Sunday, February 06, 2005

for you blue

Arm update: It is now primarily blue with splotches of green, purple, and magenta for good measure. Still hurts. I still hold it funny when I walk, so I look like a queer fellow. It's not pretty, but seems to be on the mend.

I've had an overwhelming sense of gratitude today. I'm grateful for everything right now.. Michael, good friends, happy family, scrumptious food (though I have next to nothing in my cabinets at the moment), excellent health (minus the arm issue), dependable transportation, loving pets, healthy plants, some back-up funds, new blue jeans, and so on. Life is definitely good.

Plus, I've actually gotten some work done today. Three cheers for progress! There's a freelance project that I've been avoiding for some unknown reason for three months now that I finally have almost wrapped up. I think I need to impose deadlines on myself even when I'm not given firm deadlines. Since school's been over, I've been very lax with myself.

I've managed not to even be tempted today by the television. Oh, which reminds me to tell the story of why I don't watch TV by myself. Here goes: My birthday is September 12. That's right, the day after the infamous 9/11 World Trade Center tragedy. That pretty much overshadowed my birthday completely that year - 2001 - the year I turned 21. Not much celebration there. A year later, watching all the news "remembering 9/11" hubbub on TV completely ruined my birthday again for 2002. Plus, my parents even forgot my birthday that year. Everyone was pretty much glued to their TVs watching the skyscrapers fall all over again, waiting and fearing another attack. When 2003 rolled around, I was prepared. I didn't watch TV or listen to the radio the whole week of my birthday. It was amazing how much of a difference it made. I'd seen enough of the Trade Center falling, people screaming, the crying, et cetera. Enough is enough. So I avoided it. It worked so well, I decided to keep avoiding it. I figured I needed to listen to the radio (for traffic reports and such), but was TV really that vital? But avoiding TV altogether would be such a pain. So, I compromised with myself and decided just not to watch it by myself. That way, I wouldn't get sucked into watching stupid reality shows for hours, getting scared by the news, and subjecting myself to all the marketing crap. I just turn on the radio or watch a movie instead. So, it's been about 1 1/2 year now that I've not watched TV by myself, and I've been so much happier. Though Michael still got me to watch the fat people show (Biggest Loser), American Idol, and Trading Spouses with him. ha!

posted by Jennifer at 2/06/2005 07:14:00 PM

Blogger Penny said...

I really want to know why you don't watch TV alone...

2/06/2005 09:11:00 PM  

Blogger The Kraken said...

Yeah, I don't get it. Oh, wait, this whole entry was an explana... nevermind.

2/06/2005 10:18:00 PM  

Blogger Tickles_Tapeworm said...

Even with an explanation, I still don't get it. Is holding the remote too much responsibility? "Should I switch it during the commercial?" "Is the volume too high?".

Is it hard being fat-phobic in the South? I thought it was like the fattest part of the country or something.

2/07/2005 12:49:00 AM  

Blogger The Kraken said...

People down here are tremendously fat. It is probably due to all the fried food they eat. Oh, and inbreeding. Don't forget the inbreeding. You seem to have a really skewed view of the southeastern part of the country, which is what I assume you're talking about (I guess you don't consider the southwest "the South"). I was born in New Jersey and raised in New York, so I'm pretty critical of this region and its people as they tend to be dicks to you if you're a "Yankee". Now, Nashville is by no means comparable to NYC or anything, but it's not exactly some backwater town where people don't have running water and sit on the sidewalk all day playing the banjo. I'm not sure where you're from, but I'm willing to bet that there are just as many hicks there, you just don't have the stereotype to go with it.

2/07/2005 07:30:00 AM  

Blogger Jennifer said...

For those of you who are having trouble comprehending my explanation for not watching TV by myself, I'll clarify: it's a waste of time and most of what is on is total commercialism bullshit or fear-inducing media hype. If I watch it by myself, I get sucked into it and will end up vegetating there for hours. So, watching it only when someone else turns it on (and turning it off when they leave) regulates my intake, making me a much happier person. Don't agree with my point of view? Fine. Feel free to express your opinions. Let's keep the belittling comments to a minium, though.

Also, Dub, I am curious about how you came to the conclusion that I'm "fat-phobic." If you can explain without being an ass about it, please do.

2/07/2005 08:25:00 AM  

Blogger The Kraken said...

I think he's talking about how you referred to the fat people show as "the fat people show." I'm not sure how that makes you "fat phobic", if there is such a thing. If I may interject, dear: television is a wonderful thing. It keeps clothes on my back and food in our cabinets (though there isn't any right now), so I wish you wouldn't bad mouth it. I watch television the same way a, oh, graphic designer looks at graphic design magazines. If I don't keep abreast of the new shit, I'll be left behind. You want me to do shopping television for the rest of my life?

