WINNING!!! An A to Z Challenge Letter


That’s right I am now winning, I am all caught up and one day ahead of myself. I will continue to win at being a winner in the A to Z challenge by typing on my keyboard and downing gallons of coffee until I have finished prepping to WIN! By being a winner… I dont think winners can use the word WINNING to much. Even if you Lose you can be a Winner at losing. Then there is the possibility of being first in any search for the words Win, Winning, Winner, and if I misspell something Whining, Whinner and Wind… I’m a winner at misspelling things!

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If you want to be a winner too, decide you are one! You are a winner, you WIN! If you happen to not WIN the word WIN is still there… so you WIN again, and again!

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So to all of you WINNERS out there in winning world!!!!

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That is all, so go out there and WIN!

Questions – Where are the Answers?


Everyone I know has questions, some smart and some, just downright silly. Questions like, “Where is my Coffee?” Come to my mind quickly… and with some searching about I can usually find it. Then there are tougher questions such as “Where did look it up originate?”. That second one is harder. We know since I had my son look it up a few days ago.

It’s the thing to do now just look it up. When I was kid we had a nice set of encyclopedias to look things up in. The chances of finding out where my coffee might be or what look it up meant though, wouldn’t be in there. That is the big change between then and now the amount of information we have readily available to us.

Look up is from c. 1200 in literal sense “raise the eyes;” as “research in books or papers” from 1690s. Online Etymology Dictionary.

Those aren’t the only questions we have though. Everything is available online now, which begs a different question, why dont we use it? Anything you want to know about is available to you. Yet we all seem fairly ignorant of whats going on in our world. We are spoon fed by the media, believe all those ridiculous posts on Facebook, and cant tell the difference between what is real and what is not.

Here is what I want you all to do today… Find your Coffee, or beverage of choice, then go look some stuff up. Or go find an old dictionary in your house and read some of the older definitions compared to today’s. That’s fun too. Above all start thinking about what you learn rather than what you are told… First though, seriously, go find your coffee.

A to Z – Bullying changes in Time.


For today’s A to Z challenge we have the letter B. We kicked it around here at home my Wife and three kids deciding finally on Bullying. It moved around from letter to letter with the same theme just different aspects within it.

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Bullies when I was a kid were simple creatures. The bigger kids.. picked on the smaller ones. Big Kids in a class would cut lines, push and shove and just generally PHYSICALLY bully other kids. They would say things like “what are ya gonna do small fry” or, “Is Little Georgie gonna cry”. It was only ever the physical side of bullying that was addressed. No mention of the name calling or ridicule would even be addressed. Most time the Adult involved would just simply ignore the verbal with “Sticks and stones may break your bones but names can never hurt me”. For the physical part, uslally nothing would be done even when there was a real fight with fists in middle school. it was usually “Boys will be Boys”. Bullying wasn’t really a thing taken seriously when I was a kid. Sometimes when it would get bad… the person being bullied would act out pretty badly… As an example, there was one kid small for his age at the time. Quick of wit and smart of mouth… He’d mouth off when being bullied and get popped in the face. He’d fight back but usually ended up eating a dirt sandwich with a bigger kid sitting on him but the bullying would stop, why pick on someone willing to fight back. ( A big thanks for Cousin Dave teaching me… umm I mean that other kid how to punch). Once though the bully just wouldn’t stop and here is where the over the top comes in… The witty mouthy kid… stabbed the Loud mouthed Oger of a bully in the thigh with a Pencil. Umm yeah… not good right. Suspended for a week.. never bullied again though. Times have changed though.

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Now when there is consistent and awful bullying the kind that makes the papers, it’s usually the kids who have been cyber bullied, or verbally bullied not physically (or maybe that’s never reported on the news now, news addressed on another day). These are the kids we hear about being bullied now. Suicides, Shootings, runaways… its a horrible, horrible thing. I’m not sure if it always happened and simply wasn’t reported or things are just that much worse now. My frustration reached the point of stabbing that kid with a pencil… I can say it wasn’t planned it just happened. I lashed out… (if your reading this Mark.. I am sorry I stabbed you… but .. nah I’m just sorry). See, even now I feel justified after the fact. Maybe these kids do too… maybe.

