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Holiday Giving and Receiving

Posted by on Dec 3, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Remember when Cabbage Patch Kids were the most sought-after toy which conveniently coincided with Christmas or Hanukkah and had parents or other family members doing whatever it took to get their hands on one which may have included running, pushing others out of their way and even resorting to violence to ensure their child or loved one was the proud owner of the hottest doll around?  The same exact thing went for Tickle Me Elmo but thanks to a brilliant infrastructure known as the internet certain rapacious people were able (or at least attempted) to sell the toy for upwards of $1,500 despite the doll being sold for around $29.00.  Talk about really being in the spirit of Christmas which may have accounted for some of the death threats they received.   Given the enormity of sales both Cabbage Patch Kids and Tickle Me Elmo generated I think it would be superb if another in-demand toy were to hit shelves this holiday season making it number one on innumerable children’s wish lists but that was available only in stores and NOT online!  Imagine the countless people waiting excitedly, impatiently or nonchalantly in line for hours in great anticipation for doors to open thus beginning their intent escapade toward that immensely popular item as there’s no crowd control in this scenario.   Suddenly males and females of all ages begin racing hastily for the most coveted toy which soon turns into an all-out war in their bid for one.  Once inside it’s pure pandemonium going from people grabbing the toy which soon turns into yanking toys from others’ hands (children included) and then it’s no holds barred.  Within no time people are doing anything and everything they can from throwing accusations as to who was first to get the toy to throwing punches, kicking and even knocking out teeth along with possibly pulling out various weapons and using them to make certain they get that much-wanted item.  That would, for me be the ultimate Yuletide sight defining the true meaning of the word Christmas.  After all how many parents would not only stand in line for endless hours but also risk injuring others or becoming injured themselves possibly resulting in going to jail during the holidays in a most valiant effort that their child get that special toy they’ve so longed...

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Beauty Regimen Anomaly

Posted by on Nov 30, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Ever so often a particular fad or product will become the latest thing with many people following or trying it.  Such is the case with charcoal pertaining to skin care.  Up until recently I’d never known the correlation between charcoal and its use on one’s skin, hair or teeth but as the saying goes you learn something new every day or in my case when you least expect it.  From what I’ve read about charcoal it’s quite beneficial for skin and works well on oily skin by removing impurities.  It can also be used to whiten dark underarms and a soothing treatment for bug bites as well as a number of other advantages pertaining to the skin as it’s the newest product on the market and numerous companies are taking advantage of that from their professional packaging to nifty holiday sets.  My only question is do people really need to go out and spend $6.00 and up for a cleanser containing charcoal or can they be astute and just go out to their garage or wherever else they may have a bag a charcoal then simply get a piece and mix it in with their own facial moisturizer, mask, toothpaste or shampoo to achieve the same results as you would get from a store-bought brand?   After some research into this most interesting of questions I discovered that charcoal used to grill with is entirely different from that of beauty treatments as the ingredient needs to be activated charcoal powder which is formulated for the skin.  Glad I looked into this as I shudder to think of what could have happened if I’d combined a lump of charcoal with my face cream.   Since we’re on the subject of coal and Christmas is right around the corner this reminds me of one Christmas morning when I excitedly ran to the my stocking expecting to have a bunch of fun goodies only to find several lumps of coal joined in.  Thanks Santa.                                           ...

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Ultimate Traveling Duo

Posted by on Nov 22, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

What better a day to write of one of the greatest movies of all time being Planes, Trains and Automobiles than today?  I still can’t believe it’s been more than 31 years since that timeless film was made and no matter how many times I watch the flick it never gets old.  Not only is the film hilarious while also incorporating a bit of melancholy into the storyline the fact that it’s a movie set around Thanksgiving separates it from the typical Christmas-themed movies.  I’m so tired of the same maudlin, joyful or remade movies which continue to air on cable channels as well as in theaters all of which have to do with Christmas.  Thanks Lifetime for replacing my most favorite suspense-filled movies with sappy, newfound/rekindled love tear jerkers which I refuse to watch.     Planes, Trains and Automobiles is in a category by itself and I find the more I watch it the better it gets as it’s practically traditional to watch on Thanksgiving as well as other days when people want to see a laugh-out-loud movie.  Both characters mesh perfectly because of their distinct differences yet surprising similarities.  Every time I watch one of my most favorite movies of all time I wish I were with them on their adventure of mishaps.  And in honor of today’s most special of Turkey Days I’m going to be viewing this unsurpassed film all day long.  A major Thanksgiving Day movie marathon as the same one plays over and over again.                                                                        ...

