I spent the weekend speaking on the phone with employees of AOL in India. An overly polite bunch, gregarious and surprisingly enough, their names were "Bobby" and "Larry" and "Susie" and "Mary", etc. They were so gracious that I offered to send them some White Castle hamburgers, but for some unknown reason, they declined. We really had a nice time (about 4-5 hours total) chatting about AOL.
The only minor problem is they don't speak English. They start fine ("Good Evening, my name is Michael"), and the coversation starts to flow ("May I call you Jimmy?" You can call me Rumplestiltskin, if you can fix my damed computer). The conversation continues (My computer is very slow since I "upgraded" to AOL 9.0 VR. "I understand that you're computing in the snow and you're grading AOL"), ad nauseum. (Uh, no, my computer is running slow. "I see ! So, it's not snowing.").
This went on and on. I was told to download an old version (9.0 Optimized) and when I did, it was corrupt. Naturally, I neglected to write down the site from whence it came, so I had to call India again. This time, "Beverly" told me that AOL did not have a site for older versions and could not recommend it. I told her, "OK, don't recommend it, just tell me the name of the site (which by the way is oldversion.com ).
Bottom line, I ended up reloading 9.0 VR and I'm working out the problems myself (in English). I fired off a volley of emails to AOL which I'm sure will go to India, instead of the Corporate offices in the United States, and that will be the end of that.
On a different note (B flat, to be exact), I heard someone quote a nursey rhyme on TV yesterday and I thought, what were they thinking? Its called "Rock a Bye Baby". I shudder to think, what if the kid remembers the verse, verbatim? "When the bough breaks, the cradle will fall and down will come baby, cradle in all?" Can you see the police report? "Lady, what was your kid doing at the top of a tree? It's a thirty foot fall and the kid's all bruised up ! Are you related to Britney Spears?"
The Pictures: I chose pictures that either made me laugh or that were cute. As is my wont, there's always a couple of strange ones mixed in, but that's just me.....
This Date In History: 1871; The great Chicago fire begins, ostensibly caused by Mrs. O'Leary's cow. 1928; Police raid twenty speakeasies in New York City, in an effort to crack down on illegal liquor sales. 1956; New York Yankee's pitcher, Don Larsen, pitches the first no-hitter in World Series history; No walks, no hits, no runs.
Birthdays: Eddie Rickenbacker, race car driver and WWI leading combat pilot (1890), Juan Peron, Argentinian president (1895), Jesse Jackson (1941), Sigourney Weaver, actress (1949).
The Hits Just Keep On Coming: Odds and Ends
Monday is an awful way to spend 1/7 of your life. Ambition is a poor excuse for not having enough sense to be lazy. Eagles may soar, but weasels don't get sucked into jet engines. Join the Army, meet interesting people, kill them. I intend to live forever, so far, so good. I couldn't repair my brakes, so I made my horn louder. What happens if you get scared half to death twice? The severity of the itch is proportional to the reach. A clear conscience is a sign of a bad memory. If you must choose between to evils, take the one you've never tried before. A fool and is money are soon partying.
That's it for today, my little rocket scientists, but before I leave you, I have to leave you with a special button. Since I've learned a lot about you over the past year, I found you've all got one thing in common (besides beauty, brains, wit, nursing, education and that should be enough kissing up). Here's your button, wear it proudly (you know who you are).
The sun's shining and Monday's almost over. I'll have more tomorrow.
Stay Tuned !