Saturday, September 26, 2009
anyways, so today i was both disgusted and appalled to be sitting at a stoplight, and turning to my right only to bear witness to one of the cardinal sins of driving: picking your schnoz! this old lady was really going after it (think at least second knuckle!) and it wasn't a quick pick either. she was swirling the digit around for quite some time, and the grossest thing was her geriatric hubby was sitting passenger side eating ice cream! well, i for one would have lost my appetite, but apparently he had lost no such zeal and kept licking away! i actually was staring at her with a disgusted look, hoping she would turn to me and then i could just gawk to let her know i bear witness to her little deed! but no luck, light turns green and life moves forward!
and so we all must forge onward and upward (hopefully not upward into your nasal passages, however!) and onto the next day! hope u are all enjoying ur weekend and toting ur faithful tissues shall the mood strike u for a pick! :)
Monday, September 14, 2009
Although I generally anticipate the question (just as I've accepted there are still people out there who find it hilarious to shout out 'run, Forrest, run' despite the fact that line is so outdated and obnoxious) I still feel the hairs on the back of my neck prickle and a wave of annoyance comes over me as I reply, "No." Their faces instantly drop into a look of first disappointment and then something akin to pity. I can almost hear what they are thinking, "Oh, the poor dear thinks she's a runner." But what comes out of their mouths once they get over their initial disappointment is something more like, "Well, maybe one day." At that point, I do my best to politely edge away, as not only am I annoyed, and have stopped from even trying to explain that just because I haven't run a marathon doesn't instantly disqualify me as being a runner, as they never quite understand despite enthusiastically nodding their heads in agreement. No, no matter what I say at that point, they will never be convinced of my runner status.
As this happened yet again on my run the other day, as I'm doing my usual thing and passing an elderly couple walking the opposite direction, she shouts out in a thin old woman voice, "Are you training for a marathon?" I quickly replied no and kept on going, but I saw both her and her husbands do the usual drop and they looked at me almost with pity. It doesn't matter that I still run every day, or how many intervals I pound out a week, or whatever my weekly mileage total happens to be; to them, because I don't have my sights set on that magical 26.2 miles, I'm just some impostor.
I understand that the marathon is an a great event, and I do hope to do one one day, (but not in the imminent future) it seems because it has been picked out by the likes of Oprah, Katie Holmes, and a plethora of other celebs who cite themselves as having 'been there, done that' the event has taken on a more of a status symbol. The attitude that people who have done them, regardless of their finishing time, are vastly superior than any jolly jogger who hasn't. I heard a few coworkers one time congratulating one of the girls who had finished her marathon in about 4:10 (which was awesome for her, no discredit!) and subsequently relishing her with accolades, presents, and the like. Now, on the same day, a different woman who frequented the gym I was working at usually everyday, if not twice, had earned a bronze medal from the World Championships in the 10k. However, she was given not even the littlest congrats from any of the others, because it was after all, only 6 miles, not the 26.2 the other girl had done. In their minds, anything compared to finishing a marathon was second rate.
It seems that in the culture outside of the running community, if you're not a marathon runner, you're no runner at all, and that is a tad annoying. They have no concept of the speed vs. distance relation. The 5 hour marathon finished would rank above the sub 4 min. miler simply because a mile is so short and anyone can run four laps around a track? Well, I know it's petty, but I still find it ridiculous that I feel the need to have to explain myself to those people. I fight back the urge to rattle off the fact that, no I'm not training for Boston, but I'm hoping to run such and such for the 10k or 5k; I'm not running a marathon but I just finished such and such track workout, and I've hit X number of miles this week, okay!
Alas, they will never understand. Yet, thankfully among the 'true' runners, we don't look down our noses at those racing the 5's and 10's and appreciate the PR's that come there. We know that attaining competitive times in those events (and others) takes just as much work and dedication as the marathon, but in different ways. And even if you're not training for a certain event per se, but just running for the fun of it, who cares...you can still be a member! So, the next time I get that inevitable question, I'll let my irritation rise, but I'll keep it mute and simply hold my head high and proudly state, "NO!"
Friday, September 4, 2009
Girl Needs Cash
as for the life of this chick, did a track workout today, and these stupid gnats kept flying in my eyes, mouth, nose, etc. and it was annoying...haha. well, not as annoying as the burning in my legs, so maybe it was a nice distraction!! :)
okay, and for some GOOD news, lord knows i need some of that, got 2 replies from people i emailed from CL postings for writers they were seeking for random stuff. now, this is nothing to pump the fists about yet, cuz i get the replies before but they end up picking someone else of bail out. but, i need a pick-me-up today, so i'm gonna be a little happy...okay?!?! hehe.
okay, well i'm off to work on some stuff...take care friends!!
