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iphone crazy

  • April 4, 2012 7:33 pm

I feel like I talk a lot about my phone, or … technology issues here, but the fact is, I have a lot of phone AND technology issues that plague my daily life.

The most recent tragedy has been my EVO that would neither charge nor be fully touch screen operable.  I was FINALLY due for an upgrade last week, or rather my father-in-law was due for the upgrade.  Graciously, he acquiesed his opportunity to me, and I have now in my possession my very first iphone.

I think I am in love–I mean serious, heart-palpitating love.

The difference in an iphone and any-other-phone-at-all is incomparable.  I feel as though I have finally entered the new generation, and my learning cure this week has been exponential.  I don’t even know all I should know right now.

But, I’m willing to learn.  This phone might just be as life changing as TiVo, and that’s really saying something, because I credit TiVo with the key to proper marriage communication.

The possibilities…

Another occassion of bad manners…

  • September 21, 2010 7:51 pm

There are many times I site basic bad manners as the cause of any injustice, disagreement, misunderstanding, or even simply hurt feelings.  I say it so often, my students and my own personal children know it before I even finish my little soap box speech.  Things like pushing in a line…bad manners, picking on a peer…bad manners, arguing….bad manners, not sharing…bad manners, not taking turns…bad manners, being selfish…bad manners…calling someone a name…bad manners, yelling at someone in anger…bad manners.

You get the idea.

Almost anything comes back to that basic rule of being a good person.  Say please and thank you.  Be considerate of others’ feelings.  Do your best.  Give someone the benefit of the doubt.  Perform Random Acts of Kindness.  Smile.  These things all fall into the category of good manners-something I’m trying my very best to teach and to model.  Does it make me a pushover?  Some think so yes, and those that know me know I have difficulty articulating my beliefs or thoughts for fear of hurting someone’s feelings, or wondering if I myself have used bad manners.  It’s a fine line.  It’s hard to know when and how to discuss thoughts and feelings that are different from someone else’s while still maintaining an air of pleasantness.  However, it can be done.  Just a few weeks ago I had a fantastically long debate with a close friend on the subject of Patriotism.  We disagreed on almost every point that surfaced, and yet kept our wits about us.  Agreed to disagree.  Acknowledged the other’s point.  Debated with respect.  Of course, I understand the difference in friendly debates and interactions with the everyday world, but the rules should be the same.

Shouldn’t they?

Recently, another friend posted this link to a Mommy Blog showcasing this very thing.  In summary, the author was bullied by a flight attendant for her choices in caring for her small child during a flight.  Now, this post isn’t about being for or against nursing in general or nursing in public.  This post isn’t about the pros and cons of baby wraps or slings.  This post isn’t even about the airline industry and its string of over-the-top regulations that make traveling with children difficult.  This post is about manners.  And, the flight attendant who dealt with this Mom had basic bad manners, and treated another person as though her thoughts, feelings and actions were meaningless.

And, to me, that’s not ok.  It’s just not ok to treat people unkindly.  It’s just not ok to bully people.  And it’s just not ok to have bad manners.  Period.

Perhaps my definition of bad manners is a little extreme, but I don’t necessarily think that’s a bad thing.  Of all things to be extreme, this might be one worth being a lunatic. 

But, maybe you disagree?

MAC vs. PC

  • August 24, 2010 5:23 pm

I love those Mac commercials with the young guy vs. the older guy…the “cool guy” vs. the “nerdy guy”….you know what I’m talking about.  Those commercials almost make we actually want a Mac, but PC is all I’ve ever known, and therefore, easier.

But this school year I’ve been thrust into the Mac world, and I’ve learned I confuse easily.  I really like a ton of the features on the Mac, but I feel lost on simple things like right clicking, and making folders to save all my stuff.  I love folders.  I have folders all over the place…hanging folders, manilla folders, colored folders, fun folders…and folders within folders on my computer.  Today I finally figured out how to do that, but I had to save them to my desktop, which seems crazy.  I never save to the desktop.  I barely even notice my desktop.  That seems to be one of the biggest differences…there’s lots of dragging and dropping on the Mac.  I must embrace the drag and drop.

So, despite the way cute commercials, and fun iphoto, I’m not completely won over yet…but we’ll see.

Any Mac Lovers out there?


  • March 4, 2010 9:18 am

If you picked up your weekly copy of The Messenger yesterday, you might have noticed a new column in the fancy new version of All Around Wise.  Yep, that was me, with a byline and everything.  Imagine that.  :)

Now that there’s pressure of an actual article every month, I’m sure to suffer from writer’s block-just my luck.  I’ll let you know how that works out.

the late night showdown

  • January 19, 2010 10:14 am

This Conan vs. Jay thing has me very annoyed and upset.  My husband keeps laughing at me because of it, and doesn’t understand why I’m so invested, but really-to me, it’s a case of very bad manners.

We’ve always watched Jay Leno; I think he’s super funny, and up until recent weeks, I thought he was a pretty classy guy.  Last year, when he “retired” I was a little sad to see him go, but I went with the change, and we began watching Conan.  Admittedly, Conan had to grow on me a little, but if any of you remember, Jay had to grow on us too.  And, despite the growing pains, I think Conan’s been doing a pretty good job.  We’ve caught Jay’s prime time show here and there, and it has the same feel as the Tonight Show.  I would imagine that people choose to watch one or the other, not both.  So, to me, the low ratings on both shows are not a shock.  1-People are adjusting the changes, and 2-there is an over abundance of shows to choose from.  It’s just natural selection, plain and simple.  The strongest and funniest will survive.

So, to bring this rambling on home, my thoughts are this:

1-Jay signed the contract how many years ago that he would leave the Tonight Show to Conan?  He knew it was coming.

2-He should not have done the Prime Time Show-that caused too much competition in the late night tv shows for Conan to have a chance at being successful.

3-When this whole craziness began, Jay should have stepped down from his show, leaving Conan to prove himself.  If, at that point, Conan did not succeed, well, that would have been a different story.

So, ya, I’m Team Conan, even though I’ve been a Jay Leno fan for years.  Like I said, it’s just bad manners.