Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Commercials Taking It Too Far

I don't know about the rest of you, but commercials tend to fit into one of the following categories:
1. The ones that make you go "awwww" because of children, puppies, or other general cuteness (those toilet paper commercials with the puppies).
2. The ones that you haven't got a clue what exactly they are advertising.
3. The ones that make you blush due to embarrassment (under-clothes commercials or ones for "male" pills).
4. The ones that make you roll your eyes and change the channel.

Recently I have discovered a commercial that very sincerely fits into category number 4: the commercials that have been put out to PROMOTE CORN SYRUP. Have you seen what I am talking about? The commercials that start off with someone making a derogatory remark about corn syrup and then have another person (usually the ones drinking something with corn syrup or eating a popsicle) explain that it is “made from corn and fine in moderation.”

Does anyone else find these commercials completely ridiculous? Corn syrup has gotten such a bad reputation that they have finally decided to come out with commercials PROMOTING the stuff. Why don’t they just have commercials telling Americans to eat more sugar? Americans already consume the stuff [corn syrup] in mass quantities. IT TASTES GOOD. Corn syrup is a sweetener like sugar- it is yummy. You don’t need to tell people to eat it; they are going to eat it because it is pleasing to the palate. Yes, corn syrup has gotten a bad reputation over the past few years, but that is because of the obesity that has been sweeping the nation due to the mass consumption of calories (and trust me- there are a lot of calories in corn syrup).

We have commercials all over the place promoting things that are not good for Americans. “Hearty” breakfasts at Denny’s (with enough calories to satisfy half of your daily caloric intake), beer (an alcoholic beverage that causes 16,000 fatalities per year), and now CORN SYRUP.

Companies are taking it a little bit overboard to have commercials promoting something like that. Ladies and Gentlemen: I’ve seen enough.

Monday, March 2, 2009

More Than A Memory

They say he's only in my head, its going to take time but I'll forget.
They say I need to get on with my life, but what they don't realize:
Is when you're dialing 6 numbers just to hang up the phone,
Driving across town just to see if he's home,
Waking a friend in the dead of the night- just to hear him say its gonna be alright,
When you're finding things to do not to fall asleep,
Because you know he'll be there in your dreams,
That's when he is more than a memory.

I hate it when someone was such a part of your life that you have a hard time letting go. Everyone likes to tell you that with time you'll forget and move on and it wont be hard anymore. Unfortunately, it doesn't always work like that. You can't just hope that eventually you'll get enough new memories that they will drown out the old ones. It just doesn't work that way for me. As much as I wish it did.

Because when your memory and your emotions and your will is unwilling to let him go- its true, he is more than a memory.

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

A Lack of Understanding

There is a weird phenomenon that I've never been able to exactly understand. It is one that I have noticed in a large variety of places, among lots of different people, and in many different situations. It is the phenomenon where you will often see a person who was in a long-term relationship that didn't work out, get engaged/married to another person after a much shorter length of time.

Let me further explain. I know of a number of people who have been in relationships that have lasted for a year or more. Occasionally 2 years. And sometimes 8-9 months. Sadly, these relationships will sometimes not work out. (I always wondered how you could date a person for a year or more and then NOT get married- but then I was in that situation and therefore stopped questioning it.) Now let me explain the oddity of the situation- the phenomenon is more clearly seen when that person finally gets married. Often times you will notice that this person who was in a fairly long relationship will end up marrying someone that they have dated for 3-4 months.

Why? I can count 3 of these strange cases off of the top of my head:
~A guy that was in a 2 year relationship gets engaged to another girl after 4 months.
~A girl who dated a guy for a year and a half gets engaged to another guy after 3 months.
~A guy who was in a year relationship gets engaged to another girl after 4 months.
*(Trust me, there are many more examples where those came from...)

Now I realize that someone who has had the patience to date for a length of time and not get married is probably more ready to get married the next time someone comes along- but something about those statistics just seems a little off to me. Why would you invest so much time and energy into a person that you do not end up marrying and then invest less than half that amount of time in the person that you DO end up marrying?

