Adventures

When everyone has an opinion.

It is extremely hard to know which advice to follow and which advice to toss out the nearest window. Especially on the internet where suddenly everyone becomes ‘experts’ in whatever topic you have asked about.

It’s daunting and frustrating. And when the advice starts to clash with each other your head starts spinning and you’re getting one hell of a headache and just want to throw up your hands and say “FORGET IT!”

I’ve been having a problem with my Anubis and her eliminating in our bedroom. She is crated (I call it her den) at night, although she’s not to happy about it at first. She does well once she reluctantly walks into her ‘den’. It’s more of a “But I still wanna play despite the fact I have flopped over on the floor because we’ve been playing for awhile now.” type of reluctance to her den.

She used to be really good at going outside, but she isn’t a talker, which I think is at least some of the problem.

She learned early on that we won’t pay attention to her if she whines or barks, especially if she’s in her den. This is something I was very firm on as I know from experience that once you pay attention to them when they do a certain something, they’ll keep doing the something to get you to pay attention to them. She only barks if I’m playing with her or she sees the fat squirrel. Sometimes if she sees someone she doesn’t know and isn’t sure about. Generally she’s a person lover so I have no hopes of using her as a guard dog. Although once when hubby came home from travel in the early hours of the morning she sounded like she would rip him limb from limb and she was barely three months old at the time. It’s what woke me up.

Anubis will stay where ever she is until you come and get her. Every morning I feed the cats meat and I let Anubis lick the can (it has no sharp edges as it’s specially made) once I’ve dished it up. I’ve got it to where she will wait (impatiently I may add) at the kitchen door until I have placed the cat’s bowls on the ground and then walk to her. We go into the unused bathroom and I put the can down and shut the door. I know if I let her be, she’d sneak into the kitchen for a better taste. Problem is, she never says a peep. She once was in their for an hour as hubby had no idea she was in there and I didn’t get a chance to tell him before getting caught up in work. The only reason I knew she was still in there is that the bathroom we do use is right across the hall and I heard her move the empty can while I was using the bathroom.

Before anyone freaks she has water in there that isn’t the toilet bowl. There’s no water in that toilet anyway.

She does the same thing when she’s outside. She’ll relax in her chair or on her ottoman until one of us opens the door. She doesn’t bark to be let in, she will sometimes sit by the door (we have glass doors with floor to ceiling windows and her chair/ottoman is by one of these windows) and we’ll let her in when we see that. Otherwise she sits outside until the door opens.

She’s a very quiet dog, which I like and appreciate and I am more than sure our neighbors appreciate it as well. Even that one who has a yippy little dog that has on occasion barked through the entire night. Those nights we sleep with the windows shut and the fan a little louder.

I decided to Bing (microsoft’s google) “My dog won’t go potty outside” (I have to jump in here for a moment as when I typed ‘my dog’ into the search, Bing gave me suggestions. Every single one of them was “my dog is as smelly as dirty socks; just what mama needs…” and then some different words. WTF? Yes, I will be seeing what the devil that actually is later). Of course I got pages of sites that will offer me some insights to the information I am looking for. Some were actual articles found on various pet training websites, some on pet owner forums, wiki how (which is always so useful….nope) and a few on Yahoo (which I always ignore because most of the answers found there are absolute rubbish anyway).

The trick now is to sort through the rubbish and find the gems. And there is A LOT of rubbish. It also seems many people have problems getting their dogs to go out in the rain to go potty. I’ll assume you don’t need me to utter ‘duh’ to this as none of us are really inclined to go outside in the rain to take a piss or shit. Not that most of us do this when it’s not raining….but who knows, maybe you do. I’m not going to judge.

Sadly it’s not easy to tell from the search page right off if the advice contained on the link is rubbish until we click on it and start reading it. And even then sometimes one has to read through quite a bit before getting to anything remotely what you were searching about and it’s annoying to find that the advice means shit.

Now I understand we all have our own opinions on what needs to be done. Like with humans, some of the stuff will work with some dogs but not all.

What grinds my nerves more than anything are the people who insist that their way is the right way and then try to guilt you into believing their way and ignore what you already feel. There is ALWAYS more than one way to do any thing.

The first thing that pops into my head is an article I found on Today.com that was linked from a site I rather like. The article has no author listed, it is also listed under news. It’s old, 2006. It starts off alright. Talking about walking your dog and the best training methods.

After a couple of paragraphs the mysterious author tells us that we shouldn’t use choke chains or prong collars, that doing so is hurting the animal and perhaps you shouldn’t have one.

It’s called training because that is what it is. Yes, I use a choke chain as it has taught Anubis that pulling and trying to get in front of me just isn’t going to happen. Yes, she pulled hard and choked herself and sometimes still does, but I’m not a horrible person to allow her to do this until she passes out nor is she stupid enough to do such a thing to herself.

