on...topic: thoughts - insane
Saturday, September 1, 2012
now I'm hungry
Do they call bacon "American bacon" in Canada?
Sunday, March 20, 2005
everything I learned from Roadrunner cartoons
Keep in mind...I said I learned this stuff. I didn't say it was all true. Though some of it undoubtedly is.
- Health insurance is of vital importance. Although I'd hate to have to pay Wile E.'s premiums.
- Coyotes spook easily.
- Both roadrunners and coyotes have several different scientific names. Coyotes usually have names dealing with eating; roadrunners with speed.
- One can communicate with one's peers solely through signs and sticking one's tongue out at them.
- If you are unaware that you are not standing on solid ground, you will not begin to fall until you realize this fact, usually after having tested for ground by reaching with your hand.
- Wile E. Coyote either was filthy rich, or had a great credit limit. (Either way, why didn't he just mail order some food from Acme? They've got everything else known to man. I'm sure that they could have even gotten roadrunner for him.)
- Corollary to the above: Wile E. personally kept Acme in business for several years.
- Roadrunners will almost always eat any seed they find, even if it's right there on the road, mixed with buckshot.
- My favorite coyote falling sequence is the "screamer bottle rocket" followed by the "KA-BU-YAH" gunshot sound on impact. Of course, the puff of smoke/sand is required to complete the scene.
- Coyotes are hesitant to use the same type of plan more than once. If they do, the end results are never the same, excepting for the facts that 1) they don't catch the roadrunner, and 2) the coyote gets hurt pretty badly.
- Either Wile E. isn't a super genius in physics, or several of its laws don't apply in the contraptions he builds.
- Roadrunners have 19 different flavors.
- You can never have too much dynamite or too many matches.
- A formerly brown coyote that's just had his fur blown off and is now a charred gray is really funny.
- Roadrunners can set fire to the surface they run on, if they go fast enough.
- Roadrunners can interact with fake scenery painted on canvases. Coyotes cannot, except when doing so results in serious bodily harm.
- The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry. The best-laid plans of coyotes often end in explosions.
Thursday, July 8, 2004
- I'm not a betting man or anything, but I'd like to see what Vegas makes the over/under on "Number of Joey Episodes until NBC gets desperate and has a Friends cameo". You could even parlay it with which Friend it would be.
- One of the fun things about being a sports fan is getting to wonder things like "Do you suppose a Los Angeles Clipper dancer feels secretly jealous of Laker Girls?" and do members of the Long Beach State baseball team say 'Where is your honor, Dirtbag?' to each other all the time?"
- I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I watch Street Smarts.
- If you've never played Final Fantasy X, skip this one: blitzball should be made into a game of its own.
- I've really missed having a bicycle.
- So, am I the only one who's really looking forward to the debut of I Love the '90's? I haven't been this excited about a TV show in a while.
- Ricky informed me that this page has more hits than my fight song site over the past few days. Those who come saw a mostly blank front page. I'm not sure what to think of this.
- Another sign that Kelly's part of the family...every time my mom gets elephant stuff for the house, she looks for a gator to complement.
- 15 years past due: my parents are looking at getting a pool and a hot tub. Where was this during my formative teen years?
- I haven't played golf in so long...I want to use Frankenclub again!
Friday, May 21, 2004
random thought challenge game!
As a challenge for me, and entertainment (cough) for you, I'm trying to write a batch of random thoughts during my office hour period (now). No one comes, so I doubt that I'll be interrupted. When I come up with a new thought, I'll refresh the site to show the update. The game ends at 3:15 p.m. Let's see what transpires:
- Life's Burning Questions #305: Concerning those "Do not remove under penalty of law" tags found on pillows: if you remove one, does store security stop you at the door, or do they rush and dogpile you immediately? These are the things I need to know.
- A sad defining characteristic of the average male my age today: ask one to recite the "Konami code" and they'll fire off "up, up, down, down, left, right, left, right, B, A, start"; ask them their the date of their anniversary with their girlfriend, and they'll draw a blank, if only for a couple of seconds.
