Random Tuesday

25 Jan

Oprah has revealed she has a sister she only recently learned about. I am thinking it would be great to be the long lost sibling of a billionaire and then have that billionaire come looking for you. You might not get any money out of the deal but I’m sure you’d at least get some really nice presents.

I only started writing about Oprah to get my fingers moving on the keyboard. I have no strong opinion here and I don’t think I even have a blog. Just typing…that’s what these stream of consciousness morning pages blogs are all about. The typing. Hopefully at some point the brain kicks in.

A 16 year old young man stowed away in the wheel well of a U.S. Air flight from Charlotte to Boston. Somewhere over Massachusetts he fell out of the plane and was killed. Now his parents are suing the airline. They blame U.S. Air for having lax security. I think most of us could insert a big old rant right about here. But how does someone get close enough to an airplane to hide in the wheel well? Things being what they are, I’m surprised the airlines haven’t installed seats in the wheel wells, charged extra for it and called it Alfresco class.

Have you noticed that more businesses are paying people to stand on street corners to dance around and wave signs to attract customers? You didn’t use to see it all that often. There was a tax preparation company that always had people (men and women) dressed as the Statue of Liberty waving at people, but that was about it. Now you see people all the time, waving signs for jewelry stores, furniture stores and all kinds of eateries. Some of these people really get into it and some of them are pretty good dancers. It can be very entertaining when you’re stopped at a traffic light. Does this kind of advertising work? Do people see the dancing sign wavers and think, “I wasn’t all that interested in buying jewelry but that jaunty sign waver has put me in the jewelry buying mood! Let’s pull over!”?

Have you seen those window decal memorials people put on their cars? I think it started when a race car driver was killed–NASCAR fans started sporting In Loving Memory stickers on their rear windows. I guess that made sense since the race car driver died in a car. Now I see people with In Loving Memory stickers for their own relatives. I don’t feel right questioning someone else’s grief or their choice of how to cope with their grief. But… I don’t get the motivation. If my beloved whomever died, I don’t think I could ever get closure if every time I have to back my car out of somewhere, I have to read an In Loving Memory window decal (backwards no less) to navigate. Incidentally, the price of these decals starts at $6.99.

Not to belabor this but… what if someone you loved a lot, say your Great Aunt Louise, dies. As a tribute, you order an In Loving Memory of Aunt Louise decal to put in your car window. Then, some time later someone else dies—say your Uncle Thaddeus. Now what do you do? Add an additional decal? Take down the Aunt Louise sticker and put up an In Loving Memory of Uncle Thaddeus sticker? I say it is a slippery slope.

Well, that was certainly random.

Happy Tuesday.




6 Responses to “Random Tuesday”

  1. Mike January 25, 2011 at 7:08 am #

    Well put all! I’m still waiting for Bill Gates to discover I’m his nephew and install me in some 4,000 sq/ft of his mansion. I don’t take up much space and won’t add too much to his utility bills.

    No the street wavers don’t make me want to buy a bed or jewelery or join their gym or use their tax service. Most I see these days are kids with their heads bent over their phones texting someone no doubt…”this job sucks.”

    As to the stickers…….when you trade your car do you try and peel them off gently? Or do you order more? If you happen to be young and are marking the passing of a grandparent – how many cars will you have and still pay tribute? No, I would never share my grief with the world but respect their right to do so.

    • catzenspace January 25, 2011 at 5:58 pm #

      I think Bill Gates would be very fortunate to have you for a brother.

      I hadn’t even thought about what happens to the memorial when you trade in the car. Youch!

  2. Pamela N Red January 25, 2011 at 1:12 pm #

    Great material. The dancers don’t influence me to buy either but we probably shouldn’t let the stores know otherwise there will be more poor souls out of work and they put so much effort into it.

    I think the memory stickers just look tacky especially when they are coupled with the little boy peeing on something.

    • catzenspace January 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

      I am glad these people are being gainfully employed, so I’m not complaining, just curious…

      I love the idea of combining the little boy peeing with the memorial stickers. Maybe In Not So Loving Memory of someone you didn’t like…

  3. Fred January 25, 2011 at 3:18 pm #

    I’m with Mike. I’d love to discover that I’m adopted and really Bill Gates brother.

    As for the dancing sign people I agree with Pamala, they need the jobs.

    As for grief sticker in the back of the car, um I was always taught that the people who have died are now in a better place. We should not be grieving for our own loss, but rejoicing for them that they are now in a place without pain, or sadness, nor all the temporal worries that we still have to put up with.

    But that just me, I guess.

    • catzenspace January 25, 2011 at 6:00 pm #

      I like your take on memorials. I so agree!

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