Cannot Believe I am Bored

Even with the internet and cable TV, I am bored today. I can’t believe it and almost never admit that I am bored. There are a lot of things I SHOULD be doing today, but I have no motivation. I’m not sure that is the correct definition for bored or not.

Two weeks ago I got the new Playstation 4 and two games for it. I bought Call of Duty Ghosts, of course, but on the advice of several gaming friends I also bought a game called Battlefield. I have to say that CoD is great, but I think I like Battlefield better. It is hard to say why I like one game over the other. Some people like Coke and some like Pepsi – ask them why and they can’t really tell you. It is NOT because I am winning more on one. In fact, it might be the opposite reason – I find it more difficult and challenging to last long in the Battlefield game.

But I have had my fill of the PS4 today and after checking Facebook, I am sitting here wondering what to do next. I don’t want to watch football and I could care less about the Golden Globes Awards show. So, I’m not sure what to do with myself for a couple of hours tonight. I’m tired of being in the house, tired of feeling cooped up, tired of sitting on my butt. But what can I do on a Sunday night after dark?

Its All Fun and Games Until Somebody Gets Mad

Some of my Facebook friends are people I added specifically because they engage in lively conversation and debates. Most of the time people on their threads make their point with manners and facts – and sometimes humor.

When I have a lively discussion, I enforce a few basic rules. No name calling, no threats, and no vulgar words. That can be hard to do when you are in a heated exchange with someone, and especially hard when you don’t know the other person/people beyond a profile photo or avatar. It is easy to hide behind the anonymity of the internet.

Humor can be tricky, especially when you are typing and not talking. There is no sarcasm font. You can’t tell by someone’s tone of voice or facial expression if they are kidding or seriously, upset or just jerking your chain. I try to be careful in using humor, because it is all fun and games until somebody gets mad. And I don’t really want to have someone mad at me over a Facebook post.

One of my gripes about Facebook is that they insisted that you use your real name when you created a free account. That has it’s upside and it’s downside. It was easy to find people that I really do know and wanted to reconnect with. But there are some people who I don’t really want to associate with anymore – like a couple of former employers and ex-girlfriends. But I see names all day long that I know are fake or adulterated. I don’t understand why they feel they have to alter their names to be on Facebook. If they want to play anonymously, there are plenty of forums and chat rooms where they can go and use a screen name.

Facebook is supposed to be real – why ruin it?

Birthday Celebrations

My brother has a birthday today – one of the Big Ones. You know what I mean, the number ends with a zero!

I was planning on hanging out with my bro for the night. I was thinking dinner at Outback or someplace nice, and then heading to his house for cake and some presents. I bought him a cool gift that i can’t wait to see him open up.

But evidently his girlfriend has to work tonight and she doesn’t want to celebrate the birthday tonight. They are going to celebrate on Saturday night, instead. So, I’m not the brightest one in the room. I thought that meant we were clear for getting together tonight and doing some guy stuff to celebrate. But no, he says he is not celebrating today – we are invited to a party Saturday night at his house, with him grilling steaks for everyone and she is baking a cake. The cakes are her “thing.” She actually makes them for paying customers and custom decorates them for a hundred bucks or so. I guess we’ll be impressed with what she does for him this weekend.

Waiting until Saturday is not a big deal for me, but I wish I had known earlier. This weekend is the big Fourth of July weekend and most of my buddies were going to be out on the lake all weekend. Now I have to cut the boating short on Saturday so I can clean up and head over to his house for the grill out. And I know he’s going to like this birthday present – can’t wait to see his face when he opens the gift!

Bourdain Eating His Way Around the World

Have you watched any of the Anthony Bourdain shows on CNN? Bourdain took a camera crew with him on little expeditions all around the world and ate local foods, on our behalf. There is no doubt in my mind that the man knows good food, but frankly I don’t really want to watch this snob stuffing weird food in his face. There are not many many people that I want to watch eat. One time there was an actress in a movie that ate food in a very sexy way. i think it was someone in the Shakespeare play, Taming of the Shrew. But it might have been a different one – I saw the movie and then I saw the same scene in a dinner theater play. But that was a very long time ago.

