Target gives you 5 cents off your bill for every bag of yours that you bring in which they use to bag your stuff. I think it’s a great policy and I wish every store would do that. My only peeve is that if you ask them to not bag the item(s) at all because they’re easy to carry out — say a DVD and a bag of candy — you don’t get a discount. The way I see it, you’re still saving them a bag. Right? I know, it’s only a nickel. But if you’re going to reward customers for saving the amount of plastic bags that are being used (which I assume is the point of the policy), shouldn’t you do it consistently?
Archive for September, 2010
You can see some of my art at two places in October:
*The Pop Shop Gallery (in Lakewood) accepted three of my ceramic faces (fresh out of the kiln!) which work with the Halloween/fall themed show.
*Utrecht Art Supplies in Cleveand Heights accepted two of my works as part of its “Your Work ’10″ show.
I’m preparing for a big solo show at Stark State College in North Canton in mid-November. Big, like I’m going to try to have 40 paintings (no photographs) there. Boy am I ambitious.
While taking a good look at all my art I found a bunch of pieces I have problems with. Some problems are little. Some, well, I’m just going to have to totally paint over them. So if you notice on my Web site that some pieces have disappeared, they may reappear, hopefully improved (at least to my eye). Or, they may be gone completely.
I was a guest artist the other day for two art classes at my daughter’s school. That was fun! The kids amazed me with their enthusiasm and creativity. I wonder what age it is that kids start to think, and say, “I can’t draw”. I was happy to see that these kids weren’t there yet …
Keep up-to-date on current and future exhibits and shows at www.sunthingspecial.com.
This morning at the bus stop another mom was telling me about how her boyfriend’s mom works for the Red Cross, who works with refugees coming to the Akron area from Uzbeskistan. Apparently there is some kind of “holy war” going on and according to one of the refugees, people are being put in burlap bags and, well, shot to death. Apparently anyone looking kind of Muslim, which is a third of the population, is a target. I didn’t find much online, but here’s what one article http://motherjones.com/politics/2000/09/uzbekistans-not-so-holy-war said:
Ugly allegations have surfaced about the fates of the arrested, thousands of whom have disappeared without a trace.
“Someday they’ll find the bodies,” an elderly woman moneychanger whispered to me … “Everyone knows they kill them out in the desert.”
It’s simply horrific. My life may not be perfect, but I’m sure counting my blessings right now …
P.S. I am now packing up toys and clothes and books for the refugees who have come to America with absolutely nothing except their lives, so at least I feel like I’m doing something …
I’m not sure how common this practice was in other high schools or if it’s practiced at all now, but back when my BFF and I were in high school, one sign a girl was “going with” a guy was if she didn’t wear makeup at all (this was in addition to the more traditional customs as wearing the guy’s class ring on a chain around your neck, each wearing a “half heart”, and/or prominent hickies). This was so she wouldn’t look attractive to any other boy. I don’t know if it were ever stated implicitly by the guy or if was just “understood” by everyone that that’s what a “taken” girl did. I don’t know much about Muslim traditions, but it seems to me that that’s not too far removed from women wearing veils. And I went to a Catholic school. Anyhow, I’m embarrassed to admit that I too “proudly” followed that practice when “going with” a guy who was, surprise surprise, abusive. I wonder how many of those other guys who “didn’t let” their girlfriends wear makeup are abusive husbands or fathers now? (BTW my ex-boyfriend’s dad abused his mom. I may have been living in la-la land but at least I wasn’t completely stupid enough to continue a relationship with him that went on way too long as it was.)
Up to 5 million Similac-brand powder formulas are being recalled because they may contain a small beetle or larvae, which could cause stomache and digestive problems. Five million. That makes me wonder, how did they discover this? Were millions of beetles roaming around the Similac factory and someone figured out that they were probably being ground up in the formula? I know that a certain percentage of yukky stuff is allowed in our food, so what was the tip-off that this was too much??
