BEST AVAILABLE vs. OBSTRUCTED VIEW

I took Aldo to a jazz club last night to see an excellent singer (Betty LaVette) and two very good warm-up acts (one woman was sort of Tracy Chapman-esque). We had wonderful 12-dollar martinis that were almost worth the price they were so creative—pear vodka, St. Germaine liquer and cava for example. We ordered a chocolate soufflé which was also excellent. We were seated in a booth with another couple (a dad and his daughter—no really—he was her dad—really) who were very nice. It rained the whole time, but that was fine because we could walk to the parking garage through the ‘hamster trail system’ when the show ended. The only downside to the whole experience was learning that the daughter had made her reservations that same day for seats sold as ‘obstructed view’. The reason this annoyed me is that I made my reservations about 2 weeks prior and my tickets were sold as ‘best available’. I never trust that you really get best available when you use an on-line service, but I didn’t know the venue well enough to judge and choose better seats. It seems to me I should have been informed of the obstructed view. I didn’t ask what she paid for her tickets, but I’ll bet I paid more. It just annoys me that there never seems to be a societal reward for planning ahead. Airlines do the same thing, buying tickets in advance generally means you will pay too much. Seems to me service industries should reward people who plan in advance. Responsible people are not rewarded in general in our society, but that’s a whole other topic. Aldo would say ‘let it go’ you had a wonderful evening don’t spoil it.

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Typing

I would like to collect some opinions on a controversy that has arisen so gradually in the past 10 or so years that hardly anyone seems to be aware of it.  It recently came to my attention that “young” folks these days do not put two spaces after a period.  To clarify, by ‘young’, I mean anyone who never used a typewriter (because no-one was using typewriters in their lifetime).  At first, I would correct these young-uns and I was surprised that they were completely clueless as to why there might be two spaces after a period. I asked some where they learned to type and many said either I taught myself or in a computing class.  Eventually, I decided to google “2 spaces after a period” in the hopes of finding a “Ms. Grammar website” or some such thing to confirm my ‘opinion’ on the matter.  I am sad to report that I could find nothing to support my opinion.  Now of course, this probably just means that Ms. Grammar is sitting at home typing on her typewriter and the letters that she is sending to public schools and newspapers regarding the matter are not being read by anyone or posted on the internet.  But I have to say the posts that I did find were convincing regarding the lack of a need for two spaces.  I tried briefly to change but it is too ingrained for me and besides there are quite a few of us dinosaurs still out there (I believe our transcriptionists at the University are all or mostly dinosaurs) and I am always happy when I find  a young-un (ie 30-something) who is a dinosaur. The biggest downside to the controversy is that if you co-write something with a young-un the end result may be a mismatch.

Is it too late to make a case for 2 spaces after a period?!

Opinions appreciated.

Signed,

A punctuation dinosaur

My new heart-throb

Timothy Olyphant is my latest heart-throb.  I haven’t had a crush like this since David Cassidy.  Actually, it seems to be the particular character that he plays in the TV series “Justified” that I find so attractive.  I’ve seen the actor in other shows including Deadwood and Damages and barely noticed him, but I love his gun-slinging, cowboy with attitude character in Justified.  I’m trying to get Aldo to buy a pair of cowboy boots or a hat, but he doesn’t seem interested and I don’t think I want to ask him to strut around with a gun.  This photo doesn’t quite do Olyphant justice and the TV show isn’t all that outstanding.  I just like watching the Raylan character act all cocky and adorable.  Almost as good as reading a trashy novel.

Hoarders

I’ve been hearing a lot about this show.  I’m sort of addicted to TV shows like Clean House and What not to Wear and I’m fascinated by how people express psychological issues through what they wear and how they keep their house.  I have the same sort of dysfunctional attachments to clothing and clutter that apparently millions of other people have.  The level of compulsion from Hoarders participants was initially beyond my comprehension.  One woman admitted that much of what she was hoarding was literally trash.  Most can’t get around in or use their homes and many break down into anger/crying fits if they think a particular item was taken from them intentionally.  I was impressed though, that most of them had enough insight to admit to a problem.  Most also have control freak tendencies.  This show made me realize that most of us have problems with attachments to inanimate objects, control issues and compulsions (Biggest Loser).  I believe that this is why reality TV is so popular these days.  We like to know that other people have some of our same issues.  My attachments to inanimate objects are very similar to those expressed by What not to Wear and Clean House participants (I’d like to think my pathology is less severe).  My compulsions are mostly computer game related.  Where is the reality show about people who play computer games all day?  I guess it would be hard to make that entertaining.  Control issues and relationship issues come up in reality shows that focus more on personal interactions.  Bridezilla, Housewives of Orange County/New York/Atlanta etc.  I still curse the TV writers for the writers’ strike; that is when all this reality stuff took off.  I also wonder if the sucky economy doesn’t contribute to our focus on the mundane.  Do you think we learn anything from watching these shows or is it just another compulsion?

Tin foil

I have the solution for global warming and it’s easier than walking/biking instead of driving everywhere.  It’s tinfoil.  I saw a thing on the news this morning and the biggest problem seems to be that the more of the ice caps that melts, the less white we have up there to reflect light.  This leads to more warming and more melting.  I say we cover the polar ice caps (or at least the parts that have lost their snow) with tinfoil.  PROBLEM SOLVED.

Questions?  Comments?

Change is not a destination; hope is not a strategy

This is my choice for a quote of the day, but I thought it was so good that I’d post it here instead of on my quote page.

This is paraphrased from Rudy Giuliani’s speech last night. He said there can be good change and there can be bad change. Change is not a destination… just as HOPE is not a strategy.

I’m boycotting Absolut Vodka

Of course, I still have to drink the remaining Absolut in the freezer, but after that it’s Stoli.

http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,346964,00.html