Monday, August 31, 2009
Anywho, lets see, not much else crazy or earth shattering I suppose. Been doing a lil' doodling, but nothing crazy good. Keep your good thoughts for me in mind as I desperately seek employment!! Crikey!! :)
Sunday, August 23, 2009
oh well, as far as that goes, i'm gonna stick a fork in it and just try to push it outta my mind. had a good long run today, went to a new place (of course got lost getting there...thanks a lot Google maps...NOT!) but met up with a new group and they were all really nice and hopefully i'll be able to meet up with them again. of course the guys are way faster and since they were doing a sorta tempo workout, they left me in the dust after a few miles in, but it was fun to have company and i was able to push to keep them in sight, and that made it a good workout for me...haha...aaah, the joy of falling off the pack and being pooped out the end! but it's a good goal to try to get faster so as to stick with them longer before being dropped!
tons of people out on the bike trail today, lots of people walking dogs, which is usually fine, but it bugs me when they let their dog lunge at you and don't do anything about it...aarg. the other annoying thing that people do, which i feel kinda bad bitching about because they are doing trying to be nice, but when they make stupid comments like, "wow, you're going at a good pace" or "great stride!", it's so cheesy. the funniest thing was when i was literally jogging my warm-up on the track and when i pass these two walkers, they literally start clapping their hands and cheering for me because i ran a whole lap around the track. i feel mean saying it, but it's like, okay, it's one lap and please don't clap, cuz i've got like tons of laps to do way faster than i'm going now, and for gosh-sakes don't applaud a warm-up! oh well, i guess they think their are being inspirational or what not, but it's like, come on people! oh well, at least they are nice enough to stay outta lane one!!
okay folks, gotta go!
Friday, August 14, 2009
i gotta go work on some more stuff, hopefully with a hope and a prayer said boss will pull thru ?? yea, and the moon is made of cheese!! (hopefully cheddar! :O)
Saturday, August 1, 2009
i've been doing something kinda fun too, there's this new site that's going to be offering a ton of quizzes to take and get scored, and they want everything from personality tests to random trivia, and i've been writing a lot for them. it's been fun to come up with random stuff, and they pay you ten bucks for every quiz they accept, yea, not a gold-mine, but it feels like a little 'found cash' and maybe i could buy some little treat or such...haha.
well, i'm off to do some errands, hope you're all doing well, and not punching out a neighbor for their desk fan! they have found that extreme heat causes people to be more apt to being in nasty moods...so watch out!
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Well, I'm actually pretty tired cuz I did an 800 repeat workout that kicked my butt...and has since left my stomach gurgly...ugh. haha...oh well. newayz, not too much going on. my days have started to slip into a new routine of checking for postings for any writers needed and sending out e-mails. i found a fun one yesterday and submitted a humor post for these fake classified ad's this website is putting up. i heard back that they liked my submission, so hopefully it'll go up soon and i'll provide a link so you guys can read it too. and on Tuesday, one of the articles i wrote for a fellow blogger will be posted, and again i will provide that link for any interested parties :)
since nothing too incredibly exciting has gone on today, i thought i'd share a funny little story from a few months back, when i had to *ugh* go to stupid DMV to renew my tags. well, of course nothing but the finest America has to offer work at the DMV, and there are quite a few 'dandies' waiting in line as well, so there is always something curious afoot. well, while this one hellion of a child was running amok, pushing things over and such, he actually ripped off a plastic rod from the wall and so the mom picks it up and goes to turn it into one of the people behind the front counter and is like, "this is your guys'." she says it totally unaffected, ignoring the fact that her brat of a child has gone back to jumping on stuff, and doesn't even apologize. and then parents wonder why they have kids who are out of control and never listen to them! well, trying to ignore the screams and yells from said nasty child, my attention is drawn to a man standing at a different window at the counter. he has something wrong with his leg, and a severe limp, and his can is propped-up next to him. at the the moment he is in the process of going through an eye exam, and incorrectly 'identifying' one of the letters. in my mind, i'm sure that he is going to get his license renewal 'denied' as it rightfully should, and anticipate as to how he is going to react...could there possibly be a nasty scene about to unfold?!! well, to my utter horror and amazement, it is a dastardly scene none the less, but of a different nature so to speak. once the test is done the man behind the counter simply states, "well, sir, you have something going on with that right eye...here you go." he then passes the obviously vision-impaired man with a bad leg his new license! the guy getting his license lets out a deep throaty laugh, "yea, i know...HAHA." and then is on his way, probably off to go hit an old woman with his Buick, or some poor kid playing outside on his front lawn! (too bad it probably would end up being some nice, sweet child, and not the one still yelling in the corner!) anyways, i just find it crazy how people that can't identify the letter R from a Z are allowed on the road, i mean, sheesh!
well, that's about it for me, i'm tired and hot (again with these sporadic heat waves!!) and have the fan pointed at my face in an effort to not pitt-out my shirt!
Tuesday, July 14, 2009
sorry of my lapse the past few days...i'm actually been kinda busy, which hopefully is a good thing, as i've been trying to get some work drummed up!! :) i've been dipping my feet into the freelance writing biz, and seeing what i can do there. i've been able to do a few things, but it's tough starting out, as i don't have much in the way of a writing resume to put out there...haha, and thus as it's hard to get jobs without prev. works, it in turn makes it hard to get a resume, and u see that fun little circle it creates...haha. but i've been thinking 'small' and hopefully by doing little things here and there, i'll get better, gain experience, and maybe get more down the road.
soooooo...let's see...i'm also happy cuz i got a lot done on that second book i was working on. got a bit OCD'ish and got out the rough copy, it ended up being 57,000 words, which for ME was a lot, and the longest thing i've ever written. after i got thru it, i took a huge gasp of breath and now i kno i've gotta go back thru it all and add/change/delete/tweak/etc. so by no means am i done...haha.
la de da...oh, and i was happy with my tempo run yesterday, was able to go 34 seconds faster than last week :) i hope i can keep improving at least a lil each week, and hopefully my fitness will get to some respectable level again...haha. looks like i will probably be forced to do those darn 200's tomorrow, so wish me luck...hehe.
well, time for the weekly run to the grocery, i better get going, so people, i hope ur all enjoying ur summer, and keep ur fingers crossed for me in the way of getting some income...haha!
