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What’s Bugging Me! Ranting Like a 43 Year-Old

I’m getting all the rants out only days before Mom and Dad take over my pad…

With Ma and Pa Barley driving Hell-bent for Hermosa Beach next week, I thought it might be a good idea to get out all the things that are bothering me before they get here. Actually, “Hell-bent” for retirees in their late 60’s and (now) 70’s is setting the “‘ol cruise control at 70 and using traditional maps to find Old Route 66 and stop at every Presidential Museum from Chicago to LA).

UPDATE: As of yesterday, my parents had made Kansas with a plan “to get to Wichita maybe and find a place to stay. Or something like that. We don’t know for sure.” I love my parents.

So, to lighten the mood around my one bedroom apartment which will be housing three individuals for almost a week, I’m getting it all out.  Airing the ire that is stuck in my head. Because none of my friends listen to me anymore, you’re my sounding board for what’s been stuck in my craw: Continue reading

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What’s Bugging Me! Channeling My Inner “Old Man.”

What’s bugging me? Let me tell you.

There is a whole list of what’s bugging me this week. I think that this is what Eric, Kim and the rest of my friends had in mind after my call-in topic on KROQ’s “Kevin and Bean Show” back in early April (waiting on the link from KROQ). Look, I don’t want to be the “people police,” but if I have to, you know I will.

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Crowds and lots of people on their phones.

Last night, I was in Santa Monica for their summer concert series. As the main act was an Aussie country star named Kasey Chambers, no one was there! Hahaha! Just kidding. It was a light crowd with a mix of non-English speaking tourists, kids, and families that were way too big for whatever income they had coming in. Kind of like a disorganized solar system: Mom, pushing the stroller, was the sun; seven kids, milling about as she yelled at them, were the planets; and the dad, eyeing girls in the crowd, including creepily finding ways to eye my date, was a rogue comet hurtling through the whole system, picking up his kids as they were sucked up in his gravitational wake.

The crowds were not what was bugging me. It was the aimless wandering of the crowd as they looked down at their phones, not watching where they were going. Apparently, there was an earth-shattering text or email they just HAD to read while walking! Not stopping and reading it. No, they were evidently on their way to the situation room at the White House and just had to read that important text. Several times, I just stood in one spot and waited for the person on the phone to run into me. Then these people had the gall to give me a look. Eff you, stupid person on your phone not watching where you are going! Eff you! If we would still let predatory species like lions and wolves roam free, you’d be dead. Next time, I’m dropping my shoulder and then you won’t be bugging me so much…

The Olympics

It’s not so much the Olympics, but what everyone thinks are the most popular sports AT the Olympics that is bugging me. At least in LA, we are all excited to see how Team USA is going to do in basketball. I’m sorry, I thought the U.S. Olympic Team was Team USA, not just the overpaid thugs that call themselves basketball players. Correct me if I’m wrong there, Sandy, but when I read Greek history in school (yes, I was educated BEFORE history had become a subjective topic), I don’t remember athletes competing in team sports. It was a nation-state’s best individual athletes against each other, NOT professional mercenaries competing against the best farmers and fisherman that other countries from around the world can muster whose basketball is probably still made of real leather.

On a side note, it is a damn shame that every medal that an athlete wins is taxed by the U.S. for the precious metals IN the medal as well as the prize money they get from the USOC. It could be as much as $8750 for the prize money and another $250 for the metals. And yet, oil companies and those who make millions of dollars get tax breaks and can afford tax accountants who will help them evade more taxes… Amazing…

Drivers who park their cars stupidly

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Look, I understand that some parking spaces were designed when cars were smaller and more “economical” (and looked sh*tty, because well, it was the 1980’s). But, then the SUV came along and cars got bigger and bigger, because in the 90’s and 2000’s who could have thought that people would EVER want smaller, more economical cars? Oh, yes, the Japanese, the South Koreans, the Germans and everyone else who makes cars in the world. But, I digress… What’s bugging me about drivers, and this doesn’t even take in to the fact that every other driver on the road is just AWFUL, is the way they park. There are two lines! They are parallel to each other! It’s called a parking SPACE. They are NOT guidelines, as in “use this guideline to park your car in the center of the line.” Unless it says, “Compact only,” it’s big enough for your car. There is no reason for you to park ON ONE OF THE LINES, especially if I am already parked there! If you can’t position your car between the two lines, then I have to ask how you got your driver’s license…

And don’t even get me started on the d-bag who things it’s okay to park his SUV in the compact space. I may have to start carrying around tire boots with me…

Coal and “America’s Energy” commercials

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Besides being a lie, Pepsi Clear doesn’t exist anymore either…

There is no doubt that we have literally a ton of coal in the United States. But what’s bugging me is this new push by America’s coal producers to tell me to tell my congressman to repeal longstanding EPA regulations so that they can burn more of it for cheaper energy (cheaper energy meaning bigger profits for the company, NOT lower rates for you, the consumer). This is all done under the guise of “coal can burn cleaner these days.” Ah, so someone HAS found the legendary Pepsi Clear of coal out there!! Apparently, now when you burn coal it gives off a gas no worse for the environment than that of raspberry unicorn farts and a slight mist of fairy dust. Nice try coal producers! I tried lighting a piece of coal on fire last week and all I did was repaint my kitchen with a nice gray dust.

Anyway, that’s what’s bugging me for this week. Now that that is off my chest, I can turn my attention to other things like finding a job or starting my own company or finishing up writing projects. Actually, all of those things are bugging me too…

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