Good Morning to you

This morning as I walked through Times Square, I walked down the block where “Good Morning America is filmed. As I walked past the stage door, out popped ABCNEWS’ Diane Sawyer. I gave her a hearty “Good Morning” and after a stunned second, in which she seemed puzzled, she gave me one back.
Hello? It’s the name of your show? Don’t you say “Good Morning America” 15 times every morning?
Anyway, she’s looking pretty good in person. And, (since someone asked), quite tall.

Spock, there’s no intelligent life here…. – Qapla’! Hospital seeks Klingon speaker – May. 10, 2003

PORTLAND, Oregon (AP) — Position Available: Interpreter, must be fluent in Klingon.
The language created for the “Star Trek” TV series and movies is one of about 55 needed by the office that treats mental health patients in metropolitan Multnomah County.
“We have to provide information in all the languages our clients speak,” said Jerry Jelusich, a procurement specialist for the county Department of Human Services, which serves about 60,000 mental health clients.

How much do you want to bet that they couldn’t handle an Andorian with a toothache? Ok. Geek-off.
Update: BoingBoing reports this is an urban legend, but not exactly. The Oregon folks would like one on call, just in case. But they’re not adding to payroll. The P’taks.

Don’t Drink (coffee) and Drive in NJ

Philadelphia Inquirer | 05/09/2003 | N.J. driving bill puts phone ban on hold

N.J. driving bill puts phone ban on hold
By Mitch Lipka
Inquirer Trenton Bureau

TRENTON – Drivers could be pulled over and ticketed for eating, drinking or reading while driving in New Jersey – in addition to talking on cellular phones – under a bill approved by an Assembly panel yesterday.

Incredible. The article says this is ‘on hold’ but some over-anxious legislators, ready to make a mark for themselves, want to keep people from doing anything in a car except driving. If you can’t do 2 things at once, you shouldn’t be behind a wheel. “Personal grooming, tending to “unsecured pets,” and even changing radio stations could rate tickets for unsafe or reckless driving if a police officer decided the actions were distracting”…

Please. They should just include this in the driving test.

Driving Instructor: “Ok, I want to see you pull into that 7-11, leave the car running, and get a coffee. Now, while pouring the sugar in, I want you to pull out onto route 1/9 from the parking lot with the coffee in your hand. You need to go from a dead-stop to 60 in about 8 seconds. Watch out for the truck. Go!”

Student: “Ahhhh! NOoooo!”


Goodbye Sam

In the end, as they say, we’re all dead. After that, maybe we’re judged, as so many religions suggest. The living will never get to hear the verdict. However, if tonight’s memorial is any indication, Sam Albert is going to heaven.
The sad thing about memorials is that the dead never physically hear what people remember about them, what actions they took that affected people’s lives, what things made the most impact.
I hope that I get to watch from some otherworldly dimension if some such event happens at my passing. And hopefully, what people will say will be half as nice as what the crowd said about Sam Albert tonight.
Sam worked for 30 years at IBM. He was the “CompuTips” reporter at 1010WINS, for over 10 years. But the way he seems to have touched most of the people in the room was in the way he connected them with each other. Sam was a consummate networker, and he specialized in making sure other people got together. I can speak from my own experience that he made sure all the people around him at any event (and he went to many events) got to meet. He kept in touch. He was present – you were important because he was talking to you, and he was talking to you to make you important. Someone mentioned how it was just amazing the amount of best friends Sam had in the room, and even those people didn’t know him well or for very long. The “Will Rogers of the tech industry” was another description.
He also had a great memory for people’s families, their jobs, what was going on, and a talent for following up. He gave of his time and of his advice and his contacts. His motto, the book he gave out to many of the people in the room, signed, was “Attitude is Everything
Many of the traits he obviously valued are ones I value as well – connecting people, giving without wondering what will be given back, storytelling, his insatiable curiosity. He was 72 years young and never showed signs of slowing.
A sign of a good memorial is when the discussion of the life of the honoree is inspiring enough to encourage attendees to consider their own life, and what they could change to make them more like the departed.
I know after tonight I’ll be considering often what Sam would have done in a situation, and what I can do to be more like him. So go with God, Rest in Peace, and thank you for spending time with us again tonight. Bye Sam.

Thanks to Alan Brody, Denny Eaton, Marie Nelson and Miles Rose for setting the night up.