It’s almost comical to see how people just seem to want to get more “stuff”. Everyone seems like they are in the constant pursuit of things. Worthless things. Things that they think may give them pleasure, status, mostly a bunch of stuff they don’t need.
It just makes me think of the movie Fight Club where Tyler Durden says these two things:
-“We’re consumers. We are bi-products of a lifestyle obsession. Murder, crime, poverty, these things don’t concern me. What concerns me are celebrity magazines, television with 500 channels, some guy’s name on my underwear.”-
-“Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don’t need.”-
You can’t really say it much better than that. We all need to wake up and quit with the bullshit that we just keep doing everyday. Now I know there are some genuine people out there that don’t have extra to spend on stuff, so I’m not referring to them. I do find it funny that sometimes I see someone living in a 1950’s home with 1300 square feet and they have a 50″ TV in the living room and a $40,000 vehicle in the drive way. What the hell?
Hey whatever……I guess. Rock on with your bad self. [:confused smile:]
One week ago today I had to take one of my cats to be put down. I hated it. I miss her so much. I never thought I could love a little furry animal so much. I mean, my gut still hurts. I lost a friend; a friend I had for 10 years. Her name was Lucy. She was a simple looking grey cat. I never thought grey would be so beautiful. She had little polka dots on her belly and her belly was a light grey/white. You could look into her eyes and see that she was an old soul. She was wise. It was like looking into the eyes of a cat and realizing that you were looking at a soul that was two hundred years old. She never bit any of us. She was very protective of us, and she was never mean at all. I learned a lot from Lucy. She was patient, and all she ever did was love. She gave so much love that it was infectious. Everyday I remember something else that she used to do and I miss her more. It is hard for me and I am almost in tears as I type this. I love her so much. I have a wife and a child and I love them both like nothing else on this earth. With that said, I am still surprised how much I love Lucy and how much I miss her. We have other cats, they just are not Lucy. They are wonderful, but none of them is anything like Lucy. They just don’t have the depth that Lucy did.
Lucy picked us sometime in the summer of 2002. She kept coming to our back door and we decided after seeing her drinking from a lake and looking hungry that we would give her a home. She is the best pet and friend that I’ve ever had, not counting my wife or child. I dearly hope that I get to cross paths with her again in the future. I hope we meet and can hang out for a long time. I miss my friend. I love you Lucy. I always will.
People are missing it. I don’t think they have any idea that they are missing it either. Increasingly, I see people riding in the passenger seat of cars and they are looking down. They have that look; you know, that look that people only get when they are looking at their damn phone. It looks rediculous You look like a moron when you’re looking down at your phone. Even when I look down at my phone I look like a moron. Smart phones have made people dumb. Instead of people enjoying the outside world when they are actually outside, in a car or otherwise, they are looking at their damn phone. What a complete waste.
I understand the convenience of having a smart phone and being able to use it, especially when you’re not the driver of a car. The thing is, it is only a convenience. I highly doubt that anyone is ever doing anything where they are texting or typing something that is an emergency. Seriously. When stuff is an emergency people use their phone as a phone and hold it up to their face and talk.
I can remember when you didn’t have a choice of what to do. The only thing to do was look out the window. If you didn’t want to look out the window you had to bring a magazine or a crossword puzzle or something. I just don’t get what is so important that people need to see what is on Facebook or Twitter or otherwise. I don’t understand why they have to be available all the time or why they have to text all the time or update Facebook with their location or other dumb stuff. Now, I do use Facebook and Twitter and I like both sites very much. I however view them as something fun to do in my spare time; not something that I always have to be doing.
I just think that people need to go outside and “be outside”. They need to be in it. There is so much beauty that is lost because people refuse to take it in. Instead, they spend time playing with their devices.
I should state that I do own an iPhone 5 and that I have had a smart phone for the last two years. I simply choose to not let the phone rule my life and everything that I do.
Lose the phone. Spend your time outside, truly outside.
So, something I’ve been wondering as of late; do radio advertisements even work? I don’t think they do. I often drive 45 minutes each way to and from work and I alternate between 2 or 3 stations. If I’m listening to a talk radio show like “The Alan Cox Show” and he goes to a commercial break, I switch back to NPR. If I’m listening to NPR and they go to break, I switch over to Alan Cox. If they are both on a commercial break at the same time (this rarely happens) I switch over to an alternate radio station. Sometimes I may listen to a song or two on the “third” station before I go back to NPR or Alan Cox. So, I never hear these commercials. I cannot believe that I would be the only person to do this. I can guarantee that tons of other people do this. Who the heck actually hears the commercials?
I would bet if there was a way to do an accurate study the advertisement/marketing folks would be blown away by how many of their ads are NEVER heard. This makes me laugh to an extent because when I do actually hear a commercial (rare) it sucks. I mean it sucks so bad that I think a 14 year old kid could have come up with a better commercial.
I’d be curious to see what other folks think about ads/commercials on the radio and if they really work.
This morning on the way to work I saw a guy driving a BMW 330i. He looked like what I call the typical BMW driver. Self centered, drives like a jackass, thinks he’s the most important person on the road at the time.
We were on the turnpike and we were in and out of construction zones the entire time which was about 30 minutes. The guy was originally behind me when we went through the toll booth. For the entire time we were on the on-ramp he was within about 2 feet of my rear bumper. Asshole. So when we finally get on to the turnpike, we’re in a construction zone. All trucks are supposed to use the left lane because the right lane is the shoulder. This jackass goes flying around me and cuts in front of a big rig and then has to hit the brakes because there is another rig in front of him. What a fucking idiot. He then weaves back into the right lane and is only 3 cars ahead of me. At different times during our turnpike trip, he would weave in and out of cars to get ahead. It was funny when I would slowly come back up on him and then pass him. This is with me using cruise control most of the time on the turnpike. We both got off at the same exit. He was 3 cars ahead of me when we went through the toll booths again. He also sped up to the toll booths at about 50 and then came to a sudden stop to allow it to read his EasyPass. When I finally got up to the booth I could smell brakes; the smell of when you overheat your brake pads.
So I was relaxed and drove safely for the entire trip on the turnpike. This guy seemed frustrated and expended a lot of effort to get ahead. In the end he was only a few cars in front of me. I can’t believe idiots like this guy don’t realize it’s not worth it. He endangered the lives of other people along with his own (and the two people in the car with him) for a couple hundred feet of pavement. What a total fucking moron.