Blah Blah Sickness Blah Drug Policies Blah DOWNTON ABBEY OMG YAY

So I have a cold, which is certainly not the end of the world, but is quite annoying. Symptoms: stuffy/runny nose, sneezing, occasional coughing, head feels like it's wrapped in fuzz, and my ears hurt. Most of that stuff isn't a big deal, but I really hate when my ears hurt. I used to get terrible ear infections when I was a little kid, and it brings back bad memories. And plus it's really painful!!! Whaaaaaaaa, feel sorry for me, give me hugs, etc etc.

I read somewhere - too lazy to look up a link, but I'm sure you believe me - that most of the over the counter cold remedies they sell are pretty much worthless. For the children's versions, they're absolutely worthless and you're better off just using Vapo-Rub, chicken soup and patience for your kids. This is mostly because when they took the psuedoephedrine out of cold products (stupid crystal meth epidemic), they couldn't find anything suitable to replace it. And yes, the pseudeoephedrine stuff is still behind the pharmacy counter, it's just a pain to get to. I would say it's worth it to have to go to all that extra bother, to have less crystal meth on the street, but it doesn't seem to have slowed production down at all. I mean, from what I see on PBS documentaries and Breaking Bad trailers.

You know, with all this talk about legalizing marijuana and all... something keeps bothering me in this whole drug policy argument. Opinions on the war on drugs, I have themCollapse )

In happier news, I am currently on a Downton Abbey marathon binge. I've finished Series 1 and am on episode 3 of Series 2. Basically, I LOVE THIS SHOW LIKE (FAT FREE) CAKE. What I love most? In order: No spoilersCollapse )
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  • Current Music: Days of the New - Shelf In The Room
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I Have a New Favorite TV Show

It's called Misfits, and it's kind of like a British X-Men, but with more sex, drugs, bad language and bloodshed. Oh, and the rest of my flist discovered this show about 2 years ago, but I'm kind of slow on the uptake.

Anyways, it's friggin' awesome and I kind of want to stay up all night and watch the rest of the episodes on my computer, but... that would probably be irresponsible and bad.


This reminds me, when does Series 7 of Who start? I swear, if they completely ignore the River/Doctor marriage, I will scream and cry and throw things at my laptop in protest. PLEASE MOFFAT MAN, DO NOT DO THIS TO ME. I mean, I know it won't be long and lasting and binding forever or anything, but they at least have to address the issue. Oh man, I'm such a shipper now. I try not to ship tv shows anymore - I've been burned so many times now - but I can't help it. I blame Alex Kingson's epic cleavage.
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  • Current Music: Puck - I'm The Only One

Writer's Block: Santa Claus is coming to town

At what age did you stop believing in Santa?

I don't remember a big "Mother, you LIED TO ME!!!" moment, but it was probably around when I was 7 or so. I didn't want to believe it at first, because I LOVED Santa Claus, but eventually the logical arguments of my classmates at schoolmates got through to me. I was pretty bummed... for about 30 minutes or so.

In other news, hey, you know what's actually surprisingly awesome right now? That new Mission: Impossible movie. I know right? But yeah, it's fabulous. Especially if you go see it in IMAX, which I did last night. Tom Cruise may be crazy, but he knows how to make a great action movie. And Simon Pegg is just awesome as always. So yeah, go see it. :)

I bet a lot of you aren't going to be around much tomorrow (or today even), so MERRY CHRISTMAS my lovely friends!!!
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  • Current Music: Smokey Robinson & the Miracles - Winter Wonderland

Random Drive-by Post

Abortion does not raise the risk of a woman suffering mental health problems, a major review by experts concludes.

Data from 44 studies showed women with an unwanted pregnancy have a higher incidence of mental health problems in general.

This is not affected by whether or not they have an abortion or give birth.

[...] "The evidence shows though that whether these women have abortions - or go on to give birth - their risk of having mental health problems will not increase.

"They carry roughly equal risks.

"We believe this is the most comprehensive and detailed review of the mental health outcomes of abortion to date worldwide."

There is no such thing as "post-abortion syndrome", contrary to what those crisis pregnancy centers tell women and girls. It's all total nonsense.

I'm not trying to minimize what women who go through abortion deal with. I'm sure some feel sad, or a sense of loss, or maybe even depressed. But not all do, and it's not right to scare women with this post-abortion syndrome stuff.
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Writer's Block: B.Y.O.B. Holidays

What is on your holiday wish list this year? One random answer will win a $50 Amazon gift card. [Details here]

Money to pay my bills, for real. Other than that, a new iPod and a Kindle Fire. Yay!

In totally random news, dude, what's up with Tim Tebow? I mean, seriously? I'm a Christian and I find myself slightly embarrassed by him. It's like, tone it down a bit buddy, you know?
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  • Current Music: Steely Dan

"Respect the Bird"

A Defense for Thanksgiving.
Thanksgiving is under assault.

Stores that once closed their doors in deference to the holiday are now touting Turkey Day deals starting as early as 9 p.m. Workers who should be on vacation are answering office e-mails on their smartphones. And those who plan on celebrating with a traditional dinner are finding that the cost of a bird is near its 30-year high, according to government data.

“I think we have a sort of Norman Rockwell view of Thanksgiving,” said Kit Yarrow, head of the psychology department at Golden Gate University in San Francisco. “It’s not really linked to reality for most Americans.”

