Schadensfreude

Schadenfreude is something that is seen everywhere around the world today. The word means that someone takes pleasure in the misfortune of someone else, being it a stranger, friend or family member.

Why have people gotten so that they enjoy the misfortune of others?

You see and read about this everyday and no one seems to notice until it has taken on a large scale or they are made aware of it through some internet platform. I see this almost every day on the street were someone is making fun of the other persons bad luck or situation and the one laughing at the person never really thinks about the damage – being it physical or mental that they are causing or inflicting on the other person.

Schadensfreude seems to have turned into a sort of game amongst younger people inflicting humiliation and mental pain on other people. The ones doing the mobbing feel cool and think “ wow, I’m great” – but have they ever thought about how they would react if they were the victim of schadensfreude? I bet not!!

Where is society going when that is what people do for fun all the time? A sad day for mankind and how people behave – It seems that respect and being polite to each other have been flushed down the toilet.

It seems to me the people who enjoy schadenfreude are the ones who have the real problem and don’t know how to deal with their problems, so they think “hey, I’ll make someone else’s life miserable or I will enjoy that they are having a bad time and can rub their nose in it.” What jerks those people are!

People should try to have a day were they could be nice to everyone and not be happy that the other person is having a bad time and maybe their lives would be better too because there isn’t any schadenfreude.

Junk email

I noticed recently that I seem to be getting more spam/ junk emails in my email in box. You know as well as I do that these junk emails are really annoying to get and that you have to take the time to delete them. A never ending process!

I would love to ask those spammers: Do you enjoy getting spam in your email in box? And I bet they would say “no”.

I love to read the reference of the emails and I wonder to myself do these jokers realize that I am a women???

These can be really humorous from a woman’s point of view.

I would like to list a few here because I am sure there are some of you out there too who have received the same sort of spam.

Just to side track a moment remember when the name spam wasn’t something that you got via electronic post but a product that you could buy in the grocery store that was sold in a can.

I have always wondered what is the connection between these two??? Does anyone know the answer?

Anyways, here are some really great email headers:

1. Lose weight organically – How the heck is that supposed to work?

2. Increase your chest size with pills – Right pop a pill and with its placebo effect I can see my chest expanding two sizes within 2 weeks boosting my ego and draining my bank account.

3. Lengthen your male parts – How should I do this I don’t have any manly parts on my body. Do they know something that I don’t ?

4. The blue wonder pill – What should I do with the blue pill? I thought those were for guys or am I mistaken and is it really a wonder?

5. Meet the partner of your dreams in 3 easy steps – Wow, if life was that easy? Did someone tell them that I was single and only need to take 3 steps to meet a guy?

6. Better your marriage – Now I’m married. I am really getting mixed up. Am I single or married? Could someone tell me???

7. You just won 5 million dollars – That’s great, but how did I win it without playing any lotteries?

8. Play poker – I am not a card player or are they hoping that I will become one?

9. Make friends in your city – Are they saying that I don’t have any friends and should get out more and are they people I want to be friends with?

The list could be endless as to the headers which are on emails but one thing for sure is they can be entertaining even if they are annoying.

I always wonder is there anyone out the in the cyber world that actually looks at these emails and contacts the sender about the product? I am sure someone does.

Can imagine opening email number 5 on my list : Meet your partner of your dreams in three easy steps.

1. Send in $20.00
2. Receive a confirmation that they received your $20.00
3. Receive new email saying you need to send more money because there isn’t anyone in your area for you.
4. Send us another $ 20.00 and we will look again and there isn’t anyone for you – sorry but thanks for the money!

The wonders of electronic post – enjoy your spam headers!

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!

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!

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!

Books & Language

Because I love to read (my App friends will hate me for this) I stumbled across a book about everyday America and its words and idiomatic phrases and because the book is in two languages it makes it more interesting.

But as I am sure many of you may not understand its contents, so I thought I would help you along here by listing these wonderful words and there meanings. Please note this is not a direct translation always and I do not use one of those internet translators either. Though I must admit they are good for a laugh because they never get the wording right.

Instructions for reading: American word first and the translation follows and if you have any questions do not ask because we do not have the answer either.

Apple polisher -> brown noser

Behind the times -> Toooo old and you better catch up on how things are today.

