Saturday, November 18, 2017

POISON IVEY.

Now I don't think that everyone in Alabama is a stupid, narrow, bigoted, racist, bible-thumping redneck, but their governor sure is. Yesterday Republican (what else?) governor Kay Ivey proudly told the press that she plans to vote for pederast, mall stalker, teen seducer, homophobic, pseudo-Christian serial adulterer Roy Moore. Apparently Ms. Ivey, whose perpetual geriatric grin suggests she has no awareness of what sex actually is, can overlook Moore's history of "dating" teenager girls and trying to seduce one as young as 14. The fact that nine woman have accused Moore of sexually reprehensible acts holds no sway with the morally indifferent Ivey who has no interest in overturning Alabama's image as a completely backward state. As the dotty 73-year-old dumbed her way through
this event at the Governor's mansion-—looking like the brochure cover for a costly retirement community—she said she had no reason to believe the accusers and no reason not to,  apparently her idea of fair-minded logic. Also at this turkey-pardon event was a bevy of clueless middle-age tin magnolias standing up for Moore, including his wife Kayla who doesn't care who he molests as long as it isn't her.

Friday, November 17, 2017

WHATEVER HAPPENED TO VELCO?

I have been to three stores today in search of Velcro. Office Max, Publix, and Walgreens. No one has it. Not a strip, not a roll, not a tab. Why? This is a product you could find just about anywhere. It's
like not being able to find Scotch Tape or Elmer's Glue, or thumb tacks. Oh,wait! You can't find thumb tacks anymore. Or old-fashioned picture hooks. (Today they only have those Command things, that they insist don't leave marks, which I don't believe.) DVDs are disappearing.  Cassettes are already gone, but, oddly enough, LPs are coming back. Maybe I had better hold off before tossing out those Sinatra albums and the cabinet I keep them in, which I could fix if I could only find some Velcro.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

TEARS, IDLE TEARS.

One of the latest accusers of Roy Moore is a 62-year-old named Beverly Young Nelson. She tells of a harrowing scene in which she had to fight off Moore's assault in his car when she was 16, When Moore failed in his attack, he threatened that she wouldn't be believed if she told anyone because, as he said, "you are just a child".  Though I sympathize with her lifelong distress, I am disturbed to know that she voted for Trump. This means that while she is tearful about her own past, she couldn't care less about all the women abused or molested by Donald Trump. Did she know about his past? Of course she did! Everyone did. Voting for Trump by Beverly, by anyone, is to excuse his history of molesting women, of grabbing their genitals, of using his power to sexually intimidate. Sorry, Beverly, you were certainly a victim in Moore's car, but you helped make all of us victims in the voting booth.

Monday, November 13, 2017

"YOUR CHECK WILL BE IN THE MAIL."

Today I had technical problems with my two-month old Apple computer. Since I bought the service guarantee, I felt comfortable calling their service number. But it seems the guarantee isn't for technical problems. That requires one buying an additional contract for $149.00 a year, which I did since I had no choice. The odd thing was, once they repaired the problem, they were obsessed with getting their money. This, despite my request for a postal bill to which I would respond with an immediate check. No. They needed it now. They begged, pleaded, almost threatened me, even sent me a follow-up e-mail. Since I assumed both Appleites were toiling somewhere in Asia, I pictured they were working for a demanding taskmaster. Sad, of course, but I  think they should pay me considering how much time I spent on the phone answering all their hard-to-understand questions.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

ALWAYS A SHAMEFUL STATE OF AFFAIRS.

I'm ashamed to say that I used to write for the Florida Lottery because I can see from their new commercials they have no standards at all. It used to be that you could not, with any lottery, show a person winning. Since your chances of winning are so infinitesimal it would be deceptive to suggest it was in any way easy or guaranteed. That doesn't stop The Florida Lottery. In a new commercial they  show all kinds of persons winning, including the construction worker who rejoices with his friends and the graduate who it is suggested paid her way through college with her fabulous windfall. This is very immoral and very sad when you consider the many persons with low wages who "invest" so much of their salary on lottery or scratch-off tickets, or even the well-to-do who waste their capital on the remote possibility of a profitable win. The lottery is a long shot, a very long shot. It only looks possible because the one-in-a-million-or-more winners are so publicized. Gambling in general is a dirty business, which to some is glamorous and fun in a casino when used wisely, and dangerously  habitual when employed by an uncaring government. And in both case millions have lost their money, their homes, their family, their self-respect, and in many cases their lives as gambling debts often result in suicide.  Do I gamble? Yes. I buy two dollar tickets a week for the Wednesday and Saturday drawings. I have used the same number of over 29 years, and have never won more than $5 about every three months. That shows you how bad your odds are and how stupid the average person, including me, is to expect to hit that incredibly seductive and elusive jackpot.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

I think most car advertisers have an utter contempt for men. I say that because generally their commercials are always so fawning, obsequious, and written to suggest that every purchaser is a sophisticated handsome free-spirited hottie rather than the average working Joe, often a father, who needs transportation to work. But the most offensive of the kiss- commercials is Alfa Romeo, which says I'll get you to buy with a sexy woman's voice, a red car, and the message that it's the answer to all your dreams. How stupid do they think men are? Naturally their "I am what you have been looking for" nonsense also shows gorgeous open roads and lush scenery, never the traffic-jammed highways that most  guys sees on their way to work.

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

LIVE AND LEARN.

Despite knowing that mattress buying is the latest overpriced, bullshit, money-making industry, I decided I need a new mattress and went to Mattress Firm. Since I'm not about to spend $1,000 or more for a mattress that's 15 inches thick and weighs a ton,  I chose a 9-inch mattress that I was told was "Memory Foam". It felt comfortable enough in the store, so I bought it for $300 (still way overpriced). The excessive delivery charge was $80, but that included removing my old mattress, which once de-sheeted  looked incredibly new, and was probably sold as such. Well it turns out the mattress was not comfortable, certainly not quality, and nowhere near what it eventually cost. Fortunately there is a 30-day return policy, which I intend to use. Of course they'll charge another $80 to take it away. So basically I will have spent $160 plus tax for a cheap uncomfortable mattress, and I still don't have a bed to sleep on.