Audible.com – Too Expensive

adblAs my eyes get older, reading becomes more difficult.

Sure, I can wear glasses but then they make my nose close up.  Besides it feels so unnatural.

I have been experimenting with audio books and it’s kind of a nice alternative.  It also allows me to read a book in just a few weeks instead of months.  Some people read a book in a single day and I will never know how they have time for that.  If I can read two books a year, I’m doing pretty good.

I have been unable to find many sources of audio books on the internet.  Audible seems to be the main vendor.  Unfortunately the price of audio books is astronomical.  $25+ per book?  I don’t think so.  Not gonna happen.  That’s just insane.  It should, at most, cost $10.00.  Of course you could pay $14.95 per month and get a credit for one book each month.  Even that is too much for me because I may not read a book for months at a time in which case the cost per book would be even higher.  Plus I hate subscriptions.  I don’t like people with hands in my bank account every month whether I use them or not.

I guess I’ll just stick to reading the old fashioned way.  On my iPad.

 

I hate shoes

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The shoes I’ve been wearing to work are extremely old. Possibly 5-10 years old.  They were falling apart and I even glued them back together various times.

I finally went out and bought a new pair.  I hate spending money on shoes.  Especially work shoes.  Shoes are an incredible waste of money that can be better spent elsewhere.

Ithn a better universe, we would not be required to wear shoes.  When protection is not needed, shoes are pointless.  They make your feet hot and sweaty.  If you chose incorrectly, shoes can deform your feet.

Shoes are bad.

 

Quick Restaruant Review – Jersey Mike’s Subs

jmikeThe other day I came home from work to find an advertisement hanging on my front door.  It was a coupon and invitation to visit a new sandwich shop that opened up in the old Hollywood Video shopping center.

I am a big fan of sub sandwiches and visit Subway at least once a week.  I have been getting a little tired of Subway lately.  Not because of any dissatisfaction but just because I go so often.  My other favorite alternative sub shop, Quiznos, seems to have gone out of business leaving me sad.  See my story on the closing of Quiznos.

Today I took my coupon and headed to Jersey Mike’s.  I had been looking forward to it for a few days.  The store was new and the employees still learning but the experience was good.  They have fewer choices of bread and veggies than Subway but that’s not always a bad thing.  Sometime you just want a sandwich and don’t want to have to think too much.

Getting your Jersey Sub, “Mikes’s Way” makes it even more brainless.  They put on shredded lettuce, tomatoes and douse it with red wine vinegar, olive oil and oregano. (I think).  I don’t know who Mike is but he has good taste.  Want it even better?  Add jalapenos, banana peppers and their red pepper salsa-looking mix.   Even without a coupon, at $5.45 for a sub, it’s a fair deal.  Add chips and a drink for $2.25 more.  Still a fair deal and comparable with Subway in price.

It was a very good sandwich.  I enjoyed every bite.  I will be putting Jersey Mike’s on my Visit Often list.  Hooray!

 

Dreamblog – The Bad Restaurant

I was working on the Air Force Base I worked at 19 years ago.  I ended up in the car of some co-workers as we drove just off the base to a restaurant for lunch.  I had a vague feeling of familiarity with the place but couldn’t exactly remember being there before.

It was a large, run-down barn like building and there were a lot of other diners milling about.  I got in line for the buffet.  When I finally got to the first buffet table, I didn’t have a plate.  The first table was mostly some weird vegetables that didn’t look particularly inviting.  Most trays were almost empty.

I got out of line and wandered around looking for a plate.  The best I could find was a wok sized bowl made from banana leaves.  It was large and floppy.  There was no way I could use that for food.

I searched around and found the people I came with sitting at a table eating a fish dinner that looked quite good.  I couldn’t figure out how and where they got it so fast.

I asked them where to get a plate.  Someone at the next table handed me a used plate with leftover food still on it.  It was all there was so I took it and found a place to wash it.

I got in line again and passed the nasty looking vegetables.  Didn’t want any.  The line then continued up the stairs where I hoped there were some better selections.

I woke up before I ever got to eat anything.  What a waste of time.

 

 

HOT in March

thmtr2Sombitch!!  It’s hot!

Today is March 28th and it is 95 degrees outside in San Antonio.  I tried to make it home from work without turning on the Air Conditioner but that was just not possible.

So much for spring.  Welcome to Summer.

Time to uncover the pool.

I feel the need for weed

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Drugs are bad, mmkay?

Maybe not. I suffer from chronic up-tightness. It is a serious disease causing high blood pressure, restlessness, and intense bouts of rage.  Back in the day I would never have used an illegal drug like marijuana but it is looking incredibly good to me right now.

About ten years ago, I had a friend with whom I spent a lot of time.  He smoked weed all the time and often offered it to me.  I always turned it down because I was afraid of getting hooked on it.  He was, by the way, the first person to notice that I was uptight.  I didn’t believe him at the time but I can totally see it now.

If we were still friends and he offered it to me now, I would totally take it.  I don’t even care if  I took a drug test and I lost my job.  It would be worth it.  I seriously need to loosen up and time away from work doesn’t do the job satisfactorily.  I have never used it before but from what I see, it is just what I need to treat my disease.

Fortunately, with multiple states now allowing its use, I’m hoping that eventually all states will lighten up.  Also fortunately, Colorado is where I want to live regardless of its pot laws.  It’s a win-win situation.

That could be years away for me though.  I can’t wait that long.   If I don’t do something soon, I will surely explode in a very unpleasant manner.

Does anyone have advice on this subject?

 

The Story of the Jews

tsotjI have been watching “The Story of the Jews”.  A documentary on the history of Judaism on PBS.  I have always had respect for the Jewish People though I only knew the basics.

The whole story is rather long and complex and kind of impresses on me the fact that now I understand why Jews are considered annoying.

Not unlike any other religion, it originates way back when early humans tried to make sense of pointless life by making up stories about gods.  Attempting to explain their origins using what little knowledge was available to them at the time.  Trying to make sense of the world around them at a time when science had not yet been conceived.

Judaism tends to take these old stories and hangs on to them in addition to even more made-up stuff to the point where it becomes quite annoying.  I am not picking on the Jews in particular.  Christianity has made up their own strange stories in an effort to control the morals of the world.  They have become just as annoying by actively forcing their made-up laws upon others in the name of “Truth”.   These stories have been altered over time as men in power have seen fit to the point where you really can’t believe any of it.

What would have happened if the first story book ever written was “The Lord of the Rings”?  Thousands of years later we would be worshiping The God Frodo who banished the evil Sauron from Heaven.  We would all be wearing floppy wizard hats and golden rings on Sundays in church where we go barefoot and learn of the story of the great adventure through the forest.  We would come up with all kinds of meanings as it applies to our origin, the  meaning of life, and the afterlife with Frodo and Sam in the Shire.  On second thought, I kind of like that idea.  Let’s do it.

It’s kind of sad to think that since there really isn’t a god, the previous thousands of years of religious activity has been a rather fancy waste of time.  Even sadder is the fact that we will continue to waste our time far into the foreseeable future.

No offense.