Saturday, August 13, 2022

Liars


 

A lady came into the store & she was very talkative.  She told us she'd moved from California after she lost her job & I felt bad for her.  Then as she kept talking, her story became more & more unbelievable.  I believe she lost her job.  The rest? Not so much.

I don't understand the point of lying.  Do people get a little rush when they get sympathy & are then unable to stop?

I have a couple of friends that lie.  One just exaggerates.  I believe she starts off with the truth but then just embelishes to the point of no return.  I just shake my head.

I had a woman I worked with that would stand in front of you & lie.  If the blue table she'd tell you it was red, even if it would benefit her more for the table to be blue.

Everyone wants to be heard.  I know I like to talk & be listened to. And maybe some think they are not interesting enough without the lies.  

But's it's kind of annoying. 

I have a job!!



I got the job at the kitchen store & so far--7 1/2 working hours in--I'm enjoying.  Not sure exactly what I'm supposed to be doing yet.  First day, we visited & I learned how to check out customers.  Yesterday we went through new boxes & put tags on things & put things in storage & on shelves.  I have 12 hours scheduled next week, which is fine with me, so hoping to figure out other ways to help.  

I do love the customer interaction & I like my boss.  She gave me a gift card for my birthday yesterday.  So sweet.

Fallen Knight --Book Review



Earlier this year I went to a local indie bookstore (& self publisher company) &  found a book called 'Knight Rise' by a writer named DL Hammons.  I paid too much for it, about $30, a full price for a hardback.  My friend Linda has a subconscious feeling that books purchased at indie bookstores are better & I guess I was channeling her. 

The book was pretty good. It introduced us to 5 college friends who reconnect & set out to find an old girlfriend of one of the guys.  It was a fun read & even near the 2nd half when it turned into a political thing I enjoyed it. Along the way, the guys connected with a PI named Dianne who helped them in their quest.  She was fine there.

I even met the author at the local bookstore & he signed my book!

I was happy when his 2nd book 'Fallen Knight' was published.  At the book signing he said it would be out on June 1 but it was delayed til July 29.  The book starts out with a school shooting & a real one happened on May 24. That may have caused the delay.  In the book there is a disclaimer that says it has a school shooting.  I'm sure that was not in the original text.  They may have had to delay to change that.  However, the book description on Amazon says "mass shooting" which should not be different in my mind but it is. I read mystery & suspense reader so I've read a lot of murder scenes.  I'm not sure I'd have bought the book if the description said "school shooting".  Not sure anyone would.  

But I read it all & wanted to know what happened & that's on me.  That being said, I did an Amazon review today giving the book 2 stars out of 5.  The fun teasing & banter was gone.  The book got serious quick.  Dianne is now the star of the show with the original guys as back up players.  I'll be honest...I rarely like women protagonists in mystery books.  Not sure why.  

And I hate Dianne. Apparently, she was appointed Pope at some point. She keeps secrets from her team. And because of it they regularly get beat up.  She bullies the local cops & the FBI guys working on the shooting.  She doesn't tell them what she knows, goes behind their backs to follow leads she should give to them & if they question her she threatens to go to the press.  She treats them like a bunch of Barney Fifes. And she pulls a stunt near the end where she tricks a suspect into confessing.  It all sounds illegal & I think a legal aide lawyer could get every bit if the discussion thrown out of court & could also get one of buddies disbarred.   Did I mention I hate Dianne?

The writing is really good at some places. The description of the shooting was very well done.  But then there is very juvenile writing too.  

I missed they guys.  But if Dianne is in charge I don't think I'll be reading anymore of the books.

I actually think the books were written years ago & the author only recently updated & went the self publishing route & got them out there.  He is a nice man & I wish him luck but I'm done with his Knights.  

Thursday, August 4, 2022

I'm healed!!



Went to the ortho doctor today & xrays show my wrist is all healed.  WOOHOO!! He released me. He asked about the physical therapy & I think I'm good without it.  This week has been so much better...the tendonitus pain has subsided greatly. I'm going to continue the PT things I've been doing.  I'm on the road to recovery!

Yesterday inspired me to get out a little more.  I signed up to work in an office at the food bank for the next 4 Tuesday mornings.  And I went into a local kitchen store & she needs help.  I filled out an application.  Maybe???

 

Wednesday, August 3, 2022

Days Of Our Lives


 

Like sands through the hourglass...

