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Sep. 1st, 2005

I've been trying to get rid of my 1985 Honda for several years now. I was finally able to do it today. I turned it in to a junk dealer in Milpitas and got some compensation as part of the California Vehicle Retirement Program. If you're wondering why it took so long to get rid of the car, I had to go through a lot of red tape to get my title. It wasn't sent to me after I paid off the car, and when I contacted the NJDMV (where I bought it), they said they had no records of the car's existence. So I had to deal with multiple levels of beauracracy at both the CA and NJDMVs until finally I was awarded a title. Since the car recently failed its smog test, fifth gear wasn't working well, and repairs would have exceeded the book value, I decided to junk the car when I found out about the retirement program.

The junk dealer was just a short bus ride from the Great Mall of Milpitas. I got a treat when I arrived – the VTA light rail extension to Alum Rock is elevated at the Great Mall. (I like elevated transit lines.)

I had a phone screen with someone from a Y! Mail systems engineering group later in the afternoon. It went ok, except I couldn't remember how the Perl chomp function differed from chop (since I rarely use chop). He asked a few other questions, most of which I was able to answer, although there were a couple of others I couldn't remember (but knew where to look). I seem to be consistent in these interviews; maybe I need to do just a bit better to get to the next tier. Anyway, he said someone will be in touch to schedule an onsite interview. As always, we'll see. I have another interview lined up next week and perhaps a third (neither at Y!).

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