March 19th, 2003

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1. I just wasn't made for these times. I was made for Sweden in the 70's. That's style, baby.

2. I am tired and hungover, but it was well worth it. Last night I drank heavily with jongre, dlbags and various others at Sophie's. Got home around 1-ish. Good times.

3. I'm starting to get a little annoyed with the bands I talk to at CraigsList; we exchange e-mails, everything seems to be cool, and then they leave me hanging. For no apparent reason. No explanation, no nothing, just - nothing. Oh well. I must remain ever vigilant.

4. Bought some stuff yesterday: the new Malkmus/Jicks, the old Coldplay, and the Road to Perdition DVD. I'm kinda surprised at how taken I am with Coldplay; their new album has grown on me. And I'll admit that I was a fiend for "Yellow" - I still am, really. As for the Malkmus/Jicks - I sorta want to give it a full review, but I need a couple more spins with it. There's a lot of really beautiful instrumental passages on it - I think it probably has the highest non-vocal/vocal ratio of any SM-related album. Which is sorta wierd, I guess, because as much as I like SM's songwriting, I'm also a fiend for his lyrics and vocal delivery. Ultimately, it's engaging and way more interesting than his previous album.

5. Also traded in 4 old Xbox games; tonight I'll pick up Rayman 3 without having to spend any money at all.
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ch posted this; it bears repeating. This is why I hate jury duty - I can't possibly allow myself to be called a peer to these people.
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It's time, once again, to consider the candidates for the annual Stella Awards. The Stella's are named after 81-year-old Stella Liebeck who spilled coffee on herself and successfully sued McDonald's. That case inspired the Stella Awards for the most frivolous successful lawsuits ONLY in the United States. The following are this year's candidates:

1. Kathleen Robertson of Austin, Texas, was awarded $780,000 by a jury of her peers after breaking her ankle tripping over a toddler who was running inside a furniture store. The owners of the store were understandably surprised at the verdict, considering the misbehaving little toddler was Ms. Robertson's son.

2. A 19-year-old, Carl Truman of Los Angeles, won $74,000 and medical expenses when his neighbor ran over his hand with a Honda Accord. Mr. Truman apparently didn't notice there was someone at the wheel of the car when he was trying to steal his neighbor's hub caps.

3. Terrence Dickson of Bristol, Pennsylvania, was leaving a house he had just finished robbing by way of the garage. He was not able to get the garage door to go up since the automatic door opener was malfunctioning. He couldn't re-enter the house because the door connecting the house and garage locked when he pulled it shut. The family was on vacation, and Mr. Dickson found himself locked in the garage for eight days. He subsisted on a case of Pepsi he found, and a large bag of dry dog food. He sued the homeowner's insurance claiming the situation caused him undue mental anguish. The jury agreed to the tune of $500,000.

4. Jerry Williams of Little Rock, Arkansas, was awarded $14,500 and medical expenses after being bitten on the buttocks by his next door neighbor's beagle. The beagle was on a chain in its owner's fenced yard. The award was less than sought because the jury felt the dog might have been just a little provoked at the time by Mr. Williams who was shooting it repeatedly with a pellet gun.

5. A Philadelphia restaurant was ordered to pay Amber Carson of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, $113,500 after she slipped on a soft drink and broke her coccyx (tailbone). The beverage was on the floor because Ms. Carson had thrown it at her boyfriend 30 seconds earlier during an argument.

6. Kara Walton of Claymont, Delaware, successfully sued the owner of a night club in a neighboring city when she fell from the bathroom window to the floor and knocked out her two front teeth. This occurred while Ms. Walton was trying to sneak through the window in the ladies room to avoid paying the $3.50 cover charge. She was awarded $12,000 and dental expenses.

7. This year's favorite could easily be Mr. Merv Grazinski of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Mr. Grazinski purchased a brand new 32-foot Winnebago motor home. On his first trip home, having driven onto the freeway, he set the cruise control at 70 mph and calmly left the drivers seat to go into the back and make himself a cup of coffee. Not surprisingly, the R.V. left the freeway, crashed and overturned. Mr. Grazinski sued Winnebago for not advising him in the owner's manual that he couldn't actually do this. The jury awarded him $1,750,000 plus a new motor home. The company actually changed their manuals on the basis of this suit, just in case there were any other complete morons buying their recreation vehicles.