Saturday, February 23, 2008

When Harry Met Sally & Bill O'Reilly Continues to Piss People Off

As I am still recovering from my fall, and subsequent back injury, I have been watching much more TV as of late. That meant that along with the muscle relaxers, and no wine, I spent last night watching one of my favorite movies of all time, "When Harry Met Sally". Even when I don't catch this little gem right at the opening speeches, by the married couples, I still get drawn into it. Then, just my luck, TBS played it again and I got to see all the parts that I missed! Since I was in my drug induced stupor it was all just fine with me. Who can not love how cute and adorable Meg Ryan was in those days, or how funny & smart the dialog was. Now Bruno Kirby has passed away, at too young an age, and Carrie Fisher is almost unrecognizable!! Time does march on.....

Seems that Bill O'Reilly is up to his usual bag of tricks. Pissing folks off and getting away with it. You know, these radio & TV people are not stupid. They read teleprompters, but they also know what is going to sell and get them their beloved ratings. DUH! How else will they be able to hold their place in the competition if they do not generate some controversy? So, we have Mr. O'Reilly making an obnoxious remark about Michelle Obama and talking about a "lynching" in the same sentence. What a tacky asshole. It gets him noticed and talked about, which is exactly what he & his network people want us to do. He really is a nasty jerk, just like Rush et al, and we all play right into their hands. I personally can not stand the guy and I hate that I am even talking about it, but now he has issued some lame apology yadda, yadda, yadda.....It will not ever end. As long as you have the talking heads and "stir-it-up" radio people there are going to be remarks made that are insensitive and obnoxious. I wish that we could just ignore them, but this article, as well as my rambling, just proves that we can not.

Sunday, February 17, 2008

I've Fallen and I Can't Get Up!

After sleeping like I had the day off, I was awakened by another employee calling to tell me that it was 5:15 and I should have been there. I thought that I had the day off!! What a way to start the day. So, I brush my teeth & put on deoderant, I thought the general public might appreciate it, and flew in to work. As I was walking hit I hit a patch of black ice and down I went. Both of my hands were full, so there was no way to stop. I went flat out on my back.

After spending 2 hours waiting and getting serviced at an emergency care facility I came home stiff as a board and armed with several medications for a back and neck injury that has me very stiff and uncomfortable right now. They gave me Vicodin, an anti-inflamitory and a muscle relaxer. Needless to say that I better spell check this. So, here I am all wacked out on misc. drugs, I ordered pizza and plan to veg out on a Cops marathon.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

It's Ohio Time, Dumping Cops & a Mini-Marathon

It's back to Ohio time for the candidates! The very day that they began to talk about Ohio the political ads began to run also. At 3:30 AM, as I was getting ready to go make coffee for the masses, I saw the first one. OMG!! Is it that time. God how I hate TV when they begin to run the "I am so and so and I endorse this message". It makes me run right out and buy new batteries for my remote so I am able to change the channel fast! Thank the lord for DVR so we can fast forward through commercials. I would like to be able to see their debate, in Columbus, but realize that it is out of the question, so I will either watch it or read about it later. Even though I am quite tired of the whole dog & pony show I know that I owe it to them and myself to watch and listen some more, so I can make an intelligent and well thought out decision.

How about these great cops that dumped the quadriplegic out of his wheelchair because they did not believe him when he told them he was paralyzed!! I watched the video and it just pissed me off. Especially when you could see the older cop walking past the camera and he was obviously laughing about the whole incident. Sick assholes indeed!! Very degrading for that poor guy. To be dumped on the floor like a piece of trash or tossed around like a rag doll. The indignity of it all. There need to be some people out of a job. I realize that hardened criminals, or those that put up a struggle, need to be handled, but what the hell was this guy doing but sitting in his chair!! Have you seen the video? Sick. I hope that he gets some justice from this. No human being needs to be treated in such a manner. I thought that we had laws to protect people with disabilities. I guess this particular police dept. has not yet received this training.

Eating healthy and working out is no fun. I have hit my 15 pound mark. No doubt I am happy about it, but it is not that much fun. The other night I came home from my meeting and wanting to celebrate by eating something! How twisted is that. See, food has always been my life. Good times and bad. Granted, I feel fantastic eating all these servings of fruit and vegetables and the like, but I do miss....cookies, candy..... I do buy some of the WW goodies. They are the only thing that help me keep on track. Wine is always a downfall. So, to allow myself more treats I have to workout more. Another activity that I have never been too fond of, especially running. I have been walking/jogging twice a week for 3 miles. Yuck! A girl that I work with wants me to run in a min-marathon with her in March. I don't run for fun or anything that resembles fun. I do it because it is easy and does not require a gym membership or fancy equipment. This week I also got my dusty stability ball out of the basement and 5 pound hand weights. If I can keep it up I will hit my 10% of my body weight loss. That is a milestone. Then you move on to another or into a new era or something like that. Sigh, I guess it is a life long thing.

Well, we do what we have to do, don't we.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

Catchy, Fun & Different

What's playing in the car these days? Hey, Esteban, if you are still reading you might also want to check out these three bands, if you do not already know them. I know that you like some alternative. These three bands are all total fun. I have them all on one fun filled cd. Common Rider, Streetlight Manifesto and Catch 22. Very fast paced with some awesome horns. The lyrics are often smart and hilarious. They make you want to be out on an open highway going somewhere for a very long drive. Download, burn, insert....enjoy!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

Lucky Zen

Today's Quotation:

I think luck is the sense to recognize an opportunity and
the ability to take advantage of it. Everyone has bad breaks,
but everyone also has opportunities. People who can smile
at their breaks and grab their chances get on.

Samuel Goldwyn

Today's Meditation:

I don't believe in luck. Those people who have succeeded in life usually have done so as the result of hard work, of being able to see opportunities when they've come up, or a combination of the two. Those people who win tons of money in lotteries or inherit vast fortunes aren't necessarily lucky--many people who have come into money that way have become quite miserable, very unhappy with their "new" lives.

My biggest problems in life have come when I haven't recognized opportunities. Because I haven't seen them until too late so often, I haven't been able to take advantage of them. I suppose many people would say that I've had bad luck, but I don't see it that way at all. I see it as having missed opportunities, and I don't get down on myself for having missed them. After all, there was no one around when I was growing up to teach me to recognize and take advantage of opportunities.

Most of us are in that same boat--we haven't been taught how to recognize the opportunities that come our way as opportunities, so we squander chance after chance to make more of ourselves or improve our lives or lifestyles. That's okay, because that's how life is--what's not okay is to recognize the problem and not do anything about it.

Now that I know how many opportunities I've let go by, it's up to me to teach myself how to recognize them and take advantage of them. And the burden isn't completely on me--there are plenty of books and tape programs out there that can help us to learn to do these things. This is material that should be taught in schools, but it isn't, so we have to find other teachers outside of the classroom who have focused on this sort of thing as their own area of expertise.

Bad luck? Sorry, but there's no such thing. The universe functions too well for that to be true. Sometimes it's true that things are completely out of our control, but even if something negative happens to us, there will be something important for us to learn in it. If we can smile at our bad breaks and move on with our lives, learning in the process, life becomes much brighter. Bad luck tends to be an excuse for not wanting to look deeper.