Wednesday, July 27, 2011
This is from an email making the rounds ...I enjoyed it. I didn't include the usual pass-this-on-to-everyone-you-know stuff. Enjoy!
A Spanish Teacher was explaining to her class that in Spanish, unlike English, nouns are designated as either masculine or feminine.
'House' for instance, is feminine: 'la casa.'
'Pencil,' however, is masculine: 'el lapiz.'
A student asked, 'What gender is 'computer'?'
Instead of giving the answer, the teacher split the class into two groups, male and female, and asked them to decide for themselves whether computer' should be a masculine or a feminine noun. Each group was asked to give four reasons for its recommendation.
The men's group decided that 'computer' should definitely be of the feminine gender ('la computadora'), because:
1. No one but their creator understands their internal logic;
2.The native language they use to communicate with other computers is incomprehensible to everyone else;
3. Even the smallest mistakes are stored in long term memory for possible later retrieval; and
4. As soon as you make a commitment to one, you find yourself spending half your paycheck on accessories for it.
(THIS GETS BETTER!)
The women's group, however, concluded that computers should be masculine ('el computador'), because:
1. In order to do anything with them, you have to turn them on;
2. They have a lot of data but still can't think for themselves;
3. They are supposed to help you solve problems, but half the time they ARE the problem; and
4. As soon as you commit to one, you realize that if you had waited a little longer, you could have gotten a better model.
The women won.
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
I posted this on one of my teams, but then realized it is suitable for a blog...and might alert someone else to pay attention to eye symptoms!
I found a new eye doctor today. I wasn't planning to do that today. Yesterday afternoon, as I left work I had a huge floater appear in my left eye. Nuisance value but I wasn't concerned. Yesterday evening, I picked up family at the airport. On the last leg of the drive home we were out in the country and I kept seeing (I thought) lights in the outside rearview mirror...but there was no car behind me!! When I got out of the car, I realized the light flashes were IN my eye...peripheral vision on one side. I looked up those symptoms and was horrified to learn that it is recommended to seek emergency care..treat this as a medical emergency since symptoms could signal an eminent detachment of the retina!!
First thing this morning, I contacted my usual opthamologist..only to learn he is not available today...another Dr. could see metomorrow morning (my initial plan anyway) but my daughter said I could probably get in today at her eye dr....and MY dr's office said GO. So, I did.
I am greatly relieved to report that all is well...my eyes are healthy. Because I am diabetic, my insurance may pay for this visit (eye care not usually covered) because it was a medical visit. Dr checked both eyes. I can't explain exactly what happened, but it is not uncommon. Dr. said 9 our of ten times, it is like my situation...but that one out of ten IS a medical emergency...so they are always glad when someone comes in to be checked. It could prevent permanent loss of vision in that eye. Whew...I am so relieved!!
PS edit....I am going to switch to this Dr. for my annual eye check ups..not because I don't like my other Dr. but because THIS Dr. is much more accessible. He took his time, explained things well. Office staff was so nice, also. Best of all, I don't have to make an app't weeks in advance and the office is conveniently located near my work. Yea!
Monday, July 11, 2011
Funny that someone should ask me "what's next" since my heart is touched by a dilemma a sister in my DD's cong. is having. Nonbelieving husband doing all he can to support his family, but they are in dire straights...living on peanut butter sandwiches. Her work is not bringing in much income either. How to help when the husband's ego is in the way? How to help without being obvious? Our sister is in need. My daughter was in tears over her dear friend's situation. My heart IS touched..but how to help????
Saturday, July 02, 2011
Just a quick update on the dress story.
I tried again to visit Stephanie at home...and for the second time, no answer at the door, though the guy in the driveway said she was home. NOONE came to the door. Oh well...I will find her home eventually. I still don't know how HER dress fit.
This afternoon, DH and I had our dance lesson. I had purchased three other dresses from Stephanie...and my daughters tried them all on. The first fit its intended perfectly...and looked terrific on her when she tried it on. The other two were wayyy to small for her, but fit my other daughter...but she is not dancing and was not interested in these dresses. I was disappointed, but not surprised.
I took the two dresses...the yellow one that started all this dress stuff in the first place, and the beaded one to my dance instructor. She was delighted and whisked them away. I haven't had a chance to talk with her since then...we haven't been able to get in a lesson for two weeks (and boy, did it show today!!!) Meredith was not there, but we enjoyed a great lesson with another instructor, Sean. As we were leaving we were chatting with Linda at the reception desk and Vincent, another instructor. In the course of the conversation, the dress story came up. I mentioned the dresses I had brought in...and both of them immediately started raving about them! HUH? Had Meredith mentioned them? Meredith had tried them on and LOVED them. Both fit. The special favorite was....the yellow one.
Now, I am eager to talk to Meredith...and hope to get to see the dresses on her. AND, I still want to talk to Stephanie again...and see if she has MORE dresses as she said she would.
The ball room dancing classes we are taking are such fun...we are both enjoying them and are eager to progress.
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