RNF LVIII

27 June, 2012
Rat Fink

Random Neuron Firings

Today, my friend Joni shared this picture from someone’s website on her Facebook page. I immediately thought, “Hey — made that up. Boo to that copycat!” [I say that exact thing to my students every once in awhile. Not the “Boo, copycat” thing, but the saying on the picture. Right…] But it’s not the first time that I have experienced that letdown; the one where you go, “Aw, man…here I thought I was so clever, and turns out the phrase has been around for years.” Nuts.

The other time was when the Thriller and I were on the interstate, and for reasons known only to the angels, traffic slowed to a complete stop. It stayed that way for 15 minutes or so, with the occasional 5-MPH creeps forward. Then, when we got to a certain point, the stone was rolled away and traffic just returned to normal. Just. Like. That. There was absolutely no remnant of an accident or construction site. The traffic jam simply vanished. I said to the Thriller, “Wow…it’s like, I dunno, a phantom bottleneck.” He chuckled and agreed.

I owned the phrase. It was mine. Until, that is, I wanted to find out the reason it happened, so on a whim, I did a web search on the term phantom bottleneck.

Oy.  :|

Not sussmart after all, are ye Fink?

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Hey, did I mention that we’re in the last 48 hours before the Odyssey begins? Time to go clean out the fridge and start laundry. Wahoo!

 

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Rae
Rae
27 June, 2012 11:23 am

I speak in West Wing language… “Well, that’s just hard cheese”… etc, all the time. Even Jeff doesn’t get it sometimes. Then last night, he was talking about work… and he said “Sorry — Random Neuron Firings”. Hand-to-God. It was great. You’re famous! And MadMen Season finale? Um… I’m not sure how I feel about it. Mixed. I don’t generally jive with shows that split the main characters to different cities or different companies. The only reason they did it in West Wing was because they were writing Rob Lowe out of the show anyway… and the last season, it… Read more »

Rae
Rae
27 June, 2012 2:05 pm
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Honestly, even though I’m a little bias about West Wing (obviously), many seasons in a row were quite solid. Season 6 threw me for a loop sometimes — but they ended pretty strong, too. It’s very enjoyable, fact-based politics and banter. In the first episode, the deputy communications director has a one-night stand with a woman he finds out later is a “pro”… and the deputy chief of staff (the second great love of my life — Bradley Whitford), almost gets fired for fighting on television with a religious nutcase. At first, they thought Martin Sheen would be just a… Read more »

Greg
Greg
27 June, 2012 4:47 pm

Ah, yes! The “Phantom Bottleneck!” Been through that several times in Columbus. For no apparent reason, a bottleneck occurs–no accident, no construction, nothing! Nothing to indicate there even SHOULD be a bottleneck. Then there’s the “Weave Pattern!” On a multi-lane highway, for whatever reason, everyone starts changing lanes at the same time. Actually I think that would look interesting from an airplane! The funny thing is that NOBODY is trying to get to an exit ramp–they just felt like changing lanes at the same time. Now as to the Phantom Bottleneck–I think it’s a slow driver (sometimes an elderly person)… Read more »

BoomR
BoomR
27 June, 2012 9:47 pm

Whilst cleaning the ‘fridge, did you find any chocolate items that you need guarded while you are on your big adventure? :D

xoxoxox

Save travels to you & the white-gloved one! ((HUGS))
B

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