Sunday, December 23, 2012

Crazy Christmas Drivers

I love Christmas. Who doesn't? I love the spirit, the music, the beautiful lights everywhere... But I hate (HATE!) all the crazy people driving around. I'm not sure if they only drive during the month of December and are out of practice, or if they are too busy belting out Christmas carols to check their blind spots, but it seems like Christmas and the associated shopping really brings out the worst in drivers. Parking lots become war zones, with every spot worth battling to the death for. Cars zoom out of side streets across two lanes of traffic. Every mall and shopping center entrance causes a traffic jam for a mile in advance. And if you think I'm exaggerating the last piece then you obviously were not driving through Connecticut yesterday. What a mess! Luckily I'm holed up inside today eating my mom's cookies and watching Christmas movies. Here's hoping we don't run out of hot cocoa, because there is no way I'm driving anywhere today.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Bags on Seats

I currently have a bad cold, which is terrible, obviously, because who likes being sick? Certainly not me. I worked from home yesterday, since I wasn't doing any experiments and had planned to spend the day working on chapter 1 of my dissertation.  This morning I managed to get myself to work (we're having a holiday party at lunch that I didn't want to miss out on!). I was a bit slow in the morning, as one often is while under the weather, so I took the train after rush hour had already finished. I was looking forward to grabbing a seat and listening to a podcast during the 25-minute ride. There were only 3 seats not occupied by human bottoms, but instead of being able to sit in them, they were being misappropriated by someone's bag. Look, lady. Your backpack is a cheep POS, and doesn't need to be on a seat by itself. I know it's only there instead of on your lap because you want to play a lame-o game on your phone. Why don't you look up from the screen for 2 seconds and notice the red-nosed sniffling girl in front of you and the elderly man to your left and move your giant bag to your lap or the floor where it belongs.
Yeah, yeah, I could have asked one of these individuals to move their stuff so I could sit down, but I'm not a particularly confrontational person, and also was seriously lacking the energy to do so due to the aforementioned cold. I feel like we need booklet listing the expected behaviors for public transit riders. Maybe the 10 commandments of public transportation: 1) Thou shalt never put thy bags on a seat. 2) Thou shalt always move as far into the bus/train/etc. as possible. 3) Thou shalt not roll thy eyes when asked to make room for another passenger. 4) Thou shalt not play music, sing, or be otherwise disruptive to fellow passengers. 5) Thou shalt always have thy pass ready, or else let prepared individuals enter the train or station ahead of thee. 

I'm sure there are others, and even others that I have written about here, but it's almost lunch time. It's a start at least.

Friday, December 14, 2012

People who Shoot Innocent People

WHAT THE FUCK?! Pardon my profanity but seriously, WHAT THE FUCK.  How are so many people in this country so messed up in the head that they take weapons into schools, malls, movie theaters, and other public places and just open fire on people they don't even know. Or even on people they do know!
I know both sides of the gun control debate will have arguments in light of the latest school shooting (on innocent CHILDREN!!!) and I know there will be many discussions on what can be done, but I think we can all agree, no matter what your stance, that something has to be done. I'll be honest in that I don't know what is best. More gun control? Arm teachers and other public workers? Police officers and metal detectors in every school? Better gun education? Changing the "gun culture" of the US?  Now that the elections are decided, I hope--no, beg Congress to please have a discussion about what we can do as a country to eliminate these horrible and repulsive shooting sprees. Sign this petition to let your voice be heard: http://wh.gov/RNew