Friday, July 10, 2009
well, on to other things...today i'll share a poem i wrote, hope u like it and do feel free to offer any comments/feedback/critiques/etc.
She sits beside her fireplace, quietly rocking.
Back and forth, back and forth.
Lost in the past, ignoring the present, not yet ready to accept the future?
All is still, all is calm;
Nothing moves, not the slightest sound of life around her.
Her only companion, the potted fern,
Dutifully fulfilling its place in life,
Growing with water, seeking the sun, expanding its roots.
There it sits alone on the window sill;
While it’s master is seated in her own isolation.
What is she thinking, in time to the back and forth, back and forth?
Perhaps musing on memories past, opportunities taken or lost,
Regrets or shortcomings, elations or sweet accomplishments?
Maybe brought back to an era few still alive to recall,
Living life vicariously through lapsed memory.
Alternatively, she is mentally wandering among more of the mundane:
Chores, grocery list, errands, or bills.
No one watching to ask what could possibly occupy her thoughts,
No one there to care.
The clock ticks in time with her rocking,
Ever back and forth, back and forth.
Fire dimming just slightly,
Casting the only lighted shadows across the floor.
Moon having risen, stars slightly visible through scattered clouds,
Little light encompasses our mute persons.
Owls and bats fly freely outside,
Birds of prey in the endless cycle of predatory habits.
Blankly programmed slates simply driven by primal urges;
Next meal, next need, next act of survival.
Yet this seated creature much more complex,
Unable to simply live to exist.
More is beyond the surface, a prize yet a burden;
Not so simply this life to be lead.
Possible troubled angst on one side,
Potential happiness fulfilled on the other;
A pendulum to be swung one way or another.
Back and forth, back and forth.
At times resting on this journey,
Motion is halted and balance is found.
Yet constant changes quake this swing back to motion;
Choices, decisions, actions.
Not all are in our power-left to fate,
Others solely conscious, and put in motion by one’s own hand,
Still some simply repercussions combinations of two.
What twists of fate,
Or is it by personal regard does this heavy thinker rock
Back and forth, back and forth?
Could loneliness reside within that beating heart,
Aching for something lost or perhaps never fulfilled?
Conversely is it perfect contentment found in her present company:
A fern of no words.
What brews below this surface one wonders;
Troubled unease, aching pines,
Pleasant acceptance, anticipated hopes?
As each being is so layered,
Only obliged to share as much as one pleases,
One soul truly knows itself.
How well one may see another is only through the window they open
Decidedly as far to their liking.
What light they cast outwardly dimmed and brightened
Exclusively by their own kindling.
She sits beside her fireplace, quietly rocking
Back and forth, back and forth.
An enigma, a mystery to all the outside.
Sweetly contained in the safety of her abode but also her mind;
What weighs on this delicate soul?
hmmmm, well, other than that not too much to report. did some 800's repeats today and felt decent. went to the gym and saw 'barbie' throwing around her little 5 pound weights...hehe, aww, i'm just being mean. i think she looked cute in her ripped/off the shoulder/80's style belly shirt ;) okay folks, have a good one!
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
newayz...had a good day so far, did my lil' tempo run and actually felt good running it today and was happy i went 33 seconds faster for the five miles than i did on friday :) even better, i haven't been stalked by the creeper man as of late, or had any midnight laundry room encounters :) got in some good writing time, and get to watch a little TBS 'kind of queens.' me likey doug! hehe.
i also noticed that crazy cactus lady has a new addition to her clan. i have yet to find out a name for it, but i will keep u all updated! i swear, if i end up a lonely spinster talking to plants in my old age, just end it for me!!
okay, not much to report today, sorry...
Monday, July 6, 2009
well, okay, so then i was able to get in some good time writing on a new novel idea i've been working on, and i'm really enjoying so far...but we'll see. and so now, i must go out to winco and get some groceries...HURRAY!! haha...my days are just so darn fun :)
Saturday, July 4, 2009
"Things got awkward at the 'Barbie Dream House' when
the newly released Pamela Anderson doll moved in!"
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY!! hope everyone has a fun day and doesn't blow off any body parts! where i live they don't have that many crazy cool fireworks, since we've got lots of trees and such, so i don't expect to be seeing anything too exciting, but that's okay. i can only imagine some the crazy stuff that states like Texas have. i remember visiting there with my mom, and we'd be driving down the freeway in our pathetic little PT Cruiser that had not get-up and go, and there would be trucks literally BLOWING by us going well over 100mph, they MOVE in Texas!! but,i digress, we'd see these HUGE warehouses selling fireworks, and i hear there is everything short of rockets being shot off all around there! that would be cool, but knowing me, i'd end up getting my eyebrows singed off or something. i was always the loser kid who ended up getting sparks shot on me and little embers from the little sparklers...so i think it's prolly for the best i won't be handling fire :)
okay, and it's disgustingly hot here...ugh. well, okay, even if the temp. isn't in the triple digits, for this area we're way above normal, and my apt. doens't have any air conditioning!!! sooo...it's pretty nasty. i'm sitting here with the fan blowing directly on me, and my cat's all irritable cuz he's so hot too. it's not fun waking up in the middle of the nite in a sea of ur own sweat! i feel like i should be slathering on a second dose of deodorant in the middle of the nite!! ugh...oh well.
