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.
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!
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).
I know how to deal with roosters in the neighborhood. Woodpeckers–not so much.
I don’t know if it’s the expected reaction to the trend El Chavo spotted a few months ago or a teenage girl’s way of making her quinceañera green. In either event, I don’t like being behind it for two miles on Florence while the girl gets to St. Matthias.
Hermosa Beach on a Cloudy Day
I am day late on this question of the day, but here it is:
In five words or less, who are you?