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Mar. 10th, 2009 05:12 pm
valkyrieza: (Default)
Driving to work today I spotted a car with the numberplate: "OUCH 1 GP".

So somewhere, there is a car with the numberplate of "OUCH GP". I wonder at the reasoning there.

Traffic

Jan. 15th, 2008 05:36 pm
valkyrieza: (Firefly - Isn't that special)
Spotted in traffic on the way to work this morning.  The vehicle with a number plate of "Tsabus GP". I have no clue what it means.

This was taken on the way to work along one of the busiest street in the morning traffic in Johannesburg, Jan Smuts. Of course, there maybe a possibility they'll rename the street, but I would rather they take care of other obstructions first.



I still have no idea why does one need to overturn the Bus stop, but it has been there for several days.
valkyrieza: (Default)
Whew, this has been a very busy morning. I have to confess to a huge fault here: Over the past year and a half or so I had developed this alarming vice, namely being late to things. This is indeed strange and a bit damaging since I used to be a very punctual person and now, all I do is take my bloody time and end up being late to things and not being worried about it at all. So this is my pre-New Year resolution - STOP BEING LATE. I mean it is rather embarassing, especially if it is happening again and again and well. This never looks good on performance reviews either.

Fortunately, today is not the day to beat myself with that particular stick as I was about 20 minutes early. Strangely, "Monday Morning" traffic  was very reasonable today and surprisingly, I managed to bypass all the nasy 'stuck' areas; maybe most people were recovering from that idiotic cycle race sponsored by one of the bigger radiostations, namely 94.7 HighADveld Stereo. However, the most amusing part of my sojourn today was driving behind a silver Peugot 206 with a licence plate of "PURRFCT". I am not pulling anyone's legs here, the personalized licence plate proudly displayed "PURRFCT GP" for all the world to see, despite the driver seriously lacking in the ability to operate the vehicle.

City Golf

Oct. 24th, 2007 03:25 pm
valkyrieza: (Firefly - dead guy question - jayne)
As I posted in one of my earlier entries, in my list of the 'Top 10 Popular things I hate" one of my 'hates' is a City Golf. Have a look at this article, I somehow feel vindicated. Don't know why, because it does not really reflect on the actual features of the car, but any news that will inform me of anything that will help sell less of those things cannot be ignored.
valkyrieza: (Terry Pratchett quote)
Stolen from the f-list.
 The Top 10 Most Popular Things I hate.

1. Being geek for the sake of being popular - I am aware that being labeled as geek is the new 'in thing' right now.  I just hate the fakeness of it. I don't need people to tell me how I am not a geek enough, just because I cannot remember the words to Monty Python's "Philosopher's song". I have the whole Monty Python on DVD, I don't need to remember it, I can just replay it. This does not make me any less of a fan, but I like Monty Python for Monty Python, not out of some obscure need to be identified with a social group.

2. Idols - any version really. No, I do not understand the obsession of people voting incessantly for those, whose voices frankly do not equal to Kylie Minogue's vocal range. I am not a huge fan of reality TV shows period, but the obsession and the constant 'prominence' in every media of the comings and goings of a bunch of amateurs irritates me. Seriously, I cold not care less if some hairdresser has to go back to their job, because their squeaky voice finally got too much for people.

3. Paris Hilton -  A spoiled rich slutty brat using Daddy's money to buy everything in the world and evade any responsibility for her actions. I think her very unattractive in both looks and what little personality one sees from all the entertainment snippets on TV.

4. Slash fanfiction imposed on me - Slash fanfiction for the uninitiated is fanfiction stories involving previously established characters of the same sex (mostly male) in various stages of relationships with each other. I do not mind it as a genre, but it is something I do not find appealing and thus keep away from. What really prompts me to get very aggressive is the constant harping of quiet a few slashers in the online communities that this genre is somehow better then any other genre within the fanfiction world and to be a real fanfic fan, one must enjoy slash fanfiction. Bad writing exists everywhere, fanfiction, poetry, original writing there is absolutely no need to differentiate something as better just because it features a same-sex romantic involvement.

