Sunday, July 6, 2008

And now, our feature presentation.

I love movies. I really do. Not that you would know it by the list of recent movies I have seen. The last movie I saw in the theater was Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, which was out just about this time last summer. Yep, its been almost a whole year since I have been to a movie theater.

I have several friends who go to the movies every week, sometimes twice a week. They see every movie that comes out, usually the first weekend it is released. I wish I could say I did that. But I don't. I can not tolerate movie theaters anymore. The parking, the lines, the cost - mostly for the snacks and drinks, the crowds, the employees lack of interest, but mostly it is the other viewers with their inability to realize that there are other people in this world sharing space with them. People have made me stop going to the movie theater. I would much rather wait a few months and watch the movie in the comfort and quiet of my own home, on my schedule, with my comfy couch and big screen TV.

All that being said ... Netflix has been fabulous! We had a minor scare there a few weeks ago when they announced they would be taking away profiles (so that different members of a household could have separate queue's of movies, thus not having to juggle the list so that everyone gets a movie in turn). However, this was quickly remedied by the public crying foul. Thank you to Netflix for keeping this incredible feature :)

Recently I watched Premonition with Sandra Bullock. I really enjoyed the premise, very interesting. Sort of a 'Memento' type vibe going on. I didn't really dig the way it ended but that is not stopping me from liking the movie. Next I have Reign Over Me with Adam Sandler and Don Cheadle - who i LOVE. I'm looking forward to this one. I'll let you know how it goes. Some others in my queue are:

  • Licence to Wed
  • Definitely, Maybe
  • Dan in Real Life
  • 27 Dresses
  • Pirates of the Caribbean, At World's End
  • Helvetica (a documentary about the font, I know ... I'm a dork)
  • Because I Said So
  • Deja Vu
  • Music and Lyrics
I also enjoy watching TV shows that I never saw when they were on. So I have some of those in my queue as well:
  • Northern Exposure
  • House, M.D. (never started this, so I figured I'd go back to the beginning)
  • Torchwood
  • The Lost Room (more of a mini-series)
So that is what I will be watching over the next few months. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd love to entertain them!

On with the show ....

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Thursday, January 31, 2008

Pick a lane, would ya?

Dear Mr. Black Toyota 4-Runner,

I realize you are an Aggie, and that you work at Radio Shack. But really, does that mean you own the road? Because you sure were acting like it this morning. In a span of about 2 blocks you were in 3 different lanes of a 4 lane road. Next time it sure would be nice if you could pay attention to the other drivers around you and pick a lane and stick with it. I'm sorry that people are bothering you by stopping for red lights and pedestrians. And I realize how irksome it is to wait for folks parallel parking in front of the court house and what not. But that doesn't give you the go ahead to zip around people back and forth all willy nilly - even if you do use your blinker - just to get where you are going about 3 seconds before you would have if you'd stayed in the spot you started in.

Thanks,
Ms. Blue Volkswagen Beetle

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Friday, January 18, 2008

Don't be so damned negative all the time, would ya?

I know about the whole "don't blog about work" thing, but I have to this once. Although I can't guarantee it won't happen again. There is this person in my general department that gets on my very last nerve almost constantly. I'm going to refer to this person as 'N'.

N is one of those "one upper" type people, everything that someone says, N has done or experienced or knows something that is more important, more impressive and more exciting than anyone else. N is also a name dropper, and makes a constant point of dropping little comments letting you know that they are in the know about things that you couldn't possibly be involved in. N also rolls its eyes when asked a question that they deem stupid. We have several new people in the department and it takes a while to get acclimated to things in a new job. So, during this time they will ask questions that, to people who have been here for several years, might seem obvious. Most people will answer the question and ask if the questioner needs any assistance ... N will roll its eyes at them and answer in a very exasperated tone and usually say something to the effect of "you really should have known that already." Fortunately for me, I don't have to work very close with N on too regular of a basis, else N might end up at the bottom of Eagle Mountain Lake.

Anyhoo ... that is my rant for today. I will leave you with some random thoughts ...

Wouldn't it be nice if drivers would pay attention to their surroundings while driving?

Breakfast burritos are the best invention I can think of. Eggs, cheese & bacon WRAPPED IN A TORTILLA. Perfection.

The price of gas is ridiculous. I know we all know that, but I just wanted to say it.

I love wearing blue jeans and tennis shoes to work.

