Archive for July, 2009

Take Back the Beep!

July 30, 2009

David Pogue of the New York Times has endeavored on a “Take Back the Beep Campaign” .  It’s funny, but oh so truthful!

And Lifehacker takes it a step further with the secret code… One Star Pound (1 * #).  They explain it in detail here.

If you don’t know, now ya know…

The Paula Deen Chappaquiddick Incident

July 29, 2009

My mother seems to be changing history…. in her mind.  This is not referring to senility or anything of that nature.  Just that she starts on these wonderful stories and then starts making stuff up. Unfortunately, I’m not the one who takes obfuscation of the facts lightly.  No, I’m not a lawyer.  Just a seeker of truth!  For the record, this is not a “prove me wrong” story.  Just a funny incident that I want to record while it’s fresh in my memory (it happened literally 10 minutes ago).

Anyway, 9 times out of 10, my search for the facts begins with good ole Wikipedia, by no means the final source, but let’s just say its accuracy is usually good enough for government work.  If we can agree on that, then please keep reading.  If not, just know that I cross-checked my facts with Paula Deen’s own website and history as she herself describes it.  So now you can keep reading.

We have this cookbook in our living room of Paula Deen and I happened to pick it up because Paula Deen’s two sons are on the cover.  I remember my mamma telling me how fat they were at one point, but they didn’t look to fat, a fact that I brought to her attention.  And then it began…

Mamma said that she watched those kids grow up on TV, and they were definitely fat.  She said they used to always be with her on her cooking show that she had been watching for years since she moved to Atlanta.  Something about that last statement just didn’t sit right with me.  I’m no cooking show expert, but has Paula Deen really been on TV since 1990?  The first I had ever heard of her was in 2006 when my sister-in-law bought one of her cookbooks when she visited me in LA.  So my natural instinct was to go fact-check this.

Of course, I found out that Mamma had romanticized the whole bit.  I asked her if she maybe was mistaken, but she firmly disagreed.

As it turns out, Paula Deen didn’t have her first cookbook until 1997, and her own cooking show until 1999, at which point her boys were 19 and 22, respectively, hardly in a growing up stage, but still young nevertheless.  I relayed these facts to my mother who quickly disputed the veracity of any information I found on my computer.  And this is where it gets funny.

She said… “It’s like Jackie Kennedy…”  (What the heck does that have to do with anything?) (and i’m paraphrasing the rest)  She claims that she was frightened for her children and that’s why she married that Onassis.  Everyone knows she married him for his money.”  To which I told her, “You’re probably right, but you certainly can’t prove it.”  She said “Everybody knows!”  So I said, everybody knows what they’ve heard on TV or read in the paper.

Then she goes on about Ted Kennedy killing that girl at that island.  She’s referring to the Chappaquiddick Incident, of course.  Again, I said, “You’re probably right, but you can’t prove it.”  And she chimed in again…”Everybody knows!”.  She went on to say that she lived through it and that’s why she knows and is a good source of information.  And proceeded to lambast me for putting so much trust in the computer, as if I go to the computer as some oracle of information or something.

So, not knowing why the Kennedy’s ever played a role in our Paula Deen discussion, I thought this might be a good time to bring us back to the issue at hand.  I asked my mom why she would put so much clout in the newspapers, magazines, and television shows that she would believe it without doubting it at all.  She is so funny and so full of logical conflicts.  She said, I heard Jackie O being interviewed.  Right from her own mouth.  And so I asked what about Ted Kennedy?  didn’t you hear him being interviewed and denying that he killed that girl.  She said that of course she did, but that he was lying.  How can you persuade that kind of logic?

There was about 10 more minutes of discussion.  Most of it was futile and therefore not worth mentioning here.  The only thing of note is that my mother said I would have made a good lawyer.  On that, I’m not so sure.  What I do know is that even after showing her all the evidence, she still doesn’t believe me.  Because after all, she lived through the 90’s and therefore it has to be the way she remembers.  To hell with Wikipedia and all that! (note the sarcasm).  And since I could not prove to her with Paula Deen’s own story, I could only offer that maybe she was mistaken.

Again, please don’t misread the intent of this article.  It is a matter of history for my life.  And I believe it’s funny, in a way.  It’s Old World mentality versus New World.  It’s the older generation versus the new (and even mine isn’t so new anymore).  It’s the industrial age thinking versus the information age.

And these are the kinds of fun conversations you, too, can have with your mothers if you choose to move back home in your mid-thirties!

Posterous will be the way…

July 27, 2009

Or my name isn’t Orville Redenbacher!