aka ♫ When Will They Ever Learn? When Will they EVER Learn ♫ ?
I like diet soda. I’ve been consuming large quantities of it since the late 70’s, when I largely gave up sugar.
It also provides me caffeine, as I drink little coffee.
And, my daily allowance of chemicals I know are not good for me!
I remember back in the 80’s, when New Coke came into the marketplace. Not diet, but a big deal in the soft drink world. And it flopped. People liked the previous formula.
Remember Pepsi Clear, Pepsi Free and numerous other attempts by the soda industry to corner and expand the market?
Well, the Coca Cola Company is at it again.
When they initially came out with Diet Coke, I was heartbroken. The (then) wife and I were ardent fans of Tab, with it’s high caffeine and no sugar. I even bought a few two liter bottles and squirreled them away for an upcoming anniversary (my wife didn’t drink).
And when Tab began disappearing from the shelves and Diet Coke replaced it, we bit-the-bullet and gave it a try.
A few months later, the anniversary rolled around, and to both our surprises, we had developed a taste for Diet Coke. And the shelved, vintage Tab tasted funny!
Fast forward to the 00’s. A long-time Diet Coke fan, it was announced another diet drink would be added to the mix. Coke Zero. Alleged to taste closer to real Coke!
So, I gave it a try.
Lo and behold it was closer to original Coke (which I loved in days of yor). Spiciness had been added! Soon my Diet Coke addiction had been replaced by Coke Zero.
And all was right with the World!
But, ‘they’ cannot leave well enough alone. It was announced in July, that Coke Zero sales hadn’t met their expectations, and production will end at the end of August!
And replaced with Coca-Cola Zero Sugar! With ‘improved’ taste!
Well, last time I went for Zero, it was there, but had not been faced, and this old cripple couldn’t bend to reach it! So, I grabbed some CCZS.
Bland. It lacks the zip of original Coke or the spiciness of Zero.
They still make small productions of Tab, if I can find it…
“When Windows 10 has an update, if you are on a schedule, DON’T DO IT!” 😠
I was doing my morning routine, getting the PC ready for the next exciting installment of Guffaw in AZ, when a message appeared from Windows, offering me an update, or a post-ponement of said update.
It was early, I figured, “what the Hell…”
TWENTY MINUTES LATER it reads ‘Working on updates 17%, Don’ the turn off your PC. This will take a while.
With the added joy of ‘Your PC will restart several times’ at the bottom of the screen!
(But wait, there’s MORE!)
after about an hour…
FINALLY, it finished about an hour and a quarter after it began. It would be nice if Windows warned you in advance of the time sink involved in a requested procedure!
Of course, I have additional commitments, so the planned blog post will have to wait…
As my Dad used to say, “I used to be young and foolish; I’m not young, anymore!”
I remember going to a local pizza parlor chain with ‘Gramp’, my beloved maternal grandfather.
We’d split a sausage pizza; he’d get a draught beer (Schlitz?) – me, a soda. (I was a kid).
But he’d always say,” We’re going to have an apizz.”
And, I thought he was weird and corrected him.
Well, I was wrong.
Gramp was from Hamden, Connecticut, arguably the birthplace (New Haven area) of (thin crust) American pizza!
There are businesses there advertising APIZZ, not PIZZA!
As there have been for over one hundred years.
Turns out, the Italian immigrants who settled this region were from Naples, and made Margherita (thin crust) pizza.
And called them ‘apizz’.
Perhaps less well-known, although no less delicious, is New Haven-style pizza, known in local vernacular as apizza. New Haven-style is thin like New York pizza, but if you walk into an apizza parlor and order a “plain,” you’ll get one without mootz (pronounced as foots), or mozzarella.
Apizza and mootz both come from the dialect of Naples immigrants who arrived in the area in the early 1920s. Apizza is pronounced uh-BEETs, with a silent final A. (Mental Floss)
While we’re on the subject, some parts of the country call them ‘pizza pies’.
