- Things from the '90s that now seem very quaint: sitcom plots revolving
around someone hearing a message on someone else's answering machine.
Saw someone online describe the Beatles' "If I Fell" as
"sappy." It's interesting, because it sounds like the sort of song
that would be sappy, but aren't the lyrics basically saying, "You'd better
be easier to manage than my ex, because I want to get into another
relationship fast in order to get revenge on her for dumping me"? Not
exactly the noblest of sentiments.
- I need to rig my door so that when someone tries to knock on it I just
get an email.
- Jeff Caplan, espndallas.com: Imagine what might have been if
Stevenson and Kidd, the league's third all-time 3-point shooter, hadn't of
gone a combined 2-of-10? ...and when I did a search to see whether
anyone else had expressed astonishment that this man gets paid to write
English sentences, here's what came up:
- Moving from the verbal to the quantitative, when I went to the farmers'
market on the 10th, my vegetables came to $6.50. I paid with a $10 bill...
and received $17.50 in change. I handed it back, and initially the cashier
seemed to recognize her error: "Oh! Here — that's right,"
she said, handing me $12 even. "I paid with a ten," I said. She looked
dumbfounded and proceeded to give me $2.50. I finally had to tell her that
the change should be $3.50.
equidistant from 1979 and 2011.
It occurred to me that the Smashing Pumpkins song
- So what was our brush-clearin', flight-suit-wearin', cowboy ex-president
doing while the hit on Osama bin Laden was going down? Reuters: Bush
said he was eating souffles at a Dallas restaurant.
- I went for a routine check-up at which the doctor asked when I'd last
had a tetanus shot. I knew I'd had one in 1992 when I got hit by a bike
and had a negative skin-to-street interface, but if I'd had one since then
I couldn't recall it. The doctor said that unless I'd had one since 2001
it was time for a new one, so I got the shot. I was told that my arm might
be a little sore for a couple of days. "A little" turned out to be
"extremely" and "a couple of" turned out to be "fifteen." I also spent
thirty straight hours in bed with a 102.8° fever. (And I'd agreed to
work a nine-hour day the day after that — if my appointment had
been a day later I would've been so sick I'd have had to cancel.)
- You really learn how much you do automatically when every use of your
left arm means agony. You'd think that after a couple of painful lessons
you'd stop trying to use it, but at least in my case, more than a week
later I was still automatically reaching to open doors and then yelping.
- A note accompanying a DVD set of Saturday morning cartoons from the
1970s: "Intended for the adult collector and not suitable for children."
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