It was a warm reunion for everyone this morning at Starbucks as Kelly -- daughter of Andree, our favorite Harley-riding, Equestrian Barista -- stopped by for a cup of coffee and an earful of gossip. Kelly: Even though we never met, it was nice "reuniting" with you all the same. Tell your mom "hello" from the "Grande Half-Caff with the L.A. Times."
Meanwhile, for anyone wishing to "reunite" with human beings instead of those evil, automated voice recognition systems we discussed this morning, here is a link to the information Kathy was describing: nbc4.com - Digital Edge - Learn How To Bypass Computerized Operators. And for those who really hate these systems as much as I do, here's a link to a special list of phone numbers allowing you to reach actual human beings at businesses ranging from Ikea to Bank of America: IVR Cheat Sheet(tm) by Paul English. My advice to you: Brush up on your Indian languages before trying to call anyone! Here's a link to a Hindi language translator: Word AnyWhere: Hindi English and Other Indian Languages Dictionary.