Archive for October, 2012

Asides: Grasshopper

I’m not sure how that little grasshopper made his way onto our third-floor patio.

It must have been the orthoptera equivalent of climbing Mount Everest: he probably trained every day of his little grasshopper life, hopping higher and higher onto bigger and bigger things, finally hopping his way up to the highest height; the greatest grasshopping achievement.

It’s really too bad that he immediately got eaten by my cat.

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I give up.

“I struggled with it myself for a long time, but I came to realize life is that gift from God…and I think even when life begins in that horrible situation of rape, that it is something that God intended to happen.” ~ Indiana Senate candidate Richard Mourdock; October 23rd, 2012

Normally, when I catch wind of an outrageous statement like this, I immediately voice my dissent all over social media (as I did with Todd Akin and Rick Santorum). This time, though, I just can’t work up the required outrage. Instead, I feel defeated. Defeated and exhausted. Why? Because after all the stupid, offensive statements I’ve heard from the likes of Perry, Santorum, Akin, and now this clown; I’ve accepted that this level of gross ignorance is par for the course in American politics. It’s been that way as long as I can remember, and it’ll probably be that way until I die. For every bit of progress we make in other arenas, there are still going to be a bunch of chauvinists in suits who want to tell women what they can and can’t do with their bodies and with their families. And, sadly, people  are going to elect these men. The vicious cycle continues. We can try vote them out, but these politicians are worse then herpes– they always come back, worse than before.

I’m done. Peace out. Go Dems.

Courtesy of Daily Kos. This would be hilarious if it wasn’t actually happening.

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Never Fully Dressed

I’m always super-sweet to the folks who work in toll booths. They have a job I would never want: Cramped in a metal box next to a noisy tollway, enduring the monotony of making change for car after car after car all day long. So when I pull up, I always smile, say thank you, and quickly wish them a nice day.

Today when I went through the toll, the attendant took one look at me and lit up. “How nice! A beautiful smiling face!” He wished me a great day, and I pulled away glad that I made his afternoon a little brighter.

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Two Asides

When I checked my phone during a break in rehearsal, I saw the following text from my husband:
"A man in Florida just died after winning a roach- eating contest. He won by eating several dozen live roaches. At least he died a winner."

…which begs the question: If you die with a belly full of live roaches, are you *really* a winner?

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I just overheard on the news that Apple will be releasing "a smaller version of the iPad." Wait, doesn’t that already exist? Isn’t that the *iPhone?* What am I missing? Help me understand, O Complex World.wor

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