Brian's Morning Newsletter
Friday, June 18th 2010
This little guy followed me to work yesterday. It is a very small bear, perhaps one year old, I'm not a zoologist, I don't know really, didn't seem like a cub, as there was no mom visible, but ya may not see her. What was remarkable was the proximity, he was ten feet away at times. The homeowner and I were up on a second story deck as we watched the bear go over to a bird-bath and get a drink.
I am sorry my photography has been lacking lately, this little bear was a beautiful light brown, almost blond. These images are from my phone, so I can't blame our camera this time.
I shot another picture with my camera as the little bear brassily walked up to the bird bath while the woman said, "Now he'll get a drink, and clumsily knock the bird bath over." I caught it, well at least I hoped I did, if you can believe a teckie guy can be completely retarded with a device, I finally got my email address entered into my phone and sent the images to myself, the second image was a blur, I guess because the bear was moving.
In my defense, about cell phones, mainly I can't read the screen, and certainly never figured out the auto-word-completion feature. Anyway, I never wanted my phone for text, sending email, surfing the Internet. It seems only the useless un-smart phones are available to people like me.
Indeed, to accent my unwillingness to text message, yesterday as I was leaving for my only job in Pendaries, my phone, acting on its own and continuously opened a screen asking me to pick a text messaging service. What? No. I am trying to use my phone to call a client, you know using my voice? Pick a service sir. No, thank you. Pick a service. No. Pick a service. no. This went on until I typed, "No and Exit" at least five times.
First off, my phone does not have a keyboard, why would I want to waste my valuable time figuring out which # key to hit to make a letter? I was happy when my last phone suggested that I could speak the number I wanted to call. What happened to features like that? Now they expect me to type what I could have spoken? Its nuts. So yeah I was impressed when they added a camera to every phone.
The only problem is if the phone isn't one of the expensive touch-screen smart-phones they only provide a screen the size of a watch face, and it doesn't work outdoors, where I am most of the time. Hence, I couldn't see that the adorable little bear picture wasn't in focus. If mobile devices are are on the upswing, and devices like Apple's IPad are our future, lordy I do hope they have a way to not hook to the Internet via a cell phone company, costing hundreds of dollars per month, because it this is the case, I'm outie.
I want to talk on my phone and type on a full size keyboard, thank you very much, and while we are on this crazy-pseudo-teckno-blitz trend, can we get the engineers to make a computer we can talk to? Honestly, I am tired of typing.
So, two bull elk were in the field next to ours the whole time it took to create my monologue.
If technology were geared to people like me and not sixty gazillion Asians crammed into cities, someone would invent a cheap wildlife camera, instead of more presumed-smart-phones made for texting, you would have several clear images of two magnificent bull elk dancing, at times on hind legs, antlers grazing in an almost jovial manner. Certainly I felt no battle stance. The bull elk, and perhaps their gargantuan mass creates the impression of battle, but after raising up in a faux-clash, the dust would settle, and the two elk would return to grazing the oats of our neighbor's field, side by side.
And, yes I am beginning a sentence with "And," this newsletter would have been short and concise.
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P.S. I went to Dr. Conescu yesterday, they did a fantastic job, made more X-Rays, did a physical exam on both of my knees, described in detail how knees work, very poorly it turns out, and made a diagnosis I was quite satisfied with. On my right knee, I have a small bone spur, which the patella (knee cap) may be rubbing on when I flex my knee going up stairs or ladders. Also I have mild arthritis in both knees. He gave a cortisone shot, and sent me on my way. Before I could leave, they called me back and the doctor asked me if I was looking for more inside work he and his wife really liked me after I did their WiFi repairs at their home, and I would be most appreciated if I could see my way clear to work on their home PCs when needed. Wow! That really was nice, of them. Thanks I said, call me anytime, and I was thinking to myself, Doc has the only Recaro desk chair I've ever sat in outside of a Porsche, that is.
P.S.S. The doctor left the exam room after a initial consultation, to get a second look at the X-Ray images, while he was gone I spied a model of a knee on the counter, which I quickly latched onto in his absence. Upon his return moments later he swiped the model out of my hands like I was a kid saying, "I show you all about the how the knee works in just a minute."
In the end, he said, "If climbing ladders and stairs hurts your knees, don't do it so much."