Archive for February, 2010

I was changing cloths and start pulling items out my pocket, and was wondering what do people have in their pockets.  This is the posting of this blog. Whats in your pocket now? This seem crazy but I figure, why not ask. Let’s see how many will respond.

I have Two keys, some change, a wallet, rubber band, three sets of key rings, three receipts and the cell phone that took this picture.

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Are you addicted to your cellphone? Are you uncomfortable if you are out of reach of your cell phone? Are you constantly checking to see if you have a missed call? Is your teen constantly texting? Is there decreased production due to your cell phone use? As the number of people that have cell phones is rapidly growing, so is the number of people that are becoming addicted to their phones. When these phones were invented, they were intended to make life easier. Today there are some people that do not have a life because they do not know when to turn them off. Many view cell phones as an essential item, an integral tool necessary for family, work, safety and social networking. Do family and friends complain about your constant cell phone use?

People can be seen talking on cell phones while driving, which is against the law in several states. Everyone has walked past someone in a mall or airport seemingly talking purposely to no one visible, until you realize that a Blue Tooth ear piece is attached to the head of the individual. Movie theaters, airlines, public meetings, and most quiet venues have to continuously remind the public to “Please turn off your cell phones” since we are incapable of remembering to do so. There are questions as to whether cell phone addictions are actual addictions, such as an addiction to drugs would be. There are some similarities. Cell phone addicts use their phone to make them feel better. These users even seem to increase their phone use over time to get the same feeling that they had when they first began using them. There are also some anxiety issues when the user does not have his phone available. Ever left you phone a home? For most people, heeding these warnings in hospitals or at the movies is as simple as pressing a button. But for a growing number of people across the globe, the idea of being out of touch, even just for a 90-minute movie, is enough to induce anxiety.

Top 10 Signs of Cell Phone Addiction

10. You’ve spent more on accessories than on your phone.
It started out with something harmless like a car charger, but then you stepped up to the car FM transmitter, armband, a different case for each day of the week, spare batteries, screen protectors, a stereo Bluetooth adapter, wireless speakerphone, and even a dock powered by tube amps. You realize that it’s just a phone, not a kid, right? And that none of it will work when you inevitably upgrade to the next version six months from now?

9. You have 30 different apps installed. And use them all.
We’ve all gone through app-installing binges where we’ve installed some questionable stuff on our cell phones. Two weeks later, we either figure out it’s garbage and delete it, or leave it to stagnate. But those of you still checking on your digital iPhorest trees, using car locater to find your Camry down the block every morning, and thumbing through digital copies of the U.S. Constitution during heated political debates are the real nuts.

8. You have alarms telling you when to do everything in your life.
Business meetings, doctor’s appointments, and group meetups. All valid events to put in your phone. Have an alarm for putting out the trash on Wednesday night? You’re in way too deep, buddy. When you need your phone to prod you through every step of the day, it might as well be your respirator or dialysis machine.

7. You spend more time talking on the phone then you do with your Lover.
Love the One You’re With. It’s rude to talk on cell phone call on a date or during a social engagement with others. It’s also inconsiderate to take a call in the middle of a conversation. If the caller were present he or she would likely wait to politely interrupt at a more appropriate time. Let the call roll to voice mail and return it later.

6. You’ve cut back on necessities to afford your $100 a month cell phone bill.
OK, lunch is pretty important. But $5 a day adds up to like $150 a month, and that can totally pay your phone bill if you just switch to Jell-O and ramen noodles for a while. Or maybe you could just start hopping the turnstile instead of paying for a subway pass. Or move to a cheaper apartment. Or carry a balance on that credit card.

5. You cannot leave a conversation while ordering food.
STOP TALKING ON YOUR CELLPHONE WHILE YOU ORDER YOUR FOOD! This is the worst Cell Phone Etiquette I have seen. Most of the time they are senseless conversations, if you don’t believe me listen to the next person holding a phone to his ear asking, “do you want cheese on this?” Then they look at the phone like it’s going to talk back to them. What ever happened to, “Let me call you back, I’m ordering something to eat.” No one needs to hear how wasted you were last night, or what color your boyfriend’s boxers were on the night the two of you, um, “played Scrabble.” Keep your personal conversations personal.

