Friday, October 26, 2012

October 26, 2012

Sometimes, I envy turtles.

When I feel bad, I ask myself if I've ever felt worse. If the answer is no, then I ask myself if I could feel worse. So far, the answer has always been yes. That helps a lot.

When I feel good, I never ask myself if I've ever felt better. Yay for me.

A 56-year-old woman who has been working at Arby's for 23 years was recently fired for leaving the store to escape from an armed robber. Her statement? She decided that if she was going to be killed, it wasn't going to be at Arby's. Okay, never mind that after 23 years of service without being promoted to management, she should be rewarded (not fired!) just for coming up with that catchy slogan!

One of Magic Johnson's former employees is suing him for wrongful termination. He says he fired her for tardiness; she says she was fired for refusing to test his Red Vines candy for freshness. I say maybe some reporter should be fired for calling this "news."

A San Antonio, TX woman faked her own kidnapping by having herself bound and left in the back of her car, to avoid a day on her job. Her scheme unraveled when police found a lottery ticket she bought at the time she claimed she was abducted at knifepoint. I have questions about this, like (1) how big was the jackpot that tempted her to risk her alibi? and (2) how bad are things on her job that she'd rather spend a day bound in her car than call in sick and spend the day on the Riverwalk? I've been there, it's beautiful!

Early one morning this week, I watched a movie from my youth. The music, the fashion, the attitudes all had me going back and forth between feelings of nostalgia and "what on earth were we thinking?"

At the end of the day, it really is all about the truth.

The words may have similar roots, but experience is not what makes a person an expert.

Sometimes I wonder which is sadder: the state of this world, or the refusal of most people to reach for something better.

Agape' -- P

Friday, October 19, 2012

October 19, 2012

The only value in determining where you got lost is making sure you don't get lost again. It's hard to reach your destination walking backward.

I wonder if we could eliminate a lot of reality television if someone would just produce a show about actual train wrecks.

A judge has ruled that the producers of The Bachelor cannot be forced to select a man of color to star in the competition. As a single, black man, I am so relieved!

A 94-ear-old man from India holds the world record as the world's oldest new parent. Which is more surprising, that the child's birth was planned, or that he says he's looking forward to another one?

The fascination with celebrities is so out of hand! There's nothing wrong with buying the same grooming products as a celeb, if you want to look like them, but being a performer does not qualify them to suggest how I live, how I think, or who I want as a ruler.

Do you think the feverish celeb worship is the reason some of them think they're qualified to address any and all matters? Do they believe there are judges losing sleep about changing legislature to accommodate stars who are postponing getting married? Are dictators in countries around the world worried about a visit from an American movie star?

Just when you think you've heard everything, along comes a news item about Terri Graham, the 44-year-old mother of two who nurses her dog(!) to feel maternal. And would you believe she isn't the first?

I must be slipping; how did I miss national pasta day on October 17?

I don't gamble, but the story about the Massachusetts guy who won $30 mil just after his girlfriend dumped him did make me laugh. What a difference a day makes.

Reality... a good place to visit, but not enough people want to live there.

Agape' -- P

Friday, October 12, 2012

October 12, 2012

If you're not happy there, or it's not a healthy place to be, can you really call it a comfort zone?

If intolerance is the same as hate (and a lot of people think it is), then tolerance must be the same as love; which means I love twice the number of people I thought I loved.

According to the news, a man who had gender reassignment surgery 23 years ago is upset because his doctors will not comply with his request for another surgery to undo his reassignment; after 23 years, he says he realizes he really wasn't a woman in a man's body. I could go into a wordy moral about not tampering with biology, but the point can basically be summed up with the familiar phrase: you break it, you bought it.

Is it just me, or are there even more reality TV shows following the lives of people I neither know nor care about?

Wasington Redskins reserve player Adam Carriker followed through on his promise to be photographed in pro wrestling gear (we're talking man panties) after losing a bet with retired wrestler Bill Goldberg. Are you paying attention, Green Bay Packer Aaron Rodgers?

Why do people complain that Paula Deen's southern accent seems thicker as time goes on, but no one complains about the same thing happening with Sofia Vergara's Latino accent? Could it be because when we look at Sofia Vergara, the last thing we're paying attention to is whatever it is she's saying?

Vanity should not come ahead of functionality; there's nothing impressive about not being as independent as possible.

Before complaining about what someone has done to you, it would help to remember if the person is still alive to say they're sorry.

Nothing cures feeling like a teenager better than talking to a teenager. Maybe we should thank them for helping us remember who we are.

It's amazing, the amount of money, time, and effort spent on correcting the ugly on the outside, but not the inside.

Agape' -- P

Friday, October 5, 2012

October 5, 2012

Doing the right thing is no reason to brag; but it's also no reason to feel shame.

A new study suggests that women speak less when in the company of men. I wonder who would finance such a study. Hmmmm...

Born to Hollywood legends, starring in several successful films, Jamie Lee Curtis' Activia commercials have finally made her a household name. The woman owes her fame to regularity. After all, some people don't go to movies, but everybody... you know.

A Texas woman has filed a lawsuit against Walmart after a 2010 incident when a store clerk ripped up the $100 bill she was using to pay for her purchases, then a store manager ripped up a second $100 bill minutes later. Both store employees accused her of counterfeiting, but were proven wrong when the pieces of money were later verified. I couldn't decide who made the bigger mistake, the clerk, the manager, or the woman who produced a second $100 bill after the first was destroyed. However, if a judge grants the woman the $70,000+ she's suing for when she's only out $200... that would be the biggest mistake.

The expression "be there with bells on" dates back to the pre-automobile days, when people would hang bells on their horse-drawn carriages before travelling to special events. I used to wonder where people would wear their bells.

It's called wallowing because it requires no effort and gets you nowhere.

Disney has announced that beer and wine will soon be sold during dinner in the Magic Kingdom for the first time in 41 years. Some commentors are saying this will finally make Disneyworld the happiest place on earth.

It's ironic, but too much comfort food makes you anything but comfortable.

Often, I'm appalled by the amount of money spent researching things like whether humans are related to butterflies. Then, someone invents gel cushions to make sitting comfortable, and my faith in technology is restored.

How is entertainment supposed to provide an escape when producers are clamoring to reflect the world's misery?

Agape' -- P