Billy Don Ezell
October 1, 1959 – August 16, 1996
It was 11 years ago today, when I was 15 years old, that I lost my father to an auto accident in Hopkinsville, Ky. My little brother, who is also now gone, my mother and I were in Follansbee, WV visiting my family on my mother’s side. My father took the opportunity to visit his family in Hopkinsville, which a much shorter trip in distance and time from Alabama than was the case with WV.
Unknown to me until recent years, my father was driving in the country surrounding Hopkinsville scouting a potential vehicle for me for my coming birthday in October. We had worked on his vehicle together that summer and had talked a good deal about antique vehicles we would like to restore down the road. There are still a good deal of old vehicles available in the south; there were even more then. While driving on a run down old country road he passed through an intersection and was hit by a small truck coming perpendicular to his. My father’s truck, a full size late 80s model GMC Sierra, was overturned by the small truck (I think it was a Nissan) causing my father’s truck to roll side over side. My father was wearing his safety belt, but what I feel was due to his height of 6’4 he was not fully restrained by the belt and was partially thrown from the truck which he was killed by… His truck had a bent rear bed wall, the other truck was crushed â€“ My father was killed instantly from massive head trauma while the other man walked away with a broken nose… odd how things work out some times.
He always rode with his windows down; rarely using the air â€“ which barely cooled anyways. Pretty sure he was jamming out to some country-bluegrass as that was what was in the CD player he received the year before as a gift (which was piped into the tape-deck) when help arrived at the scene. He was most likely singing right along with the song at the top of his lungs, taking in the sunny country side and basically being happy for the life he was living.
I hope when I go, its kinda like that â€“ In a pretty place, having a good time and happy for what I have.
I miss you, I think about you daily and I love you always â€“ because of the father you were, I am the man I am today.
Oh the love of Windows, let me count the ways…. 0….. 0….
So, I return to Vista (aka WindowsME2007) after an extended foray into the world of Linux â€“ eww, I know. Truth told, I wouldn’t own Vista if they hadn’t already installed it on my machine for free (I know thats not a legitimate excuse â€“ cut me a break… ok?!). I don’t know why I did it â€“ likely because I forgot the thrashings of my last usage, perhaps I desired a bit of domination I was not getting elsewhere in my life (from my OS)… So anyways, I am back in Vista. So I bounce over to my revamped Troy blackboard account to do a bit of late night school work.
Open Firefox -> troy.blackboard.com -> Cyber Crime -> Discussion Board -> WAIT….. Wait some more… damnit… buggy ass Java applet isn’t loading in Firefox…
Okay, so I will fire up the never used IE7…. Everything loads find… damn. Gotta love when programmers write specifically for MS
viruses programs (guessing â€“ though I use Java in firefox all the time without issues) and more over when universities force-sodomize their students with MS fanaticism (aka. ALL STUDENTS MUST USE MS WORD, Have WindowsXP, Etc… (Shhhh… I use Linux and OpenOffice â€“ don’t tell admin))…
But I digress… So back to point… what was my point… oh yea…
So I quickly get board with doing the school work I need to be doing… So I ‘CTRL+T’ to open a new tab (way to ‘adopt’, MS douches) and head over to
hell MySpace and take in the freak-show with every key-stroke (no offense MySpace readers)… Rendering is different, but not bad â€“ after all the MySpace crones are writing for MS browsers (but in all fairness, who commercially isn’t). Load times though… well they are bad… damn flash… slowing the pages down… damn, did my Core2Duo@2ghz step down to a 800mhz all the sudde…..
WTF!?! A bluescreen of death in VISTA?!?!?!?! Using MS Internet Explorer?!?!? I thought this thing was extinct?! I have been â€œusingâ€ Vista for months now and this is the first I have seen of the BSOD creature…. What the hell was I thinking using a Microsoft program in a Microsoft Operating System?! I must be crazy… back to good ol’ firefox (or XP virtualized under Linux)…
I tried to grab my camera to get a picture of it in the wild but was too slow for the swift reboot that accompanied the painting of my screen blue, but luckily the windows developers decided to provide us slower souls with proof of our experience with their handy-dandy crash report after reboot!!! YEAH!!!