The same goes with the prong collars although I like them less, the training is still the same. Once the dog realizes that it’s much more fun to walk beside you they’re not choking themselves or making the prongs dig into their skin. Until they forget themselves of course.

I also use the pack walk method of walking. All this means is that Anubis NEVER leads. She is either by my side or a little behind me. NEVER EVER IN FRONT. I also do not allow her to go through doors or gates before me. Why? BECAUSE I AND NOT HER IS THE ALPHA. I choose where we walk. I decide when we stop. I choose how fast or slow we go. I am her pack leader and she must know this or you’ve already lost the dog.

Watch a pack of wolves sometime. Probably on a nature channel if there is any left on air. You can tell who is the alpha, beta and who is the lowest ranked member of any pack. Anubis is neither alpha or beta. That spot is for me and hubby, and yes he and I argue about who is which (I’m so totally the alpha).

Keeping this in mind, the author goes on to say that one shouldn’t use retractable leashes..at least not at first. Save them until they have learned to walk beside you. How the devil does that make ANY sense?? If they have learned to walk beside you, why the hell would you need a retractable leash??

Keep the same length of leash at all times. To keep your dog from pulling on his leash, you must teach him that he only has a certain length of leash available and that you’re in control of it. It’s a mistake to use a retractable leash in the teaching phase, giving him a longer leash anytime he wants it. Save the retractable leash for the everyday phase of walking, once he has learned how to walk correctly by your side and not pull you down the street.

When you hold the leash with your hand, it’s easy for your dog to pull away by forcing you to extend your arm. It’s also important that both your hands are free, assisting you in planting your body when he’s pulling. So wear a sturdy belt, slip the loop end of the leash around it, and fasten it snugly around your waist.

You don’t want the dog to pull you down the street, but by having the leash on your belt, how are you to control your dog???? You need your FEET to plant yourself, not your hands. Unless you’re pulled off your feet because your dog got excited and you were stupid enough to put the leash on your belt.

They of course go on to contradict themselves and making me shake my head to rid it of the crap.

How did I go from looking for advice about potty training to leash walking? Uh. I get distracted of course.

Even though I spent years as a certified veterinary technician there is always new things to discover and learn. Even if it’s the wrong thing to do. Most of the time however you have to try different things to find the magic one that works for you, and in my case Anubis. So far, taking her out every two hours (I’ve got a timer going) as well as keeping an eye on her and rewarding her with treats when she does piddle or poop seems to be working. Just need to keep this up until I don’t have to worry about keeping an eye on her all the time.

My dog is as smelly as dirty socks; just what mamma needs.

Until next time, animal parenting is a lot human parenting when it comes to people wanting to give you advice. It’s not a bad thing as long as you can freely decide whether or not to use the advice given. The problem comes when someone insists this is how it is done and there is literally no other way to do it. That’s when you are allowed to cry bullshit and laugh in their face.

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It’s just a book. No harm ever came from reading a book.

Well, I know a few people who may say otherwise. And like with everything else, it depends on the book.

But I don’t really want to talk about books. More like the movie that particular quote comes from.

If you’re unaware, I’m talking about the 1999 movie ‘The Mummy’ staring Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah and Arnold Vosloo. I really liked the movie as Ancient Egypt has always been a big interest of mine. Of course they didn’t get EVERYTHING correct in the movie.

