Weathering the Weather

Have you ever noticed how obsessed the general public is with the weather and the forecast? They are. It is the hottest topic in life and the de facto fallback in any slow conversation. It is all people at my work talk about, and that’s every day. “The weather man said it might rain on Friday,” one says, on a Tuesday morning. What difference does it make! It will not affect our existence in any way! The only time I personally look up the weather forecast is if there is imminent snow or an approaching hurricane, neither of which hardly ever happen. Other than those two events, I could not care less.

I am very aware that there are lot of people who work outdoors, and the weather affects them greatly. But for the general mass population, it does not matter at all. It certainly shouldn’t matter to the people I work with, since we work inside. Yet my co-workers talk about the weather forecast and the temperature constantly. I want to ask: Who really cares? The only time I’ll find myself outdoors is when I am walking the few feet between my car and the building. Other than those brief moments, I have little to no contact with nature.

Almost daily, when I come back from lunch at work, someone will ask, “How’s the weather outside?”. Here’s an idea, look out the window and take a guess. Let’s see, it is December, so it must be cold. And no matter how cold or hot it is, who cares! I am not living in the jungle or something where it will matter. My car has a few useful inventions on it: wipers, a/c, and a heater. So don’t tell me it is too cold or too wet to bother going out for lunch, or leaving the house.

Shouldn’t everybody get over this cultural obsession with the weather? It is getting so old. Everybody has seen rain their entire lives. Yet they all continue to talk about it every day like it is something new. Equally as annoying is when we hear a loud and sudden crash of thunder when I’m at work. I hear gasps and oohs and ahhs all over the room. Get over it. It happens. Nobody is going to be harmed. Folks, none of this is new. It has always been, and will always be around forever.

Letter to the Editor: Clayton Starbucks

A letter I wrote to the editor of my local newspaper:

Dear N&O: The article in Wednesday’s paper called “Starbucks Buzz Baffles Clayton” was a complete waste of space.

Peggy Lim, the author, needs to go find work elsewhere, or at least go find someone to interview who lives on the planet Earth.

“People here have never heard of Starbucks,” says an ignorant geezer, on this third trip to Bojangles. Where do you find these people? This old man does not represent the majority of the population. The article itself even said that the Great Wall of China has it’s own Starbucks! Yet people in Clayton are clueless? The fact that the persons sought for interview about this were 3-time-a-day visitors to the Bojangles is absolutely pathetic. This kind of reporting lends itself to the widely held belief that reporters deliberately find the trashiest rednecks to interview after disasters, such as a tornado. It is almost as though Peggy Lim took the job of writing this article as a joke. Some of us are tired of drinking so-called coffee from Dunkin Donuts and Bojangles, which is probably just dirty water with a brown crayon stirred in it.

Tell 63-year-old Harold Parrish, the interviewee, to pull his head out of his enlarged-prostate-ridden ass.

Tired Cows at Chick-fil-A

It is my understanding that Chick-fil-A fast food restaurants are not nationwide in the US. I have always had one where I’ve lived and if you don’t know what I am talking about, then never mind.

I’m writing to be the first one to say that they need to move on from the cow ad campaign that they have been running for the past several years. Sure, it was cute when it first came out. When I first drove down the road and saw a billboard with a cow standing on it painting the words “Eat Moor Chickin”, I was amused. But they have run it into the ground with their yearly calendars that come out at the holiday season. There is a cow for every month. Of late, they have gone over the top with some of these. Chick-fil-A needs to do something else and quit trying to sell people calendars of cows year after year that they don’t stock enough of anyway. Personally, I’m ready for a change.

I remember when Taco Bell stopped running their Chihuahua campaign. I was disappointed at the time and didn’t understand why the moved on to the “Think Outside the Bun” slogan. But looking back, they did the right thing. I can see that now. They ended it before the amusement was worn to the down the nub. Likewise for Geico, who pretty much quit featuring the little gecko and went with the totally off the wall thing they do now.

My Hate List

Hopefully, you have already read my Hate List. My new blog is meant to supplement my hate list, by allowing me vent in long passages about thoughts on my mind. While I have always loved my hate list, I have always been limited by the fact that it is for items that I actually hate on it, and not just random gibberish. I have always resisted adding entries to the hate list that I didn’t really hate. Many times, friends have told me, “Here is something for your hate list…” No matter how funny it may be, if I don’t actually hate it, I don’t want it on there. Put it on your own hate list.

First Opinion Post

This being my first opinion post, let me introduce it. I am very opinionated most times. When I read the paper or news articles, I often feel an urgent need to write the its author and give them a piece of my mind, be it good or bad. Sometimes this is constructive writing, but often times, I do it to complain about something. I enjoy complaining, what can I say.

So I have now started a blog for this purpose; to write about stuff that is on my mind. I have a few ideas in my mind from the get-go. I’ll start out mild and save bigger issues for another day. I am going to try to steer clear of too many political attacks on here. I’ll try to keep that under control. I want this to be fun and lighthearted.

Hello World!

Welcome to my new blog! I just installed WordPress, which is a cool open-source blogging program that uses PHP server technology. So far I am impressed, but I am pretty new at this. This is my first test post. Ta-da! I plan to be the only user and poster to this blog. At this time, I have no plans to allow any users to register themselves and make their own posts and comments to my posts.