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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Why I Hate Dance Music

It is 10 PM here ... on Tuesday. Some neighbors of ours about 3 or 4 houses down are having a party. I shouldn't know that. But I can hear every single stinking beat of their damn dance/house music all the way inside my living room. It's been playing since I got home at 6 PM. I don't know what to do. I've not had the best day today as it is, I'm a little on the grumpy and irritable side and this isn't helping matters. People need to learn manners and take those around them into consideration. I know for a fact that people around here have little kids. They can't be happy that some dipshit is playing his crappy music loud enough to damage hearing and keeping their little munchkin awake. Should I call the cops? I really don't know what the protocol is in this situation. We have an HOA, do I call one of them? This is in clear violation of the rules of our HOA ... I keep hoping now that it is 10 PM that they will shut it down. I don't care if they party all night long, just keep it quiet so that I can't hear it 4 houses away. Thanks.

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Friday, October 26, 2007

I'll Never Understand

I realize that I probably won't be in the majority with this opinion but I don't care.

Why do pregnant women feel they must walk around rubbing their bellies? Or just holding them? Or pointing them out in any other subtle (or unsubtle) way? Do they think that others don't realize they are pregnant? Are they subconsciously trying to bring this fact to everyone's attention?

Having never been pregnant I really wouldn't know, but also as someone who has never been pregnant, this is annoying to me.

I just wanted to say my peace.

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Tuesday, October 2, 2007

A Lesson in Futility ... and Stupidity

So, I found this article earlier:

$1M LAWSUIT OVER IPHONE PRICE SLASH
By STEFANIE COHEN

October 2, 2007 -- Hold the iPhone!

A Queens woman is so angry at Apple for slashing the iPhone's price by $200 less than three months after it went on sale that she's suing the company for $1 million.

And it's all about her profit.

In a Brooklyn federal court suit, Dongmei Li of Forest Hills fumes that because of the Sept. 5 price cut, she won't be able to make as much if she resells her phone.

The iPhone debuted on June 29, an 8-gigabite model selling for $599 and a 4-gigabite model going for $499. But on Sept. 5, Apple halted sale of the 4-gigabite phone and cut the 8-gigabite price to $399.

Li's lawyer, Jean Wang, said her client bought two 4-gigabite models for $499 each with the idea of selling them later on eBay.

"Since they're selling the 8-gigabite phone for $399, there's really no market for her," Wang said.

Can you believe this?! I mean, sadly I actually can. But seriously. I'm so sorry that you are such a dumb ass that you are going to try and sue a huge company for a ridiculous amount of cash because you chose to buy their product right when it came out with the intention of making money on it by selling it for a higher price on eBay and then they lowered their price (which they have every right to do) before you got your butt in gear and put up your auctions. Wow, that was a long sentence but I felt it was necessary. And what kind of moronic lawyer are you that takes this case thinking you could actually win something out of it?! People are truly broken.

Here's the original article :)

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Sunday, September 2, 2007

With all the advances in technology ....

Why is it that lawnmowers are still so flippin loud?!

And why is it that you only notice them at 7:30AM on Saturday morning when you are trying to sleep. OR at 2pm on a Sunday afternoon when you are trying to nap.

I mean really, can nobody invent a quiet lawnmower? My car is so quiet that I sometimes don't even know its going unless I rev the engine. They are both gas powered. I just don't understand.

I would give $5 to someone who invented a noiseless lawnmower. If you do so, let me know.

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Friday, May 4, 2007

Sensationalism

News "teaser" during the last commercial break of the 9pm show ......

Chick: "Some amazing video just in to NBC5: a massive tornado spinning out of control destroying everything in its path."
Dude: "Plus an unwelcome surprise in your driveway ... your wheels and tires gone. The new crime wave coming up at ten."

Not 3 minutes later .....

Dude: "You've got to see this amazing video of a powerful twister threatening homes and drivers passing by."
Chick: "Plus, women worried after a vicious attack on a popular north texas jogging trail. The warning you can't afford to miss when the news starts in 30 seconds."

Now, I don't typically watch the news because of lead-ins like the ones above. However, I thought I'd see if those stories had anything to them. Here's the long and short of it.


