Jennifer D. Wade Journal

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Blog posts October 2006


I've been watching the new series "Dexter" on Showtime.  By day, the main character, Dexter Morgan, is a blood spatter expert working for the Miami Police Department.  By night, he's a serial killer with a heart.  Or, he would be - if he had a heart.  The hook is that Dexter knows he's a born killer, but he only uses his serial killing powers to kill people who deserve to die.  I like that.  You go, Dexter.

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I'm Here to Help

At least that's what I'm told.  Which is why I try to have patience (and it's not always easy) when the phone rings at work and the following (as best as I can remember) conversation, which actually happened earlier tonight, ensues:

ME:  Hello.  May I help you?

CALLER (sounds like an older woman):  I have a problem with your program.  I called the phone number (she recites a number for the station), and I'm looking in the newspaper at the listing for your channel, but something's not right with the program that you're showing.

ME:  Just what program are you talking about?

CALLER:  Jeopardy!

ME:  That's because it's on another channel, Ma'am.  It's always been on that other channel.

CALLER:  Oh.  I don't know where that is.  How would I get that?

(Fast forward through a couple more questions, during which I ascertain where she lives and what cable system she has)

ME:  Why don't you try channel 3?

(A loud BEEEP sounds in my ear.)

ME (yes, I really said this):  Ma'am, I think you just pressed a button on the phone.  If you want to change the channel, you have to use the remote control for the television.  Try pressing zero-three.

CALLER:  Oh!  There it is!  Thank you!

ME:  You're welcome.

Consider that my good deed for the day.  I think I deserve some good karma for that one.   

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At Least It's not the Mets

So, it will be the Tigers vs. the Cardinals in the 2006 World Series.  Another year without the Phillies there, but I can take some solace in knowing that the Mets will not be there either. 

As I watched the Mets' Carlos Beltran strike out - looking - on three straight pitches - with the bases loaded - in the bottom of the 9th - I thought back to something that ESPN Radio's Mike and Mike talked about on Thursday morning's show (both picked the Mets, BTW).  They talked about how Game 7 would be a game of moments, moments that could determine how a player is ultimately remembered.

Their examples:  Bill Mazeroski, whose 9th inning home run in Game 7 gave the Pirates a World Series win over the Yankees.  And, Bill Buckner, the Red Sox first baseman who let a ground ball go right through his legs in the 10th inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series vs. the Mets.  The error allowed the Mets to score the winning run, and the Mets went on to win Game 7.  The error overshadows the 21-year career of a player who (according to Wikipedia) had more than 2,500 hits, stole bases, and made only 128 errors.  Moments.

Last night:

Bill Mazeroski = Yadier Molina

Bill Buckner = Carlos Beltran

By the way, the ground ball that Buckner missed in 1986 was hit by Mookie Wilson of the mets.  20 years later, Mookie's son Preston is playing for the Cardinals.  Just saying.

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All's Quiet

Not much to write about lately.  I'm into election preparations at work, so I'm kind of out of the news loop.  Right now, I'm worried about which candidates are going to be where on election night, and how the hell we're going to get live shots from all those places.  Does anybody have a spare sat truck I could borrow?

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After the recent spate of shootings at schools, an elementary school around here reviewed its security measures (locked doors and security cameras, I think) and decided that a new rule is in order:  No visitors/parents allowed without an appointment.  The top district official has said that if this rule proves "effective," it might be instituted at other schools in the district. 

First of all, define "effective" and tell me what criteria will be used to determine whether this appointment rule is "effective."

Secondly, rules are made for the people who follow them.  People who shoot up schools don't follow rules.

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