Behind the Wheel

Yes, behind the wheel has to do with driving but maybe not as you think it may be. There’s are many drivers out there and they are in all age groups too from young learners to mature adults, and there’s the system to tell us which route we should take so as not to get lost ( so they say). Those great SavNav systems will steer us in a direction that we may or may not what to go depending on the mood of the system.

Those SatNav systems can be really annoying sometimes with the voice telling you to turn here go straight and don’t drive too fast. What does that system want from me? Plus I have to concentrate on my driving too and all the other stuff I may be doing while I am driving -> The perils of modern society!

Remember the good’ol days when the passenger and the backseat drive told you where to go. I mean direction = not what you are thinking; even though you did tell him/her where to go to when you had enough.

That was driving at its best!! You all know what I am talking about here -> the map generation

Nothing more exciting than a good argument about the direction you’re driving or where to turn or are we on the right road and are you holding the map right….

That was an experience and you could voice your opinion turn onto the wrong road the person holding the map could say that you are wrong and then you have to turn around and drive back 20 miles to where you actually wanted to turn. That was simply fun and good for the nerves and everyone in the car got riled-up too.

You don’t have that sort of fun with a SatNav system do you?? I bet not

That stupid little device can only say a limited number of things and can’t answer back plus, it does steer you in the wrong direction too because for some reason or another it doesn’t know if there’s a dead-end ahead or if it’s a one way street. And when you do follow what it says and you end up in the wrong place and what can you say : You jerk ( no swearing here – but in your car you can say what you like.)

I miss the map and when I drive around with my guy there’s no more fun conversation either about, is this the right street or so. That stupid device has ruined my life!!
I like a good heated conversation while driving and giving directions. I call that communication and by the time we both arrive at our destination we both feel relaxed because we have gotten all our stress out of our system before we arrive and that a SatNav system can’t do because no one is talking so each of you may have built-up a bit of tension from listening to that thing but no one says anything.

Really boring!!

They should bring back the paper map so that everybody can have fun while driving and not just sit there like a bump on a log.

So, get out your paper maps now and enjoy a good trip in your car because it more fun than listening to a computer voice!

Electric Cars

Electric cars are the coming thing in transport and many people are interested in them as are the manufacturers that what you to buy them.
Are they really good for the environment or are those manufactures just jumping on the “Eco Bandwagon” trying to convince us that we need such a vehicle?

Those folks at the auto manufactures have invested tons of money and I am sure they want a return on their investment and so have to push their product no matter what.

What I don’t understand is where is the electricity going to come from to power those electric vehicles; when they want to shut down more atomic power plants that produce electricity.

You need electricity for everything now-a-days besides a car. Just think about it for a moment.

You need electricity from the time you get-up to the time you go to bed plus even when you are asleep too. You need electricity for almost every step you take.

Your alarm clock goes off – electricity

Your coffee at home or in a café – electricity

Radio, TV, at work, or shopping , and at the gas station – you need electricity.

Your computer or cell phone, cooking or eating out it is all connected to electricity and then I am supposed to buy an electric car to save energy?

Please tell me how???

I ask those folks making electric cars: How am I saving electricity with an electric car?
Plus, I can’t drive very far either before I have to recharge the battery again. And that means I need electricity for my car and if I have to wait I’ll drink a coffee and/ or have something to eat, and playing with my computer too -> you need electricity.

I am dumbfounded here with all this electricity because at the end of the day no one is using less electricity, and they may be using more because some marketing person is saying everything is energy efficient so please buy more of everything that runs on electricity!

But where is the extra electricity going to come from and who’s going to pay the price for it??

And so everyone goes out with a good feeling and buys more thinking that they are doing their share because that little rating label on the product say so. Has anyone thought about the production methods behind the product or where it is shipped from and the amount of electricity and other sorts of resources that are used to produce it? I bet not

Electricity is also a precious thing and resources are required to produce it too and I think people should be aware or make themselves aware of how much electricity they actually use in the course of a day otherwise too the lights may go out for a long time and there you are sitting in the dark because no one thought about how much electricity they needed and your electric car will sit in the garage too because there won’t be enough electricity to run it either like your gas run car.