Tornado Story -
OK, this massive/powerful/devastating twister happened near Arnett, Oklahoma. Which IS near the Texas border ... the Texas panhandle, which isn't anywhere near Fort Worth or Dallas. Plus, there were no major injuries or anything like that AND the area the tornado went through was mostly farm type land. They had the lead weatherman from our local station reviewing the video giving us a blow by blow as to what we were seeing, as if this was the first tornado ever seen on video. Oh wait, I lied ... a tree did get uprooted and landed in a field, so sorry for the incorrect info. But really, it wasn't something that was on the way to harm anyone in the viewing area, nobody was really hurt, and it was over by the time they showed it to us. So please, explain to me, why? Why, why, why? Why so much stupid drama?

Wheels/Tires Theft Story -
If you don't want your wheels/tires (or anything for that matter) stolen off your car when its sitting in your driveway ... maybe you should put your car in the garage. Ya think? Of course I realize that we should be able to leave our cars in the driveway, and leave the door unlocked, etc and be able to feel safe that we won't get robbed but c'mon. Unless you've been asleep or in a cave for the past 50ish years you should really realize that that is just not how it works anymore. And to top it all of ... the news dude closed the story with this quote: "We don't have any numbers on how many wheels and tires are being stolen off cars, because that is not a specific statistic that police usually track." Nice.

Vicious Attack Story -
This was actually a legit story, a woman was walking home at 8:30pm from work down a wooded jogging path, alone. Wait, isn't this a bad horror movie? Anyway. A man grabbed her off the path and stabbed her until she screamed and he was scared off. This begs the question, why didn't she scream earlier? If that's all it was going to take to scare this guy off ... I think I'd have been screaming from the get go! I mean, if you are going to walk home, alone, on a wooded jogging path, with little lighting, when its getting dark, in a large city ... you should be prepared to scream at any moment. Now, I don't mean to make light of anything that happened to this lady and I'm really sorry she was attacked, but c'mon, let's use our brains ladies. Plus, as the news chick said in closing "none of her wounds were severe". So, there ya go.

I'm pretty sure my ban on watching the local news on TV is standing.

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Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Looks like hooked on phonics didn't work for everyone.

I was watching these videos online today of different crochet stitches, and the person doing the videos was really good. Her demonstration was very clear and she went at an appropriate pace explaining as she worked. All you could see was her hands very close up, but you could hear her speaking ...... and this is where it all went wrong. I'm by no means an expert at grammar or the English language in general, I'm sure that I butcher words from time to time, but come on - this is a pretty basic one.

"You're going to continue working that stitch acrossed the entire row."

Really? Seriously? Acrossed .... Acrosst? I'm not sure how to properly spell what she said but whatever, you can pretty much stop after those s's.

The word is ACROSS
Period
The end.

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Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Irks ... First of Many I'm Sure

I read dooce.com every day, and sometimes she has a posting called "How to annoy me" or "How to charm me" and I think that those are just awesome. I don't want to be a copy cat, but I really feel the need to be able to vent when things bug me. So Dooce, if there is any chance in hell that you are actually reading this one day ... please accept my apology for stealing your idea.

Irk:
Traffic. OH. MY. WORD. People. Please, seriously. Every morning a part of my drive to work is down a major freeway, thankfully I only have to go about 5 or 6 miles on the freeway but the vast majority of people who are traveling down this road any given morning must have the combined I.Q. of an amoeba. Then I get the pleasure of going right through the middle of our cities downtown, right by all the court buildings and police station. This makes for quite a few frustrating moments on my commute. Here are a few specific things I can't stand:

  1. If someone has their blinker on ... LET THEM OVER.
  2. If a lane is 'exit only' - and clearly marked that way for a mile before hand - do NOT wait til the very last second possible to get over and make those of the rest of us who are actually exiting there come to a complete stop while you wait for someone to let you in (This also goes back to #1 on the list).
  3. For the love of all that is holy, do not use a merge lane for traffic entering the freeway to zip around a big - albeit slow as a slug - 18 wheeler. This is not cool.
  4. The road is not your trash can, nor is it your ash tray. Come on people, lets be grown ups. You are gonna make that poor American Indian man cry again.
  5. Just because you are driving through an area you aren't familiar with, doesn't mean traffic laws are null and void. It is NOT OK to turn left from the right center lane of a 4 lane-one way street.
  6. A yellow light does not mean speed up, it means slow down and stop if you can safely do so. Even if you are late to work or court.
  7. And because I can not say it enough ... If someone has their blinker on, LET THEM OVER for crying out loud!

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