10.07.2010

Vanity Plates…


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Oh yes, I take requests. A friend of mine suggested vanity plates for a blog topic and there is nothing I like more than responding to requests.

What is it about the vanity plate? According to my Jersey-born, Philly identifying cousin, vanity plates do not exist on the east coast, or at least to the extent which we see them here in the midwest, specifically Illinois and Wisconsin. They enrage him as they do my friend who says that “people should be embarrased.” Except, I had to point out to her: anyone who has a vanity plate thinks WAY too highly of themselves to  be embarrased!

So I thought, why ARE vanity plates so popular here? A quick Google search of vanity plates immediately suggested that I must have meant “vanity plates Illinois.” Which brings me to the website of the Secretary of State who is ENCOURAGING THIS. There is an interactive tool where you can type out what you want on your plate and immediately see if it is available. (If you are bored at work this is actually quite entertaining…) Unfortunately “Awesome” is taken, shocker I know. So it looks like Illinois has their Secretary of State to blame, Mr. Jesse White. But I wasn’t fond of him to begin with as he allowed my grandmother to drive wayyyyyy past her prime.

People with vanity plates think they are beyond clever. Usually they point to the person’s profession, for example a doctor would have “I Heal,” and an accountant “Add it Up” or something dumb like that. BFD. No one cares. The only thing I care about you at that moment on the road is that you not drive like a fucking idiot. But that is ALWAYS too much to ask from a vanity plate possessor.

I must admit that growing up, my parents had a vanity plate. It was “Rock C;” they were obsessed with Roxy Music. I don’t know if it’s because I love Roxy Music too, or that I love my parents, but I must admit that plate was awesome.

The worst plates however are those that declare “I’m Sexy” or “2 Hott.” Really? You think I’m NOT gonna cut you off with an attitude like that? I mean really people—vanity plates just encourage and add to road rage. I have no idea why the secretary of state would promote these (aside from the obvious, being money).

If people spent as much time on themselves as they do thinking of a vanity plate, then humanity as a whole may just improve. Until then, we’ll be driving amongst some of the most self-involved people in the world–not exactly the type you want behind a wheel.

What’s the worst vanity plate you have ever seen?

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10.06.2010

Why I Hate Atheists


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Holier then the holiest of rollers, and certainly holier than thou, I give you atheists. They KNOW things whereas us believers just BELIEVE things. And they are adamant about this and will let you know. But how are they so sure that I’m some idiot because I believe in a higher power and engage in organized religion?

The answer may indeed be opposable thumbs. And I’m totally with them on that because goddamn if I don’t love my opposable thumbs. But why can’t I believe in evolution and God?

Mark Twain said “faith is believing what you know ain’t so.” I like this quote because I think it mirrors the complexities that comprise faith. Now, we could get stoned and talk about this quote for hours but we won’t at the moment. But I believe atheists lack faith–they have no faith in anything. And to me, that is sad. Yes, I have little faith in humanity, but I still have a LITTLE. I presume they have none because they need EVIDENCE for everything. Apparently a lengthy book is not good enough. That’s fine. Live your life like that. But I’m not gonna come to your little hipster pad and protest your choice to be an atheist so don’t

A man in my class the other day stated how he had to go to church at Christmas because it made his parents happy. But he relayed to the class what a maddening experience that was for him. Well what about how maddening it was for the fellow congregants to have to worship in the midst of someone who looks down on them and laughs at what they stand for? And to be honest buddy, if, at 38 years old, you’re going to church, doing something you hate to “make your parents happy” I’d say your issues run way deeper than organized religion and Yahweh.

Do atheists have an aversion to all art that depicts or discusses religion? Because wow are you guys not only really ignorant to the rights of others but also really culturally deprived.

So atheists–check yourselves. Or, you may want to take a page from our Book and learn a little bit about acceptance. Or maybe go off to some far end of the world with all your Democrat friends who also know that their way is the right way and fucking kick rocks.

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I have a very important question that I am still pondering: who do I hate more, crossing guards or “traffic management” people (aka people who help adults cross the street when there is a lot of activity about, i.e. a Cubs game). I know I hate them both a lot, but which do I hate more?

They both come with a false sense of power that they are always ready to demonstrate. They both do a job that shouldn’t even exist in the world.

I grew up in the city, took public transit to school, never had any crossing guard guiding me across the street. I somehow survived, somehow learned how to get from one side of the street to the other. Call me crazy but I guess my parents taught me, well, what they were supposed to. So why are crossing guards necessary? Now that summer is gone, crossing guards have popped up on every single corner on my path to work. Meaning, they have effectively delayed my travel time each morning by at least 10 minutes.

And here’s why. You cannot turn right on a red when Joe Crossing Guard is there. But I do. Even worse, YOU CANNOT TURN RIGHT ON A GREEN when Joe Crossing Guard is there, which I don’t do because said crossing guard is standing in my path lest a child appear out of nowhere and decide to cross.

Further, crossing guards must be the coolest, most interesting people in the world. Every morning some random civilian is standing talking to the guard as if they are old friends. People just HANG OUT and talk to these people. What do these people say to the crossing guard? “Gee thanks for helping my snot nosed kid learn how to cross the street; I’m too much of a degenerate to do it myself. But hell if I don’t have time to just shoot the fucking breeze with you!” 

That’s great you want to chat, but can you hang out on a bench, away from a crosswalk so you won’t be tempted to pop up in my way for no fucking reason at all?

And these people, without their vests and their stop signs that they raise like the word of the Lord, couldn’t even stop an ant from crossing “their” street. They’re all OLD. Retired. Give up the American dream. It’s over. It’s not like “oh yay let’s keep old people relevant” because if you wanted to do that you would have them make me some moonshine or toss me some Werthers. The corner of a busy intersection is no place for the elderly.

So, crossing guards suck. But I will tell you why “traffic management” people suck too . . . soon. And then you can decide for yourself!

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So, the most perfect food in the world is a grilled cheese. I could eat them every day. And with a side of mac and cheese. Carbs and cheese. YES PLEASE! But two restaurants seem to think the basic grilled cheese is not enough…

Denny’s (which I boycott because of their lies) has introduced the Fried Cheese Melt. A grilled cheese, with four mozz cheese sticks stuck in the middle. WTF. I can’t say I’m not intrigued and if I didn’t boycott Denny’s, I may indeed try that. However at 1200+ calories and 63 grams of fat, I’d have to fast for a few days before indulging…

Then there is the Friendly’s Grilled Cheese Burger Melt. Yup, you guessed it, a burger stuck between two grilled cheese sandwiches. Why would you ruin a grilled cheese with a meat patty, lettuce, and tomato? And that little delicacy is 1500 calories and 93 awesome grams of fat! Doesn’t sound too figure “FRIENDLY” to me… hi-oh!

So really people, why are you fucking with the grilled cheese. It’s like finger painting over the Mona Lisa or adding mayonnaise to a sandwich.

And people wonder why we’re fat and Europeans hate us…

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08.23.2010

Bed Intruder


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This is sooooo funny I couldn’t wait until Random Shit Friday’s to  bring it to you guys. Watch the first video, and then the second. (And thanks to Em for brining this urgent matter to my attention!!)

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