Tuesday, May 27, 2008

You know you have too much money when.....

... you buy the following watch:

"In April the Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome (which last year created a watch made from remnants of the Titanic) introduced the "Day&Night" watch, which unfortunately does not provide a reading of the hour or the minute. Though it retails for about $300,000, it tells only whether it is "day" or "night" (using a complex measurement of the Earth's gravity). CEO Yvan Arpa said studies show that two-thirds of rich people "don't (use) their watch to tell what time it is" anyway. Anyone can buy a watch that tells time, he told a Reuters reporter, but only a "truly discerning customer" can buy one that doesn't. [News of the Weird, 5-25-08]"

I'm shocked by this! I thought FOR SURE that Rich Folk could afford something we Poor Folk call "a window". Huh ... who knew?!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Headlines that make you go "hmmmm"

Like this one:

"Japanese Company Unveils Solar-Powered Bra"

Yeah, can you say "created by a man"??? Because really, unless you're Madonna (or apparently Amy Winehouse), just wearing a bra in public is not acceptable. And, of course, for the solar powering to be effective, the bra couldn't be covered. Sigh. Men!!

You know, a woman would have created a solar powered hat. Because a hat would make sense! Right? :)

What next, men? ... the solar powered g-string??? (*shakes head with the pathetic-ness*)

Friday, May 09, 2008

Things I learned in Boston

My bf and I just got back from Boston ....

..... and here are some things I learned:

1. Pedestrians do NOT have the right away! We learned quickly to start crossing only when a person who looked like a local Bostonian stepped out to cross. Which, more often than not, did not correspond to when you had the little green "walk" sign.

Which leads me to Things We Learned #2....

2. The green "walk" signs in Boston are worthless! ;)

3. Bostonians are actually very, very friendly people (as long as you're not trying to cross a street, that is!) Each time I pulled out a map, one stopped to ask if I needed assistance. Very nice. Thank you Boston!

4. Bostonians lovelovelove their Dunkin' Donuts! No kidding!! I saw WAY more Dunkin' Donut shops than I saw Starbucks! You heard me correctly. More Dunkin' Donuts than Starbucks. Folks, that's just crazy! But trust me, they are everywhere!

Even at Fenway Park. Look!

And no, this is not a beer line. It's a Dunkin' Donuts line!!! WTF?!

Weird, I tell ya! I mean, the Milky Way hot chocolate they have IS pretty dang yummy. But .... Dunkin's at a ballgame?? Why that's un-American!!! It's supposed to be beer, hot dogs and peanuts, people! Beer, hot dogs, and peanuts! Not donuts! Sheesh! You crazy, Bostonians! :)

5. Fenway Park is beautiful. It's completely old school. I loved it. A bit chilly for our night game though. They announced that it was 46 degrees as the game began. We survived til the 7th inning stretch then left to try and thaw out.

6. While we're on the topic of baseball, I believe you risk life and limb if you are other than a Red Sox fan there. Because EVERYONE wears Red Sox jerseys, hats, etc! I've never seen anything like it! Do hospitals give out Red Sox baby clothes and blankets to newborns before they leave the hospital?!! They must.

7. Fancy convenience stores. Is this not the fanciest 7-Eleven you've seen? I found this in the Beacon Hill neighborhood.

8. Fabulous subways! We found our way to everywhere we wanted by either walking or taking the subway. VERY easy to get around. No need to drive (thank goodness. If trying to cross the street as a pedestrian was bad, I can't imagine actually being in the middle of things there!)

9. They definitely like their statues there. I haven't figured out who/what/why this one? It kinda creeped me out.

But loved this one! This is in Boston Public Garden and is called " Make Way For Ducklings". This is mama duck with babies: Jack, Kack, Lack, Mack, Nack, Ouack, Pack and Quack. Too cute! Based on a children's book.

10. Boston Public Garden is beautiful!

And the animals in it are as friendly as the (non-driving) Bostonians!

11. Bostonians seem to like things which reflect:

12. Great artwork! We went to the Boston Museum of Fine Art to check an item off my bucket list ....

.... by seeing my Renoir! ...

... and found some other great artwork as well!

13. Apparently hookers are classified into "general" and "non-general" and have separate entrances.

I'm assuming "hooker" does not mean "hooker" and instead is some political term (?) ....but found the sign to be a crackup nonetheless! "Hooker entrance" ... hee hee. Of course, if this state building deals with politicans, then maybe "hooker" does mean "hooker"! (what? You thought it too! You know you did!!! :))

14. Two Cheers there ... the original Bull and Finch Pub which had the its exterior used on the tv show Cheers.

And the mock-up Cheers designed to replicate the interior of the bar seen on the tv show.

Sadly, no-one knew our names at either. ;)

15. Lots of history around Boston. Here's a picture of the Paul Revere Mall with the Old North Church (in which Paul Revere hung the lanterns) in the background.

And Paul Revere's grave. I haven't quite figured out why folks put money on it. But there ya go!

16. The squirrels are horny.

What?!! Is squirrel porn wrong?? :)

17. And last but not least of things we learned in Boston, Kilroy was here! :)

All in all a great trip! And two items checked off my bucket list ... the Renoir painting and a game at Fenway Park! Woot!