Friday, November 23, 2012

Not Shopping till I Drop Today

I am currently in the library waiting for my laundry to finish the wash cycle. (the laundry mat is across the parking lot...I have gotten to be an expert at knowing how long I can fiddle on the computer before I have to go throw the clothes into the dryer. Ok, maybe not...sometimes I forget the laundry and get all caught up in browsing the internet...)

Thanksgiving this year was fairly uneventful. I left work early on Wednesday feeling ill. I should have called in sick that day but since it was the start of a 4 day weekend, it is frowned upon. If you skip work, everyone assumes you are doing it in order to squeeze another day out of the already long weekend. So, instead I sat at my desk feeling like I was about to throw up until I couldn't stand it any longer. I ran out of the building and drove home hoping to not blow chunks in public.

I was feeling a little bit better yesterday, but still not well enough to eat turkey or even hear anyone talk about turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberries, etc.  DO YOU REALIZE HOW MUCH THE MEDIA TALKS ABOUT FOOD ON THANKSGIVING??? Well, you would realize it if you had the flu on Thanksgiving and just wanted to watch mindless TV which DID NOT include food chatter.

Today is that other holiday....the shopping holiday which I am avoiding participating in on the principle that our society has become waaaayyyy toooo focused on "getting a good deal" and "not paying full price." If I have to hear about one more stinking sale or how I can use my damn cell phone to get the best price or see another "where to find the best deal" 10 minute news-mercial (which is a "morning news segment which is really just a commercial for products") , I will SCREAM. If I could afford it, I would go to a store pick out all of the "full priced" items, buy them then stand on the check out counter conveyor belt with a mega phone and scream: " I paid full price! Suck on that!"

Seriously. What is full price anyway?  If everyone buys their sh$t on sale, then the stores will just jack up their prices artificially so that the sale price is actually the price they need to sell it at to make a profit and ta-da....it is really no longer a sale. 

And, don't get me started on the bragging that will happen on Monday..." I bought this Coach purse for $10!" (it is a knock off)  "I bought my son gym shoes for $10!" (someone else's son in a third world country was paid 10 cents and worked 10 hours a day to make the shoes.)  "I bought this coat for $10." (I  sat in line in 30 degree weather for several hours waiting for the store to open because my life lacks excitement and I use shopping to fill the emptiness.)

So....hey...Happy Black Friday.

Saturday, November 17, 2012

Podcast addiction

Now that I can hook up to my phone and listen to music and podcasts, I have become quite addicted to it. Below I have posted a few links to interesting stories I have heard recently.

Yellow Rain - Radiolab

Yellow Rain - Radiolab


Not only do I recommend that you listen to this particular show, I would also  recommend that you read the comments page on the radio lab wesbite(http://www.radiolab.org/2012/Sep/24/yellow-rain or click on the link above). Wow....

The basic premis of the show: was the yellow stuff falling out of the sky on the Hmong people in the 1970's bee poop or chemical weapons.

I listened to this show while at work, shuffling papers around and I have to say when I took my ear buds out after the show was over, I felt like a changed person.  I could no longer tolerate the usual bitchiness around the office about who took the last cup of coffee or some such problem after hearing about the Hmong people.

Overtime | Radio Netherlands Worldwide

Overtime | Radio Netherlands Worldwide: The State We're In, 6 October 2012. A man in North Carolina spends 13 years on death row but was innocent. A woman with cancer learns to laugh at herself. And a photographer in Germany takes photos ...of people before and after they die in hospice...

Here is a link to some of the photos:
http://www.rnw.nl/english/radioshow/overtime#photos

Or you can go directly to the photographer's website:
http://www.walterschels.com/h/?lang=en

I know it seems kind of morbid but it is also fascinating.

Ouch

http://downloads.bbc.co.uk/podcasts/radio/ouch/ouch_20110819-0920a.mp3

at http://www.bbc.co.uk/ouch/podcast/

This podcast is one of my absolute favorites just because I really like Liz Carr and the usualy co-host Mat Fraser.
This is a show that I listened to recently that got me thinking....

Ouch! Talk Show 75: say it again... and again


Fri, 19 Aug 11

Duration:
55 mins

How many times can you legitimately ask someone with a speech impairment to repeat themselves? Our vegetable quiz returns and we're all about disabled golf. Liz Carr and Rob Crossan present.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Weather Report: Wurply and cold

Here is a snapshot from my back yard. It may seem a bit grainy but I think you might be able to see the color. I took the picture because there was a very strange purplish color in the air one evening. It was right before sunset on a cold day during a time when the edge of the Sandy storm lashed our city. We only got high cold winds here in the mid-west south of the Great Lakes area. Still, it was enough of a high wind to make me feel sorry for the folks to the East.

When I took this picture, I thought the purple haze was a hint of worse weather, but nothing worse happened.   Thankfully.

Still, the purple freaked me out.

In kindergarten as we draw, we learn skies are blue, sun is yellow, grass is green.  People are made of sticks and we can place them in our pictures wherever we like.  Then, we grow up and learn, stick people are not real and real people will refuse to be placed where we like. We learn that grass turns brown in a drought. We learn the sun is a huge ball of fire that will burn our eyes if we look at it so who the hell knows what color it really is....However, the sky remains reliably blue. Apparently, that is not true.  I saw the sky turn purple and now I wonder, what the hell else that I think is  unchangeable will change?


P.S.... I wrote this post in the library while sitting next to an extremely stinky man. I hope the five people who read my blog will appreciate the effort! *gag*....I am reminded of the Seinfeld episode about the valet who left B.O. in Seinfeld's car. The guy has left the seat next to me but the B.O. remains. I hope the B.O. doesn't stick to me and follow me around all day!!!

PSPS....new weather term   windy + purple = wurply