Stop Thinking For Me - 10/05/13

    Technology is great.  Social Media's okay too, but I don't like all this stuff thinking for me.

   I change my profile picture on Facebook and Facebook arbitrarily decides to announce it.  Why is that?  Sometimes, I just want to fly under the radar and slip in a new picture without making a big announcement.  Once Facebook does this, then sweet friends feel obligated to acknowledge the new picture and they 'like' it or write a comment... which I appreciate it.  It's not that I'm ungrateful, but I never intended to make a big splash.  Just wanted to change out the pic, kind of like buying new throw pillows.  You know, you don't put a sign out in your yard that says, "Hey everybody... bought new throw pillows today. Come look."  You just put the new throw pillows on the couch and the next time someone comes over, they may or may not notice.

   Auto fill is another one of those 'thinking for me' things that I don't like.  When I'm trying to text, "pick up a b-day present."  I really want to say JUST THAT.  Not, 'pick up a heyday croissant."  I don't even like croissants.... why would I text about them?     Another:  "Headed to cow milking contest. MOP."  Mop?  What's mop?  That was supposed to be MOO.  Another text from July 26: "Trick court and have been sitting at the Baptist turn left like three minutes I'm so sure that it as well as."  What?  I have no idea what that was really SUPPOSED to say. #clueless   And several days a week, I text hubby "Live I"  That's *dumpphone* for "Love you."

    Alas, technology. Can't love when it, Can't live when out it. Well, you know what

 

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TOMMY CHONG

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stoner comic Tommy Chong came out smokin' last night -- on the dance floor. The 76-year-old Chong is a contestant this season on "Dancing With the Stars." The judges were impressed by his cool and his smooth moves. Chong rode onto the dance floor in a low rider, with old partner Cheech Marin at the wheel. Judge Bruno Tonioli (toh-nee-OH'-lee) says he was expecting "bad grandpa" but got cool grandpa instead.

POT SHOP POACHING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A legal pot store dropping a dime on a pot dealer? It's happening in Seattle. Cannabis City is the city's only licensed recreational pot shop. Police report the staff at the legal pot store called officers to report a dealer trying to poach customers. Workers say the man was selling weed out of the back of his Buick and was handing out business cards. Employees at Cannabis City say the pot dealer threatened to "stomp" a worker who had confronted him. Police add the man had left by the time officers arrived.

CAPITAL BIKESHARE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Want to buy a used bike? How about 250 of them? Washington's Capital Bikeshare program is getting a bunch of new, old bikes. The bikes are coming from Ottawa at a discount. The Canadian city is planning a new bike sharing system based on different technology. So, WTOP reports D.C. Bikeshare is buying the bikes along with all 25 of Ottawa's old docking stations. Capital Bikeshare has more than 22,000 members.

TIPPING HOTEL MAIDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tip the maid. That's the goal of "The Envelope Please" campaign. Former California first lady Maria Shriver and Marriott are launching a program to encourage the tipping of hotel maids. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on envelopes left in the rooms. Shriver is the founder of an organization called A Woman's Nation that aims to empower women. She says many travelers don't realize tipping is customary. So how much do you leave? Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says usually $1 to $5 per night.

 
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