20061109 – Clint’s cube at work – 108-0845 – top-shelf decorations

20061109 – Clint’s cube at work – 108-0845 – top-shelf decorations
Virginia Network
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Few people will remember "thin wire" ethernet, the 10base2 ethernet used before today’s 10baseT ethernet (which uses the RJ45 connector which looks like a phone jack, but bigger).

Anyway, you had to "terminate" the ends of your cables. And you sometimes had "T" connectors if your machine had to be hooked to more than one other point on the network.

Turns out, these terminators and "T"-connectors make neat cubicle art. (It kind of looks like Maggie Simpson is trying to smoke out of one.)

Pirates Of Darkwater toy, Simpsons, calendar, ethernet terminator.

Clint’s cubicle, USPIS, Arlington, Virginia.

November 9, 2006.

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20000113 – flowers sent by Clint to Carolyn on Clint’s birthday

20000113 – flowers sent by Clint to Carolyn on Clint’s birthday
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Yes, Clint sent Carolyn flowers on his birthday. Some background – On Christmas Eve, Carolyn had a whole elaborate plan that involved her getting up early and driving around so that she could see both families that day. However, her 1982 GMC Suburban decided not to start that morning, and all the plans went up in smoke. The next Tuesday, she bought a new (used) car.

On Monday, January 3rd, Carolyn was returning to work after her week off on vacation when she was suddenly rear-ended. That week, she borrowed her Dad’s white Suburban to use while the insurance got the rental car all straightened out. On Clint’s birthday, since Carolyn & Clint were going to Woodbridge for dinner that night, Carolyn was going to return the suburban to her father. That day, when Carolyn went out to lunch, it was really REALLY windy. She was getting into the suburban in a parking lot at a shopping center when suddenly the wind wrenched the door from her hand, and SLAMMED it into the car next to her!!! There was a huge 6" white scratch on the car next to her. To make matters worse, the owner of the car was right there, and gave Carolyn a hard-time about the scratch. Carolyn gave the lady her insurance information, and went back to work. And broke into tears because she was mortified that had happened. She called Clint to tell him the news, and while she was blubbering into the phone (she didn’t have a cell phone back there), her co-workers got all concerned about her. They tried to cheer her up. Eventually she calmed down and got back to work. A couple of hours later, the receptionist called and said there were flowers for Carolyn. Carolyn was confused because she had no idea who would send her flowers. She thought the receptionist had her mixed up with someone else. But, nope, they were flowers from Clint. Because he knew that Carolyn needed some extra cheering up after all that she had been through! How sweet!

Clint’s comment: I wish lady could have bothered with her two missing commas. Good grammar is sweeter 🙂

Carolyn, Clint.
card, flowers.

January 13, 2000.

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20100102 – Clint’s birthday party – GEDC1324 – Eli, Parthena, Mark

20100102 – Clint’s birthday party – GEDC1324 – Eli, Parthena, Mark
Virginia Software
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
I wonder what Eli is laughing about?

Eli, Mark, Parthena.
laughing, sitting.
Milkdrop, TV, Yeungling beer.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 2, 2010.

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… Read Eli‘s blog at camfael.livejournal.com/
… View Eli‘s photos at www.flickr.com/photos/camfael/
… Read Parthena‘s blog at kittenofwrath.livejournal.com/
… View Parthena‘s photos at www.flickr.com/photos/97926209@N00/

BACKSTORY: We had Clint’s birthday party the day after New Year’s. It seemed to be the best day for everyone, but it turned out to be pretty low-key due to the holidays. But it was still a lot of fun! We didn’t get very many photos, though.

20070315 – Clint’s work – commute – 113-1384 – just passed the 66 Exit

20070315 – Clint’s work – commute – 113-1384 – just passed the 66 Exit
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
This merge off of 66 into 495 East (outer loop) has always pissed me off. The merge area is way too big.

Basically, if you bother to get in line with the traffic jam, people who come on the highway TWO OR THREE MINUTES after you will still manage to get in front.

I often position my car in the center to prevent them from doing this. I don’t care if you have a longer merge lane — I was on the highway first.

And don’t try to merge past me when the dotted white line disappears. I will ignore you and drive as if you aren’t there, because you do not have the right-of-way. Wanna hit me? My car is older, and the damage will show I was ahead in the merge zone when you hit me. I could use the free replacement parts from my insurance company to keep my car alive longer.