4. You broke it, and it feels like you lost a friend.
In a moment of clumsiness, you went to remove it from your pocket for the 37th time in the last hour, slipped, and sent it pinwheeling toward pavement, where it landed with a sickening crack. Or, in a moment of carelessness, you let it slip out of your pocket on the train, waiting to be snatched up by some hawkeyed bum. Even worse you dropped it into a fountain . Whatever the circumstances, you can’t stop replaying the event in your mind, running over its irreplaceable digital contents in your mind, and kicking yourself for letting it happen. Maybe you even have dreams about a reunion with your long-lost friend.  When the symptoms start to border post-traumatic stress disorder, it’s time to move on.

3. You have to answer EVERY call.
Turn the phone Off. Does a ringing phone make you feel important? Do you talk just to talk? Phones should be turned off in movie theaters, playhouses, observatories or any other public place that creates an atmosphere to transport the imagination of the audience. People pay good money to be entertained and a ringer breaks the illusion. Turn It Off in the doctors exam rooms. DAME! Intimate public settings such as restaurants, public restrooms, waiting rooms, hallways, buses, subways or anywhere a private conversation is not possible is a bad place for a cell phone conversation. To practice good cell phone etiquette, put the ringer on vibrate or silent mode and let the call roll over to voice mail. If it’s an important call, step outside or to a secluded area to return the call. If that’s not possible and you must take the call, keep your voice low and the conversation brief. Let the caller know you’ll get back to them when you’re able. Use Common Sense. Turn off your phone before a job interview, presentation, or boardroom meeting. Leave it off at funerals, weddings, or anyplace a quiet atmosphere is mandated, such as a courthouse, library, museum, or place of worship. Are you one of those people who call back phone numbers you see on your caller ID even when you don’t know who called you, so afraid you are going to miss one call?

2. You feel a brief moment of panic when you touch your pocket (or grope to the bottom of your purse) and it’s gone. We’re not talking about a lost phone here, just realizing you left it at home. And feeling the skipped heartbeat of sheer terror. “What will my Twitter followers think?”

1. You use it in the bathroom.
Forty-two percent! That’s how many people admitted to using their cell phone in the bathroom on a recent survey. Some people are so addicted to their BlackBerrys and iPhones they can’t even go to the bathroom without reading email, sending a text message or making a call. People don’t need to hear the *flush* sound to know when you’re sitting on the can because I can hear the echo inside the bathroom. Duh. And if you don’t flush because you don’t want to gross out the person you’re talking to, what if you forget to flush later – and it’s no. 2? Have You Ever Drop Your Cellphone In The Toilet?

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In my post Oakland TN Mayor And Former Police Chief Indicted there was a visitor, identified only as “Officer”, that defended the Oakland Police Department on the subject of “speed traps.” Officer put up a good battle as he was attacked by other visitors and the one visitor known as “DD.” Although the conversation of the original topic changed to speed traps and attacking Officer, I felt it only fair to show those that attacked officer and other policeman, what policemen deal with on a daily basis. I found this video and thought about the risk the men/women in uniform face. As I told Officer during our conversation, “I got the ticket and continued to my designation.” The video shows what happens when a person takes the matter personal and seeks vengeance. Officer if you read this post, feel free to comment. Thanks.

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Green Bay, Wis., Mayor Jim Schmitt and Green Bay’s parks director Bill Landvatter were in Memphis looking over the Zippin Pippin, which is being dismantled. The Zippin Pippin, formerly called the Pippin, is one of the oldest existing wooden roller coasters in the United States. No sources can pinpoint when or where the Pippin was built. According to a 4/27/1993 Commercial Appeal article the Zippin Pippin was built in 1912 in East End Park. A 1/8/33 CA article claims that East End, “had charge of the ‘Figure Eight,’ predecessor of the Fairgrounds, ‘Pippin.” A 4/17/1966 CA article claims the coaster was built in 1915. Another, (CA 12/26/1974) date’s construction in 1917. Either way it goes, it was made out of pine wood and built somewhere in the “today” fairground area. It was constructed by John A. Miller and Harry Baker of National Amusement Devices.

