The phone is ringing at home, and the caller ID says it’s from Gertrude Green in the 704 area code. That’s interesting in that my mother died over two years ago. As it turns out Continue reading I hear dead people QUESTION
There was this article in Salon a while back, Nobody ever calls me anymore, with the subtitle “I feel like the last person who still likes talking on the phone. Why did we give it up, and should we reconsider?” And it’s not that Sarah Hepola’s friends are merely using instant messaging, e-mail, texting and the like. “A lot of people I spoke with despise the phone, and have for a long time. Why would they use it if they didn’t have to?…A voice call… demands too much attention… ‘Maybe it’s that there are too many distractions (TV, folding laundry) and I am guilty of giving in to them OR it’s that I can hear the other person doing the same thing. There just never seems to be a good time to sit down and speak into the void.'”
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I was listening to the podcast the Kunstlercast a few weeks ago. James Howard Kunstler and Duncan Crary “have a ramble ‘n rant episode on the robitification of our communications landscape, that wasteland of overcomplexity and hyperdependence of modern technology.” I so related.
In my job, I use a lot of computer databases. But inevitably, I need to call various government and association contact by phone. Talking with someone, I often find Continue reading Communications breakdown
At work on Thursday night, the building folks took down the phones. They were only offline for a half hour and it was at the end of the day. Under the old system, if I got a phone call when I was away from my desk, the icon for my line would be altered. Moreover, this bright red light would show up on my phone. Now, the only way to tell is that I get an e-mail sent to me. Moreover, I used to be able to retrieve the main phones if no one was there; I can still do that, but, again, no visual cue. As usual, “upgrade” is a meaningless term. Continue reading If they tell you it's an "upgrade," be wary
There was some anti-gay marriage pledge that the GOP candidates were supposed to sign this month. Of course, Michele Bachmann and Rick Santorum agreed to it, as one would expect. But the third was Mitt Romney. Not only is his position unfortunate, it cements that “pandering” problem he has. Beyond that, pandering didn’t work in 2008, and in fact backfired. Oh, and this was widely circulated, but I still like it: the best message for marriage equality.
Well, I’m not in school, so you’d think that that’d be that. But as someone once said, “You misunderestimate me.”
One of the things I am required to do every year in my job, around this time, actually, is to do a self-evaluation. Most years, I hate the exercise, though a couple times, I relished in the opportunity to vent about something. Most recently, four or five years ago, I ranted about the “new” place and how much of a PITA it was. (And it was: it was a month before we were fully functional with consistent phone and Internet.)
Most of the time, though, I have to make up something that doesn’t sound as though I cut and pasted everything from the previous year’s narrative. (Not that I haven’t done this at all…)
So, let me try out a first draft here:
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Stolen, as is often the case, from Jaquandor, who stole it as well.
1. The phone rings; who don’t you want it to be?
You know, I just want it to be someone I know. I love the answering machine. I especially love caller ID. Do we screen our calls? You betcha! All these folks with PRIVATE or blocked phone numbers we wait to hear their voice on the machine. Friends, we pick up…
The only person who knows my cellphone number is one of my sisters. I don’t even know it, I use it so infrequently. I have no desire to be available 24/7.
2. When shopping at the grocery store, do you return your cart?
There’s a designed area in the parking lot; I return it there. Though before they had them, I always returned them to the store.
3. In a social setting, are you more of a talker or a listener?
Listener, unless I’ve had at least two glasses of wine.
4. What was the last compliment that someone gave you?
“You’re a good dad.” This was not from my wife or daughter, BTW. She may be right, for all I know.
5. Do you play the lottery?
Yeah, when it’s over $100 million and I think of it, which is maybe twice a year.
6. If abandoned alone in the wilderness, who would you want with you?
If I were abandoned alone, I wouldn’t HAVE anyone with me. OK, I’ll pick Clark Kent. Even if he didn’t want to reveal his secret identity, his strength and other powers could come in handy.
7. Do you like to ride horses?
Other than ponies as a kid, the only time I did was June 9, 1976, after my very first hangover; not recommended.
8. Did you ever go to camp as a kid?
My family went camping for years. Tent, air matress, Coleman lantern and stove. I hated it.
9. What is your favorite party game?
Seriously, what is considered a party game? Charades I don’t hate, but I’m not a big fan. What else?
10. If a sexy person was pursuing you, but you knew he/she was married, would you go for it?
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