in the mornings, and every 4 out of those five days traffic enters the tunnel going 10 miles per hour, but yet exits doing 60 mph… There’s some time-tunnel effect going on that I just can’t explain I guess. And this need to brake for tunnels causes traffic to back up for miles and miles… This not only happens in the morning but of course in the evening coming out of town as well. I don’t understand it, why do people feel the need to slow down or brake for tunnels? It’s just a tunnel, it’s not going to collapse on you, it’s not going to close, it’s open on the other end honestly ….

The next thing I’d like to know is WHEN was a law enacted that allowed a LEFT turn on RED? When the opposing traffic has a green light… The other day myself and my family were almost killed by this asshole who felt he was special and allowed to turn on red… My light turned green, dude drove up and actually stopped for the red light, I started to go and then the dude made his left turn on red, if I wasn’t paying attention we would have been in a nice accident… This isn’t an isolated incident either it happens all the time!

Speaking of red lights what makes people think they are so fucking special that they don’t have to stop for them? What makes you so important that you don’t have to obey the laws?!? The other day my wife asked me why I was slowing down coming to an intersection where my light was green, just then some moron sped though their red light right past us… DUH, wonder why I slowed down…
Speaking of left turns, every morning when I take my youngest son to daycare I go on the Blvd of the Allies, a main road to PGH, well near his daycare is Magee Women’s Hospital and one of their parking lots is across the street. There are two signs there that say NO LEFT TURN 7AM to 9A, this is there because it is dangerous with the morning rush hour traffic, but yet at least three times per week I get stuck behind some asshole turning left and backing up traffic…

The same goes with STOP signs as well!! It says STOP, not slow down and continue on through, and especially it doesn’t mean to SPEED UP if you see someone coming though the intersection so you can cut them off and almost kill them!

I live on a main thoroughfare where you can only park on one side of the street, and that would be the side I live on, so I basically have to drive on a parallel stree, pass my house and turn left, and then left to get onto my street to get to my house. The street I go up has stop signs at the intersection I go up and I don’t have a stop sign, so this means I have the right of way, people are supposed to stop and let the traffic coming though the intersection proceed, but no, no one ever does, well maybe 1 time per week someone actually stops and lets me through. Yesterday I was coming home, cruising through, chick on cellphone totally ignores the stop sign and just go right through it, I had to slam on my brakes to stop from getting hit by her… and then I proceeded through the intersection, but apparently dude who was coming the other way didn’t like the fact that I had the right of way and decided to ride up on my bumper beeping the horn, if my kid was not in the car I would have happily slammed on the breaks to see what the problem was exactly… I don’t get it?!?! he was pissed at me for NOT having a STOP sign and he did?!?!?!?

I’m on a roll here… SO since when did turn signals NOT become a standard item on cars? I have followed people and have watched them NEVER use a turn signal, too busy on the phone to reach over and hit the lever to let drivers behind them know they are turning.. The best is when they stop to make the turn, I can’t figure out why the hell the guy is stopping?! There’s no STOP sign, no LIGHTS, but yet they’re stopping.. OH they’re turning! I should have knew that huh?

As I mentioned I live on a main street, but where I live, on my side is just a strip of 10 houses with woods on either side and behind, and then houses again past the woods..so where the woods are there is no sidewalk, sucks having to cross the street… My wife took the car today because she had class so I had to walk to get the kids their haircut, this involved crossing this main thoroughfare.. Not fun… So there we stood, waiting for a break in the traffic or some nice person to stop and let us cross, 10 cars go by, 15 cars go by, 20 cars go by.. all looking at us as they drive by, I guess they’re wondering why were standing on the side of the road or something (DUH!)… SO, along comes a Police Car, I’m thinking GREAT now’s our chance, the officer will stop to let us cross the street right? NO FUCKING WAY DID HE STOP! He looked right at us as he drove by… Ignorant prick.. eventually we made it, but of course we had to repeat that again coming home… fun-fun

I drive a lot, and I see all sorts of just amazing things going on in other cars.. personally I hate talking on the phone in the car, it’s just too distracting, especially if I have my kids in the car with me. If someone calls me I’ll let voicemail get it or I’ll answer it (if it’s not in my pocket) and tell them I’m driving and call them back when I’m not driving, but I see like every other car driver talking on the phone… There was a time my wife worked the 6:30am shift, and we left he house at 6am, who the hell where all these people taking to at 6AM? What is so important that you have to talk while you’re driving? Better yet what is on the floor of the passenger side of your car that you just have to bend down and get while you’re driving?!? Another one would be to women: why the hell don’t you set your alarm early enough so you can put your makeup on at home and NOT WHILE DRIVING!

