Hey, remember that big oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico? I do. Suddenly, we don't hear anything about it. Since Chevron put the cement cap in the well the news from the area has slowed to a ... drip. As is the usual, our federal government may have withheld some information from us when the well initially started leaking, as a panel reported today:
Thursday, October 7, 2010
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
If you can't go to the DMV to people-watch, the second best place is your local doctor's office. Mom was having laser eye surgery today and yours truly was in charge of transportation. In the office, there was a sign posted that read: TURN YOUR CELL PHONES OFF UPON ENTERING THE OFFICE. IF YOU NEED TO MAKE A CALL, PLEASE USE THE HALLWAY. It might have said "Thank You" after that, but I don't remember. Either way, you'd figure that middle-America would get the point.
But we haven't progressed far enough as a society that we know how to deal with the cellular telephone - hence the laws prohibiting texting while driving (duh) and the several verbal warnings about its use in public. A few minutes after I sat down, an elderly woman with a phone sat down two chairs away and picked her phone out of her handbag. Dialing, she said to her counterpart, "Talk to me," as though the other person was expecting her call and those of us in the audience couldn't wait to hear what she had to say. It wasn't all that interesting.
An agonizing minute after she started talking, a nurse came out to request her presence in the examination room. "OK, I have to go see the doctor now. I'll call you back," she told her friend. No kidding. Why else are you there if not to see the doctor? Let me check the sign again. Nope, still no cell phones allowed. Never mind, that rule wasn't made for you.
Go see the doctor. Chances are, your eyes are OK, even though it's apparent you cannot read. But your hearing is fine.
Monday, October 4, 2010
I haven't posted any photos in a while. Mostly, it's because I haven't taken any photos lately. That's pretty easy to explain. These, of course, were taken in Baltimore. I was there over the weekend to see the Orioles and a street fair called the Fells Point Festival.
The population of Baltimore is around 700,000. I have no idea where everybody was on Sunday.
The top photo is the famous Inner Harbor, with the USS Constellation and a building they call the World Trade Center at the left. It was early on Sunday morning, so the hordes of tourists hadn't yet descended on the place.
There is a 4-story shopping mall called The Gallery across the street from Harborplace, and I thought the insides were photogenic. The stores weren't open yet, so once again, it looked a little like a ghost town.
The Orioles were playing the Tigers at Camden Yards, and the players might have outnumbered the fans. The biggest cheers of the day came when the Ravens final score was announced. I'm not sure where everybody was, but it was kind of nice to be able to walk up to the ticket window and get a $17 seat to a Major League game without having to bother with Stubhub or one of those online ticket scams. Just like the old days.