sooooo, let's see, what i've been up to...well, trying to make this lil' blog of my purdy. i'm not the most computer savvy person, and am embarrassingly new at all this, so bear with me...i'm trying to get some stuff going! doing some writing, and running. i actually had a really good run (for me at least in my pathetically out of shape form!) and did a lil experiment and attempted a tempo run. like the first one prolly since last year, no joke...i mean, yea i run everyday but usually just at a comfy pace, but it felt good to go harder.
well, i'm out...but on the subject of working out and as i went to the gym to lift weights yesterday, i thought it'd be funny to share all the crazy gym people that seem to be in every gym. there was of course the man in luv with himself, who was literally lifting his shirt up to check out his six-pack after EVERY set of ab work he'd do. he was rubbing his stomach more than pregnant mother's do! then, the guy who has his iPod on, and would sparatically start belting out lyrics. and i mean, he'd do it loudly; it actually startled me in the middle of a few of my sets. but he's not as annoying as the dude who needs to grunt like a gorilla giving birth at the end of his reps. he would get to the end of his set, hoisting those huge ass weights then start to 'psyching himself up' and groaning and yelling until his last one and then literally drop the weights and send them crashing and banging on the ground. and my personal fav. lady is the one who looked like she stepped out of the miss America pageant, workout wear section of the contest. she's got more makeup caked on her than barbie, a sick shade of orange from her tanning lotion, her little bootie shorts, and she's on the StairMaster at like speed one, and doing her best not to sweat too much, god forbid her mascara run. it's always fun to spy around at the gym and see all these crazies in their own element!! okay well i'll talk to u guys later, and please keep coming back and spread the word to get some more people to come stop by and say hello!!
Thursday, July 2, 2009
along that vein, i had finished a 31,000 story not too long ago that i know is rough and needs some definite polishing, and as i've NEVER been published or anything and completely CLUELESS, delved into some hard core research. well, maybe not totally hard core, but i've been a bit overwhelmed with all that stuff and trying to take it bite by bite, but still finding i've bitten off one heck of a hunk of cheese that bigger than i can chew. but i sent out one query letter, and i was bummed that yesterday i got that beautifully automated denial :) haha...not that i didn't expect it, because i did, but still, u know, u hope. so i was thinking that since i'm so new at this, i'd post the letter i sent and would LUV any feedback, tips, and advice on how to improve it, and if u're really in a helpful mood, name any possible publishers to send it to, who you may know/worked with or in the market for that sort of thing...so here's the letter i wrote:
Dear (okay i wrote their names here):
I applaud your ‘green attitude’ toward submission queries, and am also a fan of both your site and blog. Having been given a rare opportunity to meet and befriend a diverse array of people through running and my job, I was inspired to write a 31,000 word manuscript entitled An Unsafe Haven, based on the lives of those living in Uganda. From personal stories related to me and additional knowledge collected, I have prepared something I feel would give readers a glimpse into an intriguing and troubled culture.
Growing up in tumultuous Uganda, a young girl is faced with the daunting task of caring for her younger sister and rebuilding their lives after losing her mother, brother, and most of her village to invading Rebel Armies. Cici must navigate her way from being an adolescent and into womanhood both prematurely and without the usual guidance of her mother to look up to. Being handed the sole responsibility of her young sister, whom she loves more dearly than anything else in the world, she views this not as a burden, but as an opportunity to give her young sibling a more sheltered and innocent childhood than she herself was able to experience.
Among the central internal conflicts and struggles of our young heroine, one is able to experience the numerous everyday tragedies, obstacles, and hardships facing the fellow villagers living in Uganda today. One can see the spirit with which these people undertake the sorrows that fill their days and capitalize on the possibilities of however small happiness, that each new day may bring. The dreams, aspirations, and success of a single member of the village can bolster the entire community and feed their souls in the way their meager food supply and belongings ever could.
While there are many different personal stories and paths of each character chronicled, they are all woven together, as life in such a close environment would. Despite the heartbreaking loss of so many lives and homes at the onset of the novel, which is all too common in present day Uganda due to such political unrest and violence, the human spirit works to triumph and once again find peace.
Although I have not yet become a published author, I have competed in scholastic competitions throughout my high school years, and competitions within my school. I am an eager learner and writing enthusiast and enjoy the challenge of improving my work and would be honored to be given your consideration.
Thank you very much for your time and I look forward to hearing from you.
well, folks i lay it on the cutting floor for u to dissect and welcome u to do so!! as i feel this post lacking in the needed humor department, i'll add a little tid bit. my favorite joke as a kid growing up, because i thought it was sooooo 'dirty' at the time, but now it's just lame, but what the heck:
'why did the elephant bring toilet paper to the party?'...
...'because he was a party pooper!!!!'
HAHAHAHA(insert charity laughs here, folks!!) okay, well it was an ongoing joke between my bro and i, and brings back good times....okay, hope ur doing well and at least surviving ur day!
