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The Return of More Things I Don’t Get

on November 12, 2012

I am one of the first to admit that I’m not always the sharpest tool in the shed but while I may never be awarded accolades for my brain matter I’d like to think that I’m not a complete dunce either.  I’d like to believe that I’m somewhere in the middle between so intelligent that no one can stand to talk to you and walking around with a glazed over stare and drool on my chin.  While I try not to over think things too much I do have to admit that there have been a few things I’ve been mulling this weekend and I just can’t seem to wrap my brain matter around them.  It can’t be that my brain matter is too small can it?  

  • Is it just me or is Thanksgiving one of the most maligned holidays ever?  It’s November 12th and the stores are all decked out for Christmas.  Stations are playing Christmas movies and music.  Peppermint Mochas are back.  Really?  I love Christmas but isn’t it a little early for all this?  Can’t we just pause and be thankful first? Santa gets a whole month could we give the poor pilgrams 2 weeks?
  • Speaking of thankfulness I have several friends participating in the “30 Days of Thanks” thing on Facebook. Now I love the concept: set aside a month and come up with something different to be thankful for each day but shouldn’t we be able to come up with something to be thankful for each day for 365 days?
  • While I’m on the subject of Facebook a friend posed a question the other day that has had me thinking for a while.  Why do we think that by adding “no offense” to the end of something it means it was okay to say it?  Or preface it with, “Don’t take this the wrong way but….”  or “I don’t want to be mean but….”  (Yeah. Always look out for people with offensive buts….)  How does throwing those words in there that turn it to mean that if you get upset you are the bad person?  Are people really that stupid that they don’t realize some things don’t need to be said? No offense of course….
  • A conversation with a fellow blogger prompted this thought: What do people wear winter boots with shorts?  I’m from Nebraska where the weather can change so fast that you have to change from shorts to winter boots in the same day and I just don’t get that.  Is that really just a fashion statement or do those people just have feet so ugly they won’t wear sandals?
  • The Lakers hired Mike D’Antoni instead of Phil Jackson. Huh?  I guess the eleven NBA Championships he’s won aren’t impressive enough.  Better work on your resume there Phil.
  • While I’m on the subject of sports my coworker brought this Lance Armstrong tweet to my attention which led to an interesting discussion: They took away his titles (but obviously not his jerseys) but can they take away the feeling he had when he won all of those titles?  Kind of like taking away Reggie Bush’s Heismann…ummm….everyone still knows he won it. You can take away the hardware and the mention in statistic books but you can’t take away the fact that it happened.  I know it’s a moral thing but still…..gonna take away their birthdays next?
  • Does anyone else find it ironic that the director of the Central Intelligence Agency couldn’t manage to keep an affair secret?  There’s a lesson in there somewhere….oh yea: Be sure your sins will find you. (No matter how intelligent you are.)
  • Is it really necessary to have television commercials about male – or for that matter female – products? I’d like one time to just be able to watch a sporting event on television without having to distract my ten-year old or flip the channel fast.  Do the commercials really help sell the product?  Do men really say to their doctor, “You know the guy in the Cialis commercial looked much more viral than the guy in the Viagra commercial so I think I’d rather try that one.”  I can tell you I’ve never purchased a feminine product because the commercial made the woman look so much more happy and carefree.  Seriously.  Just stop it!
  • Do the words  “new and improved” mean that they actually changed something in the product or are they just saying that the exact item you are holding is new because it hasn’t been opened yet and the way it looks is “improved” because it hasn’t been messed up yet.
  • He did this on purpose? On what planet is that attractive? Didn’t that HURT?!?!

 

And Finally:

  • It seems lately like I am always cold and I’ve noticed that I’m ready to go to bed at 9pm each night.  When in the world did I turn into my mother??

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2 responses to “The Return of More Things I Don’t Get

  1. javaj240 says:

    The “no offense” (and other assorted bullshit) is nothing but someone’s passive-aggressive way of judging without consequences.
    The Petraeus thing is troubling, for just the reason you mentioned.
    I guarantee you The Lakers regret hiring D’Antoni. We lived through his tenure withThe Knicks. His players underachieve. I can’t wait to see what kind of a relationship he forges with Kobe Bryant (the good news is that it probably can’t be worse than the D’Antoni-Anthony relationship, or lack thereof). Even if Phil Jackson wasn’t willing to take the job, D’Antoni was still a bad choice.

    • wedelmom says:

      I have to admit I don’t know that much about D’Antnoi. I just can’t believe anyone passed on the guy who has already won the organization several titles. It would seem a no-brainer but then….

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