Spam

Spam

Interesting factoid learned while doing legal research today:

Use of the term ‘spam’ as Internet jargon for this seemingly ubiquitous junk e-mail arose out of a skit by the British comedy troupe Monty Python, in which a waitress can offer a patron no single menu item that does not include Spam . . . Hormel Food Corporation, which deputed its SPAM luncheon meat in 1937, has dropped any defensiveness about this use of the term and now celebrates its product with a website.

Clueless

Clueless

Announced to a flight full of people whose original flight from San Francisco was cancelled and who were rebooked on a flight which left an hour later, “Thank you for flying with us today. We are happy to inform you that we have arrived 12 minutes early.”

In airline-speak, if your original flight is cancelled and the new, later flight arrives early, you are early.  And don’t you believe anything else!

They Have Purple Trees In California

They Have Purple Trees In California

A friend from Ohio had occasion to work in Los Angeles for a summer a few years back.  When I visited with her half way through her stint, I asked her what she had observed about my hometown. 

She mentioned all of the westside restaurants she’d gone to and the fabulous homes she’d seen, but noted with interest that she was most impressed by the purple trees. 

As we drove around Pasadena, she couldn’t get over the color these trees added and couldn’t shake the feeling that she’d been missing out on something her whole life because she’d gone 30 years without seeing such a tree.

Well, it’s that season again.  Here are the jacarandas and a picture of how they make it look like California has purple snow in the summertime (ok, you can’t exactly make snow angels, but the flowers do cover up the grass nicely). 

Cali has Purple Trees
Purple Snow