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So Much for Pizza…

March 7, 2005 at 10:40 PM

The carpet's been laid out, and pretty much everything has been moved back down to the downstairs living room and kitchen...It's almost done down here =)

Yesterday, I went to the Clearview Mall with Mom after church so she could take care of getting a necklace for a weightlifter charm she bought (as well as get me something for lunch...and, when she bought anything, having me carry her bags =P). When we got in, we both noticed something:

Napoli's Pizzeria (where we always stopped for lunch when at the mall, and has been around for as long as I can remember) was closed - Not temporarily, but [probably] for good...The sign in that section of the building space stated it was being leased. And they were doing great business, too...Employees working in other parts of the store said that the owner of the shop had considered retiring, and (if I heard correctly) didn't want to continue working in that business anymore. There goes a great pizza shop =(

(I find this almost as sad as when Aladdin's Castle [an arcade, and my favorite place in the mall when I was younger] closed down - Unlike with Napoli's, it wasn't sudden...But once they took out the classic games [and all of the pinball machines] and put in games that were for much younger kids, I didn't want to come anymore, and had a feeling they were going to close down in time...And I was right - They've been closed for quite some time now, though no lease sign has been put up, unless I missed it.)
Also, if anyone has the TV Guide channel, you may have seen the commercials for something called "So You Wanna Fight"...And I personally find this commercial annoying, for three reasons:

  1. Poor use of grammar: Some of it is slang (which, in and of itself, I don't have a problem with), but when your opening line is "'cuz ya think yer tuff" [sic], and you spell certain terms the wrong way (since when was there a space in "red neck"?), some* people might have a problem with it.
    (* - That would be people like me, who have nothing better to do than pick apart the spelling and grammar in commercials and closed captioning for television programs [my hearing's just fine, but I still like to have it enabled]...But what would you expect from a person who's done quite a bit of proofreading for others in the past? =P)
  2. Inconsistent use of ellipses: When you separate a list of things using ellipses, please try and use the same number between them...I counted, and the number of periods per ellipsis between the names went in the format of 4-5-6-4-5-4. Can't a consistent number of periods be used here?
  3. Repetition: This is the most annoying part of this commercial. Sometimes commercials may be played twice, but it's by accident...This one, however, is played four times in a row...Every single time! That has to be on purpose...Isn't once enough?

Earlier today, my parents drove me down to Pittsburgh so I could take a Civil Service test today (for a Roadway Programs Technician position)...And, unlike the previous tests I took there for other jobs, this one was impossibly hard - I had a lot of trouble with at least half of them, and had absolutely no idea what about a third of them were even talking about. I even forgot how to do some of the arithmetic-/algebra-related questions, and given that math was one of my best subjects in school, that's a bad sign. I'm sure I failed the test as a result of this.

The computer-related questions at the end, though, were the exact opposite of the previous questions, and took practically no effort at all for me to figure out. In the (unlikely) event that I do pass the test and am eligible for that position, it'll be because of those questions, and a lot of lucky guesses on the questions I didn't know (all of the tests so far have been just multiple-choice questions).

On the way home, Dad mentioned I should get my license (I got my Learner's Permit awhile back, but never took the driving test, let it run out, and haven't retaken the tests since then), even though I probably won't be driving...Mainly because of the fact that it may seem that (to a prospective employer) I wouldn't come to work often since I don't have my license...And even though I wouldn't be driving (much), getting my license would greatly increase my chances of securing a job.

We ordered a pizza on the way home, and after we got home, changed our clothes, and got something to eat, Dad went out in his truck to get some wood for our furnace. I had to help with unloading it in the garage from the back of the truck (again, even though I didn't want to), but unlike the last batch of wood he got, this was redwood...And it smelled like vomit. I just wanted to get it over with - That smell was awful...And hours later, that smell is still here - In the middle of the hallway! I can't wait till that smell is gone...

That's pretty much how the past two days have went - Hopefully the rest of the week will go better than the past two days have...

3 Comments

  1. Re: grammar, ellipses and repetition,
    Well, you have to excuse people like me, can't speak English.

    Re: driver's license.
    It is a good idea to get a driver's license, not that if you need to drive or not. And try to get a full license if you can. A driver's license can be used as proof of age and basic form of IDs. With a full driver's license, you can save a lot of money when renting a car.

    Comment by Antony Shen — 3/15/2005 @ 6:51 PM
  2. Don't worry, Antony - That wasn't directed towards you, or anyone else who can't speak English ;)

    (Just to make sure I'm not getting mixed up here, I'm interpreting the use of the word "speak" here as in actually speaking the language, not writing it. I just wanted to state this ahead of time =) )

    What I said there was directed towards people who clearly know the rules of English spelling/grammar, know how to properly set it up in English, and yet blatantly ignore those rules when creating something like that - In other words, they should have known better than to set it up like that, but they just go ahead and make it look like that anyway.

    Of course, this does not apply to people that I know (or find out) to have trouble with speaking/writing in English, either because they don't have as much experience with the language, or because they have a disorder that can cause problems regarding the spelling/grammar they use when posting. I understand that they have some trouble with the language, and as such, I won't correct them if I notice something's wrong in what they said/wrote, except in two cases:

    1. When the spelling/grammar of something that they mention could easily be misinterpreted, and I know how to revise it to avoid misinterpretation, and
    2. When someone asks me to check what they've written, and fix up any spelling/grammar errors that may be present in their message.

    I just wanted to clear that up =)

    As for the license - I agree with you there. Even if I'm not going to be driving (much), I can still use it as proof of my age, and as an identification card...

    ...And it can help to save money when renting a car? Wow...I never knew about that before. I'm not sure if I'll be renting a car anytime soon, but thank you for mentioning that anyway - I'll keep it in mind if I do have to rent a car sometime in the future =)

    Comment by Wolfey — 3/15/2005 @ 9:19 PM
  3. Hello,

    It's not saying that following the rules of spelling and grammar is not important, but the language is changing... People want a new way (but in the same time understandable) to communicate, reason? for "style" or "fun"? However, you should also blame TVs and music (rap in particular.)

    Re: "full" driver's license.
    With "full" driver's license, it will save you money, not just when renting a car, but car insurance etc. Other benefits... when accident happened, you won't be in the lower position...

    (BTW, I have two full driver's licenses.)

    Comment by Antony Shen — 3/15/2005 @ 10:14 PM

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