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By M Davies   /     Aug 23, 2006  /     The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

I had to take my car to the shop last night because of various issues it is having.  I think I may have mentioned these in a previous post, but….one of my AC vents fell off leaving a big hole in my dash board on the drivers side.  Also a piece of stereo fell off earlier this week, plus it has been rolling back on hills.  To take my vehicle to the shop was sort of like playing a chess game.  Obviously I couldn't wait there with a newborn or 20 month old for 2 hours without a disaster happening.  I asked if there was anyway I could do a Saturday appointment.  They were all booked, but mentioned I could drop it off at their night drop area.  I opted to do this and setup to drop off my car last night.  It had to be on the lot by 8, because Motorworld closes its gates at 8pm sharp. After eating dinner last night Rich and I rounded up brat #1 and #2 and got ready to drop off my jeep.  He took Gabby's carseat out of my car and moved it to his car.  Then he and Gabby went in his car and Owen and I went in my car.  When we got to the dealership he moved over Owen and the carseat into his car.  I dropped off my car and filled out all of the paperwork.  My car appointment was for 7:30 in the AM.  We all drove back in Rich's jeep. Since we only had until 6pm tonight to get the car, Rich had to get a ride to and from work with a co-worker so he could be dropped off at Motorworld before closing time.  I got a call from Motorworld at 11 saying that the rolling back on hills was normal and the other two issues needed parts ordered in order to fix them.  Great.  Basically this was a waste of time…..because in about a week we'll have to go and do the same thing over again.  Gahhhhhhhhhh!!!  I hate mechanics. I swear I bought a lemon.

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Roller Derby

By M Davies   /     Aug 21, 2006  /     The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

Rich thinks I'm completely nuts and has all but forbidden me to do this, but I am seriously considering joining the local Roller Derby League.  http://www.myspace.com/coalcityrollers  They are called the Coal City Rollers, and the skating rink where they practice is around 5 miles away from my house.  Most people probably think that I am wimpy and wouldn't be the best person to participate in Roller Derby because of my lack of coordination, but ever since watching Roller Girls on A&E I have been obsessed with becoming a Roller Derby girl.  I have a lot of pent up aggression that I'd love to get out.  I think Roller Derby would be a healthy way of doing that.  I need to find out when they have try outs so I can go and see what it is like.  Who knows, maybe they won't even pick me.  I'd like to try it at least once to see.  I also need some kind of catchy name….I have been trying to think of one since this initial idea popped into my head, but my mind is drawing a blank.  I want it to have something to do with the coal region.  Maybe I can look to the Coal Speak Dictionary for some ideas.  I'm also open to any suggestions you all may have. Rich's brother's girlfriend said she was going to participate with me as well.  Whether or not that will happen remains to be seen.  She's definitely more tough than I am.  Yesterday she picked up a plate with a bee on it and said she wasn't afraid of being stung.  She's definitely much braver than I am (I was cowering in the corner until it flew away).  I'm afraid of bees, but want to participate in Roller Derby.  What gives?

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The sad truth about our area….

By M Davies   /     Aug 19, 2006  /     NEPA, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

As seen and clipped from www.wnep.com Talkback 16 bulletin board.  Its pretty sad.  It is a tossup as to what's worse.  The chugging of the beer during the news or the fact that you can't finish a beer before announcing of the first fire.

 By: more beer please Posted: Friday, 2:37 PM
I've noticed a higher volume of fires in NEPA than any other place I've lived. Spending over 20 years in the military, I've lived in numerous states. There seems to be a fire reported within the first minute of the news cast everyday. What gives? Maybe fires are the only thing to report in these parts, or maybe there are a lot of fire bugs. Who knows! Try this game out. Start chugging a beer as soon as the news cast starts and see if you can finish it before the first fire report airs. I haven't finished a whole beer yet.
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Driving?

By M Davies   /     Aug 18, 2006  /     NEPA, The Pre-Dooce File  /     1 Comment

I just started driving again this week.  Technically I'm not allowed to drive for a 2 week period which is actually over on Saturday, but I feel fine and have no pain so I see no reason I can't drive.  Anyway, has there been some mass change in driving laws that I'm not aware of?  It seems like using your turn signal is now optional.  When did this law go into effect?  Yesterday I went over a pothole so big that a piece of my stereo came off.  I am convinced that my jeep is a lemon.  So far, I need new brakes, my vent fell off on the drivers side a few weeks ago, and now the stereo is fucked.  I also noticed something is leaking from underneath the jeep as well.  I don't know if I am more mad about the huge pothole that caused this to happen or the fact that my jeep is a piece of shit.  Maybe a bit of both.  Wilkes-Barre is so concerned with knocking down buildings and celebrating bicentenial stuff that the potholes are being neglected.  Potholes are being eaten by other potholes.  You swerve to avoid one and hit another.  They are unavoidable.  This whole valley is one huge pothole in the earth's surface.

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I hate daytime TV

By M Davies   /     Aug 17, 2006  /     The Pre-Dooce File, TV Rants  /     0 Comment

To watch Daytime TV, you need a full frontal lobotomy.  It is mind numbing and horrible  Talk shows, soap operas, lawsuit commercials.  Someone shoot me now.  Why are there so many commercials for 1800safeauto and lawsuit commercials during the day?  Do they assume that everyone home during the day is unemployed and a scumbag loser that has no car insurance or looking for free cash?  Gahhhh.

Anyway, to my original point of posting this blog….my brother and I were watching The Price is Right and chatting on AIM at the same time.  We noticed that there was a kid that was competing from the University of Arkansas.  He was playing some pricing game that requires you to guess the exact amount of a prize (which happened to be a Ford Focus).  Yeah, for one of his guesses he put 79,000 some odd dollars.  That's right 79,000 dollars.  For a ford focus.  I wouldn't even pay 20 thousand for one.  What the hell is wrong with these people on the Price is Right?  Are they like from another planet or something?  Anyone who goes shopping for anything on a regular basis can make a halfway educated guess on how much stuff costs.  79 thousand dollars for an American made vehicle is beyond insanity though. Anyway, I digress. I got a 20 month old shoving a book in my face and a newborn in a swing crying so its now time to go.

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I hate bugs.

By M Davies   /     Aug 16, 2006  /     BUGS, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

I was walking Gabby upstairs to go for a nap, and what do I see but a HUGE WASP (and I do mean huge, like an inch long) on the window at the top of the steps.  I nearly lost it.  I got Gabby into her crib and closed her door.  I know that the bug needed to be killed, but there was NO WAY I was going anywhere near it.  Recently Adina bought me one of those electric shock bug zappers (http://www.electricflyswatter.net/), but there was no way I was going to go near that bee.  It was as big as a small bird.  I didn't even think about closing all of the doors upstairs so it wouldn't go into any of the rooms.  Big mistake!  When I went to wake up Gabby from her nap, the bee was gone.  I have no clue as to where it went, but now I'm freaking the hell out because I'm afraid I'll step on it or something.  Omg, I hate bees so much I want to cry.  I hate them I hate them I hate them.  Please god let the damn thing get stuck in an area that it will die a slow and painful death.  Ewwww, ick, blahhhhhhhh.

In other news, congrats to the new addition to the epix baby farm – Baby Shaver (whose name has changed 3 times already).  Click here for pics.

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