It’s probably an age thing, but in my opinion and in that of many of my friends, automation equals frustration. No, not always, but could we just go back to hearing a live, breathing customer service human being on the phone?
If you’re shopping for a new winter coat this season, you’ll have your work cut out for you. Not because there’s nothing to choose from, but because there are so many styles in a deluge of colors, textures, lengths and fabrics.
The old things-to-do list is always there, isn’t it? Funny how some things are on the list for days, weeks, maybe even months before finally getting checked off. Those are the things we don’t necessarily want to do, and there is no immediate need to get them completed.
It isn’t necessarily news you can use, but I’ll admit morning television can be food for thought. While I read the newspaper in the morning, a morning talk show gives me “pop news,” the weather everywhere but here (thank goodness for local cut-ins) and topics that will be discussed “around the water cooler.”
As if we didn’t have enough effects of gravity to worry about, now there’s “tech neck.” No, it’s not that your neck is stiff from clamping your cellphone between your shoulder and your ear. It’s a wrinkle. Yes, a wrinkle caused from constantly looking down at your phone, iPad or other device.
Looking at the 16-year-old girl propped against the window of an airplane headed to Paris, it was difficult to imagine this person was Jamie, our granddaughter, who, like her older sister, decided on Paris for her 16th birthday trip with me. She was a little girl dancing around our house in a tutu not long ago.
Many people talk out loud to themselves. Sometimes I do especially if I’ve done something stupid, forgetful or thoughtless. Out comes, “Bing, you idiot,” or some such sentence. Frequently, I ask a question when there is no one there to answer.
After emceeing a large number of fashion shows over the past three decades, I must admit I have a few favorites, and the annual Divas on a Dime might top the list. Not many fashion shows leave you inspired.
Those of you who are not basketball fans may be tired of hearing about the wildly successful season the Wichita State men’s and women’s basketball teams have had. But the good news for the rest of us is there’s more to come.
Remember when you marveled at how your grandparents and parents could recall in detail things that happened many, many decades ago? Granny told me exactly how she met Grandpa more than 50 years earlier. I was amazed. Then there are the Beatles on a recent television special, showing them performing on “The Ed Sullivan Show” 50 years ago. No way. Yes, it is true. It’s been a half-century, and I remember it well.
Little did I know on Dec. 23 when I wrote about not making resolutions for the new year but taking a moment to look back at personal and very specific events of the past year, that for me both would be so evident.
Unless you’ve spent the last few weeks, wait, make that months, floating on a piece of ice in the Arctic, you know that the holiday season is here. It makes no difference whether you love the season, hate it, or you’re somewhere in between. It’s here.