June 28, 2013

7 Quick Takes Friday - Vol. 27

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My cell phone company loves me so much that it's willing to wake me up the middle of the night -- two days in a row -- to ask if the service has improved. Sprint had a tower outage which left us with limited service at home for a couple of days. After hearing my complaints last Friday, a supervisor said the tower would be back online by Sunday, and Sprint would call me to verify that my service was back. Well, I appreciate that they fixed the tower just before midnight Friday night, but I wish they hadn't tried to call me at that very moment to let me know. I ignored that call but answered when they called again just before midnight Saturday. I said, "You're really calling me in the middle of the night to check on my service?" Then I gave the Sprint rep an earful of click, if you know what I mean.
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I'm thinking of cutting the cord. We watch so little "regular" TV in our household that it seems silly to have satellite service. So I ordered a Roku box and will ditch the dish if we like it.

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Bubble Camp was a bust. Our six-year-old just finished four days of the school district's Bubble Camp which was advertised like this: "Joy of discovery sparkles in the iridescence, surface tension, buoyancy, and shape of bubbles! In a hugely entertaining learning-station format, this camp will use tabletop activities to present exploratory lessons in math and science."

But what they mostly did for three-and-a-half hours each day was eat (breakfast, snack and lunch!), play on the playground, blow a few bubbles and watch cartoons including the, uhh,  highly educational Scooby Doo and The Snorks. A couple of times, they did try to measure bubbles and compare which type of gum produced the biggest bubbles. But this was hardly a deep educational experience. As one parent said, we could have saved $120 and blown bubbles at home.

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Our daughter usually takes family prayer time seriously. But other times we use prayers to put her to sleep. A couple of nights ago she was having trouble falling asleep, so I told her I would "Rosary her to sleep." But apparently, she didn't think she needed a full Rosary to knock her out. She said, "Daddy, just say the Divine Mercy Chaplet since that only takes about five minutes." Hey, I'm happy that she's only six but already knows her prayers.

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I'm not a prolific Twitter user, but I've come to appreciate the #CatholicFollowChain. Many of these tweets are perfect for those times when you need a quick spiritual pick-me-up in the midst of a challenging day. A few people appreciated my highly profound tweet about the second commandment. I have to admit, the only reason I started using Twitter was to get quick updates on Major League Baseball non-waiver trade deadline news last summer. But now I've branched out.

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I'm sure there must be some regulation that requires "Serving Suggestion" to be listed on food labels. That makes sense. Your cereal box may show the cereal in a bowl with milk, but that's just a suggested way to eat it. But at the dinner table the other night, I kept staring at the ketchup bottle trying to figure out how this is a feasible suggestion for serving ketchup:

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The cool kids always sit in the back of the school bus. Well, not always. My elementary school posted this picture from the mid-1970s of kids on the bus heading to a kindergarten field trip. I'm not certain, but I'm pretty sure I'm the kid in the back on the right (see arrow). Clearly the Moe (from the Three Stooges) hairstyle was extremely popular back then.

Just say Moe. (Courtesy: Facebook)

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  1. I've been curious to try Roku, too! And your number 4 made my heart smile :)