- By the way: January 8th.
- One of the more satisfying things about being a teacher of high-schoolers at youth group: a couple of them, when told that the entire youth group was just "hanging out" rather than having specific groups that night, asked the youth minister if we could meet anyway. That's pretty special.
- Free Fashion Advice: If you bring home an outfit that makes a color-blind person wince, you might want to rethink wearing it out in public.
- The "grace period" is about over: I haven't received my computer mail-in rebate yet, even though it's been past the eight week waiting period. Is it wrong to get antsy about this? This is $100 I could use.
- I am the Master: I recently had a 7-wood made for me. It has a new Synchron head, a slightly used Adams shaft, and a Grip One grip. I'm thinking of calling it Frankenclub.
- Bargain of the Year: roommate got a PS2 for free at a garage sale because it didn't work anymore. He opened it up and cleaned the laser lens off with a tissue. He has a working PS2 now.
- Which means: in the past six months, the quality of game systems in our apartment has gone up from a Nintendo and a Sega Genesis to a Gamecube and a PS2. This is a little like being handed the keys to a Porsche after driving a Pinto for years.
- And Cokes were $1: it pains me to realize that I will be able to tell my teenage children that I knew what it was like when gas was under $2 a gallon.
- You only get the creme de la creme: I've already erased four or five thoughts that I didn't think lived up to the high standards we have here at pressing on...
- To which some immediately reply: What high standards?
- You don't have to like it to feel it: overtime of a game 7 NHL playoff series is just about as exciting as sports can get.
- I'm sure this would work: A TV show with four guys who talk about current events or sports. The catch: the conversation has to consist entirely of movie quotes, Simpsons quotes, song lyrics, Sportscenter catchphrases, and MST3K riffs. The winner is the one who works in the most.
- Come to think of it: that would work mighty well as a website, too...hmm...
- I have to wonder as I type all of these out: is anyone actually constantly refreshing my home page right now, or is it just me?
- Congratulations, you've found a way to be more annoying than spam: I've recently been getting incomplete e-mails that cause my connection to get interrupted. I have to go manually delete them from my webmail account before I can get all my normal spam (and maybe a good message or two) downloaded.
- And finally, as the office hours end: five hours until I see you, sweetie! I can't wait.
Friday, April 9, 2004
crazy joint pain!
Memo to self: if I want to develop chronic arthritis in my hands before the age of 27, the best way that I can come up with to do it is to play Crazy Taxi at least 10 minutes a day.
Monday, March 1, 2004
I'm currently in the Alachua Library, taking a study break, and I thought that I'd pose this question to my adoring fans (the three of you know who you are).
So I was eating lunch/dinner at Subway in Alachua this afternoon, and I made a peculiar discovery. I got a straw to go with the drink that I purchased, and as I opened it I noticed that one of the ends of the straw was sealed closed. Now, I'm not sure if this has happened to anyone else before, but it was a first-time experience for me. I started laughing at the thought of putting the sealed end in my drink, then inhaling until my face turned red, without any liquid refreshment for all my efforts.
Then, my mind really took a left turn. What if, I wondered (I always wonder in italics), someone got one of these straws and couldn't drink their drink, and in sheer anger, sued Subway? They could claim undue shame and embarrassment over not being able to use a straw (maybe the employees laughed at them or something), though it was obviously the company's fault for not checking their product to ensure that it met with proper drinking-straw standards. Who knows? In this lawsuit-crazy country, someone might try it.
Okay, so it was really a random thought. But I'm famous for random thoughts! Anyway, it brought to mind an idea for a little contest for all of you loyal pressing on... fans out there. What's the craziest idea that you can come up with for a lawsuit that just might have a chance in court? Something that's even worse than Ms. I-Don't-Know-That-McDonald's-Coffee-Is-Served-Hot, or my Subway example, etc. I know there's some twisted minds out there in cyberspace who are reading this. Comment away!
