Monthly Archives: November 2011

People of Wal-Mart, K-Mart, public transit, etc.

Taking a trip to the store in the 21st century can be…interesting. I don’t go into the store for the sole purpose of buying things anymore. I also love public places for the people watching. Peopleofwalmart.com has for years been a popular web site for the circus we all call Wal-Mart. Unfortunately, the worst of the worst  and the strangest of the strange doesn’t just invade WalMart. The worst and the strangest is everywhere. Sometimes I think I have seen everything I need to see for my age, but the public never disappoints.To my surprise, there’s also a song dedicated to the people of Wal-Mart

I wholeheartedly feel sorry for the woman whose husband caused her family to get banned from K-Mart. While some of the things he did were funny, like asking to put a bag of M&Ms on layaway. Some of his other shots at being a comedic genius were a little over the top. Of course this guy started this whole thing as a joke, but seriously, how far is too far? Terrorizing K-Mart for seven consecutive months is a little extreme and obnoxious.

This blog post would not be complete if I did not at least mention urban public transit. Peopleofpublictransit.com functions much like peopleofwalmart.com. People of Public Transit makes me remember my own bizarre experience on public transit. I was maybe 15 on the subway in D.C., when my friends and I noticed a strange character standing. He was wearing Flavor Flav attire, clock around his neck and all. I realized at that moment that public transport could be tres, tres bizarre.

You never know who and what you will encounter out in the world every day. I don’t think too many people stop to realize how many types of people there really are.  No matter what, just keep on dancing on life’s path, you’re sure to find something that makes you laugh or raise your eyebrows.

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A few of my favorite things

Christmas is coming up mighty fast, so I thought it would be appropriate to make a list of my favorite things. Feel free to sing along to “My Favorite Things” by John Coltrane, Julie Andrews or The Supremes.

Okay, so you might not be able to hum along to the song, but it’s still a list of my favorite things!

…Heels on sidewalks and fresh, warm linens

…Open-minded people and 50s style dresses

…Cat eye shades and singing in the shower

These are a few of my favorite things

 

…Royal purple scarves and nights at the concert hall

…Respecting diversity and wishing on stars

…Expression through writing and getting dolled-up

These are a few of my favorite things

 

…Photos of the past and rekindling friendships

…Being creative and my favorite song on repeat

…Long walks and discovering new things

These are a few of my favorite things

 

When times get rough

When life throws its punches

When I feel alone

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so bad


The day the Earth shook

Normally, I try to stick to really interesting things that relate to the overall human experience. However, today I experienced something that literally rocked my world.

Fall weekends in Stillwater, Okla., are usually pretty tame and filled with football excitement. I don’t  go to the football games, but I always know what is going on because every store and restaurant in town is tuned in to the games. Don’t get me wrong, I like football. I just hate watching it in a stadium for three hours with a bunch of drunken idiots. Anyway, let’s get back on track. It’s Nov. 5, 2011 at almost 11 p.m. I am SUPER pumped because the  Oklahoma State Cowboys just won a really close game, making us 9-0.  This town is on excitement steroids because of our amazing winning streak right now. If I am pumped about it, you know it is a big deal. Things were going pretty well as everyone was enjoying the victory.Then, IT happened. I’m carrying my computer to my living room when I hear what I thought at the time was roaring from the pits of hell. The roaring turned into shaking and all I could do was look bewildered. For the first time ever, I felt an earthquake and it was  smack dab in the middle of the country!

Now, why is this all such a big deal? Probably because I went from estatic to feeling ridiculously scared in about a 10 minute period. We apparently get earthquakes here all the time now, including one less than 24 hours ago that I didn’t feel. However, this one sent me running to go hold on to my mommy.

Storms, hail, flooding? Bring it! That’s what we are used to in Oklahoma. In fact, whenever we hear tornado sirens we go outside in the yard or on the roof like some gangsters. Earthquakes? No thank you!! Especially earthquakes that are 5+ on the Richter Scale.

I do not think I ever had that much excitement and fear happen in such a short period of time. I guess it is all part of life’s crazy experiences and why every bit of the way is a colorful dance floor.