Friday, October 7, 2016

Tamz's Food for thought # 5 - Public Transit

Public Transit.  Where do I begin?  I commute via the train 2 to 4 times a week.

1. I drive on my later shifts because I do not want to be on a bus or a train when the freaks come out at night.  Some believe the street is like a night club and feel they have a right bother you.  Even during the morning hours, some of these creeper crawlers get really bold and try to strike up a conversation.  I could be wearing headphones, reading, writing or knitting.  If I am really involved in one of my activities, please don't bother me.  Better yet, please don't bother me at all.

2. Hygiene.  I get some may be homeless and I am more forgiving towards them.  But some people just reek.  It may be strong body odor or too much personal fragrance.  Not hot.  Not cute.  It can aggravate allergies and give people headaches.  Besides, people do not want to smell other people's funk.

3. Lack of consideration.  (See #2.) I know people have to get to work on time and have places to go.  We are all hamsters on a wheel, but it is common courtesy to say excuse me or pardon me if you bump into someone.  I have witnessed people go off on others, because of this.  Yet, people are so self-involved and in a hurry, they do not do this enough.   Also, some cough and sneeze without covering their mouths.  Look, there are those of us who do not want to get sick.  Be mindful of your germs.   Some people seem timid and won't move from the door or to the rear?  If you are scared riding public transit, don't take it.

4. Defecating, urinating or vomiting.  (See #3).  I grew up in Los Angeles taking public transit.  I have been on a bus where all three have happened.  If one has to do any of the three, just get off the bus.

5. Not letting people exit the train and/or bus before you board.  (See #3) If you are too much in a rush to get to your destination, perhaps leave your house earlier?  Is it really necessary to practically knock people over and push others out of the way just to get a seat?

6. Holding up the line getting on to the bus by asking the bus driver all kinds of questions and then, not having your bus fare ready.  Really?  I mean really? This is really inconsiderate of other people's time.   If you have a smart phone, look up the fare and the route.  If you do not, pick up a bus schedule.  They are still printing paper copies.

7.  Once people board, find a seat or stand, why do people insist on standing in front of the doors instead of moving back to the bus or moving in the middle so others can board and exit easier?  One of my biggest pet peeves is when people don't get off for 10 stops, but they stand right at the door the entire ride!  (See #3)

Thursday, October 6, 2016

Cleaning and more organizing: The focus? Records

You know when you live in a society with people who hoard a lot of stuff when there are stores dedicated to storage and organization.  Some examples are Ikea and The Container Store.  Thus, today, I decided to visit the Container Store near my place and I was in love.  We will be returning to this place in the future for toy storage and craft storage.  I am still getting rid of things, like tables, chairs and love seats, but there are a few things I refuse to part with.  Like the music collection.

There is storage for everything imaginable.  The Mister and I have been talking about getting proper storage and/or shelving for our vinyl record collection.  The Container Store had just what we were looking for, crates large enough to hold vinyl records.  Also, these crates can be stacked and they come in black.  Before I made the trip, I went online to make sure they had at least four in stock, because I figured four would be a good number to start with.  In addition, I took measurements and found that we had a perfect spot in the living room to place the collection.

Up till today, albums have been kept on the floor under a coffee table and in cardboard boxes. One of my goals for the new year is to actually listen to our vinyl collection more often.  When something is out of sight, it is out of mind and I know our collection doesn't deserve to be collecting dust.  All of our CDs have proper media shelving and are easily accessed.   Now the records are too!

Monday, September 26, 2016

Humbled by FB birthday posts, but nearly ready to quit it and limit itto work related stuff.

As I continue into my early 40's, I am tending to celebrate with my small circle.  I was spoiled by my girls!   I had a great weekend.   It was hot as hell, but I did my best to stay in air conditioning or by the water.  Logging onto Facebook and checking messenger, I was overwhelmed with birthday greetings.   It's nice to be considered or remembered.  I have pissed so many people off in my life, I am lucky to still have folks to care to acknowledge me.  Even people I have pissed off either messaged me or sent me a FB greeting.  So, I am deeply thankful and humble.  I am insignificant and a tiny grain of sand on this planet.  So, for that I am grateful for another year.

 We spend so much time on our hamster wheels and phones until most people forget how to communicate.  Or they scroll in their phones, ignore, like, love, block, whatever happens on social networking.  It's exhausting trying to keep up.   I would rather work out, read a book or invite a friend over to binge watch something on Netflix (or on demand).  Going forward, I am going to continue to leave my house more and actually make an effort socially.  So far, I don't think I'm doing too bad, but there is room for improvement.  

I keep my Facebook account to communicate with some people who hate texting or talking on the phone.  And for professional reasons.  But I'm over many aspects of it and I am on the fence about deleting it.   A friend of mine deleted hers awhile ago and she doesn't miss it.  Texting her tonight is causing me to rethink social networking........

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Nerd Bot Con 2016

I decided I would hit up a new one day nerd convention at the Pasadena Convention Center. This was the first annual Nerdbot-Con.  The fellas from the Nerds With Attitude Podcast had a table there.  I have made friends with some of the wives of the men that are part of the NWA group and to show support, my friend Diana and I checked out this con for a few hours.

To get in the convention going spirit, we dressed up as Mario and Luigi.  Her daughter Emily was Toad.  

This Con encouraged attendees to dress up and show off their cosplays!  There were so many fantastic costumes....

Meanwhile at the NWA table....

There were cosplay group tables, games, (zombie shooting in action below) and vendors with neat stuff. 

Favorite thing from Artist Alley....

More great cosplays...

The Nerdbot girls were super nice and friendly.  


Below is Diana's daughter Brooklyn posing with one of the Ladybugs (Los Angeles women's comics creator league)

They were the sweetest girls ever!

We chatted with Norm and Susan who run Karate Pet Shop Comics. 

Here is my purchase of the day.....

More Art and cosplay...

Here is one of my favorite cosplays of the day.  A lovely Harley Quinn!


I ran into Optimus Prime and Megatron.  Thanks again to NWA podcaster, Kevin for the picture!

Genius Stranger Things cosplay group!  

Thank you to Diana for the extra photos and company!  

Monday, September 12, 2016

Brick Fest 2016

So, the mister and I checked out Brickfest a couple of weeks ago.  This was the first mutual day we had off together in a long time.  We both love Legos, so what better place to be?

This shirt is a must for anyone who likes MLB! 

The merchandise was cute!  The place was packed and there were many building tables for kids and vendors.  We took out time to take it all in.   Kids of all ages everywhere were enjoying what Lego has to offer!

Here are some of our favorite creations......

Being a fan of Disney, the Finding Nemo creation was awesome!

It's all about Ghostbusters!!!!

And here are some other builds......

It seemed like there were more adults building than kids.  Kids tend to get more excited over the mini-figures it seems.

Kids also are huge on the Lego Video games too! 

Top dollar mini-figures....Kids and (some grown folk) love the little Lego people!  They seem to be a higher demand than most bricks and even some sets.   When Mini-figs run on average 3-4 dollars, many popular ones can go up in price.

Patty and Selma.  Want and need!


The album covers were too cute!

There were some great finds with many of the vendors.  Loads of custom molds and everyday items, such as the bookmarks and paper clips below.

I got excited over the earrings!  Very Very neat!

Overall, a fun day, with a lot of great stuff to look at!