One thing I guess is that I can say that after you drive here for a while you get accustomed to the assholes out there, but why should I have to get accustomed to assholes who break the law and feel they are better than everyone else?!? Why can’t they just obey the laws! What the fuck is so important that you feel the need to endanger my life, the lives of my family and the lives of everyone else on the road?!

Oh and last I checked, when a school bus is stopped with blinking lights and the little STOP sign is out, that means traffic stops in both directions right?! That law is still the same as far as I know… But the other day when I was going to pick my son up from daycare, the school bus comes across the intersection and stops a bit behind me going the other way, now I’m past the bus so I can continue on, but I still have a red light… So I watch as traffic comes through the intersection only to have to stop behind the bus, and in the lane next to the bus, it’s two lanes, the bus is in the curb lane… Well the light starts to change, yellow, then red, of course you get the asshole blowing through the red light.. some dumb chick blows through, only to run full speed smack into the guy stopped for the school bus… this literally happened right next to me, her window was right next to me and I just looked at her and laughed and continued on my merry way… it was funny, really it was…

Oh well.. enough for now.. I feel better! Sort of, until tomorrow, or now.. when I have to run out and get cigs..

Pligit

Yeah.. I bet you’re wondering what the hell a ‘pligit’ is right?

Well it’s like stuck in my head now…. and it won’t go away, so I figured I blog about it and maybe it would go away if I did..

I’m sure you know who Winnie the Pooh is right? Well Piglet is his little buddy the pig, and well my two year old can’t say Piglet and he says ‘Pligit’ instead…  He pronounces it ‘plig-it’ if you’re wondering how it’s pronounced…

It’s really cute actually, but for whatever reason it’s like stuck in my head now….

Dunno, just threw that out there for whatever reason…

Uberclok Press Release

Hmmmm.. I just got a Press Release from one of my contacts regarding a new company on the block called ‘Uberclok

Click HERE to read the press release

What’s interesting about this is they claim a 55% overclock for one of their systems, but yet they don’t mention how they did this or specifically with what type of hardware, only ‘air-cooled’ is mentioned on their site about it.

From the pictures on their site it looks to be an Antec Nine Hundred Gaming case that they are using for their systems, but it doesn’t specify this exactly… The Nine Hundred is an excellent choice for a gaming systems and for an overclocked system as well, it offers quite a bit of airflow and cooling that would be needed…
also if you look more into the site there isn’t too many details really and I personally wouldn’t have chosen some of the hardware they did like a Rosewill power supply? Or Wintec ram? Especially for a gaming rig that is supposedly ‘high-end’…

Oh well, if they want the enthusiast crowd to get interested in them they’ll need to do a bit more work with their site I think, and provide some more details…

Rebates Suck!

I hate mail-in rebates, then again I don’t know many people that actually like them so I’m sure you understand..

Anyway, last month I bought three  EVGA products from NewEgg, I needed to update my system so I got a new motherboard and two video cards. I really wasn’t paying attention that there was a rebate on them I got them because that’s what I wanted and I wanted to match the brands up.

Well it turns out there was a $10 rebate on the mobo and $15 rebate on the video card. Now everywhere you look EVGA and every other company for that matter promotes SLI and that you should buy two cards for the best performance…

So I got three emails a couple days ago mentioning that they got the rebates and were processing them, I checked the status and it says one of my video card rebates was invalid because only one is allowed…

It’s only $15, but it’s still the point, anymore when people are building a system they’ll buy two cards, either for SLI or Crossfire and they know this, so is this just a way to screw over customers?  To save a few bucks here and there by denying the rebates, even though they know people are going to buy two of the cards for SLI? Kind of discourages people from buying two of the cards with the rebates… The point of the rebate is to attract the consumer to buy the products right?

