Hot Dogs

Written with a USB keyboard due to spill damage :(

After school Nefarious and I had an evening of errands — starting with a big pile of mail at the post office, where she brought in her latest book and read it on the steps while I did all my packages. Then we headed up to Canadian Tire to get her a new pair of skates because she’s outgrown last year’s pair. We managed to find a cute set of pink and white hockey skates to replace her now too-small figure skates (and grabbed a small sled also)… A slight delay though at the exercise equipment though, as she insisted on trying out every single piece of gear they had. She can’t remember it, but we had an eliptical machine in Mexico and even back then (she was two) she loved to ride it with me.

Before going into the store we stuffed ourselves with a couple hot dogs from the vender outside the store… It sounds silly perhaps, but I really love going for a street dog after school in a “father-daughter moment” sort of way.

I parked next to a stock Cherokee — the identical truck to mine, minus the modifications. When you see my truck on its own, it’s not particularly overwhelming if you’re used to my old 44″ truck, but when you see it next to what it used to be, it’s quite engorged!

I have to admit that I’m surprised that there aren’t more customized vehicles on the road… People think nothing of spending thousands of dollars on haircuts and clothing and makeup, but very few choose to modify their vehicle with custom paint or mechanical work, even though most people feel that their vehicle is an expression of themselves.

We also stopped and got more videogames… An AC/DC song pack for me, and a Dora video game for the Wii for Nefarious, which she’s completely glued to as I write this. It’s easier than some of her other games, but still, I’m impressed at her ability to grok this stuff… Like I said yesterday, when I was a kid, games were incredibly simple in comparison. That said, when her reading is a little better, I’m going to get her started on Zork and games of that ilk, because I think they’re good for the creative brain.

She and all her classmates are all into Captain Underpants right now, so that series of books has been our bedtime reading. The key to reading to a five year old? Funny voices. Which I enjoy doing.

Other than that, earlier today Boing Boing posted about a video of an awesome chainsaw-assault rifle combo, the perfect zombie killing tool (more). I was a little disturbed at the initial “anti-redneck bigotry” on Boing Boing… I suppose everyone has their prejudices, and I probably hate the classist yuppy wanna-be artist wanna-be computer nerds that gravitate to Boing Boing (a blog that I greatly enjoy along with Dark Roasted Blend, Deputy Dog, and other casual reading), but those sorts of comments really show that shallow thinking is definitely not reserved for any demographic. For whatever strange reason, in this age of political correctness, it’s still perfectly fine to make fun of (a) East Indians, and (b) rednecks/hill billys/rural folk…


  1. Lucas Reichenek wrote:

    In alberta, there are pretty much no stock vehicles, i swear, everyone has to have a jacked up truck with a bush bumper and a winch, in someways it makes me sick that some of them spend their money on it, but the majority of them are for work/work related stuff, so since i work at a truck accessory/boxliner place i have grown used to it and find it quiet acceptable.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 7:11 pm | Permalink
  2. Shannon wrote:

    Well, I am half Albertan.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 7:24 pm | Permalink
  3. Scott wrote:

    I love the black on black. The bumpers really make the truck too.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm | Permalink
  4. timm wrote:

    have you replaced the axels on your jeep? seems those tires would be just over what the stock ones would put up with.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 11:13 pm | Permalink
  5. Lucas Reichenek wrote:

    Well if you’re ever down this way and want something for your truck i can hook you up.

    Tuesday, December 2, 2008 at 11:51 pm | Permalink
  6. NickH wrote:

    You should try Ghostville Elementry books with her. My 5 year old and 3 year old love them

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 7:17 am | Permalink
  7. Ellandra wrote:

    Haha that chainsaw rifle guy plays too much gears of war, it’s basically the lancer from that. Pretty nifty to see someone who has the creativity and skill to make it come to life though!

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 7:25 am | Permalink
  8. Will wrote:

    Zork, and all of Infocom’s games, I remember them fondly. Now its all slash, kill, destroy. Bloody graphics, impossible physics, and finger numbing, rapid repetitive key presses.

    Some online MMORPG games my neice enjoys which are less violent are Webkins and Toontown. Webkins is a little Ad heavy but generally free, while Toontown is a few bucks a month but generally ad free. Both use graphics but are not intense games and can run on most most computers. Both games are “kid safe”.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 9:05 am | Permalink
  9. LotN wrote:

    I’ve wondered the same thing about cars. Maybe a lot of people are leasing. I don’t mess with mechanics, but I’ll put stickers on everything, just to decorate it more to my liking…

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 3:42 pm | Permalink
  10. Fred wrote:

    Cool Jeep. I recently put the new BFG KM2s on my TJ. I’m only running 33×10.50x15R tires though. Nowhere near as mean looking as yours. Nice to see another guy with magnetic implants is also a Jeep fanatic.

    Wednesday, December 3, 2008 at 10:51 pm | Permalink
Wow Shannon, that's really annoying! What is it, 1997 on Geocities? Retroweb is NOT cool!

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