Thursday, September 20, 2012

Shopping Cart Chaos

(This post is for Amanda, who desires order in supermarket parking lots as much as I do.)

I hate when people leave their shopping carts in inappropriate locations, which means every place except for in specified shopping cart storage zones.  Here are some of the reasons why people don't follow this simple rule of society and my explanation of why those excuses are BS:
  1. "I'm in a rush."  Oh, and the person who arrives at the store 20 minutes from now and can't park because your shopping cart is blocking a spot, isn't in a rush?  That may be you next time, and let me tell you it is SO frustrating. Please, it takes maybe 20 seconds, if that, to return your shopping carts to where they belong.
  2. "I have children in the car." Lots of people have children, and lots of people still return their shopping carts.  Don't you want to set a good example for them? Teach your children respect for other human beings, and do what is right. Don't be a lazy jerkface and don't raise lazy jerkface children. Put your cart back.
  3. "I put them on a curb so they're not in the way." That's like saying that you throw your trash on the ground but not in a location where people will really see it so it's totally okay. No, it's still littering. I don't understand why you would take extra time to move the cart out of the way, but refuse to bring it back to its rightful location.
  4. "It is someone's job to collect the carts so I'm helping them keep their job."  Do you think that is someone's exclusive job, to collect carts? Doubtful. That person needs to stock shelves, straighten up the aisles, do inventory, etc. They are busy and don't need to trek outside in 20 degree rainy weather to collect your shopping cart because you used some lame excuse to justify your laziness. It's someone's job to give out tickets for running red lights, too.  Maybe you should use your "logic" and start supporting the jobs of police officers.
No matter what excuse you use it boils down to not having enough respect for your fellow people: For those who will have to put the carts in their rightful location, and for the other shoppers. I truly believe respect is one of the most important characteristics to have. Respect for people's property, life, religion, personal space, time.... Whatever it is, remember that the people around you are human beings, just like you, and they have feelings, just like you. So the next time you're at the grocery store, and you're "super busy and in a rush," think about the busy worker collecting your discarded cart, and how they are also busy and how much they hate you at that moment. Then put your cart away properly.

Friday, September 14, 2012

Text Message Spam

I don't get too many text messages, maybe 2 or 3 a day unless I start a little conversation with someone. So I get pretty psyched when my phone makes the little "bleep" noise that signifies a new text. It just happened like 3 minutes ago and I was like, "Ooooo I wonder who that is!!" It was SPAM. wanted to let me know that the "Back to Busto's" One Day Sale is TODAY! Also if I join BBC membership [whatever that is??] I will get get sparring gear FREE! OMG I AM SO EXCITED THAT I-- oh wait I'm not excited at all.  First of all I don't think I want to go to a karate place called "Busto's." I'm pretty much picturing Rex Kwan Do. Secondly, and more importantly, don't send me text message spam! My texts are a special place for my friends to make my day happier by 160 characters, or perhaps to quickly convey a small amount of information. I don't need to know about karate sales or any of the other things I have received spam text messages about (usually XXX sites, so actually this one was pretty tame by comparison). I don't like spam in general, whether by snail mail or email, but for some reason it seems more annoying by phone than any other way.

Monday, September 10, 2012


Let's get one thing straight right off the bat. This post is not about the pre-football game tradition of eating food and drinking beer in the parking lot. If that was your first reaction, then your opinion of me must be very low, because who doesn't love a good tailgate party with friends?

Instead this post is about the other type of tailgating -- when people attempt the world's record for smallest distance between moving cars. Tailgating is dangerous and irritating. Sometimes I wish I had an electronic scrolling sign on the back of my car so I could program it to say things like "Please stop tailgating me." (It would also useful for "Turn off your brights" or "Your left blinker has been on for 4 miles.")

Tailgating always annoys me, but it angers me the most when I am 1) not in the left lane and 2) there is no one in the lane next to me.  If I'm driving at or slightly over the speed limit, and I'm in the right-most lane, and no one is in the middle lane, why the &@%*^! are you riding my bumper?? Use your excessive need for speed, and go around me! The right lane is for the slow folks, and the lanes get progressively faster as you move to the left.  Look, I hate a slow driver in the left lane, just like you do, which is why I'm not driving there! UGH just writing this post is making me angry!

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Difficulty Walking up Stairs

I don't mean to brag, but I'm in pretty good shape.  This past Saturday I did a 40 mile bike ride followed by a 4 mile run, then on Sunday I did a 12 mile hike and ran 3 hilly miles after.  I'm not saying this to make you feel bad that you spent the holiday weekend laying on the beach drinking beer or went to four barbecues and ate your weight in potato chips (I'm jealous, btw).  I'm telling you this because I just walked up three flights of stairs and I want to die.  I mean, I'm out of breath and my quads are burning and I do not understand it. What the heck! *gasp*