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Tuesday
Apr252017

Dealer’s BMW purposely backs into our car in Portland, Oregon

This was a strange thing that I wanted to document somewhere. This happened on March 5th, 2017 in Portland, Oregon. A couple in a 2011 BMW with dealer plates (dealer: McDonough Motorz) purposefully backed into our 1996 Honda Civic that was parked in front of our house. The video is farther down on this page.

I’m sharing this for three reasons:

  • To entertain you.
  • Maybe we’ll be able to find the people who did this and let them know they’re assholes.
  • We would ideally like to be reimbursed, via the proper insurance channels, for our dented license plate.

Here’s the video. The moment of impact is at 2:04.

Right before their car backs up, you can see the female act as a lookout and give a “Don’t go yet" signal while a car passes. (This is the main evidence that the backing up was intentional and not an accident. Additional evidence would be their taking pictures of our car and house but not leaving any information at the scene.)

Both the car in front of them and the car behind them belong to us. We purposefully parked right behind them for a couple reasons:

  • This couple had parked purposefully taking up two spots, and we wanted to move some heavy stuff from our house into the red car. (There’s a driveway right behind the red car so we would have had to have been significantly further back if we didn’t park that close.)
  • Because we own the blue car, we knew they could get their car out easily so we knew it wasn’t a big deal.

Also, both of our cars have a bumper sticker that reads “Trump Is Garbage,” and this was possibly another factor in making the couple angry.

One theory about these people’s motivations: this couple was loaned the dealer car for a day or two for whatever reason (would have to be a fairly long loan to do grocery shopping), and their plan was to tell the dealership that we had hit the BMW and give the dealer our info. That way, the couple wouldn’t have to actually file any claim themselves; they could just give the dealer our info and exit. (I also think it’s possible one of these people was the dealer’s employee or friend.)

Another theory: the driver was actually either the dealer or the dealer’s friend or employee. Perhaps the dealer had arranged to have the back bumper repaired in preparation for selling it. So this person had nothing to lose by trying to cause a little damage to our car. This doesn’t really explain why he’d take the photos of our car and house but he might have just done that to cover his bases in case he had to explain what happened to the car to someone else.

The name of the dealer is McDonough Motorz, based in Portland, Oregon, owned by a Jeremy McDonough. We left messages for him and texted him, as we thought he’d be interested in someone smashing his fairly nice car into our car, but he hasn’t returned our messages. The dealer is an individual; there is no business location. (If you are the dealer and want to contact me to have your information taken down, feel free to send me a message/comment on here and I’ll get back to you.)

Other details about this car, which we found via the Craigslist ad the dealer created for selling this car:

2011 BMW
VIN: WBAPK51BNN27166
License plate: DA8193

 

Saturday
Mar252017

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME diary, part 2

This is a continuation of my first blog post (multi-entry) about my Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/Fibromyalgia/ME pain/weakness condition, which started two years ago. Figured I'd start a new blog post entry instead of continuing to add a bunch to the long first one.  

March 25, 2017: Alcohol, Hyper-Sensitivity, Gradual vs sudden onset thoughts 

Hunger/alcohol: Haven't had any taste for alcohol/beer for long time. Too much malaise to have much of a hunger for anything generally. Generally feel the malaise of when you have a cold and nothing tastes good. Alcohol/beer generally tastes very bad. Going on 10 day boat vacation recently, it was very depressing that I couldn't even enjoy having drinks, and really barely enjoyed the food. Just sat around on the boat, reading. I did have a few drinks (mostly the fruity ones; those are more palatable) and I still do drink occasionally, but it is more out of a habit and desire for normalcy and for social reasons than enjoyment.

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Tuesday
Feb282017

Computer-simulated worlds as tools for producing exceptional people 

What if we were living in a computer simulation created with the purpose of producing people with specific abilities?

A complex world-simulation would inevitably produce consciousnesses that had specialized gifts and abilities. A simulated world (or many of them) would inevitably produce geniuses of various sorts; scientific geniuses, musical geniuses, very empathetic people, people well-suited to interstellar travel, etc. 

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Friday
Dec232016

Trump's divisive post-election speeches, December 2016

I went through one of Trump's recent post-election speeches to find the most divisive statements he made.

Keep in mind that Trump is quite mild in these speeches, compared to his pre-election speeches. Now that he's already won, this is him at his most gentle and presidential. If you went back and did this same parsing of his pre-election speeches, you would find a greater quantity of divisive statements. 

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Sunday
Sep042016

Examining public anger and certainty in the Brock Turner case and sentencing

This article is about the public reaction to and perception of the Brock Turner sexual assault case and sentencing.

I will say upfront that this piece is not meant to be a defense of Brock Turner. I believe it’s probable that Turner did several immoral and criminal things on the night in question. My point with this article is to merely question the certainty and the anger that many people had about the case and sentencing. Because this piece is about perceptions and opinions, and not the case itself, I believe that these points will hold up well regardless of details that come out about the case later (for instance, when the court transcript is made public).

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