Mind Games by Robyn Gautschy http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/gautschy/ en-us You have one new friend request! http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/gautschy/entry/26387 Isn't it funny how laptops and cell phones have transformed from luxuries to must-haves? They've sucked in everyone from my 10-year-old niece to my 79-year-old grandmother. My dad, however, has always been the type to cast off new technology as frivolous and worthless. My family was seriously delayed in accepting the Internet, CD player, DVD player and cell phones. What my father has resisted most are "fancy" cell phones, which, depending on his mood, may include colors, cameras,... Tue, 31 Mar 2009 11:17:50 -0500 Practical Life Lessons 101 http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/gautschy/entry/26199 In Monday's Speak Out column, someone made this comment about "financial learning" in schools: "I was shocked when I found out that children are not taught the simplest form of finances in school. I believe this should be mandatory and started by at least fourth grade, especially now." The comment caught my attention not because it was wildly off-base, like many Speak Out comments are, but because it sounds just like something my dad has said on many occasions. Read on: Last... Fri, 13 Mar 2009 08:48:54 -0500 Hey, did you get that e-mail? http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/gautschy/entry/25394 Two weeks ago, disaster struck: my e-mail was down. Actually, it was corrupt, according to one of our IT experts. I'm not sure why or how this happened. All I know is that the only way to fix it, apparently, was to delete my account and set it up all over again. The same went for my voicemail. But even those drastic measures couldn't save me from a newsroomwide (maybe even companywide) e-mail failure the next day. That afternoon, my editor asked me to help her edit some columns. "I'll... Fri, 06 Feb 2009 15:50:31 -0600 There are some perks to the ice storm, after all. http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/gautschy/entry/25357 Well. How 'bout that ice storm? Just a couple weeks ago, I was hoping for a decent snowfall in Southeast Missouri. I was born and raised in Northern Illinois, and I'm used to having several inches of snow on the ground all winter. In fact, I rather enjoy it. Give me an afghan and a cup of coffee, and I could sit inside and watch the snow all day. I love how a fresh blanket of snow sparkles in the sunshine and muffles the noise of everyday life. It's beautiful and peaceful. BUT. Two days ago, I... Thu, 29 Jan 2009 14:07:34 -0600 If you're looking for the ravioli... http://www.semissourian.com/blogs/gautschy/entry/25329 Oops — I did it again. I went to Wal-Mart on a Saturday. I don't know why I put myself through this every weekend. Why does anyone? I spent one summer as a Wal-Mart cashier, and I know first-hand that even an hour spent in that madness, whether as an employee or a shopper, is enough to put any girl in a foul mood. It begins with the parking lot stalkers. You know who I mean. They spot a shopper with a cart full of groceries and hold up traffic so they can follow the shopper to his or her... Fri, 23 Jan 2009 14:45:06 -0600