Where’d That Come From?

I’ve had my current dash cam for probably two years now, and it’s been a great little camera… and then the other day DDPai updated the firmware and app, and it acts like a whole new beast. πŸ˜ƒ

I mean, yeah, they’re mostly just cosmetic changes – in both the app and the resulting videos – but still, having some new visual bells and whistles sorta gives you the same feeling you get after having a new spoiler, grill, and splitter installed onto your car. 😁 It just gives it that “ooh, yay” feeling that typically starts fading away almost immediately after purchasing any type of product. 😏

Today’s trip in town was not awesome though. πŸ˜• I had to go to the Liberty Center to drop off my ballot, and then on the way back home I stopped at Dollar General to get some pop and cat supplies. I’m not sure what it was about being out today, but my brain was not happy. 😟 My breathing even got a little weird when I pulled into the full parking lot, so I got in and out as quickly as possible. I dunno… something about all the maskless people bothered me more than usual today. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈπŸ˜ž

I actually had to sit in my car for a few minutes before I left, due to feeling overheated and a little lightheaded. πŸ˜’ It’s been a while since I’ve had that “panic attack” feeling during a shopping trip – but that’s also because I haven’t done hardly any “shopping trips” this year. 😏 I guess I’m just a bit rattled since I wasn’t expecting it. But after hurrying home to get back inside my bubble, all seems to be well. πŸ€·πŸ»β€β™‚οΈ

I dunno… the weather is super crappy today due to the rain blowing up from the hurricane that hit Louisiana a couple days ago, so I know that didn’t help. It’s frustrating though. Sitting here, going back over everything around my trip into town… πŸ€” I can’t point out what it was that was so different today than other days. (Which also means I can never predict when it is or isn’t gonna happen.) Meh… not gonna dwell on it. πŸ™‚ Time to unpack my bags before I get lazy.


I hopped in line for the concert with about a half hour until the doors opened, and once they did I was inside within five or ten minutes.Β Jim and Adam, however, had taken a “park and ride” bus, so they ended up waiting outside for almost an hour before they got in. Having found and claimed my seat so early, I was left with nearly an hourΒ all by myself – which basically forced me to sit and listen to the random conversations that were going on around me.

The star of that show was this drunk old redneck a half-dozen seats to the left, in the row directly behind mine. Now, everyone was talking, sometimes with the strangers nearby them, but this guy was three or four steps louder than everyone else in the area… and the first thing I heard him say to a group of people seated next to him was, “Do you know if he’s a fag?” 😯😬

“Yeah, I was at this Judas Priest concert, and the lead singer said that Phil Collins was a fag. I mean, I don’t know if I believe it, and, you know, it wouldn’t bother me if he was. I don’t mind being around them, but they don’t need to be kissing all over each other like that. It’s just uncomfortable, ya know?”Β πŸ˜πŸ˜‘ One of the other guys near him said, “Well, you do know that it’s his son that’s playing the drums, right?” 😏

“Well, that’s just what the singer of Judas Priest said, so I dunno. He (Phil) better play during ‘In The Air Tonight’ ya know? It’s kinda important.” The same guy next to him then informed Drunky that Phil had the back and foot injury, which seemed to confuse him – but then he noticed the photo slideshow that was playing on the monitors and said, “Do you know how long he was with Genesis? I gotta say that it was at least five years… but I’d really like to know. I do know that he got his start on Miami Vice though.”

Now, I thought that the idea of Phil Collins being on the TV show Miami Vice was some goofy fever dream of Drunky, but it turns out that he actually was. 😯 However… and this is a big however… he most definitely didn’t get his start on, or because of, Miami Vice.Β πŸ™„ Right around that point was when Lurch came and claimed his seat next to mine. 😠 Drunky looked over at me, as if he was wondering why I didn’t scoot to one of the empty seats next to me (Jim and Adam’s seats) because Lurch was really crowding me. 😣 The seats were definitely not designed with larger humans in mind.

The main guy that Drunky was talking to then asked Drunky if he had seen the Journey or Def Leppard tours last year, because he had gone to both of them apparently. He went on to say how bad Journey was, but that Def Leppard really “brought it” with their performance.Β πŸ€·β€β™‚οΈ Drunky inquired if the show had all four of the original guys from Def Leppard, saying that he was pretty sure that the original drummer had died. 🀨 Guy responded that yes, it was all four original members, and Drunky asserted that he was pretty sure the original drummer died in a tour bus wreck. Of course Rick Allen was in a bad wreck, but rather than dying he “only” lost an arm… forcing him to learn how to play again – but with one less appendage.Β πŸ™

As they were continuing to talk about Def Leppard, a Russian family of five sat in the seats directly behind me, directly next to Drunky. 😟 As the family laughed and smiled and talked with each other, all in their native Russian language, Drunky got quiet and kept giving them the side-eye. 🀨 Guy kept trying to continue the conversation about different concerts, but Drunky remained quiet and focused on Russian family any time that they were all speaking and laughing together.

It was around then that I started playing on my phone and actually minding my own business, because Drunky was making me nervous with the way he was acting. 😬