Be aware of how much energy you use and think about your next purchase of an electrical appliance be it large or small -> are you really saving and do you really need it?

Men and Cars

As you can imagine from the title this has something to do with men and their passion for cars.
Today my guy took it upon himself to drag me to an auto show where a huge hall was filled with all models of cars manufactured by some European company.

There I was and let me tell you I wasn’t the only gal there not too excited about how much horsepower the car had or what sort of tires it had. There were lots of gals there just standing looking into space while their other half was prancing around the car like it was an object that has never been seen before.

Actually, I wanted to ask each gal” are you having a good time or are you here like me,; just along for the ride?” I am pretty sure most were in the same boat as I was. If I asked my guy to come look at handbags he would tell me that I am nuts and that I can do that alone or with one of my gal friends. But with cars I have to be dragged along for some reason which I am sorry to say I cannot answer.

The men themselves were more interesting than the cars were; because it seemed each one was trying to outdo the other by the way they swayed up to the car and stood in front of it. It was like being in the Wild West without a horse. Gals I am sure you know what I am talking about.

Somehow I think most of the men there had forgotten where they were and of course who knows more about which model is very important or for example MPG and so forth. Men say we gals have a handbag problem but when I was standing there I thought if all these guys here had enough space at home each one of them would have bought at least 5 cars and have them on display in their garage all shining and nice but not to be touched by the female species.

My guy came across a model which he found interesting and talked to some guy for 45 minutes about this and that. I wasn’t there anymore and when he was finished he turned and said to me” oh, you are still here?” I thought were should I be? His mind was clouded by the fresh leather interiors and shiny paint, and I was lost only to be an object there to hold onto the brochures.

But then I got bored and thought I will look around myself while he’s gossiping with some guys about whatever.

There before my eyes was my car! It was like a handbag screaming at me saying “buy me.” I stood there before it and saw myself sitting behind the while driving endlessly through the countryside with the top down and the sun shining and not a care in the world. I was in heaven!

But I was brought back to reality because I didn’t have the right amount of small change with me. So my driving around in the convertible was brought to an abrupt halt. Though it was great for a couple of minutes and I could amuse myself until I was brought back to reality again for the 2nd time by the salesman saying that car was for younger folks and I should maybe take a look at the other model with seats that are easier to get out of. You can just image the look I gave him and walked away! Men don’t they think gals can’t like cars too?

Well, after wandering around I found my guy still in the same spot that I left him but only to find the number of other guys in the conversation had increased to 6 now. I thought -> how can I get his attention? Maybe jump up and down, scream or stand on my head? I tried the old fashioned way of tugging on his sweater but no luck so I said to him that I wanted to go home. That was a mistake with a capital “M”.

Gals never; I repeat never say that at a car show.. I will spare you the rest here.

So, gals if your guy asks if you want to go to a car show with him than I would nicely suggest that you say “You can go alone and I can enjoy a nice day out with the gals.” This way saving a lot of grief on both sides and the men can enjoy their time with the cars and we can enjoy our time with the handbags!

Enjoy your day whatever you decide to do!

World Earth Day April 22, 2012

World Earth Day is a day to make you aware of what is happening to the earth.

This is a good idea but why only on this day?

People should think about the environment everyday and not just for a couple of hours on a specific day. If people practiced saving energy and natural recourses and thought about how much water, gas, energy or other things that they use throughout their day we wouldn’t need to be reminded once a year that the earth’s resources are slowly but defiantly dwindling away.

Society seems to have gotten so greedy that they only think about themselves and what they need and not on the next generations to come and will there be anything left for those generations too?

There are so many ways a household can make their mark on the environment but are they willing to and do they maybe want to do without? This I doubt very much and so there you go the problem with the environment.

I myself can see the changes in the world around me that are caused from waste. Look at the oceans with all the plastic floating around in it and this being ingested by fish or they get tangled up in it and die. But as many think -> who cares; out of sight out of mind!

