Fidel: your friend and mine

Today while I was driving home from dentist I got stuck listening to “World Have Your Say” which is an annoying enough call in show where people all over the world, honestly, anyone with a radio and a cell phone can call in and begin shouting in heavily accented english whatever their opinion is about that days subject.

The host makes jabs at all the callers to get them to take a side or demonize them and then usually cuts them off before they can finish their longwinded retorts. This also bothers me, I hate interruptions.

Its like a carnival on the radio. I hate it, but I still listen usually til I can’t take it anymore. I think my main addiction is the accents. Linguistics nerd, I especially like the intonations of Indian speakers.

Today’s subject was whether Fidel Castro was a monster dictator or a hero, since he announced stepping down. There was nothing new really, but there were some voices of reason with a couple “experts” acknowledgiing his “legend” status, and it did bring to light a very little known person. But when the man from Tamil Nadu and the woman from Chile start yelling at each other and talking over each other I have to turn off the radio, though no such upset occurred today.

I guess consider it an upside of moving, I get lost everywhere I go and take ten times longer to get back, home, also ironic because the reason we moved was to drive less.

And the dentist? Well she told me I need to floss. I thought once every 6 months was enough, guess not.

And for my fellow linguistics nerds:

The Washington Post’s Mensa Invitational once again
asked readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by
adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new
definition. Here are this year’s winners

1. **Intaxication**: Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts
until you realize it was your money to start with.

2. **Reintarnation**: Coming back to life as a hillbilly.

3. **Bozone** (n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops
bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows
little sign of breaking down in the near future.

4. **Cashtration** (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the
subject financially impotent for an indefinite period.

5. **Giraffiti**: Vandalism spray-painted very, very high.

6. **Sarchasm**: The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the
person who doesn’t get it.

7. **Inoculatte**: To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.

8. **Hipatitis**: Terminal coolness.

9 **Osteopornosis**: A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)

10. **Karmageddon**: It’s like, when everybody is sending off all
these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and
it’s, like, a serious bummer.

11. **Decafalon** (n.): The gruelling event of getting through the day
consuming only things that are good for you.

12. **Glibido**: All talk and no action.

13. **Dopeler effect**: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter
when they come at you rapidly.

14. **Arachnoleptic fit** (n.): The frantic dance performed just after
you’ve accidentally walked through a spider web.

15. **Beelzebug** (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets
into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.

16. **Caterpallor** (n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you’re eating.

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