January 07, 2007

Running Observations

I was in the gym today running and they had a bunch of televisions on. I listen to music and attempt to read lips on the televisions, which is not so good as I wear glasses for distance and donít wear them when running.

But, I can usually read the script if there is writing on the TV, if the script is big enough. Ticker tape stuff like on CNN is hit or miss. I can sometimes glean something based upon the shape of the word, but when itís an infomercial? They use BIG script, so I can usually tell.

Otherwise I watch all the body language.

So these were my observations from todayís onslaught of television observing.

CNN was on one of the TVs. There was a guy speaking named John Burns. I guess heís really with the NYTimes. That man has some serious hair. I mean crazy. A lot. Chia pet. I may be jealous.

Or not.

Later on the same TV they had Nancy Pelosi. I gather she was being sworn in or something. I didnít catch the captions. I just know that everyone was going nuts and fawning over her and she was all smiles. I think what surprises me, perpetually, is how people get so giddy over politics. Iím an equal opportunity political hater. Donít like Nancy Pelosi and I can say Iíd feel probably the same way about any politician in that position at this pointÖ Democrat or Republican. I think theyíre all two faced crooks.

ButÖ there are people who think otherwise. There sure were a whole lot of people worshipping at the temple of Nancy Pelosi on the TV. I had to shake my head.

Then there was some infomercial for this thing you can use to remind yourself of stuff. It started with it being used to help a woman find her car. And of course, I found that intriguing. Not that I *ahem* have a problem *ahem* finding my car *ahem* in parking lots.

It was a tall gray haired actress; obviously they think this car losing thing is a problem that afflicts women much older than myselfÖ that I must be immune. They would have scored more points with me if the person having lost their car had an arm full of bags and three fighting boys tagging behind playing, ďHe touched me!Ē

Anyway, her car is lost, she clicks this button, and walks through the parking lot listening for her car. I can do the same damn thing with my automatic door unlocker thingy on my remote. Why would I buy something for this? And when she hears her car? She is floating through the parking lot, as if following the sound of angels.

Very odd.

And really? The best way to fight the lost car thing is to always park in the same exact direction in the same place in the parking lot whenever you can. This is why there is only one lane at our grocery store I will park in and why I only park at the downstairs SEARS entrance at the Mall when Iím alone. And that is even when I have to shop way on the other side of the Mall. I know my mental limitations. Finding my asexual Mom mobile exceeds them.

So this little contraption thing they were advertising also gave you the ability to leave yourself messages. I guess it was a little tape recorder thing. I donít get it. I guess itís a good idea. Iím sure there are people who will love themÖ but Iíll stick with my 3x5 cards and yellow stickies to write down my lists and reminders.

Creature of habit as they sayÖ

Posted by Boudicca at January 7, 2007 10:31 PM | TrackBack

I was going to comment, but after I recorded a message to myself about what I was going to type, I left the recorder thingy in my car, and now I can't find either of them.

Posted by: Roses at January 7, 2007 11:17 PM

Wow, I thought I was the only one that used index cards for lists!

Posted by: Sissy at January 7, 2007 11:56 PM

I made a list of groceries on my index card and now the card is lost. I kid you not. Sigh. It's been one of 'those' weeks.

Posted by: vw bug at January 8, 2007 06:39 AM

you always brighten my day, Bou.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at January 8, 2007 08:35 AM

I always love how in infomercials, when trying to show what life is like for the person before the product is introduced, the film is always black & white, erratic and shaky...oh dear, life is fraught with horrors without this extra sharp Ginsu knife.......but wait!

Add forty different knives of varying lengths, and life is complete, so the black & white turns to color, and we hear, like you said, "the sound of angels."

It's all good for a laugh.

Posted by: Erica at January 8, 2007 08:57 AM

Who needs a separate recorder thingie??? I call and leave myself a voicemail message at work or at home if I really need to remember to do something.

Posted by: Omnibus Driver at January 8, 2007 12:36 PM

I see that infomercial all the time because it's usually played 100 times on CNN and that is what we have on while we are asleep. I laugh every time I see it. I'm all about notes and lists written on anything I can find. It's funnier when I go to do laundry and find these little lists and notes in the back pockets of my jeans. If only I could remember to throw my lists away after using them :)

Posted by: Napster at January 8, 2007 04:11 PM

I guess it depends on whether you're more visually or aurally inclined. People who talk a lot probably think cheap, portable digital recorders are the greatest thing since sliced bread.

Or, more specifically, since the motorized hum of the electric bread-slicing knife.

Posted by: Harvey at January 9, 2007 08:07 AM