RIP My Forester

Driving home from work today my Subaru Forester caught fire. As I was heading north on 146 I heard a bang and black smoke came out the back of my Forester. That’s about when I realized my engine had died and I’d lost power steering. I coasted over to the side of the road and came to a stop. That’s when I smelled burning plastic and saw all the smoke coming out from under my hood. Things didn’t get any better when I opened the hood. The engine was on fire!

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I quickly pulled all my stuff out of the car and then dialed 911. I was in such a panic I dropped the phone twice before I was able to use the phone. The operator connected me to the North Smithfield Rhode Island police department. They said that the fire department was on their way to put out the fire.

I stood on the embankment a safe distance from the car as the fire grew bigger. Bits of molten flaming plastic were dripping on to the ground below my car. The car had almost 200 thousand miles on it. I had already put a down payment on a new car and was going to trade the Forester in on Saturday. Not any more.

The flames grew higher. Probably five minutes had passed since I called 911, but it felt like forever. Was my car going to turn into a giant fireball? That sounded dangerous. I decided to start throwing handfuls of snow onto the fire to keep it contained.  Eventually I was scooping up giant armfuls of snow and dumping it into the engine compartment. I put out the fire.

A police officer showed up. Then three police officers. Then the fire department. Everyone peered into the engine compartment. The fire department confirmed that the fire was indeed out. I got a tow to the nearest garage. Everyone was very nice.

Now I really need to buy that new car.

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Update: New (to me) car!

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Evil Kinevil Jr 2018 Edit

Behold the awesomeness of my 7th grade claymation!

Took me 3-4 months to make this video during free period in 7th grade in 1992.
This video originally had Kenny Loggins Highway to the Danger Zone, but I swapped it out for DFR to avoid any copyright issues.

 

 

 

 

How I tumbled down a river – The 2014 Quinebaug River Race

I didn’t know what I was getting into…

 

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My brother-in-law said “hey you want to enter a canoe race?”  An excuse to paddle down river in early spring sounded like a great idea. He recruited my father-in-law and I recruited my brother and the four of us entered the All-American Quinebaug River Race. They were #30 in a 14 foot green Old Town canoe, and we were #31 in a battered blue 12 foot Lincoln canoe.

I was unaware that this canoe race had class II rapids.
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Damn Good Developer Available

I was informed on Friday that PongoResume is laying off all its developers. This puts a lot of great developers back on the market.

One such developer is my good friend Glenn Gervais aka “RabidGadfly“.  I worked closely with him at both Pongo Resume and before that at Hasbro inc. His primary focus has lately been on Flex 4.5 application development. Before that he built and maintained a very popular games portal for Hasbro written in Flash(AS2). We also worked closely together to build a massive custom content management system written in Coldfusion using the Modelglue (and Coldspring) framework that helped to manage marketing information for Hasbro.com. Beyond that he completed hundreds of smaller projects that each helped save the day in their own way at Hasbro. He was also something of a mentor to me and for that I will always be grateful.

If you could use a Flex/Flash/Coldfusion guru on your team and you are in the Massachusetts or Rhode Island area you should contact him directly at:
Thank you.