  • The codex-style books (pages, covers and binding) were not invented until the Roman Empire. Ancient Egyptians used scrolls. Therefore the Book of the Dead or book of Amun-Ra should not look like modern ‘books’ at all.
  • After being hanged and prior to boarding the boat Rick is explaining to Evie about his troop believing in the city so much they marched across Libya. The movie is based in 1923 and the country was not referred to as Libya until 1934.
  • When they seek Winston’s help, the Victrola is playing at 33 rpm. Victrolas only play at 78 rpm; long-playing (33 rpm) records did not appear until the 1950s.
  • The knife that Rick uses to cut out the scarab from Jonathan’s arm is a Benchmade model 42 butterfly knife, which would not have been available in 1923.
  • The plane Winston is flying is a Stampe et Vertongen SV-4B. These planes went into production in 1930, five years after the film is set.
  • Dr. Bey says that Hamunaptra was a myth told by the “Arabs” to Greek and Roman tourists, but the Arab conquest of Egypt was after the Greek and Roman periods.
  • The ancient Egyptians believed that there was a strong link between death and the compass direction west (where the sun “died” every evening). The fact that the adventurers see the sun rising over Hamunaptra as they approach it suggests that they have been traveling eastwards from the Nile, but if the ancient Egyptians had built a “City of the Dead” they would never have built it on the eastern side of the Nile. [However, the movie never claims otherwise. The fact that the adventurers see the sun rising over Hamunaptra does mean that they approached it from the west, but it doesn’t mean that they have been traveling eastward from the Nile. Apparently they circled around to the western side of Hamunaptra, so that the rising sun could show them the way. This would also explain why both parties approached the lookout point from the opposite directions (they circled the city differently).]
  • In the opening shot of Thebes, pyramids are visible, but there were no pyramids built around Thebes. You can also see a small version of a Sphinx in front of the pyramids, making the whole set look like Giza, in Cairo.
  • The movie refers to “Bedouin Tuareg”. The Bedouin and the Tuareg are two different peoples, the Bedouin being Arab and the Tuareg being Berber. The Tuareg live in the Sahara to the west, not in the vicinity of Egypt.
  • Imhotep fears cats because “cats are the guardians of the Underworld”. In Egyptian mythology, cats were associated with the goddesses Bastet (fertility, motherhood and protection) and Sekhmet (healing) and not the Underworld.
  • Both times, when the Arab horsemen are attacking Hamunaptra, the sound of ululation is heard. In the Middle East, this sound is traditionally made by women, and during times of celebration or grieving. It wouldn’t be made by attacking men on horseback.
  • The hieroglyphs on Ardeth Bay’s forehead are supposed to spell Imhotep. They are, however, incorrect, and are translated as Imhotper, rather than Imhotep.
  • When Dr. Allen Chamberlain is reading the mummy’s curse in hieroglyphs, he is in fact reading them the wrong way. The way the hieroglyphs were facing, they were meant to be read right-to-left. Ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs can be read right-to-left, left-to-right, or up-to-down.
  • When Evelyn and Rick climb down into the vault under the statue, Evelyn uses mirrors to illuminate the chamber. You see the light passing from one mirror to the next. The speed of light is way too fast to be tracked like that.
  • There are five canopic jars pictured in the chest. However, only four canopic jars were ever used during mummification. The heart was left in the body, and there for would not have had a corresponding canopic jar.
  • At the beginning of the movie when the horsemen are about to shoot O’Connell, all of the horsemen are holding bolt-action rifles with one hand as they get ready to shoot and you hear all of the rifles being cocked even though it takes two hands to cock a bolt-action rifle.
  • The “Royal Air Corps” has never existed. It was the Royal Flying Corps until 1918 and has been the Royal Air Force ever since.
  • The ancient Egyptians in the movie, i.e., Seti I, Anck-su-Namun, and Imhotep, are actual historical figures. However, that’s where the accuracy ends. A simple look at their lifespans shows that these three characters could never have known each other. Imhotep (2650 BC – 2600 BC) died over 1,000 years before the reign of Seti I (to 1279 BC). Anck-su-Namun (1348 BC -1322 BC) never knew Seti I. She was wife of her half brother Tutankhamun “King Tut” (1332 BC – 1323 BC).

Just to name a few things. And yes, I did get help with these facts as I’m not THAT good with Ancient Egypt!

Fast forward 18 years (oh holy shit, really??) and we have a new The Mummy movie that is coming out this summer June 8. Unlike the 1999 gem this one has the mummy as a princess who has been denied her destiny. Which right there is sort of skewed as destiny means “the events that will necessarily happen to a particular person or thing in the future” so her dying or being killed was actually her destiny. And according to IMDB the new movie IS a remake of the 1999 movie. Here are some other facts IMDB has thrown out for us:

