Friday, July 27, 2012

July 27, 2012

Seeing the glass as half full beats seeing it as half empty. The challenge is in keeping it half full.

I admit, I can understand where controversial, inappropriate humor comes from; there's a sincere tendency to use humor to handle discomfort. Unfortunately, this gets morphed by comedian's need to be competitive to survive, and the fickleness of fans attracted by edginess. Sometimes I think we're too amateurish to handle this world.

They thought they had to put on a facade to impress their friends, when actually, they were the only ones who didn't like the real them. It's both ironic and sad.

The NCAA's ruling about the Paterno scandal at Penn State included not only a $60,000,000 fine, but also a four-year ban on participating in bowl games, a reduction in scholarships, and vacating 111 of their victories. But isn't that punishing the students instead?

With the public fighting, custody skirmishes, and feuds over money, the Jackson family seems to be falling apart since the death of Michael Jackson. Who would've thought that he was the glue holding things together?

Those who refuse to listen to direction end up going nowhere. It sounds pretty basic, but you'd be surprised at the number of us who don't know this.

I think I'm more concerned about the quality of the products I buy than the politics of the business owner. After all, how do I know that the guy who sells me gas isn't a member of the KKK? And if I find out, couldn't I make a more effective statement by taking my money elsewhere?

Sherman Hemsley, star of The Jeffersons, died this week. Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart broke up after she was caught kissing another man. Guess which story got the bigger headline.

The increaae in auto accidents caused by distracted driving is alarming, but does the plan to post billboards along the highway to warn drivers not to be distracted sound like the way to go?

Is it just me, or does the older gentleman in the Ocean Spray commercials remind anyone else of the older gentleman in the old Bartles & Jaymes commercials?

Agape' -- P

Friday, July 20, 2012

July 20, 2012

Congratulations to my cousin Cassandra Smiley Dority and her man, my new cousin Emerson Dority, on their marriage this past Saturday!

I have to admit, I'm a wee bit amused at the sudden uproar people are having about the increased teenage interest in the controversial book 50 Shades of Grey. The same people who have been discussing and indirectly promoting this book all over the media are actually surprised that kids are curious?

There has been controversy about the villainous character Bane in the upcoming Batman movie, suggesting it's a subliminal assignation of Bain Capital, a firm co-founded by one of the presidential candidates. Nevermind that the villain Bane has been a comic book character long before this campaign began, but Bane even appeared in the film Batman and Robin, 15 years ago. My basic fundamentals already keep me uninvolved in politics, but this is stupid.

It may sound like a fortune cookie, but it's good advice: beware people who won't answer a yes/no question with either yes or no.

A common trait among obviously condescending people? Fat lips. Think about it.

A man was arrested at a Georgia Walmart after he convinced a young woman to let him suck her toe in exchange for paying for her merchandise. His victim agreed because he told her he was recording the act for America's Funniest Videos. Around this time last year, Arkansas police were looking for a man who'd approach women posing as a podiatrist, and asking to suck their toes. At least the guy in Georgia had a more believeable approach, right?

Remember that extremely annoying guy who dressed up as an old man and got on everybody's nerves dancing like a goof in those excruciatingly creepy commercials for Six Flags? I miss him.

They forgave her for pretending to be someone she wasn't when she started being the person they thought she was.

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woollen mitens... I got none of that. But I got pudding! It's all good.

I have discovered that, because of my hatred of being lied to, and my love of seeing my name in print, the only things keeping me from a career in journalism are energy and a degree.

Agape' -- P

Friday, July 13, 2012

July 13, 2012

Everybody knows shame, but only a few of us are really friends with it.

Okay, over the years, I have craved a lot of foods: cuban sandwiches, chocolate nachos, and currently, jalapeno poppers. I never crave eggplant, cauliflower, or three bean salad. What's up with that?

Attention, those of you demonstrating kitchen products on the shopping channels: some of us don't have dishwashers, so stop using dishwasher safe as a selling point, because it just ticks us off.

Morgan Freeman's getting flack from a number of people for announcing that President Obama is of mixed race. Was that news to anybody? At this point, who isn't?

Am I getting cynical in my old age, or is it disturbing that, in a recent ad for a national chain restaurant promoting its multiple varieties of boneless wings, not once did I hear the word chicken?

What is it about Katie Holmes? Tom Cruise was a scientologist when he divorced Mimi Rogers and Nicole Kidman, and nobody cared. John Travolta, Kirstie Alley, and Issac Hayes have all been linked to Scientology, and nobody cared.

So, really, how many people who had mullets really did conduct "business in the front" and "party in the back"?

Why do people scratch their heads when they're trying to concentrate? Are people who shampoo and condition more often better focused?

I like to think the purpose behind trending is to keep us informed of current events; however, you just know there are people out there using it to decide what they should talk about.

How sad is it that there are people who can't fathom the ability to choose happiness over misery?

Friday, July 6, 2012

July 6, 2012

If you really don't remember if you just prayed, pray, pray again. Too much is never enough.

I recently asked a woman what was her favorite cuisine. She proceeded to tell me how much she paid for her shoes. I repeated my original question. I'm really trying to understand how I was being rude.

I don't want to live like a turtle. I don't hate turtles. It's not my place to judge turtles, or anyone who's turtle-friendly. But by not embracing turtles, some turtles have labelled me intolerant or turtle-phobic. How ridiculous is that?

I get that Katy Perry and Justin Beiber have produced autobiographical films to strike while the irons are hot, but isn't it rather early in their respective careers?

Yes, you can love someone you don't know. For example, I never met the person who invented the Slurpee.

I really think it's eerie, ironic, and a little cruel that there isn't a simpler word for illiterate.

I just watched someone play beer pong. I'd never seen the game played before, and I'm wondering if it isn't a ripoff of Bozo's Circus' Grand Prize Game.

Question about the bro-hug: is it a gesture of genuine affection, or the cop-out move of the genderly insecure?

Olympian Michael Johnson's statement that AfricanAmericans are genetically superior athletes because of slavery is supported by the same scientific authority that says the intricate, complex universe formed out of a random explosion in space. By the way, none of them ever watched me in high school phys ed; they might have reconsidered.

The death of Andy Griffith this week will mean I'm one person (Ron Howard) away from the same eerie feelihg when I watch reruns of the Andy Griffith Show that I get from I Love Lucy reruns.

Agape'-- P