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Get it? I know. It was a stretch. Here's my reaction to today's Gmail outage.

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As I sit here at my desk staring at a small, rectangular space of pixels telling me that it will be "connecting in 3m" and explains said countdown with an "Oops.." - I am reminded of the feeling I had as a youngster when experiencing the rare occurrence that was a landline phone going completely out of service.

It was strange. It could even be downright nerve-wracking under the circumstances, especially as a child.

  • What if you needed to call 911?
  • What if I need to know what the temperature is outside? (JAMJAM1 anybody?)
  • What if I was really wanting my mom to order a pizza??

As a teenager (pre-internet), it was an especially emotional and dramatic event.

  • How else was I going to talk about the snooty girl that fell down the stairwell in her high heels she couldn't wear?
  • How could I hear a reaction to my critique of VH1's top video countdown?
  • How could I find out what was playing at the movie theater??

Now as an adult (kind of an adult), I find a Gmail outage triggering some of those same emotions albeit not quite as laced with fear or agony. I've got the rest of the internet as avenues to the people I need to contact, and I have a cell phone sitting on the desk right next to my hand.

But still, dammit. I want to know how my buddy's lunch break went.

The Grindmaster for last edition (vs Pelicans) was Zach Randolph.

  1. Game Score and Winner (correct predictions receive 3 points, if no correct predictions, 1 point awarded to member(s) with closest differential)
  2. The Grindmaster (3 points awarded to correct predictions; if Grindmaster title is split between 2 or more players, 2 points go to each member who predicted one of those players)
  3. Total free throw attempts for James Harden (3 points awarded to correct predictions; 1 point awarded to the member(s) closest without going over)
  4. Total free throw attempts for the Memphis Grizzlies (3 points awarded to correct predictions; 1 point awarded to the member(s) closest without going over)

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