Archive for July 11th, 2006


All-Star Typo


As I mentioned in my last post, I was in Pittsburgh for a wedding last weekend. While I was celebrating the union of a friend of mine and his new wife, people downtown were enjoying the build-up to the All-Star Game. There was information and advertising about the All-Star Game everywhere in Pittsburgh. You really would have needed to be blind and deaf to have missed it. In the airport there were large vinyl decals on the floor and various walls advertising the All-Star Game. There were also myriad informational brochures and leaflets. I happened to pick up one of the brochures, which focused on places to eat, drink and sleep, etc. while enjoying your stay in Pittsburgh. On the back panel of the brochure was also included a schedule for the All-Star festivities, replete with one glaring typo. I’ll leave you to discover it – and interpret what it might mean – for yourself:


Coasting on fumes

Over the weekend, I was back in Pittsburgh for a wedding. On the way to the reception, the guy who was driving me and Pat (of Urban Saddle fame) there noticed that his car was almost out of gas. So, after the reception was over and we were on our way home, the first order of business was to get gas. However, through a combination of the lateness of the hour, a couple of missed exits, and a lot of bad luck, we were unable to get any gas for the first few miles of our return trip. Our driver (also named Pat) was starting to get a little anxious. So, he checked the handy trip computer to see how many miles we had to go before we were totally empty. The answer was zero miles. This realization did not help the anxiety level in the car. However, it was reminiscent of the Seinfeld episode “The Dealership“, which you should see if you haven’t. We drove for a few miles on 0 miles to empty before we finally got gas in Greentree. In retrospect, we probably could have made it all the way to Pat’s house without filling up since it’s all downhill from Greentree to the city. That said, we didn’t want to push it and end up having to call AAA or our parents in the middle of the night. The take-home message of all of this is that you can still drive even when the needle is below the “E” line and the trip computer tells you have zero miles to empty – at least on Pat’s mom’s Audi.


July 2006

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