The soap opera 'Days of Our Lives' has been on the air, on NBC since 1965...that's 47 years in case you don't want to do the math.  The main family was the Hortons, with Dr Tom & donut guru Alice leading a family.  Over the years, of course they have died as have most of their kids but the grands & their lives & loves continue. I watched in college but never really continued for long after although I did watch one show a couple of years ago where Bo Brady died again.  But I think he's been resurrected again. But that's neither here nor there.

Today, NBC announced they are removing 'Days' from the network & taking it to their streaming platform Peacock TV which has a limited free side but their premium side is $5 a month...and the show is only going to the premium side.  The show has had loyal viewers that have seen every show since 1965.  Older viewers that may or may not be familiar with streaming. Or may not have internet. And I can bet a lot of viewers are going to hate the $5 charge.  It's a bad move & it sets a horrible precedent.  I wouldn't pay for it because I don't watch anything on NBC & very little on network TV but I do watch CBS shows & they'll probably be next.   I happen to have Paramount+ but might cancel it if they try to do this. I'm watching old 'Mission Impossible' & 'Perry Mason' but both are available somewhere else. I watch 'Bold and Beautiful' but not enough to pay for it. And it's $10 a month (But I got a deal) This idea pisses me off.  

Back when I was still working we had a "12:30 lunch crew" that took over the lunch room every day to watch 'Days'.  No talking, no noise.  Even a sneeze would get you the stink eye.  I can only imagine the rage this would cause with them.  Good news is that the ones that were there when I was are retired now but they probably recruited new members over the years.

Gonna be interesting to see how this all shakes out.


A Good Day Out



I will admit that I've never been a social butterfly.  I'm not a shopper & have never been a big fan of flitting around when I don't necessarily have a place to go for a reason. But sometimes I find myself just wandering.  I would like a companion but I'm ok with my own company too.

So today...I had a dentist appointment that had an insurance hiccup & had to reschedule.  Then I went to the nearest library to return my book. I dealt with a nice young man &  was waiting for another book but it had not been transported from downtown library so I decided to go there.  At the downtown library I just went to desk to pick up my book.  A little girl in line said, "I've never been to your house so I don't know your name!".  I told her my name is Billie & asker hers.  She was Isabella.  And her sister was Zayla & her brother Caleb.  I love how kids have no filters.

I had asked the lady at the desk about their book drop outside.  It looked like it was closed up with tape...she didn't know.  She probably passes it everyday!  People are sometime so inattentive!   As I walked out I went to read the sign.  The book drop was not blocked.  It was decorated for Shark Week.  🦈

I left at 12 straight up so I called my cousin Dan who works downtown to see if he had time for lunch.  He did!   We went to Giorgio's pizza & Dan bought!  For the record, that was not my plan. And I ordered the lunch special...2 large slices of pizza, each the size of my head.  The crust was a little overdone but the company was good.

On Wednesdays at noon, there is music on the courthouse lawn.  I only caught the end but today was a guitarist & singer who did a great job.  There were food trucks & I love food trucks.  We'd had lunch of course but there was a snow cone truck & I got a blue coconut & it was delightful.  I asked my cousin if he wanted one but he started with "if you've ever had real Italian ice..." & I told him he was a snob.  I'm the only person in his life that tells him that & he likes that.  But it saved me $4 for his snow cone.  Then I just sat on the curb & listened to the end of the music.  Maybe I'll go again next week.

Afterwords, I went down to a sweet local bookstore where I can normally have a nice conversation with the owner.  I browsed a little but she had a young woman working there who was not very welcoming so I moved on. 

Then I went to Office Depot & bought colored pencils & sharpener because I'd like to start coloring.  But they didn't have any coloring books so now I get to go find something fun. 

Then I decided to give blood.  I went in & gave plasma (for free, at the blood bank).  That actually may have been a mistake but it was fixable.  They took from my right arm, the healing broken wrist arm. All of the squeezing may have helped but there was a little pain. And apparently I have a cold heart because they always have to pack me with heat to get blood out of me.  We started with heatpacks on top & under my hand. Then on my other hand. Then a heating pad & finally a blanket & we finally got done.  I got my Diet Dr Pepper & cookie & felt fine when I left. But driving home I got a little light headed & by the time I got home everything was fuzzy.  I went outside to water & wasn't sure I was going to make it inside.  I was hot & dizzy & made it to my bed & dropped on face first & cooled off & slept for about half an hour.  Then I was fine.  I should sleep well tonight.  

This has happened before and I'm usually dehydrated & hot.  I need to take better care.  Not sure about giving blood again. 

