Then I was watching a movie with James Garner and Joan Hackett that was briefly described as being about a gambler who became the sheriff of a small town and used his wife rather than his gun to enforce law and order. I wondered just how he did that. What did his wife have to do ... and then he and his co-star hadn't even started courting yet. Oh ... I re-read it and it wasn't his wife, it was his wits. Well, still four letters.
Or, there's the one when I was presented with an update here on my computer. It described "new features which help content developers deliver rich and engaging experiences."* In my loose fashion, I came away with an image of conTENT developers--sitting back in easy chairs sipping tea--only to realize they were, of course, CONtent developers.
Then, at my computer, I clicked onto an arrow to see what it did and got "Display the progress of going backwards." I didn't think much about it and went on to something else but then started to wonder. What did that mean--the progress of going backwards?! It sounded rather Zen-like. Checking it out, I saw the actual description read, "Display the progress of ongoing downloads." Ouch.
I sometimes feel as if I'm skating on ice. Just sort of glazing (or glossing) over the tops of things, not really taking them in. As if I've been at this--life?--so long, I have the knack and don't have to pay all that much attention anymore. Mostly, that works.
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*(Credit is given: quotation is by Adobe [registered trademark] Flash [registered trademark] Player. Please note: I tried using my software to incorporate the Registered Trademark symbol--a capital R with a circle around it--but kept getting this symbol, Ò ... which seemed fairly worthless so I gave up. I might have tried another technique but when I did try that once a few years ago, instead of what it was supposed to do, it put a period between every word in every document in every file in my computer! Of course, I freaked out and never did that again.)