I have always been a bit sceptical about some of the more far fetched things I hear. I like to think I am a fairly level headed guy. And being British I am fairly reserved about my opinions. I tend not to believe the stories about Elvis still being alive for instance. And I can get quite snooty at the people who get dragged out by the media every now and then. You know them, the sad sods who think that Coronation Street is real (excuse me, but I had a friend who lived in Coronation street...blogmaster). And that the East end of London is really that polite. But we all know they are out there some where and I sure I am not alone in feeling sorry for them. After all life has dealt them a bum deal. They were at the back of the queue when the important stuff was given out like brains. Les face it most of these pore sods have what we call a learning difficulty and what the Americans call Retarded. But what about the one who are quite normal and still think little green men run the world.
You might be thinking where I am going with all this and some time when I am writing I wonder myself but bear with me because the story is about to unfold. I was sitting in a Star Bucks in the Fisherman’s Warf area of San Francisco towards the end of our holiday. And as is the custom in the US you go out for breakfast because hotels do not in general do food. Most people do call in to there local deli on there way to work or just make the effort to go out and buy food each day. In the large urbane areas like San Fran and New York where people live in flats there is a different culture to ours. People do not go to the supermarket once a week because the apartments tend not to have any storage. The kitchens are quite small and as the food is cheap and fresh people buy what there going to eat when they need it. Or eat out.
Ok so the reason for all this. As I said I was in the local Star Bucks at breakfast time with my Grande skinny Latte and a couple of fresh baked croissants. Now I can’t remember if I have mentioned this before but most of the coffee bars deli’s etc are WiFi enabled. So you get lots of people sitting with there Laptops working chatting or whatever takes there fancy. Old and young it seems to make no difference the take up of computing on the move is much greater in the USA than anywhere I have been in Europe. Anyway as I was sitting feeling all left out (I had not by this time touched a computer for almost two weeks) I glanced over the shoulder of the guy behind me. He was a normal intelligent person in smart casual clothing, about 30 and with a local accent. His Laptop was open and in between MSN chatting and mobile phone call he was writing. Its funny how someone doing something like that make you want to read it. Our man was about 400 words into an article for a blog site. And as I read my jaw fell to the floor. Now I can’t remember the exact wording but the gist is this. The Asian Tsunami that happened on Boxing Day last year was man made. And so was the big twister that was at that time making land fall in the Deep South. Not just any old man made you understand but created by the Russians to de stable the west and in particular the good old USA. I was transfixed this guy then went on to describe in detail where the technology had come from and why the good old commies were doing this. Apparently after the cold war the Russians still wanted to ………And then he saw me looking and shut his Lap top. It’s a scary world out there full of people who really should not be out alone. Mind you who was it that said “ just because I’m paranoid does not mean there not out to get me” I’m off to buy a copy of Catcher in the Rye.