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The Green Thing

Received an email from both my mom and dad on this .. must mean I should share!


In the line at the store, the cashier told an older woman that she should bring our own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.

The woman apologized to him and explained, “We didn’t have the green thing back in my day.”

The clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.  Your generation did not care enough to save our environment.”

He was right — our generation didn’t have the green thing in its day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles and beer bottles to the store. The store sent them back to the plant to be washed and sterilized and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.

But we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

We walked up stairs, because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building. We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.

But he was right. We didn’t have the green thing in our day.

Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throw-away kind.  We dried clothes on a line, not in an energy gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry the clothes.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that clerk was right; we didn’t have the green thing back in our day.

Back then, we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room. And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.

When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used a wadded up old newspaper to cushion it, not Styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then, we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn. We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.

But he’s right; we didn’t have the green thing back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.

We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.

But we didn’t have the green thing back then.

Back then, people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service.

We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 2,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest pizza joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the green thing back then?

October 18, 2011 at 11:54 am Leave a comment

The real world

A share from my mom that I like enough to share …


Bill Gates recently gave a speech at a High School about 11 things they did not and will not learn in school.

He talks about how feel-good, politically correct teachings created a generation of kids with no concept of reality and how this concept set them up for failure in the real world.

Rule 1 : Life is not fair – get used to it!

Rule 2 : The world doesn’t care about your self-esteem.
The world will expect you to accomplish something BEFORE you feel good about yourself.

Rule 3 : You will NOT make $60,000 a year right out of high school.
You won’t be a vice-president with a car phone until you earn both.

Rule 4 : If you think your teacher is tough, wait till you get a boss

Rule 5 : Flipping burgers is not beneath your dignity.
Your Grandparents had a different word for burger flipping: They called it opportunity.

Rule 6 : If you mess up, it’s not your parents’ fault, so don’t whine about your mistakes, learn from them!!!!!

Rule 7 : Before you were born, your parents weren’t as boring as they are now.They got that way from paying your bills,
cleaning your clothes and listening to you talk about how cool you thought you were. So before you save the rain forest from the parasites of your parent’s generation, try delousing the closet in your own room.

Rule 8 : Your school may have done away with winners and losers, but life HAS NOT. In some schools, they have abolished failing grades and they’ll give you as MANY TIMES as you want to get the right answer. *This doesn’t bear the slightest resemblance to ANYTHING in real life.

Rule 9 : Life is not divided into semesters.
You don’t get summers off and very few employers are interested in helping you FIND YOURSELF. *Do that on your own time.

Rule 10 : Television is NOT real life.
In real life people actually have to leave the coffee shop and go to jobs.

Rule 11 : Be nice to nerds.
Chances are you’ll end up working for one.

August 10, 2011 at 12:42 pm Leave a comment

Oscars 2011

I didn’t make it to this year’s AMC Best Picture showcase so I haven’t seen all of the best picture nominees.  But I saw many.

Here are my pics for the major categories:

Best Picture – King’s Speech

Best Director – David Fincher

Best Actor – Colin Firth (I think he should have won last year)

Best Actress – Annette Bening (I know, everyone is picking Natalie Portman)

Actress in a Supporting Role – Helena Bonham Carter (though will most likely go to Melissa Leo)

Actor in a Supporting Role – Christian Bale

Writing, Adapted – for 127 Hours (will probably go to Social Network though)

Writing, Original – for Inception (since the director was not nominated)


What are your picks?

February 27, 2011 at 4:49 pm 2 comments

Soft kitty …

If you are a Big Bang Theory fan like me, then check this out at LOLcats!

February 13, 2011 at 12:21 pm 1 comment

Why did the chicken cross the road?

Linda shared this with me and now I share it with you …


BARACK OBAMA:  The chicken crossed the road because it was time for change!
The chicken wanted change!

JOHN MC CAIN:  My friends, that chicken crossed the road because he recognized the need to engage in cooperation and dialogue with all the chickens on the other side of the road.

