Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Pre-paid phone cards

A dear friend who going into hospital soon to deliver her second child (and trying for a VBAC -- keep your fingers crossed for her!) was asking me about pre-paid phone cards:
I am thinking I need to get [a pre-paid phone card] for when I am in the hospital and need to call people to tell them I had the baby. I can make local calls from there but not long distance ones. (...) You are not allowed to use cell phones in the hospital.
(You aren't allowed to use cell phones in a hospital? Is this a revenue racket for the hospitals, or is there any kind of legitimate reason for it?)

At any rate, I don't use phone cards so I promised to ask around.

I've heard that ATT's prepaid cards are expensive. Can anyone recommend a better option?

Monday, August 07, 2006

American Food Holidays

Apparently, today falls on National Raspberries in Cream Day, at the end of National Apple Week, during the National Month of Catfish, Peaches, and "Brownies at Brunch"...

...at least, according to this list of American Food Holidays.

Methinks that after all the food industry lobbyists and marketers got this long list of "food days" set up, they were hungry for a holiday themselves.

Today's combination certainly looks like a recipe for dyspepsia. You may want to celebrate today's events sequentially, rather than simultaneously.