Sunday, October 30, 2016

Look out my window, what do I see?

(Not) A crack in the sky and (not) a hand reaching down to me.
(revamped "Oh! You Pretty Things" lyrics by David Bowie)


I suddenly looked out my window to see a type of scarecrow staring back at me. It's a child friendly scarecrow, as there are little kids always roaming my neighborhood. I know... tomorrow is Halloween, and yes, the people across the street have decorated the communal bushes three weeks ago; but this is the first time I'm sitting at my computer and staring outside. It's been cool enough during the day that we can shut the air off and open the windows (finally).

The delay has also been due to actually having solid enough work this month - I spent the early part of October driving back and forth on I-75 to other parts of America's Wang. Because of that, I didn't get much time "to play" on the computer lately (or make blog posts). I guess it can be seen as a good thing, as "idle hands" and all that.. but I have to say, during the summer,  I ended up binging on way too many shows (like I'm officially caught up with Breaking Bad. It took almost 2 weeks in August with a new Netflix account... I was able to watch the entire series in one shot. Yay for owning a Roku 3!).  Currently I need a break from rotting my brain with fake reality TV.

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On the plus side, I've also been reading "a lot" more too (aka "the bad side of having down time at work" mixed with the "I have to finish this chapter during dinner; sorry"). I'm almost done with Chocolate & Vicodin: My Quest for Relief from the Headache that Wouldn't Go Away by Jennette Fulda. It's her second book but it's not so much a follow-up from her 2008 novel entitled Half-Assed: A Weight-Loss Memoir. Chocolate & Vicodin is about everything she had to entail for over a year with regards to a chronic headache. She literally saw every type of doctor known to man, and no one could help alleviate any of the pain / pressure in her head. She had been gearing up to do a book tour of Half-Assed when everything started happening at once.

The first book is all about how Fulda lost over 150 pounds by plain old diet and exercise. In the second book, she not only started a new job, but she was starting a book tour, and this headache needed to go away. Because of the constant head drama, she was starting to gain pieces back of what she lost, and she didn't want to seem like a hypocrite. She didn't want to talk about the benefits of losing so much weight, when the power of persuasion and the ease of "eating the pain away" would make her look like a fool. So the headache had to head out.

Like I said, I'm almost done reading it. It is interesting because everyone has problems, whether it be disease, disorders, weight, life, or a case of the "whatevers". This shows that sometimes "shit happens you really can't explain".

To round everything back up to my original post, I'm concluding with two pictures. I used a Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III Zoom Lens on a Canon EOS Rebel T3 Digital SLR Camera. I've linked to various Halloween videos on Youtube (places that I had to do errands in, where they set up ghost towns early). These were shot with an Iphone 5S and edited on Pinnacle Studio 18 Ultimate (*unless otherwise noted).


Until I can come type some more...


Cheers;


Pictures or it didn't happen:


Videos of early spooky celebrating:






***Scary ("spooky") shenanigans not to be confused with Gerry Leonard. :-D ***



See Also:




Last minute Halloween decorations (or: How To Get A Leg Up On Next Year)

Thursday, October 13, 2016

"Money, it's a gas"

Everyone's looking for a quick buck these days, as people are either starting their own online businesses or referring other people to places. I'm no stranger to it, as I've got links to Amazon, Half.com, Pinterest, and Yelp (among others). But when my friends come looking to me for referrals for them, I'm always willing to help (but please visit my links).

Therefore, I would very much appreciate my dear readers, if you check out an Etsy Shop entitled WickedWreathShop. It's run by a highly creative user named DecoMommy. She is the sister of one of my close friends, and would love to have some sales on her wreaths*. She's got quite the enthusiastic touch in making seasonal wall decor, and I am definitely going to be emailing some people tonight about it. The holidays are almost here, and I am sure my friends would love to hang one of the wreaths in their house for the season (or year round. Some of my friends are oddballs, but I don't knock it). The best thing about this? Ms. DecoMommy is new to Etsy and is currently having a sale on her wreaths (through 10/21 according to her Facebook). Because of that, I would suggest grabbing them while you can, as I'm sure they'll sell out quickly. If the current list prices are correct, they are ranging between $20 and $30, which is actually a pretty good deal, considering they are one of a kind so "no two will be identical".