Monday, June 29, 2009
hola and welcome back if ur still reading :) well, so let's see...as i have been loath to get out there hitting those mean streets again submitting resume after resume only to be rejected by the usual, "sorry, we're not hiring", i've been doing some writing and researching how to possibly do some free-lance writing stuff...unfortunately, i'm a bit overwhelmed with all the stuff i've been reading and wish i had someone to actually TALK to and help me navigate! if anyone has any insight/tips/etc. it would be MUCH appreciated! however, i had promised myself that by Monday i'd start taking a cold hard look at the beautiful world that is getting employed! ugh...last time it was literally 6 weeks of going out to practically anywhere i thought i could get hired, phone calls, resume filling out til my hand could fill out my stat's on autopilot!! the end resulted in aimless driving around in search of possibilities that may appear on the road. got some really good ones that way...haha. stepped into one Mexican restaurant that was prolly just family owned and felt a bit ridiculous since the most Spanish i used thru high school was, "no se." then the Indian restaurant that the guy couldn't even understand what i was saying when i asked if they were hiring, took me about three times trying to explain what i was asking and i was not in fact, looking for a table. my personal favorite was the manager at the restaurant, when i handed him the application and asked if they were hiring he laughed, "oh no, not now, we are having a tough time in this market as it is. i'll be it's really tough to find a job out there today. god, i sure am glad i don't have to worry about that!" HAHAHA. ummm, that was nice, sir, and i responded, "well, thanks, throw a little salt in the wound, man." i guess he kinda felt bad, cuz he mumbled some sort of apology along with saying he'd give me a call back if something popped up. uhhh, yea, and of course nothing did. i really do feel bad for all those unemployed people out there, i can only imagine how stressful it would be if i had to support a family. i heard that in Las Vegas they are having full-on stripper conventions just to 'school' all these women who are turning to the industry to keep food on the tables for their kids. unfortunately for me, i don't think a negative AA bra would be much of a draw in that regard! hehe. in the news, they are saying that starting your own business really is the way to go, but i'm not exactly sure what kinda business they would be talking about. i mean, selling things would def. be hard in these tight times, and i can't really think of what kind of service would be really successful. i just ran into a old co-worker who is finishing a class and will be starting a welding business. i wonder how successful that could be?? he was saying that it's just better to be reliant on urself and not worrying about someone above u being an idiot and causing business to tank and go under...hmm, i could relate to that!!
oh, well, i guess with my current situation, i'm gonna be getting my tired butt back out there begging and pleading for a job...lol. maybe i'll get lucky, or at least not laughed at when i ask for an application! haha!!
PS--i know that with all of the recent deaths in Hollywood, Micheal Jackson has stolen most of the spotlight from the others. i'm sure of course u are aware of the sad loss of Farrah as well, she has at least gotten a share of tributes...but the real tragedy goes to Billy Mays! no longer will his presence be gracing those wee morning hours of infomercial haven, hawking 24 hour energy, or shouting his products at the top of his lungs. for this reason may we hold our Oxi-Clean just a bit closer to our hearts. (ok, i know he wasn't the one who sold Shamwow, but i figured it kinda fit in the general genre, so that's the reason for the lil cartoon up top. of course the Shamwow guy has his own problems to deal with! hehe)
Friday, June 26, 2009
Hello again...soooo, i got a bee up my butt today and was reminded of a certain topic that hits a topic i feel pretty strongly about. that is how crazy the way the US is about this whole obesity/lazy/looking for a short-cut attitude and just the general disconnect that's been sorta created thru all the latest technology stuff. i didn't really expect to come up with a little rant so long, but just sat down and started typing, and this is what came out. it's a little opinion piece, and just sorta thought i'd add it.
In a culture centered around technology, computers, and advancement, we are leading the way in improving communications, reducing time spend idly waiting for responses before taking action, and seemingly pushing the boundaries of virtually all perceived limitations. Today it is no longer the self justified ‘important’ people in the world of upper end business seen strolling the streets with a cell phone earpiece imbedded in their ear and busily chatting away. Only a few years ago the site of a person walking down the street mumbling to oneself would cause any fellow passerby’s to walk a little wider and avoid this obviously crazy person talking to himself; yet today we can generally and safely assume that they are simply engrossed in a conversation with someone that is in fact real and on the other line.
Blackberries, iPhones, and the like have become almost permanent extensions of many people’s arms, and I challenge anyone to enter one of the multiple Starbucks or corner coffee shops, wait in line for a drink, and not hear at least five different ring tones in that interval. Along with our fast paced world, where we must constantly strive to cram in as much as humanly possible in our mere 24 hour days, it seems that we are forever on the lookout for any aide or crutch to help us keep pace. Guzzling espresso after espresso, venti, late, or whatever (the drinks some people rattle off could almost qualify as a new Frapachino-injected language), taking hits off of energy drinks that claim to give you a lift for hours after only four small drops, miracle pills that will shed flab and grant you that Adonis-like body without having to actually commit any time in the gym and allow you to never miss a beat in your busy life, it seems that while Americans have no problem pushing themselves to accomplish things to further their economic profits, repertoire, or resume, they are always on the look-out for the quick-fix or easy way out of everything else.
Things that used to bring enjoyment, walks with the family after dinner, preparing delicious meals at home, or going out for a bike ride just for the pleasure and endorphin rush it brings, are being replaced by rushed car rides to the nearest drive-thru, hopping from one meeting or activity to the next until finally at night, when we drag ourselves dog-tired and ragged to the seat in front of the television, at which point we delude our minds with the often ridiculous, if not embarrassingly moronic line-up of reality shows in an effort to ‘relax’ and take our minds off of our own worries, problems, or troubles that ultimately wait for us the next day. It’s almost as if we are on a revolving hamster wheel that reaches warp speed all day, and the only respite comes when the little magic LCD Plasma screen digitally brings us our HDTV.