Or why does everyone have to own so many cars and then they all wonder -> why is there a gas shortage and prices are rising. Really now folks get real!

Or do you really need to watch TV 24/7 because the television set consumes a lot of energy and you have to pay for the electricity too. Maybe, ever thought of a TV free day or reading a book that could stimulate the mind as an alternative.

Another one is what ever happened to the good’ol clothes line where you hung your clothes out to dry and the wind and the sun dried them and they smelled good too and all that without the need of an electric dryer. The wonders of nature can be fascinating!!

There are thousands of ways that people can help out and still enjoy life. It is just a matter of starting to change your life style and not always procrastinate and say that I’ll start that tomorrow because you know as well as I do “Tomorrow never comes”

Think about what you can do and maybe you will feel better about yourself by doing your bit for the earth!

Text Me a Date

As the heading implies this is for both guys and gals looking for the perfect date or partner via texting with your cell phone. I bet you have never really thought about this before or even tried it have you?

Well, I can say I never have but then again I’m from the old school where I want to see what I am getting into and not get a shock of my life… if you know what I mean? Plus the added costs involved with texting may put a dent in my bank account and that I want to avoid at all costs!

But let me explain to you how this supposedly nifty little ritual works if you haven’t already tried it.

You decided that you want to meet someone or are looking to replace your present model be it a guy or gal. Well, all you have to do is sign up with the agency for a small fee of about $300.00 and a cell phone is included in the price but then there are rules you have to abide by and that can be somewhat of a drawback.

You have to text with the person for at least 3 months before you can meet-up and no pictures are allowed to be sent; either of you or of the other person thus creating an air of mystery around both of you.
Doesn’t that sound trilling ??

Plus, there is a small texting fee of 0.29 cents per text you send. But that shouldn’t put you off when you are seriously looking for a new partner or replacement. I calculated 6 texts a day x 6 months = $156.60 -> so the person better be worth it.

You start texting with the person and they describe themselves and what they do and so forth. And you can just imagine girls that could be the man of your dreams and can hardly wait to meet-up with him because you have fallen in love with his text messages and feel swept off your feet. Well the time is up and your heart is fluttering and you doll yourself up for the evening and there he is waiting for you at the restaurant sitting at the table and you wonder to yourself “ is that the guy I have been texting with for the past 3 months?”

Somehow, he doesn’t really look like the description he used of himself in the text message or maybe he had been sniffing the cork when he wrote you and so naturally his thoughts could have been somewhat distorted from alcohol. But, you say to yourself “he wrote such lovely texts, so he has to be a nice guy.”
You force yourself over to the table and he is automatically in love with you. Than what???

Save me!!

I am sure you would be able to get yourself out of this with some sort of trusty white lie; like -> oh, I forgot to take the dog out before I came here and I must rush back home right now or else he may crap on my new carpet. Nothing worse than a stained carpet to ruin your evening.

And there you go your evening is saved!

Now guys, you may be faced with a similar problem with this form of dating too. But, no fears either if the gal isn’t exactly what you thought she would be.

You say to her: Just a moment I need my app for excuses and then you can say -> Oh, I forgot today is Tuesday and every week at this time I meet-up with all my buddies at our knitting group, so sorry I have to rush now because I don’t what to miss out on how to knit a pair of socks. And there you go freed from the turmoil of the date.

I really don’t think the gal would believe you but then again it’s better than telling her straight out that you are not interested.

But I could be wrong here with this and maybe you both may hit it off and have a great time and then it’s money well invested. And if that is true then I hope both of you enjoy yourselves together!

Texting in Town

This is a somewhat dangerous form of sport though many have taken-up this sport and have done themselves some bodily harm to say the least.

I have seen many a person walk along the street and not notice where they are walking and either walk into someone or almost get run over by a car. Is text massaging that important and if it is why don’t the people stop walking to write their message? Or are they rushed for time?

