Hey, boomers and their friends, it was a blast! You will find my new blog — Rhea Becker’s Short Attention Span — at rheabecker.com (gimme a few days; it’s not active yet!). Love, Yours Truly.
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Over the past two years, I’ve dropped my smartphone at least five times. It has never broken. Still, when I got a new iPhone about a week ago, a friend of mine who is pretty geeky told me about a phone case that is, like, guaranteed to protect your phone, even if you drop it in a vat of boiling oil. Well, almost. It’s called LifeProof. Now, this is not an ad for the product, but I watched the promotional video and they threw the smartphone around and dumped it in water and dropped food on it, and the case kept the phone in good shape! Does anyone out there have one of these? They’re $80 and I want to know if it’s too good to be true.
So I was reserving a room for my niece’s bas mitzvah in Philadelphia. The event takes place in early June, but since I had the information for the hotel I thought I would book now. So I call and book my room but after I recite all of my information to the clerk she hears that the expiration date on my credit card is in May, the month before I need the room. She says, do you have another card? I say no, I have just one card. I have always been proud of the fact that I don’t have a wallet full of credit cards and use just one. In fact, I thought this was something that should be prized and encouraged in our outrageously debt-riddled society. But no. I get shunned because I have just one card. The credit card company will not issue a new card for another two weeks. I’ll have to call the hotel back with a new card.
I realize that this is a tiny, unimportant thing in the world, but it irritated me. And I’m sticking to my one-credit-card policy.
I spent a few days last week in Atlanta at a conference. In my spare time I took in some of the sights. First, you must remember while visiting this city that it’s Coke’s world, and we just live in it. Coke was founded here and there’s a Coke museum that’s $16 to get into and it’s basically just an extended commercial. The best part is that there is a tasting room where you can sample Coca-Cola brand sodas from all over the world. Next, it’s full summer in Atlanta, witness the wisteria. I went to Gone with the Wind author Margaret Mitchell’s house and saw her typewriter. That painting of Scarlett is the one used in the movie, apparently. I love the houses in Georgia as they mostly have deep porches that front the houses and nice columns. I made a pilgrimage to the town of Millegeville to see the home of the late Flannery O’Connor. That’s a peacock on her property and that’s her actual bed. I had some great Southern food at Pittypat’s and Mary Mac’s Tea Room. While I was gallivanting around, my Canine Prince relaxed in Boston.
I remember as a kid paging through the World Book Encyclopedia. Those volumes were kept on a shelf in our den. I loved those books and learned so much from them. I forget that kids these days don’t need that A-Z set of books when they can go online and get any information they desire. Encyclopedia Britannica is going online exclusively. From Mashable:
Encyclopaedia Britannica will stop publishing print editions and go digital-only — a huge step for the encyclopedia which has been in print since 1768. The sales of Britannica print editions has been on the decline since 1990, when 120,000 32-volume sets were sold. The early nineties were the start of a revolution: People started turning to the internet for information, and Britannica sales fell to 40,000 in 1996, according to Encyclopaedia Britannica Inc. President Jorge Cauz.
Another great definition from the Urban Dictionary:
dental swag: the complimentary stuff with which you leave your dentist’s office: toothbrush, dental floss, etc. “I think the hygienist likes me; she always loads me up with dental swag.”
I live in Massachusetts and I remember a guy by the name of Mitt Romney who served a term as governor here. I have no specific recollections of him, and apparently, neither do a lot of Massachusetts Republicans. In the city of Boston alone, out of 600,000 residents, just 7,562 cast votes for Romney in yesterday’s primary. As local political activist Joyce Linehan wrote today: “If my math is right, just 6% of all registered voters in Massachusetts cast a vote for Romney yesterday. That number rises to a whopping 9% if you take out the registered Democrats, who of course could not vote in the Republican primary yesterday. A ringing endorsement for our former governor!”
And if you look at the recent Michigan results — a state where Romney’s father served as governor, making Mitt a real hometown favorite — Mitt Romney only squeaked out a victory.
I watched some of the live broadcast at Harvard this week when Lady Gaga launched her Born This Way Foundation. I truly do believe that Lady Gaga is sincere in her desire to help young people, but her videos undermine the message she wants to send. Her videos are peppered with images of violence, sexual violence, and demeaning scenarios, which go way beyond cynicism and are certainly not kind. She must stop and recognize the disconnect between her performance and her Foundation’s goals if she is to be taken seriously in her efforts.
I’ve had a tingly leg for the last couple of years. I tried to get it diagnosed/fixed by a variety of doctors and body workers. No one knew what it was, therefore no treatments ever worked. Finally, I found an amazing chiropractor who also does sports therapy. She knew what my condition was — a shortened hamstring — and told me it came from sitting too much. She has been doing deep tissue work and in just three treatments, the condition is almost gone! I have been to many chiropractors over the years but only two who have actually had an effect: Wesley Stubbs, and the other is Lauren Jalette (Boston Chiropractic & Sports Therapy). Thanks for getting my leg back to normal, Lauren!
Every once in a while, an appliance will defy its planned obsolescence and last a whole lot longer than corporate America — or even nature — intended. Have you heard about the famous lightbulb that wouldn’t die? It’s 110 years old, and still chugging along. Here’s a photo of it.
The world’s longest lasting light bulb is the Centennial Light located at 4550 East Avenue, Livermore, California. It is maintained by the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. The fire department claims that the bulb is at least 110 years old and has only been turned off a handful of times. The bulb has been noted by the Guinness Book of World Records, Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, and General Electric as being the world’s longest-lasting light bulb.
There’s a whole website devoted to the long-lasting bulb. And there’s a Bulb Cam, so you can keep an eye on the miracle bulb. And a Facebook page. I’m certain it’s the only Facebook page created for a lightbulb.
Well, I have a hair dryer made by Conair that’s a long-lasting little bugger. Maybe not breaking records, but pretty cool just the same. It’s a compact travel model, made for occasional use, not daily use. Yet despite it being put through its paces day after day, year after year, despite being dropped numerous times, despite it even shooting out a scary flame once a few years ago, it goes on, just like Celine Dion’s heart in the Titanic theme song.