Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

“By buying a smart speaker, you’re effectively paying money to let a huge tech company surveil you.”

December 5, 2017

https://gizmodo.com/dont-buy-anyone-an-echo-1820981732

“Do I pay $2.50 for a coffee? Never, never, never do I do that…That is such a waste of money for something that costs 20 cents. I never buy a frape-latte-blah-blah-blah-woof-woof-woof for $2.50.” – – Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary

December 4, 2017

https://www.cnbc.com/2017/12/04/kevin-oleary-wont-pay-2-point-50-for-coffee-instead-he-invests-it.html

“Thank the Lord, Christmas is over!”

December 2, 2017

This may be my all time favorite statement from a conversation I overheard.  It was made at least ten or fifteen years ago.  I was in my home town of Littleton, Colorado to celebrate Christmas with my parents and other family members.  A day or two after Christmas we went for lunch to Mission Trujillo, a memorable Mexican restaurant and veritable community gathering place at Broadway and Ridge, a place frequented by the my family for many years (which, to our great disappointment, closed its doors some time ago, at a time when its business was still thriving).  As we sat at our table, on somewhat of a slow day with not many diners, two middle aged women at a nearby table were conversing over their lunch.  In the course of their conversation, one of the women made the statement which is the title of this blogpost, doing so without a hint of irony, sighing with what I perceived to be genuine relief.

“MAYBE YOU SHOULD BE AN ENGLISH MAJOR. AT LEAST, YOU GET TO READ STUFF THAT’S WRITTEN BY PEOPLE WHO CAN WRITE! YOU DON’T HAVE TO DO ANYTHING TO BE AN ENGLISH MAJOR, YOU DON’T NEED ANY SPECIAL TALENT, YOU JUST HAVE TO PAY ATTENTION TO WHAT SOMEONE WANTS YOU TO SEE—TO WHAT MAKES SOMEONE ANGRIEST, OR THE MOST EXCITED IN SOME OTHER WAY. IT’S SO EASY; I THINK THAT’S WHY THERE ARE SO MANY ENGLISH MAJORS.”

November 30, 2017

Irving, John. A Prayer for Owen Meany: A Novel (p. 320). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.

“I’m beginning to know what it feels like to get old.” – – Wilford Jones, age 84 – -November, 25, 2017

November 25, 2017