Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Can't Leave the Whiney/Whingey Post at the Top!

I'll leave you with a few random thoughts to ponder... I can't leave that whining mess at the top of my blog for too many days! ;-)

1. Yet again, there is a "movement" to pass some sort of legislation to impose restrictions on driving with cell phones.

Let me take a minute to say that I agree that "distracted driving" is definitely a problem. However, I do NOT think that government intrusion into my driving is going to solve the problem. If we ban cell phone use while driving, then we must also ban eating, drinking, smoking, listening to music, driving with passengers, spilling anything in the car, the possibility that bees might fly into the car and sting you while you drive (it happened to me once)... do you see where I'm going with this?

ANYTHING can be a distraction. I know someone who was killed because a grandma turned her head around for a split-second to ask her grandson a question. No cell phone involved. Just bad judgment.

I am just as frustrated as anyone else at the boneheads who can't seem to drive and talk on their phones simultaneously... but these are probably the people who can't walk and chew gum at the same time. Or sing and clap in rhythm. Or pat their heads while rubbing their tummies. Yes, driving distracted can be the same as a .08 blood alcohol level. Taking antihistamines before driving can also have a similar effect. Driving while sleepy... same deal. Can't we just do a better job of enforcing stiff penalties on reckless driving?

2. On to a cheerier thought... when I was a kid, I used to have a Disney album that was all original recordings from the movies. The songs ranged from the earliest Disney creations (aka Snow White warbling in some octave only dogs can hear to Someday My Prince Will Come) to Mary Poppins, The Jungle Book, Bedknobs and Broomsticks... I think up through movies in the 70s. My sister and I used to play that album on an old turntable console that took up half our bedroom. I LOVED that album!!! Some of my favorite songs were on that record: Stay Awake, The Bare Necessities, The Age of Not Believing... and do you think I could find it on CD? Nope. It's all Disney hip hop now. Bah. I would have to buy the soundtrack from every movie to make my own compilation. I can't even find all the older songs on iTunes or any other digital music store. My kids have huge, supposedly all-encompassing Disney 6-CD set, but it doesn't have all the same songs. wah.

3. I've lost 6 lbs since Thanksgiving! Woot! Double woot! Clothes are already starting to fit better... and if I'm lucky, I'll be out of my fat clothes entirely by the end of January. *crossing fingers* ohpleaseohpleaseohpleaseohplease!

I have to go shop now. Bah humbug. just kidding


Anonymous said...

Can't we just outlaw stupity and be done with it?

don't call me MA'AM said...

goldennib: yes, please.

Ludicrousity said...

I think I had that cd too as a kid!!! I loved bare necessities! How fun!

We have laws against using cell (mobile) phones in the car. You're not allowed to talk on the phone while you drive unless you have hands free. I can see why, because you are actually using hands to do it. One could argue it's the same as eating, sure. ANd maybe it is. But it does save lives, even if only a few a year. And isn't that worth it? Get a speaker phone or a hands free kit. Easy.

Talk to Glenn! He's doing his PhD on this topic!!!

Libragirl said...

Steve Tyrell has a new album. Disneys's greatest hits.
You can find it vttp://www.brickhousedirect.com/product/270.htm?parentid=1524
for a listing of songs and to listen.

You can find it on I-tunes also

It's really good and has all the old and new songs.

If you go to Stevetyrell.com also you cna find it. It's called Then New Standards.

don't call me MA'AM said...

ludi: I already do use hands-free in my car. The restrictions they're looking at here might ban all conversations... you have to pull over to talk. The argument is that you're too distracted just talking... and I think that's a lame argument, when people talk to passengers and all the other things I listed before. I agree safety should be first, but where is the intrusion going to stop?

libragirl: all original artists?

lizgwiz said...

We had a Disney multi-album set when I was a kid. Each of the old Disney movies had their own album--each with its own illustrated sing-a-long book. They were great! I hadn't thought about them in years--now I'm wondering if my mother still has them somewhere.

It's now against the law here to listen to headphones in your car. It's apparently NOT against the law to jack up your bass so loudly that I can hear YOUR music over mine while wearing headphones with my windows rolled up, though. I agree--let's have some common sense all around here, not just outlaw select things.

Anonymous said...

I totally agree; sometimes the government's intrusion crosses a line, and this is a great example of that. Although for another case in point, you could also come to NYC, and observe the fact that they're trying to ban TRANS FATS from restaurants here. Yes, really. Sigh. Goodbye, delicious Krispy Kreme. I hardly knew ye.

Anonymous said...

Woot!!!!!!!!!! Yay you on the lost lbs. Now, please tell the chocolate madness in my office to quit calling to me and maybe I can join you in the WOOT, WOOT!

Speaking of gov. intrusions, Enemy of the State was on the other day. Funny how the whole focus on the film and premise behind the gov. being evil and how we can't let that happen is....already here. Everything they were afraid of in the film is now policy. Scary.

Jaek said...

I have two sets of cds that I bought in 95 that have somewhere between 8 and 12 discs with all of the original music up through and including the Lion King I think. They even have previously unreleased music of the artists early conceptions of the songs. I'll have to look it up and let you know. Maybe it could magically find it's way (via copy) to you.

don't call me MA'AM said...

lizgwiz: it's always been illegal here to have headphones or earbuds (other than hands-free phone sets)... impairs your hearing or so it goes. But I agree... common sense would be nice.

metalia: my take on the trans fat ban is... don't use it if you don't have to. If you can deep-fat fry something in oil that doesn't contain trans fat, why wouldn't you? But I know that taste is a factor. What will Krispy Kreme do??

pais: yay! you just had a baby, though. You have a long grace period, my friend. :-)

jaek: I think we have that, too... but it doesn't have every song. Hmm. Maybe email me the name of the CD set you have, so I can check!

Ludicrousity said...

In that case DCMM I agree. Isn't talking on hands ree the same as talking to someone sitting in the seat next to you? Weird.

Stinkypaw said...

I try not to use my cell while driving as much as possible. I don't believe in multi-tasking - I can only do one thing GOOD at the time, otherwise it's half ass!

Keep it up (or down?) with the weight loss - but working yourself to the bone, isn't the "best" way to lose weight, even if it does work! ;-)

don't call me MA'AM said...

ludi: yep! :-)

stinkypaw: it's just one of those busy times of the year, you know... and that's not part of my weight loss plan. Good thing, eh?

Anonymous said...

WOOT WOOT on the weight loss [how did you do it? great job!]...and in your honor...

"It is the bare necessities, the simple bare necessities, that's why this bear can rest at ease for the simple necessities..."

Girlie I KNOW that Song...I LOVE IT! I actually did a Talent Show dance to it in the third grade...dating myself here...

And now on my IPOD I have all of Beauty and the Beast and Aladdin [Robin Williams is the best]...

So I am an old lady in a young kids brain! WOOHOO!

Anonymous said...

YAY!! for leaving behind fat clothes! I am trying for the same thing!!!