Monthly Archives: April 2015

Hard or Easy? A Whining Blog

Some chores in regular adult life are fairly easy. Some are pretty difficult and time consuming. I have come to realize that I just want to avoid chore, difficulty does not seem to come into the question.

Taxes, blah! Paperwork on top of paperwork, only to end up sending the government more money. And the chore of checking out the bank statement and paying bills. Making a note on the bill to show when it was paid. Leaning over and putting the bill in the bill drawer. Yuck. I used to think, back when we were really poor, that once I could afford to pay my bills it would not be such a chore to do them. I was wrong.



Since I am retired, many chores should be easy. Going to the market, getting gas, picking up a birthday card. I have the time and know it needs to be done, but I still procrastinate.


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I have worked since I was 14 and now, 40 plus years later, I have discovered the joy of sleeping late, putting things off till tomorrow and reading all day long. Sitting with my coffee, reading NPR news and taking my time is such a pleasure. My dog and my brain demand that I go for a walk, but the rest of me just sits.

I open every envelope that arrives, I throw the envelopes away and place the bills on my desk. Then I run away instead of taking that small next step of opening my computer and paying the bills. I get to them before they are late, but oh it is hard.

Supervising a web site for my friend, no problem. Doing work for my charitable organization is fun. Cleaning out a closet, or a box is a great use of time. But the real life things that are required, those I find hard to get to and when I do get to them it is with great reluctance.

So, is this just a bunch of whining? Sure, but it’s my blog so why not.

The Few Who Ruin Things For The Many

(Of course terrorists do this, but I am thinking about day to day life.)

The two teachers who came to school late every day, so the principal called a meeting and lectured all of us on the importance of being on time.

The lady who got angry and called the city to complain about something that in no way affected her and by doing this phone call, put a person completely out of business.

The man at the airport who waited until he was told to take off his belt, take out his lap top, remove the liquids; causing all of us to wait and wait.

The person who is missing their freeway exit so they cut wildly across lanes, maybe or maybe not causing an accident.

The people who pass bad checks to small businesses forcing them to accept cash only.

People who are so worried about their car that they take up two spaces. When I am worried about my car, I park in the far away empty spaces, but not these “the world owes me” types.

What are your favorites / worst?







Is the book ALWAYS better?

I would say the book is always better than the movie if anyone asked me. But the truth is, I have seen some movies that I enjoyed more than the book.



The animated film, “How To Train Your Dragon” was so enjoyable that I bought the book it was based on. I don’t really care for the book, it’s characters do not have the same charm or emotional pull that I found in the movies. The main dragon in the book is tiny and not very friendly, while Toothless, the main dragon in the movie is very charming and has a wicked sense of humor. All of the fun names in the movie are taken from the book, as is the premise, but in this case, I like the movie better.


Another example is the play “Wicked”. I rushed out to buy the book the day after I saw the play. I really did not like the book. I thought was was written in a very pompous manner, was way too long and had a terrible ending. The play on the other hand is a hit for good reason. The characters are charming, the story is fun, funny and thought provoking; a hard mix. And the Play has a terrific ending. I disliked the book so much I refused to keep it in my house!


I liked the movie Julia and Julia better than the book, I found the younger Julia to be very unkind in the book and I did not like her.


Now, the Harry Potter books were also made into movies. Most of my Harry Potter book buddies enjoyed the movies very much. I have only seen two completely and bits and pieces of the others. I think the characters are all very well cast, though I thought Umbridge, Prof. Lupine and Mr. Weasly looked very different than I (with JK’s help) imagined. My problem with the movies was the stuff they changed and the parts they left out. I could list dozens of scenes and moments when I thought the book far superior and was angry at what was left out, but I will just mention one. In my mind the most horrifying change was when Dumbledore was killed. In the books, Dumbledore’s last act is to put a freezing spell on Harry to keep him safe. Because of this spell Harry was forced into helplessness when Dumbledore was killed. The Harry Potter in the books would NEVER have stood by, as Harry did in the movie, and let a friend be harmed.


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Books and movies all have their place and many movies, especially the older ones, have done an amazing job of bringing books to life. I believe that most of the time the book will be better, but now and then, perhaps the movie / play capture the story in a way that makes it more relatable and enjoyable.