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Duking it Out

Posted by on Nov 5, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

I just saw something so side-splittingly funny (though others might not agree) on the news I just had to share it.  At a daycare center in St. Louis there’s a video showing toddlers (faces blurred of course) wearing Hulk fists as boxing gloves actually fighting each other.  It’s literally a daycare fight club.  This was one of the only times in history where I watched the news in anticipation because I wanted to see 3 and 4-year-olds beating each other up.  One of the kids filmed the pee-wee boxing match on his iPad when he realized his younger brother was involved in it and was crying due to being hurt.  While the thrown punches occurred almost two years ago it’s something I’ve never seen before but I was laughing so hard my stomach is still in pain.  The reason for this most entertaining of sports having occurred is because the heater in one of the rooms upstairs broke so the teachers brought the kids downstairs and to occupy the preschoolers they busted out a pair of Hulk toy fists and encouraged the kids to begin throwing punches.  It actually showed one of the two teachers, who I highly doubt was valedictorian of her class jumping up and down in jubilance after a boy threw jab after jab at another boy.  That’s the way kids should be taught.  If I were there I would have been the referee and made sure each and every one of those tots learned the true meaning of the word wallop not just some.    Initially, the two daycare workers were fired from Adventure Learning Center which is still operating but no charges were brought against the two.  Due to the media coverage surrounding the story it sparked outrage in the community, especially among parents of the children in the class resulting in an online petition that was started where thousands of people asked that charges be brought against both females as they now face one felony count of endangering the welfare of a child.  When asked why this type of barbaric behavior occurred one of the teachers said the children were bored and ran out of things to do.  Well that makes sense then.  Not only was once child crying, another had his head punched into the floor while a third actually had the common sense to try to break it up but to no avail.  At least we know when we pay school taxes kids are learning something after all which may account for the daycares’ name.    Maybe if I were a parent I’d feel differently, actually I probably would but it’s so ludicrous to see that daycare workers actually encouraged little kids to fight with toy fists because they thought they’d be bored and wouldn’t have anything to do in a different room than they were used to being in.  Forget games or stories lets bring out the Hulk gloves and start mini-brawling.  I can’t be outraged because just seeing those kids punching each other is beyond hilarious.  I’m sorry but it is.  I know one thing though.  The mother of the children, one of whom was beaten and the other who had the intelligence to record the entire outrageous fiasco is going to make this daycare pay literally since she filed a lawsuit against the daycare center for more than $25,000.       I wish they would have done this when I was in high school and had all the kids I disliked clobbering each other.  At least it would have made school both entertaining and educating for me....

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Getting Baked in the Desert

Posted by on Nov 1, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

What better a way to enter the month of November than to open not only another but the world’s largest marijuana dispensary in where else but Viva Las Vegas?!?!  I grew up there and the last time I visited was almost twenty years ago but it’s still hard to believe they’re actually selling pot like candy which they actually do as edible cannabis.  Yummy!  When we moved I was four months shy of turning 21, the legal age limit and I still can’t believe how entirely different laws have become.  You can literally walk into one of the many marijuana dispensaries throughout Las Vegas and as long as you show them a valid drivers license the pot possibilities are endless.  I’m blown away.  Whether it’s used as medicinal or recreational purposes, which I think is the more prevalent people can simply walk in, purchase no more than an ounce of reefer then as long as they find a safe place to smoke, ingest or whatever other means they use to get high they happily can.  I was also shocked to discover that cash is usually the only means of payment since pot remains illegal under federal law and therefore major credit card networks won’t allow merchants to use their cards for marijuana purchases.  So another words you can buy grass legally if you’re of age but you can’t pay with a credit card due to the illegality of it.  WOW!!!!!       I’m new to all this as I’ve never smoked pot in my life and have no intention of doing so since I hate inhaling anything but I have to admit I’m rather curious about various products infused with marijuana such as gummies or chocolate.  Now if I were to indulge in pot edibles I’d not only be home with every single door locked I’d also be in my pajamas since I’d be lying on my bed anyway, possibly under the covers while getting my first high.  That way if I do start to trip I won’t have to worry about where I am or where I’ll end up.  But since I’ve never tried any illegal substance yet I don’t really need to start now.    I realize that people have different views and beliefs regarding the topic of legalizing marijuana with many justifying that dispensaries are much safer than buying off of someone which I tend to agree with.  But I’m still reeling over the fact that one could walk into a weed dispensary and walk out with enough to get blitzed.  Further reaffirming why Las Vegas is also known as Sin City.  YIKES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                                                      ...

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A Night of Potions, Spells and Magic

Posted by on Oct 31, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Not only is today my favorite date of the entire year I’m also on vacation, in my jammies and will be for the entire day and possible week.  It seems like the older I get the more I enjoy Halloween.  I’m about as much of an introvert as you can get as I dislike crowds and loathe parties immensely which is I’ll be home watching movies and shows all pertaining to horror and haunted everything.  I hope we get lots of trick-or-treaters since dressing up in one’s favorite costume while going door-to-door and collecting candy and gum is the most fun.  Gotta go whip up a batch of Witch’s Brew.           P.S.  If I had interchanged the words in my title to A Night of Potions, Magic and Spells the first initials of the last three words would have spelled PMS so technically speaking for many it is a night of PMS.                                    ...

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