With my luck I'll end up getting engaged after 4 months of dating... just so I can join the group. But I really cannot understand why/how it happens that you can spend so much time, effort, emotion into someone that you don't marry- and end up spending so much less time on someone else. It would seem to me that it would almost be needful to spend at LEAST the same amount of time with the new person that you spent with the previous person. But for some reason this is not the way society seems to be working.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Pearls Before Breakfast

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that thousand of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule. A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.Two days before his playing in the subway, tickets for Joshua Bell's performance at a theater in Boston were sold out and the seats averaged $100.This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people.

The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

What do ya'll think I should do?

I thought I'd take an informal poll on my blog. For this poll I'll present my options and I want you all to post your opinions in the comments (if you care to).

I'll be graduating in August. *gulp* And therefore have to decide what to do with my life after I graduate. Here are my options:

1. Grad School in the West (where most of the potential marriage options are and where I know more about Graduate Schools)
2. Grad School in the East (where I'm from and where my family is located but where most men are weirdies)
3. Full Time Job in the West (same reasoning as above except substitute "jobs" for graduate schools)
4. Full Time Job in the East (same reasoning as above)
5. Full Time Job in West while I prepare for Grad School
6. Full Time Job in East while I prepare for Grad School
7. Travel the world with money I don't have.
8. Go to Utah College of Massage Therapy and open up a shop afterwards.
9. Get a bunch of cats and hunker down- it's going to be a long life.
10. Take voice lessons and become a country music singer.

Ok, now you all get to decide. Put your first and second options if you wouldn't mind. Bring on the advice!

Monday, January 19, 2009

Didn't Anyone Get The Memo?

Time keeps moving forward. This is a fact that I am very much so aware of... I am not ignorant to the fact that lives progress, that people change, or that it becomes necessary for situations to change. But today I am not enjoying it.

Do you ever feel just a little bit stuck while everyone around you seems to be moving forward? This feeling was particularly brought on today by the following things: a girl I worked with just had a beautiful baby girl, a guy I dated a YEAR AND A HALF ago has a new baby boy, and another guy I dated for a length of time will be getting married soon. Now I'm not resentful of good things happening to people. I'm as happy as can be for them! However, seeing these things causes one to reflect on their own life- and to make comparisons.

These people were all in my same situation when we met. They were students, single, working, and just trying to get by in life. Now these people have had drastic changes: marriage, graduation, children, etc. While I am in exactly the same place I was before: I'm still a student, I'm still working, I have no husband, no children, and I'm just trying to get by in life. It is a bit weird. And some people may say that it is a hint or two of jealousy which drives me to say: didn't anyone get the memo? Things really aren't supposed to change. (Not without me getting to change as well.)

Monday, December 22, 2008

Choosing The Better Part

How exactly does one go about choosing "the better part"? In a world where no one is perfect, where mistakes are made, and where choices abound, how? How does a person decide? How does one choose "the better part"? What is right or better for one may not be better for another: so advice is hard to take on such matters. The better part is important to us. It is needed so that we can stay on the right path, so that we can be happy, and even so that we can have the spirit to be with us. So again I ask- how is "the better part" decided on and then acted on? More specifically, how do you judge in other people who or what would be your better part?

We have been taught not to expect perfection but also not to settle for anything less than the best. So how do we reconcile those two thoughts and teachings with each other? Do people not deserve a second chance? Does the guy who has been down life's hardest roads not deserve a good and caring partner in this life just as the man who has never taken that path does? A chance to be better and to strive for more?

So answer this: which is worse? The guy who attends every week and passes the sacrament but has not zest for the gospel of Jesus Christ, no passion, no real strength. Or the guy who has stumbled and fallen, who has had a very hard life and who hasn't risen above yet, but who is striving for it and who is very sincere?

Yet, who wants to take that risk on an imperfect and ever-changing human being? That chance that they won't change or won't rise above? It is a scary thought.

Which is the better part? What is the better part? I realize that people are supposed to do things in a certain order- but is it possible that for some people it is better for them to do things on a different path? Is it possible that this woman or that man isn't supposed to follow the traditional path but to forage a new one and to do their best on that path?

I know many woman who ask this question and who are struggling with this topic/idea. I haven't any idea how to answer them.