BTW, here’s some info from http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/06/29/how_many_insect_parts_and_rodent_hairs_are_allowed_in_your_food.htm on how much yukky stuff is actually allowed in our foods:
Here is a very brief sampling of the FDA’s Food Defect Action Level list. They begin investigation when foods reach the action level they’ve set. According to the FDA, typical foods contain about 10 percent of the action level, but others say they contain more like 40 percent.
CHOCOLATE AND CHOCOLATE LIQUOR
- Insect filth: Average is 60 or more insect fragments per 100 grams when 6 100-gram subsamples are examined OR any 1 subsample contains 90 or more insect fragments
- Rodent filth: Average is 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams in 6 100-gram subsamples examined OR any 1 subsample contains 3 or more rodent hairs
CITRUS FRUIT JUICES, CANNED
- Insects and insect eggs: 5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml or 1 or more maggots per 250 ml
RED FISH AND OCEAN PERCH
- Parasites: 3% of the fillets examined contain 1 or more parasites accompanied by pus pockets
MACARONI AND NOODLE PRODUCTS
- Insect filth: Average of 225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples
- Rodent filth: Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples
- Insect filth: Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams
- Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams
- Rodent filth: 1 or more rodent excreta pellets are found in 1 or more subsamples, and 1 or more rodent hairs are found in 2 or more other subsamples OR 2 or more rodent hairs per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples OR 20 or more gnawed grains per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples
- Insect filth: Average of 75 or more insect fragments per 50 grams
- Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams
I know, I know, eating insects is not necessarily a bad thing, but I believe in the “I won’t ask and please don’t tell me what’s all in my food” philosphy.
I was talking to a mom friend this morning and she told me how she totally forgot about her daughter’s 4:30 orthodontist appt. yesterday, a first for her. I thought, “Boy, I’m always going all directions but at least I haven’t ever missed any appointments.” Then, just several hours later, guess who forgot about their children’s 4:30 haircut appt.? Sigh. I actually can’t believe it hasn’t ever happened before, but you can bet it’s going to happen again … and again …. and again … and again …
So today I go to get my annual mammogram through a place which has several different locations in the Akron area. I always go to the one in Hudson because it’s the least crowded. But because I only go there once a year I went online to make sure I had the address and directions. I go the office and guess what?? The office is completely vacant. Ohhhhkay. I didn’t have the phone number but fortunately my phone has Web access so I got the number, listed under the Hudson address, and called. “We’re not in Hudson anymore,” the receptionist tells me. Yeah, I know. I’m sitting in the empty parking lot, lady. “We moved to Stow. They should have told you that when you made the appointment,” she explains. They hadn’t, obviously. When I made the appointment, I specifically requested the Hudson office, and when someone called yesterday to verify my insurance, again I clarified that I was going to the Hudson location. And let’s not forget that the Web site lists a Hudson location!! Needless to say I was a bit peeved as I drove to their Stow office. “Don’t feel too bad,” the receptionist assured me when I told her who I was. “You’re the fourth person today to go to the wrong place.” What?!!!! What-ever. At least I got a pen out of the deal. A pen that lists one of their locations as … Hudson.
Last week I had to take my car to get repaired. The repair place is about 2 miles away so I thought I’d leave the car there and just walk home. As I handed over the keys, I realized that I didn’t have a house key. I went to my car to get the garage door opener because we have an attached garage. When I got to my car I remembered that I don’t have a separate garage door opener because it’s programmed into my car. But the keypad by the garage has been broken for about a year so I can’t get in that way either. I didn’t have a house key on my keychain either — I had taken it off a couple months ago to give to a friend who was keeping an eye on our house and never put it back on — which was okay because I’ve never had to use it. And we don’t have an extra key hidden outside. Luckily I realized this before I walked 2 miles home then realized I had no way of getting in my house. So I had to drive home, unlock the front door, then drive back to the car place, then walk home. The moral of the story being, carry a house key with you when you leave the house!! (But do you think I put the house key back on my key ring yet? I would, if I could find it …)
The English millionaire who bought the Segway business earlier this year died the other day after accidentally falling off a cliff (on his estate) and into a river while riding his own Segway. Weird.
… one of the best inventions (so warm, so cozy) but also one of the worst (so warm, so cozy … can’t get out of bed!!)