February 20, 2008

Can I Press The Button? ***

I have to admit that all the little boy in me comes out when I read about this attempt by the Navy to knock down that damaged spy satellite. My one-word reaction throughout? "Koo-el."

*** A stock phrase from my yoot, originally coined by my brother (in a more garbled form) in connection with turning on the dishwasher, but gradually applied to competition among my siblings and me for the operation of many different appliances and mechanical apparati. It is now a family joke. And in the apples-not-falling-far-from-the-tree department, the Llama-ettes routinely spar over who gets to turn on Daddy's coffee-maker in the morning.

Posted by Robert at February 20, 2008 10:44 AM | TrackBack

For my children the button of choice is the one inside the elevator. The button outside is of complete unimportance, but apparently great honor is attached to being able to press "the inside button."

Posted by: Jordana at February 20, 2008 11:47 AM

The pentagon is saying with a straight face 'this is not a weapons test'. I bet there was a scuffle among the joint chiefs regarding who got to go out and proclaim that whopper. After China had its little escapade a while back, you know that our guys have been itching to shoot something down.

Posted by: tdp at February 20, 2008 12:02 PM

At the nursing home where my 96 year old grandmother lives, the lowest and most accessible elevator button is the shiny red one with big white letters on it. It is hard to intercept a two year old when there are three walkers and a wheel chair in the way.

Posted by: AKL at February 20, 2008 01:58 PM

Jordana, perhaps you can introduce one of my favorite sniglets to the kids: Elecelleration: The mistaken belief that repeatedly pressing the elevator button will make it arrive faster.

Hope the baby's feeling better.

Posted by: Monica at February 20, 2008 06:07 PM