I had it pointed out that I never really gave a conclusion to the Best Buy saga of 2011 (and 48 hours of 2012), nor did I give any real plan of action after my 2012-freak-out or wrap up some loose ends of my many inevitable social media rants. So today I bring you:
In Conclusion- 5 Things I Forgot to Finish
1) The Best Buy Saga
Thanks to another cord (cord #4) my tv is now in working order. For those of you “techies” who are curious, it took an audio cord, the kind you normally use in a car to hook up your iPod to get audio. The y-cord didn’t work because my tv doesn’t have an audio work around, allowing it to play analog sound, while displaying HD video. Thus, why I needed cord number 4. So it now works
Thank god for Dynex customer service.
Best Buy however is still on my list. They didn’t respond to my Twitter rant or my blog. Alright, some companies aren’t very strong in social media response. But they also didn’t respond to my Customer Service hotline complaint, my formal complaint or my email.
As far as I’m concerned THAT is inexcusable.
2) 2012 Plan of Attack
You read my 2012 blog entry right? (If not you probably should.)
And in it I very calmly outline some “vague” concerns for a new year and end with a very cheerful spin.
Perhaps, in non-blog form I was not as calm about the coming year/my life. And perhaps my concerns took shape more like a freak out. And perhaps in a series of text messages to my friend, I spewed about needing a project, needing something to work on, blah-blah-blah.
So my friend, the king of “fix-it” suggested I needed to adopt his own 2012 resolution and create a vision board.
Yep. Think Oprah. UGH.
And in his words: “You can use it as a brainstorming activity- To figure out what the next “something” to attack is. And then we’ll develop an action plan to achieve it.”
Of note: I disapprove of anyone using phrases like: ‘develop an action plan’ or ‘brainstorming activity’. But somehow, in a moment of weakness, I signed on to this activity. And now I’m making a Hobby Lobby stop tonight to begin putting together something that constitutes a vision board.
3) Iowa Caucus
I tweeted last night as I watched the results roll in and I’ve been listening to CNN updates today. Bachmann out, Perry soon to be, blah-blah-blah.
Can I remind everyone that Iowa, while exciting and an incredibly fun way to kick off the “election season” actually means very, VERY little? (Think 2008 election- Huckabee? Riiiiggght.) And that, unless you are Iowans who freaking love caucus time, everyone sort of knows the process is ludicrous?
Even CNN reporters were phoning that shit in last night. “Elections come down to geography,” explained one CNN commentator. “And votes.” Why yes sir, that is an election. This election, and every election, in just about any democracy. (Except Chicago. And Texas. They have entirely different government systems there.)
Then this morning, while watching The Today Show, they were talking to someone about how close the vote was. And the reporter pointed out that there was no way of doing a recall. First, there were no provisions for that in the Iowa Caucus format/rules. Second, in her words, “People wrote their votes on all sorts of things- scraps of paper, even the back of receipts.”
And this is why, in conclusion, the Iowa Caucus is sort of useless.
4) The Bachelor
I was asked why I didn’t live tweet The Bachelor premiere these last couple days. Normally I enjoy taking advantage of any pop culture spectacle that is just so easy to mock. These girls are idiots- crying hysterically over a man they just met. There is a bizarre lack of diversity, not to mention differences in body size, types, etc. It’s just- exhausting.
And really who would ever have thought I would have standards? But as it turns out ABC is testing me.
My mom called last night to find out if I was watching Wife Swap Celebrity edition. It was that one pastor who got caught with a male hooker, doing blow and Gary Busey. They swapped partners, then filmed a tv show. And it was AWFUL. Or so I hear. I lasted about 30 seconds (insert joke here re: 30 seconds being how long Ted would have lasted with his male prostitute boyfriend.) before realizing this was the worst show known to man and moving on out of sheer repugnance.
So for the 3 of you who usually enjoy my pop culture ramblings- I just couldn’t stomach it this year. I’m sorry.
5) Awkward Social Media Conversations
It’s my own fault.
I’m overly mouthy. I enjoy making public social media statements. I’m a tad judgmental. And really enjoy sharing things I think are funny.
But in the last month I’ve had more people get confrontational over it than I ever have before.
My responses have varied:
- Sometimes, I’ve felt badly and edited my statement. I realized I was a bit harsh and adjusted accordingly.
- Sometimes I’ve responded in an equally mouthy way- I’ve felt my point was valid and got all indignant and uppity. (Irritating right? I’m sorry for that too.)
- And sometimes I just haven’t responded to at all because I thought the comment was too awkward for words.
But let it be said- I’m sorry. If I have in any way offended you (and you know me at all) you know it wasn’t intentional. I dislike the symptoms I bitch about, not the people.
My snark is meant to be well intentioned. And funny. And sometimes thoughtful.
Which also sort of sums up me.