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October 17th, 2005

Ate a Fair amount today...

I love these survey phone calls.

"Good afternoon, sir. I'm calling on behalf of a national research firm; we're not trying to sell anything. We are conducting a survey on how people get their news. Would you be willing to take the survey for us?"

"Sure," I say.

"First, a little demographic information. Does anyone in your household work for any of the following:
  • a communications company?
  • a media company?
  • a newspaper or magazine company?
  • a television station?"
"No."

"What age range do you consider yourself in?" I stop him at the appropriate range.

"And what race or ethnic background do you consider yourself to be from?" I ignore the preposition at the end of the sentence, and resist the inclination to suggest, "From what ethnic background do you consider yourself to be?" "Caucasian," I answer.

"Sir, how many nights a week would you say you view a nightly newscast?" I ask, "On television?"

"Yes," he replies.

I say, "Never."

[Pause.] "Never?"

"No, never. I don't own a television."

[Pause.] "Well, that's all the questions we have for you today, sir. Thank you for your time."

I guess he didn't care that I get my news from the Internet, and the radio - mostly from NPR.



Joe called and twisted my arm to use his two free Fair tickets from work.

We ate, in this order:

A grilled kielbasa, onions, and green peppers sandwhich.Joe and I each had one.$6.00 (each sandwich)
French friesWe split one order.$2.00
Deep fried cheddar cheese bites with ranch dipping dressing.We split an order of these, too.$6.00
A root beer float.I ate most of this, Joe had a little.$3.00
Fried dough.We split this.$3.00 (no toppings)
Butter pecan ice cream.Joe ate most of this, I had a little.$3.00

Just a ridiculous amount of food.

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