It’s no wonder that while, yes we have accomplished so many wonderful things, developments from science that should have belonged only in Sci-Fi novels, cured a plethora of diseases, and explored space’s outer limits, we have digressed socially, environmentally, and let the general upkeep and care of our bodies decline. We look up to, admire, and hope to emulate great thinkers, politicians, movie stars and the like, yet usually disregard anything they do outside of their select area of expertise. We excuse often appalling behavior, as long as they continue to produce, ‘do their thing’, play their game, or make their millions. It’s okay for said ‘role models’ to participate in things illegal for any other common member of society, as long as they either don’t get caught, apologize for their mistake and tell us how they’ve learned their lesson, or offer up one plausible alibi after the other and save face.
Having children left at home to spend hours becoming fixtures to the couch or computer consols is perfectly acceptable: neglecting any physical activity, face to face human contact (that’s what social media sites are for after all!), gorging on day-glo colored snacks. We then appear dumb-struck and perplexed at the soaring obesity rates, soaring heart related health problem statistics, and pledge to find the roots to these problems; looking of course to the easiest possible remedies in fabled pills or magic patches. We fail to acknowledge, or perhaps simply refuse to recognize, the most blatantly obvious reasons glaring us in the face. Yet, once the information, suggestions, and common sense guidelines are issued forth to the public, they often go ignored or viewed as too inconvenient to do anything about. Many simply just don’t want to put in the effort to correct most of these problems, see that it’s too much work or too hard, and would rather concentrate on the truly important things such as finding out who will be voted off the next episode of a show, updating their blog, or earning that extra dollar.
However, what will any of that really be worth, if we continue down this path and either die of cardiac arrest, have no ‘time’ for actual friendships or relationships, and have the only contact with our kids be via text message? We can view other less technically evolved cultures as lesser, unrefined, or ignorant, yet some of them are much richer than us, just not in monetary value. They may not have cured cancer but they have a strong family and community unit of which to share their lives. They may not be able to instantly send an email or twitter a message to someone, but they can simply walk out their door and pay a visit to that person to their face. They may not be able to have a pizza delivered in under 30 minutes while being able to finish up that last bit of work without having to worry about dinner, but they can make a meal the ‘old fashioned way’, have the pleasure of sitting down and engaging in a conversation with their family, and nourishing their bodies with foods you don’t need a dictionary to decipher all of the ingredients in it.
While there are some things that are invaluable and truly epic that have been generated out of our ever-expanding culture and remarkable technology, we have lost many littler things along the way. Hopefully, we can turn things around or simply begin to find a balance, and apply the same avid work ethic driving business and science and channeling it into improving our selves, lifestyles, and habits as well. The problems ailing us today are of course a combination of things only research and further knowledge can cure, but a portion of heart related afflictions, basic general health and fitness, crime rates, depression rates, homicides, suicides, and simply a slip in positive enriching relationships can be solved with the end of seeking those ‘quick fixes’ and actually carving out the time in our days and lives to make the positive changes. Yes, at times it may seem like too much work, a bother, or not worth it, but in the end the rewards will come and ultimately make for a better person, community, society, and country.
okay, so i guess, i just think it's sorta scary/sad how kids are getting so lazy and people act so dumbfounded as to why things are getting so bad. newho, hope i didn't annoy anyone, but newayz...i think i'll just start posting some stuff i've been writing lately; got a couple poems i'm working on and other little opinion stuff. hope u'll come back!
take care guys and hope u all have jobs!!
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
ARRRGGG!! so, as much as i detested and complained about my little sandwich shop gig, i'm PISSED to announce, that now i am currently...dun da daaaaaaaa...UNEMPLOYED!!!! okay, so the managers calls this staff meeting on sunday morning, and we all figure it is going to be about the little twirp who has been annoying the crap out of everyone. bossing me around, taking FOREVER to make sandwiches and holding up the line, annoying customers, etc....and we are all blown away when he starts, "first i wanted to say that this is the best crew i've had and wanted to thank you all for your incredible work. well, unfortunately, that's where the good news ends. as of this wednesday, we are going to be closing the store." WTF?!?!? and i'm thinking, wednesday in like three days?? and yes, i was correct...so thank you for the freaking head's up....NOT! so, now i have one more day of work (i didn't even want to show up at all, but i feel bad jilting my co workers) and then i'm cut loose to go roam the streets once again to look for a job. mind you, it took me 6 weeks to even get that damn Quizno's job, as no one is hiring right now. plus, with summer underway, there are tons of students who just got jobs and so there arent' even going to be those openings that might have been available....ugh. i'm stressing out, and have no clue as to what i'm going to do. i guess it just goes to show that u should be thankful for anything you do have, in the way of a job.
well, i guess that will give me plenty of time to work on my art and writing, but i know that is by no means a source of income for me as i have yet to even start traveling down a road to getting any type of income that way. i mean, i'm not that good at the art, not nearly enough to be an 'artist' and have yet to be published, so i'm stressing as to how the heck i'm gonna get any money!! yipes!! as far as getting my story to publishers, i know that's crazy hard to do without an agent (of course i don't have) and looking at the steps online, i'm a bit overwhelmed and defeated, as it is like a slim to none chance of breaking in without any connections, same goes for art world. i just don't know what i want to do with my life, i do want to try to do something that would make me happy, but don't know where to start...ugh again.
well, so i guess this will be short, as i have really nothing fun to report, and am stressed. my best wishes to all u out there in the cyberworld that are also without job and freaking, and for those of u that do have one, be grateful, even if it is a shitty situation!
