I have always had an ambivalent attitude towards the telephone. Certainly convenient when you need it; unwanted when one gets those telemarketing calls at dinner time.
It seems that recently – in the last couple of years – it has turned into a malevolent device.
The elderly mother of a friend of mine was recently the victim of a scam – giving the thieves $30,000 in Home Depot gift cards. I wanted to tell her that if they want Home Depot gift cards they are not from the government. But I uncharacteristically kept quiet in view of her loss.
When I was in the Army all those years ago, I was interested in the slang – and how it is created. It seemed that the slang – and phrases – used in the military comes from wars current and past.
For the last couple of months, a German friend and I have been meeting once a week to have lunch at a German restaurant. It is our town’s only German restaurant, in an improbable place hidden back in a strip mall.
But they have even had a German TV crew fly out from Germany to film it and interview the patrons. I even caused a cute young German camera woman to laugh when I told her a joke in German. Or maybe she was laughing at my German – some things you don’t want to put under the magnifying glass. Although the natives say my German “ist gut“, I tend to think it sounds more like this. It’s about a 25 mile drive each way from my house but hey, they have 20-30 kinds of German beer! This place is better than a lot of……German restaurants in Germany. The food is great, too. I didn’t get the nickname of Bratwurst in the Army for nothin’.
I tend to move slowly when it comes to trying new ways of doing things. Didn’t even get a smart phone until 4 years ago – now I am constantly using it. As I didn’t want to pay $100+ for cable (or satellite) TV out here, I stayed with “antenna TV”. Until 2-3 years ago I then bought a Roku device and started streaming Netflix – now other than one show on Fridays on CBS – Netflix has been my new domicile. Streaming, though, depended on my getting a fast Internet connection – even the DSL didn’t hack it. Unless you want your program to start, stop, rebuffer, start – repeat….So I didn’t try streaming until I got a fast Internet connection.
Posted by Lex, on July 21, 2008
I’d have thought a little more.
Now you go.
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By lex, on October 9th, 2011
The thing about flying for a living?
Is that it doesn’t, when the press is on, leave a whole lot of time for other things. You can’t phone one in from the only seat in the Kfir. As yet.
I’ve got a couple of good posts floating around inside the cranium. Just need the time to liberate them.
Until then, talk amongst yourselves.
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In California at least, go by any strip mall and if there is a manicurist, the odds are overwhelming that the owner and employees are Vietnamese. In fact, I have never seen one in years that wasn’t staffed by Vietnamese.
I always wondered why this was inevitably so, and yesterday got my answer.
H/T to one of the Lexicans