Scratchie\’s World

School Done!!! Other stuff in life to write about now….

T.G.I.F.

No, I ain’t gonna eat there. Not yet anyway. They are having teething pains so when they sort themselves out I may try it. The prices on the menu that I saw look steep though. Guess that’s a reflection of the economy.
Anyways, I wasn’t talking about the new company that opened on Hope Road, I was literally saying thank God it’s Friday!!! I seriously tyaad iyah. This week was ruff. I didn’t post yesterday because I actually had to leave office to rescue te wifey from car worries. On the way to dropping me off we noticed that every time I stepped on the brakes the radio died. When we stopped at office it seemed OK but shortly after she left me the windows quit working and the car sounded lazy. Dead battery! She picked me up and I decided to get a battery check at one of the dealers. Sure enough I had to spring for a battery. When they checked the charge from the alternator….zip zero zilch nadda nothing!!! The guy at the battery place assured me that I could get to an electrician on battery alone so off we went. Found an electrician who checked for me. Sure enough i had two choices, three really, replacement alternator, repair rectifier in old one or third choice…park the car (not really an option). The search began for a replacement. Not really a hard task in Jamaica with the number of deportee cars and used parts we have here. (The used cars that are from Japan for use in our country are called deportees. The Japanese market requires frequent re-certification for vehicles over a certain age. This process is really expensive to them so many owner opt to change cars which is a cheaper option for them. They export these cars to many countries around the world who lap them up because they are really in very good condition and a viable alternative to paying out serious money for new rides.) I was able to find a good replacement part and have it fitted. But my day at work was shot. I had to apply for a vacation day. So I had to spend $8,000.00 that I had not bargained for but that too is all a part of life.
My job functions changed at work this week so it has been ruff week. I hope the weekend provides a bit of rest for me. Wishful thinking because school all day tomorrow but I will try to take it easy on Sunday.
Later guys. Have a great weekend.

Addendum: I know that I am always cussing about the society and how callous it has become. Well today I want to say a big thank you to the truck driver who assisted me, not once, but three times yesterday morning, in the middle of traffic, with jump starts when the car kept shutting off. He would not take money and was so kind. I don’t even know his name, but from yesterday’ s experience….there are still good Jamaicans out there. Thank you again Sir whoever you are!!

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January 28, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 9 Comments

Blogging and some..

Hi All,
Really late posting today. I took the car to be passed at the exam depot this morning. No problem there. The guy verifies engine and chassis/VIN number and gets in. He pulls up the handbrake and tests to see if they hold. They do and he drives a figure 8 in the lot at regular driving speed. (I say this because they have a habit of chanting around the lot at break neck speed, speeds which my car never sees even with my heavy foot.) He drives up to the wall, checks my headlights and horn and wipers. He comes out of the car and checks my tail lights and asks me to step on the breaks. Five minutes later I’m out of there with new cert in hand. See you next year Mr. car examiner.

Melody mentioned in her post that blogging can set you on a train of thought. I know for me that blogging has opened me to the insight of others. I have also been called on to examine my own views from time to time. It forces a certain creativity out of you that was left untapped. Visiting blogs and writing them has facilitated the exploration of topics which would have otherwise been left untouched. Blogging has taught me patience. Waiting on some people to post. It has allowed me to share a little bit of me you and vice versa. Who would think that we would share in Melody’s party escapades and Dr.D’s car troubles and VX. Not to mention MB and Natty’s raising of MBJr. Ciya, Kidlets and Popsey, Jdid and his inspiration, Kami wisdom beyond her years, Sunshines flowers and writing, Stu and the technology upgrades. Seven…trouble, fire. Desiree, Angry Dog learned people but willing to share insight…the list goes on. We have not always agreed on issues but yet I have never felt afraid to share my views or afraid to explore the views of the others. In fact, I feel slighted when I see no comments.
Blogging for me is a merger of the many lives that pass here. I may never met the people behind the screen names but it feels like I know something about each one. There are things that I write here that are only shared here in my writings. I am sure that the same goes for many of you.
I guess what I am trying to say is Respec’ to you all.
Why do you blog? What does it mean to you. How has it helped you…How….?
Later guys.