  • The movie introduces Russell Crowe as Dr Jekyll which will set up the character for a standalone film in Universals monster universe.
  • The film’s tagline, “Welcome to a new world of gods and monsters”, is a quote from Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which was also produced by Universal.
  • It is intended to be the first installment in a possible Universal Monsters shared universe
  • Ironically, while casting the male lead in The Mummy (1999), Tom Cruise was considered before director Stephen Sommers eventually selected Brendan Fraser. Eighteen years later, Cruise plays the lead in this remake.
  • Sofia Boutella’s character is named Princess Ahmanet, which is similar (but not related) to Amunet, a primordial Ancient Egyptian goddess that was the consort of the deity Amun.
  • The Mummy’s design and gender were altered due to Apocalypse’s look during the post-credit scene in X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014).
  • The film marks the first collaboration between Tom Cruise and Russell Crowe.
  • The zero gravity scene took 64 takes and was shot for 2 days in a falling plane. Reportedly, a lot of the crew got nauseous during the scene and vomited, except for the main stars Tom Cruise and Annabelle Wallis, who were really proud of the stunt.
  • Len Wiseman was originally set to direct, but he dropped out before production began. Wiseman was then replaced by Andrés Muschietti, but he also later dropped out due to creative differences.
  • This will be the first movie in The Mummy franchise where the mummy is female.
  • Javier Bardem, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Tom Hardy, and Eddie Redmayne were all considered to play Dr. Henry Jekyll before Russell Crowe was cast in the role.
  • This remake of “The Mummy” will be released 85 years after the 1932 original version, 18 years after the 1999 remake, and 16 years after “The Mummy Returns”.
  • This film’s tagline, “A new world of gods and monsters,” is taken from a line in Bride of Frankenstein (1935), which featured the original Mummy, Boris Karloff. This line also inspired the title of the film Gods and Monsters (1998), which starred Brendan Fraser, star of the 1999 film The Mummy (1999).
  • Princess Ahmanet (Sofia Boutella) is not the first female mummy in the Universal Monsters franchise. Before her are:
    –The Mummy (1932), Imhotep (Boris Karloff) searched across millennia for his mummified lover, Princess Ankh-es-en-Amon (Zita Johann), who had been reincarnated as Helen Grosvenor.
  • The Mummy’s Hand (1940), Kharis (Tom Tyler) had hoped to resurrect his beloved, the mummified Princess Ananka (Zita Johann, archive footage). Before he could, however, he was caught, and for his unholy transgression Kharis was cursed to be an undead mummy forever.
  • The Mummy’s Tomb (1942), although Ananka was absent in this film she did appear in The Mummy’s Ghost (1944), reincarnated as Amina Monsouri (Ramsay Ames). When Kharis (Lon Chaney Jr.) eventually captured Amina, she transformed into the 3,000 year old mummy of Princess Ananka.
  • The Mummy’s Curse (1944), Princess Ananka’s mummy (Virginia Christine) clawed her way out of a muddy grave before being transformed once again into a beautiful woman.
  • The film was partially filmed in London, England, with shooting taking place in July 2016.
  • The Mummy is written by Christopher McQuarrie who has previously directed Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher (2012) and Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation (2015).
  • The plane crash sequence was partially shot with Tom Cruise on the ‘vomit comet’ zero-g airplane.
  • The character played by Tom Cruise was originally named Tyler Colt, but this was ultimately changed to Nick Morton.
  • The film will feature 2 Oscar Nominated Actors – Tom Cruise & Russell Crowe who are collaborating for the first time.
  • The release of this film and American Made (2017) mark the first time Tom Cruise has appeared in more than one film per year since 2012. In 2012, he starred in both Rock of Ages (2012) and Jack Reacher (2012).
  • The first live action Mummy film to be released since The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008).
  • Universal was once the reigning studio of horror films. Starting with Dracula (1931) and all through the decades was known as such to the present.
  • Dr. Henry Jekyll is a character in Robert Louis Stevenson’s novel, “The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde”. He struggles with good and the bad attitudes in his life, thus creating the two different personalities, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde whose first name is Edward.
  • This will be the fourth Mummy film to receive a PG-13 rating.
  • This is not Tom Cruise’s first foray into the horror genre. He played a vampire in the film “Interview with the Vampire” (1994).
  • Baltasar Kormákur was offered the opportunity to direct, but turned it down.
  • Alex Kurtzman’s 2nd directorial after People Like Us (2008).
  • Composer Brian Tyler will be giving music to The Fate of the Furious too, another Universal studio produced movie.
  • As of May 22 2017, Universal Studios is officially calling their new monster universe the Dark Universe. This was also hinted at in the 3rd trailer.

While it may be a remake of the 1999 movie it does not seem to be a remake of the 1932 movie.

Judging by the trailers and the description, it seems not [to be a remake]. The 1932 picture concerned a male mummy which had come to life and was searching for his reincarnated lover. This movie appears to concern a magically powerful, power hungry female ruler of Egypt whose resting place is disturbed, resulting in her trying to reassert her power over the world. So it looks more like a remake of the 1980 film “The Awakening”, which was in itself a remake of the Hammer Horror film “Blood from the Mummy’s Tomb” (1971), which was in turn a working of the Bram Stoker novel “Jewel of the Seven Stars”. Interestingly, there is also a mockbuster version of this ‘evil queen mummy’ idea which was released in 1998 to steal the thunder of the Brendan Fraser movie. It was titled “Bram Stoker’s Legend of the Mummy”.

I don’t understand how it is not a remake of the 1932 film but be a remake of the 1999 film since that one was in fact a remake of the 1932 film. And even IMDB says it is a remake of the 1932 film in the 1999 movie FAQ page (which there are spoilers if you have not seen the movie–really? Why the bloody hell not???).

The Mummy is a loose remake of The Mummy (1932), which was based on a script by American playwright John Balderston, who also contributed to Dracula (1931) and Frankenstein (1931) and covered the opening of Tutankhamen’s tomb for New York World when he was a journalist. Balderston’s script was rewritten for this film by screenwriters Lloyd Fonvielle and Stephen Sommers (who also directed The Mummy (1999)). Two sequels followed: The Mummy Returns (2001) and The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (2008). A novelization, also titled The Mummy and written by American writer Max Allan Collins, was released concurrently with the movie.

