Tuesday April 6, 2010: Life Settles In

I’ve been back in State College now for a little over a week, and it is so very good to be home.  And now the business of life begins.

Yesterday, I learned my new part-time vocation:  driving a taxi.  Now if someone asks my profession, I’ll say “Talk show host and cab driver.”  I wonder if there’s any way in which they can be combined.  Have you seen Cash Cab on the Discovery Channel?  Here’s a brief description from the website:

Unassuming people enter the “Cash Cab” as simple passengers taking a normal taxi ride, only to be shocked when they discover that they’re instant contestants on Discovery Channel’s innovative game show!

Ben Bailey, the host and driver of Cash Cab, then offers them the following proposition:

The Cash Cab will drive you all the way to your destination and ask you general knowledge questions along the way. The questions start out on the easy side, then get harder along the way – the harder the question, the more money it’s worth. The first four questions are worth $25 for each correct answer. The next four are worth $50 and then every question after that is worth $100.

A correct answer is awarded the cash, an incorrect answer means the contestant gets a strike. The contestants can earn cash all the way to their destination. But the second they miss their third question (i.e., earn their third strike), Ben pulls the Cash Cab over and ejects them onto the sidewalk, no matter where they are!

Hmmm… I could broadcast live from the taxi, and when I pick up passengers, explain to them that they’re on the air.  Then I ask them questions and make them defend their positions on various issues.  If I feel they have inadequately defended those positions, they get ejected onto the sidewalk, no matter where they are!

Maybe not.  That might cut into my tips.  I’ll keep working on it.

Today’s Curiosities

  • This is why you’re fat.  Caution:  Just looking at this website could immediately make your arteries clog and your heart stop.
  • Have trouble waking up?  Keep hitting the snooze bar?  This alarm clock will take care of that.
  • Remember Heckle & Jeckle?  If you do, you’re at least as old as I am.  So now,  just for the fun of it,  a Heckle & Jeckle cartoon:

Have a great day!  — Steve


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