That’s Not Really What You Want

Ever had somebody do this to you?

There was a time some years ago that I had developed an interest in learning to play an instrument. Specifically the Tenor Sax. The reason was simple enough, I liked how it sounded.

When I talked to my wife about this she seemed supportive at first but once she figured out that I was serious about this it didn’t take more than a few days for her to start telling me that I shouldn’t start with the sax.

She presented a strangely convincing argument that I should start with something less costly like a clarinet which, according to her (who had never played a sax) would be easier to pick up.

After about three weeks of this I found myself browsing various web retailers for clarinets, music stands, instructional books, clarinet cases from musicians friend and so on … the whole shooting match.

Within another two weeks my wife had bought a clarinet on ebay and according to her, everything I needed to learn it.

I started in and did my best with it. However there was one problem that made it difficult. It didn’t have the sound I had wanted. It wasn’t a tenor sax.

Not only that but there was something wrong with one of the keys. there were two or three notes that I could not create no matter what. My wife looked at it (she had played clarinet in high school) and proclaimed it in perfect condition, yet no matter what I did those notes never worked.

Then at one point I was looking over records and noticed how much the whole clarinet setup had cost in total. I did some quick checking and found that, contrary to what my wife had insisted upon, it would have cost the same OR EVEN LESS to set me up with a tenor sax to learn on like I had wanted to do in the first place.

I put the clarinet away and haven’t touched it since.

This whole thing of ending up with something that was a bit “off” from what you had made clear that you wanted is something that my wife had spent an incalculable number of hours complaining that people had done to her all her life and here she was doing the same bloody thing to me.

The part that really roasted my cookies is that I had let her do it to me once again. You see this wasn’t the first time. Just one of the larger ones. She’d been doing it to one degree or another since 6 months or so after we got married.

For All The Gifted Ladies

I was out at the Nutjob Hills Grocery, Bait shop and Tire Center the other day when something really unfair happened.

You see, the grocery checkout is staffed by some very attractive young ladies. The only problem is that these women frequently wear tops that are, to say the very least, revealing. To be more specific, the girl at the checkout this time was, shall we say, rather gifted and she had chosen to display as much of that “gift” as she could get away with without being cited for indecent exposure.

Seriously, her top was cut nearly to her navel and it was also quite obvious that she was not wearing a bra either.

Naturally, being a reasonably normal unattached human male, I looked. And no, I didn’t stare like some 16 year old seeing beauties like that for the first time. I was quite discreet, forcing myself to not look directly at them. Yet she still gave me a dirty look as she slammed the receipt into my hand.

I consider this kind of thing to be one of many examples of the double standard that women everywhere seem to enjoy on a regular basis.

I’m here to say that this is bullshit.

Ladies, when you wear skimpy low cut tops you have no right to get pissed when somebody looks at your tits.

If you have the guts to wear something that can barely contain them, then you have to realize that they are going to get looked at. It’s just a fact of life.

In short, If you don’t want people looking at your tits, COVER THEM UP!

Take Your ‘Sub4sub’ And Shove It

Lately I’ve been getting more and more PM’s on all of my main youtube channels that are trying to get me to use various ‘sub4sub’ websites to gain subscribers.

First, they’re not even individual messages. Invariably I scroll down to see the part of the message that says who it’s sent to and it has been sent to 10 or 20 people at a time. a clear indication that it’s spam.

Second, ‘Sub4sub’ is an idiotic scam. It is promoted by people that have the mistaken identity that merely having lots of subscribers is what you need on youtube.

This is incorrect.

While having more subscribers is good, it is worthless if those subscribers do not actually watch your videos. What good is it to have 100,000 subscribers if only a few hundred bother to actually watch any of your videos?

Answer: None.

I would much rather have 2,000 loyal subscribers if most of them were actually watching my videos.

subscribers are important, don’t get me wrong. however actual video views is much more important than the number of subscribers.

Therefore if you plan to send me an invitation to join some sub4sub group, take that invitation and shove it up your arse . . . sideways.

[tags]youtube, spam, sub4sub, scam, subscribers, views, video views, numbers, number games[/tags]

The Latest Aggravation

There are a wealth of things (and people!) that I find aggravating to one degree or another. Some of Bob’s excesses is one example. The overall rudeness of most people is another. Then there’s the skyrocketing cost of just about everything.

The latest addition to this list is the changes that youtube pushed out yesterday to just about every part of the site.

In those changes I think one of the most annoying is their choice to use light gray text on a lighter gray background.

Exactly who the imbecile is that first started that trend on the web I do not know but should I ever find out I would love to let it know just how stupid that kind of a color scheme is.

The point of having text on a web page is so that it can be read. The problem with this color scheme is that it makes text very hard to read. What they SHOULD do is use something with a high contrast like black text on a white background (or the reverse works great too).

This kind of low contrast color scheme is the kind of thing that internet marketing con artists use to discourage people from trying to read their terms & conditions and privacy policy pages.

It’s one of the most aggravating, offensive things a web designer can do.

I can say with a certainty that any web designer who ever works for me will be warned ahead of time not to do shit like that and if they do, they’re fired on the first offense.

[tags]web design, stupidity, text color, youtube, new layout, hard to read[/tags]

How About You ANSWER your voice mail?

People are in such a blasted hurry these days that they all too often don’t even bother to answer their voice mail.

This is particularly annoying when it’s a business.

I mean you’d think that a business would be especailly interested in following up on incoming voice mail because you never know when it’s a potential customer or how much you might lose if you don’t follow up that voice mail A.S.A.P.

Beyond that, it’s just simple courtesy. Of course I suppose I should know better. “courtesy” is not at all common anymore. People (and businesses) are all too interested in their own thing to give a flying shit about anybody or anything else. Even when doing so could earn them money.

While I’m at it, that email somebody sent you that you don’t bother to answer for three weeks or more (if you bother to answer it at all that is)

How about having a bit of consideration there too. I sent an email recently asking somebody a simple question. It is now almost a month later and I have not recieved so much as a “yes”, “no” “go to hell”, or “fuck you” for an answer.

Obviously that entity has been removed from the ever shrinking list of entities that I will welcome contact from in the future.

And now today this bullshit with the voice mail that is obviously not going to be replied to in anything even remotely resembling a timely manner and I’m in *SUCH* a wonderful mood.

In fact I feel so special about these two entities that I think the next time I am in contact with either of them I am going to want very much to Quote Arnold in Terminator: “Fuck you, Asshole” and then proceed about my life as if the offending entity does not exist because to me, they won’t.

[tags]courtesy, politeness, consideration, voice mail, email, respond, answer, respect, lack of respect, potential customer, alleged, friend, alleged friend, pissed off, fuck you[/tags]