3. PIE OR PIZZA?
While to east coasters, it might feel perfectly natural to say “pie” when referring to a whole pizza, not so for those in other regions. In an informal poll I conducted, “pie” was described by west coasters as “pretentious” and “only something someone in a movie would say,” while one Brooklynite described those who didn’t use “pie” as “heathens.” The reason for this sharp divide is unclear. (Mental Floss)
Others, no mention of pie (some places think you are requesting a dessert!)
Great. Now I’m hungry, with no pizza places open (0730 AZ time)! (And this is the 5th largest metropolitan area of the United States! A travesty!)
Doesn’t matter, I’m broke, anyway…
Remember? From Steve Martin’s “The Jerk”?
Well this isn’t about that. Or how I used to collect telephone books (when I was a PI). (I’ve already written about that!)
How to be a PI (Lesson 4) pre-1986
Thankfully, my life isn’t ALL Sturm und Drang…
Today, is IS about the new CELLULAR TELEPHONES. 😛
S8 vs S7
My roomie has me on her cellular account, and loves new technology. Fortunately (for us), the company with whom she contracts allows us to change or upgrade our phones up to three times a year! At no additional cost!
Conspicuous consumerism and largess?
(Frankly, if I were living alone, I’d still have a flip phone, and be paying through-the-nose for service!)
The other day she decided she wanted to upgrade, and asked if I wanted to, as well. (It had been well over a year…)
To be fair, I was perfectly happy with my Samsung Galaxy Note 5 (although, I rarely used the note part, many times I cannot read my own writing!) But I’m certain it was clogged with unneeded and damaging apps, slowing performance, affecting memory and battery life.
At least that’s how I rationalized my decision!
So, off we went to the store…
About an hour and a half later, we left, each with a new Samsung Galaxy S8+ phone! Of course, not unlike buying firearms, there was an additional charge for the ‘+’ part, as well as the new protective covers! (J gets hers largely for style; mine so I won’t drop the slick S.O.B.!) These new phones are never the same dimensions as the old – smart marketing on their part.
Thankfully, it wasn’t much. We don’t have much.
How great is modern technology? In a span of less than 20 minutes, the rep placed our old phones adjacent to the new, activated a procedure, and transferred all our telephone contacts, applications, photos, privacy settings etc. to the new phones!
Of course, there’s always tweaking. Like changing the personalized ring and notification tones. (J’s ringtone on my phone is the Looney Tunes theme. Don’t tell her… 😛 )
Now if I can just learn all the new features before she wants another upgrade.
Truly, another First World problem!
(FTC – Samsung and the phone company give us nothing. We pay (monthly) for everything! Get your own phone!)
Well, here we are, again…
The contractor returned Thursday to close the hole in the ceiling. He said their estimate disagreed with the material provided by the insurance company (i.e. they mentioned a repaint, but NOT closing the hole in the ceiling!) A minimum of THREE WEEKS before they return.
J., my roomie, continues to have health problems, multiple doctor appointments and physical therapy. Next is a nerve ablation on her neck, which causes her great pain.
I discontinued my auto insurance and notified the State my car is no longer on the road, pending sale or donation. No sale or donation as of yet. She’s still collecting spider webs…
J. added me to her auto insurance as an additional driver.
I’ve my own doctor appointment tomorrow, with a vascular surgeon(?!) regarding my right calf, which continues to be oversized.
Money continues to be an issue. Quelle surprise.
Weather? Today 111º. Tomorrow 116º. Tuesday 118º That’s The Valley of the Sun in the Summer. Oh, wait? It’s not Summer, yet! 😛
I will update you kind folks as I know more.
Thanks, again for your support.
I was reminded of the book The Falcon and the Snowman, wherein a spy was caught (according to the official FBI story) by someone determining the suspect liked falconry (hence his clever nickname), so agents lay-in-wait for him in Coos Bay, Oregon (a big falconry place), and captured him!
Truth was (as is so often the case), is one of his friends gave him up!
