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The funnest car ever in the world (sorta)

So I guess running out of gas during the test drive may have been somewhat of a bad omen…  I spent more time in car dealerships and service waiting rooms than I ever care to ever again this past weekend.

Saturday:

Take Subaru in to be serviced. After waiting 45 minutes and hearing the diagnosis, I decide to start test driving cars. 6 hours later I am new car owner.

Sunday:

Sunday morning while standing outside pumping gas, I start to wonder how I should take care of this car.  I decide, as I am sure all new car owners do, that I will take special care of it. At that exact moment a man walks up and tells me how much he likes the color of the car. I explain to him that I had just gotten it the day before.

Without prompting or asking, he spends the next 20 minutes telling me the proper way to wax the outside, “Use XX Brand, put it on there, wait a few hours, come back and you can just wipe your booty against it and it will wipe right off!”. He explains all things Armour All, “Use a sponge! don’t just spray it on there!”, and how to wash the rims, “Soap and water only…no acid!”. It turns out that he works at NAPA and has a detailing business on the side and gives me his card.

Later that day at Target, in the parking lot, when I park, a couple waves me down to tell me that they were driving behind me and it looks like my lug nuts are loose and that the back right tire might fall right off the car. This would be the car I had purchased not two hours earlier.

I drive to nearest tire place to check. 2 Hour wait to find out: not lug nuts, nothing is wrong with the tire but the rim is badly bent. Tom Grimes happens to stop in to get his spare refilled.

Driving home I can actually see the rim wobbling in my rearview mirror.

Monday:

Go to car place.  Ask them for a new rim. While I am watching the guy drive it into the service center, I see that the rear right break light is out. I ask them to fix that too. I am starting to get pissy. I wait.

Service center tells me that the guys who checked the tire at the tire place forgot to put the Mini emblem back on the rims. I call over there. They tell me that someone who works there has it, but has put it in a special place for safe keeping. No one there knows where that special place is. They will call me back.

At the dealership, it is going to be a while to wait for the part. They drive me down to their sister dealership to give me a rental car since they won’t be able to get the parts until the next day. When I enter, the manager comes over and is super apologetic. He has the person with him who he is ordering the parts from. I look up and see my old friend from college, Scott McCauley, who owns a wholesale auto parts company. This wouldn’t be so weird, except that the last time I saw Scott was the last time I bought a car – the Subaru specifically, 6 years ago in Chapel Hill. We both say “Holy @^@#%” at the same time and have to explain to entire waiting room.

I take the car to work. Two hours later I get a call from the $ people, they have decided to knock a bunch of the cost and the actual interest rate! Score!

After work, I pick up Van who is now deeply confused. “I thought the green car was our car”.

Kanye West and Zach Galifianakis

I have had this link as one of my favorites for 2 years now. I had to bring it back after seeing Hangover this weekend. There is a scene in the movie where Zach G. is pulling into Las Vegas and this song is playing. I also found out last week that his cousin works at Lenovo. 

http://www.theclawproductions.com/Kanye/Kanye.html#

The Handmade Market

My sister, Kelly, Van and I went down to the Handmade Market yesterday afternoon at the Marbles Museum in downtown Raleigh.

The Handmade Market is for hip, handcrafted goods from more than 50 of the best and brightest artists, independent designers and crafters from NC and beyond.

I am a huge fan of etsy, a website where you can buy and sell homemade goods, so this was right up my alley. There were many terrific vendors to see (and buy from). Adam Peele and his partner (pictured below) own Ahpeele. They are super friendly screenprinters with edgy tshirt designs. Kelly pretty much cleaned them out.

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They are hosting a Traffic Jam Flea Market at the Ahpeele Studio (400 Capital Blvd) on Saturday, June 6th from 9-5. The flyer lists a myriad of activities: local art show, books, vintage clothing, tshirts, music, bread (bread?), yoga demo and… hoola hooping (interesting). I don’t think there is a website, so thought I would mention it here.

