Thursday, May 31, 2012

Moving Education Forward

Well, it seems that, as a result of a lawsuit, the school district of Jackson, Mississippi has agreed to stop handcuffing students to stationary objects; and no students under the age of 13 may be handcuffed at all.

Remind me again what country we live in?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

We're Too Old for Good TV

“Harry’s Law,” a TV show featuring an older star, was cancelled by NBC—not because of low ratings—in fact, it’s NBC’s second-highest rated show—but because viewers weren’t in the right age group, the 18-49 crowd. I guess we older folks either aren’t as susceptible to advertising as the younger ones, or we don’t want what they’re selling, so they don’t want us.

So I tried to figure out which products would appeal to people my age, so that NBC could get different advertisers; but all I could come up with was the Cadillac (because, let’s face it, it has a great ride, easy on aging bones). So as far as good TV viewing goes, I guess we’re doomed.

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Call Me When You Get It Right

May 7, 2012

I test-drove car for a school fundraiser. 

The car drove like a dream, but it was a little cramped; and since I’ve been driving a small car with bucket seats for years, I was hoping that somebody, somewhere had realized that those things stink: the leg position is bad, they cramp the hips and leg sockets, and do terrible things to the shoulders.
But no: even in 2012, they’re still making bucket seats.

The survey they passed out afterward didn’t ask anything about the car; just how you felt about the company, and would you buy from them, and could they contact you about your next purchase. (Circle the likelihood between 1 and 10.)

Just to make my position clear, I hand-wrote, “When you make a car without bucket seats, call me.”