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Zoner's Parking Garage Adventure
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“In the interests of making Zoner come off a little less like a City of Heroes Official Forums poster (or, as Ardie suggests, an Ask MetaFilter querent), here is an updated transcription. --G.

Hey. The capper on my night, a little surrealism: I've basically been here at Sling - you know, I'm out in California all week - and I was up in the office all day, I don't know, shortly after noon until just now. It's about 3:30 in the morning out here. Yeah, that's me.

Anyway, I came out into the parking garage that's under the building and walked out of the elevator lobby doors to find, right in front of the lobby, a Ford Explorer with its lights on, all four doors and the lift gate open, and the dashboard ripped to hell, and glass all by the ground by the driver's side window. Looks like someone came in the parking garage at some point tonight, probably after all the people had left, and smashed the driver's window and stripped the vehicle. Mine's not touched, my rental, which is two rows away, directly in front of it.

So I was like, "Oh crap, did they hit everything," but no . The interesting thing is, I'm standing here in the parking garage and looking across the street at the police station. So, you know, a hundred yards? Well, probably longer than that, but there is part of the building blocking that particular Explorer from view from the station - and you'd have to be looking up at the parking garage, I suppose - but I thought it was interesting. So I called it in, and I apparently was the first one to call it in, so it probably happened sometime later in the evening, after everybody else had left. But the parking garage also has automatically closing gates, so that's interesting. I'm not sure how people got in to strip things.

But, I'm hanging out. I said I'll wait for the officer to come around, since I was the first person on the scene and they might wanna talk to me. And then I'm gonna go home, 'cause I have - well, home, hotel - 'cause I have a meeting at 9 AM, which is five and a half hours from now. So.

I'm actually feeling pretty good. It's a nice night, enjoying the cool evening out here at Foster City, but... a little odd. All right. Bye.”

Transcribed by: z_gryphon
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: July 24th, 2008 12:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Wow. That transcription software better not give up its day job.
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: July 24th, 2008 12:31 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
No kidding, hahaha!
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: July 24th, 2008 02:19 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Also, wow, yeah, sign me up to work in that neighborhood.
reme From: reme Date: July 24th, 2008 02:40 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
yeah, it's like mz's post was translated from english to chinese and back again.
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pawo From: pawo Date: July 24th, 2008 07:34 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
(Rental -> Renault was a little odd given the relative frequency of those words - perhaps it picked up on the car theme of the post? Or maybe it's just French. :)
I just looked up the transcription software. It's not French, but it is British! According to their web site:
SpinVox is headquartered in the Thames Valley, London, at the heart of the UK’s technology industry, with local offices around the world
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: July 24th, 2008 08:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
Well, there you go, then. Clearly, Zoner rented a Renault Vel Satis.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: July 24th, 2008 07:59 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
I also like how even automatic software can't get the whole "its/it's" thing together ("a Ford Explorer with it's lights on"). Then again, it is on the Internet. Maybe they configured it that way on purpose so it'd fit in. :)
weaktwos From: weaktwos Date: July 24th, 2008 01:01 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)
That's interesting indeed. Black market Ford Explorer parts. Because fuel costs are so expensive, drivers cannot afford spare parts.