March 4th, 2005

krazy koati

Did you ever have to make up your mind

After an exceedingly long wait the food stand guy brought my chicken chop and asked which sauce I wanted; the choices are black pepper mushroom, and teriyaki. I chose teriyaki. ``We don't have any. Which do you want?'' Well, mushroom, then. ``Are you sure?'' I can't avoid the feeling he was putting me on somehow.

A secretary asked how I chose to spend the S$500 equipment-improvement allocation. I told her I hadn't thought much about it; I'd like but don't need a scanner, but if books are all right I could make a list. She assured me a scanner was fine even if I didn't need it. She suggested I might get a palmtop computer.

That's an interesting option. I've never had any sort of data assistance, apart from forgetting things. I can't think of much legitimate use, although it'd be handy to have something to take down notes when I run across Civil Defence Neopets or the like that's more reliable than digging scraps of paper from my wallet. I know people with grown-up jobs use them for ... things. If I had to guess I'd say they were used to cancel meetings and to make fake notes while telling someone you'd respond ``later''. I don't understand what people in business do all day. Everyone in business seems to have Dagwood Bumstead's job, sitting at a desk with endless piles of blank paper that has to be scribbled on and moved to new piles without ever knowing why. I don't know what I'd do with a palmtop, except I know some of them play Railroad Tycoon II. I don't think that's the intent of the equipment improvement bonus, though.

Trivia: When constructed the United States Hotel was the first hotel in Atlantic City, and the largest in the United States, with room for 2,000 visitors. Source: Boardwalk Empire, Nelson Johnson.

Currently Reading: Enter Jeeves: 15 Early Stories, P G Wodehouse.