HILLARY CLINTON:  When I was First Lady, I personally helped that little chicken to cross the road. This experience makes me uniquely qualified to ensure right from Day One that every chicken in this country gets the chance it deserves to cross the road. But then, this really isn’t about me.
SARAH PALIN:  The chicken crossed the road because gosh-darn it, he’s a maverick!
GEORGE W. BUSH:  We don’t really care why the chicken crossed the road. We just want to know if the chicken is on our side of the road, or not.  The chicken is either against us, or for us. There is no middle ground here.

DICK CHENEY:  Where’s my gun?

COLIN POWELL:  Now to the left of the screen, you can clearly see the satellite image of the chicken crossing the road.

BILL CLINTON:  I did not cross the road with that chicken.

AL GORE:  I invented the chicken.

JOHN KERRY:  Although I voted to let the chicken cross the road, I am now against it! It was the wrong road to cross, and I was misled about the chicken’s intentions. I am not for it now, and will remain against it.

AL SHARPTON:  Why are all the chickens white? We need some black chickens.

DR. PHIL:  The problem we have here is that this chicken won’t realize that he must first deal with the problem on this side of the road before it goes after the problem on the other side of the road. What we need to do is help him realize how stupid he’s acting by not taking on his current problems before adding new problems.

OPRAH:  Well, I understand that the chicken is having problems, which is why he wants to cross this road so bad. So instead of having the chicken learn from his mistakes and take falls, which is a part of life, I’m going to give this chicken a NEW CAR so that he can just drive across the road and not live his life like the rest of the chickens.

ANDERSON COOPER, CNN:  We have reason to believe there is a chicken, but we have not yet been allowed to have access to the other side of the road.

NANCY GRACE:  That chicken crossed the road because he’s guilty! You can see it in his eyes and the way he walks.

PAT BUCHANAN:  To steal the job of a decent, hardworking American.

MARTHA STEWART:  No one called me to warn me which way that chicken was going. I had a standing order at the Farmer’s Market to sell my eggs when the price dropped to a certain level. No little bird gave me any insider information.

DR SEUSS:  Did the chicken cross the road? Did he cross it with a toad? Yes, the chicken crossed the road, but why it crossed I’ve not been told.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY:  To die in the rain, alone.

JERRY FALWELL:  Because the chicken was gay! Can’t you people see the plain truth? That’s why they call it the ‘other side.’ Yes, my friends, That chicken is gay. And if you eat that chicken, you will become gay too. I say we boycott all chickens until we sort out this abomination that the Liberal media whitewashes with seemingly harmless phrases like ‘the other side.’ That chicken should not be crossing the road. It’s as plain and as simple as that.

GRANDPA:  In my day we didn’t ask why the chicken crossed the road. Somebody told us the chicken crossed the road, and that was good enough.

BARBARA WALTERS:  Isn’t that interesting? In a few moments, we will be listening to the chicken tell, for the first time, the heartwarming story of how it experienced a serious case of molting, and went on to accomplish it’s lifelong dream of crossing the road.

ARISTOTLE:  It is the nature of chickens to cross the road.

JOHN LENNON:  Imagine all the chickens in the world crossing roads together, in peace.

BILL GATES:  I have just released eChicken2011, which will not only cross roads, but will lay eggs, file your important documents, and balance your checkbook. Internet Explorer is an integral part of eChicken2011.  This new platform is much more stable and will never reboot.

ALBERT EINSTEIN:  Did the chicken really cross the road, or did the road move beneath the chicken?

COLONEL SANDERS:  Did I miss one?

January 24, 2011 at 9:38 am 1 comment

Golden Globe Picks

So, it my guilty pleasure time of year. Yes, it is awards season. I have always loved movies and so somewhere along the way, I became an annual Oscar’s watcher. However, the awards season has blossomed over the years.

My friend Tabitha and I are making our picks to have some good-natured fun.  Hope you will join us!

To be fair, I want to share what I have seen (or haven’t) so you can know where my guesses might have come from.

