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F150 goodness

by on Mar.12, 2004, under General

So, those who know what an F150 can already guess – I’m getting a new truck. Well, new to me smile It’s a 1998 F150 XLT, Regular cab, 4×4 Offroad. I’m getting a pretty good deal on it, it’s in pretty good condition, and includes a camper shell, and some other fun features smile And of course, I have to have the obligatory pictures.

And of course, some other pictures. The truck is a manual, 5 speed, which I wanted, with the 4.2L V6. It’s got plenty of room and hauling capacity for whatever I could want to do. Further, it’s the long bed, so I could fit a queen sized bed in there with no problems smile

A few other pictures, for your viewing pleasure:

I’m really liking how this truck drives, feels, etc. It’s solid, the doors feel like they’re at a good height, the seats are pretty comfortable, etc. Any comments? Thoughts? Opinions? Questions? To see the originals in full size, check here: Original full size pictures

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Yet more thoughts :)

by on Mar.12, 2004, under General

Yes, I know, too much thinking, but it’s how I am. I went to lunch with my Mom, took a break from work and stuff, and talked to her about stuff. She agreed with what I did, thinks it was the right decision. Considering that there was a nearby parking lot, completely empty, considering there was no note, considering the circumstances, that towing the guy was an acceptible move. Yes, it wasn’t the nicest move I could have made, but neither was parking behind my vehicle on a work day when I had to be at work at 7:30am, particularly considering there were other options. When it comes down to it, the guy had NO excuse for parking behind my vehicle in my own driveway.

I could have gotten a ride, yes, but at the same time, regardless of the ride option, it was the guys choice to park behind me, instead of walking a little bit. It wasn’t the nicest thing to do on my part, but it was effective.

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Yes, I am a bit of a hothead….

by on Mar.12, 2004, under General

I do know that I have a temper, and a fairly rapidly activated one. It’s something I’ve struggled with in the past, and it’s something I still struggle with. Perhaps I made a mistake in having this guys vehicle towed, that I should have been calmer about it. BUT, on the other hand, I don’t like letting things go, letting problems go. *sigh* I just need to keep better control of things. In that aspect, I made a mistake, in not perhaps “turning the other cheek”. So, in some ways, I am at fault. I don’t like admitting mistakes either, but I think perhaps this morning I made a mistake in not being calmer, or thinking about it more, and instead I made a mistake in just reacting. I’ve gotten better about it here lately, and a lot of things I do remain calm on, but like anything else, it seems I fail a lot too…

I guess what that means is I need to learn to relax, but find a way to still do what I feel is necessary to do what’s “right”. This morning, I did what I felt was right, even though perhaps I wasn’t necessarily entirely in the right. At least, not in the right in my emotions or response. I did an action that resolved things, although not as nicely as I could have done. But, I don’t know for sure. It’s something I’ve still got to think about….

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*sigh* Some people…

by on Mar.12, 2004, under General

Ok, I have to ask, what kind of moron parks in someone else’s driveway, BEHIND someone else’s vehicle, blocking them from leaving? On a work day? Do people think, or is there too much alcohol in the blood to make rational thought possible?

As part of this, I had to have them towed, so I could actually get out. I hate doing that, and I feel pretty guilty about doing so. I keep wondering if there was something else I could have done, but I needed my vehicle. It’s one of those too, if I don’t do it, and let it slide, isn’t there the possibility that this person will do it again? Will they perhaps learn from this mistake if they actually have to pay for it? Further, there’s the whole thing of what would Jesus do in such a situation? Course, Jesus wouldn’t have had a car, and probably would have just made this guys’ car vanish and reappear someplace else or something like that, but it’s just one of those things I have to ask myself – did I do the right thing?

It’s one of those things that the only thing I can come up with is that you have to be responsible for your own actions. This responsibility means that when something happens, you deal with it. If I’m blocked in, the only real alternative I had was catch a ride, which is a major inconvenience. This person’s responsibility was to not park in someone else’s driveway, blocking them in.

As a general rule, I believe that if you make a mistake, fix it that mistake, no matter what the cost to yourself, no matter how difficult. And this applies to everyone, or, in my view that this rule should apply to everyone. You fix your own mistakes. More, don’t blame someone else if it’s your problem. This seems so much like a responsibility issue to me, and I hope it doesn’t become a problem, or that this person doesn’t be a jerk about it, because it is in the end their fault. I did what I felt I had to do. *sigh* Just hate it when stuff like this happens, when I have to do soemthing I don’t like doing.

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