May 13, 2013

Return of the Trifecta

A trifecta is generally described as a type of bet where, in order to win, the bettor must pick the top three finishers in the correct order. Here are the top three from the past couple of days:

According to a published report, New Gingrich is 'really puzzled'.  Honest: he's not sure what to call a cell phone.
Think about it. If it is taking pictures, it’s not a cell phone. If it has a McDonald’s app to tell you where McDonald’s is based on your GPS location — that’s not a cellphone. If you can get Wikipedia or go to Google — that’s not a cell phone. If you can watch YouTube — that’s not a cell phone. Or Netflix. This device is something new and different. I have been calling it a handheld computer.
I kid you not. Apparently the lights might go out in Georgia if we don't get a better name for the thing that most of us call a smart phone.  Newt's team doesn't think that's the right term, because it places too much emphasis on 'phone' and they're  not used all that much as phones.  I'll give a dollar to the person who comes up with the next great name for the little time-sucking, occasionally-ringing, picture-taking, web-searching, pocket-vibrating distracto machine. 

Yesterday, Tiger Woods won The Player's Championship, his fourth victory of the year. I think it's pretty clear that he's back in the swing of things, if you know what I mean (wink wink nod nod).  Woods didn't win much in the immediate aftermath of his Thanksgiving 2009 flame out but now that he's got a steady girlfriend, and is at least apparently settling in to co-parenting his children with his ex, things seem to be on the upswing. I still don't think much of him as a person, but when he's playing well, he sure is fun to watch.

And last but not least, today Barbara Walters announced that she's retiring. Next year. Yep, she's leaving TV. Except for when she's going to be on TV, doing specials or whatever she wants to do. Because I doubt that any network would turn her down if she felt like asking some famous person what kind of tree they'd be, if they were a tree.  

She's had an amazing career, but do we really need to take a year to say goodbye to her?  And was it Oprah who started this whole goodbye tour for talk show hosts?  I'm thinking we need to have these folks sit down with Dr. Phil and figure out why they feel the need to put us through this long goodbye.

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