And of course a two weeks after I bought cards  EVGA announces that they are giving Quake Wars for free if you buy one of their video cards…. so I got screwed all around here. I would have rather had Quake Wars than the rebates, if I would have gotten the full rebates it wouldn’t have been enough to pay for the game most likely….

Oh well… sucks to be me!

Contests Updates…

Well ok,

I’ve emailed those that have won prizes in the last contest, both here and over at DSM. Some of you have responded with their addresses while other haven’t… So please check your email spam boxes for an email from me!

I had something else I wanted to say also but forgot.. oh well….

The Country of Vermont ?!?

So I had heard about this a while ago but totally forgot about it till another article popped up on my radar, the State of Vermont want to become the Country of Vermont by seceding from the Union. Technically they want to become the Republic of Vermont…

There are a few websites devoted to this idea, and apparently quite a few people are very interesting in this idea. The main website is VTCommons.org  and here you’ll find all the information to learn all about this rather cool idea…

Anyone want to move to Vermont? I seriously thought about it, but I’m not sure of the logistics of it all, they have the idea but from what I can see no real groundwork laid out for the whole thing. The website sort of leaves quite a few questions unanswered as to how it would all work, they mention other countries that have been successful at this, but that really doesn’t prove to much…

Can it work? They want to do it peaceably, which essentially means no  military intervention from Vermont’s Army (hehe) and the US Military, they want to secede without any problems or casualties of a war. According to them it is their constitutional right to do so, but will the U.S. let them?

Why do they want to secede? From what I gather they just want to secede  because as a whole or majority they are not happy with the state of the union as it is now, and I can’t blame them there..

Will it work?

I’m wondering how it can work actually, I mean essentially they’ll be on their own with no federal monies to help with anything including social programs, emergencies, or just basic needs…

Hey, I’m up for it! Let’s do it…. I wouldn’t mind having dual citizenship…

Past Lives

So Tom went to the Digital Experience show today to cover it for DSM, and he said it was kinda boring actually but he mentioned he went to one of the luncheons there held by Sprint and Palm.  I’ve been to these shows and there’s usually really good food there and of course I replied back that at least he got to eat for free anyway, and he replied back to me that I seem very fixated on food…

There’s a point to this actually, the reason I’m fixated on food is that I was an Executive Chef in my ‘past life’ as I call it, past life being what I did before doing what I do now.. not the supernatural past life thing…

But it got me thinking about all that and my time or I should say years of my culinary escapades… Not to blow my own horn or anything but I was damn good, and well I still am, but I rarely get the chance to make any extravagant dishes anymore. I do miss it sometimes, but I think I’m happier now.. one of things I hated was all the ass-kissing and nepotism of the restaurant industry, sorry I don’t kiss ass, and well sometimes that’s what it took to get ahead, so I didn’t get ahead as far as I could have…

but I can say that in my time I’ve had my food creations published twice in magazines, I’ve worked with some of the top chefs out there, I’ve catered events with senators and congressman and met numerous celebrities as well, so it wasn’t all that bad…. I even had a chance to try out for the culinary olympic team… just a hint but you shouldn’t go out drinking and partying the night before you try out for the olypmic team, it ruins your sense of taste and just ruins your concentration and everything else needed to do do good at something like that .. I was young and stupid.. ah well

What I really miss is the rush of it all, it might not seem to some that it’s that stressful, but it is a very stressful career choice, if you can’t handle pressure then don’t even think of the field of culinary arts. I actually loved the stress and pressure of it, I thrived on it really. I remember years ago a study in some major magazine or newspaper that ranked the stress levels of jobs, what I did ranked right under Brain Surgeon, so yeah it was stressful at times… but damn fun

I think the part that I missed the most was seeing the looks on peoples faces as they watched me work, they were just in amazement at my ‘skillz’. and I’m serious, not just bragging, I was good at what I did. I prepped/catered parties for 1000+ people with little or no help from others, and I don’t mean wedding buffets, I mean sit down fine dining, black-tie affairs…yes I’m seriously good at multi-tasking…

I think I can say that I’ve ate more different types of food in my time cooking than most people will ever eat in their entire lives… there was actually a point where I would say no to filet mignon and lobster and prefer a hamburger because I ate so much of it…

ah well, I have my memories anyway…