Archive for January, 2009

The Ballad of EB

Posted: January 3, 2009 in Chief, Just Livin', Just Me
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EB is about 22 years old and lived with his sister and her two young kids above the shop.

His sister is a single mom.. working crazy hours at a bullshit job to provide for her kids. She had EB move in with her after he got out of  jail because 1) their mother didn’t want him back in the house and 2) it would be free babysitting for her so she wouldn’t have to kill herself too much to make the rent, bills, etc.

Chief and I felt bad for their situation and we would help them out when they needed it. More so for her and the kids but EB wound up reaping benefits from it too.

Since EB basically did nothing all day but get high, he became friendly with Weed. Are you really surprised by that one?

One day… a little before we were robbed … EB came in and ordered all this stuff. He had Food Stamp numbers written on a piece of paper which Chief ran for payment.

Nothing unusual there. Most times the sister would forget to leave the card at home and EB would just have Chief key the numbers into the gizmo.

Like I said, we help them out when we could.

The Thursday after the house was robbed, Chief gets a phone call from a woman that lives in the neighborhood but who he doens’t know and had never personally come into the shop.

She tells him that her food stamp information had been stolen and when the state ran a list of purchases, the shops name came up. When Chief heard the amount, he knew right away who had taken the card. The woman was the first one to mention EB’s name. Apparently, he hung around her daughter or granddaughter or someone who lives in her house.

Of more interest was the fact that she said the word on her block was that EB and his cousin had robbed our house and sold our PS3 in the city.

If Chief could have grown hair he would have. I don’t know what color he turned but he was almost like a cartoon character.

He hung up from her and banged on EB’s door. When he answered, Chief right away asked him what the inside of our  house looked like. It was EBs turn to change colors and he became as white as the shirt I’m wearing.

He bobbed and weaved around everything. Swore he had nothing to do with anything and when Chief challanged him with the information he had received, EB told him that he could check his apartment if he wanted to.

Chief’s response was that he knew there was nothing up there and that eventually he was going to find out who robbed our stuff and when he did, he was going to break their knees.

He also told EB that if he didn’t think Chief could do it then they could roll right then.

I knew EB was shaken up and I would have loved to be a fly on the wall when he went back upstairs!

Fast forward to the next day. I walked into the shop after work to find EBs sister in deep conversation with Chief.

Turns out that EB had swiped her ATM card and withdrew all the cash she had in there… the rent money, the utility money, etc. She reported it to the bank, the bank had him on ATM-Cam, they were pressing charges and she intended to press charges. Chief told her that he would do something with the door to prevent him from coming back in the house and a little while after that, their mother :: who’s also a customer :: came in visibly upset.

She told me that she turned a cold heart to him. It’s obvious that he was into much more harder stuff then anyone originally assumed so I told her that it wasn’t her son doing this… it was the junkie he became.

I don’t know how much grief he’d given her over the course of his life but I do know what it’s like to be around a junkie and my heard did break for her.

Fast foward another week and their older brother came into the shop to tell Chief that his neighbors had told him that EB was in his neighborhood trying to unload a laptop.

There was no question now who robbed our house.

On Christmas Day, EB was picked up at a crack house and is currently being held on a 500,000.00 bond.

We won’t get our stuff back. I can guarentee that it’s long gone. But EB lost alot more… his family and their trust

Wanna Annoy Me?

Posted: January 2, 2009 in Annoy Me
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Don’t tell me you’re going to bed so when I’m having the best game of my  life on COD4 and I’m calling to you to show off my stats you don’t answer

Thinking

Posted: January 2, 2009 in Thinking
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COD4 Map: Broadcast

16 Kills

3 Deaths

… and nobody around to see it

Okay… enough of my whining today!!

