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Warnings Wed, Sep 07, 2005
I think they should do away with those warning signs, stickers, and instructions that are painfully obvious.  I think it would make the world a better place by making it impossible for certain people to do/use certain things.  Like the instructions on how to buckle one's seat beat while on a plane.  If you can't buckle your seat belt, you shouldn't be allowed on the plane.  That warning that says "Objects in mirror are closer than they appear."  If you don't know how your rearview mirror works, you shouldn't be allowed to drive.  That warning on coffee cups that says, "CAUTION!  This beverage is extremely hot."  If you don't know that coffee's hot, you shouldn't be allowed to drink. 

There was one at my former employer:  A coffee maker was right in front of a kitchen cabinet.  The coffee maker had warming plates on the top so that you could keep several pots of coffee warm at one time.  There was a sign on the cabinet that said, "Remove coffee pot before opening cabinet."  The reason that's so funny is not because it probably happened in the past, but because it probably wasn't a one time thing. #psychology

Changing times (2) Wed, Sep 07, 2005
Times they are a-changin'.  I got a call from a telemarketer last night at around 8:15 pm.  Back in the old days, they used to call at around 5 or 6 pm, which used to be called "dinner time".  Now they call at around the time when a lot of people get home from work.  Thankfully I'm not one of those people.  I'm more than happy with my 40 hours a week.

Fine, I'll say it.  How 'bout them gas prices?  High enough for ya?  Just as a point of reference:  When I started driving in 1999, it cost me about $10 to fill up the 10-gallon gas tank in my little tiny 4-cylinder 1990 Toyota Corolla.  It was around that time that gas was less than $1 per gallon.  It turns out that gas cost about $1 per gallon in 1980 as well.  Over a 20-year time period, the price went up a few cents and down a few cents, but stayed mostly around $1.30 or so.  Yesterday I got cheap gas.  It was $3.19/gallon.  So in the past 5 years alone, the price has gone up 319%.  But $3.19 is a small price to pay for a gallon of anything.  A gallon of orange juice costs about $3-$4 per gallon.  A gallon of olive oil costs about $30-$40 per gallon.  A 20-oz bottle of water costs about $1-$1.50.  A 1-gallon bottle of water costs about the same.  Too bad our cars don't run on water.  There's an unlimited supply of that.  Yeah, tell that to the people in Saharan Africa. #math