Gratitude

April 29, 2011

Take 90 seconds and consider how your words shape your world.  We can all use a reminder to be compassionate and to cultivate gratitude.

I waited around in the Department of Licensing office all afternoon, and when I finally got up to the counter, they told me that I couldn’t carry out any business on the cars since they are in Fernando’s name. This video was the perfect crankiness antidote.

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Text message coincidence?

February 11, 2011

I was cooking dinner this evening, and my phone buzzed–I’d received a text message. No big deal, I thought. I’m sure it’s my gym partner C, squaring away plans for tomorrow’s workout. I got my veggies into the oven, and checked the message. To my surprise, I found this message from an unknown number:

Supp broski!!!!!!!!!!??

It was from a local number. I showed it to Fernando, thinking that someone had sent him a message to my phone by mistake. After all, I didn’t think anyone I knew would call me “broski.” He checked the number and said he didn’t have the person in his contacts, either.

It seemed doubtful that a friend of ours had changed their number, but I couldn’t be sure. So I responded, in a most non-committal manner:

Not much, who’s asking?

In no time, a response:

Haha dis is kayla………. >< ___

Trouble is, I don’t know anyone named Kayla. I was sure this was some teenager texting the wrong number. I double-checked with F that he didn’t know any Kayla, either, and decided to let the poor girl down gently:

Sorry, don’t know a Kayla-think u got the wrong #

Several minutes pass. I just figured that she thought, “Oh, crap!” before checking again and then texting the correct number, and that she was already in deep conversation with the recipient, telephonic misstep long forgotten.

Buzz. I look again.

Isn’t dis sean?!?!

Whoa. Now admittedly, she didn’t spell it right, but that mistake is surprisingly common. I was stumped – who on earth was Kayla? And how did she know me? Good thing Fernando had an idea, because I was more than a little troubled that someone would send me 9pm text messages with such abysmal spelling. Upon Fernando’s ever-wise counsel, I replied:

r u looking for a boy Sean or a girl Sean?

Kayla’s fast reply:

Boy…….lol

Whew! It WAS just a mistake after all! The Shawn-Sean coincidence was still creepy, but what the heck, stranger things have happened, right?

Relieved, I texted her back:

That’s funny, cuz my name is actually “Shawn” – but I’m a thirty-something lady! Think you got the wrong #, dear : )

If you think the most bizarre and head-scratching part of the the story is over, well, you’re wrong. Kayla replied:

Oh, srry. I seen this number On tv, sayin that call Or txt 2 get waka ticketss or somein and then my boy gave me dis number……..

Um…..Wha…..?

This is a radio ad for a local insurance company, Pemco, that profiles local “types” found in the Pacific Northwest. The spot about First Snowflake Freakout Lady makes me grin each and every time I hear it.

Don’t you understand? I LIVE ON A HILL!!

Really interesting video about how quickly things can happen–and get out of control–when something shared online goes viral. Funny, yes, but with a creepy, ominous touch.

The overall “Enlighten us, but make it quick” concept of Ignite is pretty neat, too – I’ll look forward to reading more about that.

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Donald Duck meets Glenn Beck

November 10, 2010

I thought this was quite funny, and brilliantly done–I watched it twice! Especially chuckle-worthy is the premise of the video’s context alongside the fact that Glenn Beck reportedly earned 32 million dollars last year. Yep, $32,000,000.00. “Do you feel like you’re working harder and harder these days just to stay financially afloat while fat cats are getting richer and richer? Well, it’s not just a feeling, and you’re not alone…” Heh.

The readers’ comments on the blog post where I found the video are also interesting and insightful. For example, did you know that Glenn Beck is a year younger than Johnny Depp?

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Buffy versus Edward?

November 10, 2010

Seems like this video has been around for quite a while now, but I’ve just seen it today. Besides being cool and very well-done, the video raises the question of Edward’s behavior: Is it romantic, or is it stalking?

Upfront, full disclosure: I haven’t actually seen or read any of the Twilight movies/books (I know, I know). Also, I didn’t see the 1992 Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie. Lastly, I don’t believe I’ve ever actually seen an entire episode of Buffy on TV, either, or any other Buffy stuff.

Surprisingly, what struck me most as I watched this remix was a sharp pang of disappointment that I’d never watched Buffy. I had just graduated from high school when this movie came out, and was preparing to go away to college.

I don’t know if the character depicted in the movie has the same confidence, strength, and self-assuredness as the bad-ass woman depicted in this remix of the TV show. If she does, then in retrospect, I would have made this film “required viewing” prior to leaving for school.

Prior to adulthood, I don’t recall ever having seen behavior like hers convincingly modeled or practiced by a woman: Buffy says, “No,” firmly and tells Edward (or whoever, in the actual episodes) to leave her in peace–without any trace of fear about the consequences of that action. I wish I would have learned how to do that much earlier in my life. Every little girl should learn that she can say “no” when she finds herself in an uncomfortable situation, no matter if she has to say it to a romantic interest or a teacher or a pastor or her friend’s father.

Quick post-script: Is Edward this creepy throughout the movies? I’m hoping the video artist just selected the ickiest bits, but based on the behavior displayed in this remix, I would hate to see my daughter or niece breathily idealizing this guy’s behavior as “sooooo romantic!!!” Yikes. Your thoughts?

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