Here’s something I came across that scratched my noggin:

THINGS YOU DIDN’T KNOW

  1. The longest one-syllable word in the English language is SCREECHED
  2. DREAMT  is the only English word that ends in the letters MT.
  3. Almonds are members of the peach family.
  4. The symbol on the “pound” key (#) is called an OCTOTHORPE.
  5. The dot over the letter ‘i’ is called a TITTLE.
  6. Ingrown toenails are hereditary.
  7. The word SET has more definitions than any other word in the English language.
  8. UNDERGROUND is the only word in the English language that begins and ends with the letters UND
  9. There are only four words in the English language which end in -DOUS:  tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous.
  10. The longest word in the English language, according to the Oxford English Dictionary, is PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSIS. The only other word with the same amount of letters is PNEUMONOULTRAMICROSCOPICSILICOVOLCANOCONIOSES, its plural.
  11. The longest place-name still in use is TAUMATAWHAKATANGILHANGAKOAUAUOTAMATEATURIPUKAKAPIKIMAUNGAHORONUKUPOKAIWENUAKITANATAHU, a New Zealand hill.
  12. Los Angeles’s full name is El Pueblo de Nuestra Senora la Reina de los Angeles de Porciuncula and can be abbreviated to 3.63% of its size, LA
  13. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear.
  14. An ostrich’s eye is bigger than its brain.
  15. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur.
  16. In most advertisments, including newspapers, the time displayed on a watch is 10:10.
  17. Alfred Hitchcock didn’t have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery.
  18. Telly Savalas and Louis Armstrong died on their birthdays.
  19. Donald Duck’s middle name is Fauntleroy.
  20. Al Capone’s business card said he was a used furniture dealer.
  21. The muzzle of a lion is like a fingerprint – no two lions have the same pattern of whiskers.
  22. Steely Dan got their name from a sexual device depicted in the book THE NAKED LUNCH.
  23. A pregnant goldfish is called a TWIT.
  24. The Ramses brand condom is named after the great phaoroh Ramses II who fathered over 160 children.
  25. There is a seven letter word in the English language that contains ten words without rearranging any of its letters, THEREIN: the, there, he, in, rein, her, here, ere, therein, herein.
  26. Duelling is legal in Paraguay as long as both parties are registered blood donors.
  27. John Larroquette of “Night Court” and “The John Larroquette Show” was the narrator of “The Texas Chainsaw Massacre.”
  28. The characters Bert and Ernie on Sesame Street were named after Bert the cop and Ernie the taxi driver in Frank Capra’s “Its A Wonderful Life”
  29. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds.
  30. It’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open.
  31. It was discovered on a space mission that a frog can throw up.The frog throws up its stomach first, so the stomach is dangling out of it’s mouth.Then the frog uses its forearms to dig out all of the stomach’s contents and then swallows the stomach back down again.
  32. Cranberries are sorted for ripeness by bouncing them; a fully ripened cranberry can be dribbled like a basketball.
  33. The male gypsy moth can “smell” the virgin female gypsy moth from 1.8 miles away.
  34. The letters KGB stand for Komitet Gosudarstvennoy Bezopasnosti.
  35. The name for Oz in the “Wizard of Oz” was thought up when the creator, Frank Baum, looked at his filing cabinet and saw A-N, and O-Z, hence “Oz.”
  36. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket.
  37. STEWARDESSES is the longest word that is typed with only the left hand.
  38. To TESTIFY was based on men in the Roman court swearing to a statement made by swearing on their testicles.
  39. The combination OUGH can be pronounced in nine different ways.The following sentence contains them all “A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed.”
  40. The only 15 letter word that can be spelled without repeating a letter is UNCOPYRIGHTABLE
  41.  FACETIOUS and ABSTEMIOUS contain all the vowels in the correct order, as does ARSENIOUS, meaning “containing arsenic.”
  42. Emus and kangaroos cannot walk backwards, and are on the Australian coat of arms for that reason.
  43. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds, while dogs only have about ten.
  44. The word “Checkmate” in chess comes from the Persian phrase “Shah Mat,” which means “the king is dead”.
  45. The reason firehouses have circular stairways is from the days of lore when the engines were pulled by horses.The horses were stabled on the ground floor and figured out how to walk up straight
    staircases.

Thinking

Posted: January 2, 2009 in Thinking
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I REALLY need to get my car inspected!

Guess I should get it insured first, huh?