This is a completely accidental post, based on a completely accidential video I shot with our digital camera while The Wife and I were out looking at houses today. As I’ve mentioned before, we’ve been curious about several homes in the Mexican War Streets and the surrounding area. Because of the right streets — and parking difficulties — we thought it would be easier to scope out some places if we brought our bikes along for the trip.

At one point, she veered to the right off Jacksonia and charged up a steep cobblestone hill. She eventually gave up and walked her bike up to the top but I — being not quite as bright as she — kept riding. That explains the panting you hear when I accidentally started up the video function on the camera — which I was holding in my right hand — as I started back down. You’ll see the rest, including divine intervention by a deity who looks like he’s just visited Fantastic Sam’s.

This is Uncle Crappy’s first foray into the video world, boys and girls. My real-life alter ego has been up on YouTube for about a month now, but this is the first one that I’m directly responsible for — even if it was an accident. It’s a brave new world, and I anticipate more activity like this in the very near future.

As soon as we find a house or something.

YouTube says it can take a while for newly uploaded videos to show up on their pages. When I get up in the morning, I’ll post a link right here.

UPDATE, July 15: It all sounded so simple last night.

But YouTube has proved to be an enormous pain in the ass. I’ve uploaded the clip six times; each time it uploads successfully but then fails somewhere in the YouTube processing part of the equation. And this is after ensuring the clip meets their size restrictions and is in one of their supported formats.

Their help section isn’t especially helpful, and if you send them an email with a question, they tell you they might get back to you. Fuckers.

I’d love to be part of YouTube, but if this is a good example of their interface, Uncle Crappy is going to be taking his videos — and his massive audience — elsewhere.

UPDATE, a little later, July 15: It failed again. Everyone who has ever been associated with YouTube can go fuck themselves.

UPDATE, a while later, July 15: OK. I compressed the hell out of the video — even though the original was well within YouTube’s size limits — and added some text and stuff. It’s uploaded, and we’re waiting to see if YouTube is going to crap out on me once again. If it does, you’ll be able to hear Uncle Crappy cursing YouTube from miles away. If it doesn’t, a link will be posted here shortly.