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Welcome back, friends. so today, was my only day off this week, so i had a beautiful time running all the errands i needed to get done for the week...nothing like a good winco and costco run to make a day complete, rite!?!? hehe. well, gosh, i swear i don't know where all the time goes, cuz here it is like 6 pm and what have i really accomplished all day?? well, i did start writing this new idea i have for a fiction story, so that's cool, and i got some art supplies...and here are some pix of some of my other stuff. trolling around on the internet killed some time, and checking up on some running related stuff, and of course feeding my little facebook addiction...haha. quite interesting, i know.
lets see, so i actually found this link for a story in the paper, http://readthetimes.110mb.com/index.htm, and am really contemplating testing this sucker out. i mean, i'm kinda leary of all those stupid get rich quick claims, but this is in the national media, and google isn't some little po-dunk company, but again, i don't wanna just be an idiot and wind up falling sucker to some scam. has anyone tried this one?? i'm not gonna lie, it would be freakin SWEET to work from the comp. and be able to quit the Quizzy job...well, we'll see.
not anything really new in the world, but i will mention that there is a funny little world here in my apartment complexes...and we have some definite characters. there is the lady who has this blue VW van and fills the whole back portion of it with these catci. then, she always parks the damn car in the same spot, pops the trunk portion out, and suns her little 'pets' and even sets them all arranged in some certain order in the parking lot around her spot. she even has names for them all, and has been seen talking to them. once, i parked my car a few spots down from hers, and she gave me the evilest look as i passed by, making sure i didn't get too close to her babies and kept a good amount of distance away.
then, there is my personal favorite creeper that is the old senile man that wanders the hall in a suit and hat, the same suit, mittens, and hat mind you, every single day. when he's not aimlessly roaming around, he'll sit in the laundry room, or stand sentry-style at the doorway to the complex, just staring out at the parking lot, or some unknown space beyond. i'm not adverse to people doing their own thing and couldn't care less, except he's done a few weird things to kinda just send off a creepy vibe. he's a real close talked and every time i walk by, has to say my name in a shaky and crackly voice, and add a throughout chuckle. he used to kinda stalk me, but since he once pulled out a picture book bible and pointed out the picture of one of the angels that he thinks i look like, i've tried harder to kinda keep a distance, or not really engage in conversations. then there was the nite i went to pick up my laundry at like 11pm, and as i'm walking down the hall, i hear the water running in the room. nothing too unusual there, but when i get in, i see him hunched over the sink using a white plastic spoon to ladle water into his mouth. when he noticed me, he just said hi in his weird way, and sat down in his chair, resumed reading a book, and acted like nothing was askew. it does make me feel kinda sad on a level, because he's lonely, but he is sorta scary. i just really hope in my old age, i don't end up alone and sad...it does make you think, and it actually scares me. i wonder what his life has been and what has lead him to this outcome, and if he has any family or whatnot.
okay, well, enough rambling, and nothing really new to report, so i guess i'm off to get some grubbage!! take care and beware of laundry room lurkers in the nite!!
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Well hello my possibly existing audience...and if you have returned i thank and greet u warmly :) well, haven't been up to too much since my last post, but mostly just working and doing some art. i'm excited i finished my latest painting and had fun doing it. i'll add some of my other stuff later.
i guess wat's mostly been bugging me lately is this one co-worker who exemplifies one such personality trait that DRIVES ME CRAZY! he constantly has to offer his opinion on anything and everything and he knows the 'best' way to do everything and is a certified expert on all that goes on within our world. he totally reminds me of my uncle...constantly having to remind everyone around of his extensive knowlege on everything from cars to menstral cycles! (i kid u not, my uncle even boasts to know the best tampons!) he's touted his mastering of the bbq craft, but many a times i've had to pretend to go back for seconds and actually chuck the chicken that usualy ranges from chewy and pink to charred and un-chewable! i don't get why these people feel the need to correct everyone around them on stupid, pointless things, just for the sake of showing they know more, or always adding their 'two cents' to every conversation. i hate when they just butt in when they really don't have anything to offer, but just need to be the center of attention and interject.