Thanksgiving has long been in danger of getting subsumed by Christmas. Every year, Americans bemoan the encroachment of pine trees and presents on pilgrims and pumpkin pie, a phenomenon the retail industry calls “Christmas creep.” But for many, a line seems to have been crossed.

Don't even get me started on Christmas Creep. Gaaaaaaaaaaaaah. It seems to have gotten much, much worse in the past 15 years or so. I remember when I was a little kid, it didn't seem like Christmas really kicked off until the day after Thanksgiving, or until the month of December even. Now, stores start rolling out the Christmas crap before Halloween is even over. It drives me absolutely up the wall. I want to celebrate Halloween in October, Thanksgiving/Fall/Harvest Time in November, and Christmas in December. Is that too much too ask? We don't celebrate the Fourth of July in April, or Memorial Day in March.

Not to mention, working in retail? They always play Christmas music over the speakers. Now, I love Christmas music - LOVE IT! - but there's really only about 40 different Christmas songs out there, if that, so they're just playing the same songs over and over and OVER again, until my brain starts melting out of my ears, for TWO MONTHS STRAIGHT. It's like torture really. When it's a month of Christmas music, it's totally jolly and awesome. Two months? That's total overkill.

Back to that article: A woman who has had to work every Thanksgiving for the past 5 years mentioned something like, "Everyone who came into the store said 'I can't believe you're open!' Well, if you didn't shop here on Thanksgiving, we wouldn't have to be". Stores are doing this ridiculous opening at 10pm on Thanksgiving because some consumers - who apparently have no soul - are demanding it. These people, I guess, don't care that the employees who actually have to run the store are totally going to miss out on Thanksgiving with their families. Nice.

Another thing in the article:
An annual informal price survey by the American Farm Bureau Association, a trade group, found that the average cost of a Thanksgiving meal for 10 — turkey, stuffing, relish, peas, the works — jumped 13 percent to $49.20. Although the price per person is less than many fast-food dinners, the cost increases are hitting consumers when few are giving thanks for the state of the economy.

Dude, $50 for a Thanksgiving dinner for 10? What kind of dinner is this?!? Doesn't a decent turkey alone cost like $20 - 30? I dunno, I should know this, because I totally rang up a billion turkeys at Harris Teeter during my 5 years there. But, it's been awhile, and I've forgotten. It's amazing how fast useless information leaves your head.
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This just gobsmacks me.
For the first time in years, Michelle Nyberg probably will not be standing in line when stores open for their Black Friday sales.

She still loves a good deal — last year she spent a couple of thousand dollars on markdowns that day, the Friday after Thanksgiving — but Ms. Nyberg says that she does not want retailers to ruin the holiday for her or their own employees.

Ms. Nyberg is drawing the line now that major chains like Target, Macy’s, Best Buy and Kohl’s say they will open for the first time at midnight on Thanksgiving, and Wal-Mart will go even further, with a 10 p.m. Thanksgiving start for deals on some merchandise.

Kicking off Black Friday 10pm Thanksgiving night?!? When did they start this crap? Gaaaaaaaaaaah.

I have only participated in Black Friday as a consumer on one occasion - I think it was 2005 or 2006, when I was staying with bailunrui and ralob, and ralob wanted to get a 500 GB external hard drive. Haha, remember when that was like the biggest hard drive in the world? Anyways, we got to Best Buy & Target at like 2 in the morning, stood around in the cold, talked and joked around for a couple hours, bought our goodies and then went home and slept. It was pretty uneventful, but I certainly wouldn't want to do it every year. It was only something I would do if there was something me or a friend really, REALLY wanted that we could ONLY get on Black Friday.

A big reason for this is probably because, I've been on the other side of the counter for many, many, MANY Black Fridays. And it sucks, dude. Most people are friendly, in a good mood, etc... but a lot of other people are NOT. They're pushy, they're rude, they're in such a hurry because they are just so much more important than everyone else (didn't you know?), etc. And I don't care how friendly and nice you are, when it gets that crowded and busy in the mall or the store, things are going to turn crazy pretty quick.

Really, paying your employees time and a half - when you're only paying them, what, $7 - 11 at most an hour to begin with? - to deal with this? Is totally not enough to put up with this insanity.

And now, on top of everything, you want them to come in at 10pm on Thanksgiving night? Not even, because you need to set up the store and everything, so they probably need to come in at like 8pm, which means they won't get to have Thanksgiving dinner at all because they'll need to get some sleep to work all night. That's MESSED UP, DUDE. I don't know how Wal-Mart can live with itself. Well, okay, Wal-Mart has no soul, obviously. But people who are shopping at Wal-Mart at 10pm on Thanksgiving? Just think about what you're asking these employees to give up for a second. Just think.
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... Today? Is ELEVEN/ELEVEN/ELEVEN. And yet, I totally don't have an Eleventh Doctor icon to celebrate with. *sadface* This is a tragedy of epic proportions. I'll celebrate instead with an icon of his wife's boobs.

In less trivial news, today is also Veterans Day in the United States, so thank a veteran by doing something besides just slapping a "Support the Troops" magnet on your SUV. What, I don't know. Just do something besides that. ANYTHING.
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  • Current Music: Whitney Houston - I'm Every Woman