I dialed a local radio station during their blues show with the intent of requesting some Stevie Wonder. I called and it started ringing. I figured “hey, I’ll just let it keep ringing until someone picks up. then, I’ll be able to make my request.” so I let it ring.
about four to five minutes passed, but I really wanted to here some Stevie, so I let it keep ringing. Finally someone picked up.
“WCCC, you’re Caller 1″
“Waaait I just wanted to hea–”
Caller 6, Bob from Manchester CT, won two tickets to a blues show.
background: recently I stayed over at Jesse’s apt in Hartford. Holy Cross Alicia’s cat was there. the cat spent most of the night curled up with me on the couch.
Holy Cross Alicia: It’s frustrating sometimes because Mike’s exactly the kind of person who should be voting, you know?
Alicia’s Mom: Have Ellie Mae [the cat] talk to him.
Holy Cross Alicia: (raised eyebrow)
Alicia’s Mom: She slept with him, maybe he’ll listen to her.
Coming soon! Alicia’s most sought after movie reviews!
Sometimes I experience a zen-like moment wherein I think, â€œWow, nothing exists. I donâ€™t exist, this room doesnâ€™t exist, and the world definitely does not exist.â€ Everything seems very clear. However, I donâ€™t know whether I should trust those brief seconds of clarity, especially when the rest of the time, my bills, Judeo-Christian values, and the trials of dating occupy all my attention and manifest themselves in an extremely real fashion.
My question is: What is reality, Shaun?
Alicia, Cambridge, MA
Comment by Alicia â€” 9/22/2004 @ 4:21 pm
There is no spoon.
Also, let’s examine a work of literature that I believe contains many answers to life’s most difficult questions: Charles Dickens “A Christmas Carol”. In this passage, Scrooge is confronting the ghost of Jacob Marley. I quote:
“What evidence would you have of my reality, beyond that of your senses?”
“I don’t know,” said Scrooge.
“Why do you doubt your senses?”
“Because,” said Scrooge, “a little thing affects them. A slight disorder of the stomach makes them cheats. You may be an undigested bit of beef, a blot of mustard, a crumb of cheese, a fragment of an underdone potato. There’s more of gravy than of grave about you, whatever you are!”
What I’m trying to say is that you have no evidence of reality beyond that which your senses provides. And we all know that our senses are inadequate when trying to discover the true nature of things (especially if they are affected by mustard). My belief (and this is not truly YOUR answer, only an opinion) is that the human spirit can transcend the mundane and drink in the true nature of things. Picture your mind as a camera with a focus knob. When you have these moments, perhaps the focus has been opened all the way – and because the focus is so wide, you can’t see the solid things you usually can.
Perhaps when you have these moments of unreality, you are sensing the fact that most of what we consider “real life” is made up of atoms, which are made up of mostly empty space. Since everything is really more empty space than solid, maybe that is what you are getting. Additionally, perhaps by disentangling your consciousness from the narrow focus that life forces on us, you are feeling a bit dwarfed by the vast expanses of space and time that surround us. Honestly, the numbers that represent the size and age of the universe cannot really be processed by our brains – and that could enhance your sense of unreality. Then, life crowds back in (in the forms you mentioned), and your focus narrows.
I suppose this doesn’t provide an empirical answer for you, but I would recommend enjoying those moments. I hope this answer satisfies you – and I would be more than happy to continue the debate it doesn’t. Good one!
It was also stated in the New York Times on September 26th that the estimated cost of going out and voting is about $10 per person. That 10 dollars could go to something a lot more useful: like buying myself 6 cans of B&M baked beans.
I struggle to see the point of voting. Especially for a Massachusetts voter. I’ll bet anyone my $10 that Kerry will win MA regardless of my vote.
I am expecting a counter arguement from Rick Richter in the comments.
In other news, Expect BIG things in tomorrow’s post. be excited!
An employee asked a thoughtful question at a meeting.
My boss replied:
“let me answer that by not answering it.”
This answer is the perfect illustration of the corporate world.
One of the biggest shocks in moving to CT was the fact that it is not required to dial the area code to call a local friend. Unlike MA where all 10 numbers are needed to make any phone call, the CT 7 number system caught me a little off guard.
Is CT or MA the exception to the rule?
how many states require all 10 digits to be dialed for local connection?
Comment by mike d â€” 9/22/2004 @ 3:59 pm
You’ve raised an interesting question. Let’s address it point by point.
First, why are some areas able to dial locally without dialing the area code? When the country was broken up into Areas, each Area got an Area Code. The Area is a geographic location by definition. Now what happens when 7 digits aren’t enough for all the phones (landlines, cell phones, etc) in a given geographic Area? The answer is an Overlay. An Overlay is when phone numbers in the same geographic area can have different Area Codes. This allows for more numbers per Area, but can be confusing (your neighbor could, in fact, have a different Area Code). Interestingly, when they created the Overlay in Massachusetts, they created new Areas first. In fact, before the Overlay, there were only 3 area codes in Massachusetts; 413, 508, and 617. Now they’ve thrown in others (such as 978 and 781). And the Overlays for Massachusetts? The 508 Area could have 774 as the area code, 617 gets 857, 781 gets 339, and 978 gets 351.
The Overlay that forces you to dial 10 digits instead of 7 to call local folks is the exception to the rule. The majority of the country doesn’t have this restriction. Only 19 states use Overlays, and usually only in small areas (like major cities; the Denver area of Colorado has an Overlay, but the rest of the state doesn’t). Massachusetts is one of the few states that has this requirement employed state-wide.
On a personal note, I find it weird that there is such a rational answer to this question. Also, was this the BIGGEST shock about moving to CT? Not the “Stuff is more expensive” or the new living situations? Or the “Running of the Bulls” that happens once a year in New Haven?
Shannon has successfully rebutted a portion of my answer! Everything she says is true. I was misinformed. See below:
Iâ€™d like to file a complaint on the basis of false information in regards to the 10 digit dialing. While the central and eastern portion of Massachusetts has to dial 10 digits, the western part does not. I find it very refreshing when I go home to the hills and only dial 7 digits.
Comment by Shannon â€” 9/29/2004 @ 7:37 pm