I have two new heroes. Their names are Jeff Deck and Benjamin Herson, and it is their life’s mission to fix typos on signs and restaurant menus.
This is an enormous pet peeve of mine. It drives me crazy to see how many mistakes there are on marquees, on printed materials, and especially on restaurant menus. (True story: I once stopped eating at a good deli in NYC because even after I pointed out the typos on the menus (hand-written every day, fresh, mind you!) to the owner, they never would fix them.
Call me a spelling snob, I don’t care. It shows me, as a customer in your establishment, that if you don’t care enough to spell things correctly and check them over, how much attention are you paying to other areas of the business, like service?
Anyway, I love what Jeff and Benjamin are doing. I’d buy them a tank of gas or two if they asked me to.
Typos are a scourge on the fabric of this country, because people just don’t care anymore. They don’t care about accuracy, about professionalism, about spelling things right.
Rock on, Jeff and Benjamin. Keep fighting the good fight.
(Update: I must come down from my high horse a little. I had a couple of typos in my post about typos. They’ve been fixed. Insert your own joke here.)
**This may either creep you out and make you dizzy, or like me you’ll think it’s really cool. This is the view of what hula-hooping looks like, from the point of view of a hula hoop:
**Finally, this story stopped me in my tracks Tuesday night. The Controller of the state of California stopped the paychecks for all 120 state lawmakers, after he determined they failed to meet a voter-approved law that gets the Legislature to approve balanced budgets on time.
The Controller, John Chiang is quoted as saying “The decisions we make in this office are incredibly difficult, but we call it straight. In many senses we view ourselves as a neutral umpire. We call balls and strikes.”
This is fascinating to me. Here’s a government worker basically holding politicians to a state-mandated promise: balance the budget. And to hopefully stop all the bickering and arguing, he stopped paying the legislators.
Of course, both sides of the aisle are pissed at Chiang.
Which means he probably came up with a great idea. Maybe it’ll catch on.