Saturday, September 4, 2010

Open Mouth, Insert Foot

I took our Blazer to a carwash fundraiser today in Virginia Beach that was held by some local Navy Chief Selects. It was a nice day out and I was sitting enjoying the weather. The Chief Selects all had books they were getting signed by other "genuine" Chiefs, Senior Chiefs and Master Chiefs. A female genuine Chief walked past me and a couple of the guys started talking to her. She had been in the Navy reserves for almost 20 years.

These genuine Chiefs had been telling the Selects to not bother with titles, to call them by their first names. One of the guys asked her what her first name was. She answered, "Chief." Ummmm, okay, not to belittle your rank, but you're a Chief in the reserves. Do that job every day, full time, and then you can get arrogant.

The guys say alright and they ask her to sign their books. She sits down to do so and ended up behind me in a lawn chair. Their conversation was fairly boring. After the first guy leaves, female Chief talks to the second guy. This is their conversation.

Female Chief: (Looking in his book, where he has a photo) Oh my God, look at this photo. (She laughs.) You look so young! Is that a picture of you and your mom?
Select: (Laughs at her) No, that's me and my wife.
Female Chief: (Uncomfortable laughing) No, really, how old were you in this photo? It's a really nice one.
Select: (Serious now, not laughing) I was 21 and that's my wife.
Female Chief: (She drops her voice) Oh God, I'm sorry. Don't tell her I said that.
Select: (He drops his voice to match her's) She's sitting right behind you.
Female Chief: (She drops her voice even more) Oh God. If she didn't already hear me, don't tell her I said that.

Yeah, I think it was a safe bet the Select's wife heard that comment, because she didn't look very happy later on, and Chief made a fairly quick get away.

I thought that was a clear cut case of karma.I'm not trying to downplay the role of the reservist in the military, Navy or otherwise, but she came across as a weekend warrior that thought she was better than these guys because she was already a genuine Chief and they weren't quite there yet. She couldn't be called by her first name, and there were everyday genuine Chiefs trying to train these Selects to call them by their first names. Instead, she ends up putting her foot in her mouth. That whole conversation left me giggly the rest of the day.

Friday, September 3, 2010

A Good Cry For the Day

On Twitter, one of the people I follow is Rainn Wilson, Dwight on "The Office." I'm an "Office" groupie. Hell, one year on vacation, we went to the Poconos. I told my husband because we were so close, I wanted to go to Scranton just because we could. My hubby indulged my silliness, even though at the time he didn't watch "The Office" yet.

The other day, Rainn had a Tweet that said, "What is your definition of 'Soul Mate'? (Watch this beautiful true-life animation) - http://bit.ly/9k8Yxa." It was a beautiful five minute video about a married couple, Danny and Annie. I was crying at the end of it, because it was beautiful and sweet, because it's about the way love endures, and because I want to become like Danny and Annie when my husband and I are old and grey.

I think because Rainn posted it and like I said, I'm a groupie with a dear husband that caters to my odd whims, I found it even more poignant. 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Dancing With the Who Are They?

A few years ago, I began a short lived addiction. I'm almost embarrassed by it. It was "Dancing With the Stars." It was just so fun to watch and I liked the variety of music.

That addiction died last season when Kate Gosslin was one of the participants. I couldn't bring myself to watch her.

I had hoped this season would be better, and if it was, then I'd probably start watching it again. I guess the people in charge of getting the STARS (hence the "Dancing with the STARS" part of the show) didn't learn that the viewers don't like watching wanna be's. This is the line-up of participants for this season:
--Brandy – Yeah, okay, she's a celebrity and enough of one that I'd probably consider her a star if I were a fan.
--Jennifer Grey – Because she learned to dance with Patrick Swayze for "Dirty Dancing" way back in the day, I think she'll do alright. Yep, she's a star.
--Margaret Cho – Funny chick! I like seeing her here! Another celebrity. 
--Audrina Patridge – She's a "reality" tv has been and should go back to "The Hills." NOT a star.
--Florence Henderson – Definitely a star. In fact, she'll probably do better than anyone expects.
--Bristol Palin –WTF??? Here is our new Kate Gosslin! Go back to Alaska and take your mother with you.
--Michael Bolton – He hasn't been around for a while in the limelight, but yeah, he can be a star.
--Mike “The Situation” Sorrentino – Are you serious??? Another dork from another reality show.
--David Hasselhoff – Yeah, he's a star. He's still relevant because of judging "America's Got Talent."
--Kurt Warner – As the most recent athlete on the show, Kurt will probably win. And I've got to give a little love to a fellow alum of the University of Northern Iowa...Panther Pride, Kurt! Let's see your purple and gold, baby!!!
--Kyle Massey – I don't watch the Disney channel so I have no idea who this is, but he's got to be more of a star than those reality dorks.
--Rick Fox – This longer retired athlete will probably be our second place winner.

All I'm saying is this...if "Dancing With the Stars" is so hard up for REAL talent and they will cast ANYONE for doing ANYTHING, hell, call me. I've got a blog and a Twitter account. I'll be your nobody wild card participant next season. I don't even care who you have me dance with. I'm sure I'd probably be more liked than Kate was and Bristol will be. (Shoot, I even took a Zumba class this summer! We did Zumba to Ike and Tina singing "Proud Mary.") Bring it, ABC!

The Latest Weird Email

I emailed Nicole the other day to ask if her roommate B had a chainsaw. We have one here but it's a small one and I need to finish cutting down a mimosa tree in our front yard (got most of it down in time for Hurricane Earl to come visit). B's mom has a farm somewhere out here so I figured he'd be a safe bet for a chainsaw.

This is the response I got back from B.
"Here we have a nice rarely bloodied, always hungry, dependable, good toothed Stihl who likes to take walks on a 98.6 degree body of blood, enjoys late night dinners, hunting, and bareback riding. He is a Pisces and has a deep love of the woods. He has not met a meat yet that he wouldn't sink his teeth into. Lets bring out CONTESTANT NUMBER ONE!!!!!........ Yeah, I can get one. SHAZAAAM!!!!"

I think B needs medication, but at least I'll get to use the chainsaw.