Road Trip.. Day 1

Ok.. so I haven’t written in a while.  I have good reason though!  My best friend was visiting from England and because of that a mini vacation was a must.  When a person travels all the way from another country to northern California the best thing to do is to then take a long road trip to southern California!  Ok.. so being trapped in the car with me for 5 hours may not be your cup of tea (get it..  nod to the English..come on people!) but we get to catch up and trust me when I say we can talk the WHOLE time. We have taken this trek in the past when heading to Disneyland so we know what to expect along the way.   Nothing..  It’s highway 5.  Everyone knows you are only going this way because you want to speed when heading to Los Angeles or San Diego.

There are markers along the way so you know exactly how far you have come and how far you still have.  First we get to Pea Soup Andersons to which we have never stopped, the ungodly smell of thousands of cows near Harrison Ranch and Teton Ranch which is right before the Grape Vine.  For some odd reason we always end up stopping at the same spots without even meaning to.  The random oasis of truck stops that appear in this desolate highway seem to call you in.  This particular time we ended up stopping at a restaurant that we have passed many times but never ventured in to.

First off the set up is very odd.. there is a store you have to pass through to get to the restaurant that resembles a yard sale.  Very odd random items out on display for sale.  The restaurant itself seemed ok but maybe a little behind times. The décor was old school children’s lunch pails along the walls.  Service was good and food was decent so in all it was a win.  Plus bathrooms were clean and no line!  We took a small drive across the street to the “country store” to buy overpriced everything.  We needed snacks for the rest of the trip!

We finally got in to Universal City for our stay at the fancy Sheraton.  Why the Sheraton?  Well because it’s within walking distance to Universal Studios and City Walk.   After dropping off the luggage and quick “Austin Powers’ type” restroom stop we headed over to City Walk to eat at none other than Bubba Gump’s.  We had to eat there because my friend has waited years to be reunited with their coconut shrimp.  Of course after a long drive there was some partaking in alcoholic beverages.  After dinner we perused (see Chrissie I keep using it) the remaining shops for trinkets (bits and bobs if you are English).  It had been a long day and we had yet another one ahead of us the next day so we soon headed back to the hotel (you should have sung that like the song from N2Deep… you are probably singing it now). Day 2 coming soon.. a very exciting day!

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Ban Bossy PSA (Seriously)

Has anybody seen this PSA on banning the word bossy?  As I type I’m trying to refrain from rolling my eyes (nope, it still happened, I really can’t control that).  What the hell is wrong with people?  Stop trying to tell me what words I should and shouldn’t use.  I will not stop using the word bossy because Beyoncé said I should..  Really.. How about stop using the word bitch in your songs if you really want people to take you seriously.  Isn’t that a more offensive word? Wait, is that different because you are musically expressing yourself?  I’m confused, so we can express ourselves only in ways that make you money.  I digress..  My main point is that calling a girl bossy does not hinder her success in life, how she is raised and what family environment she is raised in does. 

watch Ban Bossy PSA here..

A word only has as much power as you want to give it.  Guess what, if somebody; a man, women or child is being bossy then I will call them bossy.  The problem society is creating is that these younger generations are so offended by everything and thin-skinned they can’t even take criticism.  Not that bossy is criticism but we take away bossy, then suddenly I can’t call somebody “rude” because it hurts somebody’s feelings.  (another eye roll here)  The same parents that complain about this type of stuff are the same parents that complain about the school systems.  These are the same parents that are calling their kids offensive names in the same sentence.  How does that make any sense?  Children are a product of their parents, period.  If the parent refuses to take responsibility for that and wants to blame society, the schools/teacher, video games or anything else then clearly they are the issue.  Guess what, you are the one that isn’t building them up to be able to handle reality of how people really are and then what happens when they go out in to the real world.  They can’t handle it! 

I understand the message they are trying to relay but banning bossy isn’t the solution.  How about banning Miley Cyrus (makes money by acting a fool, smoking pot and lewd behavior despite her amazing singing voice) or Kim Kardashian (made a sex tape..yep.. that’s it)  I wish these stars would stop trying to put out these PSA’s and maybe spend a little more effort in what they are putting out there in the world.  I’ve got an idea.. why don’t we have Justin Bieber put out a PSA advising people to stop calling exotic dancers strippers because it hurts their feelings..  At least that he’s done the field work.

Confession.. Honey Boo Boo over Kardashians

I have a confession to make..   I watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo.  I can imagine all the eyes rolling and the instant judgments being made about me.  Before you disregard all intelligence you may have thought I had can you first just let me explain.  There are so many reality shows Teen Mom to Hoarders to #RichKids of Beverly Hills.  Considering all that we have to choose from when sitting on the couch going comatose why would I chose a show like Honey Boo Boo?  I have a few reasons but I’m going to need you to look at the whole picture and not be so judgey (honestly, you are probably super judgey, most likely judging yourself for even reading this)

Honey Boo Boo family

Here’s where I need you to be open-minded and try to see through the façade that writers of these shows try to create.  One special aspect that Honey Boo Boo doesn’t have that every other show thrives on is drama.  Of course there is conflict as everything meant to entertain has some sort of conflict but their conflict doesn’t involve screaming, throwing drinks or flipping tables, or any physical altercations. When it comes to reality theirs is actual common family conflict rather than catty women taking shit behind each other’s back because one thinks she is somehow better than any of the other women. 

