Monday, February 22, 2010

Two Words: Entitlement Whiner

Having done the child thing twice now (well, one was already a toddler when I came along), I know how difficult it can be taking them into public. Pushing a stroller, keeping their hands out of store shelves, the crankiness, etc. I get it. Really, I do.

However, people like this woman really irritate the living crap out of me. She talks about "mommy rage" as if she's entitled to be that way for merely having a kid. Sorry, but it doesn't work that way. "Out of my way, I'm a mom"? If I may indulge a bit of bawdy language, "Bitch, please."

An incident I remember rather well involved being at a video store looking at the used discs (I've occasionally struck cheap Criterion gold by browsing). This women in her SUV-sized stroller comes over and stops maybe an inch away as I'm crouched down (because that's where all the good discs are to be found). I'm annoyed but don't so anything. She then bellows, "Excuse me" and moves her arms as if getting ready to push her monstrosity through. The corridor was rather cramped so it's not as if I could just move to a side and let her by. I get up and move to the open end so Bully Mom can pass. Here's the best part. She parks her stroller in the middle of the aisle and begins browsing the discs! I wanted to say something but all that came to mind was a littany of profanity that would embarrass a sailor. So, I was the bigger man and just left.

No, having a child does not entitle you to anything but 18 years (at least) of motherhood with maybe some laughs and aggravation thrown in over the years. "Common courtesy" as mentioned by Ms. Albert, is a two-way street. Let's go down the list of commands made in that last paragraph, shall we?
  • "So please, pay attention"—holy crap, she said "please." Asking people to pay attention isn't too much to ask. I ask people to do this all the time as they chat on their mobile phones, walking in some lackadaisical pattern... as they push their strollers, and make it impossible to pass them on the Metro platform.
  • "be courteous"—"Out of my way" is the epitome of courtesy? I had no idea.
  • "do your job correctly"—This just in: no retail employee is allowed to make a mistake ever lest you incur "mommy rage," even if it's not your fault. Sucks to be you, Wage Slave! I'm a mom!
  • "occasionally, lend a hand"—Not usually a problem, even when you stare daggers at me for having the temerity to do so. Oh noes, you can't do it all?!?! Now you'll never be like those harpies on Sex and the City!!!
Here's my favorite quote out of the entire column: "Oh — and curb ramps are for things with wheels, so step aside." Screw you, blind people! I'm a mom!

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Snowpacalypse 2010

I am officially over winter.

In case you hadn't heard, the winter weather in the DC area saw 3–4 feet of snow dumped in the span of a week through two storms. The federal government has been shut down all week so far and might as well be closed tomorrow since a) it's Friday and b) people are still recovering from the storms. Since I'm a corporate stooge, I've been in the office all week except for when I was working from home yesterday. A couple of people I know in the contracting world are somewhat miffed about the extended closure because they had to use their leave to cover days not worked whereas federal employees don't.

The initial salvo of snow dumped 2–3 feet of snow, causing power outages all over the area. The power was out at my place for nearly a day. While I would have been fine, I was fearful that the temperature in the house could drop enough to freeze plumbing and really make a mess of things. Thankfully, power was restored and it wasn't an issue.

Yesterday's salvo was more annoying than anything. A sizeable amount of snow fell but the high winds really kicked things up to where I couldn't drive to the office. Snow drifts covered once clear portions of the roads and it was pretty difficult to see at times. I didn't like it but I worked from home, which was fine.

It was around noon when a bird somehow got into the house and began flying frantically back and forth from the kitchen to the dining room. The cats were going nuts because prey was now in view. They followed the bird and jumped on the counters and furniture hoping to land themselves something more exotic than Meow Mix. Of course, with agitated cats, the dogs thought it was time to play with the cats and the next hour was spent trying to coax the damn bird out onto the back porch and keeping the pets in line. Eventually, I put some bread and peanut butter on a plate and put it on the back porch. The bird followed suit and finally this episode was over. The only thing missing was this:

Friday, February 5, 2010

Make Your Own Comics Day!

Smacky's better half sent him a link to this site. Here's what I made:

Monday, February 1, 2010

Cool Comic Stuff

First up, DC will not only be offering Green Lantern rings again in April but also, wait for it... Flash rings! The very vehicle Barry and Wally used to hold their costumes will now be a little more accessible to the masses. I have one from my Silver Age action figure set but it's a little on the small side for my sausage-like digits. A Legion flight ring would be cool but I won't hold my breath.

Saving the best for last, Calvin & Hobbes creator Bill Watterson surfaces and gives an interview. Still no regrets after 15 years. Good for him. His comics are still awesome after all these years.

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