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04 May 2016 @ 04:54 pm
Today is (and apparently yesterday also was)...  
... Drop All The Things Day. Seriously, I whacked my pill container off my desk twice yesterday, spilling pills and vitamins all over the floor of my cubicle (it's not an official container, it's a small metal breath-mint tin, for reasons of size and flatness). Getting ready to go biking was kind of a flail-fest of drop-related incompetence. Makes you look at your hands and wonder, "Are these things hooked up?"

So, Ted Cruz dropped out of the race, which leaves only Trump on the Republican ticket. Scary for the country, maybe helpful for Hillary supporters? Still, what a risk. :(

That does not, however, keep me from needing to share this Cruz/Fiorina gif with you. It's like two snakes wrestling with their hatred for each other and trying to present an image of unity. And by that, I also mean their hands. ;)

There's another, that relates to Cruz saying he wants to spend more time with his children. Genius. :O

Oh, remember my mentioning the potential street resurfacing along my work commute? The street HAS been resurfaced, but I keep coming across spots where workers are jackhammering through the new pavement. WTH is that all about?

Our son rented his tux for the Prom (he'll be going with his friends), which cost over $200 with a coupon. Criminy! OTOH, one of the girls at his school listed her expenses, which included $200 for makeup. What planet IS this? I would expect to do my own makeup. I mean, how complicated does it need to be? Is she going as an alien or a hobbit or something? :O

What's happening on your Wednesday?

 
 
 
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatrebleodswean on May 5th, 2016 12:05 am (UTC)
I am so excited about Trump being the nominee!!

Cruz scared the bejeebus out of me. And Fiorina??? Eep.

They are trying to recover the monuments they paved over. Super important and we use them every day here at our biz. ;)

I'm so glad your son decided to go!

How's your Idoling?
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2016 12:14 am (UTC)
I know you like Trump, so this is good news for you! To me, he's frightening.

Wait, recover the monuments they paved over? Is that an abstract thing? A literal thing? I'm kind of fixated on actual pavement at the moment, from the other part of this post. ;)

The Idoling is slowly progressing. Terrific idea for one entry, and I need to try to finish it tonight and not fall asleep while writing again. Argh. How about you?
kick_galvanic, zagzagael, skull_theatrebleodswean on May 5th, 2016 12:16 am (UTC)
It feels gratifying after having supported him for the past year or so. At the very least, politics has become exciting.

The survey monuments set in the street by surveyors down through the years. It is against the law to destroy them, so many times they have to go back and dig them out. Don't hit a hole with your bike!

Slowly progressing here, too. I wrote my first *gasp* non-fiction Idol piece for one....and am considering another vernacular piece for another....It's work, baby. Glad you have one nearly done!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2016 12:22 am (UTC)
Ours may be jackhammering out sewer lids and manhole covers and the like. Which (as a cyclist) is not what I want! I want them to dig deeper, and then pave those suckers level. Nobody wants to navigate a 1-2 inch dip in the pavement for one of those. :O

Non-fiction IS new for you. That should be exciting! :D
similiesslipsimiliesslip on May 5th, 2016 01:31 am (UTC)
I love your sarcastic comment about makeup :)
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: heh-hehhalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2016 01:35 am (UTC)
Seriously, HOW can you spend $200 on that? And why would you?

Unless it's Hollywood-level transformation into something non-human, which would be completely awesome. ;)

But I suspect not. :O
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on May 5th, 2016 06:56 am (UTC)
You'd be surprised. She's probably going to one of those studios where they do full-face makeup not unlike you getting a makeover in a department store's cosmetic department. There's one up the street from me. $40 for brow reshaping :shudder:
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2016 04:50 pm (UTC)
Oh, I'm sure there are places who charge that much for makeup. But why on earth would you think that was a justified expense? I mean, basic mascara, foundation, lipstick and rouge will get you at least 90% of the way there.