That’s the thing though they feel just as I did, justified. What does that say about us as a society? Either justified, or in many cases, feeling it is the only way out. My answer for my kids might not have been the best answer, or way to handle it. The girls and the boy all had the same instructions. If someone hits you, report them if they do it again hit them back and still report them. For the most part it worked… The verbal abuse… well my kids are smart, and both Mom and Dad verbally spared with each other and them since they were little they never had to much trouble with this (or they didn’t tell us about it). It’s laughter infused so it was always more like a fun game.. and they can, and do, give as good as they get. Actually now I’m usually on the short end of the razzing lol.

I’m really not sure what the answer is, we need to do better though, things have changed and the internet takes the bullying to an entirely new level. What do you think?

Blockbuster Video – Making it a night!


I’m betting most of you know about this one, Blockbuster Video and it’s competitors made it a simple and relatively inexpensive way to have a family event. You could go to a video store and get two movies a couple of bags of popcorn and some soda for under $20. They had old movies and new. Video games for all consoles and snacks to go with it all.

 

That’s not the missing part though, not really. We have Netflix now, Hulu, Amazon, and separate channels for each TV station plus hundreds of other streaming choices. The missing part, the fun part, was the people. The employees, the ones who knew every movie in the building. You could go in and ask them for a movie recommendation and they could and would help you, because it was fun. The sharing of mutual experiences in a group. Customers, employees, even the vendors that would deliver things… “Hey how was (movie title).

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I can still play a good game of Seven Degree’s of Kevin Bacon.  If you followed along with last years A to Z challenge, you read about a lot of movies that’s what’s missing from Netflix and the others. That sense of community, of shared experiences with a person, face to face. Blockbuster and other Video stores like, Hollywood Video, Movie Gallery, Hastings, Family Video and more helped bring people together.

There are still some left… If you look at the date for the tweet above… well you can see.  It’s a franchise and there are more than one left. While the corporate mindset has poofed away making it more… well weirdly funny, you can follow them on Twitter at Loneblockbuster

It’s a shame the internet took these places from us. I know people say RedBox and Netflix did it, in part that’s true. The larger issue was Bandwidth though and the ability to just click a button to watch something. Blockbuster still has a few stores left. They still have a streaming service owned by Dish Network and they still have those of us that remember how much fun it was. It’s not the same though, the sense of it, the feel… Plus Chet, Carl and Ray, The Dancing Baby…

What was your favorite Video store, tell me a story.

 

Coolest Monkey in the Jungle – Backlash at H&M is stupid!


Some facts for you….

  1. Kids Like Monkeys!
  2. I like Monkeys!
  3. You like Monkeys!
  4. People are Dumb!

This poor kid has to be singled out and treated differently because he was chosen to model a Sweatshirt that said “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”? The people yelling about how it’s racist need to rethink their lives… Sheesh, KIDS LIKE MONKEYS and he is a kid!

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See it’s a monkey it’s cute.. and it’s sticking its tongue out.

Yelling about how it had to go through several levels of marketing and all those people didn’t see a problem with it… Yeah, they didn’t because they don’t think that way either… YOU DO!!!! So who has the problem? The kid didn’t, The Mom Didn’t, Various company employees didn’t… Here is the apology… Which by the way Is only on the Landing page for The United States, and Puerto Rico. What does that tell you? You can check for yourself, here is the Multinational Landing Page and the apology letter from the U.S. site. Oh and it’s a Swedish Company.

Now they pulled the shirt from the site, pulled the picture and apologized for the mistake on social media. What mistake? Making a Sweatshirt about being the coolest monkey in the jungle and then putting the wrong color kid in it? The Mother’s response to poor H&M’s backlash was great. Ready, she said “Get Over it”!

Taken from H&M’s Twitter feed.

