Friday, February 18, 2005

Random Musings on a Friday Evening

I went to lunch today with a friend from work. Since he's a vegetarian and I don't eat meat on Fridays during Lent, we decided to get out of our cafeteria because the options were quite limited for us today. We found an out-of-the-way Mexican restaurant and figured, rice, beans, cheese - we're bound to find something to eat here.

Walked in and asked the waitress for a table. She just stared at my friend. Eventually, she told him she couldn't speak English - in Spanish. My Spanish isn't too good, especially spoken, but I tried anyway. She got a guy from the kitchen who spoke a little English, and in the end, I was able to explain my friend is a vegetarian and he was able to get our order.

It was a pretty good lunch, but I realized today that if I'm going to stay in North Carolina, it wouldn't be a bad idea to improve my Spanish. I suspect that it could be quite useful here. I don't think this is the last time I'll have to use it.

Driving home in the twilight, one of my pet peeves was set off. Parking lights. To quote my friend, "there's lights, and there's not lights." Parking lights are useless. Plain and simple. If it's dark enough for parking lights, it's dark enough for lights. Heck, my old S-10 used to have daytime running lights!

There's no advantage to driving with parking lights. Light bulbs burn out from the heating and cooling of turning them on and off, not the time in service. If you're going to turn them on in 5-10 minutes, you're going to do the damage to the filament then, so you might as well turn them on earlier.


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