They should designate special ”T” texting benches along the street so when someone has the urge to send a text message they can sit down and write it and not have to worry about walking into something or getting run over. But then again the benches may be full and you have to take a number before you can sit down to text causing some stress among the people waiting to text a message.
There would naturally be a 5 minute time limit as to how long you are allowed to sit and text, and if you overstay your 5 minutes a meter maid is standing there with her trusty ticket book to write you a ticket for overstaying your allowed time of 5 minutes.

This would also generate funds for cities that are strapped for cash and create jobs too. Thus, opening up a whole new world for everyone from the cell phone texter to the city.

Though I do have another idea for texting in town with the text lanes and how this works is very similar to the street when driving. On the sidewalk there are 4 lanes.
One lane is for normal pedestrians just strolling down the street and then there is the slow text lane where the person is texting but walking very slowly. Lane 3 is a bit faster and you are just sending quick messages and receiving a quick answer so you can over take lane 2. Lane 4 is like the commuter lane where you must have at least 3 phones in your hand and texting with them all at the same time, and if you aren’t then you will be pulled over and given a ticket for not obeying the 3 phone regulation and the same holds true for all the other lanes too.

When those ideas will be implemented I am not too sure but I am hoping that some city planners will find my ideas interesting. But as always I am sure they may find it a bit obscure and say” sorry we’re not interested”.

But I am sure someone will come up with an idea as to how to protect texter’s from the perils of texting.

I have even read that people who text too much have problems spelling real words because they forgot how to spell or they have to go to a special clinic for treatment of withdrawal from texting.

If this is true – how can anyone send so many text messages or are they the professional texter’s who are up for the Olympic medal in texting?

And there are Olympic texting contests too for those who can text 100 messages simultaneously in a minute with 100 cell phones and see who is the fastest and not make any spelling mistakes either

This is a true feat indeed!!

So, all you professional cell phone texter’s out there; practice up for the next upcoming championship in your area to qualify for the Olympics. I heard the winner gets a pocket size cell phone texter dictionary with only 100k pages in it.
A must for all!

If you win please text us a message with your cell phone, so we will all know about it.

Enjoy your cell phone and be careful next time you are on the street sending a message with your cell!

The smell of great food

Today brings back memories of my childhood where my mom would always cook-up a real great tasting meal for us and we would devour it in less than 30 minutes.

My mom spent hours in the kitchen preparing the meal. We never ate fish like other folks; we ate roast beef and boy was that good!!

I was always amazed at how my mom always managed to whip-up such a great meal and after slaving in the kitchen for hours still be in a good mood. Though one year her mood turned sour when Cesar our Great Dane dog did something that got him thrown out of the house for a couple of days.

Like always on this day every year my grandparents were there and my mom was busy like always and I had to stay out of the way and keep an eye on Cesar too. I wasn’t too happy about keeping an eye on the dog because I wanted to do other things like play outside. But since I was cleaned up for the day that meant staying inside whiling my time away with the dog.

Cesar and I were having a good time in my bedroom reading books together on my bed. He was a very attentive listener and knew good literature when he heard it, but somehow I must have dosed off reading to him and never noticed that he had slipped off the bed and left my bedroom and snuck downstairs into the kitchen where my mom was basting the roast beef -> bingo!!

My mom had placed the OPEN roasting pan on the oven door and had her back turned to the oven and how Cesar managed was beyond me. But he managed some how to get the roast beef out of the roasting pan without burning himself and came back up stairs into my room with the roast in his mouth.

You can image the scream that came from the kitchen from my mom!!!

And at the same time she screamed I woke up to find Cesar lying at the foot of my bed enjoying a roast. I was still somewhat a sleep but when my mom & dad came into my room I was wide awake and Cesar was pulled off the bed and the roast was taken away from him and I got in big trouble for not keeping an eye on the dog.

Poor Cesar had to stay outside for a couple of days in the cold.

My mom was really upset to say the least and so we were served bread and gravy with vegetables because the roast was already eaten.

I must say when I look back at that day, that it was somehow great fun and the food was good too. There was never a dull day at our house when I was growing up and my mom had nerves of steel to put up with such goings on. But there’s one thing for sure no matter how dire things were she always had a smile on her face and said a kind word about everything.

