The world is full of freakin morons. Idiots that can't think two seconds ahead. And idiots that can't learn a lesson from 2 seconds back.
There are times when I am one of these freakin idiots.
May of 2004. I do a craig's list trade where I acquire a 10GB iPod. Excellent. I get it. I charge it. I hop on the train with it. It dies in about 8 minutes. Dead battery.
Now I've read enough about iPods to know that there is a potential issue with a generation or two of iPods. This issue is that the battery fails. It can't hold a charge. And you have to spend about 100 bucks on it to get it to work again.
Well, it wasn't the only thing I got in the trade, so I wasn't too concerned. I put it on a shelf for about 15 months, ignoring it. Then my GF wanted to get a charger/transmitter so that she could listen to it on a long drive. Cool. Battery issue not a problem. Let's get this thing up and running. Load a bunch of tunes on there. Diggin it.
So I decide to check out exactly how bad this battery issue is. I press play and leave it alone...Check on it after five minutes...going fine. Ten...fine. Thirty minutes. Fine. Two hours. Fine. Eight fuckin hours. Battery issue, my ass! This thing is fucking fine! I've had a 10GB iPod shelved for 15 months because I was a freakin idiot and didn't actually verify that something was actually wrong.
Step back to July of 2004. I am installing my car alarm. Never had a car project quite as intensive. Took me about 22 hours. Only real problem that I had was once I hooked the alarm up to the corner lights, my parking lights no longer worked. They flashed when the alarm switched on/off. And the turn signals worked. But the parking lights didn't go on when I turned my headlights on.
I checked the connections. I checked the swicthes. I checked the fuses. I checked the relays. I unhooked the alarm. Nothing. No matter what I did, those parking lights were not coming on.
No biggie. I had my turn signals. It would be fine . I'll look into "some other time".
Flash forward to yesterday (FIFTEEN MONTHS LATER). My turn signal went out. Time to change the bulbs. Badda boom badda bing. Get the new bulb in there. Guess what. The fucking parking lights are working fine all of a freakin sudden. I added an hour and a half to the alarm install trying to figure out what went wrong. I've driven around for over a year without parking lights. I posted numerous questions about it on a car forum. Gee! What the hell could be wrong! Maybe the fucking light bulb burnt out, you freakin idiot!!!