Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Gloom, despair, misery

Soon, we’ll be assaulted by visuals playing on napkins, ceilings, backs of airline seats, my balding head, anywhere there’s clear space -- television shows, music videos, YouTube drek. Just like the rude cell phone users, we’ll have electronic jerks playing their inane crap all around us via tiny digital projectors. The little machines are still in prototype, but 16 firms are racing to get the damned thing on the market. Probably around $300 to $350. Nothing funny here. Lamentations apply.

More impersonal intrusions. These new Internet companies will soon be part of your life: HourTown, BookingAngel, and GenBook. If you’re not familiar with these things, you soon will be. They are online calendar tools with a twist. You can use them for personal or business and they can download to the Web any blocks of time you might have that would fit into your dentists schedule. Or doctor, beautician, dog groomer, etc. Saves time? We'll see. Grumble, snarl, gripe, complain.

Gold recently hit the $1,000 an ounce mark. But you ride around every day with more precious metals like platinum, palladium, and rhodium. If you’re lucky. And if thieves haven’t cut your catalytic converter from your vehicle’s underbelly. Crooks quickly pick up a couple of hundred bucks and you are stuck with replacement costs anywhere from $450 to $1,000 depending on the size of your automotive ego. Thieves are breaking into police auto pounds, school bus yards and park-n-ride lots. Sigh.

What? JetBlue Airways is selling legroom – 38 inches more in rows 2 through 5 and Exit Rows 10 and 11 on their Airbus A320s. It will cost you and extra $10 or $20 depending on the length of your flight. I’m getting in a bad mood.



Ken Martin said...

Quit whining, George. While your research always turns up interesting stuff, in this one you've just gone looking for trouble, and found it.

George Phenix said...

No, no. The sky really is falling.

The South Plainsman said...

Just keep a teenager handy all the time. They are the only ones who know how to work all that stuff. I don't even want to know.

The price of gold and all that other stuff is just reflective how constant consumption using credit has nearly ruined our economy. Someday we will have to learn to pay cash. If the government will let us keep any.

JetBlue seems to be trying to invent First Class Lite. I think I will just stay home!

Anonymous said...

I am not staying home. Bring on First Class Lite, or anything that will keep every snotty,crying, whining specimen from crowding the airlines while they lose their butts keeping the public flying. Bring back coats and ties for boarding if necessary. Flying is not fun anymore since deregulation. Never thought that I would say that!!

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