• Waiting in line for ’emissions testing’ http://twitpic.com/1dfigr #
  • Thought I could get this done ‘quickly’. And I was wrong. #
  • I hate ’emission testing’ (we called it smog check in Ca). It’s pass/fail. They never give you any clue from year to year how the cars doing #
  • I just think it’d be nice to know, “You were close to failing this year-might want to have some work done.” A ‘needs improvement’ review. #
  • http://twitpic.com/1dfpjd #
  • Heh, heh… FAILED! Oh, don’t worry-my car isn’t spewing pollutants into the air is mass quantities, oh no. They said I need a new gas cap. #
  • THEY FAILED ME OVER A GAS CAP! For those of you looking forward to nationalized healthcare, go spend the day at the DMV. Then come chat. #
  • “If you replace your gas cap, you can come back within 10 calendar days to be retested in full for free.” “Can I come on Sunday?” #
  • “We’re closed on sunday.” “Sunday is a calendar day.” *dirty look* #
  • So – let me tell you about this testing facility; they have 6 bays/lanes. 1-5 are for regular cars, 6 is for commercial/RV/100% 4×4’s. #
  • They have all 6 bays open, but only 2 of the lanes for 1-5, & of course, 6 is open. Cars are bumper to bumper in lane 3 & 4 & out into st. #
  • there is a lady directing traffic; 1 car to lane 2, 1 car to lane 5, so on & etc. Finally, they realize it’s getting backed up & open lane 2 #
  • they direct myself and some others into lane 2. then we sit there for an hour while they move traffic from 3 & 4 to the bays while we sit. #
  • finally, they tell the 1st car they moved into lane 2, to go to bay 1. 2nd car? cross all the way over to bay 5. Me? Sit there a bit more. #
  • Waiting. Waiting. Okay – now I can move straight ahead into bay 2. I want to assume there was some strange, Troll logic to the whole thing. #
  • New Chapter of Evermist: Chapter Twenty-Six http://atfmb.com/Evermist/2010/04/chapter-twenty-six/ #evermist #
  • I still need a haircut but I’m resisting until the very last moment. Mom’s out there? I’m the kid you saw throwing a fit in the barber chair #
  • I once got cut on the ear. I said, “OW!” and the lady cutting my hair said not to be a baby as she moved to the other side. #
  • Meanwhile, blood was leaking onto my shoulder. When I reached up and pulled bloody fingers away, she started paying attention to me… #
  • My mom rolled her eyes (I was 8 or 9 at the time) & said something like, “Great. Just great! I’ll never get him to cut his hair now!” #
  • I still flinch. It’s just instinct. Sciccors near my ear = I flinch. #
  • I can’t spell rebelious (SURE, NOW I do it right! GAH!). Neither can tweetdeck, apparently. #
  • hey. @authormancuso is making fun of me. Quick! What can I throw? Who has a snowball? Anyone? ANYONE? #
  • There’s a girl that’s been on my miiiiiiiiiiiind, all the time – Su-su-sudio. Oh, ohhh! Now she don’t even know my name, but I think she… #
  • I had to jump into a conversation nextdoor just now. They were discussing Twilight. opinions were firmly divided by gender. #
  • Two women present: LOVED IT, want more. Men present: We prefer our Vampires evil. Give us 30 Days of Night, please. #
  • I fall into the ‘give me my Vampires evil’ camp, sorry. #
  • This is…nifty. I might get one for when I’m in the comfy chair at home http://tinyurl.com/yjyazbr (Office Depot link) #
  • Who has a bad 1st day at work story to tell? Let’s see who can tell the worst story. Go on – tell me all about it! You know you want to… #
  • Want me to get you started? Ok. I was hired for a job in Denver near where I70 & I25 meet. My start day? April 1st. #
  • I show up at 8 am, bright eyed and bushy tailed and ready to get to work! Only, the guy who hired me wasn’t there. When I asked, I was told- #
  • -no one knew where he was, who I was, or why I was there. I told them I’d been hired and it was my 1st day. Okay, they said. Have a seat. #
  • They decided to call HR and ask what I should do. HR wasn’t there either. No one knew where she was, either. I should just wait, maybe- #
  • -they’re somewhere together and will be back soon. So I sit down to wait. And I wait. And I wait. I try calling the guy, no answer. I wait. #
  • I start thinking, Ya know, it’s April 1st… maybe it’s all a joke… someone comes out and tells me that ‘everyone’ is at a charity- #
  • -breakfast but I should head over to ANOTHER building and start filling out HR paperwork. Okay, at least it’s something to do, right? #
  • so I head to this other building to fill out paperwork, only, since HR isn’t there, there’s no paperwork for me to fill out. I head back. #
  • there’s a message for me – ‘Sorry, forgot about you, meet with HR to do paperwork & we’ll connect later.’ Wait – HR is with YOU! DAMMIT! #
  • So i wait some more. And some more. And some more. People who are there think this is very amusing. At this point, I’m grumpy, sitting in- #
  • a waiting room, waiting. A lot. Another message, ‘HR should be back now – go fill out paperwork, will connect later.’ Grrr. head to other- #
  • -building again. No HR. hang out for a bit. She walks in, I smile, she smiles, goes into her office. I say hello, I’m here to fill out some- #
  • -paperwork. ‘For what?’ ‘I was hired – today is my start day?’ ‘No one told me about it. Who hired you? What’s the job? I’ll need to talk-‘ #
  • Blargh. #
  • HE HADN’T TOLD ANYONE! ANYONE AT ALL IN THE WHOLE DAMNED COMPANY THAT HE’D HIRED ME! #
  • At the end of the day, I had no desk, no computer, no nothing except a job that no one knew I’d been hired to do. #
  • That’s my ‘worst 1st day story’. What’s yours?! #
  • Ok, so. At that very same job I just mentioned, they hire an intern from one of the local high schools. I’m supposed to put him to work & #
  • -teach him about IT. Our offices were in building 2, separated from other offices by a warehouse full of workers, so we’re pretty much alone #
  • it’s -HIS- 1st day. he disappears after lunch, comes back a little embarassed and says, “Uh, Patrick? Do you.. do we have.. a.. plunger?” #
  • I blink. Think about it for a second and reply, honestly, “No. There might be one in the OTHER offices on the other side of the building.” #
  • Mortified, the kid has to walk over to the other offices, ask for a plunger, walk back, through the warehouse, plenty of people noticing- #
  • -PLUNGE the toilet, then return the plunger back where it belongs. he called it, “The Walk of Shame.” How’s that for a 1st day? >_> #
  • …that same internt, some years later, told me that he wanted to become a Forest Ranger. I asked why-he said, “For all the free weed.” Sigh #
  • …is ‘plunge’ even a word? Did I just make that up? #
  • can you plunge something? #
  • RT @astonwest: @atfmb You can plunge a knife into someone’s chest…//Ok, you officially scare me now. #
  • I’m watching #Chuck & creepy, stalker Superman is up to no good. I think he’s been snorting some red kryptonite. Wait-which turns him evil? #
  • R.I.P. Charlie http://tinyurl.com/ybbe8ag #
  • If other’s tweeted this and I missed it, I apologize: Download 700+ Free Scifi Books Onto Your iPhone http://tinyurl.com/ycjnumc #
  • every week, I turn on #Castle & catch the last minute of that dancing show where Kate Gosselin looks like she wants to kill someone. #
  • ARGH! Thanks to #Castle I now want to watch Raiders of the Lost Ark! #
  • brain… tired… failing… time to recharge… night… zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz #