I need to close out a few open issues from recent blog posts, so it’s time for a Short Attention Span Theater.
A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about a poor QA/good customer service issue I had with the Project Fi Travel Trolley.
I’m pleased to report that Swyft customer support came through with the promised travel socks. And they’re just as silly as we had hoped.
Let’s be clear: these aren’t the full height compression socks designed to prevent Deep Vein Thrombosis. These are ankle socks. But they have little rubberized bumps on the underside to prevent slippage when you take your shoes off to go through the TSA’s scanners. If you follow the often-quoted advice to take off your shoes on the plane and walk up and down the aisle a couple of times during the flight, they should be fine for that. They even seem rugged enough to wear to bed so you can stagger into the bathroom in the middle of the night without having to hunt for slippers.
Most importantly, though, they’re black, they’re fuzzy–kind of snuggly, in fact–and they’ve got a Project Fi logo on the side. Amusing. And I intend to wear them next time I fly.
And I will test the Travel Trolley again.
Last Thursday, I mused a little about the Mariners’ attempt to get above .500 for the first time this year.
Not only did they win Thursday night behind rookie Andrew Moore, but they also won Friday behind veteran Felix Hernandez.
Friday, they also sent Moore back to the minors. Weird game, baseball.
No, it wasn’t because they were displeased with his performance. Whoever made up the schedule decided the Ms needed two days off this week. Never mind that the All-Star Break is less than two weeks away and will bring almost everyone in the league a four-day holiday.
But with both Monday and Thursday off, the Ms didn’t really need five starting pitchers, so Moore went down to AAA. Chances are he’ll be back with the Mariners sooner rather than later.
But I digress. After that victory Friday the Ms were two games over .500. Celebrations ensued.
Saturday and Sunday, they lost to Houston, the team with the best record in baseball. Tuesday and Wednesday, they lost to Philadelphia, the team with the worst record in baseball.
Just like that, they’re back in familiar territory, two games short of respectability.
But that’s the Mariners for you. Ever since Houston came over from the National League, the Mariners have had trouble beating them. And losses breed.
Even with the losses, though, the Mariners are still only three games out of the Wild Card. Of course, the are eight other teams at three games out or less, so it’s a bit of an uphill climb.
Based on their performance so far this season, I expect the Mariners to bounce around .500 for the next few weeks, until they go to Houston July 17. That’ll put them in a short decline. They’ll recover and get back to .500 or a bit more in August, make a serious run at the Wild Card–and then go into a nose dive when the Astros come to Seattle September 4.
Apple is promoting the new iPad Pro it introduced earlier this month. The commercials are in heavy rotation during baseball games.
That’s expected. What isn’t is how stereotyped the ads are. The emo girl who hates everything. The power addict who literally explodes with pleasure. The ghost of a dead laptop.
Really, Apple? If you can’t give us a revolutionary computer–and let’s face it, the iPad Pro may be a heck of a good computer, but it’s neither years ahead of the competition nor unique–can’t you at least give us a revolutionary ad or two? One that doesn’t rely on the same easy compartmentalization we’ve seen in the media for far too long?
Since you’re going to be doing considerable traveling with book signings, best thing to do is to get TSA pre-check. No shoes off, electronics stay in bag, and you zip through as well as one can in an airport. Plus, you don’t have to launder it. If you regret spending hard-earned cash on the socks, stuff them with catnip and let loose!
No, no, the socks were free: the Travel Trolley is a promotional venture for Project Fi.
The TSA pre-check is nice–we had it going to/from Sedalia–but mainly in the shorter line. Electronics still had to come out of the bag, pocket stuff still needed to be scanned.
Thankee for the clarification, CAsey! Old and forgetful.
Uh…what was it we were talking about? ;-P