5. 5FM - a popular radio station that used to be very good about 7-8 years ago. It has slowly degenerated as a representation of the most shallow and vain young people in the last two generations. A few DJs have kept their standards, but mainly there is nothing to listen but the promotion of the trash-talking, money-spending lifestyle as very cool and exciting to imitate.

6. Science Fiction series that are not really science fiction - I dislike anything with a supernatural/unexplained scientifically twist as being promoted  a science fiction series. "Lost"  - not science fiction, it is nice, has a cool supernatural bend (I only watched the first episode of the 1st season), but not SCIENCE FICTION. So those idiot TV execs should not market it as such

7. New cellphone services - I don't want to know if my partner and I are astrologically compatible, or get new pick up lines on my phone or pay an exorbitant amount of  money on a farting monkey polyphonic ring tone. I get spammed with this kind of crap at least once a week.

8. City Golfs - I hate this brand of Golf. It is overpriced, over-hyped and frankly extremely ugly car.

9. People offering me cash loans - I have ticked the boxes again and again that I do not want to be contacted about any new products and offers from every single company that wants to pay for the contact lists with my number on it . I have expressed my wishes clearly so do not be surprised if I get abusive on the phone after I have told you that I am not interested.

10.  The so-called technical journalists who write doomsday articles on how the new offering from Microsoft WILL DOOM Microsoft. Please, I have been seeing these articles for the past 10 years. Very often the wording is so similar, I would not surprised if the words were simply substituted from say Windows XP to Windows Vista. If people want to use Linux, then they should go for it, but don't make it your personal mission in life to convert anyone to it. Windows does what I wanted it to do, I am not going to switch to Ubuntu/Red Hat or any other Linux flavour just because some git, who does not know how to switch off Aero in Vista says so.
valkyrieza: (Firefly - Walsh - going mad)
To the new sports cars - Yes, there is a minimum speed limit, so going at 20km per hour and waiting for the green right arrow to turn right on an empty road tends to irritate the people behind you, even those obeying the speed limit. New car you say? Splendid, but you are aware that you did not buy the road, right? RIGHT?

To the bakkies(pickup trucks) and the 4x4s (SUVs) zipping past me at 120km/h on a 60km/h road. Speed kills, really, it is scientifically proven that plunging into a car at high speed can and will be dangerous to your health, especially if you are transporting another 10 people with you. Slow moving sport cars you say, yes, I agree with you, but squeeshing me between that monstrous mobile wall you call your front bumper and the still slow moving sports car won't help. No really, it  is dangerous, so some patience would do you good. You do know what the word patience means, right? RIGHT?

To the rest of the motorists crowding the backroads to J.G. Strydom drive. Yes, we do have veld(grassland) fires at about this time of the year here. Yes, they do look pretty and no, there are people visible, controlling them. Yes, there is a green traffic light ahead of you which signifies you should carry on driving straight ahead and not hold up all these cars behind you. You do know that green means go, right? RIGHT?

Whoever said that leaving work much later in the evening will avoid severe traffic, obviously has no scientific proof. I should know this by now, right? RIGHT?
valkyrieza: (RDA uniform)

  • I quite like the idea of using bullet point lists to make a short quick report about events of the week/day/month/hour so I'm trying this one out

  • Live Journal has been giving me problems of late, taking a long time to load, timing out when trying to update my journal or simply view my Friends Page.  The Front page says that they have implemented a new menu system, Horizon and today it seems to work without a problem after one full week of increasing frustration.

  • On Wednesday, together with [personal profile] claidheamhmor and [personal profile] melancthe visited a vietnamese themed restaurant, Saigon. It was also C's first time there (the guy I'm currently dating), but he seemed to enjoy it, even gracefully finishing the chocolate mousse dessert, which was simply too much for my stomach after a sumptious meal. This is the second time I am making use of the work's social club's corporate discounts and have to say I really enjoy their ideas for  new social experiences for the employees.

