Pre-printed love notes from Mom?

A few days ago I was in a bookstore with my husband and I saw this.

What is this, you say?

Well as far as I could tell, it was a booklet of pre-printed tear out notes of love, encouragement, etc. “from Mom”.

Complete with suggestions to stick them in in your children’s lunch boxes, backpacks, etc.

I recall first seeing a booklet of these a couple of years ago and being kind of shocked at the time.

But this week I noticed that there were more of these types of booklets, and in various styles, etc.  So does that mean these things have caught on and are actually selling?

Have we really became a society so detached from our children that we need pre-printed, perforated love notes from Mom?

If you want to leave your child a note, does it really take too much time to write that short sentence in your own handwriting, and I dunno… actually sign it?


Politics on Facebook

I am well aware of the fact that I haven’t discussed politics on this blog.  That is not an accident, that was a conscious choice.  Quite frankly I am sick of political conversations.  And before anyone goes jumping all over me, I think it is *extremely* important to be informed and vote.  Not just vote.  Educate yourself, then vote.

But I don’t want to discuss it here.  There are a million places online where people banter non-stop about politics.  The world does not need that from  Just. Not. Necessary.

(Please keep that in mind if you have a desire to post something nasty and political in the comments of this post… lol)

Now someday I might change my mind about that.  I doubt it, but you never know.  I suppose one of the good things about running your own blog is you can post whatever you want.

Well today, I am NOT talking politics.  I am talking about political posts on Facebook.  I’m not talking about a particular thing that is personally important to someone or their circle of friends.  I am referring to the endless drivel that people post and post and post and post.  What I thought would make me happy is if Facebook had a way that people could tag their status updates as political.  And if you then had the ability to block that person’s political status updates, and not their regular status updates, from your feed.  I realize it will likely never happen.  But I would love it all the same.  Because right now the options are to delete the annoying person totally, or block all of their status updates.  Neither of which I typically want to do.

Although I have done it, in regards to a pair of very extreme individuals… but to explain that situation would be a post all to itself.

Regardless of what your political beliefs are, if you are using Facebook, and have a wide variety of friends with different view points, you probably have at least one person on your list that annoys you with frequent political posts.  If that person is a family member or close friend, you may not want to block or delete them.  So they are just there, annoying you.  These are reasons that people leave Facebook (one of millions of reasons, but a reason all the same).

Have you ever thought to yourself, “Wow!  It would be a lot easier to like you, if you didn’t say such incredibly stupid/hateful/vile things?” I know to some that might sound harsh, but if you’ve been through it, you know what I mean.

And it’s not that I am close-minded or one-sided.  I think I take a very honest and individual approach to all people.  I am a registered Independent (not that that is anyone’s business), and I don’t feel the need to agree with people on political views.  I am perfectly happy to agree to disagree.  But the problem really comes into play (at least for me) when people feel the need to lie to push their agenda.  Lying is a HUGE pet peeve of mine.  HUGE.  I just have so little tolerance for it.  I can totally disagree with someone 100% and that is fine.  I can totally respect someone’s right to a difference of opinion.  But if they lie to push their agenda, then that just pisses me off.  Plain and simple.

Another thing that gets on my nerves is glaring hypocrisy.  I am sure we are all hypocrites in our own special way.  But recently I saw some holier-than-thou posts about how “we should be praying for our leaders not making posts criticizing or mocking them”.   Now what made this so amusing or annoying (maybe both) is who is posting this.  Because the individual, previously posted some very very very personally insulting things in regards to a particular political figure.  And every time I see this person’s holier-than-thou post, I have to bite my tongue (or fingers I suppose) to keep from replying with, “Yes, just like you did when you posted about ________?”

And one of these days I’ll probably be in just a pissy enough mood to do it.  Then there will of course be fallout.

Clearly what that person actually meant was, “I wish people would please stop insulting the people I LIKE.” Because they’ve already made it perfectly clear by their actions that it is perfectly ok in their mind to do so, as long as they hate the political figure in question.

Now I don’t really have much of an opinion on the post.  But I have an opinion on THAT person posting it, AFTER doing the exact opposite.

It’s stuff like that, that I would rather not see.

BUT… to argue the opposite side of this….
Is it a good idea to know the political thoughts of the people you are dealing with?  Because while I like to separate these things, Can you really?  Can you really separate some of these deeply held beliefs with the person?  I think it depends on the political issue at hand and the seriousness of the issue.

Also if they made available an option like this, then people would want other options.  I can hear it now, “Can I get a monotonous tag, for those people who tell you what they ate at every.single.meal. ? ”  LOL  Stuff like that.  So I see how it could be complicated and not work.  Plus you would be counting on the individual to be honest and tag their posts as political when they were, unless you added a “mark political” tag, so that people could tag it themselves.

What do you think?  Would you like to see a “political” tag on Facebook so that you had the option to get an individual’s political updates or not?  Or are we better off knowing the political beliefs of the people we deal with?  I am on the fence, how about you?

Perhaps the best option would be a “hide this post” option, without hiding the person’s entire feed.  So that at least when you read it once, you didn’t have to see it again.

Music Snobs

What is it with some people that they cannot like a band/artist that sells more than x number of records?  You know the type, their MySpace/Facebook pages contain listings of 100 bands most people have never heard of and not a single one that is “popular”.  They always know oh so very much about the most obscure bands and are waiting with bated breath to say to someone “Oh my God, they like Nickelback?  The worst band EVER.”

(Please don’t turn this into a comment string of arguments about the pros and cons of Nickelback.  I just threw that name out there because it’s a commonly insulted band.)

Or, “I can’t believe they still listen to Green Day.  They are such sell outs!”

Ok seriously people – your worth as a person is not valued based on your musical tastes.   You should have learned that early on, and if not, you should have learned that by at least…. junior high.  For real.

I’m not going to get into the issue of really disgusting vile lyrics and whatnot, because that is not what this post is about. But when it comes to average music, it makes no difference to me what someone likes.  I mean you are not a better person just because you like 10 obscure bands as opposed to a few popular ones.

Why can’t people just like what they like and not inject all sorts of musical snobbery.  Because at the end of the day it’s just a song.  And some people like it and some people don’t.  That doesn’t make anyone any better than anyone else.

My grandfather was a rather well-known fiddle maker.  I spent many an afternoon listening to the fiddle, the guitar, the dulcimer, the mandolin, the banjo, etc.  In church I heard church songs.  At home I heard mostly country music.  On my own radio I played mostly rock music.  My mother plays the piano.  Most of my mother’s family plays some sort of instrument and/or sings.  My cousin is a country artist, another cousin is a well-known fiddle player and judge.  I grew up singing in the church and in school.  I can play the clarinet, and a I can play a little of the fiddle, guitar, Irish tin whistle, etc.  If I had to choose a favorite musical artist it would probably have to be Eric Clapton.  But I hate choosing favorites. My musical tastes are all over the place.  I don’t care what “genre” a song or artist is supposed to be in.  I don’t really think most music fits in such pretty little boxes anyway – especially these days.  If I like a song I like it.  I don’t care if it is one of the most popular bands in history or a completely unheard of artist.

I don’t see why people can’t just be honest and like what they like. It amazes me that full-grown adults worry so much about what someone else will think of their musical tastes.

Have the backbone to like what you like, and not be ashamed to say it.

In short:  Don’t be a music snob.