I wish everyone reading this a Happy Easter and enjoy your time with your family and friends!

To short for the bank?

I always believed that it would never harm you to put a bit of your money where you can’t reach it but what I didn’t think was that a bank in some European city literally did it.

I am like everyone else and sooner or later I need a bit of cash so that I can make some necessary purchases such as shoes, handbags and maybe once in a while some groceries, but what I didn’t know was that if you are under a certain height of at least 6 feet you can’t withdraw any money from your account.

I feel somehow that those folks at the bank wouldn’t want me to make any withdrawals because I am shorter than 6 feet tall so therefore disqualify for withdrawing money from my account.

But what they didn’t reckon with was that just because the ATM is 6 feet off the ground in the side of the wall at the bank was that as a gal like me who owns a large handbag has her trusty fold up ladder with her for any situation.
All I have to do is go to the bank open my handbag and get out my ladder and join it together (similar system to tent poles) and lean it against the wall and climb up it and place my card in the machine and presto out pops my money.

Though there are some problems at this bank because maybe some gal customers forgot their handbag fold-up ladder, but if you open up a new account with them you will get one when you make an initial deposit of $100.00.
So no worries!!

Guys on the other hand may want to try the mountain climbing method because it’s easier to carry around some carabiners then a fold-up ladder unless they have their briefcase ladder with them. The briefcase ladder functions the same way as the handbag model. But for the mountain climbers there’s already rope on the wall so you just need to bring your own carabiners with you. These you can stuff in your pocket before you go to the bank.

So plan ahead before you make your next cash withdrawal!

What’s really interesting about this bank is that sometimes we all are a bit forgetful and leave our ladder or carabiners at home, so for a small fee of $5.00 a second allowing you to rent either of them, plus you have to sign a rental contract first just in case you damage either the ladder of carabiners and then you have a $60.00 users deposit and only get it back when you return the ladder or carabiners back undamaged. Also, the rental fee and deposit is automatically booked directly from your account so you don’t have to withdraw any extra cash to cover the rental fee.
But if you are a bit strapped for cash then they will under no terms let you use their ladder or carabiners. But there may be someone nice by the machine outside and let you use theirs, so I wouldn’t worry about this too much.

If the weather is bad then you should really plan your trip to the bank because there’s nothing worse than a torrential rain storm and you realize that you need cash!!

There you stand in the rain putting your ladder together or trying the get your carabiners out and getting soaking wet at the same time. My advice is: Either have your ladder or carabiners ready and your rain coat on or postpone you trip until it stops raining if you can.
Plus it’s better if you go to the bank with a friend because this way one of you can hold the ladder while the other does their banking transactions.

Also, the ATM accepts coins too, so if you want to deposit them into your account you can do so. But don’t let them fall out of your hand because you will have to chase them everywhere and I am not sure if everyone standing in line with their ladders are honest. So take heed when doing that!

So next time you realize that you have to go to the bank -> Don’t forget your ladder or else no money for the weekend!

Looking for Mr. or Ms. Marble

I never before thought about being in love with a marble statue but supposedly somewhere in the world someone is.
This could be seen as bringing a whole new meaning to the words dating and relationships for guys and gals.

I’ll be somewhat old fashioned and start with “Ladies first” and list the pros and cons of such a relationship.

Pros
Your Mr. Marble never argues with you -> now this is a real plus and saves your nerves and you won’t go gray so fast from arguing with someone.

Never complains -> This is even better because there is no one there to say that dinner is cold or his shirts aren’t pressed right and so forth.

Virtually maintenance free -> never have to do any laundry or clean up after him, so this means more free time to do what you want.

There are many other things too that I could list here but then I would run out of space.

Though there are a couple of cons to a Mr. Marble too:

Mr. Marble can’t talk -> this makes for a very one sided conversation and could get boring after awhile, and because I love to talk; I am not too sure about such a guy.