My one purchase of the day was a necklace from Ileana Rodriguez who owns India Romeo.  Two more of our favorite vendors were Lucky Accessories and it’s by design. We also bought some the sea salt caramels from Karen and Nancy Homemade Goodies after they gave us a tester. I have one caramel left that I am refusing to eat, because then I won’t have any left, and that is one of those foods that I am not allowed to have in the house because it is just too good. Who would have thunk it, sea salt and caramel, yummy.

After the market, we all went to dinner at a new sushi place called Haru on Glenwood. That one is going into the weekly cycle. They had amazing, amazing sushi and were very kid friendly, actually, all told, they were really all-around-everyone friendly.  After that we took a hike and saw two bunny rabbits. It was a really great Sunday.

Update:

Found some cards from addional artists to note in the bottom of my purse. : )

Wolfie and the Sneak 

Mood Swing Studio 

Ergane

Taco Doco + Paper Mache Unicorn

I had a lot of fun there at the Tacomentary in Durham tonight. Big turnout. Gorgeous weather… Pinhook opened up their back porch and from it you are able to see all of the people in the stands at the Durham Bulls ballpark and hear the announcer, so that was kinda cool. You are also able to see new tacky neon “OLD BULL” sign, which was less than desirable. (Durham, I miss you, but you never cease to amaze me).

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The best part was of course the tacos, or tortas, as you can see my friend Sean enjoying below. He did the intro music for the tacomentary, which was fun to watch. I learned that there are over 30 taquerias in Durham and how to order so that I don’t wind up with tongue or intestines (a fear that has kept me away thus far). I know that people genuinely enjoy these items and I wish I were that adventurous, but come on it’s a tongue for godsake, the tongue of a cow no less. The chicken was fine and the salsas were excellent. 

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This last picture is completely random. Some guy had a paper mache unicorn, out there on the street. I am not sure what the relationship is between the unicorn and the tacomentary. He made it, some people had their picture taken with it. Something about the movie Legend, which I am unfamiliar with, but a lot of people seemed to know about. One girl walked up and asked the guy, “Is your unicorn’s name Max?”, and he replied, “Why, yes, yes it is.”

I just watched the trailer.  Wow, and wow.

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Twitter gets 10 Points Today

Yesterday I was monitoring our Lenovo Twitter account @lenovosocial and there was a post to us from a person who had worn out the TrackPoint on his ThinkPad, and wondered where to get some more. I just happen to have a bag of TrackPoints on my desk, so I asked the person to email me and let me know his address so I could mail some to him. Another follower, who was having the same problem, saw the tweet and emailed me as well.

When the second person emailed me with his address, I realized he lives and works in Raleigh at Red Hat so I wrote back and asked if he knew one of my very good friends who worked there, and he replied immediately that he had just had a meeting with her yesterday.

We have written back and forth a couple of times and it turns out that this person also works in social networking for Red Hat.  We have decided to grab lunch or a beer sometime and chat about good social networking strategies for both companies, and possibly even plan a “Tweet Up” with both Lenovo and Red Hat followers.

Twitter, I like you today (even if you do require a separate email for every account!)

Blame My Booty

A friend of mine and I went to Cat’s Cradle to see the Stereo Total a week or so ago and Leslie and the Ly’s were opening up for them. The lead singer is Leslie Hall and she is like no one I have ever seen before… think bedazzled 80’s sweaters, tight shiny stretch pants, big mom glasses and even bigger teased hair, but owwwwwning it with her awesome rap songs.

leslie with the fringe

We should have known that something was up when we saw the swarms of people in tight pants, gem sweaters and teased hair but I had no idea what we were in for. From what I have read about her, she started out as a cewebrity, and then scored a gig on the kid’s show “Yo Gabba Gabba” and has been on tour ever since. I mentioned the show to my sister, Jeannie, who said that Leslie was actually at the School of Museum of Fine Arts in Boston a year or two before her, and she used to catch some of her shows. Their outfits, rap lyrics and theatrics on stage had us in hysterics for the entire show. I highly recommend  going to see her and the Ly’s if they are in your area.

I am trying hard to resist figuring out how to get this Blame My Booty ring tone on my phone.