Archives: September 2004

Fri Sep 24, 2004

Traffic school was a joke

I went to Great Comedy traffic school last Saturday. It was a joke, and I don't mean because of the comedy.

Our instructor Baylor only adhered to one rule of traffic school - that we be there for 400 minutes. Here are some of the interesting things that happened that I am sure are not in the spirit of traffic school.

1. He was required to show us a video. He held up a video tape over his head, and said "Everyone see the video?"
2. He advised us how to commit perjury (a felony) without getting caught.
3. He was required to give us a test, but our score was irrelevant. The questions for the test were: 1) What is my dog's name? 2) How many cats do I have? 3) What is my wife's name? I scored 1 out of 3 on the test, but I still passed.
4. He threw the instruction manual aside and just told us stories.
5. While he was teaching the class, he was actually taking it himself! He has been to traffic school 13 times.

Posted by: jav on Sep 24, 04 | 12:40 pm | Profile

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Tue Sep 21, 2004

Tears for Fears in San Francisco

I saw Tears for Fears perform in San Francisco as part of Alice radio's Now and Zen festival. The festival included Howie Day, of whom I have not heard before, Dashboard Confessional, who play music that I do not listen to, Morrissey, who had to cancel because of sinusitis and laryngitis, and Tears for Fears.

I went to the festival to see Tears for Fears. They sounded pretty good. One moment I thought was particularly entertaining. Curt Smith mentioned that a lot of the audience looked too young to know who they were. So, he said the band would do a cover of a recent popular song. They then did a cover of Gary Jules' Mad World. This was entertaining because Gary Jules' Mad World is a cover of a Tears for Fears song. They played it like Gary Jules' rendition. Unfortunately, Tears for Fears were only prepared to play a short set, not knowing of Morrissey's impending doom.

Posted by: jav on Sep 21, 04 | 4:39 pm | Profile

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Sun Sep 12, 2004

Home Movies on DVD

One of my favorite TV shows is Home Movies. It's a cartoon targeted at adults. It features 8 year old Brendon Small and his friends making cheesy home movies. They write scripts, create props, and act in their movies.


I find the show incredibly funny, and the dialog extremely clever. It makes me wish I was doing all that stuff when I was 8. The first season is coming out on DVD soon:


Posted by: jav on Sep 12, 04 | 2:49 pm | Profile

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Sat Sep 04, 2004

Drive too fast, hear some jokes

I was caught speeding on highway 280 a few weeks ago because I am a very bad man. After getting a speeding ticket in California, you can avoid getting your insurance rates hiked by attending traffic school.

The Government of California sent me a list of traffic schools:

Great Comedians Traffic School
Pizza For You - Comedians Too
Great Comedy School
Comedy For Less Traffic School
Comedy School
National Traffic Safety Institute
Cheap School
Pizza For You - Great Comedians

What with this? Do we just sit down and hear up and coming comedians while we eat pizza? I'm going to "Great Comedy School" in 2 weeks. I wonder if there is a two drink minimum.

Posted by: jav on Sep 04, 04 | 3:55 pm | Profile

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