Friday, August 21, 2009

**Almost** live blogging: Coopership

43 comments:

Erin O'Brien said...

It is amazing to me that I can sit here in a car dealership and film, edit, annotate and deliver to the world this silly little film.

Shaina said...

i think you are amazing. also, to me and my bf mini dealership=HEAVEN. i am so jealous. i want one so bad!

love you!

Sean Craven said...

Waitaminnit. You can piss off conservatives just by owning certain types of object?

I've been working too hard. Time to reevaluate my plans.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Erin,

Glad I could bring you a little "hippyness" from lovely, liberal, left wing whack job Montpelier, Vermont. You know, the state capital that progress forgot.

Regards,

Al
TRAG

Nin Andrews said...

You are so funny! I love this!

LimesNow said...

My god. A woman who can entertain herself and others while simultaneously having the Cooper attended to. If you left several appliances doing their jobs as you left home, I'm going to give up my pursuit and bow to the goddess. Tip of the hat, Erin! You made me laugh out loud.

philbilly said...

Check the labor rate.
Them bagels ain't free.

Back in my car-fixing days, I did not provide bagels, but I did caress every bolt and nut like they were the sultry nipples of Venus.

Have your tech spray WD40 on everything that isn't a brake rotor or an exhaust pipe. This is Cleveland. Rust rusts here.

DogsDontPurr said...

Ha...'mini' cupcakes!

Oh, you mean "mini cupcakes."

Hey! My dealership doesn't serve cupcakes! And I just had to pay about $12,000,000 just to get a new battery put in. I want my money back!!!

(You crack me up, btw.)

Mikey said...

Such a merry time you were having.

Erin O'Brien said...

Yes, I do have fun playing with myself.

I took the laptop in order to work on a piece of writing, but it was too loud and distracting, so I thought I'd use the time to try to get a better handle on iMovie, hence the clip.

Thanks for commenting and watching everyone. I'm sick of all the crappy news. We need some laughs!

Flickr Hound said...

I am jealous as hell, that is one funky shirt.

I do my own preventative maintenance. I'll have to get Chris to bring me coffee and bagels while I do so, then I will be as cool as EOB.

It is my goal to be as cool as EOB.

dean said...

That was me. I have been screwing around with google shit.

(S)wine said...

ah this put a smile on our faces. T suggested i do a response to your clip here. i take my VW in for its regular scheduled appts. as well, only my dealership is "enemy territory" where all the staff religiously watches Faux News and loudly and obnoxiously make the same conservative talking points we all hear daily...and then there I am with my "Earth Day" or "Reduce/Reuse/Recycle" hippie t-shirts and my macbook diligently tweeting left-wing, socialist propaganda.

I love this. Greetings to you, the Goat, and The Kid from our smelly, hippie household. Oh yeh, I should send you a photo of my treehugging (literally) 5 yr. old daughter who often wears left-wing propaganda, organic cotton, free trade t-shirts with disgusting slogans such as: "Girls for Peace."
Out!

(S)wine said...

P.S. iMovie rocks! I just recently found my student thesis film from back in the oul' film schyool days (read: 1989) and was able to have the 16mm stock transferred to VHS (did it back then, in the 80s), then just a few months ago I had the VHS copy bumped to an .avi file, which yesterday I imported into iMovie and messed with, re-cut, added a new audio track, inserted titles, cleaned up transitions, blah blah fucking technical details blah...IMOVIE IS BRILLIANT. Have you figured out how to slow down your clips (slo-mo) and play them in reverse yet?

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

If there are others here who want a righteous tie dye shirt like Erin is sporting here, let me know. I'm returning to liberal hell in about a week, and I'm sure there's no shortage of such duds there. The only thing we'd need to figure out is payment and shipment. Anyway, I thought I'd throw that out there in the event anyone is interested.

See, sometimes Republicans CAN be nice guys/gals.

Al
TRAG

Hal said...

Erin, you have discovered a stupid human trick.

