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Thursday, September 10, 2015

I Must Keep an Eye on This One

Jeff walks past me, arching his back and rolling his head from shoulder to shoulder.  “So how are you running your chunk blocks?”

I turn to see Allen – my double-wide cube mate, my introverted source of wry amusement – lean into his chair, raise both arms above his head and settle into a clasped hand cradle at the back of his head.  “I haven’t.  I’ve been working on the gooey.”

Allen is working on a gooey.

I laugh aloud, which they both ignore.  Being a highly trained perfessional and knower of many things, I understand that he is referring to a GUI, and not a gooey, but I prefer my own interpretation.

And I shall insist upon using it.

The truth is that I am daily confronted by things that I do not understand.  Gooeys, for example.  The popularity of Looney Tunes leather jackets.  The people who walk barefoot downtown.  The woman on the bus whose hair maintains seemingly permanent three-inch black roots in a sea of white cotton-candy fluff. 

There is so much to know.

Jeff leaves, and I turn to Allen.

“How do you do it?” I say.  “How do you know so much?”

He smiles.  “Do I?”

I frown at him.  “Are you saying you don’t?”

“Well I know I know the difference between a GUI and a gooey,” he says.

My mouth drops.  “What?  How do you – “

He holds up a hand.  “Pearl,” he says.  “Please.”



21 comments:

Vicus Scurra said...

Tell him you remember when they still used chewys

joeh said...

I think a GUI has something to do with computers (I'll have to Google) I have no idea what a gooey is.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

I would rather have a gooey any day.

Jono said...

How about a nice ooey gooey?

Sioux Roslawski said...

Elvis' ooey gooey peanut butter and banana cake... yum!

Digression...

jenny_o said...

Gooey really does conjure up a much better mental picture - food related, of course, involving caramel and melting and luscious explosions of sweetness on the tastebuds - while GUI sounds like something the cat does just prior to "horking".

vanilla said...

So much to know and each day you write here I know just a bit more. Gleefully.

Geo. said...

Informative and delightful as always. These are new computer terms to me --gooey, chunk blocks. So many of them sound like their inventors were unwell.

Yamini MacLean said...

Hari OM
Grommets Under Inspection are sure to make any lad gooey-eyed. Even some lasses... though they may be more interested in the chunky blokes... oh no, mis-read ;*> YAM xx

Elephant's Child said...

Jeff knows you well...

Should Fish More said...

Start singing "It's a binary world after all...." at your desk.

sage said...

"double-wide cube mate" Trailer park life in an office? :)

Catalyst said...

You said they ignored your laugh. Maybe not.

Rose L said...

Huh??? Gooey??? GUI??? I think something has happened to me as I did not understand at all!

River said...

I watched an episode of Criminal Minds once where a hacker had to work on another hacker's computer, I remember he said "her gooey is amazing"and have forever since wondered just what the gooey was/is. now of course I'm wondering about GUI too.

Jocelyn said...

MORE WORK STORIES, please.

savannah said...

why did this make me hungry? *sigh* xoxoxo

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

What is a GOOEY?
Welcome back, BTW. Glad to see you posting again.

Daisy said...

The older I get, the less I know, and some days, I think I prefer it that way.

Simply Suthern said...

Gooey Ducks are tasty I hear.

Watson said...

I remember the term GUI, don't hear it much any more. Every thing is "GUI" now! ;-)Yum!