  • I also slipped into one of my rare moments of stupidity this past week. On my way to Saigon restaurant, some idiot in a pickup truck decided to sit on my tail because I was going oh-so-slow at speed limit of 120km/h at night in the fast lane. So instead of either ignoring him or moving into the slower lane, my aggro hormone decided to spike up, causing me to slow down even further and "make" him stop this foolishness. Well, all that got me was him almost running me off the bloody highway later. I vindicated by cutting in front of him, and then it was his turn to get off the highway. Not one of my better moments, sadly, this kind of behaiviour in those who drive pickups or other big high-powered vehicles is the norm in South Africa, and those of us, driving the non-syndrome-telling cars are also guilty of a milder form of road rage.

  • Friday was team building with my team. I really enjoy the company of my colleagues, a stark contrast to my previous job. Let's not forget to mention the fun to be had of watching inebriated people trying to putt-putt. Strangely enough, for some it was merely an improvement in their game, whilst I acknowledge that I still suck in any golf-related sports, sigh. I did make the par more then once though! Yey for me:)

  • Did a heck of a lot of studying today and yesterday by coming to work and doing it properly without all the distractions from home. I feel so proud of myself.

  • Finished "Grey's Anatomy" first season, I'm so hopelessly addicted, I want McDreamy!

valkyrieza: (to snark or not to snark)
I've got to admit, I like Monday morning traffic.  By the time I leave, around 8:15 everyone has already left, earlier then usual to tackle the traffic problems that arise in the early morning. The highway is nice and clear and even the trucks behave. However all that free-flowing traffic converts to the usual nightmare of idiotic drivers, trying to see how slow they can go over a fast-changing robot! (take deep breaths)

One of the biggest amusements in the traffic for me is take note of the other drivers. It is so easy to see the "jocks" in their Golfs and Chicos, or the self-important but clueless looking BMW drivers(probably managers) or the falling-to-bits old Ford Cortinas, usually driven by women around my age.

Mostly it is easy to predict, the "jocks" drive fast and dangerously close to you if you drive less then 30km over the speed limit trying to get past you.

The BMW and Mercedes drivers slow down at the most inopportune times, e.g. before a fast-changing robot remembering if they should turn here or not (I wonder when the BMW group will invent a built-in secretaries into the auto-drive system: "Remember to turn here sir, you are going to work for an hour before you have to play golf.")

The old beaten up Cortinas and Renault are either speeding like there is no tomorrow or make the makers of the K-53 driving tests proud.

My favourites are the middle-aged ladies in snazzy Citroens who drive just slow enough to get out of the way of the overtaking Golfs and just fast enough to overtake the puzzled managers in their BMW's. Stopping behind one of them I am often amused at the simultaneous actions of putting on make-up, holding the car steady and drinking coffee.  So this multitasking is even funnier when I read my weekly doze of "News of the weird" this morning:

1) Lance Kocses, 30, was cited by police for causing a $5,000
accident in Seminole, Fla., in May; according to a sheriff's deputy,
Kocses was distracted in making a left turn because he was eating
from a bowl of Frosted Flakes. (2) According to a lawsuit filed in
June in Minneapolis, the reason Minnesota Timberwolves
basketball player Eddie Griffin drove his SUV into the plaintiffs'
parked car was that, at the time, he was watching a pornographic
video and masturbating.  (Police cited Griffin only for inattentive
driving.) [St. Petersburg Times, 5-10-06] [St. Paul Pioneer-Press,
6-30-06]

The most I could manage was type out an SMS in traffic...

So JHB traffic provides all sorts of amusement for anyone who cannot stomach the long drawn out monologues by Jeremy Mansfield about his lack of music knowledge and antics of yet another one of his high-powered buddies.

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