But it isn't as stupid as being able to update your Facebook status page while backstage, mere minutes before you go on, which I've done. And I must say I did it so I could say I did it.

jonas said...

Al,

I think the nice guy part comes from spending time in the greatest place on Earth (Montpelier not withstanding).

But I might be a but biased....

jonas said...

Bit, that is. A bit biased.

Stupid internets. All of them.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Jonas,

Trust me, Montpelier, Vermont is far, far, far from the greatest place on earth. I've been to too many amazing places to put Montpelier in the top ten, top 25, top 100, top 1000, top 1,000,000.

No, my "nice guy-ness" comes from a different place, and again, trust me - living in Montpelier for any amount of time has absolutely nothing to do with it. As I've told others, I've been all over the world and to the middle east three times, and I've never, ever felt more uncomfortable and unwelcome (even when I didn't wear Republican t-shirts and anti-Obama t-shirts) than I have in Montpelier, Vermont.

Al
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Erin O'Brien said...

Al.

You say "trust me" more often than a used car salesman in a plaid sport coat.

As for "the greatest place on earth," try The Offices of Erin O'Brien--trust me.

jonas said...

Al,

Like I said, Montpelier not withstanding. VERMONT.

1st Republic.....for a reason.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Erin,

I'm sure your offices are far more hospitable, even for a proud Republican like me than any place I've been to in Vermont.

Jonas,

As far as Vermont goes, I suggest the following:

1 - teach people how to make maple syrup.
2 - teach people how to make cheese right.
3 - teach people how to raise livestock and grow produce.
4 - export said capability to anywhere but Vermont (well, OK, anywhere but New England for the most part).
5 - turn Vermont into a parking lot after it is all said and done. No one would miss it (yes, I know I'm going to get flamed for that bit). And for Erin - Trust me! Indeed!

Just sayin' ....

Al
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jonas said...

Al, Al, Al.....

Vermont is small and cold for a reason. I think you may have just demonstrated why.

Erin O'Brien said...

I would like to have a three-way date with Jonas and Al.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

I have indeed demonstrated why. Parking lots tend to be lonely, cold places (cold meaning without personality per se). So if we turned VT into a parking lot, it would live up to your description. Sounds good to me.

Erin - a three way date would be ... interesting to say the least. Trust me. Indeed.

Al
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jonas said...

By that I meant, it really only appeals to a limited number of people. Frankly, I've always more than ok with that.

Erin O'Brien said...

Are you two going to make out now?

jonas said...

Given Al's stance on Vermont, methinks better of such a plan.

Erin O'Brien said...

I also should add, that I haven't the foggiest idea what either of you are talking about. I don't know who like Vermont, who likes their cheese and who likes their syrup.

I think I'll just stay in tonight, have a whiskey and play with a nice marital aid (the Goat is unavailable).

See? Everyone knows what the hell I mean when I say something.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

I like Vermont cheese, syrup, produce, and livestock (meat, that is).

I don't like Vermont politics or the viewpoint of most here as regards politics. It's this last point that makes it difficult for me to reconcile living here for any amount of time.

Hope that clears it up.

Al
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Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Vermont, Vermont, how do I hate thee?

Let me see...

I returned this weekend... against my desires, no less.

I went to my storage place in Essex (a half hour away from Montpelier, better known as hell). (The libs that run NECI conveniently didn't tell us in March that they were considering shutting down the Essex campus before I went on internship. I would have never stored my shit there had I known what I know now.)

So, I store my stuff near Essex thinking it might be more convenient logistics-wise. After all, that's where I thought I was headed ...

Stored my stuff, and put a lock on the space, left.

F**k, was I wrong.

Go there today, Uhaul in hand.

My space was broken into, 2/3rds of my stuff missing. To include the cool "chick on a bike" thing Erin and her daughter sent me last year. I can't replace it - and it meant a lot to me.