Billion -> Spending way too much money that you don’t have

Call it a day -> I have had enough of work and my colleagues for today and now what to go home and see what I can stir-up there.

A Diamond is forever -> Honey start saving your money if you want to marry me!

Facts of life -> I have no idea and probably never will. Ask someone else if you want the answer.

Girl Friday -> The chick the boss is having an affair with.

Holidays -> Something I have never heard of.

Jaywalk -> How to get hit by a car.

Keep your shirt on -> By all means if the guys good-looking he can take it off.

Lost generation -> Someone trying to find themselves.

No-Kidding -> You have nothing better to say.

Phoney -> There’s a lot of that around today.

Scoop -> Good gossip amongst the girls.

Think tank -> Over paid people trying to bid for more time.

Walk out -> Leave your partner for a newer model.

Women’s lib -> Does this exist and what is it?

Zero in on something -> It may take a while until I understood what you were saying.

So now after reading this you are an expert at American English and you do not need to use a dictionary – oh, sorry I mean an App to understand someone.

TV & Ironing

I know this doesn’t sound like such an earth moving topic but I thought it really is. I had to iron the other day and I am sure many of you love to do this job just as much as I do.

Well, when I am doing this job I always love to switch on the TV and watch some stimulating entertainment that will amuse me while I am ironing. So as I was zapping through the channels I came across a program about mothers looking for wives for their adult sons. Now I thought I have to watch this! It’s a sad day when a guy about 35 years old needs his mom to go on TV for him to find him a wife.

But since I was home alone I thought this is the program to watch while ironing, and thank goodness that I had everything set-up before the program started so I wouldn’t miss a second of the show ( I mean set-up the ironing board and the other stuff plus a good glass of wine to make the job go more smoothly because I may need it by the time this program is over.) I was sure there would be some real interesting guys on this program and I wanted to be on the safe side to make sure that I didn’t pick the wrong man out in my life. I can just image there I am stuck with the wrong model and I have to let the better model slip through my fingers because I wasn’t watching this program.

Gals take note: Do no miss out on such programs if you are unsure of your present model!!!

Anyways, they showed some guy about 36 years old and his mom was telling about all the good traits that he has. I must say he isn’t really my kind a guy -> maybe I’m tooooooo choosy. Though, the guy’s mom goes on as if she is selling a used car and listing the features that come with it. Plus seemingly forgetting to mention if the warranty is still good or not.

I would not be interested if the warranty still wasn’t valid. You know-> just image you take the joker home with you and you find out that all the parts have rusted and that he needs an overhaul, and let alone all the other things that he brings along could be on the verge of needing expensive refurbishing. NO THANK YOU!!!

But one mom listed her son’s traits something like this:

He can repair small appliances -> I can too, so why do I need him, and if he was so good where’s his girlfriend?

Loves to be at home -> What woman in her right mind wants to stay home all the time? Not me! That’s the reason why his last girlfriend probably left him.

Is faithful -> Is the guy a dog?

Collects bottle caps -> only more junk to dust and maybe that didn’t impress his last girlfriend enough to stay around.

But a guy with such traits is really hard to resist.

But please everyone don’t tell my boyfriend about me watching such programs because he may get jealous and who knows he may dump me because he may think that I want to replace him with a newer model.

The more and more the moms spoke the more engrossed in the program I got and so I said the heck with ironing and sat down on the couch with my glass of wine to enjoy the program.

I was sooooo hooked on learning more about these prospective guys because the things they could do just seemed to top what my boyfriend can do. And while sitting on the sofa watching this program there was a short commercial break were you could call-up and say that you found a guy interesting.

I had to fight with myself because guy #2 was soooo interesting and that I wanted to meet him and by the time the commercial was over I just couldn’t think straight anymore. I was in a state asking myself: “ Stay with your boyfriend or dump him for the guy on TV?”

So I started to make a list of things that my boyfriend can and can’t do.

He can’t fix things very good -> That’s why I’m there.

Takes me out -> That’s why I’m there.

We don’t argue 7 times a day -> That’s why I’m there.

So it seems to me now after listing everything that I will stay with him. And that means that I won’t get a chance to meet all those great guys on TV. But then again I am sure somewhere on this planet there are gals out there just waiting to fall into their arms.

I wish all those guys on TV looking for chicks “good luck” and sorry but you can count me out because I have to finish my ironing.