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Goodbye TEX

July 13, 2005

When I was at the University of Texas in 1990, they launched a telephone registration system, TEX, that saved us from waiting in line for hours at the Frank Erwin Center. The voice of TEX was Senior Vice President William Livingston. He had such a distinctive voice. Sometimes he would say things that you'd dread hearing like "This class has [pause] not been added." Those pauses were killers.

The most memorable thing TEX said (probably because he said it everytime you called) was at the end of the call. He would say, "Goodbye and Good Luck."

This year, TEX is going away. More and more students use the newer internet based registration system. If I were a student, I'd rather use an internet based system, too. But I'd miss the voice of TEX.

Here's a video of TEX (William Livingston) reading some of the things that TEX used to say. It might be something that only a U.T. alumnus can enjoy, but it made me laugh and clap my hands and brought a nostalgic tear to my eye.

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Roll Call

June 26, 2005

This is an entry I posted a while back that I'm "boinking" to the top again so I can see who answered the roll call and to give other people a chance to answer, too.

Who's here and from where are you?

Or tell me where you'd like to be.

Or both.

Participants to be featured in a future post.

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Cynicism and Certainty

March 20, 2005

The other night, I turned on the TV and heard that Robert Blake was acquitted of murdering his wife. My first thought was that the jury was incompetent. Then I was ashamed. I'm cynical about Robert Blake's innocence, but I'm ashamed of that moment of certainty that I knew better than the folks who heard the evidence.

That's a trait that makes me lose respect for others when they exhibit it. A few years ago, James Earl Jones was honored at a celebration of Martin Luther King's life. A plaque was designed that was supposed to say, "Thank you, James Earl Jones, for keeping the dream alive." But when it was prepared, it said, "Thank you, James Earl Ray, for keeping the dream alive." Sadly, James Earl Ray was Martin Luther King's assassin. The plaque's maker said it was a typographical error and was understandably embarrassed.

I can totally see that happening. Have you ever been thinking about one thing while typing something else only to discover you've typed what you were thinking instead? If I were typing the description for that plaque, I could see myself thinking about how close the names James Earl Jones and James Earl Ray are, and inadvertantly typing the wrong name.

When it happened, there were some who didn't believe it was a mistake. No... they *knew* it wasn't a mistake. Yet they weren't there, nor did they know anyone involved personally.

Cynicism is okay. Certainty based on that cynicism is as unattractive as arrogance.

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I Forgot How To Stop

September 20, 2004

I got pulled over a couple weeks ago. When I saw the trooper behind me with his lights on, I kept expecting him to pull around me really fast, but he stayed behind me. I pulled over, and he told me I had rolled through a stop sign a few blocks back. I didn't question it, but I had absolutely no recollection of it. I kinda remember there was another car on the cross street, and that car went before me even though I got to the stop sign first.

Luckily, he only gave me a warning. That was just about the time I saved $600 on my car insurance by switching to Geico... I didn't want another ticket on my record.

Since then, I've realized that I hardly ever stop at stop signs unless cars are coming. It's not that I'm intentionally disregarding the law. It's just that I forgot how to stop at stop signs. I've been trying to do better, but I still catch myself rolling through. I hope the troopers don't catch me again.

On another kinda sorta related note... I was at an intersection with a stop light and two right turn lanes the other day. I was in the right-most lane. A lady was in the lane next to me. The law says, I can turn right on red, but the lady next to me can't. You can only turn right on red when you're turning against the curb. An SUV driver behind that lady was honking at her to GO. That really got my hackles up. I *hate* when people use their horns to be bossy. And this SUV driver wanted her to break the law!! Poop on that SUV driver.

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