Also June and Sugar Bear appear to really care about each other.  It seems genuine which is a rarity on television these days.  Also they aren’t people that are rich and they live a seemingly typical life (granted a country lifestyle but let’s be honest, you are probably closer to living like Honey Boo Boo than you are to living like a Kardashian)

Kardashian Girls

Here’s what I ask myself.. would I rather watch a family that’s normal and could actually use the money they make by me watching their show or should I invest my time watching an already rich family get richer and their biggest problem is the dealership didn’t have a black Bugatti?  What has Kim Kardashian (or any of the Kardashians) really brought to the world?  Nothing that makes the world any better (sex tape included).  Team Mom glamorizes teen pregnancies, #RichKids is a disgusting display of young adults with no responsibility and no sense of reality of the what the real world is like.  So with all of this, I proudly announce to all of you..  Yes, I watch Here Comes Honey Boo Boo!

Killer otters!

I’ve learned that the way that I think isn’t always the “norm”.  Recently I learned my niece was lucky enough to inherit my obscure thought process and I beamed with pride!  Though people might see it strange, I tend to see things a little differently.  I can’t explain why or how the way I think is just a little off but I quite like my unique view of the world.

The other day a co-worked said he had a video for me to watch because he knew I was an animal lover.  His synopsis of the video was as follows:  amazon otters kill an alligator.  Immediate I questioned this wondering exactly how the heck an otter could attempt such a feat because they have to use rocks or other hard objects to break open shell fish.  An alligator is no shell fish and their skin is extremely hard to penetrate.  Then I wondered if the otters bit the alligators to death, they are carnivores after all.  And what the hell is an amazon otter? This led me to of course watch the video. 

Giant otters vs alligator

This is where I know things go a little awry in my head.  Most people would be amazed that these otters take down this ‘gator.  They work together to kill this intruder and protect their turf.  I was horrified!  Why, you say?  Because they kill an alligator.  Poor alligator.  How it works in my head.  First of all, the alligator was doing what alligators do naturally, looking for food.  Granted he got a little too close to the home of the otters and this is why they attacked. But the alligator didn’t attack any of the otters, he didn’t try and eat anything, he just got too close for their liking.  This is not grounds for killing!!!  There is a moment in the video where you see one of the otters look at the camera and he looks pure evil.  The otters could have simply roughed the alligator up a bit and sent him on his way.  Was it necessary to kill it though?  What if the alligator had babies it was trying to feed?  Now they die too.  Please don’t respond to this by saying this is just the circle of life, how nature works blah blah.. I don’t want to hear it.  I am unimpressed with the behavior of these otters and they have moved to my list of things I am unimpressed with.  

Loudest Restaurant In The World

Tonight I ate at possibly the loudest restaurant in the world.  I’m not sure how to prove that or if it can even be measured because it’s possible that it was only loudest during the exact time I was there.  Anyway, you walk in and there is music blaring not only when you walk in doors but in the parking lot as well.  This place doesn’t take reservations so there are generally at least 20 people standing around waiting to be summoned to be shown to a table.  While waiting you are free to thrust your hands in a large barrel of peanuts that you can enjoy, then toss the shells on the floor.  It’s all part of the ambiance.  Because the music is so loud people have to talk at higher volume so when the hostess walks us to our table asking us questions I can’t even hear her, so I just nodded blankly and hope I just didn’t agree to something horrific like “are we celebrating anything today”  because that will mean a ridiculous song and more loud yelling from all the employees over the already loudly playing music.  As we are sitting there attempting to have a serious conversation, the loud music gets louder and all the available staff starts line dancing in the middle of the restaurant floor.  Seems odd because I would think that people would rather have the staff working the tables than line dancing for 3 minutes but what do I know.  Finally, during our dinner we had to endure three birthday celebrations around us.  This ritual involved sitting on a saddle, waving a napkin over your head whilst your waiter/waitress yells through the restaurant to give a loud “YeeHaw” .  It might be more entertaining if the music wasn’t so overpowering but again I’m sure it’s all part of the experience of this particular restaurant.  I’m sure people that love this place tend to be the same people that like to drown out their own thoughts.  What I will say is their food is excellent but who goes to the loudest restaurant to enjoy the food?

Pharrell in shorts at the Oscars – fail

Granted as I type this I am lounging on my couch sporting pj pants and a hoodie but watching the red carpet Oscar preview show is a little ridiculous.  Are we really going to pretend that Pharrell is ahead of his time wearing those short pants?  This is the Oscars not the Teen Choice Awards.  So my opinion means as much to Pharrell as well..  lets me honest, my opinion bears no weight with Pharrell but it doesn’t make those shorts any less ludicrous.  The Oscars are a more classically up scaled event and not the place to show your outlandish style.   Also, Pharrell said in a statement that he was not going to sport the hat that caused such a media frenzy from the Grammy’s and yet he wore same style but different color hat for his performance at the Oscars.  Perhaps he is taking a nod from Miley in ridiculous gets you in the news and any media attention is good right?  I’m over musicians acting out for media attention, it takes away from their music and Pharrell is a very talented musician.  There are many very talented and very successful musicians that have made it in the business without acting a fool.

Pharrell in his shorts

 

 

First official post

Because this is my first post I thought I should just ween you in to my twisted world I like to call my mind.  Ok, that really didn’t make sense but I think you get where I’m going.  I have a whole list of subjects that I want to write about and I love banter and different opinions so please partake and comment, especially if you disagree.  I also get my kicks off of arguing.  The world is a special place because we all have our own opinions and views.