Random thoughts from the slow lane:
- Why is it that since vegetables are so good for you, industrial kitchens like those in schools and hospitals boil them into a foul-tasting, pasty mush?
- What's so special about an "Arnold Palmer?" Half lemonade and half iced tea adds up to a big zero to me.
- I'm sick and tired of checkout clerks asking me if I want one of their store's credit cards, want to donate to some charity or will go on line to fill out a survey. They ought to be glad I chose to spend money at their store.
- Does the world really need coffee-tainted almonds?
- TV weather people around Iowa seemed to be obsessed with the wind chill index this winter, which has been relatively mild. Maybe they do it because it sounds worse and therefore adds some drama to their segment. Maybe it's just more relevant to their viewers. Still, I prefer to know the actual temperature, not some contrived number.
Seen on TV news: A report on snowmobile sales said the machines were "flying off the shelves." Honest. That's what they said.
Another sign we're all f***ed: Utah Valley University has marked a staircase in its Student Life and Wellness Center into three lanes: one for walking, one for running and the third for texting. Probably inspired by the National Safety Council report on increased injuries due to "distracted walking."
Larry Lehmer is an author and former newspaper editor and reporter who finds his journey into his twilight years often perplexing and mystifying, but always interesting. While he offers his obtuse observations here, he also writes in his other blogs about preserving family history (Passing It On), American Bandstand's early years (Bandstand Beat) and interesting people who died much too soon (Before Their Time).