Monday, November 10, 2003
I got one of the new $20 bills tonight when I went to the grocery store and asked for cash back. I tried to twirl and spin the bill around like that guy does in the commercial, but it wouldn't do anything except fall to the ground.
I thought about suing the U.S. Mint, but they'd probably just recompense me with more faulty $20 bills.
Monday, September 8, 2003
for what it's worth
I don't know why this is, but people here on the bus would rather stand up than take a seat next to someone. I've seen plenty of times where spots were wide open and the people standing looked right at them, but made no move toward them.
I just thought you might like to know.
Oh, yeah, and I still haven't gotten my paycheck in yet...and if I don't have it in my account by tomorrow morning, someone's head will roll. *Makes intimidating face*
Monday, August 18, 2003
random top ten list
Some random thoughts, in no particular order:
- I feel reasonably sure in making this statement: the X Games never stop running. Why else would advertising for it never get off of my television set?
- I need to find that countdown page I made for Kelly's return from Turkey and reset it to a couple of weeks from this past Friday...
- My favorite movie that I don't own right now...probably The Truman Show, although Finding Nemo is breathing down its neck. Here's my Amazon Wish List. You can make a difference.
- Every time I think about playing golf, the floodgates open. I wonder if someone's trying to tell me I'm wasting my time.
- Living in an apartment with three guys who've all proposed to their girlfriends within the past year tends to make one feel on the clock, in a way.
- I've made a discovery over the past couple of months: given the option to fix somethng for dinner or eat cereal, I'll pick the cereal at least 8 times out of 10.
- I bet those who've done the Atkins diet probably shuddered inside when they read that last one.
- Okay, so I told a little fib up front: those last two are in a particular order, because it wouldn't make too much sense otherwise. I figured that it needed to be said, because I wouldn't want you, the loyal pressing on... reader, to be disapppointed in me. Or, for that matter, give you easy cannon fodder for comments.
- Of the many 1122 traditions that were started, one of the ones I miss most is the ol' Nerf dart at the TV when a stupid commercial aired. Come to think of it, I've still got those Nerf guns, and TV commercials are still pretty dumb...
- One thing I've got to like about getting older: growing an acceptable goatee is a much quicker (and less itchy) process.
Thursday, June 19, 2003
thoughts approaching summer break
- Has anyone else ever wondered why the audience claps when someone finds a daily double on "Jeopardy!"? Does the audience realize that they're applauding pure luck? You'd think a "Jeopardy" audience would know better.
- One of these days, I'm going to calculate how many free 12-packs of Diet Dr Pepper I could get per year just by cashing in from recycling old Diet Dr Pepper cans.
- Speaking of which, I've got quite the pyramid of cans going on my end table right now. Okay, it's not a pyramid; more of a set of skyscrapers. I really need to clean my apartment...
- I realize now why I didn't get to play basketball on my high school teams and onward. It wasn't that I was too short. It's that I was too fundamentally sound. I tend to pass more than I shoot, so I was immediately disqualified.
- The bottled water industry has to laugh out loud every time they look at their profit margins.
- I don't know why, but in computer golf games, I enjoy making golf courses more than playing the game itself.
- One of these days, I hope to be traded from one university to another for the equivalent of 35 million euros.
- Less than a week until the 25th!
Wednesday, May 21, 2003
the night of 1000 words
Here it is, my friends...the entry that will have you recalling the banner years of pressing on...where posts occurred every day, and sometimes more than once a day, and tended to be longer than just a couple of paragraphs. The entry so huge, it's filed under four, count 'em, four, categories.
Do I sound enough like an NBC promo?
So, anyway, it's two o'clock in the morning. And I will probably not be going to bed anytime soon, even though I have to get up tomorrow at 9. The reason why will be revealed at the end of the tale.
So, anyway, yesterday Kelly was over here, and I was showing her some of the stuff that I accumulated over the course of my Alabama BCM days. Stuff like the "One" awards that I got in choir, and the two Valentine's Day bags I made, and various other random effluvia. But, lo and behold, what else did I find in there but two gift cards that I had never used and had given up for lost!