January 26, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 9 Comments

My latest purchase

I decided to get myself a new phone this week. The one I had got crushed in the elevator doors last week. The one I had was a regular run of the mill Nokia1100. I am not usually a telephone fanatic and it has been eons since I saw something that I liked. So when I saw this one I shelled out the moola and got it. It’s a Samsung X450. Basically an entry level clamshell/flip phone. My son has been ramping with it since I got it so last night I just had to put my foot down…I asked him if he would mind if I borrowed it for a while :-). It’s pretty neat. It has internet access and all that. I would have preferred one with a camera but I refuse to pay that kind of money for a phone. Not in this lifetime anyway. Too many other more important things to do besides buy consumer goods…nuh true?

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I had my performance review at work today and I’m pleased. I thought that with all the flare ups I’ve had in the latter part of 2004 that the supervisor would have been wicked. She was in fact quite fair. We had frank discussions and all went well.

From the mere fact that I am posting about phones you know I don’t have diddly squat to write about today don’t you. Not to worry, JDid has said enough for everybody today. Check out JDid’s Post for today. I posted something about my hobby on Sunday and you all ignored it. I tek dem kinda insult serious yuh nuh. Ah so life go still.

Anyway, I can’t stay with unnoo much longer. Gots classes today.

I have a question for all you married people. Have you every been in love with someone besides you husband or wife after you have been married. If yes how did it make you feel. How do you/didyou deal with it. Nothing implied here nor do I expect to get too many responses. Just toyng with your inquiring minds. No, I’m behaving myself. It’s just a question that came up from reading a blog I came across while surfing recently, but idiot me never tek note of the site address so I can’t find it back. I know it must be linked from one of you guys but it could well be a link on a link on a link on a link if you get my drift.

Anyway I have to go so take care all.

January 25, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 12 Comments

Evolution 4

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 This is a 1996 Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution 4 WRC. It represents the last in what my ideal thoughts of the Evolution represents. The car is a hyped up Lancer carrying a 2000cc turbo charged inline 4 engine with well in excess of 200 horsepower. Each year Mitsubishi has produced a car based on its street platform. This is #4 in the series. There have been other Evo’s since this one. They are up to Evo 8 but I think the Evo was the silent “killer” that sneaked up beside you at the traffic light and when you challenged him to run he would leave you gasping for air at the shear speed and response of the machine. What has happened to recent Evo’s is that the car bears less and less resemblance to its road going counterpart and has become too recognizable IMHO. Persons disagree but that’s just how I see it. The photo above was my desktop photo for a long time. I still have the picture because mi just love this car.   

January 24, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 8 Comments

Monday again

Hi all, Today is quite nice and sunny here in Jamaica. A bit of a breeze due to some weather system or the other. Had to resort to sleeping with windows locked tight and under the sheets. It got a little chilly. I know, I know…the Canadians will tell me that they would welcome my kind of chilly any day over what they are going through. Sorry for them yuh si!
The weekend was expectedly hectic. Saturday was class as usual. I went to a class last week Saturday, and the lady who taught about client relations needed to go back to classes herself. She came in to the first lecture with some serious chip pon di shoulders. She was amptly termed as a female doggy. (Sorry Doggy, no offence but you ain’t like her at all). I was dreading the class and as thoughts of sculling ran through the brain I decided to go. What the heck, might as well ruin a perfectly good Saturday. The class was actually quite good. The lady had a pretty decent attitutde and we were actually able to converse with her. Went to buy some computer parts for a job I was doing and then had lunch with my friend. We see each other quite often but recently with school we see each other at school but the relaxation time is nil. The company was good and it was good to just chat with her about nothing in particular.
We rushed back to classes and ended the evening with The Short One’s get together. I was up till 1:00 a.m. on Sunday morning putting this CPU together for a young lady since I wanted to get it out of my hair by afternoon. The build up went easily and no hitches. Problem is that these builds never go as planed so I sat anticipating the problem showing up later in the process. Sure enough it did. Tested the system, did the usual break in and packed up for delivery. Simple plug and play process, disconnect old CPU connect new right?….Wrong. Turned on new CPU, boots up fine then the flashing search screen shows up…what di rahtid is that? Must have been something that got added when I reached her house. Went through the checklist. Turns out to be her keyboard. Can it be repaired?…Don’t know and wasn’t going to try. At Us$5.00 or J$350 for a new one I wasn’t going to waste my time or energy trying to figure it out. Did a loaner and told her to get one asap or call me if she wanted me to source it for her.
Went to visit my friend last night. It never rains but it pours. Just felt like getting out of the house.
I posted three of my pictures when I got home. I have a problem. The software that I use for posting pictures is on my home computer. The restrictions at work do not allow personal software to be loaded to the machine. I can get away with stuff that runs on top of Windows but when it has to integrated into the system files I have to get creative. I try not to because I shows up on the reports in the IS Dept. So pictures will only come from home.
Dial up + Pictures = Very high phone/Internet Bill + long time at computer.
Anyway got to go do some work so enjoy the day. Go look at my pictures. Two of them are from my hobby.

