Thursday 17 May 2012

Working in Ottawa today --Anthropomorphizing

Good morning folks,

I will be working in Ottawa today.

I woke this morning to The Clash, Should I Stay or Should I Go.  This was a bit of a change for me.. waking to 80's first wave Punk by the only band that mattered as all other previous mornings I was waken by Beethoven's Fur Elise.

Fur Elise, or For Elise or even For Therese and maybe even For Betty, was written likely just after the turn into the 19th century but it wasn't published until the Confederation of Canada in 1867.  Of course this is merely a coincidence and not really worth mentioning.  I'm not even sure if Ludwig ever ventured beyond Germany and Austria or if Ludwig Nohl, the finder of the manuscript, ever travelled to this part of the globe so we should probably just stop discussing this unlikely connection.

Should I Stay or Should I Go was written in 1981 and immediately published and 20+ years later in 2004 was rated the 228th of Rolling Stone magazine's 500 greatest songs of all time.  I don't know how well Fur Elise rated.

After waking, had a coffee, stretched a bit, showered, shaved, dressed, gathered my stuff and headed out the door to the garage.

It was as I placed my things on the passenger side seat of my Urban Assault Vehicle that I heard the melodic out-pouring of unrequited love of Fur Elise.  I then realized that my old phone.. replaced yesterday but a younger, more attractive, smarter model was left overnight outside, cast away, forgotten, and yet it faithfully went about the execution of its duties, playing the wake alarm for the master that would not hear it.

Now then.

If you just felt a pang of angst, sorrow for the old phone, then Anthropomorphizing may be a word that you may wish to know.  It is an intransitive verb that means to ascribe human characteristics to things not human.

And that is today's word of the day.

Have a good day.

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