Monthly Archives: September 2010

What’s the hubub, bub?

When there’s time, I’ll grab a cup of coffee before I get on the train. Today, I was behind a young woman who knew she wanted a bagel. And perhaps, her own name.

I looked at the clock on the wall: 8:09. Express trains leaving in 4 and 10 minutes.

“I got sesame, cinnamon-raisin, poppy, everything –”

“Wait, what’s on that one?”

As the counter man deconstructed the Everything Bagel for our bright young professional, I realized the cashier was idle. Behind me, several restless people had noticed the same thing.

A thirtyish guy in a bike helmet who will absolutely grow up to be the father from Calvin & Hobbes rolled his bike back and forth as a woman behind him blew her bangs out of her eyes after each deep sigh. Behind her, a grown man switched his briefcase from hand to hand, dropped his shoulders and started doing the Pee-pee Dance.

Just as Bagel Girl paid for the exotic new baked good she’ll be talking about for weeks, Calvin’s Dad leaned in and said in my face, “I want a small coffee.”

He began wheeling his bike over, but I stepped in front of him. When he stopped short, the bike helmet slid down over his eyes a bit.

“Medium coffee, blueberry muffin, please,” I said to the counter man. When I looked over my shoulder, the biker was shooting daggers.

“Wasn’t exactly Gone With The Wind, now, was it?” I said, handing the cashier a bill.



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An Open Letter to Menotek, Inc.

I bought a Bluetooth keyboard that stopped creating several useful characters, including the letters “a,” “s,” “d,” and the comma. Which we all know I overuse anyway.

I went to in search of customer service, but only found a sales link for requesting info on wholesale orders.

Here’s the letter I sent:

Hi there. I recently purche Menotek keyboard after buying n iPhone 4. writer n omenone who recently trte long commute I hope thi evice wool be gret wy to boot my personl n profeinl productivity.

Unfortuntly the Menotek trte malfunctioning after only two week of ue. The comm w the firt to go but I ten to overue them nyy o it no gret lo.

It w when I trte to loe the left en of the keyboard that I trte to have eriou difficulty. Luckily my phone i mrt enough to to-correct mny of te top but it cn only o o muc.

I’ve trte typing te me wy I mutt oun in the entit’ chir.

I’ rely like to give your product noter hot but I couldn’t fin ny contact information on your corporate webite. I uppoe if I emil your le tem I could place wholele orer but I’ rather jut have replacement.

Plee let me know how I cn return the effective unit.


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