I really have to wonder what the hell is wrong with people. Yelling it’s racist, It’s a sweatshirt it’s not racist. There are enough racial issues that need to be dealt with. How about you focus your righteous fury on that instead of stupid shit. H&M’s decision to make the shirt and put a good looking kid in it wasn’t a mistake.  Allowing our perceptions of the past to color our children’s futures by teaching them the wrong lessons, that’s the mistake. Let that Kid and any other kid who wants to be the “Coolest Monkey in the Jungle”, be one.

 

 

Fake News, Social Media, and You!


Fake news abounds in the world of the Internet now. From the misguided postings of raving idiots to the purposeful spin of the news outlets it all come down to this. How gullible are you?

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Once upon a time watching the news, reading the paper or listening to the radio kept you informed and up to date on the world. You could trust in what you saw, read, and heard to get the truth, or at least the best truth as understood at the time. Not anymore though. Today it’s about ratings and market share, never mind the truth. Report it first, loudly, and incessantly. Then move on to the next story. Make it just as loud if not louder, make it more sensational so even if that first story was wrong no one cares their all riled up about the new story. Rinse and repeat.

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Then there are the accusations that fly like leaves in a hurricane, if one leaf won’t stick throw more in the air. They throw as much out at a person as they can so everyone will be mad at them for something, even when it isn’t true. From the public perspective most people think that it can’t all be true… but some of it must be. As an example, Trump either A. Didn’t want to win at all or, B. Colluded with Russia to win. Those are two accusations are completely opposed to each other, but people accept them as true. Look below… draw your own conclusions… hell print it out and go read twitter or Facebook or watch the news.

 

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Bring in the masses on social media…  I had a teacher in High School who frequently said “The Masses are Asses”, especially in reference to elections and why we have an electoral college. The phrase stuck with me because it was high school and a teacher cursed, true though. At the time, it was meant to say that common people couldn’t comprehend all the nuances of what went into making decisions on behalf of a nation. Today it means were all a bunch of gullible, uninformed lazy people with access to unlimited knowledge who are more interested in clicking “Like and share” then to look something up before spreading lies and innuendo.  Here, this one make me laugh and is ridiculous. I will give you something to look up though… Do a Google search for Starbucks and Hoax…

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Anyway, rant over… Poor Grandma.

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!! Or As I like to say, Here we go again!


New year, new rules, new person. We would all like to think so with our resolutions and promises to ourselves. Well, I made a few for myself this year, something I usually avoid. Here is how it went… ya went past tense (grin)

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Resolution number 1.

“I will keep to a normal schedule”! This was an attempt to keep to what people would consider “normal”, with some adjustments for my peculiar mindscape (batshit crazy). New Years Eve, went to bed at 10:30 with the intention of waking up at 6:30… Woke up at 2am and stayed up. Oh well, Ill try again. the 1st I went to bed at 10pm intending to be up at 6am… hit my snooze and never heard it again, up at 9am. At this point I decided to just try and be awake during most daylight hours and said the hell with it.

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“I will drink less coffee”! Ok, so, this was to help with the sleep schedule… in theory anyway. I drink a whole lot of coffee on a daily basis. I have cut back now that I’m not running a retail store anymore but I still drink 1 pot… all by myself and sometimes more. I suppose I did achieve this one since I limit  myself to 1 pot a day and sometimes manage to do less.

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Resolution number 3.

“I will post more on my blog.” See this one is a problem since I do this for fun. We all need some fun in our lives. The problem is I have been writing my sleep deprived, coffee infused ass off to make money from being Santa. Fun sort of went out the window mid December when i saw what I was spending. I’m sure you all know the feeling… “No, they don’t really need a coffee pot that brews in the shower…” Ok so I wanted that, you get the idea though right… I knew you would.

 

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I like his cartoons.

I continue to try and sleep normally… well normaler… (not a word lol) I write this as I have a huge cup of coffee next to me… but Hey I am posting, so 1 out of 3.

How are you resolutions going?