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Posted on Thursday 26 July 2007 at 4:41 pm

A post of randomness that has nothing to do with Harry Potter


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I pseudo ran out of gas on my motorcycle today. It was kind of freaky and kind of cool at the same time. For those not sure how one can pseudo run out of gas, I shall explain. Motorcycles have no fuel gauge telling you how far you have until empty. Instead, they have two gas tanks – a main tank and a reserve tank. You ride until the main tank is empty and the bike either rattles due to running on fumes or just dies with no gas. Then you reach down and flip a switch to go to the reserve tank. The reserve tank is usually about a gallon (if I remember correctly, the reserve is .8 gallons on my bike while my main tank is 2.9 gallons) which can get you probably 50 to 70 miles, or certainly far enough to find a gas station to fill up. I was coming home from the grocery store with milk in my bookbag when I ran out of gas and didn't want to go to the gas station then so I ran out a bit later to get gas. Coming home sucked because I have to turn left off of a busy road to get onto my street. The light wouldn't turn for me (some right around campus actually will register the motorcycle and change for me) and traffic would never clear up enough for me to just go anyway. I had to sit through three full cycles of the light changing for everyone else before someone in a truck finally pulled in behind to turn left and got the light to change. Yeesh.

I have TOO MUCH STUFF!! I say this every time I have to move and never do anything about it. Seriously, why do I think I need all this? I've packed boxes and boxes (around 20 at last count) of books, dishes, clothes, movies, and who knows what all else, and it doesn't look like I've made a dent in the mounds of stuff everywhere in this apartment. Anybody want to come pack for me? Bring boxes with you because I'm running short of big ones.

I want to go buy Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy. I've heard so many good things and many people on the flist have highly recommended it. If I go buy it, though, I'll want to read rather than pack and I desperately need to pack. I'm off on Saturday. If I get a lot of packing done today and Saturday morning, maybe I'll pick it up Saturday afternoon as a reward. But I have to do A LOT of packing to earn that reward.

I need to get my maid of honor dress for my sister's wedding. The wedding is October 20 so I'm getting close to the deadline for getting it ordered if I want to have time for fittings and the like. They are going to have a Cinderella theme and my dress is a pale, dusty purple (this one, in case you are really curious). It isn't bad.

My cough is still lingering and just won't go away. I feel fine now overall, certainly much better than I did this time last week, but the cough is annoying.

Uh… I think I'm out of random things to say. How is everyone else doing?
Exploring: Couch
Listening: Guitar Man - Bread

Comments:

JD
jdbracknell at 9:12 pm on 26 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Every time I move, I think 'next time, I'm not going to let this much stuff build up'. It never lasts, lol.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 9:40 pm on 26 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Whenever I know I'm going to move I always think, "I'll start packing early and sort through things, trashing all the junk, as I go!" Since I am frantically trying to pack boxes in my two days off the week before I move, I think you can guess how well that plan works. So then it becomes "As I unpack, I'll sort through things and trash all the junk." Yeah, that works about as well as the pack-and-trash plan.
JD
jdbracknell at 10:27 pm on 26 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Oh yes, me too. Never. Happens.

When you're packing, you can't be arsed. When you're unpacking, you're in too much of a hurry to find the kettle.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 11:04 pm on 26 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Exactly! And, of course, once you've thrown everything out of boxes in a hurried attempt to find the one thing you need, it is easier just to put it all away somewhere than leave it lying in piles on the floor or put it back in the boxes until there is time to sort it all and trash the junk. Bah!
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 9:13 pm on 26 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Ooh, I think the maid of honor dresses are lovely! I like it in that blue, though...
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 9:42 pm on 26 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
It is a nice dress. I think Trina would have gone with blue but she wanted more of a dusty color and the blue was just too bold. If the color showing at the slit was the color of the entire dress, she probably would have gone for the blue.
What's Taters, Precious?
mrstater at 9:43 pm on 26 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
You could have ridden your motorcycle up the aisle and everything, had it been the blue one...
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 10:06 pm on 26 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
LOL! I'm sure that would have gone over well.
Wild Magelet
wildmagelet at 12:02 am on 27 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
The dress is lovely. I hope you're able to pic spam us after the wedding! :)

What kind of things is your sister planning for the theme? Is she going to have a carriage?

I was just thinking today at the gym that I should wait until my brothers had a few beers and then ask him if he's planning to propose to his girlfriend at any time in the next decade. (This was mostly to avoid thinking about Harry Potter and the new sadness that set in after I read JKR's interview yesterday!) I've already dropped hints to his girlfriend, though, that I agree with her that you don't really need that many bridesmaids, and in fact, it might be more meaningful if she just asked her best friend to be maid of honour and left it at that.
Rachael
bratty_jedi at 12:17 am on 27 July 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. I'll see about the pic spam. :)

I'm not 100% certain what all they're doing. They were talking about candle holders that look like carriages for centerpieces, I think, but I don't know about an actual carriage. My mom and sister saw someplace online that people have put candy in glass slippers and placed those on the tables but the groom put his foot down and said no shoes, glass slippers or otherwise, on the tables!

The only kids in my family are my sister and I, the only kids in the groom's family are the groom and his younger brother, and both families are very close overall so I'm the maid of honor, the groom's brother is the best man, and that is it. They both feel their sibling supporting them is all they need and don't want any other attendants. I can dig it.


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