I can’t believe that it’s almost August already. Well, that’s a lie, because all I have to do to tell is to look out at all the strangers wandering around the Possum Kingdom. We get so used to our quiet roads that I totally freak out when there are actually other cars heading the same way that I’m going.
During the “normal” time of year, you can be guaranteed that going to do your shopping at 9:30 in the morning means that there will be almost nobody else in the store; same thing if you go at lunchtime. Not so from mid-July to mid-August! Aren’t these people supposed to be on vacation? Why aren’t they sleeping in????
At any rate, even here in our village there are lots of “foreign” cars (that includes French cars from other departments) and we have to be particularly careful when walking Shmoo to not get run over!
The other sure sign of summer is the fact that it is the time of year when all the children in France are redistributed. It seems to me that every child in the country is sent to live with its grandparents for most of the summer! We have all the “regular” village kids disappear and a whole crop of “new” kids suddenly appears. I assume that they’re visiting grandparents and not that there’s some huge, child trafficking ring taking control of the whole country.
Appropos of nothing, I have a few snarky comments for Apple: when I got my iPod I bought this little cassette thing that you plug into the headphone jack then put in the car’s cassette deck to play through the stereo system. It didn’t work, and it was so inexpensive that it would have cost more in postage than I paid for it to send it back, so I threw it into the glove box and forgot about it.
My new mobile phone broadcasts music to the FM radio without an attachment, and works pretty well, although there are sometimes “parasites” on the wavelength depending on where I am. I minimized that by lowering the car antenna, but it’s still not perfect. I suddenly remembered that little cassette thingie so I went out to try it. It works GREAT! The sound is really astonishing; actually better than the sound of CDs when I play them!
So, it looks like it didn’t work with my iPod because it was an iPod and I would have had to spend about 5 times as much to buy the little cassette thingamajig sold by Apple in order to get it to work. It’s really a bit of a scam they have going, isn’t it? You have to use THEIR thing or nothing.
I suppose you can’t have everything, but it would be nice if some things from different companies worked with each other to keep you from having to have assortments of products to handle similar tasks.
Ciao for now.