Thursday, July 25, 2013

July 25, 2013 - A Good Deed

Never let it be said that I don’t perform an occasional good deed.  In fact, today’s good deed might cover me from needing to perform another one for many months.  Is your curiosity peeked?  What exactly was this good deed?  This afternoon I swung by the grocery store and as I was walking to the bottle return this elderly man riding one of those electric carts that the store provides pulled up next to his car.  I see him getting himself situated to move from the cart to the car and I continue on my way.  When I exit the bottle return the man is still sitting in the cart, occasionally looking over his shoulder, repositioning his cane.  All those little things that say “Um, I need to get out of this cart but I think I am stuck.”  So being the occasionally nice person I can be, I wander over and ask if he needs a hand, or more specifically an arm to lever himself up.  He says sure but he’s not sure that will work.  This was my first sign that this might be more complicated.  So I stand next to him and the cart and let him grab my elbow/arm thinking that might give him the leverage he needs.  Yeah, no!  He barely moved before he gave up.  So I toght maybe if I grabbed his arm I could help lift him, but he said that his shoulder wasn’t in the best shape and asked if maybe I could give him a push.  Yes, you read that correctly.  So I went behind him and I’m thinking… maybe I can push him from his lower back but then all I can imagine is pushing him with enough force that he’d end up face planted in the parking lot.  So there I am, and he starts to try and stand and I realize my only option is to “lift” the guy before he flops back into the seat.  So I suck it up, put my hands on his butt and “lift”.  Oh it doesn’t end there, he’s standing and then proceeds to ask me if I can return the electric cart to the store.  Um sure but I haven’t a clue how to operate one so he gives me the cliff notes version.  Oh, by the way you actually have to SIT in the thing to make the engine engage.  So there I am driving the cart from the parking lot with people looking at me with that look, the one that says “What the heck is this able bodied woman doing driving the cart.

Needless to say I gave myself an "atta girl" for the day

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July 25, 2013 Robo Calls

I’m starting to understand why L doesn’t answer the phone when she’s home.  This morning I answered the phone to be greeted by a Robo Call from, of all people, Rick Santorum.  Yesterday it was Newt Gingrich.  If I thought for a moment there would be any success in getting off the call list by actually “listening” to the call I might subject myself to that agony.  However, I’m not quite that na├»ve.  Which leads me to my question(s): 

Why oh why are two of the most bigoted people/politicians calling me?

Was I bad in a past life and my punishment is to receive calls from them every other day? The only saving grace is they don’t call on the same day.

I wonder if HRC Robocalls Newt and Rick?  I wonder if we could arrange that?

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

July 7, 2013 - Book Review – Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus

Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus
Publisher: Minotaur Books
Genre: Crime/Mystery

Overview from
“Snow White Must Die by Nele Neuhaus is a tremendous new contemporary mystery series and huge international bestseller—with more than 3.5 million copies in print!On a rainy November day police detectives Pia Kirchhoff and Oliver von Bodenstein are summoned to a mysterious traffic accident: A woman has fallen from a pedestrian bridge onto a car driving underneath. According to a witness, the woman may have been pushed. The investigation leads Pia and Oliver to a small village, and the home of the victim, Rita Cramer.

On a September evening eleven years earlier, two seventeen-year-old girls vanished from the village without a trace. In a trial based only on circumstantial evidence, twenty-year-old Tobias Sartorius, Rita Cramer’s son, was sentenced to ten years in prison. Bodenstein and Kirchhoff discover that Tobias, after serving his sentence, has now returned to his home town. Did the attack on his mother have something to do with his return?

In the village, Pia and Oliver encounter a wall of silence. When another young girl disappears, the events of the past seem to be repeating themselves in a disastrous manner. The investigation turns into a race against time, because for the villagers it is soon clear who the perpetrator is—and this time they are determined to take matters into their own hands.

An atmospheric, character-driven and suspenseful mystery set in a small town that could be anywhere, dealing with issues of gossip, power, and keeping up appearances.”

4 out of 5 Stars

I would have given this story 5 stars except that I found the story incredibly slow and painful for the first 4 chapters.  Some of the difficulty was a result of the sheer number of characters that were being introduced and trying to keep track of how things connected.  Initially, I started reading this story months ago but I had to put it down because I just couldn’t get absorbed into the story.  Earlier this week I picked it back up because I finally felt up for a complex mystery.  Let’s just say that I am very happy I gave this story another go and didn’t  give up on it permanently.  Maybe it was the mental break or maybe it really was that after the 4th chapter the story really started to pick up in pace and got interesting.  I read the rest of this story in just a few days and every time I thought I knew who was in on the murders 11 years ago and who was behind the recent missing persons, I was wrong.  Then even near the end when I was right… I still didn’t have the motive.

I can see that I will look for another book in the Bodenstein & Kirchhoff series.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

July 1, 2013 - A Question of Etiquette

Every once in awhile I’ll encounter a stranger who is wearing something unusually or snazzy and I’ll think “Wow that’s a cool.”   In those instances it’s not uncommon for me to actually tell the person that I like the outfit.  Heck just the other day I told some muscle head that his T-shirt was cool.  It had a stick figure struggling to pick up a weight bar and it said “just one more rep.”  I was amused and said so.

Yesterday I was at the local grocery store and as is fairly common there was a young man with the waist of his jeans hitched below his butt.  Side note:  How tight dows that belt have to be to keep the pants hitches at that level… just above the thing and below his ass?  Are there invisible suspenders?  Tape like some women use to keep strapless dress and boobs in place?  Seriousl how does this work, this is well beyond plumbers crack.  Hey maybe Plumbers should try this look?  Anyway his pants are so low that that they are exposing his black multi colored polka dot boxers.  Would it have been inapporiate to say “Hey Dude, nice boxers!”  Which was my second thought the 1st being “Pull Up Your Pants.”  I’m assuming if you are exposing your boxers to such a degree you want people to (a) notice and (b) comment.  What I’m waiting for is the day I see a pair of Superman or Spong Bob Square Pants boxers then I doubt I’ll be able to contain myself.

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