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Anti Social Internet Chat

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I propose changing the descriptive name of internet sites like Facebook. It's not social, it's anti-social, and when I think of the term “media”, what comes to mind is blank cassette tapes, floppy disks, zip drives and USB drives. It's decidedly not “social media”. It's a nasty outgrowth of what started out as friendly AOL chat rooms, usenet, BBSystems and IRC.
It's Anti Social Internet Chat, or, ASIC. I like that. ASIC.
Use it, pass it around.
As Always, You're Welcome-

There are a few little things that occur to me from time to time…..

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...What became of all the television ads for the Hoveround? Did they go out of business? Everybody on Medicare have one now?
...Now that marijuana is either legalized or ignored pretty much all over these United States, why do we no longer hear about the “medical” benefits of that weed?
...Who decided that television ads for prescription medicines was a good idea?
...Long as I'm on the subject, why don't TV ads for lawyers, plastic surgeons, prescription drugs, dental implants, and medical devices include the price?
...How is it that anyone can have a drone and fly it around willy-nilly, but I can't have lawn darts?
*The picture isn't' really a Hoveround, it's an "All Weather Electric Mobility Scooter" according to Amazon.  I wonder if you'd need a driver's license to operate that beast.

Blue Chip Stamps

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Sure, I get rewards and points and those sorts of incentives when I make purchases using my credit cards, but……….I miss Blue Chip Stamps. There was a redemption center on Cleveland Avenue in Santa Rosa,  California, and it was always an adventure going there to get something for your completed books of stamps. Maybe a shiny new toaster.
I worked at the Windsor Shell Station (owned by Joe Woodard) just off U.S. 101 at the Windsor off ramp while I was in high school in the mid 60's, and we gave out Blue Chip Stamps with purchases. We had stamp dispensers at the pump islands and, since the stamps were “lick-and-stick” like postage stamps were in those days, when it rained, the dispensers got gummed up and refused to function.
I read on Wikipedia that Blue Chip Stamp was a viable company until 2011 (who knew?) and was then absorbed by their parent company. During their heyday in the 60's and 70's, even some brothels and mortuaries gave Blue Chip stamps with purchases. Ho…

Global Poker (at a Ballpark Near You!!)

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To my dismay, I see that my beloved San Francisco Giants (and, presumably, all the rest of MLB), has “partnered” with an outfit called Global Poker. For the uninitiated, Global Poker is an on-line casino playing for real money. Just like Las Vegas. In other words, a dandy place to go and lose you family's rent money from the convenience of your lap-top computer in your bedroom while your wife is asleep.
This “partnership” consists of yet another special night at the ball park. Global Poker Night!! Come early for a FREE ticket to the baseball game.
We no longer allow the evil of tobacco in our wholesome ballpark, but will allow this? Bizarro world, I tell you. I'm speechless.
Global Poker is based in the Principality of Malta. MALTA for Christ sake.
It simply wasn't bad enough that MLB sacrificed some televised games for Facebook…..Now this.
Yuck.

The MLB All Star Game

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I'm a fan of the San Francisco Giants, but more than that, I'm a baseball fan. If I find myself in a strange town during baseball season, I'll go find and watch a game—Pro, College, High School, Bobby Sox or Little League. It really doesn't matter to me. I'm a baseball guy.
But mostly, I'm a fan of the San Francisco Giants and the National League style of play.
Time was, I also looked forward to the annual All Star game. Time was, also, that there were two All Star games every season. And life was good in these United States.
So, let us now disabuse our collective selves of the notion that the current state of the All Star game means anything at all.
Fans voting for All Stars? What a disagreeable notion. Every team gets an All Star? What a disagreeable notion. A HOME RUN derby??? Holy Crap…..
For the record, and I'm all for stuff being on the record: -Fans shouldn't be involved in the selection of All Star baseball players. -Not every team al…

Sssooo..........It Is What It Is

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Here in the Castle Rock, when I'm not working, I watch the local news on the local (Portland, Oregon) stations—Affiliates of ABC, CBS, NBC, and FOX. They all give about the same News, Weather, and Sports, and I rotate. They have more than the news in common, which brings me to my main point.
The news staff and personalities are being infiltrated by the younger generation. That happens with EVERY generation, and I know that. I also know that I am no longer the “target demographic” of anything, local news included. Here's the rub…..I'm weary of location news reporters starting sentences with “Sssooo”, and then proceeding. I'm weary of every tragedy being “Literally Horrific”.
I understand that these folks speak like that to one another, but in generations past, by the time they became TV personalities, they had learned a more traditional manner of speaking.
Try as I might, I cannot recall previous reporters using Valley-Girl speak, or punctuating sentences with…

The Giant Asian Hornet

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Yep.....One more thing I could have gone all day without knowing about--The Giant Asian Hornet.  Two inches in length, a three inch wingspan, and a quarter inch stinger.