Of course keep in mind that IMDB is in fact made up of paid subscribers and they don’t know everything if anything.

What I’m getting to is that I am not entirely sure this remake is going to do any of the previous movies any good. And could very well be quite the horrific start to Universal Studios’ new monster universe.

We’ve all seen it. Studios try to kick off a grouping of movies but falling flat on their faces. More so after Marvel Studios had such a whirl wind of cash with their brilliant collection of movies starting with my personal favorite of Iron Man back in 2008.

What other studios don’t seem to grasp, and I really cannot believe that not a one of the people in their employ hasn’t said anything–or if they have they haven’t been listened to (dumbasses) is that the only way to have the type of success Marvel Studios is finally  having is to set everything up as they did.

Did anyone imagine what was being planned out in 2008 watching Iron Man? I didn’t. Also as I have said many times, I’m not a comic book reader and certainly wasn’t clued in to a lot of the hidden clues about what was going on. I’m sure the fan base realized slowly, perhaps after Thor hit theaters in 2011.

It sort of took many by surprise. Especially since Marvel Studios hasn’t always had the best of luck. The Incredible Hulk comes to mind. Thankfully they finally hit gold with Mark Ruffalo (no offense Edward Norton) and I can understand why they haven’t thought about doing another Hulk movie.

By the time The Avengers started showing trailers, everyone was hooked. I was beyond excited as I had indeed seen all the movies up to that point so I had a good grasp of what had been happening and I am an avid staying through the credits type of girl. Even when I didn’t understand what was going on when they were hinting at what was coming (the exception was Mjöllnir in New Mexico at the end of Iron Man 2. At that time I was living in New Mexico so YAY!) I would get excited (had nothing to do with Robert Downey Jr *wink*).

As strange as some may find it, I am glad I haven’t read the comics. One thing I have always hated is knowing what is suppose to happen and seeing something else happen or it not happen at all. I have seen many movies based on books I have read (and I have read a few books based on movies or seen a movie THEN read the book) and although I enjoyed the books sometimes I don’t like the movies.

Also it is so much more fun not to know what’s next.  Well at least when it comes to books and movies…..

Until next time, I decide to check out the evolution of Marvel Studios’ success. And in case you ever get in the mood to do a Marvel marathon here’s the line up (including some movies not tied to the Avenger timeline in an obvious way):

2008- Iron Man
Marvel Studios
2008- The Incredible Hulk
Marvel Studios
2008- Punisher: War Zone
Marvel Studios
2010- Iron Man 2
Marvel Studios
2011- Thor
Marvel Studios
2011- Captain America: The First Avenger
Marvel Studios
2012- The Avengers
Marvel Studios
2013- Iron Man 3
Marvel Studios
2013- Thor: The Dark World
Marvel Studios
2014- Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Marvel Studios
2014- Guardians of the Galaxy
Marvel Studios
2015- Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Studios
2015- Ant-Man
Marvel Studios
2016- Captain America: Civil War
Marvel Studios
2016- Doctor Strange
Marvel Studios
2017- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Marvel Studios
2017- Thor: Ragnarok
Marvel Studios
2018- Black Panther
Marvel Studios
2018- Avengers: Infinity War
Marvel Studios
2018- Ant-Man and the Wasp
Marvel Studios
2019- Captain Marvel
Marvel Studios
2019- Untitled Avengers film
Marvel Studios
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Does Being Surrounded By Idiots Lower Your IQ?

I really need to know. I mean not only when you meet idiots in your day to day life, but from the internet as well.

I honestly feel like every time I open my browser and just skim some of the headlines I am loosing freaking brain cells. So bad that I almost did an s instead of a c for cells. WTF!

Meanwhile, I guess because my brain isn’t working I thought I’d just compile the other posts into this one as I think there is good stuff in there somewhere. Sorry there may or may not be links.

The Friend Zone (I know many are very opinionated on this subject, especially the ones who have been so called ‘friend zoned’ but as you can see, I think it’s bullshit).

The “friend zone”: a nice catch-all that evokes the picture of a sweet, sensitive, ginger-haired lad looking forlornly out to sea whilst you, the lady he loves, gallivants around town with another. All he wants to do is make you mix tapes of his favorite indie bands and show you his rare collection of first-edition Dylan Thomas hardcovers, but NO. You just want to be “friends” (you bitch). You just want to enjoy his company without also wanting his dick.