The point of this post is that I had a great day out & needed it more than I knew.  I have to work harder on getting out. The more I isolate, the worse it is for me mentally.  Those are words I don't like to admit.  But just like hydrating & staying cool, I need to work on that. 

Tuesday, July 26, 2022

Tony Dow



Gosh, it's been a terrible day for news.

Tony Dow is an actor that played on a TV show called 'Leave It To Beaver'  from 1957-1963.  Technically it was before my TV awareness time but it still runs in reruns today.  Dow plays Beaver's older brother Wally.  On the show he went probably from about 10 to about 16.  He was a good looking guy, nice & smart.  He had some bonehead best friends--Eddie Haskell, a legend on his own & Lumpy Rutherford.   As a teen, I had a huge crush on Wally.

Fast forward to now.  He's had cancer a couple of times & announced in May 2022 that it had returned with a vengence.  This morning, it was announced in the media that he had died.  His management team announced.  TMZ, the Networks, lowlife CNN ran with it.

Now we're told he is in his "last hours" per his son.  His stepmom was "distraught" and told the management team.  Interesting.  What a mess.

Anyway we look at the situation it's a sad day.  Another piece of my childhood is gone (or about to be).  He wasn't a guy who did bad things for attention. He served his country. He didn't whine about not getting acting work anymore...he was also a sculptor. Married twice, had one son. He was one of the good guys.  And of course he got older but the picture above is how I'll always see him.  May he rest in Paradise.

Update today, Wednesday August 27.  He did indeed officially pass away today.

Living in the Past?


Today was weekly grocery add day.  We get them every Tuesday & I give them a glance before I toss them. I don't give them much notice to be honest. When I decide the dreadful day has arrived...grocery store day...I look at the store website & may put something on the list that has a coupon.  I always wish I had the ability to look for store coupons although they are really old school.  I worked at Walgreens for a couple of months & a woman came in with a huge file & really worked the coupon game to the hilt.  I was waiting for the day when Walgreens owed her money!

So my friend D loves the 1940s.  She's fascinated with her pilot dad & her mom, who was married to first husband for 2 weeks before he was killed in the war.   She met dad at a local airbase. 

But my friend is obsessed with all things WWII. I have to admit that I loved that era...heroes coming home, the women's fashions, the strength to rebuild our country after a too long war.  But I don't try to cook with ration stamp recipes.  I can't say I listen to much Benny Goodman.  I can't name every fighter plane. I am obviously not a "historian".  

D is also obsessed with grocery prices & saving money.  Every week she scans the ads & plans her entire life around them. But seriously, is saving 25 cents off a jar of pickles going to solve things?  I actually spend not much on groceries, maninly because everything I make last at least (& at most) lasts 2 meals.  For the record, I'm not fond of leftovers.  And a lot of time I eat one meal a day, about 230 in the afternoon.  My friend smokes like a chimney so half of her budget goes for cigarettes.  But (she says sarcastically) don't buy those pickles til they're on sale.

I do like a bargain though but it's only a bargain if it's something I'll use.  I'm thrilled when I find them but I'm realistic.  I only dance a little though. 


Sunday, July 24, 2022

Monitoring

 The title may be pushing it a little but I don't like people watching what I do.  Not openly & not in secret.  And I'm not paranoid about the Chinese government watching my life, mainly because everyone has better things to do than looking at my life.  It's people I know.  

I gave up Facebook a few months ago & have absolutely no regrets & one of the main things that are an advantage is that people know way less about my life.  I was never a big sharer but if I did share something I'm ok with someone asking questions if my post wasn't clear.  What bugged me is, for example, is if I followed a business (my cousin's business) that a person calls to ask why I'm following a brewery.  Or the same person attacking me if I passed on a joke that I thought was funny but she didn't think it was funny.  Everything I do is not everyone's business.  And yes, it was on Facebook but it was also info that was no big deal for someone to know.  Again, didn't share much & certainly not much too personal.  

And today, the person I share streaming services with questioned me about a movie that came up on her Firestick.  She was asking it if it was good but it bugged me because she knew about it.  And that info should not be out there. There was nothing problematic with the movie...I just don't like being questioned.  

Friday, July 22, 2022

Feud--Bette Davis & Joan Crawford



Feud is a TV mini-series about the relationship between movie stars Joan Crawford & Bette Davis. The show is set in the early 1960s when both actresses were in the September of their lives.  Both were big stars in the 1940s & 1950s but by this time their stars were fading.  There were few movies being made calling for stars their age.  Davis had 2 Academy Awards & had been nominated for 8 others. Crawford had 1 Award plus 2 other nominations.  

