February 24, 2006

FOUR FOR FRIDAY

Q1 - Birthdays: How many different birthdays do you have committed to memory, and aside from using your own noggin, how do you keep track of all the others?

Q2 - Seaport Security: A government-owned company in the United Arab Emirates volunteered late yesterday afternoon to delay its $6.8 Billion takeover of most operations at six U.S. seaports. The delay allows President George W. Bush time to convince skeptical members of the U.S. Congress that the deal poses no security risks. What's your feeling on this... should the United States government allow a company based in Dubai to manage seaports in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Newark?

Q3 - Telephones: Regardless of whether you use just a cell phone or a cell phone and a land line at home, does 'Voice over IP' (VoIP) technology have you thinking about switching or adding a land line at home? (In case you've never heard of VoIP, it allows for the routing of voice conversations over the Internet or any other IP-based network, and it's supposed to be a lot cheaper than paying the old-school phone companies for telephone service.)

Q4 - 2006 Winter Olympics: Have you been watching the 2006 Winter Olympics on television? If so, which events have you enjoyed the most? If not, why?

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Comments:

Q1: I have a fairly poor memory, when it comes to everything else, but when it comes to birthdays, I can remember everyone's birthday that has ever meant anything to me. There are some days when I can't remember the pen number on my bankcard or where I parked my car, but I have never forgotten a birth date.

Q2: American companies should manage American seaports.

Q3: I have both, so this would be a big N/A.

Q4: I am a big fan of the winter Olympics (except for curling which is not a sport). I have gotten the most entertainment from downhill skiing and womens figure skating.

Posted by: at February 24, 2006 9:46 AM

Q1 - Birthdays: How many different birthdays do you have committed to memory, and aside from using your own noggin, how do you keep track of all the others?

All of my family, my extended family, most of the people in our (small) congregation and some friends. Around 70? The rest of everyone else's I keep on a calendar. Actually, I keep everyone's on a calendar, but some I don't need to.

Q2 - Seaport Security: A government-owned company in the United Arab Emirates volunteered late yesterday afternoon to delay its $6.8 Billion takeover of most operations at six U.S. seaports. The delay allows President George W. Bush time to convince skeptical members of the U.S. Congress that the deal poses no security risks. What's your feeling on this... should the United States government allow a company based in Dubai to manage seaports in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Newark?

Sigh. What to say to this? I don't think it's the best idea anyone's ever had but if we have to trust someone else, so far the UAE have been trustworthy. I mean, we've got soldiers over there at their invitation, for Pete's sake. We're already trusting them with our lives.

Q3 - Telephones: Regardless of whether you use just a cell phone or a cell phone and a land line at home, does 'Voice over IP' (VoIP) technology have you thinking about switching or adding a land line at home? (In case you've never heard of VoIP, it allows for the routing of voice conversations over the Internet or any other IP-based network, and it's supposed to be a lot cheaper than paying the old-school phone companies for telephone service.)

No, never heard of it so I couldn't have thought about it. Technology has to be pretty widely known before we actually catch on, as we're technological Hottentots.

And speaking of Hottentots, guess what we got to listen to yesterday during school? A recording of a trumpeteer from the Light Brigade playing the charge that he played as the troops were riding on to certain death. Gave me chills. Then I read the Big Girls The Charge of the Light Brigade. The recording was one of many interesting recordings they have through the Edison Houses.

Q4 - 2006 Winter Olympics: Have you been watching the 2006 Winter Olympics on television? If so, which events have you enjoyed the most? If not, why?

I haven't watched because we don't get good reception on on our televisions and don't want to. We waste enough time in our lives as it is.

Posted by: Lori at February 24, 2006 10:01 AM

Q1- I have about 15 birthdays committed to memory. However, my husband's family is very large (7 brothers and sisters yielding 20 nieces and nephews- or is it 21?). I have a wall calendar that I prepare at the first of each year with all the important dates. I also have each date copied into my day planner. I almost need one just for birthdays!

Q2- I feel pretty skeptical about that myself. In fact, I am skeptical about their motivations motivations in taking over in the first place.

Q3- I have thought about it, but I think that VOIP needs to work out a few issues before I am willing to forsake my landline- with call quality being the first on that list. I think they are almost there, though.

Q4- Yes. Of course, the ice skating ranks high in our home. I have to say, though, that I have found all of the sports to be extremely interesting. I wasn't big on the ice dancing, but every aspect of the other sports, from skiing to curling to be fascinating.

Posted by: Rosanna at February 24, 2006 10:59 AM

I'm up!

Posted by: Kelly at February 24, 2006 11:11 AM

1. I have dozens of birthdays committed to memory. Not only friends and family members, but even celebrities. I have a strange, but powerful memory.

2. No. In this day of security, I say it should be only be an American company. The UAE has connections with terrorism and were one of the few countries in the world to actually recognize the Taliban.

3. If the technology catches up. In my experience, the quality has been lacking.

4.Yeah, I watch it every day. I like the short track, snowboarding, snowcross, and yes, ladies figure skating. How can one not enjoy watching Sasha Cohen?