One was for Pier 1, and was originally worth $50; the other was to Bed Bath and Beyond and was originally worth $100. Hey, money I didn't know I had! So what else would any red-blooded American male do with it? Shopping spree!
Okay, so that last part was said tongue-in-cheek. But still, I thought it would be fun to buy some new stuff for my apartment. Kelly was more than willing to go along with me. I found that she likes to see what I go for as far as gadgets and stuff.
Now, let's go ahead and be honest. I have a bachelor apartment. I fully understand this. And when I move in with the guys next year, I will have a bachelor's bedroom in a bachelor apartment. There isn't a lot in the way of frills with me. I have one ficus tree, and it's fake. I had two candles, one almost burned out and the other a tiny Yankee candle "sampler". I have one of those large checkers rugs, complete with checkers, for a tablecloth. So anything that I got from Pier 1 was bound to increase the girliness of my apartment by at least a few percentage points.
When I got to Pier 1, some slightly disappointing news awaited me. My gift card, because of it's being unused for so long, dropped all the way down to $22 in value. The BB&B card was still good for $100, though, so I was pretty happy about that.
I think I did pretty well for myself on the whole. My purchases for the day were:
- From Pier 1:
- Wicker mail organizer: $10
- Three small glass "bubbled" candle holders: $9
- Chinese yo-yo: $1
- From Bed Bath & Beyond:
- Two Yankee "sampler" size candles: $3
- Three-pronged massager: $2
- "The Perfect Pasta Pot": $20
- Waterwall fountain/rock garden: $20
Total amount spent: roughly $70. Actual money spent: $0! And amount still left on the BB&B card: $52.35!
A few notes about some of the purchases:
- The Chinese yo-yo was a small surprise gift for Kelly; she had taken notice of them as we walked by.
- I already had one candle, so it made sense to get two more to match the three holders.
- The massager has already been a big hit for all parties involved, including Kelly's roommate and her friend, who came over to their apartment later. (They all went to see Chicago tonight for a girls' night out.) So at $2, it was a steal; even more so since I didn't have to pay for it.
- I had wanted a "Perfect Pasta Pot"; I don't normally go for the "As seen on TV" type things, but I eat a lot of pasta, and I like the idea of not having to deal with washing my colander every time I make it. And hey, it came with a small cheese grater!
- I had wanted my own rock garden/waterfall thing ever since Ricky had gotten one a while back. When I saw them there, it was too much to resist, especially seeing as I didn't have to pay for it. I wouldn't have considered it before; it was too much of a "mad money" purchase. But hey, what money's madder than in the form of long-lost gift cards?
So since Kelly had girls' night out, I came on back home and got my purchases out and played. The waterwall is now set up and going. The candles (still unopened) and the holders are out too. I washed the pots; this got me somewhat inspired, so I've cleaned up the entire kitchen, changed the light bulbs in the overhead lights in it, ran the dishwasher, done laundry, and even printed out some pictures that were on my computer so now I have actual physical pictures of Kelly instead of just the ones on my computer. So the apartment, while not really any more girly, is definitely upgraded.
I realize that I probably could have made this same update in a matter of a few sentences, but I guess I'm feeling verbose tonight. Maybe it's a way for me to try to delay what's coming up today.
At approximately 9:30 this morning, Kelly is going to knock on my door, and I am going to take her to Jacksonville and put her on a plane that will eventually put her 6,000 miles away from me for five weeks. It's going to be one of the hardest things I've had to do. And at the same time, it will one of the easiest things Iíll do. She knows that she was going on this trip before she ever met me. She knows that it's something that she's supposed to do. And even though it's hard for me to put her on that plane, it's easy knowing that she's going where she needs to go.
Today marks twenty weeks.
Oh, and the word count, according to Wordís counter: 1000.
Tuesday, March 18, 2003
sleep deprivation aid
It happened again last night.
Once again, I sat upright in bed, a victim for the third time in the past two weeks of the same problem.