January 24, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

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Hi all, Well we cekebrated the Short Ones birthday on Saturday. The actual event was on the 20th. She share a birthday with Ciya’s Kidlet #1 and a few other random people that I met on Thursday. I wonder what makes January such special day. She had fun though. You can check the comments section to find out more about the cake.

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January 23, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 5 Comments

Impreza

The image is one of my model collection. It is a 1999 Subaru Impreza WRC car. It is made of plastic and was assembled by me. The build time was approximately 3 months. The kit was a Tamiya.

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January 23, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 3 Comments

BMW

This model is of a 2 door 325 BMW coupe. It too was assembled from kit but the kit is die cast. It was prepainted. This kit was made by Testor (I think).

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January 23, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 4 Comments

Howdy Guys and Gyals

Hail up all,
Don’t have a clue as to what I will say today but I’m saying hello at least.
Well the opening salvo has been fired and I am waiting on the return fire to hit but we’ll see. (what di backside im talking bout?) I can feel the looks of bewilderment so let me explain. Over the last two weeks or so I mentioned that I had to close down the leave system and bring it up to date with this years entries. Well from that exercise a series of reports are created some of which will be manually reviewed and authenticated by our auditors for accuracy.
Well yesterday I finally managed to get the reports compiled and printed and these were dispatched to the auditors with a letter daring them to find something wrong with the report. Let’s see who badder than who. So now I’m waiting on them to return a report to me with all their criticisms and queries. There always are since I think that too much human intervention takes place in an automated environment, plus the logistics of the processes just wrong but hey…???
I passed by my model car collection last night and was distressed to find some of them damaged possibly in the last move and possibly from a not so careful helper. I will speak to her when she comes tomorrow. I can’t accuse her but just to remind her that care needs to be taken. The ideal situation is a display case but I haven’t been able to find one that I like as yet. Plus dem damn expensive out here. I found the missing pieces so I will have to spend some time on repairs. It doesn’t look as if any of the paintwork is messed up just pulled out parts. Nothing some model glue or epoxy won’t cure.
I have an assignment due tomorrow so I have to go put in at least an hour before work starts so we can chat some more later. May I can get my son to use his camera and post a picture or two of my models over the weekend. Hope he will accomodate me (dat spelling doan look right at all.)
Oh well. This is IT so bad English and spelling are allowed. heh heh heh.
Tek care.

January 21, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Another Day

Hi all,
Couldn’t post yesterday and today will be brief. Work again. Firstly please join me in wishing The Short One a Happy Birthday. I now officially have 2 teenaged children. Can you imagine?
She is so enthusiastic about her birthday. Will get her a cake for Saturday and will invite a couple of her friends over to share it with her after I get in from classes.

A part of one of my courses requires that I do some creative short story writing….yuck!!! Anyway I am working on that piece and I showed it to a friend. She likes it, so when I am finished I will give you all a read. It will probably be my only artistic work in my life. It must be worth something, nuh true? Watch out Doggy, Scratchie gwine come tek ova di writin scene.

JDid spoke about dances recently and he made mention of the Jamaican dance scene. Well it seems as if that has changed overnight. Bogle was shot and killed this morning at a street dance. Bogle was one of those instrumental in creating several of these dances. Reports are sketchy and all we know is that he had a disagreement with someone at the dance. They left the dance and the persons followed and shot at the group. The shooting has created pandamonium in the dancers community and it is the scene of protests and these protests are never usually peaceful so I assume houses are burning.

We have a new Police Commissioner in the person of Mr. Lucius Thomas. He was sworn in yesterday. Let’s see if he can make a dent in the crime scene. Good luck Commish. Do well for our sake.

Anyways, will chat more later.

January 20, 2005 Posted by | Uncategorized | 6 Comments