Tuesday, October 09, 2007

Quick Hits, Version II

Very much like the junk drawer in the kitchen, my mind gets cluttered with things that I don't want to throw away but don't really fit with anything else. Random observations, quick opinions without any true basis in fact, pet peeves and general Scooby Doo "Huh?" moments. And just like a junk drawer, now and then, I need to clean out my addled brain. Here's a few of the things that I found:

Marion Jones used Steroids: I am mostly just sad. I bought it all. The smile, the accomplishments, the easy-to-like personality. Barry Bonds has always been a prick and I can dislike him without remorse. You expect pricks to cheat. But Marion? No, this one hurts. She made me proud to be an American. She made me sit in awe of her accomplishment. And now she's giving back her medals. Say it ain't so Marion, say it ain't so.

Party Pooper Tries to Kill Skinny Dip Promotion: For the past three years at the Black Frog Restaurant in Greenville, Maine, if you were willing to jump naked into the lake, you could get a free "Skinny Dip" sandwich. Now some moron "patron" is trying to get the promotion banned.They have been doing it for three years, why suddenly now? Too many fat people? Someone saw someone's girlfriend's backside? Didn't like your fries? C'mon people, it's funny! If you don't like it, go eat somewhere else.

Gee Whiz Veruca, Try Asking: Telling someone that you want something and asking them to do/get it for you are two different things. Asking nicely is polite, telling people what you want and then just sitting there waiting for them to do/get it, that's rude.

Sins of the Father...: I love baseball and I am a Chicago Cubs fan. My 12 and 6-year-old daughters are turning into a Cubs fans. I should stop them. We haven't won a World Series in 100 years. Why would a parent put their child in the position of being let down, disappointed each and every year? Bad Daddy, bad Daddy!

20-Year-Old Deputy Kills 6 In Rampage: Okay, let me get this straight. According to our laws, a 20-year-old isn't mature enough to walk into a bar and have a cocktail but they are mature enough to have a badge and a gun. This story just pisses me off. Those poor kids. If someone had just thought twice about the ramifications of giving a 20-year-old this much responsibility, this might not have happened. People are wondering how a person this unstable got through a background check. What background was there to check? Did he wet the bed? Did he steal other kids lunch money? Did he cheat at Monopoly? I hope whomever gave this child the job of deputy gets the crap sued out of them.


Patti said...

At least your kids cheered for the Cubs. My son (who was a Cub fan until he found out what winning felt like with the 2005 White Sox team) took perverse pleasure in every loss. The sad thing was the only thing I could come back with was a half-hearted "How about those Bears?” and, as a Chicago fan, wish I didn’t have that.

Carolyn said...

Hmmm...what prompted the Veruca Salt comment? Someone bossing you around?

Jim said...

I wondered about that Veruca comment as well...

The T-Dude said...

Actually, it was children.

We've had a number of kids in our house recently and I noticed that most of them have the habit of stating a need and then looking around to see who is going to take care of it for them. After seeing that, I became more sensitive to it and have realized that it's more common than one might think.

Jim said...

Ah, the old pep talk about "need vs. want". I've had to have that talk with 30 and 40 year olds.

You NEED a car to get to and from work. You WANT a Range Rover.

You NEED to eat dinner. You WANT to eat at that expensive French place.

You NEED that new Britney Spears song. You WANT it right now.

Becky said...

It seems we have a whole generation of Verucas growing up now, they all have a sense of entitlement that is just disgusting.

Steph said...

For such a forward thinking country your gun laws ,or lack thereof, are disgusting.

I know it's in the constitution and all but how many kids have to die before something is done?

The T-Dude said...

Steph --

I can't agree with you more. Our gun laws are terrible. I grew up around guns, but I always knew that there was no good reason why anyone needed a hand gun.