2/07/2005 08:35:00 AM  

Blogger Jennifer said...

Yes, dear. I'm not saying television is a bad thing for everyone; it just happens to be a bad thing for me. :^)

2/07/2005 09:42:00 AM  

Blogger Tickles_Tapeworm said...

Well, you didn't call American Idol "the worthless waste of space people show", and you didn't call Trading Spaces "the people who decorate each others houses show". I also based it on one of Krak's earlier posts in which a fat woman nearly ran him down in a SUV. He mentioned that she was fat a few times. I haven't heard you guys call anyone the skinny person, or the tall person, or the amputee person (but I'm rather dense, and may have missed something). This is compounded by the fact that you don't eat meat I believe, and the fact that you make Olive Oyl look like Kristie Alley. (Don't get too offended; I'm using this example purely for entertainment value. My ass-ness is for the sake of humor.)

All this leads me to believe that you fear weight gain, and in turn, despise fat people. That's just what I've gathered. Fat-phobic is a stupid term. I meant to accuse you of being guilty of sizeism. Shit, that's a stupid term too. It's a real word though.

Are there people who consider the SW part of the South? I sure don't think of Nevada and Arizona as part of the South. Even Texas doesn't really consider themselves part of what is referred to as the South.

And no, there's no hicks up here in or near Seattle. At the very least, you have to drive an hour on the freeway in any direction to find hick-like folk. I'm sure I probably don't even know what a real hick is. The closest I've come to those is Eastern Washington. Don't feel too bad; my view of Tennessee is about the same as any state that isn't on the West Coast. I figure you take a few steps down the evolutionary ladder when you cross the Rockies. Actually, more like when you cross the Cascades.

That's right, you just got mini-blogged, Sucka!

2/07/2005 09:48:00 PM  

Blogger Tickles_Tapeworm said...

Man, I should have said Sucka Dogg. Oh well.

2/07/2005 10:57:00 PM  

Blogger The Kraken said...

I am guilty of calling that show "the fat people show" because when if first came on I didn't know the name of it and I just started calling it that and it never changed. Is that such an implausible description? Is it not about fat people? The basis of the show is taking fat people and getting them to lose weight. American Idol, though the contestants are worthless human beings, is about singing. So if you were to describe the show to a person who had just seen it in passing, "the show were the people sing horribly" is a pretty good description. By the same token, if you were to describe The Biggest Loser to someone as "the fat people show", they would probably know what you were talking about. I don't see the harm.

The woman who nearly ran over me was fat. My post was about the excess in which she lived with her oversized luxury SUV and her oversized frame. The selfishness and wastefulness with which she lives her life was what annoyed me to no end. If she were rail thin, it wouldn't have been so telling as she obviously doesn't go all out in every aspect of her life. I don't see the harm in describing a self important slob that happened to be fat.

I'm sure if you were to describe an African American to somebody in short order, you'd most certainly mention he "was a black guy" or something to that effect. Does that make you "blackphobic" or something equally preposterous? Give me a break.

As far as us not eating meat, that's a choice we make as there are several alternatives to slaughtering animals to feed us (here's the part where you make some asshole comment about animals being delicious or we're tree-huggers because we care about animals, blah blah blah).

Finally, I don't see why you have such a problem with my wife being thin. She's always been thin and she probably will be for a long time. She eats twice as much as I do but doesn't gain any weight (no, she's not bullemic or anorexic or any of that). She was thin before she became a vegetarian, so I'm not sure why that has anything to do with it.

2/08/2005 08:10:00 AM  

Blogger Tickles_Tapeworm said...

I don't think I said I had a problem with your wife. You guys are the sizeists, not me. :p I also didn't mean to imply any eating disorders. I was getting at the fact that a lot of people who don't eat meat go on about how meat makes you fat. And a lot of those folks don't like others who eat meat. Ergo, they don't like fat people. I didn't even say that that's what she is; I was just going on the stereotype.

Yeah, If I was talking about a black guy, I'd probably mention that he was black if I needed to describe him for some reason. Like I said tho, I don't see you describing tall people, short people or bald people. The only adjectives I found on your (krak) posts were psychopathic, tattooed and pierced, and fat.

The only asshole comment I'm going to make is about you assuming I don't like animals. Just because I haven't found a comfortable way to remove meat from my diet doesn't make me not like animals. I love animals, whether they're smothered in barbecue sauce or not. I have a guinea pig that I would kill and die for. If my finances allowed, I'd bankroll all the no-kill and rescue shelters in my area.

To make a long story short, don't take anything I say seriously. Unless I'm being serious.

2/08/2005 04:53:00 PM  

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