Archive for the ‘Annoyances’ Category

Summer, It Turns Me Upside Down

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

There are two things I hate about post-Memorial Day.

The first is the beachgoers that travel to Fire Island, the Hamptons and Montauk every Friday afternoon and Monday morning. They all travel on my LIRR line. Why are most of them annoying?

  • They pack three full-sized suitcases for a two-day weekend. I was able to go on a six-day Alaskan cruise with one carry-on.
  • There’s an abundance of grating Long Island accents. You’ll, like, hear, like, the word “like,” like, interjected every three seconds.
  • They’re glued to their cell phones, usually involved in some drama than invokes the grating Long Island accent. Peace and quiet doesn’t exist on Friday afternoon trains anymore. Pre-Memorial and post-Labor Days, you can hear a pin drop on the 5:09.
  • They are often accompanied by yapping pocketbook dogs.
  • They have no respect for daily commuters. They think their pooches and Vera Bradley duffel bags deserve a seat, when neither carry a ticket. They also block the aisle. The daily commuters loathe them. We talk about them before the summer starts and how much we hate summer Fridays.

Well, they’re back with a vengance. (more…)

Under The Sea

Thursday, May 29th, 2008

Well, even though my creative energy has been zapped, I was able to muster a slight recharge this past weekend so Lex and I could construct a five-foot replica of an R-36 Redbird for the Coney Island Mermaid Parade. Yes, us crazy cats are going to march in the parade carrying the replica, which has been decorated in marine life, to commemorate all the reefed subway cars. They are now now part of the underwater ecosystem!

Took us about two days to go about doing so, and involved a lot of cardboad, paint and posterboard. But it looks great, even though we took some creative liberties with it. We’re sure to get yelled at by some foamers. We’re not going to publish photos until after the parade, so come see us or even march with us.

Other than that, life’s been good. Not much has been going on, except for work.  Haven’t traveled since Atlanta, but tried to relive the experience by ordering grits at the deli near my office. New York grits ? Atlanta grits. I highly suggest you stay away. Even McDonald’s has been trying to bring Southern cooking up here, but their attempts to copy Chick-Fil-A = ultimate fail (in fact, a Tulsa Chick-Fil-A was letting people trade half-eaten McDonald’s chicken sandwiches for the real thing). They were giving away their chicken sandwiches for free a few weeks ago. I had one for lunch, but it was bland and slimy. Ugh. But I did discover that a Chick-Fil-A does exist in New York City, at NYU’s student center. I have to see if I can sneak in one day – my co-workers and I are on a mission. Yes, I work with a bunch of Chick-Fil-A addicts. If you’ve never been to one, go – your life will never be the same.

Did go to my annual work Mets game the other day. Boxed seats, sushi, Cracker Jacks – who could ask for more? Had to leave before I saw my name on the Jumbotron, but we always get pictures later. Weird that it’s probably the last time I’ll ever be in Shea Stadium. Chicago is also in less than two months, so that should be exciting. I’ve never been to the Midwest before, unless the boondocks of Western Pennsylvania count.

Nothing much else to report, but I suppose a recent scorecord is in order. Presenting Amanda vs. The World, Part IV: (more…)

Brought To You By The Letter – WHY?

Tuesday, November 20th, 2007

I read an interesting blog by Ada Calhoun today on whether “Sesame Street” ruined Generation X in response to a New York Times article by Virginia Heffernan. Apparently, there is a warning on the back of the Sesame Street: Old School DVD that says “These early ‘Sesame Street’ episodes are intended for grown-ups, and may not suit the needs of today’s preschool child.”

I purchase the DVD for my mother last Christmas. The show holds a special place in her heart, especially since it debuted the same week my oldest sister was born in 1969. We’ve watched the first two episodes so far, and one particular segment stuck out: kids running through a construction site, learning words such as up, down, over, under and through. I wish I could find the clip on You Tube, because it involved kids running around broken bits of glass, rusty metal pieces and on top of sawhorses, if I recall correctly. As I watched it, I thought to myself that if the same scene played today, it would involve lawsuits, tetanus and Child Protective Services.

How about some characters that are no longer on the show?

  1. Lefty The Salesman – A creepy salesman in trenchcoat trying to sell inncocent Ernie various goods from an invisible ice-cream cone to a bottle of air? Oh no! And don’t forget the gangster mentions of Louie the Lip and The Golden An.
  2. Roosevelt Franklin – The jive talkin’ kid was removed from the series “following letters complaining of a negative African-American stereotype, and because his rowdy elementary school did not set a good example for children,” according to Muppet Wiki.
  3. Don Music – The agonized musician “was abandoned because of complaints about his alarming tendencies toward self-inflicted punishment. Apparently, kids were imitating his head-banging at home,” according to Sesame Street Unpaved.

In my opinion, even Cookie Monster jumped the shark when he sang “Healthy Food.”

I think Calhoun summed it up nicely:

“Kids today are often presented by kids’ programming with a misleading ‘everyone wins!’ version of reality. They could stand a little more misanthropic Oscar, a little less ‘Prozacky Elmo.'”

I couldn’t agree more. My generation doesn’t know how good we had it.

Revisiting Old Fears

Sunday, November 18th, 2007

Today, someone sent me a YouTube link to BoHeman Rhapsody. Of course, being a He-Man and She-Ra fan in my youth, I got quite a kick out of it. Then, I decided to look at what other 80s cartoon fodder resided in the sidebar. I then came across a TV cartoon opening that used to scare the crap out of me back in the day. It made me think – what else frightened me as a child? Apparently, enough to make a list – and most can be now found on YouTube. Thanks, Internet.

