Monday, March 23, 2009

Random Shit Monday

There was a truck in front of me the other day that had stickers on it that made it look like there were bullets holes all over fake bullet holes all over the tailgate. I truly do not get this. I am just not sure why this guy wants to say to the world, "I am such a huge asshole that someone SHOT AT ME" I guess I shouldn’t be surprised that he also had fucking hitch balls. For those of you asking what hitch balls are, here you go. Classy. I couldn’t tell for sure, but I’d be wiling to bet there was a mullet involved. I’ll bet the guy has to beat the ladies of with a stick, because he is clearly quite a catch.


I saw that truck in the drive-thru line at McDonald’s while I was getting some morning caffeine. You know what I really hate? People who blow their horn in the McDonald’s drive-thru line. I understand that you are in a very important hurry, but do you not realize that we have no control over our speed here? The poor guy at the window is just waiting for his McMuffins and there you are, three cars behind him, blowing your goddamned horn. In MY ear. Stop it.


We rented some movies from redbox this weekend, and I have to say, Dear Baby Jesus – thank you for redbox. I am serious – they are cheap, and best of all, I don’t have to deal with the idiot working at the video store. I know netflix is cool, too, but really, if it involves stamps and mailboxes, I will fuck it up. Redbox is much easier for me.

Anyway, we watched Bolt, What Just Happened, and The Boy in the Striped Pajamas. I didn’t expect to like Bolt, but I did. I think I was biased, since two of the main characters were voiced by Miley Cyrus and John Travolta, and I don’t like either one of them. So I was prepared not to like the movie. But it turned out it was pretty damned funny.

I think What Just Happened is one of those movies that is really for Hollywood. Because I think that anyone in the film industry probably found it uproariously funny, but for the rest of us, it was just one inside joke after another. I just didn’t really get it.

**warning, spoiler-y**The Boy in the Striped Pajamas was a weird one for me. I was prepared to love it, but it just kid of missed for me. I liked it most of the way through (for as much as you can like a movie about the holocaust). Other than the fact that the boy from the camp was not only way too robust, but actually had full-on chubby cheeks, it was engaging and somewhat interesting. But the end ruined it for me. I think I was supposed to be heartbroken by it, but I wasn’t. don’t get me wrong, it was sad. But the overall horror of the holocaust is so overwhelming that it is hard to feel sympathy over this one “accidental” death. I mean, I guess that was the whole point of the movie that the holocaust was horrible. But you don’t rally need to kill off an innocent German boy to prove it to me. I know already. Six million dead Jews and 5 million other dead ethnic and religious minorities, disabled people, homosexuals, and free-thinkers (or more) pretty much make it clear without this contrived story that I felt was intended to pull at my heartstrings. It simply didn’t. in fact, although the boy was likable and I felt bad, I still found myself thinking, “well, boo-fucking hoo”

I know that the movie was critically acclaimed, but I just can’t get on board with the rave reviews. I didn’t hate it, I don’t think it was a bad movie, but I just couldn’t help being disappointed in the end (and don’t think I expected a happy ending, because there are none in this subject matter). I broke my own rule and saw the movie without reading the book and that may have made it worse. Reading about the book, I think I would have appreciated the slight differences. The movie, though, left me feeling…I don’t know…weirdly uncaring. Maybe that makes me cold, I don’t know. But Schindler’s List made me cry. Anne Frank: Diary of a Young Girl made me cry. Inheritance made me cry. Forgotten Holocaust made me cry. The Holocaust made me cry. Survival in Auschwitz made me cry. Night made me cry. Every single book I have read on the subject made me cry. Visiting Dachau made me an emotional wreck. But this movie just made me feel manipulated and underestimated.


OK, so now, since I hate to end things on such a heavy note, I will talk about dogs.

When I was cleaning on Friday, I found a few large-ish chunks of black pet hair. Now, having a black dog and cat means that I am always finding hair floating around, sometimes even big tufts and tumbleweeds of it. But these were bigger than normal an I was a little concerned that one of the pets was having some sort of problem. Until Sunday when I saw this:

I know it's not a great photo, so in case you can't tell, that is a large chunk of fur missing from the dog's back. one of several, in fact. Put that together with me being unable to find scissors Saturday and The Girl “helpfully” telling me exactly where they were, and I think we all know what happened here. I guess she has moved on from putting eyeshadow on him.

Also - Puppy! (not mine, just “borrowed” for a little while from Rapunzel)

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meno said...

I saw the perfect bumoer sticker for that dude once;


Gwen said...

I wrote a blog a while back about all the stupid shit people put on their cars (I sarcastically called it Joyride). I covered bumper stickers, memorials, cracked window stickers, Baby on Board signs, but I missed the bullet hole stickers. That was a large oversight, because bullet hole stickers are probably the worst things I have ever heard of in my whole life, except, of course, the Holocaust. I think I'll skip the Striped Pajamas movie because I'm already annoyed by it just reading your description. They really expect us to feel sorry for one single child dying accidentally when millions of children were murdered in the gas chambers? I have done a lot of reading on the Holocaust. The saddest thing I ever read was in, I believe, Mankind's Search For Meaning, when the author describes the long parade of empty baby carriages that had once carried healthy, beautiful babies. Terrible. We don't need a manipulative fiction to teach us about the horrors of the holocaust. The truth is sadly enough. P.S. Your puppy is unbelievably adorable. Your daughter? There are no words to describe how beautiful she is. Those eyes!!! I don't know how you could ever say no to her about anything. I couldn't :)

Anonymous said...

Totally spit my drink out. Well, what didn't come out my nose came out my mouth... The picture of the dog hair is just hysterical!!!!! And the fact that she somehow knew exactly where the scissors were makes it even more funny.

Karen said...

I'm so sorry, one of our county's finest must have escaped. You cannot even count the number of such trucks here in Somerset.

And RedBox truly is Da Bomb.

Karly said...

PUPPY! Love the puppy! Cute little furry puppy!

And I used to be all thank you Jesus about the Redbox as well, but then I got a million $10 movies and $13 movies and yes $20 movies, because I forget to return them the next day! Gah!

Tanyetta said...

that is the cutest puppy ever. this is coming from a NON pet lover :)