Monthly Archives: July 2003

Some ATMs try to get friendly

     (Editor’s note: Today’s column ought to be titled “Work of Art(‘s Son.”) The guest writer is Stan Adam Trujillo, a Robertson High School graduate who wrote four books on computer programming, all before age 28.
     He has taught college-level programming courses for E-Institute. Currently he is a writer-programmer for Microsoft in Seattle.) ———

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Airports security staff up close and personal

     Optic editor Jesse Gallegos is sweating next week’s flight to Louisville for training with the newspaper’s parent organization, Landmark Inc.
     An admitted aerophobe, Gallegos is not looking forward to the layover at Dallas-Fort Worth airport. He will need to clear security. In light of heightened measures in the aftermath of 9-11 , we thought it best to convince him that joking about carrying a bomb is no laughing matter. I know.

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Flats become tiring experience

    We needed to attend two funeral services in Las Vegas, Saturday and Sunday, in addition to a rehearsal dinner and wedding in Albuquerque on the same days. Though rushed, the trips were trouble-free. They made us wonder whether such trouble-free driving would have even been possible in the old days of Highway 85.

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‘Nicle’ and ‘daime’ don’t fly in Juarez

     Like millions of my generation, I grew up in a household that encouraged the use of English at the expense of everything else.
     My father, J.D., an admitted Hispanophile, was obsessed with the Spanish language, often telling us tales of his father, who’d traveled overseas and acquired a command of several languages, the most important of which was Spanish.

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Is shared experience becoming rare?

     A flyer came in the mail today offering more than 100 TV channels for a low monthly fee.
     Even without reading it carefully, I’m convinced the package will contain a host of religious channels, which I don’t watch; oodles of home-shopping-network-type stations, which should be banned; scores of sports channels, which probably feature the all-time pro table tennis championship and muskrat hunting.

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