The fucktards that run the place (I'm guessing that inbreeding is involved) had no fucking clue what happened. Their response was "well, once you put a lock on it, we don't touch it." Apparently they don't check for lack of locks. That would involve counting and actual effort, and that would overwhelm a Vermont education apparently.

Needless to say, I'm really pissed.

Fuck Vermont. Turn it all into a fucking parking lot. No one will miss this fucked up, misbegotten, poor excuse for a state capital, liberal feel good shithole.

Al
TRAG

P.S. Jonas, flame away. At this point, I don't give a fuck.

Erin O'Brien said...

Al, I am so sorry about your stuff.

jonas said...

Bummer, Al. That's too bad.

Just bewildered you somehow figure a way to attribute this to being a Vermont thing. As if the same thing doesn't happen to 1000 people a day in every state in the Union. You, nor Vermont are special in that way.

No flames. Just sitting here, shaking me head.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Jonas,

I've stored things in Texas. No break ins (and stored for 8 months as opposed to less than six months in Vermont). I've owned a house in North Carolina since 1992 - no break ins. I've lived in South Korea for 8 months straight in an apartment - no break ins.

Since I've been in Vermont, I've had:

The antenna stolen off my truck not once, but twice. On consecutive days after I'd replaced it once.

The doors on my truck dented repeatedly - despite parking properly and keeping a good distance between my truck and the nearest vehicle.

My wife called at home by the Montpelier Police Department and told they were going to tow my truck unless I moved it. Another vehicle was in the same lot, with a flat tire, not less, and wearing Vermont plates. I moved my truck, and this other vehicle remained there, untouched.

The aforementioned break in of my storage space. I've spent the last two days replacing all the shit that was stolen. It wasn't fun.

I can only go by what I know or have experienced. Vermont is the only place I've lived in my life that:

Made me feel extremely uncomfortable and unwelcome.
Had about 85% of my property stolen.
Had my antenna stolen off of my truck not once, not twice.
Had the doors on my truck dented not once, but multiple times (and I tend to park away from other vehicles).

If you were me, what would you think given the above?

Again, turn the whole fucking place into a parking lot. No one will miss it.

Al
TRAG

jonas said...

Shit luck. Or, perhaps in your case, karma.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Karma. Sure it is. An easy and convenient explanation, isn't it? It couldn't possibly be anything else, huh? I mean this is Vermont, God's Country, right?

Two words - parking lot.

Al
TRAG

jonas said...

No Al, of course you're right. Nothing good has ever come out of Vermont. What could I have been possibly thinking?

Please, continue to insult my home, and I'll continue to think you rational, level-headed, and open-minded.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

There's plenty of good things to come out of Vermont - cheese, produce, livestock come to mind. It's the one thing I appreciate about the place.

I find it difficult to be open minded when people steal things that I cannot replace, such as the custom made picture frame my wife made, with her engagement picture in it. Or a Jim Brown-signed mini Cleveland Browns football helmet. A Brutus Buckeye bobblehead given to me by my brother in law. You might feel the same if the tables were turned.

I think my niece's husband enscapsulated the whole incident perfectly: "they were just redistributing your wealth."

Al
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jonas said...

I might. I might not, no way to tell. Nor do I plan to try. It certainly sucks for you, and that is truly too bad.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

Yes it is. I've been spending the last few days replacing all the things I had. Not fun at all.

On a positive note, I'll be back in class tomorrow, and it's off to the Hunger Mountain co-op to stock up on some primo stuff.

Al
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jonas said...

Co-Op? Sounds Awfully liberal.

Ha.
Ha.


....ha.

Al The Retired Army Guy said...

You'll be surprised to know that before I came up here for school, I was the vice president of a group trying to bring a co-op to Fayetteville. It has since disbanded (Fayetteville's not ready for one yet), but I think their website is still up ... www.lafayettemarket.coop. And yes, I was the only Republican in the group.

Al

TRAG

jonas said...

No, not surprised.
I allow for such things in my universe.