Hello, out there, readers in L.A. and SoCal! Feeling better yet? Yowza. An anecdote, just for y’all, today:
I was on a mostly-all-day conference call with some vendors up until a few minutes ago. Half of the participants were at the vendor’s Los Angeles headquarters. At about 1:45pm (my time), there were some gasps and then a mad flurry of beep-beep-beeping as they all simultaneously dropped off the conference call.
The rest of us sat in silence for a moment before someone spoke up. “What just happened?” asked one of the brokers. No one knew, but we guessed from the gasping before the beeps that it wasn’t simply a bad connection.
Then, within sixty seconds from the calls being dropped, a participant logged back into the call. Then two more. Then the rest. More beep-beep-beeping as they all rejoined us. “Sorry about that,” one of them hastily exclaimed, her voice tinged with annoyance.
“Is everything okay?” my boss inquired.
“Yeah, yeah. Just an earthquake,” one vendor explained. “Nothing big.”
A chorus of verbal interrobangs quickly followed from everyone not in California. “What are you doing back on the call? Didn’t the line get dropped?” someone else asked.
The no-nonsense response from California: “Yeah, obviously. We’re all on our Blackberries now, though. Let’s keep going.”
Y’all are hardcore when ya wanna be, SoCal.
- Which TV channel do you feel has better food programming and why: Food Network, Travel Channel, Mojo or PBS?
- If you could travel to any country or region for one month to learn to cook their native cuisine, which would you choose?
- Which is the greater art form? Wine-making or beer-brewing?
- Do you consider yourself more of a food nerd or a food snob?
- Why do you suppose it is that “What would you eat for your last meal?” is such a popular esoteric question? Do you believe that a person’s answer reflects who they are as a person?
All right, ramblers… Let’s get rambling!