Monday, January 21, 2019

Now More Than Ever

Now more than ever do we need the inspiring words and vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we look around and see what's going on in our country and in our world, it's hard sometimes to see a light at the end of the tunnel, but we must keep hope alive. If you're fortunate enough to have today off from work (with pay, I might add), take a moment to reflect on how fortunate you are. As I think about the thousands of government employees who are being forced to work without pay (that, for me, is worse than being furloughed), I hope our government leaders can come to some kind of agreement to get people back to work and end this ridiculous shutdown.

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

I Don't Get It

In my old(er) age, I have to admit I find myself wondering what's going on when I see certain things like the ones mentioned below:

1. Buying and wearing clothes with holes in them. I don't get this. Why would you buy pants with holes cut out in the knees? I keep seeing young women mainly wearing jeans with pre-ripped holes in the knees and on other parts of the leg. I don't understand why these women want to look like hobos. If you've got holes in your clothes, it's time for some new clothes and NOT new clothes that come with holes already in them.

2. Rodents of unusual size. I was watching a series on PBS the other night called "Rodents of Unusual Size" about the influx of nutria (huge rats) that have eaten up large parts of the Louisiana swamp lands. As someone who both hates and is fascinated with rodents, I found the series interesting. Apparently nutria were initially brought to Louisiana long ago from South America to help create a thriving fur trade, but that didn't really work out and now parts of the state are overrun with these huge rats. Sadly, I fell asleep before the show ended (because I'm old and tired), but I couldn't figure out why the state just can't poison these things and kill them off. There are people killing them with guns, but I didn't see an organized government effort to get rid of the rodents which I think is what's needed.

3. Is anyone really surprised that Donny T. served fast food at the White House to the Clemson football players? Just when you think he can't sink any lower, he does! I'm sure these guys eat fast food all the time. Why not give them a nice dinner that they maybe don't get all the time? I'm not talking about something weird and/or exotic, but why not some steak and chicken? Some seafood options? Food that you'd find at a nice restaurant? No, Donny had to go with burgers and nuggets. POTUS is a 70-something-year-old man baby who really needs to grow up.

Thursday, January 10, 2019

Consequences and Repercussions

As I watch the on-going debate about reopening the government and the "wall" Donny wants, I feel like no one is really dealing with the consequences and repercussions suffered by this shutdown. There's been some news about TSA agents calling in sick so they can try to find paying employment elsewhere, but I don't think the media is as focused as it should be on the issue of people being forced to work without pay. Also, what about the air traffic controllers? What happens if they start calling in sick? Do flights get canceled? Do airports have to shut down? And, although the government spokespeople say tax returns will be processed as normal, how can this be done when the IRS workforce is largely furloughed? How can the government pay out refunds when money is frozen? If people don't get their tax refunds, you can bet heads will roll. I don't feel we're being given the whole story here and it's just a matter of time before this thing really implodes if the shutdown continues.

Sunday, January 6, 2019

Silkwood Shower Needed!

I watched all six episodes of that R. Kelly documentary on Lifetime over the weekend (that was executive produced by a former high school classmate of mine) and felt like I needed a Silkwood shower afterward. (If you don't know what a Silkwood shower is, Google it, kids!) Oy! Of course I new about Kelly's pedo behavior, his "marriage" to 15-year-old singer Aaliyah, and his pee tape, but I had no idea that he was also brainwashing girls and women and I really had no idea his fan base (at one time anyway) was so large. I totally underestimated his appeal. Not that I don't listen to R&B (because I do), but I didn't know Kelly had so many defenders. That's frightening. Even after the Aaliyah thing, it amazed me how many people just turned a blind eye to his continued abusive behavior towards young black women. It also amazed me that so many young black women wanted to be with him or thought he could help them establish a career in the music business. This guy didn't help anyone but himself. Also, how does a guy who can barely read and write become such a Svengali? With a lot of help, I guess. The documentary episodes just went from bad to worse. Ugh. If Kelly had been doing these things to white girls, he would have been locked up. But his abuse of black girls and women was just ignored. It's a shame Kelly's still walking the streets. He should be in jail.

Friday, January 4, 2019

Belated New Year's Greetings

Happy (belated) New Year to everyone. It's been hard for me to get back into the swing of my day job since having some time off over the holidays, but I managed to pull through and work three days this week. Oy! I really hope 2019 brings some optimism my way because I felt like I lacked that in 2018. Even though 2018 for me personally wasn't a bad year, mainly because I finally bought my own place and no longer have to be a slave to a landlord, the process was stressful.

 As some of us make resolutions in this new year to lose weight or read more books, I'm going to try and maintain a more positive outlook in general and stop being so pessimistic. That's hard for me to do, but I am going to try and make an effort to stop being so critical of so many people and things. It's my own personal cross to bear.

Monday, December 31, 2018

House of Flowers

Since I used my last post to bitch about Will and Grace, I'm using this one to praise the series House of Flowers. I've been watching episodes on Netflix during time off from my day job (thanks, Datalounge!) and I've thoroughly enjoyed the series. It's very much in the vein of movies from Pedro Almodovar and if you like his stuff, you'll probably enjoy the series. I do recommend watching it in Spanish with English subtitles if you don't speak the language (and I don't). Don't watch the English dubbed version. The show revolves around a high-income Mexican family and issues involving their children. I've got about four or five episodes to go and I intend to knock those out over the next two days. All I can say is "run, Diego, run from this hot mess!"

Happy New Year's Eve!

Saturday, December 29, 2018

Will and Grace

When I moved a few months ago, I decided against paying for cable on multiple TVs, so I only have it on the one in my living room. That means I'm stuck watching whatever channels I can pick up on my antenna in my bedroom. One of the free stations I get is Cozi and at night they show reruns of Will and Grace. (The old seasons, not the newer ones.) I never really watched Will and Grace when it ran (surprising, I know, given the kind of books I write). I'd seen a few episodes, but I didn't watch with any regularity, but watching the few reruns that I've seen over the past few months, I see why I wasn't a regular watcher. On an episode I watched last night that (thankfully) featured Bobby Cannavale as Will's boyfriend, the main story line revolved around Grace interfering in Will's relationship with his boyfriend. Grace's cockblocking was played for laughs, but I didn't find that tomfoolery funny at all. On top of that, you throw in a heap of nastiness from Jack and Karen and you've got a stew of ugliness. Why was this show a hit? Because it featured gay men in prime time? One who's neutered beyond belief and another who's a stereotypical nasty queen? Please. And don't get me started on how the Latina maid is treated. I can't believe Harry Connick, Jr. starred in several episodes of this hot mess of a show. The same can be said for Bobby Cannavale. I don't know if the newer episodes are any better, but I doubt I'll hunt those down to watch. I've had enough with the reruns. Thankfully Cozi will be changing its nightly lineup in the new year and start showing reruns of the American version of The Office. I doubt I'll watch that either. I remember watching the British series on DVD when my former supervisor loaned them to me. She loved the show, but I just found it depressing. Ricky Gervais was just awful and, for someone who's worked in an office for most of her life, I just found the series depressing. Once again, the "comedy" wasn't funny. Lest you think I'm a stick in the mud, I'm not. I'll laugh at anything, but watching people sling insults for laughs just doesn't work for me. Different strokes.