Monthly Archives: August 2008

Concentration or Lack Thereof

I am currently sitting in the lounge of the local Toyota dealer/service place waiting for my car to be done. And I have my earplugs in, the earplugs that are rated for 34 decibel sound reduction. And it is still loud enough to hear everything clearly.
Either my earplugs are failing or my local Toyota dealership is one loud place, piped in muzak, big widescreen tv in the lounge area at full blast, and people trying to talk over all of this. How does anyone get any work done here? How do they cut deals for cars in this noise?
I am one of those folks who can’t work or read or code unless it is quiet. I can’t listen to music, even low instrumental music, if I want to read and comprehend what I am reading or if I want to code and not make mistakes. If I try to write while a bunch of stuff is going on around me, I will end up transcribing whatever the distraction is, which makes me a great live blogger at conferences but makes it hard to write while there are distractions.
In my immediate family we have a joke about Hanens and TV that basically goes along the line of if you want the Hanen in question to listen to you and look at you and comprehend what was said, do NOT turn the TV on or walk anywhere near a TV.
Yes, people, I come from a long line of amusing, creative, very bright, but easily distractable people. My Dad calls it being ADD, I call it that we are curious and are interested in a wide variety of inputs.
I am constantly astounded that folks can get much done or remember what is said in the noise that pervades so much of modern life. I make a big effort to have a quiet and peaceful house, I don’t own a TV or a stereo or radio. Thus, going out in to the big wide world can at times be a aural and visual assault.
Conflicting TVs & piped in music (both at once) are now common while at the supermarket, gas station, car service lounges, outdoor malls, etc.
Does this bug anyone else?

Michelle Obama for President

Video link via TheBrad.
And in other Notes:
Gedblog on “100 Reasons Why McCain Won’t Be President of the United States“.
A year ago, if you had told me that Barack Obama and John McCain would have been running for President as the nominated candidate for their respective parties, I would have had a hard time choosing between the two. But as Gedblog details out above, Maverick McCain has become Republican FlipFlop Biiii-atch Boy McCain. Fare Thee Well, Mr. McCain, when you rediscover your Maverick Bipartisan side, email me.
In the meantime, when is Michelle Obama running for President?

Congratulations to Yvonne and Frederico

Frederico, Lauren, and Yvonne

I would like to extend a hearty congratulations to my lovely and smart friend Yvonne Cooprider Manganaro on her recent (July 25th) marriage to Frederico Manganaro. May your marriage be blessed with laughter and little people.

Photo of Frederico, Lauren (peeking out between F&Y) & Yvonne by me (Ms. Jen with my Nokia N95) from last night at Alex’s Bar just before the Lords of Altamont went on stage.