Seen: The King’s Speech, Black Swan,The Kids are All Right, Red, Easy A, The TownI will fully admit my bias of the movies in red that I considered amazing, outstanding, excellent. Worthy of every award.

Want to see (and will by the Oscars): 127 Hours, The Social Network, The Fighter, Inception, Blue Valentine, Love and Other Drugs

No desire to see: Burlesque, The Tourist

My picks:

  • Best Movie: The King’s Speech
  • Best Actress in a movie:  Natalie Portman (but I could see Michelle Williams winning this t00)
  • Best Actor in a movie: Colin Firth
  • Best Comedy Movie: The Kids are All Right
  • Best Actress in comedy: Annette Bening
  • Best Actor in a comedy: Johnny Depp (doesn’t matter which movie)
  • Best Supporting Actress: Helena Bonham Carter
  • Best Supporting Actor: Geoffrey Rush
  • Best Animated Film: Despicable Me
  • Best Foreign Language Film:  Biutiful
  • Best Director: David Fincher (or Christopher Nolan)
  • Best Screenplay: Simon Beaufoy, Danny Boyle
  • Best Original Score: Danny Elfman
  • Best Original Song: one of them from Burlesque


  • Best TV Drama: The Good Wife
  • Best Actress:  Julianna Margulies
  • Best Actor: Jon Hamm
  • Best TV Comedy: Glee (wish it would be Big Bang Theory though)
  • Best Actress comedy: Edie Falco
  • Best Actor comedy: Jim Parsons
  • Best mini-series: Temple Grandin
  • Best Actress mini-series: Claire Danes
  • Best Actor mini-series: Ian McShane
  • Best Supporting Actress: Jane Lynch
  • Best Supporting Actor: Eric Stonestreet

Ok there are my picks. Although I feel like I am a tv-holic at times, I didn’t watch any of the miniseries nominated, I don’t watch Breaking Bad, Mad Men, 30Rock, Glee or Nurse Jackie. I have only my Entertainment Weekly to help shed light on the greatness of these shows and the actors within.

Ahh, the fun of this all for the joy of seeing spontaneous expressions or reactions. Or in the case of Christine Lahti’s win one year, she was in the bathroom at the time they called her name.  Makes for great story!  My one wish is they would stop the madness of having the one-year pregame show to do the fluff interviews of what everyone’s wearing. Let’s take that one hour and build it back into the show so folks can give a proper thankyou lasting longer than a 30-second commercial. It’s ridiculous. Let the moment shine a bit.  It annoys me when the last award of the night is given and the credits are rolling as folks are on the stage. I know, none of us want the Oscars to last an additional hour. Hence, get rid of the ridiculous pre-game/pre-award what are you wearing crap. Let the E! network take care of all that.

January 14, 2011 at 12:50 am 1 comment

Nobody likes conflict

I don’t know about you, but I am sick of the election ads on tv, on the radio, in the newspaper.  Do these really work? Do voters really vote based on a 30-second commercial?   I can’t stand it. All the mud-slinging. All the nastiness. Why is that necessary?  Why can’t the women man up and just shut up?  I wish they would all just shut up.  Talk about yourself and what you stand for.  When I hear all this back and forth, my stomach clenches up. My shoulders get hunchy.  I wonder if it just me.  Does the conflict just annoy me? I can mute the commercials. Go to another radio station.  Am I being a good citizen by burying my head in the sand? What if I am not planning on voting – does that make a difference?

How do you manage election time of year?


October 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm Leave a comment

Apple. Apple. Apple. Want. Want. Want.

I don’t know how Apple does it. Or more specifically Steve Jobs. I don’t know how he reinvents the market in such unique ways. I don’t know how that company is so innovative and creative.  From the commercials, which by the way, they need to make some more of.  I love Mac!  Shoot, I loved him when he was on the tv show Ed.  To the iPad. Sure, everyone made fun of the name but who’s laughing now?  There have been how many sold since the launch – 4 million, 5 million?  Yeah, that’s a lot and they’ve only been on the market since early April.

