Code, nerd culture and humor from Greg Knauss.

So I'm driving along and I pull up to the red light at PCH and Pier and I notice people looking behind me. There's a bunch of people walking along the sidewalk, gawking at something just behind my car.

I look in the rearview mirror, but all I can see is this orangeish brown color.

So when the light changes, I accelerate fast and pull as far out in front of whatever it is as I can and look back.

And there's a giant hot dog behind me, on wheels, with little windows mounted in the front so the driver can see out. It has little orangeish brown side mirrors sticking off each little orangeish brown door.

It was a Chicago dog, one of the big Polish sausages on a little bun that made up the bumpers and wheel wells. There weren't any condiments, near as I could tell.

Now, that sort of thing can be fairly unsettling, finding a giant hot dog car right behind you.

I really, really want one.

Hi there! My name's GREG KNAUSS and I like to make things.

Some of those things are software (like Romantimatic and Buzz Clock), Web sites (like the Webby-nominated Metababy and The American People) and stories (for Web sites like Suck and Fray, print magazines like Worth and Macworld, and books like "Things I Learned About My Dad" and "Rainy Day Fun and Games for Toddler and Total Bastard").

My e-mail address is I'd love to hear from you!

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