» December 9th, 2013
When Susan was telling me about the new goconnect app that she was trying out, I started to feel really old. For years now I’ve heard commercials, and people saying “there’s an app” for that and I always want to scream about how lazy we are all getting. These “apps” are “applications!” When we continue to abbreviate words, it reminds me of a book that I read decades ago – I’m trying to remember the name of it – maybe the name is Brave New World…. anyway the book discusses how in the “future” people will be using a language full of abbreviations. I think that the book called it “new speak,” but I could be mistaken. It has been probably forty years since I read the book, so I’m lucky that I remember anything about it!
» December 9th, 2013
This morning I was listening to the radio on my way to work and the dj was talking about having gone to a local school’s Christmas concert over the weekend. He apparently has been going to this particular school’s concert for many years; I suspect he probably has family members that go there. I don’t think he has kids that “go there” as students, perhaps they go as teachers or support staff. I’m basing that on the fact that he commented on being born early enough to be wearing a “Davy Crockett” raccoon hat when the Davy Crockett show came out on television in 1954. So I have to guess that he was born in the late 40′s. Anyway, he was playing the song “Sleigh Ride” which has several whip cracks in it. (I like that song!)
After the song he was talking about having a conversation with the director of the band that had held the Christmas concert and he asked him what the name of the instrument is that makes the noise of the whip crack. He was very surprised to learn that the name of the instrument is, in fact, “whip crack.” I had to laugh at the story because a few years ago I had asked a relative of mine who was in a high school band at the time the exact same question, and got the same answer, and how dumb I felt when he told me the answer! So it’s nice to know I’m not the only “dummy” out there that didn’t know what that instrument was called!
» December 8th, 2013
When my wife and I were talking about what to get our nieces for Christmas, she showed me several necklaces for women that she had purchased last summer and tucked away into the storage bench at the foot of our bed. Apparently she has squirreled away a lot of Holiday gifts over the past year, so I suspect that our Holiday Shopping is going to be a lot easier than I expected! That’s a good thing!
» December 5th, 2013
When I asked Ronnie what he wanted for a Christmas gift this year, he told me that he wanted an amati model 33 tenor saxophone. He didn’t hesitate for even a second – he wrote down the URL of a website that he told me I should go to if I wanted to order it for him. Well, I went to that website, hoping that the instrument would not be too expensive for my taste. Much to my surprise, when I got to the website there was no price listed (so I don’t know if I could afford it or not) but instead there was a notice that the item was unavailable. I thought I had it made in the shade, but now I have to go back to Ronnie and tell him that the website link he gave me was a dead end, and ask him if he knows of a different place I should go to try to find one. Ahhhhh….. Christmas…. the season of “sorry, we’re out of stock.”
» December 5th, 2013
My parents held a tree decorating party tonight. They invited a lot of their family and friends over for a large buffet dinner and then we all drank hot chocolate (or hot apple cider) and helped to decorate the tree. Of course we listened to Christmas music while we decorated. I went over last night and put the lights on the tree first – what a job that always is! My mother wants every light exactly perfect! It takes at least two hours to do it and get it to her satisfaction! But the party went very well and the tree looks great! Everyone had a great time. The only thing missing was a little bit of snow!