I have 2 iPods but other than that, I am not really an Apple girl.  However, one step into an Apple store and you want to surrender. You want it ALL.  I tried the netbook thing last year with ACER.  Nice concept, good design, but still not quite there for me. So then, wala, the iPad.  I have played with an iPad twice now in two days.  It is too heavy and they need to work on that but it’s better than a netbook in so many ways. But still, not quite there yet for me. No matter. There will be more generations of iPad’s with each one getting more amazing than the next.  Until then, I will suffer along with my Toshiba laptop and my Kindle. I love my Kindle and until Apple can rival that in weight, etc. then no can do.

But as I walked around in there, looking for a keyboard, I wanted it all. I have no idea how it happens, but I wanted a laptop. Then a desktop. Then an iPad. Then the iPhone (darn it, move on that will ya Apple. I’m on Verizon, have been for almost a decade and I’m not straying to AT&T).   It was very hard to not want it all and I don’t even have a need for any of it.  I have no idea how that magic hold comes over a person when they walk in. It’s like a giant playground and you want to take all the toys home with you.  I am thankful that I don’t carry a credit card with me or I have no idea what would happen.  I got my keyboard and got the heck out. I didn’t play or touch or dawdle.  Want, want, want = get out, get out, get out!!

I should clarify that my first experience with a computer was some IBM monstrosity using WordPerfect, DOS, and those iPad sized floppy disks. I hated computers back then. To me, it was just a huge piece of junk that made things harder and more time-consuming. Then off to college I go and most of the offices at IU used the original Macintosh computers.  One of my jobs (of the 2 I had during college), I had to go into administrative offices, make sure things were turned off, nothing was unlocked, etc.  Sometimes, I would use these computers to write letters (email wasn’t existent quite yet – I know, crazy right?) or do homework.  I loved that job.  It was then that I loved computers. I loved that Macintosh. I wanted one so bad.  Then about a year later, email started on campus and then I really wanted one.  So, in some ways, I am an Apple girl.

I think I should stay away from the Apple store for a while.  I am feeling twitchy right now. Darn nostalgia.

October 8, 2010 at 2:55 pm 1 comment

I’m a survivor!

Will you stand up to cancer with me?

September 23, 2010 at 8:37 pm 3 comments

Oddities, or more random thoughts

Just some more general, random, oddball thoughts that have come to mind over the past few weeks.

