Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dump Trump

Donald Trump embarrasses me. He’s a rude, offensive bully who seems to relish his megalomania-like tendencies to rule the world. The Apprentice showed him at his best: ridiculing other people simply because he could; humiliating people viciously just because he could; and running roughshod over others because that seems to be his primary management style. He doesn’t seem to have a kind word for other people, but he expects others to show him top-notch courtesy because … he’s The Donald.

I don’t like Trump representing me as an American. It scares me to think that there are far too many Americans taking him seriously as a presidential candidate. I don’t want the rest of the world to think that we’re all like Trump and then fear that he could become our President. Imagine what other world leaders must be thinking … .

UPDATE: Donald totally shows his true self with the recent comments he made about a female politician. He asked who would vote for her the way she looks, then backed off and tried to amend his statement by claiming he meant her persona. First, his amendment makes it clear that he has no idea what a persona is, but secondly, it's bad enough that Donald says the things that he says, but when he's called to account for his vicious personal attacks, he should own them -- not try to weasel out by saying he was misunderstood.

Those of us who are listening to him know exactly what he meant and are offended by his lack of candor in not owning his words.

Monday, August 31, 2015


I wonder if, when Miley is an older woman (say past age 30), she'll regret any/all of the wardrobe choices she's made while participating in celebrity events such as the recent VMAs? Women my age were taught to be discreet with what they shared with the world, especially prior to marriage, but Miley seems to think that walking on stage totally nude but for a couple of strips of sheer fabric or colorful post-its is just fine.

If that's the choice she makes in her personal life, okay, but when she's representing America? Let's raise our expectations: I vote for a more modest look.

Monday, August 24, 2015


A compound word is created when two closely-related words are joined to form a new word. The word light has given rise to several compound words, including flashlight, spotlight, and penlight. A compound word can also be formed with a hyphen, such as low-slung car, down-home cooking, fill-in position, and on-line dating.

The dictionary function on my Kindle accesses words through Wikipedia, and that source recognizes as compound words those that remain as two words, such as post office, which is two words for the rest of the world and postoffice for the Wiki dictionary. A game player is a person who plays games, and it is two words for most of the world, but one word for Wiki: gameplayer. Putting these words together comes naturally, but there are some compounds that don't look correct. A suitcase is a piece of luggage used for carrying clothing on a trip; Wiki thinks that suitjacket is also a compound word, rather than two separate words. A person can be overly-protective, but Wiki encourages the writer to use overprotective.

Yes, language evolves, but creating new words by not using established grammar rules goes beyond evolution, which is a natural process, and borders on just plain being lazy. I edit books as I read them, and I am amazed at how many words are just tossed together. Engagementring is two words; eveninggown is two words; weddingday is two words; however, some modern writers write them as one word. Yes, the reader can figure it out, but there are already rules for writing, so why break them just to save one stroke on the computer keyboard? Online dating has already morphed into one word that is natural and easier than using the hyphenated form. Down home cooking without the hyphen takes a second to process, but downhome cooking is easy to understand.

Grammar is simply a sharedunderstanding of how to manipulate commonwords in a sentence to createmeaning. If the writerchooses to put wordstogether that aren’tusually writtentogether, it makes it morechallenging for the reader to figureout what the sentencesays, and that hinders the making-meaning process that is the core skill of reading.

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Here Are a Few Disgusting Things

The man leaves the public toilet and is accosted by a woman holding a roll of toilet paper. She asks him if he used the paper to wipe his bum, and when he admits that he has, she asks if it did a good job. When he somewhat hesitantly agrees that the paper did the job, she suggests he go back to a privacy stall and remove his underwear. He's now so clean in that region that he can ... GO COMMANDO!

Remarkably, the man agrees to this and pulls the waist of his pants down to show no underwear.

Not wearing underwear is one of those things in life that I would never do. I was taught that we had private areas on our body and that we kept those areas covered. Young people today are being taught to be free as, in some opinions, not being free about one's body is now called body shaming. I'm not ashamed of my body: I just think that private areas should remain private. Conversely, another TV commercial shows 3 young girls standing in front of potted bushes. Each one has a different way to shape the green bush into something cute, like a heart shape, but the one who wins uses a new Shick electric razor specifically designed for shaving the pubic region. The three green bushes are strategically placed in front of the girls' pubic area, so the message is sent: use this new tool to get creative with your pubic hair. I know women who have very hairy pubic regions, according to their own admissions, and they did groom the area when it was bathing suit weather. I am not aware of any of my female friends who groomed their pubic hair into cute shapes! And, I certainly never expected this whole trend to be part of a 60-second commercial.

We now have commercials with hundreds of actors wearing protective panties to proclaim that they are securely protected against unwanted leakage while out in public. I think it's nice that this product is available to both women and men, but I'm not sure I want to see such an "in your face" pictoral of it on my TV. Can't the point be made without having men/women parading in public with their Depends leading the way?

And women's breasts have become a status symbol in outfits designed--or just worn--to offer maximum exposure of the mammary glands. It's one thing for a woman to breast-feed her child discretely in public, but another to have females of all ages wearing tops with cutouts that draw the eye to naked breasts. Women walking the various red carpets used to be known for their excellent style; now, they are going commando and braless because the dresses they wear have sheer panels everywhere but across their nipples and the genitalia. That's not fashion: that's simply too much exposure in public.

I once laughed at the thought of a commercial showing a woman removing her tampon and shaking it to show how much menstrual blood one brand could hold versus another less absorbent product. Sad to say, what used to be a joke is now coming much closer to becoming a televised commercial. In fact, there is a new "craze," called free bleeding, for women who like nature to take its course by not using sanitary napkins and/or tampons. Yes, they just bleed wherever they go, which has to create a health hazard for the rest of the world. I can't imagine how anyone in their right mind would want to freely bleed, especially for those who have heavy periods, since that would be horribly messy for the person, as well as the leave-behind for the rest of us, especially those of us who use public restrooms when necessary.

I'd like to go back a few years and regain some public modesty. What goes on in one's home is one's business, but when it comes out into the public arena, those of us who are disturbed and/or offended by the lack of public modesty have no recourse.

Friday, August 14, 2015

Desert Heat

Today, it's 115 degrees out, pretty darned hot. Tomorrow, Saturday, it's set to be 116; Sunday 118; and then a huge cooling trend beginning Monday, when the temps go from 117 all the way down to 109 by the end of the week.

Yes, say the true desert rats, but it's a dry heat -- and that it is. Very dry; very hot; very uncomfortable. Once this heat spree loses its punch, we'll head into autumn and temps in the high 90s for a spell.

The winner in all this heat? The electric company! There's no way not to use air conditioning of one form or another.

And, with the water shortage, there is no more running through the hose on the front lawn because the lawn has been replaced with desert-friendly landscaping that doesn't require watering. Filling up the kiddie pool in the backyard? No way: our water usage is being monitored and if it goes above our limit, we are fined for excessive water usage, which wouldn't bother me if the pools at the hotels/motels and all the golf courses greens also had to suck it up and cut their usage, too.

I'd like to say it's the price we all are willing to pay to live in this desert paradise, but the truth is it's harder every year to find the benefits with all the regulations and higher utility costs.