Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Monday, June 13, 2011
When will people in the public eye ever learn? And when will the general public stop being shocked?
Congressman Anthony Weiner is the most recent in a long line of celebrities and politicians who did a stupid thing and thought he would never be caught and when he was, lied about it. Why? Why did he think he would not get caught when so many before him did?
Celebrities and politicians are in the public eye. On one hand, this gives them a sense of arrogance and makes them think they are above the law. On the other hand, the fact they are well known means their dirty laundry is aired in public.
If Joe Smo, your next door neighbor had sent photos of himself on Twitter to some woman he had only met online, what would have happened? She might have reported him to Twitter for harassment or she might have blocked him from having access to her page or she might have had a good laugh about it with her friends. But it would never have even made the local news yet alone the national news. Don't celebrities and politicians realize they aren't Joe Smo. Their actions will make it into the national, maybe even the international news, and it will be scrutinized and nit-picked by everyone.
If you're in the public eye, you need to think before you act, not act and think up an excuse.
Friday, June 10, 2011
Last weekend my step-son graduated from high school. The ceremony was like all graduation ceremonies filled with pomp and circumstance, speeches and reminiscing. But it raised a couple of questions in my mind.
Monday, June 6, 2011
I was attracted to a Yahoo article entitled "First Person: 10 Days, No Spending" because I was wondering what bits of wisdom it would tell us that weren't already known by most people.
And indeed the article did list a number of things which were common sense. Things like taking inventory of what groceries and toiletries you have in the house, not taking your credit cards with you unless you're going to use them and paying all your bills early. But one piece of advice was mystifying, if not dangerous. "Fill up the car only enough to commute to work," it says, "No more, no less. When you run out of gas, that's it."
The entire purpose of the e-mail is to get people not to spend money needlessly. Here's better advice than running your car on E. Fill your tank and then only drive to and from work and the grocery store. You'll save money that way and you won't put yourself needlessly in harm's way.
When you run out of gas, that's it? What does that mean? That after that you walk, you take public transit? What if you run out of gas in the middle of traffic or on a infrequently traveled road?
As I stated earlier, this money-saving strategy is dangerous. Circumstances beyond your control can increase, even double or triple your commute. Things like road construction or weather conditions. In addition, if you're a woman, it isn't exactly safe to be in a car stranded on the side of the road or walking alone down a street.