  • Calvin and Hobbes will always be my favorite comic. Ever. For all time.
  • I wish there was a way to transmit what I was thinking (not all the time!) to paper.  I do my best thinking in those moments when you are just getting comfy in bed to go to sleep or on the couch to take a nap.  My mind wanders and I have such great ideas.  I don’t know what happens in that time where I lean over to scratch the thoughts down on paper that I lose the trail of connections of that great idea.  Therefore, I need a way to transmit those ideas to paper without moving.  Sounds easy enough!
  • I love coffee ice cream. I even like the smell of coffee. But I do not like coffee.
  • I do not like the smell of baking bread – especially in the morning. If you want to wake me up in one of the worst ways possible, bake some bread in the morning!
  • I don’t know why people say gift cards aren’t special or are thoughtless gifts.  I disagree.  You can never go wrong with a gift card for Target or Amazon. Oh wait, that is just me!
  • I love snow. I love winter. I could easily live where this was the weather 9 months of the year, then a short break for a spring/fall-like time then back to winter.
  • I don’t cook. I don’t like to cook.
    • My parents came to visit last year for my birthday and my mom was going to make lasagna for dinner. I didn’t have a single spice she needed. Actually, other than salt and pepper, I didn’t have any spices.  It has been 10 months since that dinner and I have not once used any of those spices.
    • Did you know that there is more than one way to boil an egg? There seems to be some question of putting the egg in first prior to boiling, adding after the water boils, etc. How do I know this? Because I have had to google this.
    • If you know I don’t cook, that I don’t even like it, why do people share recipes with me?  I get the “oh Anissa, it’s easy, you just ….” and then they go on forever.  If it was just that easy, my eyes wouldn’t have glazed over.  Oh wait, that would happen anyway!  Recipes mean nothing to me – it’s like listening to people speak in German
    • If wish I had a person who would cook for me. Nothing else. I would clean up after them; they wouldn’t even need to clean a spoon. I would do it all, just to be fed healthy, fresh food.
  • Speaking of food, I hate grocery shopping. Worst dreaded chore ever.  Simply the worst.
  • Naps are good. Anytime.
  • I don’t mind cleaning at all.  The best time for cleaning? When I am procrastinating for school and need to write a paper.  Cleanest my place will look!  I especially like vacuuming – seeing those vacuum lines is great.
  • I can’t work with a messy desk. I will actually have to tidy up so that I can work
  • Spring cleaning? I do that about 3 times a year.
  • I like simple. What is wrong with that?
  • From the minute I get up to walking out the door is 30 minutes for me.   I don’t understand the intricacies of makeup – that is not a “process” for me.  I can do all of what is needed in about 2 minutes.  And hair, well when I have it, other than blow drying and a little gel, again, done.  Maybe I am just lucky.
  • Here are 2 of the easiest things you can get for me if you ever need an idea
    • Baskin Robbins mint chocolate chip ice cream.  No, not Breyer’s, or Edy’s, or Haagen Dazs.  Just Baskin Robbins.  We can get a cone, walk around and wala, happiness
    • A cookie bouquet by Cookies by Design.  Not from any other place. It’s a cookie on a stick. A sugar cookie.  Not interested in box or tin of cookies.  Just the cookie on a stick – you can buy one or a bouquet.
    • Why are either of these those hard?  I have had people bring me Godiva ice cream.  Nope, sorry, lovely gesture. Truly. But you missed the mark.  Cookies from Cheryl’s cookies.  No, sorry, she does have some nice tasting cookies, but oops, not quite there.
  • I don’t really like flowers so instead of flowers see bullet above.
  • I hate when people interrupt me.  Not during those times when jokes are flying or times like that. But when you are telling a story or something more involved. Why are your stories that much  more important than mine that you must interrupt?  Arrghh
  • I really wish people would be on time.  The occasion miss is totally fine but constant tardiness, really irks me.  And the reasons – oh vey.  Just say your sorry and move on with it.  Your reasons are so ludicrous.
  • I have no idea why, but Mew likes to lick my hair, especially around my bangs.
  • I love office supplies.  If I could own an office supply store, I would.  But really, just look in my office and my closet – I already have most everything anyway!
  • Menley likes to sleep forehead to forehead with me.
  • I watch way too much tv.  One could say the DVR was an awesome invention (it was) but it is also my nemesis!
  • Halloween is my favorite holiday of the year. Yes, more than Thanksgiving and Christmas. I think it brings out the kid in all of us.
  • I love 80’s music.  Oh sure, I love Foo Fighters, Nine Inch Nails, Rush, Audioslave, Cage the Elephant, Goo Goo Dolls, Lifehouse, Dave Matthews Band, and a ton of others. But my first love, even now, is 80’s music, especially Alternative 80’s music.
  • I love movies. I have seen some random movies that many haven’t heard of (Opposite of Sex with Christina Ricci – hilarious!!) and haven’t seen some that others gasp when I tell them.  Nope to Casablanca, Blazing Saddles, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting, Gone with the Wind.  If I have seen the Godfather, I doubt it was in one sitting because I don’t recall much.
  • I am a reader. The majority of what I read is non-fiction these days, compared to 15 years ago when it seemed like all I did was read fiction.
    • My favorite author is Jonathan Kellerman. His books have the unique blend of psychology, mystery and drama. I have read everything he has written and anxiously await his newest every time I devour the latest.  Other than him and reading most of James Patterson, there aren’t too many other fiction writers I follow like a religion.
    • I read about 3 to 5 books at a time. Depending on mood, I have different book tastes. There is one that is usually related to leadership, positive psychology, education or other similar topics.
  • Hmmm, maybe this is it for now

September 6, 2010 at 6:32 pm Leave a comment

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