I've attended four colleges and not one time have I ever heard a school bell ring to mark the start or end of class. I find it funny to see a classroom in a movie scene where a ringing bell signifying the end of class conveniently interrupts a meaningful moment. I know it's a plot device, the bell, but it does not reflect reality. When it comes down to it, it annoys the hell out of me.
I see the same thing in TV shows as well with the bells in a college setting.
I went to the Zippy Lube to get an oil change and have my headlights replaced. I noticed on Monday evening that my driver's side light was out. I hadn't had my oil changed in a while (January, I found out later), so I took the opportunity to kill two birds with one stone. I don't mind going to Zipply Lube. Their name suits them well. They inspect cars, change oil and make minor repairs in a quick fashion. This is in contrast to going to Jiffy Lube where sitting in their waiting room is about as speedy and fun as sitting in the Wake Med emergency room at the height of flu season. Besides, this Zippy Lube has an old school quarter operated arcade machine with Galaga (my favorite), Donkey Kong, Junior Donkey Kong, Pac Man, Ms. Pac Man and Frogger.
While I was waiting, I thought I'd get some lunch over at the Taco Maker. I hadn't been there in a while and had some time to kill. They looked about the same, but in addition to their giant menu in bright colors was a gerry rigged little menu to the right. It was en espanol. Most of the stuff was tacos on the 'little menu.' I ordered the chicken tacos and waited. The gave me a number and when the food was ready, brought my order out to me.
The tacos looked like the ones I used to get off the taco truck. I liked it. The only difference was that the stuff the taco truck would put on for you was in a buffet that you could put on yourself. It actually tasted good. It wasn't like that Taco Bell imitation crap on the regular menu.
I may have to go back there again. I have a hankering for some tacos.
Will Herman Cain suffer from the "Bradley Effect"? For those who don't know, the phenomenon is named after the former mayor of L.A., who ran and lost for governor of California despite being ahead in the polls before the election. The Bradley Effect describes when white voters tell pollsters they will vote for a minority candidate but actually don't vote for the minority candidate. People speculate that the white person tells the person what they want to hear out of fear of ridicule and scorn if they say the won't vote for the minority candidate. That is, the white voter is a racist.
Some speculated that Obama suffered from the Bradley Effect in NH when he lost to Hillary Clinton in the 2008 primary after a resounding win in the Iowa Caucuses.
Will Cain suffer from this effect? I honestly don't know. I can promise if that he doesn't win in Iowa or NH, the pundits will be eager to bring up the Bradley Effect and make strong accusations of how the Republican voters, in their quiet moments, are racists.