So what are you waiting for? Go help a friend!


Cheers;














*No, I am not getting any points, payment or anything of that nature. My friend asked me to "spread the word" about the shop, and I told her I would.

Saturday, October 1, 2016

First political post of the season!

I would really like it to be my last, as well; but sometimes jumping the gun can lead to some apology emails (my cookiegate friends know what I'm talking about).

Lately, I've been not-so-involved in the whole politics of the world debate, which a lot of people are up in arms and into these days. Since I haven't been hanging around a certain conspiracy theorist (Hi, Dante), I've pretty much stopped taking in anything relating to the American government, as well as anything relating to the world government. Bad on me, I know, but I do have some knowledge of what's going on, even though I prefer to stay away from it all. I don't voice any opinions on / about anyone, but I hear what friends and family are saying. I don't necessarily agree to all of it, but I also don't appreciate the negativity about what's going on. I still have my opinions on situations and part of me still grasps on to some conspiracies, but primarily (and essentially), I've stopped caring. People I know have been verbally assaulting each other on where they stand in the spectrum of truths and the finger pointing is a little childish. Yes, the fecal matter is starting to hit the rotating blades and the room will not smell so much like roses soon, but we're going on a different path in our economics. Some people are for one thing, some are against, others are still trying to make up their minds.

All in all, they say "history repeats itself", right? To me, it seems like we're getting to that point again... and it's scary.

I was at the gym yesterday (not a known gym... just the gym in my complex), and some wonderful gym rat had left the TVs on, full blast, with Fox News airing its wares. I know it was someone in the morning crew, and I have a feeling I know who it was, as a group of elliptical riders love focusing on the right wing vomit that comes out of this particular station (since when is Kennedy on this channel? I remember when she was an Mtv VJ [wow, I aged myself]). Mid morning crew watches CNN... a station that, if anything, I would prefer to watch over the opposing right. However, since I haven't been following any opinion on the news outlets,there was something being talked about at the time I was in the gym and it caught my attention (sorry the image is slightly fuzzy.. I was on the treadmill and had to zoom in to the TV).

"POLL: 70% SAY THE 2016 RACE HAS BROUGHT OUT THE WORST IN PEOPLE"
- FOX NEWS September 30, 2016
(Don't mind that creeper)

According to whatever poll Faux News ran, they concluded that "70%" of the people they polled believe "the 2016 race has brought out the worst in people". This, my friends, is something for you to screen cap, as I'm going to admit that it's one thing I have to agree with.

Yes, without even knowing what was being talked about or the frame of reference (I had my headphones on, blaring KoRn Follow The Leader(I seriously miss that shirt), I saw that blurb and had to take a picture of it. From the experiences I've had with the circles I have, they are all of mixed views, and like I stated, have been fighting with each other, when they normally are a little more peaceful.

There has been a definite shift in attitudes since a certain businessman decided to join the DC circus. The bottom of the pot stirring that this candidate likes to do, in all their negativity, has magically made followers join in the hatred. The people I know who love him, have the same closed mindedness as he does now, and it's a shame because he's going to throw this country down a rabbit hole that nobody has seen in decades. However, that's not to say that the other side is a saint; it's just that her followers seem to be a little more lenient in some cases.

I truthfully can't delve in to a lot of issues here, as I don't have all the answers and don't want to sway people's opinions (nor do I want any trash flinging on my site). I feel that all the negativity currently going on in this world is sad, as there are far worse things to focus on, than to bad name someone in order to make yourself look good, or lie about technology. Everyone has a hidden agenda, and that can of worms will be open before we can blink our eyes.


Take care of yourselves... "The Truth Is Out There"...


Cheers;






See also (aka "it's been a mash of alt rock on my MP3 player, lately. It helps drown out the news stations, yuppie mommies and gym rats who clunk the weights on the floor"):














I found the following images in a Google search, and feel there may be some validity to them: