Friday, April 9, 2010

Some Driving Tips

~ Tell us the title: The Bad Driver's Handbook: Hundreds of Simple Maneuvers to Frustrate, Annoy, and Endanger Those Around You
~ Who penned this work?: Zack and Larry Arnstein
~ How did this piece find it's way to your nightstand?: The awesomely awesome Library Convention
~ Number of pages: 189
~ Time passed from start to finish?: 3 days
~ Describe the cover: Black and yellow similar to "Caution" tape, with an illustration of "The Jerk-Merge Left" and a stop sign with that doesn't say stop, instead "The Book the DMV Doesn't Want You to Read!"
~ In what section of the bookstore would a reader find this?: Humor, Fiction
~ Summary of the basic plot: Silliness, complete silliness. 39 ridiculous chapters of ways to piss of other drivers...and wreck your car. But, still funny.
~ Background information on the story/author: "Zack Arnstein, after failing his first three driving tests, finally passed it at the age of 16 on his fourth try, making him one of the world's most distinguished experts on driving tests." AND "Larry Arnstein, after failing his first driving test, passed it at the age of 18 on his second try. He has also collected his share of moving violations and fender-benders during a driving career which included driving taxicabs in New York City and Berkeley, California." straight from the back cover.
~ What did you think of it? (your general response, what you liked or didn't like, what you learned, anything else you want to share about it): Total silliness.
~ Which page was your favorite? Share why: Pg. 114, it has a list of what your mechanic might say and what it actually means. For example, "If Your Mechanic Says, Your intake manifold pulley needs to be rebuilt. He Means, I lost a bet last night, and I'm a bit low on cash."
~ If the story was made into a movie, who would you cast as the main characters? Not sure that works here...but maybe Will Ferrell and Jim Carrey, they could be really bad drivers.
~ Share a quote that was worth reading twice. Explain why: Nothing exactly quote-worthy.
~ Choose your rating:
- Changed. My. Life.
- I laughed, I cried, I want you to read it
- A definite page-turner
- Good to check out but don't spend the cash.
- Why did I waste my weekend on this?
- A disgrace to paper everywhere
~ Flip to page 2, 22, or 202. Share the 7th sentence on the page. "Basically, what he was trying to say, in his own way, is that speed limits are a crock of sh*t." (Somehow Einstein's Theory of Relativity explains away speed limits)

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