Today in My History2000: "Learn to Live With It"
2001: No entry--in England
2002: The Perfect Squelch
2003: The Wrath of God
2004: Anyone for Moose Drool?
2005: Homeland Security
2007: Tea and Sympathy
Books Read in 2009
"A Thousand Splendid Suns"
Recipes for Cousins Day Drinks
VIDEO OF THE DAY / WEEK / WHATEVER
and on You Tube
9 May 2009
You know, I went to Catholic schools through 12th grade and a great emphasis was placed on writing, spelling, punctuation, grammar. We always thought we were better than the poor kids at the public school two blocks away, who obviously didn't have nearly as good instruction as we had (I wonder who fostered that ridiculous notion in our heads!)
But I fancy myself at least somewhat literate and so when I read something like this I just cringe:
That appeared on a video on You Tube. I'm so accustomed to horrendous grammar on You Tube I hardly notice it any more, but this one seemed to exceed the worst I'd seen.
Where you really find bad grammar, spelling and punctuation is when you come up against arguments about homosexuality. I swear that all the homophobes never made it past 3rd grade...which may explain something right there.
Ellen and Shelly were interviewed about ads which have been appearing in papers around the state this week. They say things like "LOST: My right to marry the person I love. If you're not using yours, please contact me..." and variations on that theme. The interview was recorded and posted on the Internet.
It has, of course, resulted in the usual firestorm and the usual cringe-worthy grammar.
(I'm imagining the rainbow colors of all those societies that "dyed" !!)
With the seeming increase in acceptance of bad grammar and abominal spelling, it makes me wonder if I lived through the end of the "golden days" of the English language.
The fire continues to rage in Santa Barbara. I heard from our friends Dick and Gerry, who live kind of at the base of the hills, saying they were just fine...then this morning their daughter posted a message on Facebook that they had been evacuated during the middle of the night.
Walt called this morning to say that they had received a reverse 911 call at the Assisted Living facility that they should be ready to evacuate and that if they had to evacuate his mother she would have to move to a gymnasium at UC Santa Barbara rather than to his sister's home because all the medical stuff would be at the gym.
Tom posted a messsage on Facebook tonight they couldn't take the smoke any more and were packing up and moving out of town for a bit.
I tried to call both Walt and his sister tonight to find out if Alice had been evacuated, but couldn't reach either of them.
The fire update page I found said that some 30,000 people had been evacuated and nearly that many were on the notification list of people who should be ready to evacuate.
As of 7 p.m. Friday, 8,600 acres were destroyed, 80 structures destroyed, 3,500 residences and 100 commercial properties are threatened.
The last I heard, the fire was only 10% contained, so I think there is a long way to go before anybody is going to breathe comfortably again.
PHOTO OF THE DAY
Mission Santa Barbara in the path of the fire
MILES TO NOWHERE: 106 miles