Thursday, February 28, 2013

The Holy Hottie

I saw a news report about what happens next to the outgoing pope, Benedict XVI. He’s decided to keep his white robes, title of Your Eminence, and his personal secretary. There was a photo of the Pope’s secretary, Archbishop Georg Ganswein. OMG... I’d like to keep him! They are calling him the George Clooney of the Vatican. I’m thinking of dumping George Clooney, and promoting this new Georg as my dream man. In addition to being really handsome, the fact that he’s a priest makes him even hotter - untouchable and forbidden. According to Wikipedia, Archbishop Dreamboat devotes his free time to playing tennis, skiing, and flying airplanes. He’s been a priest for almost 30 years, so I’m not sure when he became a proficient pilot. But who cares? Maybe he used his good looks to get a deal on flying lessons. I’d give him lessons, and I have no clue how to fly. Seriously, this man is gorgeous. In ninth and tenth grade, I attended an all girls Catholic school. Any man in the building was fair game for our teenage crushes. We had a few priests, and one in particular was in his 30’s. He wasn’t that good-looking, but we didn’t care. He was: A. young, B. a man, C. forbidden fruit, D. not Tony the janitor. The poor man taught us sex education, which he seemed to handle fine. Maybe the nuns would have freaked out given that task. Sometime after I graduated, I heard that Father had left the priesthood. I wonder if being around all of us sexy teenage girls was too much for him. I doubt I personally could have driven a celibate man to distraction, but you never know. Some guys really, really like those Catholic school uniforms and we wore our skirts pretty short back in 1970. The black and white saddle shoes might have been a buzz kill, though. The Pope’s personal dude has it pretty nice. He obviously has some mad language skills - he speaks Italian, Spanish, German and Latin. He must have the greatest deal a priest can have - a palace to live in, a sweet ride (Popemobile), and he doesn’t really have to be out mixing with the riff-raff. I will be following his career from afar. Sigh...

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Plane Support

I read an article about someone who flew from Portland to Mexico with an emotional support animal. He was not allowed into the country, and deported back to Portland due to the fact that his emotional support animal was a kangaroo. A kangaroo... hippity hoppity, G’day Mate, giant mouse with a pouch. Domestically, unusual animals such as miniature horses, pigs, and monkeys qualify as support animals but must behave properly in a public situation. I assume this means support monkeys cannot throw pooh. So, where to begin? Let’s start with the kangaroo... Where does it put its tail while seated? Is it tall enough to hit it’s head on the overhead bin? I’ve learned from my kangaroo research (cartoons) that they can pummel a person with their feet, and they sometimes wear boxing gloves. Having these animals on a plane for emotional support makes me think that they travel inside the passenger cabin. I can’t imagine someone who needs a miniature horse for comfort would be OK with their friend being comatose in a crate somewhere in the cargo hold. How do these animals square with allergic people? Years ago I had a series of allergy tests, and found I had a severe allergy to cows and horses. Good thing I’ve never had to sit next to an emotional support heifer on a plane. There are signs on Seattle play fields stating that dogs, cats, and pot-bellied pigs are forbidden. I’ve always wondered what kind of incident triggered this ban. I’m pretty sure the pig played a big part, a big smelly part. I say let the pot-bellied pigs fly and comfort people, since they can’t play ball and run with the kids. Now, what to do with the kangaroos?