While both were desparately looking for roles, along came 'Whatever Happened to Baby Jane'.  The movie was about a former child star (Davis) who lives with & torments her paraplegic sister (Crawford).  They are assigned the most patient director of all time who has to deal with dueling divas clearly trying to one up each other.  Clearly these women are not friends & they do whatever they can that they think makes them look better & the other look like the problem.  Crawford is clearly the high maintenance of the 2 of them, causing drama & delays & Davis is the more professional who sometimes retaliates out of frustration or spite.

After the movie is done, only Davis gets the Academy Award nomination.  And then Crawford really gets warmed up.  Her shenanigans around Oscar season are epic.

I'm abbreviating because I hate to give to much away...they later try to make another movie that doesn't work out because of even more diva behavior. (Hush,Hush,Sweet Charlotte).  Crawford was replaced by Davis' friend Olivia De Havellind!  

By the last episode, Crawford is dying alone of cancer & she still tries to act & remains a diva.  Davis also dies of cancer later & also tries to act & remains a diva.

One of the best things I've seen in awhile, especially because of the references of old Hollywood.

Joan Crawford won her Oscar for 'Mildred Pierce' a movie I hate above all reason.

I am a Bette Davis fan.  Joan Crawford, not so much.  One of her previous husbands had owned Pepsi & talk about product placement though apparently she hauled a cooler around with her wherever she went. 

I don't know if it's true, but Bette appeared to be a good friend to a few people.  Crawford only had friends who could advance her career. 

Wednesday, July 20, 2022

Envy


 

I'm envious sometimes.  But not jealous.

I grew up in a wonderful home.  We never had a lot but we always had enough. And we learned early that we did not get everything that caught our eye.  And if I really wanted something I would usually get it for Christmas.  Rocking chair, guitar, mixer...it was good.  And it's served me well over the years...I inheirited from both parents the truth that the person with the most stuff really doesn't really win.  I'm not a stuff person.

But I do envy sometimes.  

I wish I weighed 20 pounds less.

My friend L looks cute in her jewelry  but I can't stand jewelry touching my skin. But I envy her pretty necklaces. I wish I could wear one.

I wish I could love going to Texas Tech sports still.  Football games take too long.  Basketball games are too loud.  I can't afford more than a couple of baseball games a year.  I miss it.

I wish I could bake pretty things.  My cookies taste good but there's not a lot of finesse.  I know that practice makes perfect but if I practiced too much I'd need to wish for 50 pounds less.  

My neighbor is adopting a beautiful little girl.  40 years ago maybe but not now.  But she is such a sweet thing.

On Christmas day I wish I had someone to spend it with & I'd love a gift that I don't expect.  I have a friend that takes me out to eat for my birthday but at my suggestion we don't do gifts anymore because we were basically were shopping off lists that we could have bought for ourselves.  The spirit of giving was gone.

I would have loved my daddy walking me down a church aisle & would have loved a beautiful white dress.  Of course the styles 40 years ago were so different I probably would have chosen a cupcake dress with a butt bow.  I would have loved a handsome young cowboy standing there waiting for me. 

I was at Target the other day & saw a mom & daughter shopping for college dorm stuff & I was jealous.  No Target but mom & I shopped at K-Mart.  I envied that girl having that time with her mom.  I envy anyone who can spend time with either of their parents.

I would like a car with a bigger gas tank.  I'm scared to take my tiny tank car on trips, not that I could afford it now.  But I love my little car.  But I could love an Audi convertible too.

I wish my real estate career had worked.  I wish my card dealing career had worked.  But I don't regret trying.  I like my life very much now.  Even though I wish I had the money I spent with my follies I have enough now.  My life is fine.  I refer back to growing up in my parents home and I am grateful & don't have a lot but I have enough.

I wish I had 1000+ Twitter followers but I'm not that interesting.

I'd like a nice vacation every year to somewhere I haven't been.  I don't need Paris...I'd like to spend a couple of days in Colorado Springs.  Or Hot Springs.  Or Montana.  Although we did have pictures this week of a pasty Elon Musk on a yacht in Greece.  I'd be ok with that too.  But not with pasty Elon.

I'd like to get my house painted.

I'd like for my wrist to be completely healed.

I'd still like to meet a good man.  I don't need anyone to support me but I won't support anyone either.  Just someone willing to do his half.  Someone to eat a meal with or run errands with.  Someone to laugh with.

