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October 3rd, 2008 by Jason

Wynner from work found this insane video and passed it around the office. We have all been singing it for the last few days. The true awesomeness doesn’t start until the 1:50 mark.

I thought Whodini’s “The Freaks Come Out at Night” would go well with the video and BP from work took it to a whole other level.

I haven’t laughed this hard in a long time.

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Zero Cool

September 26th, 2008 by Jason

Over the last twelve years I have owned several pairs of Oakley Zero’s. My favorite style is the 0.42. They are so light that you hardly notice them when you are wearing them. The last pair I had were given to me by the Coolest. He received them from Marlboro when he won a trip to race cars in California. About a year ago they finally broke in half. The Zero’s are known to break at the middle of the nose from just normal wear and tear. It has happened to me more than a few times but the glasses are so cool I keep going back to them. 0.42‘s where discontinued in 2004 so I am unable to purchase a new pair from Oakley directly or from any authorized dealers like Sunglass Hut.

Lately I have been scanning Ebay for a new pair. I had no idea there was such a huge secondary market for these glasses. They are still going for their full retail price if not more. I lost 8 auctions before I finally was able to place a winning bid. Unlike me, most people are uneducated on the history of Oakley’s Zero line and I would realize this when I opened the box I received a few days later after winning my first auction. I was so excited when my package arrived but that didn’t last long. I thought I purchased a pair of 0.42‘s but what I received was a pair of 0.7’s. the 0.7’s are similar but are much smaller in size than 0.42‘s. Guess I’ll be putting those back on Ebay with the proper description. Rats. Round 2. On my second go round I thought for sure that I would get it right. I chose “Buy It Now” on a pair of glasses that were described as 0.4’s. When I received them they were definitely 0.4’s but they were not 0.42‘s. 0.4’s are also similar to 0.42‘s but are also smaller in size. The 0.7’s and 0.4’s look funny on my fat head. Oh well, round 3. After failing to acquire the glasses on my first two tries, I figured the third time would be the charm. This time I did a very specific search for the 0.42‘s. The only auction that turned up was for a pair of FMJ 5.56 0.42‘s. I have only owned black ones in the past but I decided to take a chance on these. On this particular auction I was able to negotiate the price and I was able to pay what I thought was fair. When I received the glasses (the next day in fact) I was very hesitant about opening the box. I didn’t want to be disappointed again. I was pleasantly surprised by what I found in the box. The glasses were definitely 0.42‘s and were in perfect condition. The only bad thing was that they reeked of cigarette smoke.

Now that I have had a taste of success I want a black pair and a platinum pair. Amazon.uk has a few pair but I can’t get them to mail to my address. I eventually found one site last night that claimed they sold what I am looking for. sunglassplanet.com. They didn’t look trustworthy so I did a little research. I pulled their “claimed” address in Texarkana up with Google maps to see if they were in a residential neighborhood or an industrial area. It looked like they were located in a business park. I also checked the BBB. No info, good or bad. I also did a few google searches for any information about them but couldn’t find any. Eventually I sent them an email asking if they were still in business. I received no reply. This morning I called the number that was listed on the site. OMG! I called the number from my office at work while on speakerphone. All of the sudden some women starts moaning and groaning over the speaker telling me how bad she wants me. Conversations carry through my area so I couldn’t pick up the handset fast enough. I couldn’t believe it, all I want is to buy a pair of sunglasses, not carry on an erotic conversation with some unknown siren in Texarkana. Jeez.

I’ve left my name and number with the Oakley outlets here in Houston just in case any come in. I recieved a call today from the location in Cypress, but they just wanted to know exactly what I was looking for. Oh well, the quest continues…

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I Have the Power!!!

September 16th, 2008 by Jason

He-Man references aside, we have power at the house. What a great feeling! My thoughts of the apocalypse have subsided a little. I feel bad for you guys out there that still have no power and I hope it is restored for you soon.

At work today, Stu and I had to run to Family Practice and check the temp in our network closets. Everything there was cool. Since we were so close to Chuy’s we decided to see if it was open. On the way there we noticed a gas station that just opened so we pulled in and filled up Stu’s box and my gas can that I just happened to have with me. After refueling Stu and I headed to Chuy’s. When we arrived it looked like it was closed but then we noticed some people inside. The people inside told us they would be open in a few minutes. We waited until 11:00 and then walked in. We where seated immediately and asked what we would like to drink. Stu ordered for himself and then I asked for a cup stuffed with delicious, precious ice and some Coke. When the beverages arrived it looked like the waitress stuffed as much ice as she possibly could in the glass and filled it with Coke. When the icy goodness hit my lips I thought I was going to pass out. It was almost too much to handle. It was the highlight of my day until I returned to an electrified home. I will probably never have a Coke again in my life that will compare to that one. It’s all downhill from here…

I took some photos on my way home today.

This is the Dodge dealership on 45 south at 610.

Gas station by my house

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6620

September 15th, 2008 by Jason

These pictures were taken at 6620 Main in the Texas Medical Center.

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Failure.net’s Med Center Pics

September 13th, 2008 by Jason

Light pole on Holcombe in front of The Spires

Light pole on Holcombe in front of The Spires

VA entrance on Holcombe

VA Entrance on Holcombe

Tree on Holcombe in front of The Spires

Tree on Holcombe in front of The Spires

Tree at Almeda just past MacGregor heading south

Tree at Almeda just past MacGregor heading south

The Mosaic over Braes Bayou as seen from MacGregor and 288

Braes Bayou from 288

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Nabisco (where my office is)

September 13th, 2008 by Jason

These photos were taken around 1:30 pm on Lockett St. behind the Nabisco building in the Texas Medical Center.

Different area but same result.

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288 by you

September 13th, 2008 by Jason

These photos where taken on Dixie Drive on the Highway 288 overpass around 1:00 pm.

North. Take notice of the car.

South

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Any port in a storm.

September 13th, 2008 by Jason

Terri and her parents are doing fine. They made it through the storm ok. The power is still out in Pasadena. The Carroll’s house has some minor wind damage. Our neighbors from across the street checked on our house. The front of the house looked great except for the gate-side fence was down. They took a field trip to the rear and noticed the patio cover had blown into the neighbors yard but our roof was intact. There was no water penetration into the house. Awesome! I wanted to build a new fence and patio cover anyway. Thanks Ike! I’ll post pics when they become available. As far as Baylor goes, everything here is business as usual. I may be here for a while. Highway 288 is a lake so I may not be able to drive home for some time.

Some hurricane humor for you:

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Gross Anatomy

September 13th, 2008 by Jason

It’s 7 am and we just returned from a walk around the main campus.

The Alkek building sprung some leaks at the entry points.

While walking around we heard about a huge breach in the Gross Anatomy lab. This is where some of our fiber enters the building so we raced down to check it out.

This projector is probably toast.

Anything that will hold water has been requisitioned…

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Black Tarp Down

September 13th, 2008 by Jason

It’s 4am and I just woke up. There’s some seriously loud banging outside but I can’t see anything because of the shutters. There’s been some minor water leakage in the Services building. We are all hanging out in the NOC and are watching the news. I went to use the restroom earlier and I could swear the crosswalk was moving.

This is what the dowwnload of “Blazing Saddles” looks like:

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