SITREP


Vets will recognize the title as the military acronym “Situation Report.” Today I'm a bit stuck for a title because I have several observations, commentaries, etc., as I pursue what a friend has called imitating the late Andy Rooney.  Would that I were that talented, but 
here goes anyway, a kind of situation report for a chilly February day in 2016.

First, have you noticed the burgeoning number of ready-to-eat stuff in the grocery stores?The deli displays are captivating.  Except for the fried chicken I have to have about once a month, I don't know how those dishes taste, but they sure look good.  And opening a 
can of soup and heating it is apparently too challenging for today's consumers.  Now you can buy soup in those little plastic things you use to make coffee in your Keurig brewer.  And I'm looking at coupons for Pace and Prego “Ready Meals” and Campbell's “Oven 
Sauces.”  Do you think the  much loved military MRE's (Meals Ready-To-Eat) will soon be available at your local supermarket?

My granddaughter attended a Saturday morning class intended to involve more girls in 
coding.  Back in the day we called it programming.  When did it become coding?  Not 
that the word isn't appropriate.  I remember writing programs for then popular IBM 
computers (circa 1963-67) that couldn't do what a cell phone can do today.  Many of 
those programs were written in Autocoder.  We also programmed in FORTRAN and 
COBOL, which, along with Autocoder, were then known as “compilers.”  Compliers 
were programs themselves, programs that translated what we did in Autocoder, 
FORTRAN and COBOL into “machine language.”  I just read those sentences again and no longer wonder why people thought we computer types were speaking a foreign
language.  I guess coding is the better word.

And a recent report from the OECD quoted in TIME Magazine, 2/15/2016, at page 13, 
shows that “People in the U.S. and England ages 16 to 19 are among the most illiterate in the developed world.”  May explain why a recent Facebook posting proved once again 
that the average college student, at Stanford no less, couldn't name the Vice President or amember of the U.S. Supreme Court.  Bet you are wondering what in the world is OECD? Me too, so I looked it up:  The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)  Google OECD – it's a very interesting outfit based in Paris.

And to finish on a lighter note, a friend asked his Facebook friends to tell us about their 
first cars, a request that produced a number of interesting stories and wonderful photos.  My 1947 Ford Coupe looked something like this:
 
Well, it had the same shape anyway.  You can buy this one for $50,000. Wish I still had mine.  Loved the rumble seat, the 2-panel windshield, the ignition switch and button starter, and the purchase price of $50.  Yes, that is $49,950 less than the one in the photo.  
I bought mine from a guy who was shipping out of Army Language School in Monterey, CA, and sold it a few months later for $50 when I shipped out.

And finally, a word about my name.  My diploma from Mt. Carmel H.S., Chicago, IL,
contains the name Joseph David Bohlin.  I am still Skip, the name my mother used, to mysisters and cousins.  I am Joe to most everyone I played ball with and to everyone to whom I didn't want to have to explain Einar.  When I appeared in the Cook County Clerk's Office, at the age of 17 and 4 months, for a copy of my birth certificate to furnish to the U.S. Air Force, the nice lady gave me a copy for Einar Bohlin.  I told her that was my father, but she pointed out that my father, Einar Axel Bohlin, was listed in the box titled “Father,” and that my legal name was Einar Bohlin.  No Joseph, no David, and not even my 
Confirmation name (Christopher).  Just “Einar NMN Bohlin,” no middle name.  Looking back, I wish I'd stuck with Skip.  It was preppy before preppy was cool......
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2 thoughts on “SITREP

  1. Don’t know if you got my comment; I couldn’t see the right 1/4 of the page until now. I also don’t have Facebook, Twitter or social amenities. Finally, I wonder how OECD is screwing us? Don’t call me cynical…. Gene

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    1. *Cynical? Never…..😕* *It bothered me that the TIME writer just tossed in OECD without identifying the outfit or mentioning anything about their work. I looked them up with Google and they appear to be OK. Are you aware of something that suggests they are up to no good?*

      On Tue, Feb 9, 2016 at 8:56 PM, EinarJoeBohlin's Blog wrote:

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