The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors (halfshellvenus) wrote,
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors
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Cycling: Saturday I got stung during my ride. At first, there was some doubt (which is unusual). I felt this "Ow!" through the front of my shorts, and though I saw nothing there and pulled the shorts away a few times, it still hurt for about a mile or so. Later, I saw the tell-tale mark on the skin. And almost exactly 24 hours later, itching like blazes! Cortisone ointment stopped it, until 24 hours after that: more itching! The silver lining is that my last bee-sting 18 months ago over the eye (which made my eye swell halfway shut and resulted in three days of steroids) raised the possibility of having become allergic to bees. This latest result points to "not allergic"— at least, not in the dangerous way.

In other news, May is national Bike-To-Work-Month in the U.S. Those of you who've been around awhile know that this always makes me ponder the possibility of biking to my office, which every prior year has come up as impossible. This year, though… I see a glimmer of possiblity! I found the pedestrian overcrossing for the Interstate last year, though I didn't like the look of the neighborhood on the office side much. But it looks as if I can arc around the edges of it without adding too much distance. As is typical, the bike route from my office to home is easier than the other direction. This has to do with how people get to the freeway- I don't want to bike across any intersection where people are getting onto the freeway. Hoping to try this out on Thursday, in preparation for "Bike To Work Day" the following Thursday. 18-20 miles one way. :0

Brothers And Sisters: I watch this show because it follows Desperate Housewives (which I used to like a lot more than I do now). B & S (note the meaningful initials!) is too much of a "soap" for my tastes. I used to tune in for the boykissing and the Rachel Griffiths character, because I cannot stand the Sally Fields and Calista Flockhart characters on this show. They're so neurotic, they give me stress. Now I’m down to the boykissing (Kevin, played by Matthew Rhys), because the Rachel Griffiths character's story arc bugs me now (probably the appearance of Steven Weber, whom I cannot stand). There's a younger druggie brother, who has every "baby of the family" issue known to man (which means my patience for him is limited). There's another brother whose name I never remember, because his story is "meh" and he looks like a watered-down version of Liev Schreiber. But the boykissing does not disappoint. Sunday's was loving and wonderful, and is in preparation for a new approach to a stock ratings ploy. (!)

If for some reason you haven't read Your Friends Are Not Watching the Same Show You Are (And That's Okay), I highly recommend it just as an interesting take on the idea that what we see in a show is in large part due to why we watch it in the first place. Our filters affect our perceptions, which is why I've been disappointed with the "Michael and Lincoln" show the last couple of years while viewers of the "Michael and Sara" show were mostly happy until early Season 3. And also why the "boy!Clark Kent" show faded off when it became the "Clark and Lana" show and then the "Lois Lane" show and now the "Supergirl" show. Oy.

Though I'll still love you no matter what, unless you start going on about Deal or No Deal being television genius. That might be the final straw. ;)

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