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The good, the bad, and the UGLY.

The good: Thanksgiving weekend. Had thurs and friday off. Overall a very relaxing weekend. I'd like to say it was entirely unproductive, which is a GREAT thing, honestly. A vacation from the ordinary ... and a very lazy one at that. Mm. Lazy woofs...

The bad: Fairfax county parkway. Tonight I saw a standard temp construction-type sign in the median, displaying the following: SPEED LIMIT 50mph .. WATCH YOUR SPEED .. 50 MEANS 50 ...

ok, wtf. NO REALLY, I thought 50 meant 80 !!! DURRR! ... I flipped the sign off and promptly sped up to 80. Honestly, I'm not looking for some stupid attitude from a damn sign. It's not like it was radaring anyone. on my way back I saw the same message. 50 MEANS 50. Well isn't that just something. What's next: SPEEDING = GODLESSNESS, SPEED = SIN ???

The UGLY: XM radio is about to lose me as a customer. I've been one since they first came out over 5 years ago. Why am I leaving? They took over my dance channel to play christmas music. What's worse, is that they took it over to play the SAME CHRISTMAS MUSIC THAT THEY'RE PLAYING ON ANOTHER CHANNEL, that they also took over. Yes folks .. it's redundant. As in, it plays the same songs, at the same time, in sync .. with the other christmas music channels. You go from one, to my dance channel .. and.. the music is the same.

So there's only a couple possible reasons to do this.

1. They did it because tEh dance = tEh gay, and XM is owned by a christian operated radio station company: Clearwater broadcasting.

2. They did it so that you'd get hit by christmas music when you went to listen to dance music, because afterall christmas is a time for respecting God's holiday, not dancing, so go back to church and confess your sins you godless anti american faggot.

What other possibilities are there? They did it on ACCIDENT? Pshaw. Yeah. Right. Like they're really going to nix an entire channel that lots of people listen to on accident. It's been this way for days now and me thinks it's not changing any time soon.

I'll be interested to see what their excuse is when I call them up to cancel. It had better be good.

To be honest, having christmas shoved in my face and now down my throat by arrogant companies who think they know what's best for me has basically ruined my opinion of christmas, which wasn't great to start with. As a result, I'm no longer celebrating it. I don't need a particular time of year to find excuse to buy my family friends gifts. When I see something I know they can use or will like and I can afford it- I buy it for them. So sure, I'll take gifts. And oh I'll take the vacation holiday time off. By all means, stretch it out and give me a week even if it stops baby jesus from crying.

But the rest of christmas? The ideas behind it, what it represents? Screw that. Not happening.

This year my gift to myself will probably be a Sirius radio module for the audi. I will video tape the destruction of the XM unit with a sledgehammer. >:)

- Keman


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Nov. 28th, 2005 07:33 am (UTC)




- Keman
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:05 pm (UTC)
Blessings of the state, blessings of the masses.

Thou art a subject of the divine, created in the image of man, by the masses, for the masses.

Let us be thankful we have an occupation to fill. Work hard, increase production, prevent accidents and be happy.

Let us be thankful we have commerce. Buy more. Buy more now. Buy. And be happy.
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:15 pm (UTC)
ok, wtf. NO REALLY, I thought 50 meant 80 !!! DURRR! ... I flipped the sign off and promptly sped up to 80.

*nods* While I understand the stupidity of the signage... what sucks more is having heard the story of someone getting into an accident due to excessive speed. Anyways... yeah... just don't kill anyone... 'k?
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:31 pm (UTC)
The only people who are going to get someone killed on the parkway are those driving the posted speed or less.

The cars rushing around them make me cringe. I've seen people cut each other off, exhibit road rage, and even drive off the road .. all because someone was demonstrating 'safety' while travelling the post speed as opposed to the -normal- speed which is 20-30 mph faster.

I've got a video of three cars around me and a dump truck leading the way at 80 mph for anyone who doesn't believe that yes - everyone - speeds on the parkway. :P

It's a limited entrances highway with no services anywhere. They plopped down the 50 mph speed limits because our "super expressway" only gets 55 mph here in the state of virginia.

And radar detectors are illegal here too.. but I use one anyways. :)

- Keman
Nov. 28th, 2005 02:36 pm (UTC)
Sirius has 2 Holiday music channels running. One generic, repalcing their light rock channel, and one country, replacing their classic country channel.
Nov. 28th, 2005 04:24 pm (UTC)
Are you sure about that Clearwater Broadcasting thing? From what I can tell, XM Radio is a wholey-owned subsidiary of XM Radio Holdings Inc which is traded publically on Nasdaq. The closest company I can think of that's uber-conservative is ClearChannel and they're a competitor.
Nov. 28th, 2005 04:38 pm (UTC)
I don't think Clear Channel owns XM, but they do invest heavily in them according to this press release.
Nov. 28th, 2005 04:33 pm (UTC)
Clearchannel = teh suck. That's one reason I ended up with a Dish Network satellite dish: they offer Sirius satellite radio, which in my opinion is 100x better than XM.

I'm addicted to the Sirius "Deep Cuts Rock" station. Their slogan is "Songs that make you go, 'Holy ****, I remember that!'" :D

You might want to look into Sirius if you want another satellite radio. I've been really happy with their selection and the way they play the channels.
Nov. 28th, 2005 04:46 pm (UTC)
Yes, come over to the Dark Side...

Anywho, Sirius is tEh Ghey, since they offer OutQ, the one and only all-gay talk radio channel in the US. And they have an all Disco channel. ^_^
Nov. 29th, 2005 05:58 am (UTC)
Ahaha... you make me laugh. :)
Nov. 29th, 2005 08:02 am (UTC)
Yeah.. can't say I've heard any Xmas music on Sirius, come to think of it... i can't say that I've ever heard anyone say anything good about XM, and now knowing tht its ownd by a christian radio company, that would expalin a lot.
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