So by all means: Keep driving like dickheads, people. You deserve the ,200 fines.

driving.
beltway, car, exit, road, street, tree, vehicle.

66 Exit, 495, Virginia.

March 12, 2007.

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20090403 – Clint’s foot tape – GEDC0145

20090403 – Clint’s foot tape – GEDC0145
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Plantar fasciitis sucks, and I’ve been in near-constant foot pain since early August, 2008.

The first podiatrist I went to said nothing about this, and just sold me new shoes (Metro Run & Walk sucks!).

The second podiatrist was much more knowledgable. They showed me how to tape my foot for extra support. I wouldn’t buy the spray to make the tape stickier (why not just sell me stickier tape?!?!), but the 2 tape sizes were . I also got a night boot that insurance will supposedly pay 80% of. Custom orthotics come next.

Now that I wear a night boot, I keep singing the Guns N’ Roses song "Nightrain" but substituting "I wear a night boot" over the lyrics "I’m on a night train". This is becoming a nightly ritual. (The singing, that is.)

Anyway… The foot taping really helps.

The other tip was to rub a candle all over the foot tape after taping — this covers it with a thin layer of wax (which you can see in green), so that it doesn’t stick to your socks so much. Useful advice!

Anyway, after 9 months, I’m ready for the hurting to stop. All I did is hang out on sand for 4 days. I didn’t even go in the ocean, run, or walk more than 1 minute at a time!

Clint.
foot, plantar fasciitis, tape.

upstairs, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

April 3, 2009.

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20100227 – Clint’s car – tie rod broke – Clint’s tires point in different directions – outtake – FAIL edit

20100227 – Clint’s car – tie rod broke – Clint’s tires point in different directions – outtake – FAIL edit
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
This is the FAIL edit. A simple automated diptych completely ruined this picture: The front tires appear to be pointing the same way in this version. In fact, they are pointing in different directions. When I saw this, I knew I’d have to re-do it the "right way" by rotating the two pictures Carolyn took.

Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, car, shadow, tires.
FAIL. diptych. outtake.

Alexandria, Virginia.

February 27, 2010.
Pic by Carolyn.

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BACKSTORY: Clint’s car was *finally* fixed after many months of being totaled by hitting a deer — but he never got to drive it, because the major snowstorms came through and buried the car. Carolyn made the mistake of saying "Maybe we should take it for a spin. You know, to make sure it runs." When she said "take it for a spin", she didn’t mean literally! We pulled out of the driveway, and it was like skidding on snow. Only problem was, there wasn’t any snow.

Clint got out and looked at the tires, but they seemed fine. (He didn’t look at the front one, which was the problem.) Once Clint finished pulling out of the driveway, we managed to get some speed, and then BAM, it just spontaneously started skidding for no damned reason. It was scary.

We attempted to make a U-turn so we can go back into our driveway. Not wanting to go up the wrong side of the street, we’d have to go down the block. We didn’t get far at ALL. Turnsout the tie rod broke, and so the front wheels were pointing the complete opposite directions of each other.

We hit the left curb right in front of the telephone pole that got broken in 2 by drunk drivers (twice in 2010). Cars started almost hitting us, because people who drive on this road are idiots. There was literally an SUV [biggest assholes on the road] that squeezed between our car and the car in the lane next to us! Scary shit, we almost died!

Clint was just about to yell "abandon ship", when a cop pulled up and turned his lights on so that cars wouldn’t continue to almost hit us. The cops set up some flares for us, and they spent a long time trying to figure out if our car can be fixed enough to get it into our driveway. They saved our asses, and it’s the first time a cop’s ever been there when you need one.

Eventually we realized it was impossible to drive at all, and so the cops called a tow truck for us. Once again, screw Henry’s Wrecker Service — they were already on our personal blacklist for when we arrange for towing through our insurance company. But because Clint’s car was paid out in full after being totaled (mmm…,000), no more free towing. So Henry’s Wrecker Service charged 5 to tow it one mile to Pep Boys. Turns out Pep Boys has towing all along. We should know better than to go with the flow with anything; it never pays off.

0 and 24 hours later, Clint’s car is back. Still ,100 ahead on the totaling. Still winning.

