Wednesday, July 20, 2011

House Guest Who Almost Stayed Forever, Again

Once again, I had to be with my wife's friend, "The House Guest Who Almost Stayed Forever," (that link may link to another blog, same as this one, different venue, but it will open in a new window), and her husband. Fortunately, she and hubby sat at the other end of the table and I rarely had to speak with her.

Now this woman, pushing 70 like me, feels a lot older than that and she's an educator, so-called anyway: She has a doctorate and is an administrator at a local university who announced not long that she was getting a Fulbright. Well, that's not quite true: she applied for an application to get an "invitation."

In any event, following dinner, at which I had a lovely time actually, as I was able to talk with a couple of couples whose company and conversation I enjoy, the old broad said, "I just got an iPhone, but I don't know how to use it." I told her, "Give me a couple of minutes, five at the most and you'll be an expert." She demurred. "Do you have Outlook on your computer," I asked, adding, "If you do you can sync your contacts." Her response was I don't know.

Seems to me if you're going to get a phone that is almost a substitute for a computer, as well as being, in view, intutive (unline the Android), then learn at least the basics: It rang and she had no idea how to answer it.

Okay, that may be a tech complaint, but it is just so difficult to be around this broad, no, "broad" would be a compliment, "old woman" is more accurate.

Dinner, however, was quite good.

My gripe for the day.

SPAM!

I suppose most everyone abhors SPAM. It's intrusive, it's often offensive and it violates privacy. I'm one of those who believes firmly that we should pay to send email, maybe a tenth of cent per. Perhaps that would deal with it. I have, for several years, refused to use any business that sends me unwanted emails. Obviously I wouldn't even consider some of those below, but I haven't gone to Sears or used Levenger for years. Even "unsubscribe" doesn't work for these. Here then is a list of that which my "Junk Mail" filter caught this morning:

Sears Cooling Solutions Sears Special Offer on New Central Air Systems 7:53 AM 
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Mystery Guild STEVEN, We Want You Back 7:27 AM 
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New Ford We Are Making History With This Summer_Sale 7:26 AM 
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Golds Gym "Your Free 7 Day Guest Pass" 7:04 AM 
Auto Price Finder Find the Lowest New Vehicle Prices 6:59 AM 
Bosley Win the hair loss battle 6:56 AM 
Goldline Is Gold Your Ticket To A Golden Future? 6:55 AM 
RightInsurance $250,000 policy for around $10/Month 6:50 AM 
Levenger Shop today, save 20% off tomorrow 6:49 AM 
Golds Gym "Start shaping up today with a free guest pass to Gold's Gym." 6:46 AM 
Food Review Would You Like Subway_Sandwiches For An Entire Week? 6:43 AM 
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