I received a medical form in the mail with the following message at the top: “For language assistance in your language call the number listed on your ID card at no cost.” That statement, or something similar, appears in 19 other languages below it. In addition to the usual languages we see in the United States, like Spanish, French and German, this statement has been translated into Navajo, French Creole, Samoan and Taglog. I’ve never seen such language diversity.
It is hard to believe how many buildings don’t have a 13th floor because they have renumbered 13 to be 14. It seems that 13 is unlucky because of the number of people at the table at the last supper, but that’s a strange reason to justify how to number the buttons in an elevator.
In the latest Michael Chabon book, Moonglow, there is a beautiful sequence where a mother and a son are looking at a photo album without pictures. It is the old style album with the black tabs on the corners of the pictures, but the pictures had fallen out. The mother describes the pictures to her son and it is a lot like the memory of her childhood, as opposed to an objective record of her childhood.
I saw a tree, a very skinny tree, with bark that peels off in big strips. The strips just pile up at the base of the tree. It is almost as if every day someone comes by, and in their boredom, they peel off a little more the bark. They don’t tear it up into small pieces. They just leave it on the ground. But this seems to happen naturally.
My frozen lunch entree tries to engage their consumers by driving them to their Facebook page and other online content. One of the questions posed – presumably by their target customers – is “How can I find on-trend dishes that I can feel good about eating?” The last thing I am interested in is finding on-trend dishes.
A purveyor of meat snacks has released a breakfast sausage version of their product and they are promoting it on grocery store shelves paired with orange juice. The sign carries the cringe-worthy headline “Meat the Day.”
As website owners have been trying to find the right mix of content – or words that people would actually want to read – for their shopping sites, I encountered an example of this going in the other direction. I saw an in-store display of online content in the teen section of a department store. These short, helpful articles added to the shopping experience, and ideally convinced customers to buy the nearby products.
A single state official has had little luck finding a date online. It seems that her desires do not align with her matches. All they want to do is cuddle and walk on the beach. Apparently she is looking for more than hand holding. “If that’s all I wanted to do, I’d get a dog and a metal detector.”
We went to an escape room and had to solve a mystery in one hour. We were looking for pirate treasure. There were three very different kinds of brains in the room, and my daughter was the most adept at seeing the patterns and applying them. We did not complete the task. We managed to get one magic box with a key inside away.
I never really knew what a pedicure was. I thought it was focused on your toenails. Thanks to my girlfriend and a rainy day at the beach, I got my first pedicure. I had no idea that it involved removing the dead skin from my calloused feet. And now they are smooth. Very smooth.