Friday, February 22, 2013

Bad Maxine

I was so pleased it was Friday today. As I motored home from work, I was forming a plan of which errands to do and what order to do them in. I was gleefully contemplating my Friday afternoon guilty pleasure - a molten hot vanilla latte from my favorite barista. Three quarter’s of the way home, traffic stopped for a red light. Then, my Friday afternoon turned to crap. For some reason, my car died. When the light turned green, I couldn’t go. My car would not start, and the Oh-Most-Hated check engine light came on. I turned on my hazard lights and called AAA. I was blocking traffic, and could not move... on a Friday afternoon. To add to my consternation, my car wasn’t making any noise. To angry drivers it might have looked like I was just sitting there with my thumb up my butt, not trying to start my car. Damn! A Good Samaritan came to my window and offered to push me over to the curb. I had to turn the key to put the car in gear, and it started. Wow! I cancelled AAA and made an attempt to drive home. A mile down the road, my car sort of shuddered, lost speed and power, and all the Bad Lights came back on. This time I was able to pull over to the side of the road. Unfortunately I was at the beginning of the Ballard Bridge. OMG! This was my nightmare coming true. A Friday afternoon, in a stalled car, on a bridge. At least this time I was over enough to the side that I wasn’t holding up traffic. As I waited again for AAA, I cried a bit. Then I fantasized about what I’d like to do to Maxine, my dead car. I wondered if the AAA driver could help me push her over the railing and into the Ship Canal below. Splash... good riddance! Could I be charged with littering, or would a tally of my auto mechanic receipts point to justifiable homicide? I am seriously done with Maxine. As I left her at the mechanic’s, I grabbed my little vase of fake flowers with the rubber chicken at the bottom. With a harrummpphhh, I stormed away from my future former car. I am now on the prowl for new wheels. My rubber chicken needs a new home as well. Stay tuned...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Panic Attack... Shhhh

I had jury duty today. I spent three and a half hours reading or playing solitaire on my cell, before being released for an hour and a half lunch. I ate at a fancy schmancy food court at the Bank of America skyscraper. That only killed twenty minutes, so I had to hunt for something to occupy the rest of my lunch break. I walked up to the new downtown Seattle library. My husband has been inside, and hates it. I decided to check it out on my own, since I had nothing better to do. At first, I thought the library was OK - modern but kind of sterile. Then I ventured up the first escalator, which was a bright yellow tube. I started to re-think my mildly positive assessment. The next floor was a huge room filled with computers on tables. In the hopes of finding a really cool view of Seattle from the top of the library, I found the next escalator. It was an even longer yellow tube that seemed to go up for miles. I have never been claustrophobic, but was starting to consider trying it out. When I finally got to the top floor, I was disappointed. The view from the jury assembly room was actually better. At this point, all I wanted was to get the hell out of the library. The only way down was by stair or by elevator. I didn’t think my knees would appreciate the stairs, so I waited for the elevator. The wall in front of the elevators was glass. I had no desire to see all the cables, pulleys, motors, and whatever else was going on to get the elevator to me. I just wanted DOWN. Panic was starting to set in. After what seemed like hours of waiting, I got on the elevator and pushed the button that would get me back to the floor I started out on. I burst out of the elevator and the door closed, leaving me in a shiny red hallway. Red from floor to ceiling, and shiny shiny shiny. OMG... I was inside someone’s intestines! I soldiered on, followed the exit signs, and finally spilled out onto a regular stairway. I could see the outside! I felt like I had crawled out of the jungle after being chased by alligators and cannibals. I was so pleased to be out on the sidewalk. I didn’t even mind the cold wind that was blowing. On an approval scale of 1 to 10, I give the new library a -54. Bad vibes all around.

Monday, February 18, 2013

Shoe Pity

One day I came home from a shopping expedition with a fabulous pair of olive green high-top canvas shoes. I was so excited about my purchase. It was then that my mom accused me of buying ugly shoes because I felt sorry for them. That implied there was a history of this suspect behavior. I was crushed, and very defensive of my new shoes. Ok, maybe they were sort of ugly, but I was hoping I was on the cutting edge of cool. The first pair of ugly shoes came into my life when I was in first grade. My mom picked them out and they were my first pair of official school shoes. They were black leather-like slip-ons. What made these shoes interesting was a tongue that was on top of the shoe, instead of hidden. This tongue had a hinge. You would slip your foot into the shoe, and press the tongue down to close it. I hated those school shoes. I detested them. In later years, though, I would think of those ugly shoes and sort of yearn for them. When I was about ten, I chose red Keds when replacing my traditional blue ones. Shortly after, I regretted my decision and plotted to speed up their demise. One morning, I rode my bike to the top of our street, then coasted back down while dragging the toes of my shoes on the pavement. In record time, the red shoes were toast. My mom made a comment about how fast my shoes had worn out, and took me to the store to replace them. I had a brain fart, or maybe I was being choked by guilt. Whatever the reason, I picked out red Keds again. I never confessed what I had done (until now), and let those shoes live out their natural life. Next time around, it was blue Keds and I never looked back. Still feel guilty, though. Sorry mom!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Buck Buck Buck

