[EDITORIAL NOTE: You won't find anything about being old here today. Crabby Old Lady is halfway through the first novel she has read in more than a year - Steig Larsson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Yeah, yeah – Crabby is way behind the rest of the world in reading this popular series, but she's just as hooked. So she's slacking off pretty much everything else until she finishes. ]
Because Crabby Old Lady heard this little story on local television news last week, you'll have to trust her about it; she hasn't been able to find a web report to link to (not that she tried THAT hard.)
According to the news reader, there has been a rash of injuries due to pedestrians stumbling, tripping, bumping into each other and inanimate objects and on at least one occasion, falling through an open manhole into a sewer.
The reason for these mishaps, said the news person, is that all these people are too distracted typing tweets to watch where they're walking.
Cue all our snarky comments about how anyone this stupid deserves to fall into a pile of raw sewage, right? Well, not so fast. Wait until you hear some official's solution for the problem:
New software to allow people to speak their tweets instead of typing them.
Crabby can't tell who or what is dumber – the pedestrians or solution. Just as Crabby's tired, old ears have been relieved since the boors who used to scream into cell phones have given that up for texting and tweeting, some jerk wants everyone yelling in public again? Phooey.
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Walt Grant: Naval Academy Procedures