When you are getting to know someone special there are always those awkward moments where you discover something that you didn’t quite expect, because it is seemingly contrary to everyone else you know. I asked what I thought was simple question and was surprised at the answer. Do you ever peel an orange and try to get the whole peel off in one piece. No, I’ve never even thought to do that.
On my drive to work there is a small auto repair shop that stands out from the landscape. The road passes through a mix of residential, commercial and industrial areas, but there is a compact cinder block building that just pops. It is bright yellow. It will be interesting to follow if the paint fades over time, or they repaint regularly enough to always keep it looking bright. I haven’t tried to take a picture because it’s on the side of a busy road, behind a fence and nestled among the trees. It would be hard to capture the way it appears in my mind.
There are things that used to seem ridiculous that now seem like a pretty good idea. Rotary nose hair trimmer comes to mind.
Sometimes I think that spam comments are a sign of success. If people are bothering to leave spammy comments leading to their spammy websites, maybe they think you are getting some traffic. Might not really be true. I have gotten lots of these comments lately, and my favorite is “The genius store called, they are running out of you.”
Walking past an aisle in the grocery store I thought I saw a packet of Oxen Spices. I had no idea people still prepared oxen, especially enough of them for a store to carry a specific spice mixture. It turns out the packet said Oven Spices.
Netflix has license agreements with TV show and movie producers that varies by country. For example, when you travel to a foreign country and fire up Netflix on a smart phone or laptop, it recognizes your account but displays different content. I have a show that I only watch in Canada. And when I return to the Great White North it knows exactly where I left off. The same is true in the other direction. Last summer I began watching episodes of a show while traveling in Italy. When I returned to the States the show was not yet available here. Now that it is finally available, Netflix knows exactly where I left off.
What is it with too cute copy around the notch to open snack bags? Maybe I’m just buying too many snacks lately. Today’s instructions next to the notch” “Nom Nom Now.”
I bought a bag of organic tortilla chips and most of the copy on the bag is as you would expect. It’s friendly, has an informal tone of voice, and really seems to be speaking to the kind of person who would buy organic tortilla chips. These are lime flavor, so they also happen to be quite delicious. But the copy on top of bag, right next to the pre-cut notch to help you open the bag, says “Tear to Eat.” I know that is shorthand for “tear open the bag here, reach in to grab some chips, and eat them,” but their version makes me think the bag is edible too. Crazy? Sure. But it’s a short trip from recyclable to biodegradable to edible.
I don’t know if it’s a good thing or a bad thing, but I never get carded anymore. For just a moment I think, yes, that’s awesome, I don’t have to take my ID out of my wallet. Oh wait, that means I look old. Some places have signs that say they card if you are under 35. I guess I look older than 35.
You know those seed pods that spin as they fall from the trees? We called them helicopters when we were kids. Well, they’re back. And with every strong breeze an entire squadron of them spin towards the ground. This also means it’s pollen season and everything is covered in a fine layer of yellow dust.