While walking my dogs this afternoon, a chicken crossed our path. Apparently, it gets out of it’s coop quite often, and none of the neighbors outside seemed concerned. I was glad my three dogs didn’t see the chicken or I would have had quite a fight on my hands. This chicken was copper-colored, and had a small red comb on the top of its head. I’m assuming this meant it was a rooster. He wasn’t cock-a-doodle-doing, but it was 4:00 pm, not sunrise. Do hens have combs? (Being girls they probably only have brushes.) Let me just say I wasn’t impressed with the size of the comb. I hope I’m not insulting its manhood. I just thought a rooster comb would be bigger and kind of floppy. My barnyard animal experience is limited mostly to what I’ve seen on cartoons. Needless to say, today’s chicken did not resemble Foghorn Leghorn - the big white, extremely annoying and loud cartoon rooster. The last time the subject of chickens came up was about 25 years ago. I was taking my two-year-old son, Ben, to the sitter. I got in the car, and promptly sat on my lunch. Then, without thinking, I blurted out the F word. I heard the bad word coming back at me from Ben. To cover for my blunder, I said “Yup, that’s what a chicken says - buck, buck, buck”. I looked in my rearview mirror, and could see the wheels in his head turning. No more comments were made, so I think he bought my story. I guess that doesn’t count as a brush with nature, but it’s all I got. My niece in Idaho once told me that she found a beef cow in her front yard. I thought all cows were made out of beef. See what I mean? There is so much I don’t know about the animal world. I hope if I run into the neighborhood chicken again, I will be able to tell whether it’s a rooster or a hen. At least I know it’s not made out of beef. Right?

Monday, February 11, 2013

If I Were Pope

Pope Benedict XVI announced that he is going to resign. The only other time this occurred was in 1415. I think it was a Tuesday. Anyway, I thought I would jump on the bandwagon and list my reasons for and against applying for the job:

Reasons Why I Should Be Pope:

- OK, I got nothing. There is no reason on earth why I should lead any church.

Reasons Why I Should Not Be Pope:

- I’d probably need to be a Catholic in good standing. So not me.
- The Pope’s white vestments would probably make my butt look big.
- The pointy Pope hat would give me hat hair.
- I don’t speak Latin.
- I probably couldn’t take my dogs, kids, or husband.
- Gregorian chants put me to sleep.
- There are probably no Starbucks at the Vatican.
- Not enough girls to hang with, just a lot of old men.
- My best innovative idea would probably not go over well - I would put packing peanuts and a fan in the glassed-in Popemobile, so I could be like a human snow globe. Pretty cool, huh?

I’m not sure how much this all matters. Some old white guy will invariably get the job, and nothing will change. I’ll stick around here and cherish my non-hat haired, irreverent, non-practicing Catholic self. It’s Rome’s loss.

