Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Back in Staten Island

I arrived about one hour ago and traffic was good until I hit the NJ Turnpike. For those of you in rural areas the NJ Turnpike and Garden State are as bad as it gets.
The drivers are agressive and will box you in.

The beloved Rav Roov is in for the Seder and why he pulls these last second arrivals is beyond me. He always arrives about five minutes before any major Jewish Holiday. This time he arived within thirty seconds of sundown.

Most people like the holidays but I had to work eight straight ten plus hours to get home. Tommorow I have the dreaded DMV but I will take a book.

There seems to be a positive reaction to a Duck Roast. Smoked Duck is something he does between Marx , Fanon and Zinn.

28 comments:

Always On Watch said...

Beak,
the dreaded DMV

You have my heartfelt sympathy on that one.

nanc said...

yeah - boo-hoo. where i live they stand outside the revenuer's office and rope people to get them to come inside and visit - all 500+- people who live in the area at least once a year! things are so backward here, you actually get a person on the phone when you call ANY city or county government agency.

one day i called the county judge to have an audience with him about putting a busstop sign up in a particular area and all he wanted to do was visit for an hour and a half. by the time the conversation was over i forgot what i called for. still don't have the sign, but made a new friend.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Nanc still has a sexy California girl accent.

;-P

Robert Bayn said...

I hate the holidays, i think they should be abolished and replaced with Sporting events.

Always On Watch said...

Nanc,
things are so backward here, you actually get a person on the phone when you call ANY city or county government agency.

Only one city in the Northern Virginia area has that benefit. All the counties have Muzak to endure for at least 30 minutes.

Freedomnow said...

My sister's god parents lived in Staten Island since its swamp days but have moved to California.

Us rats have abandoned ship...

Mr. Ducky said...

Don't you have renewals by mail, Beak? No need to go in person.

Always On Watch said...

Duck,
Here is Virginia, one can get renewals by mail or by Internet, but there are some limitations. One is an eye exam every ten years, and such an exam requires an in-person appearance at DMV.

Mr. Ducky said...

Yeah, Massachusetts does most everything by mail.

I remember an experience trying to register a car that was part of a buddies mother's estate and him selling it to me. I never want to step foot in a DMV office again unless absolutely necessary.

American Crusader said...

PS 39 on Staten Island for grade school then PS 41 for middle school. I had a great time living on Staten Island.

beakerkin said...

I just got back from the DMV. I took the eye exam and was in and out in moments. Parking was a major headache but with a bit of time was not problem.

Ducky would like the DMV as everyone is treated poorly.

Iran Watch said...

Nothing more guaranteed to ruin one's day than a trip to the DMV. I haven't had the pleasure of being on the New Jersey Turnpike for quite awhile. Hopefully it's something I can keep avoiding.

bum from jersey said...

Ummm...I will second what you said. As a person who uses the turnpike daily to commute to work (during afternoon rush hour), I admit I will tailgate you if you do not move out of my way. Plus traffic isn't bad my way. Thats probably because I am travelling north on the NJ Turnpike and in the afternoon all the traffic is usually on the south. Word of advice though - avoid 280, 287, Rt. 18, and the Garden State Parkway during rush hour. Its horrible either way.

Warren said...

I have to go through this DMV crap every two years, (commercial drivers license), plus a physical certification that costs about $90. I have more trouble with the Indianapolis bureau that handles the paperwork for the physical than I do the local DMV people.

nanc said...

warren, warren, warren - that's how much we pay to register two vehicles AND get both our drivers' licenses AND to make matters even better, they made it so we could have EVERYTHING due at the same time! i love arkansas; i hope and pray big brother never finds us.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

The goofy vehicle emission inspection scam here in Missouri (where St. Louis and Kansas City area automobile owners pollute, but the cars of some trash-burning pig farmer out in the cornfields doesn't) has already earned the ire of the people of Missouri. The lower middle class to poor has been hit the hardest by the restrictions. If your car doesn't pass the emissions test, you have to take your car to a mechanic approved as a member of the Democrat-funding legislative lobbying union that rammed this law up our asses, and prove that you spent at least a rent check trying to fix the problem before they'll give you a waiver.

If they can get you on a bus, they can control the places you can go.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

In the above, I'm talking about "part" of the 5 step process involved in getting license plates renewed in Missouri.

Anonymous said...

Ducky would like the DMV as everyone is treated poorly.

Still chuckling about that one, beak.
---

Happy Passover.

-FJ

Justin said...

Im wondering could Ducky be served up as Peking Duck, or is that to much to hope for?

nanc said...

this just a thought - sometimes when you pluck a duck, all you find underneath is the bill and feet!

Always On Watch said...

Beak,
Glad to hear that DMV treated you well.

On my last visit to DMV, I picked up decals for my tags; I had waited too late to renew by mail or Internet. The idiot clerk, who didn't speak a word of English to me, gave me one-year decals instead of the two-year decals I had paid for, and I didn't notice until I had returned to the parking lot.

At DMV, always check your papers before leaving the window. Otherwise, you'll have to wait through the damned line again.

Always On Watch said...

Mr. Beamish,
The lower middle class to poor has been hit the hardest by the restrictions. If your car doesn't pass the emissions test, you have to take your car to a mechanic approved as a member of the Democrat-funding legislative lobbying union that rammed this law up our asses, and prove that you spent at least a rent check trying to fix the problem before they'll give you a waiver.

I'm not sure that one can get a waiver here in Northern Virginia--even after paying the blackmail.

Another twist: after one has paid the mechanic and let's say he can't bring the vehicle up to code, one gets some kind of pass anyway.

A few years back, my 1970 pickup truck got a waiver. It also got much better gas mileage after we trashed the catalytic converter. The vehicle was so old that the state couldn't force us to fix it.

Of course, all sorts of out-of-state vehicles (mostly from West Virginia) drive around here, smoking to high heaven. Our new governor has a plan to fix this problem but no way to enforce it--typical of a Dem.

My husband and I often attend car cruise-ins. The antique vehicles are exempt. What a delicious and deja vu aroma! It takes me back to the days of my father's garage (1952-1975).

One more thing....County- and state-owned vehicles here do not have to subject to the sniff (emissions inspection). The public schoolbuses are the worst offenders of emissions, but they, too, are exempt; schoolbuses for private schools must pass emissions, however, but I don't think that applies to the Islamic Saudi Academy, whose buses reek of exhaust.

Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

Democrats typically trade in what meager abilities they have to convince people that they have functioning brain cells to garner leftist credentials. Hence, it's the cars of poor people who live in or near major cities that pollute, and not the smokestacks of factories that union labor hasn't driven out of business yet.

Warren said...

The Gubment always exempts itself from law.

Laws are for us peons, doncano.

nanc said...

actually, laws are for law abiding people only. everyone else is exempt. ask them, they'll tell you.

nanc said...

beamish - ah ditched mah cali-girl accent nigh on about two ye-uhs ago!

Anonymous said...

Very nice! I found a place where you can
make some nice extra cash secret shopping. Just go to the site below
and put in your zip to see what's available in your area.
I made over $900 last month having fun!
make extra money

Anonymous said...

Hey, you have a great blog here! I'm definitely going to bookmark you!

I have a collector cars site/blog. It pretty much covers ##KEYWORD## related stuff.

Come and check it out if you get time :-)

See Ya There!!!