Random thoughts 3

Is the word “pregnant” too tough to spell/say? I am, of course, referring to this new literary phenomenon that is the word ‘preggers’. I don’t care who came up with it…it’s stupid. So is adding “izzle” to the end of every third word, as well as abbreviating everything or coming up with cute little one-worded terms for everything. What is with this lack of language? Are you trying to save your breath? Do you actually believe that if you compress five words into two that you’ll live longer? Do you know how many studies are out there that have the words “will increase longevity”, “will help you to live longer”, “is better for your health”? Are we all that afraid of death? Give it up, because it’s going to happen anyway.

People who smoke for years and years and develop lung cancer should NOT be suing tobacco companies. It has been proven that smoking cigarettes leads to lung cancer. There are waitresses (who have never smoked in their lives) who have developed lung cancer because they served food to smokers in smoky restaurants for years and years, and that’s not fair to them. I believe that tobacco companies manipulated the amounts of nicotine in cigarettes to make them more addictive and keep people buying them so that those tobacco companies can make millions more dollars in profits. But even then, it’s your own fault for smoking in the first place. In this day and age, we have access to multiple studies that go into fine detail about the harmful effects of smoking, so why do people continue to smoke? It’s a mystery as to how some things catch on and become popular…

Truly beautiful people are those who do not need makeup, silicone, facelifts, or plastic surgery. They are kind, helpful, and caring. They are book smart and have common sense. They are sympathetic regardless of your age, race, or religion. These people are generally known as ‘characters’ and are seen only in movies.

At Gold’s Gym in North Vancouver, there are two urinals in the men’s washroom, side by side. Whenever a guy is occupying one of them (usually the one on the left, closest to the wall), and another guy has to go, he will not go to the other urinal, but rather head directly into one of the two bathroom stalls. Weird, or what? I’ve seen this happen multiple times, and I’m thinking it might be a product of homophobia. After all, gyms are seen as ‘manly’ places, and in such a testosterone-fueled environment, homophobia is definitely present (except when said manly men are telling obscurely gay jokes or are showering together and talking about their packages). But I don’t see how using a urinal beside a man who’s also using a urinal denotes anything of a homosexual nature.

Gym: a place where white people from the suburbs frequent to feel “tough”.
Synonyms: Health club, fitness centre.

Why is it that most people who conduct phone surveys speak with so heavy an accent that you can’t understand them (thus making the conversation three times as long as it should be)?

I don’t understand most sports these days, particularly the level of “sportsmanship” that players show towards one another (in particular, Todd Bertuzzi sucker-punching Steve Moore). I don’t know the full story, but apparently Moore did something to a member of the Canucks that prompted Bertuzzi to hit Moore in a later game. Isn’t it kind of childish to hit someone for hitting someone else? I don’t think Bertuzzi should have been allowed back to the ice after that. Do we know what kind of physical damage has been done to Moore, anyway? A fractured neck and a concussion? That’s a lotta punishment to dish out! Couldn’t Moore have been fined, penalized, or thrown out of the game for whatever he did in order to receive the hit from Bertuzzi? Why do people hit each other in hockey, anyway? How is that in any way sportsmanlike? I know what it’s like to be competitive and to get angry, but that doesn’t mean throwing away your common sense. What kind of barbarianism is this that you have to drop your gloves and start swinging madly at another guy just because he’s telling you that you suck? IT’S JUST A GAME! A game is something you PLAY and have FUN with. But OH NO, not us humans! We’ve got to turn it into a business, throw lots of money into it, have hour-long press conferences, million-dollar free agent deals, billion-dollar advertisements, and lucrative endorsement deals. It’s no longer a game, it’s a corporate-owned, multi-million-dollar-making machine that makes people (who live in the same country) turn against each other because they’re not rooting for the same team and turns regular parents into hardcore personal trainers/coaches for their kids when they’re playing sports and it eats up the precious time in our lives where we could be doing things of a more productive nature.

Bill Maher said something along these lines in his 2003 HBO “Victory at home” stand-up show: “You know who I feel sorry for? Whores. What can a whore wear anymore to signify that they’re selling their asses?” Back in the 1960s, ‘70s, and perhaps early ‘80s, whores were women who’d be out on the street corner wearing skimpy clothing. They were ‘attention getters’ that displayed their ‘products’ for ‘sale or use’: heavy makeup, full cleavage, belly shirts, and tight pants/shorts. Nowadays, I see regular women dressed like that in the mall. I don’t know whether to ask for a phone number or change for a 50!

I might eventually become just another celebrity in one of those 15-minute “shocking celebrity exposé” stories when it’s a slow news day.

“I believe with the advent of acid, we discovered new ways to think and it has to do with piecing together new thoughts of mind. Why is it that people are so afraid of it? What is it about it that scares people so deeply? Because they are afraid that there is more to reality than they have ever confronted. That there are doors that they are afraid to go in and they don’t want us to go in there either because if we go in, there we might learn something that they don’t know. And that makes us a little out of their control.” – Ken Kesey, instigator of acid tests.

A good friend of mine recommended to me a book called “No logo” by Naomi Klein. After reading a few reviews about it online, I am getting the impression that it may open my eyes a little bit more as to how we, the consumers, are constantly shielded by the giant roadside billboard ads when it comes to what’s going on in the rest of the world (particularly the rumours of people in third world countries making a lot of the products that we buy in stores). I haven’t read the book yet, but I’d sure like to know more about “free trade zones” in countries like South Korea and Indonesia. Also, if you want another eye opener, see Pam Anderson’s NEW VIDEO:

A guy at the moving company commented that there’s been a lack of homeless people in the Vancouver area lately. I agreed, and suggested that the reason may be that the BC Provincial government decided to retaliate against China for all the illegal immigrants that are here by driving around in vans collecting as many of the stinkiest, filthiest, ugliest, craziest vagrants this city has to offer, stuffing them all into a shipping container, and sending them off to China.

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