Basically, I envy stupid stuff.  People with pretty hair that would look like angel hair pasta on me.   Cute shoes that would make my feet hurt.  The ability of some to paint their nails. A weekend in Cloudcroft in a mountain cabin to just refresh.  

I'll probably be back to add more.  




Pants ON Fire

 

I used to work with a woman who told lies.  About everything  She would tell you the red cup on your desk was blue.  And she'd lie to you when it would be in her best interest to tell the truth.  

But I have another friend who lies in a different way.  She starts off telling the truth I think but then ventures into complete absurdity.  

So who annoys me more?  The flat out liar about everything or the person who enhances every story with bullshit?  It's a conundrum.  

I Have Peppers!!

 

I'm excited!!

In May I planted 2 pepper plants & 4 tomato plants.  One of the tomato plants has already bit the dust.  My yard guy P planted them but he'd broken one.  It lasted longer than I thought it would.  I have no tomatoes...lots of blooms...but no fruit.  And these are my first peppers.  When they grow up they are supposed to be red bell peppers.    !!!!!!!

It has been so flipping hot I hope they can all survive.  We have a mention of rain tomorrow about 2pm but it'll be gone before morning.  It's a tough summer.  But I water the plants every day so fingers crossed!!

Monday, July 18, 2022

Twitter Funnies

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Prayers for my distraught 5yo whose pet ice cube just melted in his apple juice

Sunday, July 17, 2022

Terry Blackwood & the Imperials


 Growing up,  my mom would play a lot of 4 part harmony gospel music & I loved it!  I grew up with the Gaithers, The Stamps Quartet, & The Blackwood Brothers, among others.  They'd go from town to town, performing at small churches.  And many times, the small towns did not have hotels so they'd stay with different church families.  We had a few over the years ...they were happy for a guest room & a good meal or 2.  The groups played for a small stipend & then got to sell their music after the show.  They even sold song books!  We had a few because my mom played the piano at church.  And the cool part was that my mom could not read music.  She'd learned to play by reading "shape notes" & the books had shape notes.  Interestingly, mom learned as a child when a salesman came by with a music program & her mom bought it for her.  Mom wasn't a Chopin but she loved playing her piano & that came through in her music.

I don't necessarily remember any Blackwoods but I'm thinking we probably had at least one since I recognize the name.

Tonight at the Cactus Theater they had a gospel night & Terry Blackwood & the Imperials.  Terry was probably a son of the original Blackwood Brothers & the Imperials were a back up group for Elvis Presley in the late 60s.  Neither of the today Imperials played for Elvis because they are too young.  Terry was an Imperial & did back him up.

They guys sang well together.  No four part harmony gospel because, first, there are only 3 of them.  And I was hoping for more older gospel songs but they were a little more contemporary.  And they're obviously they are on a budget because at intermission & after show they still sell cds themselves. I was possibly the youngest person there & lots of people were buying cds. I wasn't interested in a cd but if I was I no longer have anywhere to even play them anymore.  I just have Alexa...

I wasn't impressed or disappointed.  I just wanted more.

Saturday, July 16, 2022

Best of Cops



1.  Guy hits 2 sets of stop sticks & has 6 police cars chasing him with lights & sirens & when he was asked why he didn't stop:

"I didn't know you were talking to me." 

Food Issues

 

Gosh, I know it's hard to believe that I have food issues.  I've been overweight all of my life.  I have horrible eating habits. I used to like to cook but now I go for the easy stuff.  I'm more likely to have cereal for supper than cook something. I eat too much junk food.  But, I have weighed 70 pounds more & have maintained my current weight for about 12 years.  I'd like to lose 20 more pounds but that's probably not happening & I'm actually ok with that. 

But I was reading an article last week about food hoarding.  And that definitely applies to me.  I inheirited that from my mom.  But she grew up in the depression.  She went through hungry times.  When times were better, she always had a lot of food on hand. Plus, we lived in the country & there wasn't a grocery store on every corner.  And she liked variety.  On her table would be 10 different bowls of something but not much of anything.  There would be meat & cooked veggies but also a bowl of tomatoes & cantaloupe & cucumbers.  Lots of choices.  And I read just yesterday about a woman who got charged 2x for an all-you-can-eat-buffet because she got so much.  My mom was like that sorta.  She would get a lot of things but she didn't eat anywhere near all of it.  She liked choices.  

Dang I miss my mom.

