Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Scribbles And Bits

Observations and comments . . .

---A sign of our health-conscious world today: My wife Wendy reported a young father grocery shopping with his daughter told her to "pick out something green" when they hit the vegetable aisle. Gee, when I went shopping with mother my treat was picking out cereal and cookies.

---My home computer is infected with adware that produces occasional pop-up ads. Usually, I ignore the on-line, off-shore casino and quick-and-easy loan offers, but one ad captured my attention. It was for a clinic that performed bariatric surgery.

This surgery involves stomach stapling or removing much of the stomach altogether in order to effect weight loss. It is only performed on the morbidly obese and is a procedure fraught with risk. So . . . would you be tempted to pick a surgeon for this based on their pop-up ad?

---The ice cream vendor in our neighborhood drives a truck that blares children's songs over a loudspeaker. Children wave him down from their perch on the curb when they want a frozen treat. Wendy wondered what the price of his ice cream treats must be with the jump in gasoline prices. I reminisced about the days in my old neighborhood, when the ice cream vendors were teenaged boys who pushed three-wheeled carts, bells jangling as they plodded down the middle of the street.

Wendy says she doesn't remember any such thing and, along with my remembering "freak shows" at the county fair, is starting to believe I'm older than I claim to be.

---My internet access is slowly shrinking. My free internet hook-up at home is going away, as my work is deeming it an unnecessary expense. That leaves the local library as the only local free hook-up.

I wonder if I might be losing my welcome there as I'm a heavy handed typist who has heard more than one sigh coming from the internet surfer in the next carrel after I've typed a lengthy comment.

My son Greg and his girlfriend Lindsay were completing some on-line forms at the library computer when they heard the machine gun staccato of somebody typing wildly on a computer opposite the partition.

Lindsay parodied the keyboardist in the style of a crazed ragtime pianist. Greg said, "My dad types like that." Then he took a peek around the corner. "It IS my dad."

What can I say. I'm at the age where it's difficult if not impossible to moderate my behavior. What you see is what you get. Er, hear rather.


Blogger Michael said...

I'll pass on the Internet-special stomach removal... but thanks! Huh, they had ice cream when you were a kid eh? ;-)

2:39 PM  
Blogger Kacey said...

Oh, my --- you left so many things to think about! First, thanks for visiting my blog --- I keep checking yours for new writings, because you are so good and besides-- you just live up the road a piece.
Wendy thinks you are remembering things from before your time? You were born the year I got married and we still had boys on three-wheeled pushcarts. Actually, they still thrive on the beach in Ft. Myers. We still had milkmen and breadmen, who delivered to the house. My milkman actually walked into the house and checked out the milk, moved the older milk forward, checked the butter keeper and sometimes slipped a chocolate in for the kids. He knew if the house were quiet that everyone was down for a nap --- including mom.
Good luck with your hot game this weekend --- keep the good thought! We were still slalom skiing in our sixties ---life was good!
Be sure to get a server, even if it's not free --- you can't spend your life at the library!

5:05 PM  
Blogger Fred said...

Isn't it great to be our age, Dave? We don't care what other think. It's good to be old, ahem, mature. No peer pressure.

6:14 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Hmm . . . I am not sure being yourself without moderation has much to do with age there, Dave. I've been like that my entire life. I suppose it might have to do with personality, and the best types are those like ours, provided it's not to the extreme. :)

You're losing your internet? Whatever will you do? I'll endeavour to find you another affordable or free service, and to get you some good anti-spam service.

BTW - the time on my blog has been changed a little to be more "American friendly" - but to answer your question, that time is universal. Only Americans and Canadians put the month first in the date . . . the remainder of the world puts the day, month and year in order, fewer still use the year, month, day. For now on, however, you will see it as 15 August 2006.

10:50 PM  
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Anonymous first mate said...

You are not too old to learn to play a percussion instrument. (I learned how to tie up our boat to get through the locks to the Pacific Ocean last weekend and I'm 51 too, Dave.)

I always encourage my children to pick something GREEN!

8:56 AM  
Blogger Deb said...

Hey Dave, try Ad-Aware. It's a great tool that removes most of the spyware. I also use Super Antispyware; it removes what Ad-Aware doesn't. You can find the FREE software at download.com

5:57 PM  
Blogger bornfool said...

I run ad-aware and spybot (both free)about once a month and they keep most of the junk off.

7:30 PM  
Blogger WordWhiz said...

BF: I need your help!! I have lots of pop-ups too!

Dave: Try taking a vacation when you have just learned that you have ULTRA high cholesterol! It can really put a damper on all that fun vacation eating!!!

8:27 PM  
Blogger MrsGreenThumb said...

Hey Big D, you're right: Who would choose a surgeon from a pop up ad? Someone must or they wouldn't be spending money on the ads.

I'm older than you and remember the ice cream carts. Later in life I owned two Baskin-Robbins ice cream stores. I always loved the kids picking their flavor. It was a fun business, I did it for 25 years.

I just gave up Netzero for $9.95 a month for a DSL line. I gave up my second phone line that I used for my modem and fax so I broke even with the cost of Netzero and Sprint. I love the speed and convenience. I don't know why I resisted so long. Life is short and blogging is fun. Remember, you can't sit in your underwear or bathing suit and blog at the library. :)

8:39 PM  
Blogger Me said...

I type loud too, but usually when I'm mad. The madder I am the louder I type. Another thing i've been typing for 25years and I still have to look at my fingers while I type. My kids make fun of me too.

10:59 AM  
Blogger OldHorsetailSnake said...

Your free internet hookup is an unnecessary expense? Can you explain this please? Or just stay at the library where you post so good.

5:52 PM  
Anonymous Terri said...

Does this mean you won't have Internet access from your home anymore?
Hope not....because that would mean you'd have to physically get yourself to the library to blog. And from the sounds of it....you might be politely evicted from there. AND....then what?

7:09 AM  
Anonymous cassie-b said...

How can free be an unnecessary expense? Did I miss something?

Well, thanks for making the trek to the library to post.

Have a great weekend.
Oh, and I think stomach stapling sounds bad.

8:03 AM  
Blogger pissed off patricia said...

The ice cream truck here only plays one song over and over. It plays the theme from "The Sting". It's always seemed like a strange song to play to get kids' attention. Plus selling something while playing a song about someone getting stung seems funny to me.

Nope, don't think I would choose a doc or anything else based on a pop up ad.

4:20 AM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I hardly ever let my kids buy from the icecream man, too expensive. I could buy a whole half gallon of Blue Bell at the store for the price of that ice cream.

5:41 AM  
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6:14 AM  
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