Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Things I Have Been Thinking...

You know, I'm always thinking...always wondering...always pondering. And sometimes, like a string of celery between my molars, something just gets caught and I can't get rid of it. So here ya go:

1. How the heck do fax machines work? I mean, they were around before a lot of the computer stuff we are used to. So really, it is magic, right? I have always wondered this...It can not be explained.

2. When I know perfectly well who someone is and they act like they have NO FRICKING idea who I am, am I really honestly supposed to believe them? All it makes me wonder is WHY they are acting like they don't know who I am. Have they only heard bad things? Have they found everything out that they know about me by internet stalking and they are worried they will give it away? Do they have memory issues and they are embarrassed to admit it? What?? Just say something like, "Oh, sure, Amy. It is nice to see you."

3. Why in the world are so many people allergic to so many things these days? Really...it is freaky and weird. I never knew anyone who was allergic to nuts when I was a kid and now every year I have kids with horrible allergies in my classroom. It is scary. Then of course there is my allergy to stupid people...but that's not new.

4. All those people at daytime major league ball games...they are unemployed slackers, right? So, how do they afford the tickets when I can't and I actually work for a living?

5. Why do people on some of those reality shows do it? That "Toddlers and Tiara" show kills me. I have never watched a whole one...the promos are enough to make me sick. But why do those people do it?? Don't they get it that EVERYONE else in the world thinks they are insane? Do they ever watch themselves?

6. I would be embarrassed to order some of the drinks that I have heard people order in Starbuck's. I mean please, I can barely remember where I parked that early in the morning and these people have orders that consist of 15 words.

7. Why does the "early bird get the worm"? Why can't the rest of us just decide that birds are stupid and scary and evil and we'd prefer to be the "late morning bunny who noshes on a salad"?

8. I don't remember all that much about high school. It didn't make that much of an impression on me. I remember a lot more about junior high and pretty much everything about college. You couldn't pay me to go back to high school. It was a lot of work, a lot of resentment and not enough freedom. I spent a lot of time worrying about what people thought and lo and behold...it turns out it didn't really matter. Hey, if it weren't for Facebook I'd never have seen most of them again, lol.

9. I hate it when I am listening to my iPod and a song comes on and I think, "Huh? I put that on my iPod?? Ewwww." Does that mean that my tastes have changed that much? Maybe downloading elves have hacked my iTunes...Oh wait, I just realized...it could be my kids! They're busted!!!

10. No one has acted too surprised about my age recently...that used to happen all the time. Damn.

That's all for now...but now that I have gotten all this off my chest I can move on to other stuff. But really, if someone can explain fax machines to me in under 100 words I will proclaim your intelligence via my status update on Facebook for an entire day. I swear. And that is a major honor!! Think about it.


  1. Oh, how I wish I could explain fax machines to you - but my brain went on holiday and never came back. Hehehehe. After reading your post, I'm scratching my head too. You have some really good questions - some of which I can relate to.

    As for allergies - I use to do allergy testing on people. A lot of people are sensative to different things and automatically think that means they're allergic which is wrong. A sensitivity to something is not the same as being allergic but hey - if they say they are, who am I to say otherwise. There are a lot of people allergic to nuts though (anaphylactic reaction) but I don't know why it has increased so much through the years. I have had patients say they were allergic to certain foods and found out later it was simply because they didn't like them.
    Your mind is alive and well, my friend. Keep pondering and maybe you'll come up with some great answers. :))
    Hugsssss, Susan

  2. I think I could explain the fax machine, but not sure I could do it in less than 100 words. However, that doesn't mean I won't try. lol

    Actually, maybe I can.

    Fax machines work just like a copier, scanning the document with a strong light source and light sensing device and turning the info about the document into electronic data. There is a very rudimentary "computer" involved, but something akin to a pocket calculator, the type of technology available even as far back as the 60's, maybe earlier. It then transmits the data along a phone line to the machine at the other end that prints it out.

    There, how's that?

  3. Pretty god.More succinctly:
    A "fax machine" consists of an image scanner, a modem, and a printer.
    for full history and technical details. I actually write and contribute for wikipedia. It's full of great info.

  4. That is one of the reasons why I'm not interested in Facebook. The likelyhood of me seeing someone in my past. There is nobody I care to see, to be honest.

  5. la!
    1) http://communication.howstuffworks.com/fax-machine2.htm

    2) deadpan
    Amy, it's nice to see you!

    3) "When I was a kid, no one seemed to have food allergies. Why are there so many kids with peanut allergies now?"

    The number of kids with peanut allergies has been increasing over the last ten to fifteen years. In the past five years, the number has doubled. No one knows with certainty why this is happening, but there are a number of theories. One contributing factor may be that very young children, as well as pregnant women and nursing mothers, are eating greater amounts of peanuts these days, particularly in the form of peanut butter.

    In fact, all allergic diseases in children—including foods allergies (most commonly peanuts, milk, egg,wheat, soy, tree nuts, fish and shellfish), environmental allergies, asthma, and eczema—have been
    increasing at similar rates over the last decade. One theory for this is the Hygiene Hypothesis, which suggests that because children now have fewer infections (due to improved hygiene), their immune systems are more likely to target other things such as items in the environment and diet, resulting
    in allergies.

    4) They don't own any kids.

    5) Money - and that they haven't figured out that bad attention IS NOT better than NO attention yet.

    6) I can't help you with this one, I think it's ridiculous myself...

    7) Or, "the planning vampire moves in for the kill after dark!"

    8) Understood!

    9) There's a reason why we don't give children lie detector tests - they literally have the minds of sociopaths... think about it...

    10) Start poking people in the eye with a fork and I bet you get different answers.


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