But I always have a lot of food.  If you weren't too picky and was ok with no turkey, I could make a Thanksgiving dinner on any given day.  For someone who doesn't cook, it's definitely a strange issue.  And it gets stranger because as I've gotten older, not much sounds good. 

One of my new year's resolutions every year is to stop buying so much food. I don't eat a lot of canned goods but I have them.  Although, right now, not a whole ton of them.  Tonight I cleaned out my pantry & put several in my donation box. And I have not bought any in awhile unless I specifically needed something for a rare recipe I might be cooking.  

And I've stopped buying packages of meat...I buy a single chicken breast or pork chop or steak out of the case. 

And I limit how much produce I buy because it tends to go bad.

Tomorrow I'm going to brown meat so I can use it later to make tacos & spaghetti. Even though I don't cook much anymore, I'd rather eat at home. Eating out is expensive right now & again, nothing much sounds good.

I'm trying to eat my way through my freezer before I buy big groceries.  I have taken to buying milk at Braums because they are reasonably priced & I don't have to go to big grocery store where there are more temptations. And I do some shopping at Target where choices are limited.

So I'm doing some self therapy to help solve my food hoarding issue.  I hope it works. 

Friday, July 15, 2022

Cops



♭Bad boys, bad boys....whatcha gonna do when they come for you??♯

Cops is a TV show that started back in the 1980s, disappeared for awhile & came back.  IMDB says it was still going in 2021 but that surprises me because of all the cop hate & the snowflakes complaining about their rights to have drugs, assault people & burn down buildings were being violated.  Crime is barely crime anymore.   

So there is an entire Cops channel on Pluto TV.  I've been watching tonight & one of the shows was with Lubbock police officers.  I used to dispatch, starting 37 years ago & I lasted 4 years.  I don't know any officers anymore because they've all retired & are old like me.  But on this show, I knew 2 of them.  I knew both as rookies.

One I knew pretty well.  RH was the unluckiest officer I've ever met.  He broke his arm in the police academy & had to work on the police desk with us til he healed so we all became friends.   Then he got knocked out with his own flashlight.  And poor guy had many other strange injuries over the years.  And the last time I talked to him, the worst thing ever:  He was the sergeant in internal affairs.  But after a chase, he had to go as a supervisor after the suspect ran into a tree.

I also think of RH because one night I woke up spooked about something, a thing that I don't ever remember happening before of sense.  It was about 3am. I got up, turned on every light in the house & checked all of the closets. I was flipped out. I had not worked at the PD for a couple of years but my friend D was working midnights & I called down there just to hear a friendly voice.  Not sure what I sounded like but I remember her saying "I've never heard  you like this" & she said she was sending someone to look around.  I at first told her no...she'd have to send someone I knew or someone I didn't know.  She finally told me RH was at the hospital finishing a report & I agreed he'd be ok. She called him & he called me right back.  He told me he was on his way & he'd call again when he was on the doorstep.  He looked all around outside & came in & sat with me for a few minutes.  He said, "I've never seen you like this!".  Obviously I was pretty flipped out.  But I lived through it & it's never happened since.  But I'll always appreciate his help.


The other, EH, was a rookie the year I left.  I don't know him well at all & am pretty sure he does not remember me.  But when he was in training, we had a strange encounter.  I was working one night & had cramps really bad & my boss gave me a muscle relaxer that wiped me out in a way I've never felt before.  People were talking to me on the radio & I seriously could not make sense of any of it.  We all decided I needed to go home.  So we got my beat car officer, BH, to drive me home & his trainee EH drove my car home.  They got me in the house & left.  The next afternoon, I woke up & found my front door open (behind unlocked screen door) & my clothes in the hallway leading to my bedroom. I can imagine I watched them leave & went to bed.  I only hope I waited til they were gone before I started losing clothes.  Lesson learned:  Never take muscle relaxers from boss. 

I have a love hate relationship with the tv show Cops.  People are strange & I used to enjoy watching the officers doing their jobs & the weirdos they came across.  Now, for some reason, I don't find all of it entertaining.  I like the chases & sometimes chunko cops running after people. And the suspects lying.  Some are pretty entertaining. But what I don't enjoy is the pathetic addicts that need help instead of jail.  I feel bad for the homeless people.  I hate it when there are domestic calls with drunks where there are children everywhere.  I don't like the hoplessness of some of the people they show.   But tonight I'm watching...so there you have it. 