During the course of the night, my tongue will come into contact with my palate, also known as the roof of my mouth. I'm sure that this is a normal occurrence. However, sometimes my tongue is very dry, and will not want to let go of the roof of my mouth. This, of course, cuts off approximately all of my breathing ability if I'm breathing through my mouth while I sleep.
Which, apparently, I often do. So, not being able to breathe, I'll wake up, take a breath through my nose, and find my tongue again welded to my palate.
This, of course, leads to an obvious course of action. I have to Teflon®-coat my tongue.
I need to get in touch with the DuPont people to see about how to do that...
Monday, July 15, 2002
please tell me I'm not the only one
When you were young, did any of you drop candy into Coke to see what it would taste like, and more importantly, if it would fizz?
I used to love to do that. My favorite effect was with a cinnamon flavored Certs.
Thursday, May 30, 2002
If hot cross buns are "one a penny, two a penny", who in their right mind would buy one bun? Just explain it to me, and I'll be happy.
Tuesday, February 19, 2002
This is something that I know that everyone's done at one time or the other. Picture this scenario. You're about 100 feet away from a traffic light that's red. You're on a four-lane road, with one car in front of you in each of the lanes in your direction.
Do you do an almost instaneous appraisal of the cars to see which one should get "off the line" quicker and position yourself behind that car? I do this all the time. It's probably the only time in my life that I start weighing the acceleration capacities of the Pontiac Grand Prix versus the Toyota Camry, for example.
Of course, the game can be made even more interesting if there are multiple cars in the lanes or more lanes than two. "Hm...; there's a Grand Prix and an old Oldsmobile in this lane; there's a Honda Accord and what looks to be a Z71 in the other lane. Easy lane change. So long, granny!"
Of course, putting big rigs in the equation almost always tilts the balance heavily towards non-truck lanes. But if the truck is sufficiently close to the front of the line, that opens up a new game entirely: the "can I get past everyone up to and including the truck, switch lanes, and get an open lane" game.
Tuesday, December 4, 2001
Keeping me awake at night
How do you throw away a garbage can?
Monday, December 3, 2001
Battle of the commercial animal stars
Just something that randomly popped into my head a long time ago...in a fight between the Energizer Bunny and the Taco Bell Chihuahua, who would win? Between the rabbit's stamina and the dog's craving for grade-D meat, it'd be a pretty tight matchup, if you ask me...
Sunday, October 14, 2001
I'm pretty sure that there's a temporal anomaly in the vicinity of my grandparents' microwave. Setting a Hot Pocket for 2:30 results in a cook time of around 5 minutes, it seems.
I thought about flooding the region with an inverse tachion pulse, but then I remembered that my life isn't like Star Trek.
Wednesday, October 3, 2001
all I need, indeed
AOL's current promotion is 1000 free hours. Sounds great, until you realize that it's only over 45 days. A little basic math tells you that this works out to 22.2 hours per day. Isn't this just a little overkill?
Thursday, September 20, 2001
I have to confess...
One of the funniest things in the world to me is watching my brother-in-law do "The Robot". I'm pretty sure that my sister will back me up on this.
Sunday, August 12, 2001
don't laugh...it might work
I'm convinced that if restroom hand dryers ran for five more seconds, this world would be a much better place.
Monday, August 6, 2001
they just keep coming...
For my Internet access, I'm on the AT&T 7/7 plan. As part of this, I get little ads sent to my screen every now and then. With that said...
If I see one more advertisement for the University of St. Francis, I believe that I shall scream.
Friday, May 18, 2001
lousy false advertising
You remember all those milk commercials where the shrimpy little guy is talking to the "cool girl" who doesn't know that he exists, and while he drinks milk and talks about all of its benefits, morphs into some model-type guy?
Well, I've been drinking milk all my life, and I haven't seen that happen. The American Dairy Association will hear from my lawyers about this...
Tuesday, May 15, 2001
convenience of plastic
I think that credit card companies should start sending all of my credit card applications already torn into strips. That way, they can still feel like they're doing their jobs, and it'll save me a step.