Posted by: torporindy at February 24, 2006 1:06 PM

Q1 - Birthdays: I am very, very bad, just my brotherís. I know I should know my sister-in-lawís and all of their kid, but I donít. You could even tell me and the next day I would space out and forget it.
Q2 - Seaport Security: I think it is wrong; it would be so easy to misplace a shipping container paperwork or someoneís paperwork to allow them into the country.
Q3 - Telephones: I have high speed internet at home so I am thinking about it and now that you can program your 991 location it make it more viable.
Q4 - 2006 Winter Olympics: zip, zero, not at all.

Posted by: Diana at February 24, 2006 1:29 PM

FOUR FOR FRIDAY
Q1 - Birthdays: How many different birthdays do you have committed to memory, and aside from using your own noggin, how do you keep track of all the others?
I know many, many birthdays. My entire family, my friends...I see lots of people's birthdate's every day and tend to remember some of those too. Just call me Rainman! I have the important dates written down in my calendar.

Q2 - Seaport Security: A government-owned company in the United Arab Emirates volunteered late yesterday afternoon to delay its $6.8 Billion takeover of most operations at six U.S. seaports. The delay allows President George W. Bush time to convince skeptical members of the U.S. Congress that the deal poses no security risks. What's your feeling on this... should the United States government allow a company based in Dubai to manage seaports in Baltimore, Philadelphia, Miami, New Orleans, New York, and Newark?
No, we should manage our own seaports. Why do we need Dubai to manage them? Outside of the monetary motivation, what is in it for the U.S.?

Q3 - Telephones: Regardless of whether you use just a cell phone or a cell phone and a land line at home, does 'Voice over IP' (VoIP) technology have you thinking about switching or adding a land line at home? (In case you've never heard of VoIP, it allows for the routing of voice conversations over the Internet or any other IP-based network, and it's supposed to be a lot cheaper than paying the old-school phone companies for telephone service.)
I have a land-line for several reasons. I want my son to have access to the phone even if his cell phone was dead. I want 911 service to be able to locate me in case of an emergency.

Q4 - 2006 Winter Olympics: Have you been watching the 2006 Winter Olympics on television? If so, which events have you enjoyed the most? If not, why?
I've watched a bit here and there. I don't care much about sports, I've mainly had it on in the background. My son likes the snowboarding and that's been fairly interesting to catch bits and pieces of it.

Posted by: Lisa at February 24, 2006 3:56 PM

1. I know all the members of my immediate family, all my friends, and even some friends I haven't been in contact with in a long time. Actually, I do know all birthdays from friends I've had in the last 20+ years or more. I always write birthdays in my calendar when I get a new one. My friends are always amazed that I remember their birthdays. I guess I just have a thing with dates.

2. Uh, no. How much longer will this guy be president, and can we impeach him for anything?

3. Not sure I want my phone conversations going through the internet. But then I don't really know much about VOIP.

4. Not really. I'm not much of a sports fan. I did watch some of the skiing.

Posted by: Missy at February 24, 2006 4:12 PM

Q1 - Birthdays: Five committed to memory: mine, my wife's, my two kids', and my mom's. I use my Palm Pilot to keep track of the others and automatically remind me two weeks in advance.

Q2 - Seaport Security: As is the norm with our politicians and media, the headlines spin this as if the United Arab Emirates are taking over our ports, but they provide no details. I admit to having some suspicions, especially because the Bush family seems to be a little too buddy-buddy with the moneymen in Saudi Arabia, but why can't the media provide us with some additional details, so we can carry on an intelligent discussion rather than just reacting to headlines? Right now, when someone asks me what I think of this, the best I can come up with is "I don't know."

Q3 - Telephones: I can't even get broadband service at my house, so I'm really not considering VoIP. Besides, from what I hear, it still has a few bugs. Can you hear me now?

Q4 - 2006 Winter Olympics: I've watched replays on the news, but not much else.

Posted by: Joe at February 24, 2006 4:14 PM

1. Maybe five, and those because they're on easy dates to remember. Others I have on a list divided up by month so I can see who needs a card or gift or whatever each month.

2. Nope. Besides the fact that the UAE has been linked to support for terrorism, Bush's vehement support and his backpedaling on the issue has me thinking that other things are afoot. I mean, c'mon. The man hasn't used a veto once in almost six years and THIS deal is what makes him threaten to use it?

3. Yes, I'd certainly consider going to VoIP if I picked up a broadband connection.

4. I haven't really watched at all. I'm just not all that bit of a fan of winter sports, I guess.

Posted by: mike at February 24, 2006 4:31 PM

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Posted by: Cassie at February 24, 2006 4:56 PM

A1) I have a hard enough time remembering my family, let alone friends. However, I do keep an electronic calendar and try to include friends b-days.

A2) Absolutely, they should be allowed to bid for the contract to manage seaport operations. If we start to set standards over and above what we expect of other bidders, then we become our own worst enemy . It was mentioned, because it was found that two of the 9/11 terrorists were living in UAE, that UAE hosted terrorists, which is totally unfounded. UAE has made great strides in political reform and open market economics has taken hold.

A3) VOIP is a great compliment to cellular, especially with new cellular phones that also include wifi and voip capabilities. Finally... just one phone!

A4) I'll typically only watch the Winter Olympics, if I'm in proximity to a telly. Big skiing fan... so got to catch the skiing events, including the under-appreciated cross country events!

Posted by: BW at February 25, 2006 1:57 AM



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