Random Thoughts from Andrew Linn

Written by Andrew Linn on August 5, 2013

The following is a series of various topics and my opinion regarding them.

1. How long would it take for Kindle to provide accessibility to every book that has been written? There are literally tons of books out there, and also quite a few periodicals (newspapers, magazines, journals). The same scenario applies to other e-books.

And while we’re on the subject of changes in technology, have we reached the point where videocassette recorders (VCRs) are no longer needed? Has every movie, television series, documentary, instructional video, etc. been converted to DVD? I think there still might be a few of these that haven’t been converted yet, lurking somewhere in the shadows, which is why I prefer to have a VCR/DVR combo.

2. Here is another technological topic: landline phones. Any type of business will no doubt still use them, but now they are being less noticeable in the home due the increase of cell phone use. In fact, some people have ditched their landline phone in favor of their cell phones. I think it is good to have both types of phones, because 1) a cell phone is generally supposed to be a backup and 2) it seems silly to make a local call with a cell phone (unless you and/or the person you wish to call are not at home — of course, landline phones still have answering machines; granted it might be an emergency or something of extreme importance, in which having a cell phone comes in handy) especially local calls are already covered under a phone bill, thus not costing extra.

So, keep your landline phone and use your cell phone as backup. Also, I should remind everyone of cell phone etiquette, ie. unless you are talking on your cell phone or expecting a call, then PLEASE KEEP YOUR CELL PHONE TURNED OFF. This especially applies to meal times, times of worship, driving, when you are in the checkout line of a store or ordering food at a restaurant, the classroom, or any situation where the cell phone becomes a nuisance. The same scenario applies to texting.

Meanwhile, I wonder how many people still have the old rotary phones.

3. How many people out there prefer to rake leaves instead of mulching them up with the lawn mower? For me, raking leaves is a thing of the past, unless you have a small yard or any areas (e.g. a ditch) that are congested with leaves. But if you have a big yard, you better get some help in getting the leaves raked, otherwise you are going to be out there for several days. At any rate, who has time (or inclination) to rake leaves? Just get the mower and mulch them up.

Also, just because November rolls around, that doesn’t mean the grass stops growing, especially if the weather is mild. So when November arrives, continue to mow the yard on a weekly basis, which will eradicate the leaf problem. After November, put away the mowers until the beginning of the mowing season (which starts in late March or early April here in Kentucky).

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Andrew Linn
Andrew Linn is a member of the Owensboro Tea Party and a former Field Representative for the Media Research Center. An ex-Democrat, he became a Republican one week after the 2008 Presidential Election. He has an M.A. in history from the University of Louisville, where he became a member of the Phi Alpha Theta historical honors society. He has also contributed to examiner.com and Right Impulse Media.