Thursday, July 14, 2022

Judge Shows--Wait what? 2022



I'm an admitted judge show junkie & Pluto TV now has an entire 'Judge Judy' channel & some of the cases are 25 years old--an era of no cell phones, pagers, phone cards.  How far we've come!   Now everyone is suing over cell phone plans.  But that's not really the point here.

I wish they'd have where-are-they-now blurbs. I'd like to see some of these idiots 25 years later.

Way too many cases are thirsty women giving a man "thousands of dollars" because he promised he'd take care of them forever. I realize my perspective is tempered by being an almost 65 year old never married woman but women need to learn that no one takes care of them but themselves.  And I believe a woman should always have a separate bank account & money set back so they are never in a position where they can't afford to leave. Then they go on court tv trying to get money back & then for moving expenses.  Idiots.  

I'm hoping to update the idiots when I need to here for 2022

Today July 14--16 year old gave her 23 year old boyfriend money.  Her mom let her jail bait daughter date this man "because he had the maturity of a 19 year old".  Idiot GF did not fall far from the idiot mom tree.


Tuesday, July 12, 2022

Who Is The Victim?


 

Several months ago I heard Megyn Kelly interviewing a poet named.  I missed most of the interview but Megyn said he was a great photographer & a good Twitter follow. Apparently lots of people took her advice.   I think I remember him tweeting that his follow count had soared after the interview.  I followed him.

He does tweet a lot of nice pictures.  His tweets are pretty calm.  He tweets poems often & talks about a solo  & a spiritual life  He doesn't like people or going out.  And he talks about being "cancelled" by "woke" people a couple of years ago.  He portrays himself as the victim of 2019.

I Googled him & what a story I found!  The account talks about his alcoholism, that he had an affair with a married woman & after they broke up he sent an anonymous messaage to her husband telling hubs that his wife was having an affair.  He finally admitted to hubs he was the other person in the affair.   He admits to this so far.

Then the woman went after him...found other women, mostly poets, who he'd allegedly used & abused & they accused him of using his influence in the poetry world to get them basically blackballed with publishers.  Then they went after his publishers to get his contracts cancelled.  One article says 20+ women.

Who is the liar here?  After reading everything, not sure Poet is the victim here.  There is a lot of animosity here for sure from the ex-girlfriend &  maybe the other 19 women.  Either way, I don't need to know anything else about him.  I'm unfollowing. 

Tuesday, July 5, 2022

What to buy...


 

I keep reading stories about Amazon Prime Day next week.  They take 2 days & give deep discounts on all kinds of things.  But of course, like Black Friday sales, they release the secret bargains early so people can salivate I guess. And, of course, they sell some stuff early.

But there is nothing I need.  I read all the lists.  I sometimes look at stores.  I browse online.  Not one thing I need.  Except a 1/2 gallon of milk right now.  What I need, not retail, is sofit & fascia boards replaced & painted.  I need siding replaced & painted.  I may need fence repair because my neighbor's is falling down  & while my fence is strong I'm afraid their fence will pull my down.  I need a new back gate.

As usual, I'm not normal.

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

The current bane of my existance...

 

On May 21, I was walking to Walgreens to get pistachios for my lunch salad & tripped on bowed sidewalk & fell on my wrist.  I didn't make it to Walgreens but did manage to make it back home & then drove myself to a neigborhood doc in a box urgent care center.  They took xrays & the doctor came in & said "Yep, it's cracked but it will heal on it's own".   They treated my bloody & skinned knees & gave me the horrible monstrosity above.  And he told me to see a orthopedic guy.  But me, being cheap me, figured if it was supposed to heal on it's own, why spend the money?

So about 3 weeks later I had a regular appointment with my regular doctor & I showed her the xray info to see if she could tell me where the break was so I could monitor the pain.  Frankly, she flipped out, said she was not an orthopedic person & sent me for another xray  & sent me to the orthopedic guy in her office.  When I saw him, he told me where the break was & that if I'd seen him immediately he would have done surgery.  Not exactly the blow off diagnosis I got from the first doctor.   But he also said it was healing well & should be fine & prescribed hand therapy.  

The bad news about the physical therapy was the 2 hand specialists were headed to vacation for the next 2 weeks. I had one appointment & PT Mack gave me some water therapy exercises & told me to stretch it.  Then we have another appointment next week.   The therapy seems to be working & things are definitely better but while I think the break is healed, the other side of my arm hurts with soft tissue damage. And I"ve been faithful with the brace although I have it off now.  I'm under the impression that moving the hand is better than it just being stable when the break is all but healed.  And I'm not using muscles anywhere near the break typing here.  But I'm mostly wearing the brace & I can't wait til the doctor says it's all healed & I can toss it.

