Talk About It Tuesday – WTF Moments Coming At You

Welcome to Talk About It Tuesday.  Last week we discussed Beached Dolphins and a Burger Thief.  Dolphins were hopping out of the water and beaching themselves while a guy in Wisconsin decided he would walk into a burger joint and have a burger his way.  Literally.

This week is more of a “WTF” rather than a “that’s so crazy” segment.  Just when you think, wow, the human race has utilized every notion of stupidity and lameness; here comes the news to teach you a lesson about stupid humans.  The alarming thing is the sincerity in their rationale.

Take the “Black Madam” arrested in Philadelphia (I am seriously thinking about changing the city where I turned into the nutcase you all love) at a “pumping party.” No, not pumps as in shoes or pumps as in “pumping up the jams.” She was arrested for allegedly administering butt injections.  Gosh, how desperate is a person to go to a seedy butt-pumping party.  Has our country become so vain that the stakes are high while the common sense is non-existent?  To what lengths would you go to get that all over “snazzy pizzazzy” look?

Apparently, there are dumb asses in other countries besides the U.S.A.  And you thought Americans were special.  In France, a Frenchman (who is remaining anonymous) is suing Google.  Well, you know how Google has that Google Street Map view and you can type in your address (or the address of your ex-boyfriend, cat’s former owner, etc) and look at the house?  Well, (I am not laughing while I type this.  Ok, I am.) a Frenchman is suing Google for making him a laughing-stock because Google snapped a picture of him urinating in his own front yard. I have questions, as I am sure the court will.  Questions like: Do you not have a bathroom? Is that why your tomatoes are so robust? What the hell is wrong with you, man?

Finally, we move to the government and the tobacco industry.  There were these nasty pictures of rotting teeth and soupy gums on cigarette packs floating around a while back in an effort to deter smoking.  A U.S. judge ruled in favor of the tobacco companies on the grounds that the labels “violate free speech rights.”  Plain English:  the labels deter sales of their own product which is legal for sale in the U.S.  I think that it would make people who bought cigarettes feel like dweebs.

Smoker: “Yes, I see the picture of the bleeding gums, rotting teeth and black lungs.  Can I have another pack of menthol, please?”

Cashier: “That will be eight dollars, Mr. Self Inflicted Sadist.”

So there cannot be factual pictures on cigarette packs to deter smoking, but airbrushed pictures of women everywhere to promote eating disorders and poor body image is acceptable.  That is a major WTF moment right there.  Here is the deal with the smoking.  People KNOW they are bad.  I knew they were bad.  Honestly… disgusting pictures on the pack would have embarrassed me at the register as I purchased the “death sticks” but I would have bought them anyway.  Kinda like the guy that eats Cap’n Crunch even though it makes his gums bleed… he’ll stop buying when he’s had enough.   Ok, yeah, that was me with the cereal.

Which story blows your mind the most today?  Do you think nasty pictures would hinder tobacco sales?  Have you ever thought about butt injections? Thanks for stopping by for another segment of Talk About It Tuesday. 😀

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NaNoWriMo and Quitting Smoking – WHAT?!

So I decided to do NaNoWriMo this year.  Nope, no one put a gun to my head and I am not certifiably insane (yet).   I have seen this NaNo thingy around for years… years! I was always too chicken poop to give it a shot.  Or maybe I didn’t have a story idea.

Anyway…. I have a story idea and it is a darn tooting good one.

To commemorate my Nano Insanity.. I quit smoking!  Ok, I did not quit smoking to cement NaNoWriMo.  I actually picked my quit date as November 1st two weeks before Halloween after much cajoling from my boyfriend.  On Halloween he said to me, “Tomorrow is the big da-ay!”

I looked at him completely confused.  “All Saints day?” I said, pitching my voice up in question mode.

“No, babe.  Remember?  You are quitting smoking tomorrow!”

“I am? Oh!  Right!  Yeah, I am,” I tried to sound as enthusiastic as possible.  I was right there along with a squirrel right before he gets smashed by a car.  At least the squirrels misery ends!

So Sunday, Halloween, October 31, 2011 was my last day of smoking.

Sunday, Halloween, blah blah blah was also my prep day to start NaNoWriMo on Monday, November 1st.  Monday November 1st would be my first official smoke-free day.  It would also be a day I had to write at least 1,667 words.

I have to say, it hasn’t been so bad.  I mean, yes, I have purchased a small fortune in gum.  I have consumed about 60 chocolate chip cookies in the last four and a half days along with countless Twix Bars and Snickers.  I am drinking the equivalent of a small creek of fresh spring water each day.

Some things I have noticed that are super smashingly smurfariffic!

a) I don’t stink!

b) I think a little clearer because I am not obsessed with nicotine!

c) I am a little grouchier (this is making my characters not so sissy-like in my WIP).

d) I am drinking way less coffee.

e) I already have extra cash! Weee! 😀

So if I seem a bit snippy at the write-in this weekend at Panera in Bensalem or we’re on Facebook and suddenly you get the feeling a seven horned monster with eighteen green, scaly fingers is typing, don’t be alarmed.  It’s just me.

Happy NaNoing (and ROW80ing!) 😉