It's bizarre to me. But then again, as you know, I'm not a very girly girl. ;)
cindy: ok i'll be a hair (edward monkton)tsuki_no_bara on May 5th, 2016 02:26 am (UTC)
i'm 99.44% certain someone else did my makeup for the prom, but i don't remember. i did get my hair done, but if i had any hope of it looking good in pictures, i needed a professional.

that gif of cruz and his daughter is priceless. she's so "ugh, dad, no". i feel you, kid, i feel you.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2016 03:25 am (UTC)
But was it a professional who did your makeup, or a sister or friend? Lots of people have friends do it.

Now, getting a professional hairdo is more common. But makeup?!? For THAT price? :O

I understand his poor daughter completely. It's kind of a bratty thing to do, but OTOH... he's kind of a lizard in a human suit, so what are you going to do? :O
cindytsuki_no_bara on May 5th, 2016 04:04 am (UTC)
if someone else did it, it was probably a professional - i wouldn't have trusted my friends - but i can't imagine it cost $200. not to knock the girl at your son's school, but that's absurd.
Kizzyxo_kizzy_xo on May 5th, 2016 06:58 am (UTC)
It's all about competition, especially in a well-to-do area. The area where I work, it'd be nothing for a kid to drop $$$ on something like that. Because, you know, parents and keeping up with the Joneses.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2016 04:52 pm (UTC)
Yeah, and there is some of that. The school has a gifted program in an otherwise low-income area, so the students are fairly split on economic lines.

Still... as a parent, I would make HER pay for that and see just how crucial she thinks it is.

But, that's one of the distinctions between parents who spoil and those who don't, I suppose.
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on May 5th, 2016 02:23 pm (UTC)
I'm glad that your son decided to go with his friends. I hope they have a great time.

Spending that much on makeup is crazy. Maybe she's trying to show that she can afford it.

Wednesday is square dance class and we managed 3 squares [8 each]. Usually, it's 2.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC)
I think it's a ridiculous way to spend money, and I think she should have to pay for that herself. That usually curbs wanting outrageously expensive things, in my experience. ;)

Though my parents both grew up in the Depression, and most of these are the kids of people who grew up in the 80s. I.e., my parents were "older" parents and so are we. It's a different world. :O

Is the number of squares in your class related to things going more smoothly, or stamina?

Edited at 2016-05-05 04:55 pm (UTC)
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on May 6th, 2016 12:04 am (UTC)
The number of squares depends on who shows up. If it's cold or raining, as it has been off and on the last few weeks, then the numbers drop.

You wrote: Though my parents both grew up in the Depression, and most of these are the kids of people who grew up in the 80s. I.e., my parents were "older" parents and so are we. It's a different world. :O Indeed it is. My parents were older parents who grew up in the Depression as well. It feels weird to think of my kids' friends, who were born from 1980 to 1985, as parents of teenagers. Most of our friends had kids in their late 20s and early 30s with those kids' children being under 10 now.
Direst Ryl: Wind Ritualryl on May 5th, 2016 09:33 pm (UTC)
$200 on makeup? They do know that stuff wears off over the course of the evening, right?

I do not understand my own gender.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 5th, 2016 10:17 pm (UTC)
I do not understand my own gender.
Me either!

Here, she's paying for "makeover-level" work (so, the service more than the product), but still... it's one freakin' night! And that's it!

For some people, that's the monthly grocery budget, or a significant part of the rent. Sheesh.
riverotter1951riverotter1951 on May 6th, 2016 12:06 am (UTC)
My daughter has a husband and two kids. Her weekly grocery budget is close to $200 and she is extremely frugal buying on sale and seasonal.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 6th, 2016 12:34 am (UTC)
Ours is higher, though we have a teenaged son. But yes-- SO expensive now.

If you were lucky enough to live in an area where that would cover groceries for a month (one person or a couple), you would not want to throw away that money on a profession makeup session. Geez.
Princess Robot Bubblegum!astrothsknot on May 8th, 2016 10:58 pm (UTC)
Seriously, your politics are fucking brilliant right now. it's better than the telly.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on May 9th, 2016 03:29 am (UTC)
It's like crack, except it's actually happening.

God, the results though... potentially very scary!