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My wobbly chariot
So, after spending a night of wishing kikibird or runstaverun had a cell phone while chatting with Sushi Lounge about reservations for our evening out, and lecturing them about the importance of cell phones, I leave mine back home. If I had missed incetardis's MFA exhibition, I wouldn't have had a way to contact someone to find where he lived beyond pay phones. But that wasn't the case. After spending a week talking about my car's limited lifespan while dealing with a series of stalls and spending so much on it, I broke down last night.

Luckily, it wasn't a break down where I'd be pissed after spending so much money and not having my mechanic catch it.
Quark: I thought you said you never sold sub-standard merchandise. This was supposed to explode on impact, wasn't it?
Hanok: Maybe I should offer them a refund.
Instead, it was just a simple flat. Never got a jack or the required tools to change a tire when I bought the car, never got a spare, so I was embarrassingly dead in the water. Luckily it wasn't a blow-out like I had with an ex's car a few years ago that completely shredded the tire. I felt it was off and wobbly, and stopped the car before I started seriously bending my rims like I had to a couple of years ago in Rockaway. But I was still on the New Jersey Turnpike, where I had to get service from the designated service center for that stretch of road. Horrible flashbacks to being stranded in the middle lane of the GSP just north of Kenilworth and having to deal with a ripoff place with inflexible hours and crazy prices for a simple repair strawberrygal's fiancé could have done in minutes. In another stroke of luck, it was a reasonable repair facility. After walking to the nearby exit, I requested help, and explained that I understood that I wasn't supposed to leave the car.

Why does Quark ask for gold when in Roswell in 1947, then in a later episode explain that gold is a worthless metal used to hold latinum? Then again, why does Nog get so excited when Rom has a uniform made for him, and Quark explains that he'll get assigned one anyway. Weren't uniforms at the touch of a button part of the whole benefit to replicators? Why does Garak even exist at all? Couldn't you just program new designs into the replicator for the creation side of things, and re-replicate garments instead of mending them?

Anyway, they fixed the flat as well as Kevin's did back in Hoboken a year ago. Threw air in, got me to their place, and patched me up instead of forcing me to leave the car there for the weekend in order to charge me additional fees. But between getting to the exit, getting a hold of help, waiting for the repair facility to get to my car, and getting patched... it was already almost eleven and I was far from Philly. So, like a jackass, I bailed on incetardis, and my promise to give windexcowboy a ride back.

I also never took my KoL turns, am hours behind on DS9, and have multiple things to write today. Like my SIGUCCS abstract and economics paper.

Happy Mother's Day, mothers out there.

Feeling: grumpy grumpy
Listening to: ST:DS9

Chorus of 7 demons || Preach it
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kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 9th, 2005 05:13 am (UTC) (Hard link)
Yup, took him long enough.

Don't get me wrong, he's a great guy. Nothing but love for him.
comkilserv From: comkilserv Date: May 9th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC) (Hard link)

kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 9th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC) (Hard link)
When petemagyar came home today, I insisted that he watch that clip. I played it for him, and started laughing.

``You need help, kingfox'' was all he muttered. And he's the Trekkie that can quote episode numbers, director's names, etc.
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kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 9th, 2005 04:03 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Why am I answering this?

You know what, you're absolutely correct regarding Quark and the gold. I should have remembered that. Don't I feel stupid?

There has been a rant or two about replicated food or liquor not being quite the same, which is why I understand Sisko's dad having the shop. But repair of garments, when a replicator can be used to store the original object on file, seems useless to me.

Ok, so in TOS and TNG, they make a big deal about wealth no longer really mattering. People from the 20th-21st century are introduced to their perfect society without poverty or emphasis on material goods. Then why does Cyrano Jones exist? There's all this talk of credits, despite this supposedly enlightened attitude regarding money. Then what happens with credits, when latinum becomes the currency used in DS9?

We know what happened with the Tholians, from Riker's dad and many later references on DS9, (and I can understand their isolationist nature keeping them out of the Dominion War - and what if the Dominion were their far-off masters they fled from?) but what the hell happened to the Gorn or the Orions? Many references are made to Orion creatures or objects, but they fell off the map, it seems.
kingfox From: kingfox Date: May 9th, 2005 06:57 pm (UTC) (Hard link)

Re: Why am I answering this?

Yeah, the ``godless Federation'' or other ways they're referred to by outsiders over the years. The Bajoran/Federation/Cardassian interaction is great over the years, for example. There's the Federation rulings from on high, Sisko's actions, and the reactions of the two races. Even the internal problems of Bajor with regards to their application for the Federation is a side we didn't see in TOS or TNG that often.

The times DS9's crew went back to Earth were really illuminating, like the failed Starfleet coup d'état of the Federation Sisko stuck his nose in. That's a really great post-9/11 episode.

And that's why I'm really pissed that Berman killed off the franchise in its present form, and sad that they went back in time with Enterprise. We were getting up to a really interesting time in the Federation. Between the ending of the Dominion War, the Machi/Cardassian fighting, the Cardassian jumping of sides (twice) during the war, the Borg threat, the major rebellious actions that occurred during Star Trek IX and X, the instability of shapeshifters infiltrating Federation and Starfleet command, and so forth... there's quite possibly some interesting dark days ahead. They had the opportunity to do a really interesting fall of the Federation, or the attempts to keep it together.

But no, they decided to do some revisionist history followed by a 9/11 plot.

Oh well.
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