April 18th, 2008

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Mobiles in the U.S.

I have often wondered about this.

Why the U.S. Cellphone System Is Un-American

There are so many mobile phones which you can only get if you use a certain carrier. And also many you can't get because no U.S. carrier has adopted them.

Meanwhile I still covet the T-Mobile Shadow. I'm getting close to ditching my landline, which will save me $40 month and also let me feel less guilty about paying $150 for this phone. Lucky for me, I've always been very happy with T-Mobile and they have a lot of cool phones. My PEBL is nice but for what I want to do with it, it's finally getting too outdated (i.e. tiny screen, web/email access pain in the butt, limited memory). I think it's 3?
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Sudden Impulses

An archived set from fridayfiver:

1. Are you married?
Some people would say "Well, not OFFICIALLY!" But no, I am not married. To anybody. Not even Caleb.

2. When do your claws come out?
With Caleb and Daniel. Although usually what winds up happening is I scratch my own face.

3. Have you ever been in a car accident?
Not really. No bus accidents either! When I was a kid my sister rear-ended somebody in an off-ramp, pretty minor. When I was 6 I was hit by a car while riding my bike. Somehow I didn't get hurt, although I did fly across the road.

4. Who is the last person you held?
Caleb. We went to the Atlanta Botanical Gardens last weekend and it made me all romantic and filled with love so I hugged him and we walked around hand in hand. We are such dorks.

5. Describe a time you've gone overboard:
I really love the smell (and taste) of sulphur so when I saw this stuff at CVS called "Sulfur Powder," I bought it. I don't know what it's really for, but when I got home, I poured the whole thing in the tub and filled it up. It was this yellowish powder that didn't mix all that well with water. It was stinky and made my skin slippery. All in all, not nearly as nice as a sulphur spring. And then when I tried to rinse off, the smell of it just clung to me. It got on my towel, my nightgown and my bathrobe. Later I made my sheets smell when I slept on them. It took about 20 washes to get the reek out. I still love sulphur, but um, that was one of my less successful impulsive acts.
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For whatever reason I'm not very big on online photo albums (no Flickr account, for example), even though I have a ton of pictures and love pictures. However, I have set a few photo sets on Facebook. Just now I was looking at one I set up for Wendy Pics and I really like the variety I included. One of the pics in there was the one I've turned into a new default user icon. I think I've had that "tongue" one as the default for a year. It's getting really old.
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Q. What is your wallpaper on your computer?
Luckie servicing my printer. (See icon.)

Q. How many televisions you have in your house?


Q. Are you right-handed or left-handed?
Right. I do use my left hand for certain stuff, though, and wear a watch on my left wrist, when I wear one.

Q. Have you ever had anything removed from your body?
Wisdom teeth and the insides of my nose.

Q. What is the last heavy item you lifted?
Carried a 15-20 lb. bag of books and 2 full bags of groceries home from work last night.

Q. Have you ever been knocked out?
No, but I had really bad heatstroke once, to the point I lost my eyesight.


Q. If it were possible, would you want to know the day you were going to die?

Q. If you could change your name, what would you change it to?
As I said the other day in response to a similar question, we can ALL change our names.

Q. What color do you think looks best on you?
Black. But if it has to a be "color," then dark green I guess.

Q. Have you ever swallowed a non-food item?
If I have, it was so long ago I don't remember.

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From the Dept. of You Don't Say??????

Another recent study supports the claim that water is wet.

Atlanta's panhandling getting worse, study shows

Honestly, I still haven't been anywhere that has it worse. This includes New York, Boston, Cologne, London, and New Orleans. Walking down the street is like diving in a leech-filled stream. Any other I go, I think, "Whoah, this is so weird, nobody has bugged me yet and I've walked a whole block!" (I also think: "Whoah, there are white people here!" but that tells you something else about Atlanta, which I forget until I leave. NYC seems white to me.)

I'll add that when I and other Downtown folks talk about this, we're talking strictly about the begging, not the homelessness. Those are largely separate issues. There is a whole population of people who make their living doing nothing but pitching BS stories at passerby all day long.