20100107 – Clint’s car – still ‘totaled’ – GEDC1330

20100107 – Clint’s car – still ‘totaled’ – GEDC1330
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
Clint’s car came back from the body shop ‘totaled’. Here it is 1 month after hitting a deer on the way back from Dirk(RIP)’s party. Totaling it was a dumb decision for Farmer’s Insurance, since they most certainly could have scraped out of this without spending the 00 they paid me. I would have gladly let them fix only some of the damage. But no, they wanted to call it totaled, so fine.

Clint bought a new fender, headlight, and blinker — all for 0 — and eventually got it fixed via great help from one very capable Matthew G.

~00 Profit!

Farmers is no longer willing to cover damages OR TOWING for this car, only liability. I guess I’m in the market for a new insurer. Farmers spent longer looking at the damage than it took Matthew and me to fix the damn thing!

hanging.
Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, bumper, car hood,dents, fender, headlight, hole, tire.
smashed.

front yard, Clint and Carolyn’s house, Alexandria, Virginia.

January 7, 2010.

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20100227 – Clint’s car – tie rod broke – Clint’s tires point in different directions – 0 – success edit

20100227 – Clint’s car – tie rod broke – Clint’s tires point in different directions – 0 – success edit
Virginia Insurance
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
This is the success edit — it gives the proper impression of just how f’ed up my tires were. Much of the middle is created from thin air using the healing brush.

Pontiac Bonneville 1993 car, car, tires.
FAIL. diptych.

Alexandria, Virginia.

February 27, 2010.
Pic by Carolyn.

… Read my blog at ClintJCL.wordpress.com
… Read Carolyn’s blog at CarolynCASL.wordpress.com

BACKSTORY: Clint’s car was *finally* fixed after many months of being totaled by hitting a deer — but he never got to drive it, because the major snowstorms came through and buried the car. Carolyn made the mistake of saying "Maybe we should take it for a spin. You know, to make sure it runs." When shesaid "take it for a spin", she didn’t mean literally! We pulled out of the driveway, and it was like skidding on snow. Only problem was, there wasn’t any snow.

Clint got out and looked at the tires, but they seemed fine. (He didn’t look at the front one, which was the problem.) Once Clint finished pulling out of the driveway, we managed to get some speed, and then BAM, it just spontaneously started skidding for no damned reason. It was scary.

We attempted to make a U-turn so we can go back into our driveway. Not wanting to go up the wrong side of the street, we’d have to go down the block. We didn’t get far at ALL. Turns out the tie rod broke, and so the front wheels were pointing the complete opposite directions of each other.

We hit the left curb right in front of the telephone pole that got broken in 2 by drunk drivers (twice in 2010). Cars started almost hitting us, because people who drive on this road are idiots. There was literally an SUV [biggest assholes on the road] that squeezed between our car and the car in the lane next to us! Scary shit, we almost died!

Clint was just about to yell "abandon ship", when a cop pulled up and turned his lights on so that cars wouldn’t continue to almost hit us. The cops set up some flares for us, and they spent a long time trying to figure out if our car can be fixed enough to get it into our driveway. They saved our asses, and it’s the first time a cop’s ever been there when you need one.

Eventually we realized it was impossible to drive at all, and so the cops called a tow truck for us. Once again, screw Henry’s Wrecker Service — they were already on our personal blacklist for when we arrange for towing through our insurance company. But because Clint’s car was paid out in full after being totaled (mmm…,000), no more free towing. So Henry’s Wrecker Service charged 5 to tow it one mile to Pep Boys. Turns out Pep Boys has towing all along. We should know better than to go with the flow with anything; it never pays off.

0 and 24 hours later, Clint’s car is back. Still ,100 ahead on the totaling. Still winning.

20061109 – Clint’s cube at work – 108-0852 – business cards

20061109 – Clint’s cube at work – 108-0852 – business cards
Virginia Lawyers
Image by Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL)
My wall of business cards. When I moved out of the cube, I typed any
information I cared about into my phone-numbers.txt file (which lives on
my thumbdrive, on my computers at home, and in a password-protected
webspace that is auto-updated).

I have a better award, not quite pictured, actually given to me at my
previous job. This "award" is really just a certificate of
completion for sitting through a 3-day training on the Evolution LMS
(learning management system). The system never was used, not
even 3 years later. Oh, it was purchased at a cost of ,000.
A developer license is ,000/seat. It’s amazing how much people
think their licenses are worth, when the client is a pseudo-government
agency.

business card, certificate.

Clint’s cubicle, USPIS, Arlington, Virginia.

November 9, 2006.

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