Oct 19, 2005
"I remember you!"
You know you're buying and selling too many cars when the NC License Bureau people recognize you from a mile away.
The "I remember you" woman had teased me on a previous visit -- telling me I needed a wife to keep me straight. Added, though, the other woman at the counter, "You wait for the right one, hear?"
Speaking of which: Today I got stood up again! It must be the new black. But this time it was a client who didn't show for a 9:30 a.m. meeting. If he hadn't been so apologetic on the phone later on, I would have been tempted to charge him triple -- one extra for the standup on top of the double charge for a meeting before noon. Or... nah.
Speaking of which, Part II: today I saw a license plate TCHKDS. I instantly parsed it as "chickadees", but my pal Marci pointed out that it was "Teach Kids" (the fingerpaint handprints should have tipped me off). Anyway: all hail ADHD and associative thinking.
Speaking of which, Part III: back in '88 or so, my Brown fencing mates and I were having dinner in Cambridge MA after a meet. Over pizza, epee man Ari Day expressed confusion about a banner he had seen outside, "It's not anti-apartheid to be pro union." After dinner, we took a second look: "It's not anti-HARVARD to be pro union." We see what we think about, it does appear.
I think there's some limit on how many cars you can sell in a year without having some sort of dealer's license. Maybe you'll have to start giving them away. ;)
Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Oct 19, 2005 11:50:56 PM
So I take it you must have "chickadees" on your mind. And I'm not referring to those latter day descendents of the dinosaurs, either...
Posted by: Fikri | Oct 20, 2005 10:26:20 AM
Fik -- And tell me, sir, when do I not?
Joseph -- To my surprise, DMV staff don't give me a consistent answer on this question. But it wouldn't break my heart to have a dealer's license. I think I need a minor amount of dedicated office space (like 10x10) to sell more than 4 cars per year.
Posted by: Phil | Oct 20, 2005 10:51:05 AM
TCHKDS is a little too close to "Touch Kids" for my liking. Geez, what the hell am I thinking about?
Posted by: Darcy | Oct 20, 2005 12:40:47 PM
This post is reassuring, because this happens to me all the time (getting words and their meanings confused). Most of the time in the morning, when I'm not yet awake. The news really becomes interesting - and confusing.
I guess I just have temporal ADHD.
Posted by: Crouching Hamster | Oct 20, 2005 2:14:36 PM
what happened to Rainy Day in Reykjavik?
Posted by: Jim | Oct 20, 2005 2:15:11 PM
AD/HD rocks. All the cool people have it.
What I though of when I saw that license plate was tchotchkies: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tchotchke . But I know I'm weird.
Posted by: Joseph H. Vilas | Oct 20, 2005 8:03:09 PM
I read it as "THCKIDS" and that's a whole other thing...
Posted by: Ella | Oct 21, 2005 12:02:21 AM