The term “friend zone” has become so entrenched in our culture that it’s almost never questioned. A quick search for self-help articles aimed toward men shows that the “friend zone” is a regular focus: how to avoid the friend zone; how to know you’re in the friend zone; what to do if you’re in the friend zone. It’s almost as if no one is stopping to think what this term is saying to women, or how it affects us. It’s almost as if women aren’t the problem. Also, type ‘friend zone’ into google then check the images.

When men use the term “friend zone,” they are explicitly attempting to shame women for hurting their feelings. “Friend zone” shames women for exercising their right to say no, just as “slut” shames women for exercising their right to say yes (and “bitch” attacks women for their right to call you out on your horseshit).

By using “the friend zone,” men are telling women that we owe them something. It tells us we don’t have autonomy over our own lives, and that that should be decided for us. We owe them sex or a romantic relationship because we should be grateful that a dude—any dude—is being nice to us. Even though being nice is literally the bare minimum. You don’t get a cookie for passing the lowest possible bar of humanity. That’s great that you loudly proclaim you’re not sexist or racist or shallow or self-involved or abusive, but there’s no gold star for listing a bunch of faults you don’t have, or for doing what you’re fucking supposed to do.

“I’m a nice guy, I don’t do that,” you might say. OK, but do you stand up against men who do? Or do you sit there and watch while you think about how nice you are?

Women are constantly told that our instincts and feelings aren’t as important as those of men. Don’t like being hit on at work? But how is he supposed to meet romantic partners? Don’t like it when strange, greasy guys at the club say you have fuckable titties? Maybe you should learn to take a compliment! It’s funny how often “You need to learn how to take a compliment” is said by fully-grown men who still have not learned how to take rejection. If a woman tells you she fears for her safety because of street harassment, and your main concern is that you now can’t hit on strangers on the street, then I would reconsider your fucking priorities. If you think women are crazy for not accepting your compliments, you’ve never had the unique experience of being hit on by a man, then the same man threatening to kill you in the time it takes you to say, “no thanks.”

Often, the love-stricken friend in this non-existent “zone” launches into a volley of romantic gestures: he sends you little hello texts every morning, he comes to all your house parties, he likes everything you post on Facebook and he tells all his friends about you. Sweet. Charming. Harmless. Because he just *knows* you’re meant to be together, and if society has taught men anything, it’s that persistence pays off! Of course when women perform the same sweeping romantic gestures to men who clearly say they’re not interested, it’s seen universally as desperate and sad. Stage 5 Clinger! Stalker. Bitches be cray.

But if a woman tells you she’s not interested, she’s not speaking in code. When she says, “I’m fine,” what she really means is: She’s fine. Just like when she says “no,” it’s not a yes in disguise. Or a “yes if you pursue me.” Stop believing that women don’t know how to accurately express themselves. And stop believing that you can claim a woman because you saw her first, or because you’re positive you are exactly what she needs.

The argument that men can also “friend zone” women has been put out there, but it ignores one universal truth: women don’t see men as binary options like fuckable or friend. Of course there are the few out there who do and I’d be lying if I have never looked at a good looking man and thought he’s fuckable. Women have complex, nuanced, confusing, fulfilling, tumultuous relationships with women, men and non-gender-binary persons. Naturally, men can as well, but the type of man who claims he’s been put in the “friend zone” is explicitly telling you he is categorizing your worth on whether or not he wants to stick his dick in you.

“Friend zoned” men need to grow the fuck up and handle rejection like adults. Because the “friend zone” isn’t actually a thing.

Original content by Christine Estima. Some few things added by me.

The Four Horsemen (didn’t get very far on this one)

Ended up watching the documentary “Four Horsemen” and found it quite interesting. It’s not about the biblical myth, but the one more modern day.

The modern day Four Horsemen continue to ride roughshod over the people who can least afford it. Crises are converging when governments, religion and mainstream economists have stalled. 23 international thinkers come together and break their silence about how the world really works and why there is still hope in re-establishing a moral and just society. Four Horsemen is free from mainstream media propaganda, doesn’t bash bankers, criticize politicians or get involved in conspiracy theories. The film ignites the debate about how we usher a new economic paradigm into the world which, globally, would dramatically improve the quality of life for billions.

It’s from 2012.

Male Power Advocates (There was a rant building in this one, but warning, I never really get there. Don’t you hate that ladies? *wink*)

Gos is a womanLadies, did you have a pleasant International Woman’s Day? I for one did absolutely nothing. I did wear red, but since I didn’t leave the house, no one saw it. And I’m in Mexico so I wouldn’t even know if anyone would have made connection. But anyways. I did mean to make a post but I just couldn’t find the energy.

I have skipped reading a lot of my Facebook newsfeed because it’s almost all politics and trump this, that and I just do not want to read about the shit. Each thing just reminds me how fucked up the United States is and how much of a joke the country has become. I am seriously SERIOUSLY hoping that there is a big announcement on April 1.