So, Bourdain does a pretty good job of filling you in on geography and the history of the area, he describes the native foods and films a lot of the food preparation. That was pretty interesting. Watching him eat – no so much. But the show was better than 95% of the garbage that is on TV lately, so what are you going to do?

Lincoln Was Worth the Wait

Finally! The movie, Lincoln, came out on DVD and I found it on sale at Wal-Mart. I have been wanting to watch this movie – everyone says it is a fantastic movie. Look at all the Academy Award nominations that it got, and Daniel Day Lewis, already a fabulous actor, won his third Oscar for his portrayal of Abraham Lincoln.

I was concerned that it would be morbid, and a little bit like the Titanic – you know the ship is going to sink, so there is a lessened anticipation of the last half of the movie. Knowing that Lincoln was about to be assassinated, I didn’t want the movie to be about the plot to kill our president or the death of his sons and his crazy wife. It turns out that all my misgivings were for naught. The movie was about the politics of the day, and how close the country came to ending the civil Ware without actually abolishing slavery.

I really enjoyed this movie and can surely understand all the Oscar nominations. It was very deserving of all the accolades. If you have not yet seen this movie, be sure to get it and watch it!

The Ideal Birthday

I wonder if anyone but the very wealthy allow themselves to dream of how they would spend the entire day and night on their ideal birthday? I know that I would love to do things as a big splurge for a day and use my birthday as an excuse for all of the excess. But the reality is that I am not independently wealthy and my birthday will be celebrated in a more practical manner. I will also be considering other people besides myself, as they want to spend time with me – or some may prefer not to – their choice!

This year my birthday will be spent sleeping in without having to answer to an alarm clock. That is a big luxury in itself! Then I will have a cup of my favorite, personal blend of fresh brewed coffee. I want to spend time with my dogs, maybe watch a chick flick, and not do a lick of housework. Then for dinner I plan to meet up with a few people at the Japanese restaurant for a dinner cooked to order by a fun, highly skilled chef.

I am really looking forward to this and even with all the other luxuries and possibilities of places to go and things to do, this is my idea of the perfect birthday for me this year.

Shadow? Or No Shadow?

Does anyone but America have this silly tradition of giving the responsibility of forecasting the weather to a rodent? Groundhog Day must be uniquely American – and I wonder if the rest of the world sees this as amusing or just one more reason to mock Americans?

I have been watching a variety of shows on the BBC cable TV channel, and was surprised to see how often the British refer to Americans in such a condescending and mocking manner. Every live TV show that includes interviews or commentary by British hosts has at least one denigrating remark about Americans in it. And this is just Great Britain. What about the more openly hostile countries, like Pakistan or China? I imagine we are slammed and insulted constantly. And I am starting to resent it!

We made World News today for the groundhog having not seen his shadow this morning. That supposedly means that we will have an early spring. Who’s not a fan of an early spring? but truth be told, the first day of spring is officially 6 weeks away anyway – whether the groundhog sees his shadow – or not!

I Hope Santa Was Good to You

Merry Christmas! I hope Santa found your house before he ran out of toys. Did he leave you coal or good toys? There is nothing as much fun as running downstairs on Christmas morning and finding lots of presents under the Christmas tree!

photo of santa napping

Leave the Window Open

It is amazing to me to find out how many different ways people prefer to go to bed and sleep each night.

First, there is clothing or lack of clothing. Some people like nightgowns and others like pajamas. Some people sleep in their underwear and some people take their underwear off. Some people fall asleep in their clothes and some people would rather be stark naked.

Then there is noise. Some people like to have the TV on all night so they have some noise. Others like to pop in a movie and fall asleep during the movie. When the movie ends, it becomes quiet. Others prefer music and will turn on the radio or their iPod to play songs they like to hear. During the summer, some people like to have a fan running – the motor noise can be soothing.

I like to have a night light left on, so I can find my way to the bathroom in the middle of the night if I wake up. I also like to leave the stove light on, so that I can make my way to the kitchen in the morning without stubbing my toe or bumping into anything before I can get to the coffee pot and the sink to get my coffee started. But other people think a light left on is wasting electricity and want the house to be totally dark.