Money Over Health

Years ago there was a lot of talk about the amount of sugar in many of the foods we buy, even so-called health foods. Looking at the labels of many breakfast cereals, you’re better off just giving your kids milk and cookies before sending them off to school. After so much shouting from watchdog groups and health professionals, companies were supposedly going to start making their stuff healthier and not create so many cereals laden with enough sugar to negate any health benefits their product would have had normally. Well the only adjustments they really made to their existing products was to shrink the boxes and serving sizes. I’ve also noticed how many more varieties of breakfast “candy in a box” have been popping up on the store shelves. Hostess Donettes, Ice Cream Cones, and Reese’s cereals? Really people? Just eat some powdered doughnuts and Reese’s Cups I mean there’s really no difference. There are more sugar packed cereal boxes on the market now than I ever remembered there being as a kid, but yet the companies don’t care because people will still buy and that’s what it really comes down to. Money.

Personally I really don’t care as I never was a big kiddie cereal fan, even as a kid. Could not stand the crap with marshmallows, and some had textures that would literally make me gag. Frosted Mini Wheats and Raisin Bran is probably as sugary as I ever go, anything else I will add my own sugar to if need be. So yeah, this isn’t really a gripe because I think people should eat whatever the heck they want, just a casual observation.


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Time Doesn’t Always Mean Time

When you’re unemployed, people seem to think you have all the time in the world to do things. While this may be true for the lazy, for those of us who have always worked their whole adult life it cannot be further from the truth. For me, most of my days are taken up by scouring job sites while taking care of the normal everyday chores. When I’m not doing that I am dealing with crippling anxiety which actually prevents me from doing much else. Sure there are many things I would love to be doing such as finishing up projects in progress and starting new ones, or reading a book, or searching for stuff to take pictures of, or a whole bunch of other things that my brain just won’t allow me to put into action because of my anxiety from not finding gainful work that matches my qualifications and I no longer have connections or people to help me. To be honest there are some days I am freaking out so bad I am pretty much paralyzed. I have never been unemployed this long and I’ve always had someone giving me a hand. Not so much this time, I’m all by my self this time. So yeah, I’m not exactly sitting on my laurels or purposefully procrastinating on things. Time on your hands doesn’t exactly mean you have time on your hands.

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Contrary to popular belief, I really do hate sitting and staring at a computer all day every day. Not sure how other people do it.

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A friend of mine paid me a visit last night. A rare treat to get someone actually coming round to hang out. It’s been awhile. A good night of music, movies, pizza, and a bit of the paranormal. My friend tuned up my old guitar for me. Being a musician, he was able to do it right despite the neck being slightly warped and showed me how to play it a bit. I’ve strummed it a bit every so often but I’ve never actually played it properly. The guitar was given to me after one of my uncles had passed away. Still a long ways away from knowing how to play it of course but now that it’s properly tuned I can practice a bit.

After mucking about with the guitar and chatting, we decided to go grab a pizza and then watch “Batman vs. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles”. How appropriate to be eating pizza. The movie is actually pretty good and not at all as silly as it sounds. If you’re a fan of animated Batman films, I recommend giving this one a watch. I enjoy animated Batman and the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles were one of the staple cartoons from my childhood so took a chance and it paid off. Not keen on the design of the TMNT but only because I grew up with the ones from the 1980s. The ones in this film are the Nickelodeon versions so the look is slightly different but the personalities are definitely classic TMNT. It’s your typical good guys vs. bad guys bent on world destruction story so if that’s your thing, then check it out. This movie is not for small children though, can be quite scary and violent in some scenes. After that we watched “The Killing Joke”, another animated Batman movie that I had watched once before.

Once the movies were over, my friend brought out his special “ghost camera”. This is one of those types of cameras they use on those ghost hunting shows with the night vision and special sensors that pick up anomalies such as orbs and portals and other signs of residual energy. Turns out my house is quite active and I have at least three entities sharing my living space. I’ve always felt that there was another presence around me, but now it is confirmed. It’s easy to be skeptical when seeing videos on tv since we all know things can be faked on tv, but it’s totally different when you have the camera in your own hands and seeing it with your own eyes the little energy orbs zipping about. Apparently I had one really clinging to me for a bit and digging the guitar. Some people would freak out at having spirits / ghosts/ otherworldly beings / whatever, living with them but I think it’s cool. They’ve never been malevolent, they’re just here sharing my space. Hell maybe one is my cat that passed away a few years ago. It was a fun experience and a fun night, must do it again some time.

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Watchful Blue Jay

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I Wanna Fly Away

Fly me away to that distant place where happiness lives.

Fly me away to that distant place where happiness lives.

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Sparrow on the Fence

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