June 22nd, 2004

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Meme from kerri9494

I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that maybe should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Then post this in your own LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
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Another half-remembered story from my youth

This is based on memories of a story my parents told me when I was young, so I probably have a lot of it wrong.

My parents met in Chicago while they were in VISTA (which, if you aren't familiar with it, is sort of like the domestic Peace Corps).

This was during the Chicago riots, when parts of the city were essentially cut off from the rest of the city and essential services weren't available. VISTA took food, medical supplies, and so on into these areas. As part of this, they asked businesses to donate food and supplies.

One of the companies that they made this request to was Oscar Meyer. Oscar Meyer replied back saying that they were unable to donate any food, but they could donate a bunch of promotional sets of 45 RPM records of the Oscar Meyer Wiener song being performed in different musical styles.

The offer was declined.
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Scott Adams wackiness

manfire and I were having a discussion and he mentioned the odd little final chapter of Scott Adams's The Dilbert Future, where he talks about how affirmations can change your life and evolution is wrong.

I was reminded that in Scott Adams's newsletter he once tried to use the power of affirmations to save the Dilbert TV show:

-> The initial attempt -- everyone was supposed to use affirmations to get the Dilbert show a 7 share starting in November of 1999.

-> A December 1999 update:
On the surface, it would appear the method didn't work. But something interesting happened, a coincidence of sorts, just as predicted.

-> The show gets taken off the air in May of 2000.

(I like Scott Adams's books a lot, even if he is a little nutty.)