- Why do perfectly able-bodied individuals with nothing in their arms push "open door" buttons and thus waste (a) electricity, (b) an opportunity to use their muscles, and (c) my time while I wait for the door to slowly swing open?
- How is that every battery operated device in my house uses one of 4 different standard batteries (AA, AAA, D, and 9-volt) that have been around for almost 100 years and can be found everywhere in the world, but when I pull out a plastic container to put my lunch in, I will have to rummage through roughly 40 completely different lids before finding one that will fit my container?
- When Mel Tormé wrote his song about chestnuts roasting by an open fire, what made him think the definite article "the" was more appropriate than the indefinite "a" in his title The Christmas Song? Did he think all the other Christmas songs would disappear?
Now that I've got those out of the way...
Shortly after 9am this morning, on a number 95 bus with more than 30 passengers, between Dominion and Baseline stations, a 5.4 km trip that took roughly 11 minutes, not a single person spoke on a cell phone. One young woman may have responded to a text message, but she also might have been checking the time.