If Bud Abbott and Lou Costello were alive today, their infamous sketch, 'Who's on First?' might have turned out something like this:
COSTELLO CALLS TO BUY A COMPUTER FROM ABBOTT
ABBOTT: Super Duper computer store.. Can I help you?
COSTELLO: Thanks. I'm setting up an office in my den and I'm thinking about buying a computer.
COSTELLO: No , the name's Lou .
ABBOTT : Your computer?
COSTELLO : I don't own a computer. I want to buy one.
ABBOTT : Mac?
COSTELLO: I told you, my name's Lou .
ABBOTT : What about Windows?
COSTELLO : Why? Will it get stuffy in here?
ABBOTT : Do you want a computer with Windows?
COSTELLO : I don't know. What will I see when I look at the windows?
ABBOTT : Wallpaper.
COSTELLO : Never mind the windows. I need a computer and software.
ABBOTT : Software for Windows?
COSTELLO : No, On the computer! I need something I can use to write proposals, track expenses and run my business. What do you have?
ABBOTT : Office.
COSTELLO: Yeah, for my office. Can you recommend anything?
ABBOTT : I just did.
COSTELLO : You just did what?
ABBOTT : Recommend something.
COSTELLO : You recommended something ?
ABBOTT : Yes.
COSTELLO : For my office?
COSTELLO : OK, what did you recommend for my office?
ABBOTT : Office.
COSTELLO : Yes, for my office!
ABBOTT : I recommend Office with Windows.
COSTELLO : I already have an office with windows! OK, let's just say I'm sitting at my computer and I want to type a proposal. What do I need?
ABBOTT : Word.
COSTELLO : What word?
ABBOTT : Word in Office.
COSTELLO : The only word in office is office.
ABBOTT : The Word in Office for Windows.
COSTELLO : Which word in office for windows?
ABBOTT : The Word you get when you click the blue 'W'.
COSTELLO : I'm going to click your blue 'w' if you don't start with some straight answers.. What about financial bookkeeping? You have anything I can track my money with?
COSTELLO : That's right. What do you have?
ABBOTT : Money.
COSTELLO : I need money to track my money?
ABBOTT : It comes bundled with your computer.
COSTELLO : What's bundled with my computer?
ABBOTT : Money.
COSTELLO : Money comes with my computer?
ABBOTT : Yes. No extra charge.
COSTELLO : I get a bundle of money with my computer? How much?
ABBOTT : One copy.
COSTELLO : Isn't it illegal to copy money?
ABBOTT : Microsoft gave us a license to copy Money.
COSTELLO : They can give you a license to copy money?
ABBOTT : Why not? THEY OWN IT!
(A few days later)
ABBOTT :=2 0Super Duper computer store. Can I help you?
COSTELLO : How do I turn my computer off?
ABBOTT : Click on 'START'.............
One thing that I really do not like is people assuming a certain familiarity with me that they assume they can call me Pamie. Frankly, there's fewer than a handful of people that can call me by that nickname and it not upset me.
My name is Pam. Please do not assume a familiarity with me and call me by a nickname that my husband refers to me by. There's very few things that make me more upset.
I've kept quiet for awhile now, but it is really starting irk me.
It's 2pm on Sunday. It must be time for the blogging panel.
I'm sitting next to kradical
, and cypherindigo kradical
and I are now blogging the panel.
The panelists are: dr_p_venkman
(why is his name so hard?), hughcasey
, and someone I don't know.
There's more folks here this year than last, this could be fun. terri_osborne
asked who wasn't a friend of hughcasey
and 3 ppl who weren't on his list.
and in case you are wondering what the Chronic Rift podcast website is, it is chronicrift.com
Not only am I blogging this on LJ, but also Twitter. flutterbychild
just turned to me and said "it's weird when your tweets come up on my phone".
It was just pointed out by ktpinto
's middle name is really _ (underscore).
catch my tweets for more info on the blogging panel( more from the blogging panelCollapse )
The panel is now over. Fun stuff.
Every year I talk about what Veterans Day means to me. I was talking to Bobby earlier today and realized that he didn't really understand why Veterans Day was on November 11. So this year, I thought I would provide a little history lesson, especially since this is a milestone year.In Flanders Fields
Ninety years ago today, at 11 am, World War I ended. It was called The Great War. The Great War started in 1914 with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand, heir to the Austro-Hungarian throne by a Bosnian Serb citizen of Austria-Hungary and member of the Young Bosnia. The retaliation by Austria-Hungary against the Kingdom of Serbia activated a series of alliances that set off a chain reaction of war declarations. Within a month, much of Europe was in a state of open warfare.
At the time, the United States was an isolationist country. The Great War was being fought in Europe and most Americans didn't think we needed to be involved. The USA became involved in 1917 as a member of the Entente Powers, which consisted of England, France, and Russia.
By the end of The Great War, there were 10 million dead, over 20 million wounded, and 10 million missing on both sides.
So why is Veterans Day November 11? The ceasefire, or armistice, was on the 11th hour, of the 11th day, of the 11th month in 1918. The Treaty of Versailles was signed several months later on June 28, 1919, which officially ended the war.
Countries all over the world celebrate Armistice Day on November 11. President Wilson declared November 12 as the official holiday commemorating the end of the war. Congress declared November 11 as Armistice Day in 1938. In 1953, a small business owner thought that the day should honor all veterans. With the help of his congressman, President Eisenhower signed the bill into law on May 26, 1954. Congress renamed Armistice Day as Veterans Day on November 8, 1954.
Veterans Day started because of The Great War. While it was widely considered to be the War to End All Wars, we know that did not happen. Today we celebrate our veterans. Those who served during wartime and those who served during peace.
During the Great War, a Canadian surgeon was treating the wounded after a particular brutal battle. He wrote his thoughts down in a poem.
