oscar, "orange ball of fury"

Oh, yeah, we're driving a different car now

Can't say 'new' 'cuz it ain't. It's a 1997 Nissan Sentra, and it's been dubbed "The UN-Oscar" (I thought it was funny). I've actually been trying to refrain from calling the bug Oscar anymore. I don't really know why. Probably because I feel self-conscious now. How many psychological implications can we find in my NOT calling it Oscar? How many can we find in my CALLING it Oscar? I kind of feel like I'm going crazy either way...hmm...what does THAT mean? Anyway...

The Nissan ran great, and except for some faded paint on the roof, looked great, was a decent asking price for the condition it was in, and was the cleanest of all the used cars we had test driven up to that point. So we bought it. Whoo-hoo. Go us.

I'm tired of loving a car. I'm tired of having to worry and work on it, and pay special attention to it. I loved Oscar, and I loved loving it. I liked putting time and effort into a car that made me smile every time I saw it. But that is over now. I don't want to have to love this car. I hope all I have to do is oil changes, tune-ups, and whatever is routinely necessary. All I need to do is get places. I think it was a good buy. Our roommate's dad says his has over 300,000 miles on it. Awesome.
al's snow angel

Don't pump gas on May 15th

I got this e-mail yesterday. Seems like a good idea. It doesn't mean don't use gas (which is always a good idea), just don't buy it on the 15th. I know this doesn't mean we will actually be taking money away from the oil industry (people will just buy it the day before and the day after), but it's a stand, a statement. United we stand, divided we fall. And I think uniting on this particular topic is important right now. Thanks :).

Let us agree. And if you can send, or tell this to as many people as you know, then even better.

MAY 15TH 2007.

Passing it on, tell your friends....

NO GAS...On May 15th 2007
Don't pump gas on MAY 15th

In April 1997, there was a "gas out" conducted nationwide
in protest of gas prices. Gasoline prices dropped 30 cents a gallon overnight.

On May 15th 2007, all internet users are to not go to a gas
station in protest of high gas prices. Gas is now over $3.00 a gallon in most places.

There are 73,000,000+ American members currently on the
internet network, and the average car takes about 30 to 50 dollars to fill up.

If all users did not go to the pump on the 15th, it would
take $2,292,000,000.00 (that's almost 3 BILLION) out of the oil companies pockets for just one day, so please do not go to the gas station on May 15th and lets try to put a dent in the Middle Eastern oil industry for at least one day.

If you agree (which I cant see why you wouldn't) resend
this to all on your contact list. With it saying, ''Don't pump gas on May 15th".

Jason E. Blanchard
Never live in the past but always learn from it.
- Unknown

Thank you :)

I just wanted to thank everyone that has been sending their congrats, and love, and support. You guys are all totally awesome. I can see why my fanciful fiance (I'm looking for good 'f' adjectives if you've got any) surrounds himself with such amazing people :). Again, thank you all SO much :). We are very happy...and giddy...and have strange large grins on our faces all day :).

nope, still not a hippie

So, for those of you who are interested, I recently purchased a pair of hemp pants. Yes, you heard me correctly: hemp. I was told I needed to give updates on the feel/wear of the aforementioned HEMP pants. (I was also told I could tell how high the quality was by how much hippies wanted to smoke them, but that's a story for another time.) So here goes:

I purchased this particular article of clothing for two reasons:
1) I hate shorts, so need something thin and light to wear in the summer
2) My linen pants kept wearing out (and I mean waistband and crotch disintegrating) in under 6 months (and anyone who has ever bought linen knows it can get mighty expensive)

So, a very wise person (lost1, and yes, I am TOTALLY biased [giggle] (damn, that was way too girlie)), suggested hemp.

I searched online and found a few places expanding our minds, horizons, and hippie quotients, and actually found a few decent pairs of pants. The selling factor for me was that they kept saying hemp had the look and light feel of linen, but was much more durable and would last "forever" (I kid you not, the pair I bought actually said that, and I am holding them to it!). I finally settled on:


but a few of the others looked not so bad either:

http://www.rawganique.com/Menswear.htm (the model on this one is good for a few laughs, too)

And if you google: hemp, hemp clothing, hemp pants
you get a few decent sites, and one that has over 20 links to clothing people hell bent on saving the world one pant leg at a time.

In conclusion (and if you actually continued to read this far you deserve a medal!):
They are light, look really nice (ever so slightly tapered leg, which annoyed me, but beggars can't be choosers), are a little stiff which hopefully a little washing will take care of, and are very comfortable. As far as the lasting forever, I'll have to get back to you on that. Look for, either, my surprised entry in 6 months when the waistband is still intact, or my angry entry when the butt wears through.

Hope this has met any and all hopes and dreams about hemp pants!