Update: Tuesday, July 5.  Ding dong the brace is gone!

Rain. I barely recognized it!!

 

It been months since we had any significant rain.  Maybe 3 storms in the past 5 months?  It's horribly sad.  I'm not a farmerr but I hope it's not too late to plant.  It's not good, that's for sure.  Today's rain came out of nowhere.  The news guy at lunch said maybe but  yeah, right.  He's said that before.  But til it's falling from the sky I don't believe it.

It was delightful.

I was thinking as I watched water flow down the street...as it's designed, to go toward the place where it heads to a playa lake.  It's a city thing.

I grew up in the country, mostly.  We lived in town for a little while when I was growing up but even there was dirt roads.  I used to love watching the water either sit on top of the ground, waiting to soak in or if there was a lot of rain, it woud flow down as the ground went.  Sometimes it would even bring out little frogs everywhere!  And in the country, the smell was fresh & clean but sometimes in the city it smells more like wet dirt & grit.

It's gone already & God only knows when we'll see it again.  But I was happy because I was about to go water my tomatoes & peppers & God said, "I've got you!".  

Did I mention we had rain today?

Sunday, June 26, 2022

Black Cake **Book Review**


 This book is another recommendation of the book blog on Instagram & another that I read sight unseen...no clue what it was about before I started it.  It got good reviews.  And it's kind of fun to be surprised.  But after  the last 2, I'm thinking I might need to at least read the back of the book. 

The book starts with teenagers Covey & Gibbs in an unnamed Carribean island.  There is a lot of focus on swimming & surfing & being teens but as the book goes on it's clear it's filler.  After Gibbs goes to London to college, Covey's no accound dad sells her to marry a gangster to settle debts.  Luckily she escapes after the groom drops dead at the wedding.  She runs to London to find Gibbs.  Somehow they don't reconnect til years later. But they have to live life in secret because someone from their small island might recognize them in London, a city of 7.8 people in 1965 & we know that happens all the time.

Later they end up in California under assumed names & lead a relatively happy life with 2 selfish, self centered children.  After the death of both parents, the truth comes out and there is an older sister that even dad did not know about.  And apparently I'm wrong...after hiring a investigator to research the baby she was forced to give up to adoption by the English government, all it took was one look at a picture on the internet & all the sister mysteries were solved.  Hell, it works on Maury!!  At the end, they all ate black cake, full of fruit & booze, the continuity of the book.

I've become more convinced that writing a book must be a joint of effort of a writer who has a good idea & an editor making them add stuff so the book fits in a mold.  Just add 125 more pages!!  Filler, filler, filler.  It doesn't matter if adds to the story.  It doesn't matter if it makes the reader want to pull her hair out because they've come this far & want to see what happens at the end.  Luckily here, it was easy to skim to the end.  And we did find out who the murderer was. 

Oh, and lets add a little diversity of racial profiling in the last quarter of the book because where does it go if it's not woke?

Sorry, Charmaine Wilkerson.  You tell a good story.  I hope you get to a place in your career where you don't have to pad your book because it was walking on it's own legs, til it wasn't. 

Lubbock Matadors Game

 

Yes America, it's true.  I went to a soccer game. 

Lubbock has a professional team called the Lubbock Matadors. I don't necessarily understand soccer.  I know the point of the game is to get the ball  into the goal.  There is lots of running.  The clock goes up instead of down.  I've seen parts of World Cup matches where no one tries to score because scoring would put them in a different bracket & that is a mentality I don't get.  Who doesn't try to win?  😱  But it was a beautiful night in Lubbock & I decided to go.  I'd looked before & thought the tickets were really high but now I see that I was looking at the season ticket rate.  The game waas only $10.   I met a person I'd met from Twitter before out there & sat with her & her daughter.  And as a competitive person I always like a good game even if I don't get the rules.  The final score was 1-1.

Matadors (picture from team Twitter )



The team has some ardent fans & I love seeing it.  They have a group called the Mozos who march in before the game with flags & drums & they have a guy with a bullhorn who leads chants through the games. 

Mozos & strangers all on theiir phones

The team has one more game left & I'm planning on going.  It was fun!

Before the game they have a tailgate alley spot & Lubbock Police had fancy Camaro cars with their lights on.  I got to sit inside (on my own volition) & ask questions about the functions of the computer in the car.  Officer Hernandez, a spring chicken who smelled good, would not let me drive.  😏