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Who’s On An Island First?

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It’s amazing how an abstract thought or moment leads to a website entry. Through a random set of thoughts and connections, I found myself thinking back on a teacher in elementary school. and our own little “Abbott and Costello moment”. I had been working on a theme paper of some sorts, and I approached her desk to join about two or three other kids also seeking guidance.

Without too much exaggeration, the exchange went something like this:

ME: How do you spell “island”?
HER: “is land”.
ME: Yes but how do you spell it?
HER: “IS LAND”.
ME: [getting frustrated] I know it’s LAND but how do you spell it?
HER: [also getting frustrated] “IS LAND“!
ME: <Silence. Blank Stare. Dial Tone….>
HER: “I.. S… L… A… N… D”

True story.

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Written by gsm

03/07/2007 at 8:08 am

Posted in  Humor 

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  1. Heh, related: Talking to new employees around here about our building identifiers can sometimes get confusing. While buildings on the main campus were previously known as “R&D {number}”, or “AC {number}” (for “Research & Development” – horribly outdated; or “Apple Campus” – which is no longer very meaningful), now they are referred to just as the other buildings in the area, with the street in the identifier. So, similar to “DA {number}” (De Anza), or “VG {number}” (Valley Green), they are referred to as “IL {number}” (for “Infinite Loop”). Without an understanding of this background, though, I’ve seen several folks misinterpret what they hear others saying, and put on their whiteboards or email that they will be in “Aisle 1” for the rest of the day…

    BL

    03/07/2007 at 10:18 am

  2. See, and if I was blogging about that, the title of the entry would obviously have been: “Cleanup on Aisle 1”

    BL

    03/07/2007 at 11:40 am


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