Friday, August 28, 2015

best post ever

Not really but then can we really judge our own posts?

Besides I don’t want you judging me.

Lighten up - enjoy my fragmented post. There’s a few more fragmented posts linked over at the blog A Star In My Own Universe, check it out.

She gave us great laughs

My last post included some dismal words about the stock market. Wow the crazy days offered up by that wild circus.

As I often do when I find myself in times of trouble, mother ---   

No I play some music and changed the lyrics in head. The following verse didn’t even need much changing as I watched the market plunge:

And so it was that later
As the market turned a big sale
That my face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

Sometimes you just need to skip the market fandango.

don't cry

Eric Zorn of the Chicago Tribune listed the following in his tweets of the week.
"Why do birds suddenly appear every time you are near? Just like me, they long to eat your sandwiches,"

Last weekend I took four of the grandkids for a walk over to a recently rebuilt park in the neighborhood. (I really can not remember any new playground equipment showing up in my youth - how ‘bout you?) It was a nice day.

While pushing one of our granddaughters on the swing, she threw her head back and yelled, “best day ever.”

I remarked, “Really? It is a great day but your best day ever?”

She told me Rapunzel shouted this in a movie. After looking up a clip of the movie (something no one could do back during my youth) I realized why she made the connection with the movie.

Friday, August 21, 2015

words of the day 8/21/2015

Regular readers/followers probably know my interest in words. Word usage or lexicology blends in well with my interest in song lyrics. What you might not know since I don’t post about it often is my interest in the stock market. For me the stock market is a form of retirement survival.

The following are words I’ve read today, browsing the business news about our stock market correction:

reassessment of risk
weigh heavily on investor sentiment
global rout
on the other side of the pond 
the UK brings us this 

notice the paparazzi


The Guardian offered up some pictures. The above picture of a crashed pumpkin coach is from the Guardian's set of pictures on Dismaland. (link to story)

Dismaland has been billed, by its creators, as "the UK’s most disappointing new visitor attraction," and it's already causing widespread dismay online. (from a Mashable story)

How fitting to learn the new term “bemusement park” on a day everyone in the stock market needs much bemusement.  I might be able to create my own dismaland now.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

where’s the party

Who is going to clean up the blog party? Oh nevermind, this is the virtual world of the internet, no cleanup required.

However it does seem the blog party is winding down. Many bloggers have gone home or maybe just over to the all-night FB and instagram. There’s still beer in the cooler so I’m staying but I’m tired. Haven’t fallen out of the chair yet. (those were the days, I’ve found myself unexpectedly on the floor once or twice)

I have two pictures to share. Every picture tells a story - ask Rod Stewart.

Here’s Chicago’s shiny cool bean in the dark. It’s popular tourist site in Chicago. We walked by there a few nights ago. I snapped the picture just minutes before the sky opened up. I didn’t stick around but a picture with lightning in it would be cool. Now there’s a copycat public art piece in China - WTF? Here’s a link to that story.

This next pic - A week or so ago I ranted on a bit about this ad I saw in our junk mail. Maybe you’ve heard of or shopped at Ulta. I never have step foot in one. Did you know they offer a line of makeup called “Urban Decay”?

I consider this name the dumbest product names any marketing group a few clowns short of a circus could promote. Calling it urban probably turns off most of the rural folks. Why decay? Since when is "decay" a word associated with makeup? Put this crap on your face and look decayed?  Maybe influenced by the zombie fad?

Perhaps some answers can be inferred from their web page description of their Urban Decay Perversion Mascara:

“If you need to apply in public, you'll look good holding Perversion. Urban Decay emblazoned their gorgeous, highly metallized black tube with a big purple "Perversion" and their tagline: "Bigger. Blacker. Badder."”

Yeah buy it for the good looking tube - you big bad ass.

Well here's the pic our daughter who heard my rant took for me a few days later:

I guess my rant stuck in our daughter's head because a few days latter she snapped this picture for me. Have you ever skipped over a product because of it’s name? I have. It has me wondering what crazy name stuff will be out there years from now when our little granddaughter starts shopping for makeup (other than the Halloween type).

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