As the park declined in popularity, the coaster was dismantled and relocated adjacent to the horse track in Montgomery Park, now known as the Mid-South Fairgrounds. In the 1970s, Memphis made plans to build a theme park around the Pippin and the Grand Carousel. The park was called Libertyland, and opened in 1976. The Pippin was renamed the Zippin Pippin, and billed as the most prominent and historic ride at Libertyland. Elvis Presley was alive then the park opened and the Zippin Pippin was reportedly his favorite roller coaster. Yes, it is true; Elvis would rent the entire park on occasion just to ride it without constant fan interference. A week before his death, Elvis rented the park from 1 a.m. to 7 a.m. to entertain a small number of guests and he rode the Zippin Pippin for hours without stopping. Libertyland Amusement Park closed in 2005, the Zippin Pippin is being disassembled. Schmitt said he would recommend his city “work diligently” to acquire the Pippin and move it to Green Bay, Wis.

The real story about the Zippin Pippin is, it SUCKED! I remember going to the Fairgrounds before Libertyland was opened. Memphis, that was the only roller coaster we had till the Revolution came. Once the Revolution was constructed it had Loops, it was faster, made of steel, and longer. See, the Zippin Pippin was 2,865 feet (873 m) long, traveled 20.8 mph (33.5 km/h), increasing to 40 mph (64 km/h) at the maximum drop of 70 feet (21 m). It only took up a minute and thirty seconds of your time. This was great for people in the 1912-1960 that didn’t experience anything over 45 miles an hour. You older readers know the speed limit in the 1930 was topped at 45 mph. In the 1970 speeds were topped at 55 mph, which made the Zippin Pippin slow-as-hell! Plus, many people would head to Nashville to enjoy Opryland,

If you were between the ages of 8-12 you might find the ride exciting. I mean the ride had no G-Force at all. A “real” roller coaster takes advantage of G-Forces. It constantly changes its acceleration and its position to the ground, making the forces of gravity and acceleration interact in many interesting ways. The Zippin Pippin didn’t.

On a “real” roller coaster, when you plummet down a steep hill, gravity pulls you down while the acceleration force seems to be pulling you up. At a certain rate of acceleration, these opposite forces balance each other out, making you feel a sensation of weightlessness, the same sensation a skydiver feels in free fall. If the coaster accelerates downward fast enough, the upward acceleration force exceeds the downward force of gravity, making you feel like you’re being pulled upward. If you’re accelerating up a steep hill, the acceleration force and gravity are pulling in roughly the same direction, making you feel much heavier than normal. The Zippin Pippin didn’t. Now the Revolution did!

The only time Libertyland made the news was for Labor Day Weekend or when the Mid South Fair was in town. My cousin Jeff and I would go to Libertyland every two weeks; you could ride every major ride there and walk the park in one hour and forty-five minutes with a moderate crowd. The Zippin Pippin was near 60 years old, based on built in 1917 and my visits in 1974+. It was falling apart then, it shook, after the first drop, the car your sitting in rattled, you were more afraid the roller coaster was about to collapse if anything. Jeff and I would take our drinks and drink while riding the ride. We got to know some of the people working the rides because of our regular visits. Many times at the Revolution the operators would let the ride got through two times if there where no people at the gates. We would always ride the Zippin Pippin last, as we leave, sometimes we could get around five non-stop trips. I’m not going to say I didn’t like the Zippin Pippin, I rode it every time I visited Libertyland. During the 1980, the ride was just, OUTDATED, and those that can remember, half the time you visited Libertyland the Zippin Pippin was CLOSED.

On October 29, 2005, citing persistent loss of money, “Little-Bitty Land” closed its gates for good. We’re talking 2005; Libertyland didn’t covered no more than 20 acres. Families lose interest in homespun amusement parks. People want Disney not some corner amusement park with a raggedy roller coaster. For goodness sakes, the Mid-South Fair even decided to relocate. If Schmitt gets his way, the Zippin Pipping will find another home, and if I’m ever in Green Bay, Wis., at some amusement park and see the ol’ Zippin Pippin, Yes Memphis, I would ride that old raggedy roller coaster for ol’ time sakes.

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