Random things I thought about over the last week

The following are random things I typed over the past week as they came to me.


Some local news being talked about in the DC area is that, if they become a state, the name would change. Apparently, the name that has been mentioned is New Columbia. Personally, I think that name is really boring. I think they could come up with something much better than that. I would go with Confusion.

I hate when people post something like the American flag or some sort of Christian picture/quote and add to the post “if this offends you, unfriend me.” Is it really necessary to be confrontational about your patriotism/religion? Do you have such a persecution complex that you think people will complain if you post something like that? Did you ever stop to think that no one really cares that much about the flag photos or the religious quotes that you post? Do you really think Facebook and Twitter are full of anti-American, atheists just waiting to pounce? If someone has an issue with these posts, it’s probably because it’s all you ever post and/or you post way too many of them and it fills up their feed. I’m not saying don’t post them. Post away. It’s your account and you can post whatever you want.  I just think using the flag and Christianity to start a fight is not the best approach.

Is everyone hating fireworks a new thing or have people always hated them and I just see it more because of social media?  It seems everyone hates their neighbors for setting off fireworks because it scares their dogs or because they want to go to bed early. I think the only people who have a legitimate complaint about them are veterans suffering from PTSD, but I also feel like too many other people are using the veterans as an excuse. Most of the people complaining start with “It scares my dog” and then use the veterans to legitimize their complaint when people argue.My dog is scared of thunderstorms. Who can I sue for that?

Finally, I believe that people who have dietary restrictions, voluntary or otherwise, should bring food they can eat and not expect the host to know exactly what they are or are not allowed to eat. I think a good host will make an effort to supply food for those guest, but you are the on who knows your exact restrictions, so you are the only one who can guarantee you have food you can eat.


10 thoughts on “Random things I thought about over the last week

  1. Remedial Stitcher July 5, 2016 / 12:33 pm

    Good thoughts!


  2. chemrat July 6, 2016 / 1:43 pm

    I will take the FB challenge and comment, lol.

    I got nothing on DC or trying to pick a fight on FB with certain posts.

    Fireworks, however, are another story. I used to love fireworks on the 4th. Now, not so much. It has nothing to do with my dog, I just give him a benadryl and let him sleep through it. I feel bad for the veterans, it must be horrible for them, but would never use their very real pain to justify my dislike, that would be rude and weird.

    My complaint concerning fireworks is centered around the availability of professional grade fireworks to every Joe Dirt wanna be in the country. I am a chemist trained in and comfortable with the safe handling of explosive and flammable things. I will even occasionally set myself on fire (in a controlled, safe manner) for fun and entertainment. However, when I have neighbors who clearly have no clue of the danger of fireworks setting up three foot tall, twelve inch diameter mortar shells in the street in front of my house or in the backyard adjacent to mine, I get the heeby jeebies.

    These people are my neighbors and friends. They are good people, I love having them as my neighbor all other days of the year. On and around the 4th however, it appears their good sense takes an extended vacation. I have had flaming mis-fires land on my roof, I have watched small children dance around the mortars like they are may-poles, and it takes most of an afternoon to pick up all the detritus out of my yard the day after the celebrations.

    So, I have turned into an old curmudgeon when it comes to fireworks. I long for the good ole days of sparklers and bottle rockets with the occasional m-80 thrown in for good measure.


    • theycallmetater July 6, 2016 / 1:47 pm

      Well, I never said the people setting off professional grade fireworks in a residential setting were smart… I did check my house after the fireworks in our area to make sure we had no burning debris on or around.


  3. Elyse July 27, 2016 / 7:38 pm

    Are you in the DC area? I live/work in NOVA.

    I don’t use Facebook much, but I must say I am tired of reading about folks’ entire life on the back of their cars!


    • theycallmetater July 27, 2016 / 7:40 pm

      I live on the Maryland side, near Ft Meade/NSA. I work in the Maryland burbs. My wife works in DC.

      I’m too busy yelling at traffic to notice the bumper stickers. 🙂

      Liked by 1 person

      • Elyse July 27, 2016 / 7:41 pm

        What do you look at when you’re stuck?!?!


      • theycallmetater July 27, 2016 / 7:44 pm

        I’m not sure. I’m probably just singing along to the radio or paying attention to the book I’m listening to or yelling at the traffic and not paying attention the them.

        Liked by 1 person

  4. Elyse July 27, 2016 / 7:39 pm

    Oh and I have a small vacation house that had a fire from stray fireworks. So ….

    Liked by 1 person

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