I gazed out to our front yard, and what to my won­der­ing eyes should appear:
Frosty melt­ed and turned into a (func­tion­ing) iPhone–oh dear!

A phone appears in the snow

December 23, 2013 December 23, 2013 oddities by Scott No Comments

I received an “impor­tant ques­tion­naire” today from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Mass­a­chu­setts. The return address on the let­ter­head is a P.O. Box in Oaks, Penn­syl­va­nia. The des­ti­na­tion address print­ed on the reply enve­lope is a dif­fer­ent P.O. Box in Oma­ha, Nebras­ka.

Am I the only one who thinks this is a lit­tle weird for a com­pa­ny whose name ends in “of Mass­a­chu­setts?”

At the very least, they should offer some expla­na­tion.

July 9, 2012 July 9, 2012 oddities by Scott No Comments

  • Amer­i­ca does not have air con­di­tion­ing.
  • Amer­i­cans are brac­ing for attack from tourists. Big poster near immi­gra­tion agent warns: “WE ARE AMERICA’S FIRST LINE OF DEFENSE.”
  • Amer­i­cans are strong in the face of chal­lenges. Emer­gency evac­u­a­tion instruc­tions inside Air­Train read: “Step 1: Remain inside the train.” Where I come from, when train catch­es on fire we run out the door!
  • Amer­i­cans do not clean bath­rooms so much. Crust on floor and stink of ani­mal quar­ters reminds me of out­house in the old coun­try!
  • Newark is in the state of New York. My friend, he tells me it was in New Jer­sey, but sou­venir t-shirts all say “New York.”

March 31, 2010 March 31, 2010 oddities by Scott No Comments

The low-slung, decay­ing Boyl­ston Street build­ing which hous­es, among oth­er things, the Berklee Books + Music store has been get­ting some much-need­ed remod­el­ing recent­ly. But I was a lit­tle dis­ap­point­ed by the appear­ance yes­ter­day of a gar­ish, one-sto­ry-high sax­o­phone sculp­ture bolt­ed between the win­dows over the book­store.

Unfor­tu­nate­ly for the book­store, the space above is low-rent stu­dent hous­ing. Past­ed in the win­dow beside the sax­o­phone is a large hand-let­tered poster which reads:


January 28, 2010 January 28, 2010 oddities by Scott No Comments

A cou­ple of days ago, a rep­re­sen­ta­tive of the tran­sit author­i­ty hand­ed me a sur­vey. I am hap­py to pro­vide any feed­back that improves train ser­vice, so I prompt­ly filled it out. But imag­ine my sur­prise when, after being forced to iden­ti­fy my age, pro­fes­sion, income, race, and non-His­pan­ic sta­tus with mul­ti­ple-choice check­box­es, they left anoth­er key ques­tion open to, um, greater inter­pre­ta­tion:

What is your gen­der (exam­ple: male, female)? _________________________

A sim­ple lazy error or a anti-dis­crim­i­na­to­ry con­ces­sion to ane­u­ploids? I won­der.

April 16, 2009 April 16, 2009 oddities by Scott 1 Comment

Fish sticks.

March 1, 2009 March 1, 2009 oddities by Scott 5 Comments

I final­ly got to shake hands with Jim—the bald, mus­ta­chioed co-own­er of El Pelón Taqueria—at a neigh­bor­hood meet­ing tonight. He wants every­one to know that the restau­rant is com­mit­ted to re-open­ing in the same loca­tion as soon as pos­si­ble. And while that may mean wait­ing until 2010, he assured me that my ful­ly-punched fre­quent bur­ri­to card will still be hon­ored.

As we were talk­ing, I real­ized that he is the face on the front of my t-shirt. How weird is that?

February 24, 2009 February 24, 2009 oddities by Scott 1 Comment

Bell System advertisement In my home, this adver­tise­ment takes on mul­ti­ple lev­els of irony. (Source: Bell Sys­tem Memo­r­i­al)

January 12, 2009 January 12, 2009 oddities by Scott 3 Comments