Sunday, March 6, 2011

Taking a Brain Break

"Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under the trees on a summer's day, listening to the murmur of water, or watching clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time." ~John Lubbock (English Biologist, 1834-1913)

"Rest when you're weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work." ~Ralph Marston

Good idea. Taking a brief hiatus, be back soon. Until then, behave.

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Words with Friends

It's official: I've joined the masses.

That's right. Thanks to the iPhone, I've become one of those people that I used to sneer at. Techno-Zombies who are constantly checking their iPhone, linked to it like a new appendage; sneaking peeks during meetings, eyeballing it in movie theaters, glancing at it ever-so-casually during conversations, paying half-attention to TV shows, and jumping out of bed with a Pavlovian response when we hear the "ping" that indicates an incoming message. Now I understand why everyone is so addicted to these infuriating iPhones.

They're all playing Words with Friends, of course. You know, the online version of Scrabble. I mean, duh, is there anything else?

I've always loved Scrabble, but it's kind of hard to play when you live alone. Now, with my iPhone, I have the game literally at my fingertips and can play anytime, anywhere. Cool. Like the other day, when I had time to kill while waiting for a doctor appointment. Yowza, how 'bout a game?

So there I was, studying the "board," calculating moves, stragetizing options and using brain cells that haven't fired up in years. And then I found The Perfect Storm. A word that utilized a coveted "Z" (ten points), two triple-letter blocks, and created a horizontal and vertical word.

It was the white whale of board games, the Scrabble equivalent of The Holy Grail. Not quite believing my good fortune, I held my breath, hit "play" and WOW! It was a bazillion points more than I had calculated! I was so delighted, I actually cackled, drawing odd looks from people sitting nearby. I was feeling pretty darned smug, imagining the look of total shock and awe on my game partner's face when her iPhone "pinged" and she saw my brilliant move.

hen the game crashed.

And with it, my bazillion points. My white whale. My Holy Grail. Gone in a nanosecond, thanks to modern technology. The very technology, I realize, that allows me to indulge in real-time Scrabble with a friend who lives 50 miles away.

Can't argue that. Game, anyone?

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

I'll Take a Ban Extra Dry, Hold the Foam

So I'm at Starbucks this morning when I notice the sign that says "Deodorant & Delicious."

Really. Like, when did deodorant become a breakfast staple?

Only after doing a triple-take do I realize that the sign actually says, "Decadent & Delicous."

I gotta get my eyes checked.
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