Archive for December, 2009

I Shall Live and Die by the Love of Books

December 17, 2009 3 comments

The end of the year brings lists of books from every print publication around. “The Best Books of 2009, Books You Should Have Read in 2009, You Are an Idiot if You Didn’t Read These Books in 2009”Ok, I made the last one up. My problem is that the list of books I want to read is far exceeding the number of waking hours I believe I have left in my life. Do I feel a resolution for 2010 coming on? I hereby swear that I will commit 2 to 3 (or more) hours a day reading. This will cut into my Stumble Upon, Bejeweled Blitz and Reality TV addictions, but it is something that I believe will make my life a bit more relative and will help me eliminate books from my collection faster than I collect them. (Yeah, sure.)

Anyway, this started out because of my addiction to Stumble Upon. One of the interests that I listed was, of course, books. So I came across this article from the Guardian . What luck, book lists of what to read and now, a list of books that I have never heard of that I should have read over the past decade.

I suppose I should start searching for them. And them add them to the tilting tower next to the bed. And hopefully complete them before the end of the next decade.

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You Couldn’t Pay Me Enough to do This For a Living

December 8, 2009 Leave a comment

I think computers, cars, televisions, etc. should be in my life as only on/off, perform items. Not the kind of thing that has to be hooked up, networked, installed, troubleshot(?). Therefore, my entire day today was spent doing something that other people get paid a lot of money to do and I get a tight gut over.

At least Hubby’s new laptop and fax/printer are hooked up, the other printer moved and networked and I don’t care that the NEWHP does not recognize the laptop, the laptop has no problem find it.

Now, my opinion on VISTA…what a piece of crap. Let’s see, can we come up with a new model of something that doesn’t resemble the old XP at all and only requires the purchase of a $30 instruction manual to figure out the Control Panel. Ridiculous. I think all the good techies are now working on open source software and Microsoft is stuck with the people who rank with developers who build crappy parking ramps.

Think about it.

Why Does A 63 Year Old Woman Need a Doo Rag?

December 7, 2009 Leave a comment

Here’s why.

I have the finest hair in America. Right up there with baby down. It used to be thicker, but it appears I may be fighting female hair thinning syndrome.

The biggest problem is that my hair mats. When I wake up in the morning, I have a mat of hair on the back of head that has to be slowly pulled apart and delicately combed so as not to remove any hair that is already too eager to fall out. Now, since Duluth has an ethnic minority of only 6.3 % and of that only 1.6% are identified as black, you can imagine that black hair care products are not on every shelf.

K-Mart…Episode 1

Me: Do you sell doo rags?
Helpful Clerk: Sure, they are right over here.
(Leads me down a row and turns left)
Helpful Clerk: They are right…umm, they used to be, uh, I know we used to have them. I guess we don’t carry them anymore. You know, there aren’t a lot of “African” people in Duluth.
(I did really well in not pointing out that in the pictures of the “African” people I have seen, I have never seen a Masaii Tribesman with a doo rag.)
Oh, well. I am not too far from a Walgreens.

Walgreens…Episode 2

Me: Do you have any doo rags?
Clerk from Beauty Products section wearing far too much Product: Not really. We quit carrying them because they weren’t selling. You might try the Walgreens down on 11th Ave East. They have more Black people in that neighborhood.
Me: Thank you. (Said while biting my tongue and praying that blood wasn’t running out of the corner of my mouth.)

At this point in time, I’m beginning to think I won’t need a doo rag since I will be pulling my hair out by the roots and bypassing the need for any hair products. The conversations with the help at any more stores would only land me in jail. Folks, it’s almost 2010, I don’t believe there is any reason for even passive racism to exist any more. Yet it does.

Anyway, my new doo rag is made out of a jersey pillow case and will work just find. Don’t think I’ll be running out in the ‘hood to see the reactions of people. I feel good that I solved my own problem. I don’t feel so good that passive racism is still alive and well in my city or anywhere else, for that matter.

I Am Too Smart for My Own Good

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

Paleo-Future – Paleo-Future Blog – Oil and Gas Will Eventually be Exhausted (1909).

Well, lookie lookie. This blog provider has a doo-hickey (Press This) that allows me to grab posts from the “interweb” and post on this page. I’m telling you, life doesn’t get much better than this.

This is only evidence that we have no sense as a people if they were writing about this in 1909 and have done little or nothing to address this problem.

‘Nuff said.

I Fought the Swine and I Won

December 6, 2009 Leave a comment

It is now day 14 of the ongoing fight and I finally feel like I have rounded a corner. I have thoughts of getting up and doing things. How many things I could do or to what level remains to be seen. All I know is if anyone else out there had swine flu, I am so-o-o sorry.
I am going to see if I can connect this to my facebook page. Starting a new blog that isn’t on blogger is an intimidating action. My goal is to change what had been my previous bent. Or, vision. Or, whatever. My friend Kirk changed to WordPress a long time ago, in fact, I think it was about the time I quit posting on blogger.

It seems to be a little more “organized” and besides, every blogger blog looks like every other blogger blog. I will definitely try and be more productive. We’ll see.

Anybody want to go dancing?

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