Brownells Expands into Tactical Falconry
First they started selling ammunition, then they opened a retail gun store, then they started selling guns online and now the logical conclusion: tactical falconry. They are also manufacturing the first ever Falcon Night Hunter Owl Conversion Kit …
Brownells, known for its incredible selection of firearms and firearm accessories, proudly announced today it has become the internet’s largest tactical falconry dealer. Brownells’ new Birds of Prey product line features hundreds of items dedicated to enabling private citizens, law enforcement officers and military personnel to engage in the ancient art of falconry for the purposes of self-defense, hunting and homeland protection.
The new line features well-trained tactical birds ranging in size from the sub-sub-compact Black-Legged Falconet up to the full-size Steller’s Sea Eagle – an offensive raptor designed for maritime operations.
For customers in arctic conditions, the Birds of Prey line offers Gyrfalcons in traditional Snowy Tundra camo as well as a special Ghostly White Limited Edition, exclusive to Brownells.
Also available are a full line of tactical bird accessories, gear and supplies.
Some of the notable, cutting edge tactical falconry products include:
- Miniature Tactical Falcon Pants
- Falcon Action Camera Mounts
- PreyVision™ Falcon Spotting Scopes
- Falcon Handler First Aid & Suture Kits
- Tactical Falcon Treats
- Widening Gyre® Tactical Falcon Signal Whistles
- TalonHone® File & Pedicure Kit
- Falcon Night Hunter Owl Conversion Kit
“Housing the falcons has been the biggest challenge for us,” said Chad Martin, Brownells COO. “Well trained as they may be, we’ve noticed they tend to get nervous around lift trucks.”
Some of the newest tactical falconry products in the line come from the innovative company Critical OperRaptor Dynamics™. Miniature Adhesive Falcon OperRaptor Beards are available in several colors and sizes and are guaranteed to resist bloodstains and not jettison during flight.
Also from Critical OperRaptor Dynamics™ is a large assortment of Picatinny-Compatible Falcon Perch Rails to let the tactical falconry practitioner park his bird on his favorite AR-15 handguard, scope rail or ballistic helmet interface
Yes, this an April Fools joke. No falcons were harmed in this ridiculous hijinks. Actually, we’ve never even seen a real falcon.
FALC! Wouldn’t that have been cool?!
I own an HP Pavilion Touchscreen, with an AMD Athlon™ II X2 235e Processor 2.70 GHz 400 GB of RAM (3.75 GB usable) 64 bit operating system, x-64 based processor. She has a 20″ flat, touch screen, with a cordless keyboard and mouse.
I purchased her on-line, refurbished (2011?) And she has served me very well.
Last week, I received a message one of the software protection programs I purchased after-the-fact was in need of annual renewal.
And, frankly, with all that’s going on here (roomie surgery, less income, etc.), I don’t have the funds. (This is NOT a bleg.)
The next day my computer gave me an error message: HARD DRIVE FAILURE IMMINENT! PLEASE BACKUP YOUR FILES (yadda, yadda, yadda). I went back to using the computer, as I do not regularly back it up, and have no discs with which to back it up, anyway.
Besides, what if it was just some malware file from the software company, or elsewhere?
The computer has continued to function, as usual.
Yesterday, there was a blip in my Wi-Fi service (Cox, who knew?). I reset the router (which is inconveniently downstairs). Upon my return, there was the same message I had received a week ago.
I again accessed my computer, and downloaded a free hard drive analysis program.
The program confirmed my hard drive’s demise was imminent indeed!
I have no funds or credit, so buying a new (or well-used) computer is out of the question. Of course, getting it repaired also falls under these criteria.
I CAN check my email and blog from my smartphone or my cheap, Chinese tablet, with some difficulty.
Obviously, not my first choices.
What to do, what to do?
I will continue to blog, daily, changing the quote, cartoon, beauty and YouTube posting as I can. Who knows – maybe she won’t fail until I somehow find a way to get another PC? 🙂
(I know, I’m an optimist!)
(FTC – HP, Athlon, and Cox have given me nothing, save years of good service (Cox, less so.). I paid for the computer, and pay for Wi-Fi.)