Thursday, April 26, 2012

X is for...


I think everyone participating in this blog challenge will agree, "X" is the most difficult letter.  I seriously looked in the dictionary to see if any word connected to death.  There was X-Ray, but I don't really want to talk about that.  Heck, I don't even really want to talk about an X over someone's eyes to indicate death.  (Thanks Claire, or was it Jill, who offered that idea up a month ago.)

Okay, but how short would this post be if I just wrote that?  I want to exercise my mad blogging skills now that I've got some people who actually read this damn thing and say nice stuff about it. So, I'm gonna go all weird and stretch that X into a post about something else.

Pick up your cell phone.  That's right.  The one that's glued to your hand, or your hip, or maybe it's lost in the bowels of your over sized purse.  Found it?  Cool. Now look at the dialer.  What letters coincide with WXYZ?  The number...
The number 9 is in probably my least favorite Beatle's song, Revolution 9.  Charles Manson liked this song.  A lot.
It was a movie.

There are three 9's in my anniversary date--9/11/99.  Yes, yes, I know.  Believe me, I know.
And if you look at the first three numbers of my anniversary date, what do you get? 
911!!!


Whatever you do, please don't call 911 if McDonald's is out of Chicken McNuggets.  When should you call?
When there is an emergency.  When lives are in danger.  When there is a serious injury or medical condition.  Or when there is a crime in progress.  Do not call to ask how to bake a turkey.  Yes, this can sometimes be an emergency, but that's what google is for. 

Want some advice about how to be a good 911 caller?  Remember, when you are on your cell phone, you need to know where you are calling from. Are you one of those rare people who don't use cell phones?  Guess what?  An inactive cell phone can still call 911. It's a good idea to have a cell phone in your car with a charger, even if you don't have a cell phone provider.

So that's my super stretch X post.  I hope you learned something.  If you liked it, call your friends, call your mom, but whatever you do, don't call 911.



18 comments:

  1. Very nice connection to the letter X! I've only had to call 911 once and I wa so frantic I told them my emergency, where I lived and hung up! I'm sure that's not right but I didn't know any better! Thanks for setting me straight & informing me there is actually etiquette for such a thing. I'm a better person from reading your A to Z blog!

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    1. I think the most important thing is to stay calm. I've only called it once too and that's when someone walked into my apartment at about 3 in the morning and scared me half to death.

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  2. Great post! I just finished my X post and it was a bit of a stretch too! xoxoxxoxo
    I had to call 911 once when the house next door (which was literally 6 feet way from my bedroom was on fire. I stayed calm and then ran out and got a hose! I was young and , dare I say, stupid back then?

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    1. Well I bet your neighbor appreciated your daring stupidity:)

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  3. That was a very creative post, Pam. And very entertaining.

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  4. Impressive X post! I thought maybe you would wax poetic on the little Xs on Elvis' eyes, and why it's a universal sign of death - why not the minus sign, for example? I guess that is for sleeping!
    I don't know anyone who's called 911 for McNugget crises, but a friend told me a story once of someone she knew calling a suicide hotline...and then putting them on hold because she had another call coming in. Off to post my X now, wheee!

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    1. I think that not putting a suicidal person on hold would be the number one rule at that job.

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  5. LOL No it was the suicidal person who had another call coming in on her line.

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  6. "9" was a good movie. I'm a sucker for a good dark animated movie.

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  7. I saw it, but it didn't stick with me like "Up" or "Finding Nemo," which both tackle pretty heavy subjects.

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    1. Yeah but neither of those (both great movies) are dark at all.

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    2. Awww, come on. Up? His wife can't have children and then she dies within the first 10 minutes of the movie. And within the first five minutes of Nemo, his mother dies.
      Maybe "dark" isn't the right word.

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  8. Fun, random post! I've always wondered why they used "X"s over the eyes. Why wouldn't a solid black box do? Heck, in the old days they specifically took death portraits. Posed the people and everything -- as one last keepsake. Creepy!!

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    1. See, I don't know the answer to that question. Maybe I should find out. Darn. I think death photography is fascinating. It is still done. I don't remember if you saw my post on "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," but they take photos of babies that have died at birth. I know that sounds weird, but it's so important for parents who have lost a child that they just met to have a photograph to remember them by. It's a wonderful service that is volunteer based.

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  9. Wait, wait! So your anniversery date contains both Police numbers for the UK and US!?

    Mind ... Is ... Blown!

    /Wes

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    1. I had no idea, but I just googled that and yes it does! I learn something new every day. 999 Now that is easy to remember.

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