And here they are:

  1. When Cringer turned into Battlecat in “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe” – Approximately 45 seconds into this clip, Battlecat transforms, roars, and makes me want to hide under a blanket.
  2. Kimball from “Romper Room” – Another dose of disturbance at approximately 45 seconds. A pre-courser to Barney, perhaps? And speaking of another big, fat character…
  3. Grimace – Although, the McDonald’s character is not a scary as he was back in the 1970s
  4. When Chrissy & The Alphabeats sang “You’re Alive” on “Sesame Street” – This band was probably the creepiest feature on “Sesame Street.” Twenty years later, I still have to breathe in, breathe out, breathe in, breathe out to calm myself down.
  5. Slim Goodbody – A man who wears his insides on his outsides. ‘Nuff said.
  6. Anne Ramsey – I though Sloth a little scary, but Mama Fratelli just takes the cake.
  7. Lady Elaine Fairchilde – I’m beginning to sense that I have an inane fear of certain puppets. I couldn’t even find a YouTube clip of Lady Elaine – I guess her and her big red nose disturbs others, as well.
  8. The music video for Genesis’ “Land of Confusion” – Ronald Reagan in Spandex. A talking stomach. Feet marching through a jungle of severed heads. Genesis.
  9. The Willy Wonka psychadelic boat trip – There’s no way of knowing, where direction the boat is going. And that’s enough for me.
  10. I’m sure there’s a #10, but I’ve seemed to surpress the memory. Hopefully it stays that way.

Quite the Busy Bees

Sunday, September 30th, 2007

It’s been quite a busy weekend so far: Friday was the Light the Night Walk; yesterday was spent at South Street Seaport and meeting some of my Journey-fan friends for dinner and an Evolution concert; and today was spent sleeping way too late, bowling and eating frozen tomatoes. (more…)

Amanda Vs. The World, Part III

Monday, September 24th, 2007
  1. Amanda vs. the Office Coffee Machines (0-2) – The first one wouldn’t even dispense liquid, and the second hot machine proceeded to pour out cold water, iced coffee and watery chocolate milk.
  2. Amanda vs. Target (0-1) – I could not use my 10 percent coupon without my Target credit card, when I wanted to pay cash. It was too much of a hassle to go back home, so I did not get my $5 off.
  3. Amanda vs. MSG (0-1) – No, I did not fight to get good Van Halen seats. This time, it was monosodium glutanate in Chinese food, which left me with a monster migraine and vertigo.
  4. Amanda vs. Lexcie (0-1) – Apparently, I smell like burnt toast, but I had no retort.
  5. Amanda vs. Fordham (5-0) – They sent me yet another letter asking me for money. I apparently owe them $10 for a 2005 dorm violation. They’re blocking me from registering for classes. But I’m not a student there anymore, so I’m not paying! Ha!

So, (5-5) this week. Even though it looked like I was in dire straits, Fordham kept the score even. Stay tuned for the tiebreaker.

Pop-Up Attack

Thursday, September 20th, 2007

I can’t decide what’s more annoying: Adobe, which has been incessently sending dialog boxes to my desktop to remind me to update my Shockwave Player, or Lexcie, the human pop-up, reminding me when I need to do things. See, my day goes like this:

Adobe (6:30 a.m.): You have new updates ready to download.
Me (6:31 a.m.): <clicks “Remind Me Later”>
Adobe (7:13 p.m.): You have new updates ready to download.
Me (7:14 p.m.): <clicks “Remind Me Later”>
Adobe (7:15 p.m.): You have new updates ready to download.
Me (7:16 p.m.): <clicks “Remind Me Later”>
Computer (7:16 p.m.): <freezes>


Lexcie (6:00 a.m.): Wake up! <makes human alarm noises>
Me: (6:00 a.m.): Five more minutes.
Lexcie: (6:04 a.m.): One more minute!
Me: (6:04 a.m.): Let me sleep until 6:05!
Lexcie: (6:05 a.m.): It’s 6:05!
Me: (6:05 a.m.): <no answer>
Lexcie: (6:06 a.m.): You’re one minute late! You said only five minutes!
Me: (6:06 a.m.): <clicks “Remind Me Later”>

At least I learned how to disable Adobe. However, Lexcie came without a user manual.

Darwin Candidates on Loose

Tuesday, September 18th, 2007

I don’t know what it is, but Darwin Award candidates have run amok the past few days, waiting for natural selection to pick them for the team.

I was waiting for the 7:10 LIRR out of Islip yesterday morning when the train began to pull into the station. A 20-something girl on the eastbound side of the station was ambling towards the pedestrian crossing, where you cross the tracks right just west of the platform. There’s no gate at the pedestrian crossing, but there was a flashing warning bell and a sign that says to look both ways for trains.

I suppose she wasn’t expecting the engine to overshoot the platform (it does so the first car boards at the end of the platform), and crossed in front of the train while it was still moving. (more…)

Garage Sale, Day One

Saturday, September 15th, 2007

So, today I held a garage sale. In six hours, I sold two blouses, a roll of raffle tickets, two VHSs, a plaque, three pairs of earrings, a bracelet, Brita water filters and a pin for a grand total of $18.10 and two stuffed animals. I rock.

And today I learned: (more…)

Torn Between Two Sizes

Saturday, September 1st, 2007

After ordering some clothes online, I’ve come to realize that most of my order is just a wee bit too big for me. I had tried one size smaller in the store, but it was just a wee bit too small for me. I blindly ordered them off the website so I could get my Ebates cashback, but it looks like that cashback (and the rest of the money I saved) might go towards altering the clothes.

I suppose I’m just an oddly-shaped person. The biggest problem I have is buying pants. My butt is on the smaller side, so it seems that every pair I buy (with the exception of Old Navy and Seven brands) have a butt area that either bubbles out or hangs down. Not attractive!