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Posted on: 27 March 2010

there are two kinds of people in america: those who consider t.g.i. friday’s a legitimate dining option, and those who don’t.

pigs

Posted on: 25 March 2010

okay, i have to say this:

I HATE BACON.

it’s disgusting. it tastes like sizzled lard. the texture varies between really hard and really squishy. it makes me want to vomit.

i feel the need to put that out there because BACON IS TAKING OVER THE WORLD. it’s showing up in EVERYTHING. pasta sauce. seafood. BROWNIES AND DOUGHNUTS. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP.

next time i try to order scallops, i don’t want to have to settle for something else because they can’t make the sauce without the freaking bacon. and bacon in DOUGHNUTS? anyone who thinks it’s possible to improve on a hot krispy kreme original glazed, especially by contaminating it with bacon, is clearly certifiable.

[warning! long-winded academic rant below :) ]

um, wtf, texas? not okay.

“After three days of turbulent meetings, the Texas Board of Education on Friday approved a social studies curriculum that will put a conservative stamp on history and economics textbooks, stressing the superiority of American capitalism, questioning the Founding Fathers’ commitment to a purely secular government and presenting Republican political philosophies in a more positive light.”

stressing the ‘superiority’ of american capitalism? are you kidding me? as a former history major (and a human being with common sense), i don’t even know where to begin with all the problems i have with that. IS the american system superior? how do you know? even if you assume it is, there’s no way to prove it. what’s the ‘test’ for superiority? and IF you somehow prove that the american system is superior, how do you prove that it’s strictly due to capitalism? etc etc etc.

the founding fathers and their seperation of church and state? yes, OF COURSE they based some parts of our system on christianity. they were christians! (some of them deists.) that doesn’t mean they thought religion should control government. you know what makes me the most sick about this part? this:

“…managed to cut Thomas Jefferson from a list of figures whose writings inspired revolutions in the late 18th century and 19th century, replacing him with St. Thomas Aquinas, John Calvin and William Blackstone.”

TJ didn’t inspire revolution? that would be a laughable statement if it wasn’t so terrifying, digsusting, and unequivocally DEAD WRONG.

screw you, texas. you can’t just rewrite history because it serves your political agenda. obviously you’re not the only ones, but good god, when you not only do this but are so blatant and unapologetic about it, it makes me want to vomit. i’m glad i went to school in north carolina.

PSA

Posted on: 7 March 2010

to all the new yorkers with cablevision who are so upset about potentially missing the oscars:

ABC is a NETWORK CHANNEL.  that means ANYONE CAN GET IT FOR FREE.  PLUG IN AN ANTENNA and you can watch the oscars. DID I JUST CHANGE YOUR LIFE?

[yes, antennas may be what your parents used in the ’60s, but they still work. for free. and you get free HD, too. IT’S LIKE MAGIC! slash common sense.]

quiet

Posted on: 6 March 2010

hey, look at that:

small talk blows. it’s medically proven.

i was right all along. ugh, people suck sometimes.

pain

Posted on: 22 February 2010

i went to bed early last night with a migraine. this morning i woke up, and within 10 seconds, realized my worst fear: the pain was still there.

i’m a migraineur, and it sucks. a lot of people think migraines are just bad headaches. no, no, no. they are incapacitating. they are bad headaches plus nausea, eye strain, sensitivity to light, sound, and smell, and sometimes blurred vision and dizziness (aura). they can last for several days. they’re also genetic (my mom gets them), and are way more likely to affect women than men (UNFAIR!).

on new year’s eve in 2003, i had a migraine so bad that it made me cry. if i had known then what i know now about the signs of a brain aneurysm (namely: the worst headache you’ve ever had in your life), i would have gone to the emergency room. in 2004, i had migraines so frequently that i took enough aspirin and ibuprofen to inflame my stomach lining. it felt like someone was yanking out parts of my stomach with a string. i had to have an endoscopy, take medication for almost six months, and follow a diet (no caffeine, no acidic foods like tomatoes or citrus, and definitely no NSAIDs). i finally got on prescription migraine medication, which comes with its own risks (serotonin syndrome, anyone?) and is CRAZY expensive ($10 per pill, and that’s with insurance), but is better than almost certainly developing a bleeding ulcer.

most migraineurs have “triggers” that they can avoid if possible. mine include sleeping too little and sleeping too much. but a big one for me is changes in the weather (usually when it’s about to rain), so that can’t really be avoided. which blows.

anyway, since i had to work today and since i try to avoid taking my prescription migraine meds (see: $10 a pill), i downed my tylenol-plus-a-can-of-coke-over-ice cocktail, put on my sunglasses (see: extreme light sensitivity) and hoped for the best. it did as well as could be hoped — kept the pain at bay enough so that i could function. it never really makes it go away. and now we’re nearing the end of day two of migraine pain. it’s fading. it will probably be gone by tomorrow. but in 2-4 weeks, i guarantee it will be back.

when i was like five or six years old, my mom said she had to lie down because she had a headache. i said, “what’s a headache?” because i couldn’t conceive of the inside of my head hurting. i miss that.

the kroger in my neighborhood put all kinds of black hair care products on sale for black history month. no seriously. they’re on a display with a sign screaming “celebrate black history month!”

because i’m sure that sales on conditioner are *totally* what black history month was meant to be all about.

um, wow.


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