Wednesday, April 4, 2001
pick your poison
I wonder how back in the old days people found out which mushrooms were good and which were poisonous. I bet "mushroom tester" was not a good job title back in those times.
all the not-as-funny people were watching
Did you ever watch that old program America's Funniest People? While watching it, did you ever wonder if our nation was really that lacking for humor?
Sunday, February 11, 2001
My couch is blue. I had totally forgotten about that.
In other news, I folded some laundry today...
Thursday, February 8, 2001
the five best words in the world
Sometimes, the five best words that you can say to someone are "Take me off your list." Ah...
Thursday, January 25, 2001
"interstate or 82" revisited
If you've been here before, you've no doubt read the great "interstate or 82 debate". If not, read it now! Hurry! Then come back up here.
This bears adding to the debate, because it lends credence to my theory that 82 is, indeed, faster than the all-interstate route. Recently, due to the result of some long-ongoing road construction, the highway was rerouted around Brent and most of Centreville, avoiding all of the red lights and stops contained therein save one. This reduces the time spent in the Brent/Centreville area from 10-15 minutes to somewhere around 5-7. This makes the entire trip on 82 even quicker! MUWAH-HAH-HAH!
Sorry. Must have been something in my throat there...
Saturday, December 16, 2000
It's nice to have some conversation already scripted for you. For instance, when you are deciding how short to cut your hair, you can count on your barber (or hairdresser, whatever you choose to call it) saying, "I can cut it off all day, but I can't put it back on." Or some such equivalent statement.
And if someone asks you if you recently got a haircut, you're pretty much required to reply, "no, I got them all cut." The person who asks the question is obviously looking for that reply. Not doing so would let them down immensely.
Saturday, December 9, 2000
video game scores
You know, video games have come a long way, but I still think that the some of the best video game sounds of all time and the best music of all time come from our old friend, the Atari 2600. Here are my all-time favorites:
Best sound: the "squish" sound in Dig Dug when you drop rocks on the monsters. Satisfyin'. Take that, Fygar!
Best music: yep, mom, it's the music that you still remember after all these years...the lovely musical score of Pitfall II. (Da, da, da-da da da!) There were even three different types of music...
- The happy, "I just got another gold bar that's twice as big as my head but somehow I can carry with me" music,
- The sad, "stupid condor just cost me another couple of thousand points" music,
- And the "gee, nothing bad or good has happened in a while but we have to have music" music.
Ah...the memories come flooding back...
Sunday, December 3, 2000
futile attempts at Christmas cheer
I will never be a match for Martha Stewart.
I already knew that, but I lent even more credence to that theory recently. I went to a store to buy some garland to put up on my porch, and some "garland ties" designed to fasten said garland to said porch. I also bought a couple of "Christmas sprays". This was the store's terminology, not mine. I would have called them "pine branch-looking thingies." I was going to fashion these into a centerpiece for my dining room table.
About an hour later, I still hadn't gotten the garland formed into a fashion that I liked. It was bitterly cold outside, and I was suffering from numb fingers trying to fasten the garland ties to the garland and the porch. The garland ties, made out of plastic, kept breaking when I tried to lock them into place. Each time one snapped, a little piece of my sanity snapped with it. I noted that the ties were "Santa's Best" brand ties. I submit that if that's the best Santa can do at making garland ties, he needs to outsource garland-tie making and stick to toys.
Finally, finally, I got the garland in a somewhat festive look. It's still up, so I guess that the garland ties are doing their jobs. Well, at least the ones that didn't break. But it was a lot harder than I thought it'd be.
Moral of the story: when you look at a box (or whatever it comes in) of Christmas decorations, resign yourself to the fact that you will either:
- Never get the decorations to look as nice as they look on the box, or
- Spend an amount of time roughly equivalent to a week per each of these you use to make it look so.
