Archive for August, 2006

Eliminate “Utilization”, etc.

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

One of my favorite grammar books is Mightier than the Sword by C. Edward Good. I can’t remember how I found it, but I’ve had it for a long time. The author recommends using clear, concise language to communicate plainly. As an example, he says we can completely eliminate the words “utilize” and “utilization”, using [...]

Setting your side mirrors

Saturday, August 12th, 2006

A few years back, I read something in my auto insurance literature that recommended setting the side mirrors wider than most people normally do, to reduce blind spots. I tried it, and it worked great. On the freeway, as a car passes me on the left or on the right, I never lose sight of [...]

First Words

Friday, August 4th, 2006

I visited the Santa Fe Springs Heritage Center today, on the way home from a CHP office where I got a fix-it ticket signed off (had to replace burnt out license plate lights). One of the historical displays mentioned the first words ever spoken across a telephone line. They were: “Mr. Watson–come here–I want to [...]

Heading the Same Direction

Friday, August 4th, 2006

Yesterday, I picked up Dave and Heather and their daughter from LAX. On the way from the baggage claim back to my car, Dave noticed this SuperShuttle van. He suggested the title above. I wonder if anyone went to both the Barbie Doll 2006 National Convention and the Church of God International IYC 2006? (It [...]