Sunday, February 10, 2013


As I was putting groceries in my car today, I noticed a man with no arms walking away from his car. I checked out his car and it was empty. I realized that he had driven to the store by himself... with NO ARMS. Ummmm... OMG! He was wearing slip-on shoes and no socks. Did he drive with his feet? How does that work??? He must be very limber. I trust he wasn’t driving a stick shift. I’m sure if it were me, I wouldn’t even be able to get out of the car. I just would grunt and groan, undoubtedly with a great deal of farting. People with physical challenges who navigate through the world amaze me. Of all the senses, I think living without sight would be the most terrifying. I’ve seen videos of blind snow skiers... unbelievable! I’ve always found skiing to be scary, and I can see just fine. Imagine doing it in total darkness... Yikes! Many years ago, my husband was walking in the Financial District of San Francisco. He felt something smack his legs, so he kicked at it. Turns out the item Rick jettisoned down the sidewalk was a blind man’s cane. The poor man was left feeling around the ground, trying to find his cane. It was an innocent mistake, buy still pretty embarrassing for Rick. Blind people kind of freak me out. I can’t watch them because I’m afraid they are going to walk into a wall or fall into a hole. I could totally get sidetracked worrying about them. I’m not sure how well I would handle such a challenge. I guess you never know until you’re faced with a hardship. I hope I never find out. I will just admire these brave people from afar.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Time Flies

A year ago today, I went into the hospital with an abscess on my colon. Fun times... not. This incident followed the Colonoscopy From Hell. I had a routine colonoscopy, with un-routine consequences. After trying to gag down the awful cleaner-outer stuff, I threw up for 8 hours. I’m pretty sure that’s not how it’s supposed to work. It’s the Other End that should be the focus, right? Whatever the reason, I was cleaned out above and below, and feeling pretty rotten. For two days after the procedure, I felt intense abdominal pain. The gastroenterologist’s dumbass nurse dismissed my concerns and kept telling me I just had gas. Finally, I contacted my primary physician, who told me to go to the ER. Hence, the discovery of the abscess. I spent an awful 5 days in the hospital, being poked and prodded and filled with antibiotics. Needless to say, I burst into tears of joy as our car drove off the grounds of the hospital. I had surgery a couple months later to remove the bad section of my colon. And now, a year later, my colon is happy as a clam. (Why exactly are clams so damn happy anyway? That’s a mystery to be explored at a later date.) I was told my next routine colonoscopy should be in 5 years. OMG... I now have only 4 years until the next one and am already getting panicked. They’d better come up with new purging technology by then. I literally can’t stomach swallowing that stuff again. As it is, anything remotely salty now makes me gag. Everything down to my ankles clenches when I think about having to swallow the Bad Drink. I’m having trouble writing about it. I think I need to hurl. Come on technology... I’m rooting for you. Get a move on!

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

If I Were A Zombie

A thought occurred to me today - Would I make a good zombie? I know I worry way too much about stuff, and I over-plan EVERYTHING. But still... Let’s say the unimaginable happens, and I die and then somehow become The Undead. Do I automatically have gross and dirty clothes? My guess is zombies have been buried at one time, so that would explain their unkempt appearance. Maybe I should plan an outfit that is stain-resistant and wrinkle free. Or, I could be thwarting the essence of zombiehood. Can one be tidy and still be a good (or bad) zombie? So many questions... I also wonder if zombies know they are undead. One day they wake up and say “Hey, cool! I’m so glad to be alive again... Oh damn. Still dead. Oh well, got me a hankering for some brains.” I am sooo screwed! Much of the meat products out there kind of gross me out. Would the zombie me suddenly think brains were as awesome as cinnamon swirl coffee cake? I have never actually watched an entire zombie movie. I tried to watch “Night of the Living Dead” years ago. I lasted only about 10 minutes, after assuming my scary movie position - fingers splayed across my face, ready to cover my eyes, or move down to cover an involuntary scream. Other than a zombie bite, how does one become part of the Undead Club? There had to be a first zombie - Ground Zero Dead-Not Dead Guy. I wonder if he was always the last name called on when his teacher called roll alphabetically... Wilson, Yates, Zombie Kid. And after feeding on only brains, you’d think some uber-genius zombie would figure out how to clean up, walk without lurching so much, and stop body parts from decomposing and falling off. You’d think. Or maybe it’s just me who’s thinking... way too much. Guess I should let this one go. All you zombies out there - You wouldn’t like my brain. Way too many questions inside. Not appetizing.