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Monday, 17 November, 2003

Flying again tomorrow. But it's not to Columbus this time (that's in two weeks). No, we get to fly to Greensboro, NC.

[And then drive for a while.]

But it's a quick trip, back tomorrow night, so Miss Suki will not have to pout about the suitcase coming out.

Since I'm heading to The South again, here's a story that seems apropos:

Southern Drawls Confuse La. Phone System

SHREVEPORT, La. - Southern drawls have thwarted voice recognition equipment used by the Shreveport Police Department to route non-emergency calls.

A switchover to a lower-tech, touch-tone system — in which callers hear a voice recording they can respond to by pressing a different number for each division — is scheduled for Monday, said spokeswoman Kacee Hargrave.

The voice-recognition system asked people to name the person or department they wanted. More often than not, the system just didn't understand, and they wound up at the wrong place, said Capt. John Dunn, who oversees police communications.

[See ya'll later.]

Quote du jour:

"The accent of a man’s native country remains in his mind and his heart, as it does in his speech."

-- François, Duc De La Rochefoucauld (1613–1680), French writer, moralist.

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