well, jumping topics, but it brings this funny memory to mind that i find both hilarious and disgusting. so the uncle i was talking about, i had stayed with him and my aunt for a few weeks as a house guest, which was very sweet of them to offer. i really appreciated the roof, but my GOD they are both crazy in neurotic ways, and both so incredibly boring and dull, it actually became sad. they honestly talked of their respective jobs, and that was basically the highlights of their lives. except of course this stupid car my uncle was rebuilding and obsessed with. the good thing was at least between work and toiling in the garage and freakish hours, i didn't have to deal with him constantly dictating to me his encyclopedia of knowledge. anyway, to get back to the point, they have three cats. i luv animals, so no problem there, but for some reason these cats are always puking on the carpet or shitting outside the litter box, with was just gross. well, i'm not gonna lie, puke grosses me out, and i HATE cleaning it up. anyways, my aunt and uncle live in this really nice 2 story house (which my uncle is soooo proud of and literally likes to brag on all the custom shit he put into it and such) and is kept really clean. of course, i was enlisted with some 'tidying' chores and what not to do to repay for letting me stay there, which i had no problem doing to help, as i said, it was sweet of them to house me...but i draw the line at cat puke. so, one day i see this nice pile of yak in the hallway at the top of the stairs directly in front of the entrance to their bedroom. when i notice it, i just pretended not to see it, and since it's like literally in their doorway, i figure they will obviously pick it up. so i go to bed after passing it, and the next morning when i wake up to go downstairs after they'd already left for work, i see that nice little red crusty puke still there. gross, and i KNOW there is no way they could have not seen it, but i think maybe they were in a hurry or whatnot. okay, day goes by, i go to bed, puke still there. day 3, it's still hanging out, encrusted in the carpet, and i notice that when i go to bed that nite, one of the cats must have been playing with it, because chunks of regurgitation have made their way to a few steps at the end of the hall. at this point, i find this a bit funny, and wonder just how long this puke will stay here. Day 4, cats have not spread the chunks to three different steps and the initial puke is spreading out. Day 6, that nite i hear my uncle yell to my aunt, "hey, one of the cats barfed, why didn't u clean it up." (he says it like he just noticed this shit, but that's such a freaking lie...he's so lazy and always bossing my aunt around, which pisses me off, but makes me have no respect for my aunt who just lets herself be a doormat!) at this point i assume the mess must be cleaned up soon. WRONG...it is not until the next nite the crap is removed...my little experiment in watching the sloth of this man sidestep this nasty chore has concluded, and my hypothesis of his being a lazy ass confirmed. okay, well, i know there is not much point to the story, except it blew my mind how they are so meticulous in certain cleaning tasks, but don't mind sidestepping puke for a week...hmmmm, watever.
well, i guess that's it for me tonite, hope u enjoyed my little anecdote, and i hope u will return. i just like finding weird humor in regular situations and find a bit of amusement in the way people act, think, or react to situations, myself included, so i guess that's why i tell certain stories. okay, i'm out to get some food...nite nite!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
Well, if you are reading this, I thank you and extend my hand in friendship...haha. Okay, so i'm not really sure what direction I will be taking this blog, but I thought I'd throw my crazy thoughts, ideas, and experiences into cyberspace and hopefully if nothing else provide a little entertainment to whoever ends up reading.
I guess we can start with a little background info...I absolutely luv to run and do art and read a lot. I've got a variety of interests, and I'm sure more will pop up as I continue this little on-going 'project'. I've got the coolest younger sibs (2 bro's and a sis) who rock and continually amaze me in every way. Right now my days generally consist of being a slave to one Quizno's Subs, and I serve up those torepedo's with the best of them. (yes, they are toasty, but in all honesty I'm more of a Subway fan myself) I actually only started working there about 2 months ago, and after having to leave my last job, fell head-long into the wonderful world of food service. I honestly can't believe how rude or just plain inconsiderate people can be, and sometimes think to myself, "is this person for real!" You gotta love those customers that eat practically all their sandwhich, then want a refund because us idiots made such a sub-standard meal...god forbid in this current economy someone not get absolutely EVERY CENT worth of the $4 thing they ordered, they better have had a life-fullfilling meal served to them...one forgets that it is only casual/fast-food they came into, not a cafe in france...it makes me laugh after the initial pissed-offness wears off. but hey, it does add some fun entertainment to an otherwise mundane day.
My day starts off with my regular run (i've been a weenie lately and been sticking to the Treadmill. i'm a wee bit anal as to knowing exactly how far and at what pace i'm going, so i like being able to control that...hehe) and catching up on the latest world going-on's with our good Today Show friends in Matt, Al, Meradith and posse. I'm not too good at keeping up on current events or reading the paper, so in an effort to not be completely ignorant of what's happening in the country or around the world this is my attempt to keep somewhat up to date, and the show does add the usual 'fluff' to keep things interesting (i would never be able to stick to something as hard core newsy as CNN and the like) and I do get a dose of 'celebrity sleeze' every now and then. (yes, i'm an admitted trashy mag addict!)
Well, when that's all done, I am usually rushing around, with the whole shower thing and throwing down my bowl of cereal, then off to my lovely Quizno's. After too many hours go by I'm released...but i'll add in more fun stories and such later. Luckily my co-workers are pretty cool on the whole (minus the 66 year-old chick i like to refer to as the Quizno Nazi, as she has to have EVERYTHING her way...and speaks a mile a minute with this thick accent which i can never understand). Get home, make sure by awesome cat has his food bowl full, then wind up wasting the rest of the day either reading, watching some tv, or losing astounding amounts of minutes aimlessly online. (i swear there must be some kind of facebook time warp where time passes much faster than in the real world!)
Okay, well, i know, this has all been soooo exciting, but i promise later posts should continue to delight and entertain more, i'm just starting after all! Just wanted to give a little background for future referances i suppose. i'm gonna try to post up some of my art stuff and writing escapades as well, so maybe i can get some feedback and whatnot...so definitly check back people! I've got TONS of crazy stories and whatnot, as if i may say so myself I've packed a lot of crazy skrewed up funny stuff into my mere 23 years on this big round earth....so more later!
Until then, respect ur fellow food-handlers and either keep running or start :)