In the spirit of women are awesome and apparently many people have forgotten this nifty little fact, I decided that there is always two sides of every situation. On the one hand we have women who since the dawn of time have been treated differently, it’s really hard for anyone but the dumb to deny this, and yet there are of course men who deny it loudly and are terribly upset that women have been allowed the few precious rights and “privileges” given no matter how small. And they’ll be damned if women are going to get any more of them.

These men who actually call themselves Men’s Rights Activists or MRA for short like to pretend that all of this is the worst thing that has ever happened in the history of man. Worst. Thing. Ever. #ManTears

James Fell described these so called men perfectly: “Imagine a kid who got a cone with three scoops of ice cream in it. Good flavors, too. Like peanut-butter chocolate, plus a scoop of cookie dough. In a waffle cone. And then this child whines about the lack of chocolate sprinkles on top.”

Personally I think it’s a bit insulting to children everywhere to suggest these males are like a bratty child. Even the brattiest of brats are better then these guys! Why? Because even at some moment, no matter how small, the brat will be happy. These men will never be happy. Even if trump was able to ‘Make America Great Again’ by sending us all back to the 50’s, at least in the gender equality area as there is no way we’ll ever get the country back to the way it was in any other area.

You already got the puppy one. At least the gist of it. Puppy. New. Awesome.

Until next time, find a way to keep that brain healthy, and active. Don’t ask me for advice on that one as it would seem I need to Google that shit myself. I need a cat nap.

Cat Nap

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The Words Just Disappear.

I have six drafts in my drafts folder (or whatever it is called) and I can’t seem to find the words I had to finish them. They were of course all going to be great posts; there was one about the so called men’s rights movements, one about the new puppy we’ve adopted recently, one on the mythological Friend Zone, and something about the Four Horsemen which was a documentary I saw awhile ago. All good, but once I started them I felt like people would only berate me for restating what others have said about the topics recently and I didn’t want to do that. The exception of course being the puppy.

She’s two months old, has beagle in her and is quite smart. She already knows how to sit, can pack walk relatively well, plays fetch like a champion and is house broken with barely any accidents. I’ve only had her for two weeks now. Talk about an ego boost on my part since I have felt like I’m not as animal smart as I believed myself to be. It could of course be all her.

She thinks she’s a lap dog, and since she’s about the same size as hubby’s size 16 shoe, at the moment she is. But if she gets as big as a beagle, she will have some difficultly crawling into my lap in the future. She’ll grab a toy or chew and crawl into my lap to chew on it. Or to fall asleep. When we play fetch and I’m sitting on the ground she’ll crawl into my lap after running full speed at me with the object thrown and play tug of war with me.

The cats are still adjusting. I’m afraid she will/does think she’s a cat. She plays with the cat toys, sleeps under the scratching tree, and curls up in BK’s little cave. I am having some difficulty getting her to stop chasing them. That’s the biggest rub they have at the moment. Of, and she likes poofy tails; which of course three of the cat’s have. Hopefully this will get under control soon.

Until next time, spay and neuter your pets. There already is enough animals in this world going unloved. Adopt don’t shop!

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Dragons. I love dragons.

Give me dragons any day of the year. Big ones, small ones, any type and colored ones. I belong to a few Facebook groups that deal with Dragons and one of them shared a video of a 30 foot dragon sadly not a real live one, but a robotic one. So I of course hit YouTube for some more video of it and I was NOT disappointed!

Meet a 30 Feet Dragon That’s Also The World’s Largest Walking Robot

Further Drache, Biggest walking robot in the world. [Guiness World Record]

Der Drache von Furth im Wald – Demo

Largest Walking Robot – English version that shows the work that went into creating it.

Of course it’s from Zollner Elektronik AG. They developed and constructed the world’s largest four-legged walking robot.”Tradinno” is a remote-controlled, outdoor-capable walking robot with dimensions never seen before. Tradinno — its name is a mashup of “tradition” and “innovation” — is a mechatronic system starring in Germany’s oldest folk play “Further Drachenstich”, performed each August in the Bavarian town of Furth im Wald.
The 11-ton dragon, 51 feet long, with a 40 foot wingspan, is driven by a 2.0-liter turbo diesel engine. It is listed in the newly released “Guinness World Records 2014” as the world’s largest walking robot.
Zollner Elektronik AG, founded in 1965 in Zandt, Germany, has 17 international sites, including one in Milpitas, California.

Learn more about the Dragon. It’s in German so either view Microsoft Edge with the Translator app extension or of course Chrome.

Until next time, anyone who wants to make me a walking fire breathing dragon I’m 100% game!

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Moving Day!

Don’t forget that the PLAN is to START moving stuff to the new place today. So I probably won’t be on much….but who knows. At least we have from now until the end of the month to get everything to the new place and set up.