I had better luck with the so-called "Christmas sprays". Luckily, these are for the most part idiot-proof. All you do is take them and place them opposite each other so that the piece of wire coming out of it (which, for some reason, is approximately as long as the spray itself is) is hidden underneath it. And lo and behold, there you have it!
Now don't get me wrong. I still love decorating for Christmas. I just know that I'm never going to get anyone to pay me to do it. :)
Friday, October 6, 2000
the power of the Pentium
You know, when you think about it, a lot of people have spent $1000 or more for a deck of cards.
Monday, September 11, 2000
just plain unfair
Today is Bear Bryant's birthday. You'd think that the University would give us the day off, but no...
Thursday, July 27, 2000
I could be an ad exec...
I've always thought that a good idea for a car commercial would be to have a car pull alongside a big-rig and have the truck driver signal the driver of the car and make the "blow your horn" motion with his arm. Then the driver of the car would comply, eliciting a big kid-like grin on the trucker's face as the car pulls away.
Now if you see that kind of commercial on the air anytime soon, be sure and tell them where to direct the royalties for the idea...
but it's your own kind, Porky!
Has anyone else besides me noticed how many barbecue places use pigs standing at a barbecue pit in their logos? Do the people who come up with these think that it's cute in a cannibalistic sort of way?
Saturday, July 22, 2000
pangs of guilt
I own eight Coca-Cola glasses. I use them to drink Diet Dr Pepper.
I feel like such a hypocrite.
Monday, July 12, 1999
the great "interstate or 82" debate
Okay, this is the closest thing to a useless thought that I've ever put on this page. But it's something that I've dealt with for four years now, and will for at least two more (plus the title is a nifty piece of alliteration), so here goes.
The question at hand is this: when traveling from Tuscaloosa to Montgomery, and vice versa, which route is quicker, going interstate all the way through Birmingham, or using US-82, which goes straight to Montgomery? Obviously, 82 provides a more direct route, but at the cost of only being able to go 55 miles an hour (legally) over most of the trip. So let's take a look, piece by piece, of the 82 trip and see how long it takes compared to the interstate route. We'll look at it from the perspective of Tuscaloosa to Montgomery.
The first part of the trip is Tuscaloosa to Centreville, 30 miles away. This part of the trip is the only part in which one can legally go 65 mph. So this trip takes a little less than thirty minutes (about 28, to be exact). It takes about 10 minutes to get through Centreville if you have no luck and hit every red light. After you get out of Centreville, you are 55 miles away from Prattville, according to a road sign. You can only go 55 at this point, so obviously it takes you an hour to get to Prattville. It also takes about 10 minutes to get through Prattville (I get off of 82 at this point, and get on Alabama state road 6) if you have to stop at all of the traffic lights on that path. Eventually, you end up getting off of 6 onto I-65 at exit 179. Total running time: 28 + 10 + 60 + 10 minutes = 1 hour, 48 minutes.
Now, in one hour and 48 minutes, going 70 miles an hour, one can drive exactly 126 miles. So let's figure out how far you can get down the interstate going this way...
The quickest interstate route is to go I-59 to Birmingham, then I-459 to bypass downtown, then I-65 to Montgomery. You start at exit 73 going toward Birmingham. The I-459 exit is at exit 106. 106 - 73 = 33 miles so far.
After you get on I-459 (the start of it), you have to go to exit 15 to get to I-65. 15 more miles. 48 so far.
When you get on I-65, you've used exit 250 to do so. To exit 179, where we got off of 82, is 71 miles. 71 + 48 = 129. But if it takes you the same amount of time to go 126 miles on this route as it did to cover the entire way on 82, that means you're still three miles up the road from where you could have been, even if you would have stopped at every red light on the 82 route!
So why do more people go the interstate route? I think that it's because of the illusion of speed that the interstate gives you. Plus most people will talk of getting stuck behind trucks and the like and only going 40 or so. But in all of my drives of 82, I've never had that experience. Plus the scenery is so much nicer when you go 82, in my opinion. It's a nice drive.
Well, there you go...a detailed analysis of something completely useless. But at least I feel better for having said my piece. :)