City Bike

My city bike is a Marin Redwoods.

My city bike

My city bike is a Marin Redwoods.  I bought it with my bonus money when I worked at Sprint in San Jose, way back in the mid-1990’s, when Sprint was still a long distance telephone company.

That was the bike that reminded grown up me how much kid me love riding bikes.

The same thing happened today.  I still have that bike.  I rode a loop on the streets, bike paths, and the Greenway in on a hot and sunny day, and loved it.

What I’ve learned about riding bikes since the mid-1990’s is that it’s beautiful sometimes to stop riding and be still for a minute.  Here’s that minute.

 

 

 

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Dépaysement: Drop a dime

Dépaysement translates roughly as “change of scenery.”  It translates even more roughly as “The feeling that comes from not being in one’s own country.”

I am an American in Canada.  It takes some getting used to.

Dimes

Dimes

I was telling a story to a friend, and said, “Someone dropped a dime so the auditors came out and wanted to see the books.”  My friend looked at me blankly and told me she had no idea what “drop a dime” meant.

For the record, “drop a dime” is slang for anonymously tipping off the authorities to illegal activity.  Pay telephones were the medium of choice.  Local calls cost ten cents, and could only be traced to the pay phone; there was no way from that to know exactly who placed the call.

Now I wonder if this slang was too American or if my friend is just young enough not to know about pay phones and dimes and snitching.

Where do you live?  Where did you grow up?  Roughly how old are you?  Have you ever heard this expression?  Have you ever used this expression?  Have you ever used a pay phone? Please comment below.

Thanks to The Huffington Post (believe it or not) for this.

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My Life In Tech: WiFi Troubleshooting

Cat

I scoff at your WiFi

Although most of my work is with Windows machines, I often help customers and friends with Macs, tablets, and phones.  Troubleshooting is troubleshooting no matter what the problem: You have to start at one end or the other, but never in the middle.  So when asked about a problem with an Android phone the other day, I tried to connect to the wireless network in the house.

And I could not do it.

“It’s as if the phone isn’t seeing your network,” I explained, “But it’s seeing your neighbors’ networks just fine.”

“Oh, well the router is probably turned off.”  Someone went into another room and turned the router on, and that pretty much solved the phone-not-connecting-to-wifi part of the problem.  Eventually we got the rest of it sorted out.

“You shouldn’t really need to turn off the router,” I said.

“Oh, we don’t turn it off.  The cats turn it off.”

“OK.”

“Yeah, they push the button on the surge protector and turn it off.”

I want my own reality show.  I want someone to follow me around with a camera.

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Dépaysement: Survey Said!

Dépaysement translates roughly as “change of scenery.”  It translates even more roughly as “The feeling that comes from not being in one’s own country.”

I am an American in Canada.  It takes some getting used to.

dépaysement

British Columbia Legal Survey Marker

Thanks to The Huffington Post (believe it or not) for this.

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Dépaysement: Boxing Day

Dépaysement translates roughly as “change of scenery.”  It translates even more roughly as “The feeling that comes from not being in one’s own country.”

I am an American in Canada.  It takes some getting used to.

 

Boxing Day in Canada

Boxing Day in Canada

If you wonder what’s so disconcerting about this, here’s a good explanation.

Thanks to The Huffington Post (believe it or not) for this.

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