Last to be moved are the cats. Cause traveling with them is ALWAYS such a joy.

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No, I didn’t forget….

Honestly. I did not forget yesterday to post something. I was gone all day long and then some. I took a little trip to Teotihuacan with the hubby, a friend and his group yesterday which started at 8 am and didn’t end until 2 am. It was suppose to end at around 9 pm. But yeah, that just didn’t happen. And no it’s not as exciting as you are probably thinking!

In fact, it included the hot sun, lots of walking, restraint from buying everything I saw, leg cramps, a raging migraine and car sickness. Also included was laughing, jokes, learning and snark. See? Not as wild as you were hoping.

It all started with our friend who will take groups of people to see the archaeological sites around Mexico. We already tagged along on another trip to a smaller less known site so going to Teotihuacan was of course a no brainer. For those of you who do not know, and don’t feel bad there are a lot of people who are not familiar with this and many other sites, Teotihuacan is a big tourist and local attraction. It’s huge and hard to explain so if you are curious, here are a couple of links you can peruse to learn some interesting things about it.

Another thing that unless you live in Mexico you are not going to know is that the price of gas rose on the first all over the country. I know you probably are sitting there going “Yeah, so?” The regulation of gas and the prices works quite a bit differently here in Mexico then it does where you are. Google it if you want the details. The thing is, the prices didn’t just raise a little bit, they were raised quite a bit and understandably people here were upset. So upset that groups started creating blockades around the gas stations and even on the roads. Some even took over the gas stations themselves and were distributing free gas to others (again, hit up Google as I KNOW you are clueless).

I have no problem with these protests at all. And the fact that they are being done with no guns and peaceful (in most cases) is just awesome. The problem came when it was time to go home (about 5:30) and we discovered that every place we tried to get on the main highway was blockaded. Our friend has a few connections and just really knows how to talk with people so he’s jumping off and on the bus talking to people trying to find either an unblocked entrance or a leader of any of the groups we encountered to see if he could get them to let us through.

There is about 25 of use counting our friend and the driver and we were having no luck at all. This is about the time my brain thought to add to the fun by giving me a sharp headache that slowly grew into a mini migraine (ha, who the fuck am I kidding?). Then to add to the fun, we kept having to back up–in a large charter bus. I tend to sit either in the front or as close to it as I can possibly get because I sometimes have a nasty habit of getting car sick. Going backwards A LOT did NOT help that nasty habit at all.

We finally just pull over after being blocked for the fifth time (as in they pulled the semi truck right in front of us before we could go any further) and our friend went to find out some information or something. By this time I can’t keep my eyes open, which of course makes me feel sicker and a lot of us now have to use the bathroom –it’s about 8 pm by this time and so many of us get off the bus, myself included.

We’re not within any place that has public bathrooms as we’re in a small town and many things are closed up for the night. I’m sitting on a large concrete block with my head in my hands as I was stupid enough to not bring any pain relievers. One of the ladies saw me and asked what was wrong. Thankfully she apparently is a walking pharmacy (with all the normal restrictions of course) and hands me a couple of Advil, which despite the fact I shouldn’t take them (stomach reasons other than car sick) I really don’t care and I take them. Our friend comes back and informs us he managed to talk a bakery owner into opening up and allowing us to use the restroom.

I guess the entire bus had to go by this time so we all gratefully followed him to the bakery. I was one of the first in as everyone did in fact notice that I wasn’t doing very well. I went back to the bus after I was done, and let me tell you the last thing you want to smell when you’re sick to your stomach is a bakery full of goods you’d normally find mouth watering. It’s just me and hubby back at the bus and I just start crying cause I’m tired, I’m sick  and I have a fireworks display going off in my head and the sounds around us are just NOT helping what-so-ever.

After soaking half the hubby’s shirt he got me some water and I crawled back onto the bus and reclined the seat to see if I couldn’t at least get some quiet rest. My head does start feeling better and our friend has come back saying the group is headed for another destination because they want to back up the blockade there that is being threatened by armed guards or something (keep in mind only half of my mind is working about now) but we have a limited window to get the heck out of there. Let’s say it did not take long for that bus to fill back up and we were once again off.

We did manage to get on the main highway, but there’s a blockade on it as well. Which takes about an hour or so to clear. After that we were pretty home free. But seeing as we were north of Mexico City and we were heading to the other side (that would be south) we still had an hour or two before we even got back into our home city. Even after we did, we had to go back to the school to get our car and then we managed to get home a bit before 3am.

Needless to say, I slept all damn day and I am not ashamed to admit it. So tomorrow I’ll do the post I wanted to do yesterday and you can count this one as the one for today.

Until next time, get plenty of sleep and always keep your head when things go sideways as later it’s going to be one hell of a story to tell!

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