Friday, December 23, 2005

Always Good for Some Perspective

Our newest blogroll member, Maggie's Farm, had this picture showing yesterday. I had forgotten about it. There are some things it's good to look at repeatedly over the years.


Syl said...

I know that in America most people aren't really jealous of those who make it (certain leftish types excepted).

But to me personally it's even more than that with Gates. We were peers. Both equally excited about the possibilities that personal pc's would bring to every individual.

I hung out with people who looked like that and went to computer shows, endlessly fascinated by everything new. A lot of the guys I met wished out loud their wives were as interested in the stuff as I was.

He became a producer and I a consumer and I don't begrudge him a penny of his worth.

I still think of us as peers even though I never met the guy.

buddy larsen said...

It's called the "Me Decade" and I think I've finally figured out why--it's short for "Don't Look at Me!"

buddy larsen said...

Then there's that pic of the ocean, over there @ Maggie's Farm, that says, "Do, do look at me!"

vnjagvet said...

Think of the parents of this gang. How many of them delivered lectures on a daily basis trying to influence them into getting a "real job"?

I think all in all it's a good thing such advice was not taken.

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Doug said...

The parents took the aforementioned Dork in the Blue Shirt to a Shrink when he was a teen.
Luckily the Shrink just told him to take it easy, he had already won with his parents. if only he had married Syl instead of Melinda...
I knew a Coach for the Blazers that said one on one Paul was just an easy going guy.

Doug said...

"I think all in all it's a good thing such advice was not taken."
Had Gates taken the entire indoctrination program at Boston, who knows what mundane dreams he might have dreamt.
Ballmer on the other hand, was unfazed and untameable.
Has everyone seen a video of one of his rants around the stage?

Doug said...

...and now the Political Morons at Google have half the MS Market Cap in ~7 years!!!

Doug said...

vivekg writes "BBC has published an article featuring the highlights of technological social change from around the world for this year.
It is amazing to find out how technology is being used in very different ways for very different communities. Victims of the Tsunami disaster, Virtual Wallets in Japan, and the Indian government, bringing technology to rural areas, all have been touched by the positive use of technology. Hope to see more good community-based collaboration in 2006."

buddy larsen said...

I always thought the Blazers ought to play in dark-blue serge sports jackets.

Doug said...

I thought they shoulda played with their hair on fire.

Doug said...

Many will never understand how much more like Pioneers Bill and Paul were compared to the Google Billionaires.
Today it's what's happening.
Bill and Paul built it and made it happen.

Doug said...

Maggies Farm Produce:
A sign in the Bank Lobby reads:
"Please note that this Bank is installing new Drive-through teller machines enabling customers to withdraw cash without leaving their vehicles.
Customers using t his new facility are requested to use the procedures outlined below when accessing their accounts.

After months of careful research, MALE & FEMALE procedures have been developed. Please follow the appropriate steps for your gender."


1. Drive up to the cash machine.2. Put down your car window. 3. Insert card into machine and enter PIN.4. Enter amount of cash required and withdraw.5. Retrieve card, cash and receipt.6. Put window up.7. Drive off.
1. Drive up to cash machine.2. Reverse and back up the required amount to align car window with the machine.
3. Set parking brake, put the window down.
4. Find handbag, remove all contents onto passenger seat to locate card.
5. Tell person on cell phone you will call them back and hang up.
6. Attempt to insert card into machine.
7. Open car door to allow easier access to machine due to its excessive distance from the car.
8. Insert card.
9. Re-insert card the right way.
10. Dig through handbag to find diary with your PIN written on the inside back page.
11. Enter PIN.
12. Press cancel and re-enter correct PIN.
13. Enter amount of cash required.
14. Check makeup in rear view mirror.
15. Retrieve cash and receipt.
16. Empty handbag again to locate wallet and place cash inside.
17. Write debit amount in check register and place receipt in back of checkbook.
18. Re-check makeup.
19. Drive forward 2 feet.
20. Reverse back to cash machine.
21. Retrieve card.
22. Re-empty hand bag, locate card holder, and place card into the slot provided.
23. Give dirty look to irate male driver waiting behind you.
24. Restart stalled engine and pull off.
25. Redial person on cell phone.
26. Drive for 2 to 3 miles.
27. Release Parking Brake.

Syl said...



I have yet to successfully USE a cash machine. I couldn't figure it out the first time, shrugged, and walked away. Never tried again.

I don't pump my own gas, either. :)

But I can dance.


Syl said...

er, I used to dance.

Everything changed when I hit fifty.

Sigh. Again.

buddy larsen said...

yer still sexy, Syl--trust me, it shows.

Doug said...

At the checkout, I just act like a helpless old man (I'm really quite good at it.) and likely as not the cute young thing will do it for me.
All I can do is watch.
And as Chauncey says...