If we have it, it’s in aisle 25!

The Lowe’s store in Rosedale NY is about as long as a city block.

As I entered the store, I asked the man at the service desk where I could find a flagpole. He suggested I try the seasonal department, which happened to be at the opposite end of the store, to see if they carry that item. That answer was not acceptable, so I insisted on a better one. In response, he paged the seasonal manger. No one responded.

This 82-year-old man with limited mobility was not looking forward to schlepping the length of the store on the speculation that he would find the product he was looking for. Unfortunately, he had to do it any way.

So much for customer service.

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Fractured Idiom

As my followers already know, I am a stickler with regard to language.

Listening to MSNBC can be entertaining as well as informative.

Heard Today!

“That nailed it on the head.”

That phrase is a combination of two idioms. One is “You nailed it,” as in a perfect move in gymnastics; the other is “You hit the nail on the head,” as in making your point precisely.


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Idiotic Idiom

Lately, I have been watching a lot of cable news. The thing that gets to me the most is the drivel that is spoken by such a large number of politicians who, one would hope, would have some degree of intelligence.

Heard today:

“You can only get so much blood from a stone.”

I’m speechless!

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Bad Packaging

It seems to me that a seller of art suppliers would be an expert in packaging their products for shipment. Not true.

Recently, I purchased a ruler from an Amazon partner and it came in unusable condition.

What is shown is that the ruler is coated with residual glue from the tape used to affix it to the packaging material. This could have been avoided simply by wrapping the ruler in a sheet of paper before applying the tape.

I informed Amazon and they refunded my money. As for the supplier, who knows?


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Bald is Beautiful

Being bald is not a bad thing. In fact, many men are shaving their heads to look more attractive.

Then, there are many who deny their baldness by using longer hairs to cover their bald spot. Who are they fooling? It’s not funny, even if you are a comedian.

Sometimes, a hairpiece would be better. However, if you can afford it, make it a good one..

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Font Foolishness

Many years ago, before the digital age, there was a clever mechanical way to make small adhesive labels. It was made by Dymo, and I own one.

It provided a very convenient way to identify stuff. And that, alone, was pretty good.

But recently, someone created a Dymo font for use on computers. I do not have a clue as to why. It is being used to promote a current Broadway show.

Whether or not you find that attractive is your call. However, those selections of Dymo-style text seem to be real labels rather than computer-generated text.

The reason is that the font designer created blank spaces between words as empty rather than as solid. This is what happened when I used the font on my computer.

As can be seen on the second line, there are blank spaces between words. This would not be possible on mechanical tape.

The third line shows that additional graphic elements (shown here in red) had to be added to simulate actual tape. The fourth line is the completed simulation.

Another font that bewilders me is



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Digital Printing Can Hurt You

If you are not a frequent user of printed products you may be in trouble when you need to reprint something old. If all you have is a mechanical (pasted up board) it is practically worthless. Commercial printers today require digital files (usually PDF, or a high-resolution JPG for photos) from their customers.

What is also bad is that you may have had a digital file that you sent to your printer originally, but you do not have it now. Your printer may not have it either. It may have been lost or trashed when his company merged with a larger one. Or he may be out of business completely.

While the migration to digital printing has had an adverse effect on buyers of print, it has provided a new source of  business for me. I have been getting more and more requests to digitize documents and art from people who possess little more than a beat up paper copy of an old document from which to work.

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