We Don't Talk Anymore - 10/31/13

  When texting started becoming the rage, I'll admit I wasn't much of a fan.  It seemed impersonal to me.  We were communicating but we weren't talking.  I couldn't hear the inflection in your voice.  Sarcasm is harder to identify when relying solely on the written word.  That's all still true, but I have changed my mind about texting.

  While I still prefer talking to people, I text quite a lot.  I've come to understand I can get a text message in and an answer back during times I absolutely can't answer the phone and you can't either.  I can receive and respond to a text in a meeting, movie, you name it.  And I have.  I can send a text and not break connection with my family to do it. 

  It's just a flat out faster way to communicate in many cases.  I know this never happens to you, but I find I can send a text without getting bogged down in a potentially protracted conversation that I may not be in a position to have.  There, I said it.  I'm a fan.  I have moved from reluctant texter to frequent flyer.  How about you?

 

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TOMMY CHONG

LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Stoner comic Tommy Chong came out smokin' last night -- on the dance floor. The 76-year-old Chong is a contestant this season on "Dancing With the Stars." The judges were impressed by his cool and his smooth moves. Chong rode onto the dance floor in a low rider, with old partner Cheech Marin at the wheel. Judge Bruno Tonioli (toh-nee-OH'-lee) says he was expecting "bad grandpa" but got cool grandpa instead.

POT SHOP POACHING

SEATTLE (AP) -- A legal pot store dropping a dime on a pot dealer? It's happening in Seattle. Cannabis City is the city's only licensed recreational pot shop. Police report the staff at the legal pot store called officers to report a dealer trying to poach customers. Workers say the man was selling weed out of the back of his Buick and was handing out business cards. Employees at Cannabis City say the pot dealer threatened to "stomp" a worker who had confronted him. Police add the man had left by the time officers arrived.

CAPITAL BIKESHARE

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Want to buy a used bike? How about 250 of them? Washington's Capital Bikeshare program is getting a bunch of new, old bikes. The bikes are coming from Ottawa at a discount. The Canadian city is planning a new bike sharing system based on different technology. So, WTOP reports D.C. Bikeshare is buying the bikes along with all 25 of Ottawa's old docking stations. Capital Bikeshare has more than 22,000 members.

TIPPING HOTEL MAIDS

NEW YORK (AP) -- Tip the maid. That's the goal of "The Envelope Please" campaign. Former California first lady Maria Shriver and Marriott are launching a program to encourage the tipping of hotel maids. The name of the person who cleans the room will be written on envelopes left in the rooms. Shriver is the founder of an organization called A Woman's Nation that aims to empower women. She says many travelers don't realize tipping is customary. So how much do you leave? Marriott International CEO Arne Sorenson says usually $1 to $5 per night.

 
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