Can’t take me out ->now here’s a real problem. Just think about it; you reserved a table at a nice restaurant and you show up with Mr. Marble and take your seat and he is seated next to you. Well, don’t be surprised if you get some strange looks, and the worst part is when you are finished you have to pay for the meal yourself, plus you never get invited out by Mr. Marble.

I like to be invited out, so this defiantly wouldn’t work for me!

The worst one is driving around in your car. You have to chauffeur Mr. Marble everywhere and pay for the gas on top of that too. But if you own a bicycle you can put Mr. Marble in the basket and ride around with him and be the envy of all your gal friends.

Still somehow a real guy seems more appealing to me. But then again I never had a Mr. Marble.

The worst thought of all is; what happens when Mr. Marble accidentally falls on the floor and shatters into a thousand pieces??? Will you be able to replace him and is he insured with accidental cover?

Otherwise, there could be serious trouble in your life, unless to deliberately threw Mr. Marble on the ground because you had enough of him and wanted a newer model. Now that’s not bad. No arguing crying or divorce. One drop and he’s out of your life!

Now guys, I haven’t forgotten you here either. There’s the Ms. Marble version who will never talk back to you either and can sit next to you hours on end as you watch sports on TV and never complaining about it. Or just plain o’l cruise around with Ms. Marble in the car and be the envy of all your buddies and the advantage of Ms. Marble is she’s a cheap date.
No more spending money on needless dates that don’t lead anywhere because Ms. Marble won’t lead you anywhere either. Ms. Marble will always have a face of stone so no worries there either.

This whole issue brings you to think that times are really changing and if you want to keep abreast of them, then maybe you should consider in investing in a Mr. or Ms. Marble at an unbelievable cheap price of $19.95 plus tax and a five year guarantee against rust. So rush out now before Friday and pick yourself up one for a stress free weekend.

Coffee in my car

Most people love to drink a fresh cup of coffee no matter where you are; whether out and about or just hanging out. There’s nothing better than a good cup of coffee to make your day go better or just to relax and enjoy it.

With the coffee to go rage that’s one thing, but by the time you get back into your car the coffee has cooled off a bit and that can be somewhat disappointing if it’s cold outside.

But there is supposedly a new gadget that can help you while you are driving. How it works I am not too sure but can image though that it takes some pretty tricky maneuvering to drive and make coffee at the same time.

You just backed your car out of the driveway and head down the street and think to yourself “It’s high time for a fresh cup of coffee” and so what do you do?
You get out your little coffee maker gadget and turn it on and press a few buttons and place a porcelain mug (no paper cups please) under the thing that squirts out the coffee and there you go a hot cup of good’ol coffee! Oh, I forgot you need to put some coffee in the thing too..Sorry

I am starting to get the jitters from the caffeine in my coffee so I better be careful here or I may get forgetful…

What worries me with this whole set-up is as a gal -> how can I drive, make coffee and put my make-up on all at the same time, and still keep my eye on the road, and maybe send a couple of text messages to my gal friends saying that I’m having a fresh cup of coffee in my car. Or you guys too -> read the newspaper (whatever section interests you) make your coffee and send out a couple of emails from your handheld device, and also keep your eye on the road. Has anyone managed to do that???

I bet there are some seminars out there for this problem and I am going to register for one of them and earn a certificate in making coffee in my car.

Though guys and gals must be careful not to spill any of their coffee on themselves because if they don’t have the built-in dry cleaners in their car than that could means trouble with a capital ”T” !!

You cannot get out of the car with a coffee stain on your cloths because everyone would then know that you have the coffee gadget but not the dry cleaning gadget and that could really put a spot on your day…

I see this as real multi-tasking and by the time I get to work I am ready for the day. Plus to solve my dirty cup problem I’ve installed a mini dish washer in my car, so that I don’t have any dirty mugs lying around in my car when I come out in the evening after work.

I wonder just how many people own such a thing and do you need a special license to use it because it sounds like it may be part of one of those new ways to drive your car and therefore you need a special coffee-making license. But either way you look at it; it maybe a “must have” for 2012.

Enjoy a good cup of coffee wherever you are!