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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Eat Mor Chikin, Use Mor Kompewter

So I'm in Houston today, having another round of pulmonary function tests. There's great news to report: my numbers are UP since last time -- woo hoo! My FVC (or Forced Vital Capacity, a primary measurement of lung health) has gone from 56% in October to 60% today. I will therefore dodge the transplant bullet for at least another three months.

What does this have to do with "chikin", you ask? After leaving the hospital this afternoon and before beginning the long 3-hour drive home, I was hungry and decided to stop at a nearby Chick-fil-A for supper. While dining, I noticed that a number of folks had their laptops out and realized this particular restaurant had Wi-Fi, as is the growing trend these days -- even at fast-food joints like Micky Dee's. I had left mine in the car, but I was parked right next to the entrance and figured I would be close enough to still be in range, and might check e-mail from the parking lot before heading down the road. However, some public hot spots require a password, or a register receipt number, or something similar for access. So, as one of the friendly employees walked past me, I caught his eye and asked, "Excuse me, do I need to do anything special for Wi-Fi access here?"

He looked at my table (which at that moment contained only my Original Chicken Sandwich and an order of Waffle Fries) and hesitated only momentarily before replying:

"Well, yeah, you need a computer."

Duh. Do I really look that stupid? Have they actually had customers who needed to be told this?

But I just laughed, and found that I indeed had to register first but could do so online once I connected to their network. I got the laptop from the car, and that's what I've done. Since traffic in Houston is so god-awful at this time of day, I may linger here for a while to let it clear out a bit, and have a slice of pie and some coffee before doing battle with the freeway crowd.

In any case, this post represents a landmark of sorts, being the first time I have actually blogged from a public place. Other customers occasionally are staring at me; I wonder if they think I'm downloading porn or something. Maybe I look like that sort of a guy.

Nope. Only a low-life Blogging Degenerate. That's better, right?

2 Comments:

  • At 1/10/2008 08:59:00 PM, Blogger SupaCoo said…

    So, free wireless aside, the whole "eat mor chikin" thing always stumped me. Are the cows implying that the chickens are SMARTER than them and should therefore be eaten? (And does that make ANY sense?) Or, by "humanizing" the cows, are we to believe that chickens are, well, less human?

    Clearly, I'm not as smart as a kow.

     
  • At 1/10/2008 09:30:00 PM, Blogger Sphincter said…

    Well, as a veggie, I think people should eat Chik'n--a tasty soy substitute. I know, I can tell you are making a gag noise right now, but it really is pretty tasty. I'm serious.

    Glad to hear about the number increase!

     

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