By: Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army
IN FLANDERS FIELDS the poppies blow
Between the crosses row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
I've heard a lot from Senator McCain, Governor Palin, and the talking heads over the course of this campaign. I've heard the "this is the real America" and the like. I've heard the comments that Senator Obama isn't "like you and me". I can't help but wonder if you are trying to divide this country. I'm as American as they come. I was born in Texas. I served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged. My parents were born in Texas. My grandparents. My great grandparents. In fact, I have to go back more than 100 years before I find one of my relatives who immigrated from Ireland to come to this country for a better life. I don't understand how someone is "more American" or a "real American". Just what does that mean? I'm confused.
I'm a history buff. My favorite parts of history are the Civil War and World War II. You might remember the Civil War. One of the greatest presidents in United States history was president then. Oh yea, he also happened to be a Republican.
I want to remind you of one of his great speeches. I think it's important because you seem to be hell-bent on dividing this country.
A little history on the speech. Abraham Lincoln gave this speech on June 16, 1858, when he was accepting the nomination of his party as the Senator from Illinois.
There's really only one line I want to point out, but so I don't take it out of context, I'll give a few lines before and after.
If we could first know where we are, and whither we are tending, we could better judge what to do, and how to do it. We are now far into the fifth year since a policy was initiated with the avowed object, and confident promise, of putting an end to slavery agitation. Under the operation of that policy, that agitation has not only not ceased, but has constantly augmented. In my opinion, it will not cease, until a crisis shall have been reached and passed. "A house divided against itself cannot stand." I believe this government cannot endure permanently half slave and half free. I do not expect the Union to be dissolved -- I do not expect the house to fall -- but I do expect it will cease to be divided. It will become all one thing, or all the other. Either the opponents of slavery will arrest the further spread of it, and place it where the public mind shall rest in the belief that it is in the course of ultimate extinction; or its advocates will push it forward, till it shall become alike lawful in all the States, old as well as new -- North as well as South.
Yes, he was talking about slavery, but his words are so true. "A house divided against itself cannot stand."
My point is that the campaign is seeking to divide this country. We are not the Divided States of America. We are the UNITED States of America. No matter who wins the election next week, we are going to have to unite in order to bring this country back together. I sure hope, that if Senator McCain and Governor Palin win that you have a plan on how to undo all the division that has been done during the campaign. See, people don't typically forgive and forget so quickly. It will take a lot of work to undo what has been done.
I sure hope you have a plan.
Me, a REAL American and Veteran
P.S. You can read his entire speech here
. The part I quoted was the first paragraph.
Dear John McCain.
I'm a veteran. If you think that veterans "love" you, you are wrong. As a veteran, I don't think you will "take care of" me. I don't think you will "take care of" our military. You said you were proud of your record on veterans affairs.How about the GI Bill
? You opposed it and didn't even bother showing up to vote on it. What were you afraid that if you voted "no" on the GI Bill it would come back and bite you in the ass?
How about funding for the VA
? Oh you vote to decrease funding. How's that for "taking care of the veterans"? You actually voted against funding for VA hospitals more times than I can count. You actually voted NO to using corporation tax loop holes to fund VA Hospitals
. Not once, but twice
. You were also only 1 of 13 Senators to vote no to additional funding to VA hospitals and clinics
. If this is how you think this is taking care of veterans, I will say "thanks but no thanks". What about troop rest between deployments
? Oh that's right, you voted against that. I guess our troops don't need to stay home for any amount of time before being redeployed.What about giving our troops the proper protection they need in a war zone
? Oh that's right, you voted to table that so it wouldn't go up for a vote.
Oh yes, and if veterans "knew" you were going to take care of them, why do vets not support you
Sir, you said you were "proud" of your voting record on veterans issues. As one veteran to another, you really need a reality check. If you think that veterans needs aren't as important as corporate tax loopholes, we don't need your kind of support.
Senator McCain, my son is going to be joining the Army in two years. I want my son's Commander in Chief to actually CARE about him. You said that your voting record would show how you care for veterans. Sir, your voting record SUCKS!!! Using your voting record as a guide, I don't want you to be Commander in Chief over my son. You don't care for him. You don't care for those of us who proudly served during war and peace. You, Senator McCain, just flat out DO NOT CARE!
Oh wait, that was too harsh. You DO CARE -- about CORPORATIONS. Frankly, Sir, you have sold out our veterans to the corporations.
Do us a favor - SHUT UP!
No love or support
a Proud USAF Veteran**EDIT**
I found links for the troop rest and GI Bill vote.
This campaign cycle is one that has really gotten me to think. I wish I could be active in it, but if I want to keep my job, I cannot. I can, however, express my opinions.
Anyway, today I was thinking about women politicians. There's a ton of them. Hillary Clinton is just one.
In particular, I started thinking of Barbara Jordan. I had the privilege of meeting her when I was stationed at Bergstrom AFB in Austin. Our paths crossed on 6th Street. I recognized her as she was a hero of mine and stopped to tell her so. She was a charming woman. She was a champion of civil rights. She was a champion of champions for women.( A little about my hero.Collapse )
It is because of her and other women like her that women have the many rights and freedoms that we have today.
Barbara Jordan is an American hero.
I wonder what she would think if she were alive today. That's what got me thinking about her today. What would Barbara Jordan think? I can't imagine that she would be too pleased.
I close with some quotes from the late Barbara Jordan:
If the society today allows wrongs to go unchallenged, the impression is created that those wrongs have the approval of the majority.
The imperative is to define what is right and do it.
What the people want is very simple. They want an America as good as its promise.
Most of the facts of her life were from Wikipedia (yea I know, but I needed to be sure of the dates and wanted to be sure of her accomplishments - Wiki was easier here at work).