Answer Me This

I pride myself on generally having a pretty good grasp on the world around me. I'm no genius—at least, I'm pretty sure I'm not, though I've never had an IQ test so let's not totally count it out. Though I did have to ask someone where Toronto was in the last four years, so I'm probably not a genius—but I'm hyper-aware. I'm well-read. I research for fun. I'm a good citizen of the Internet and spend more time in Wikipedia holes than any person should. Knowledge and me, we have a thing going on.

But no matter how hard I try to grasp them, certain topics just illude me and I fear they always will.

Things I Genuinely Do Not Understand

Why I was followed to work by a police officer. On Wednesday, a cop who turned left onto the road after I turned right promptly adhered his front bumper to my rear bumper and followed me—not just followed me; tailgated me—the entire way to work. I didn't speed or illegally turn once beforehand, or for the 10-minute duration of our little trip together. But there he was, what, waiting for me to speed I guess? In case I'm that big an idiot? And oh, by the by, my office is on town limits. You go past it, you're not in the town the officer was from anymore. So yeah, he was following me and my clean *knock on wood* driving record the entire way...for what reason? I'm only annoyed because there's no reason for it. Go find other people who are probably *actually* speeding down that massive hill in a 25 MPH zone that you turned off to follow me to work and give me a heart attack for breakfast.

The weather in NJ lately. Yesterday morning when I climbed into the Jeep to go to work around 9 a.m., guess what Sirius told me the outside temperature was. Guess! You'll never guess. 41 degrees. This Saturday it was 82 and I started (prematurely, apparently) bitching to Tracy about how running in daylight will be miserable until fall. JAY KAY I guess.

Why people still go to tanning beds. It's 2015. Are people still unclear on the facts here? You're literally paying for increased odds of skin cancer. If you're going to insist on tanning, at least don't PAY for it. Because now you're dumb and broke. And poisoning your skin. At very least, go outside under the *real* sun. And put on sunblock, please. Listen, fake tanning products have come a looong way. St. Tropez, right? Or just embrace your natural skin and thank your lucky stars you won't look 80 when you're 40. Just a thought.

Blogger's CAPTCHA obsession. Blogger. Stop trying to make CAPTCHA happen. It's not going to happen. And I'll thank you kindly to stop deciding for us bloggers that you want us to have it. (Is it bugging you on my blog? Please tell me and I'll make it stop.)

Why you wouldn't link up. I mean, duh, why would you want to miss out on the best monthly linkup around? Of course this is my very subtle way of reminding you that this Tuesday is the last of the month, and time again to link up your training goals, hopes, motivations, successes and sob stories with Tracy and me for Training for Tuesday! Peep the details here, grab a button below, and we'll see you next week.

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That's gonna do it for me til Sunday. What are you up to this weekend? Wherever you are I hope it's springy and beautiful and your weekend is lovely.

Comments

  1. seriously, people need to stop with the tanning beds. i go fake but i spray that shit on. besides, who thinks wrinkles and leather skin are attractive?!

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  2. I seriously don't understand tanning beds. Makes me sick! I love the real sun, but I love not having cancer / not looking like a leather bag more, so I steer clear of both. Yeah weather sucks here too, make up your mind spring! KC always likes to remind me that this is 'real spring weather' every time it's cooler than I'd like or not 80 degrees everyday. Shut up, you.
    Seriously with the captcha?! WTF. and no, no captcha here.

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  3. The weather in NJ and the weather in Boston needs to stop and become spring already!!! I dont understand tanning beds...i mean it's like smoking you know it's bad for you!!! xo, Biana - BlovedBoston

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  4. Legitimately on the same wavelength as I also wrote a very (almost creepily) similar post to yours today ;) Great minds and all that, right?!

    Confession: There was a time I was obsessed with tanning beds. Yeah, I don't know why either. But thank goodness I grew up and stopped that crap. Now I just like the skin I'm in. And yes, I'll be perfectly happy as I continue to look my age and not 40 years older :)

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  5. Preach about the tanning bed. I cringe when I see people going into tanning bed salons!

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  6. OMG - it's seriously almost the last Tuesday of the month already?! Yikes. Slow down, Spring!!

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  7. I tanned for a few years while in high school and college - just enough to get that base going before summer hit. Then one day, I was like, "YOU'RE AN IDIOT. Just stop." I think, overwhelmingly, society's obsession of the "bronzed goddess" is fading a bit, but not enough for my taste.

    So many of my students still tan for prom, and I want to shake them! More and more are at least settling for spray tans though.

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  8. That would make me very uncomfortable the whole police officer following me.

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  9. Can I second your tanning bed comment? Honestly, I don't even know why people tan in general. It's so bad for you. I'm pasty and just decided to embrace my paleness and save my skin. My mother in law was obsessed with sunscreen and hats and she looks 40 and is in her 60s. Definitely inspiration

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  10. I completely agree with your tanning bed comment. I am fair skinned and burn easily and have never stepped foot in a tanning bed. Even back in the day when it was the cool thing to do. Why risk it people? Someone at work this week said something about going tanning before their vacation and I was silently judging them.

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  11. Sometimes I feel like cops just get a kick out of knowing that they are stressing the living f*ck out of you. Such jerks. And tanning beds...people are legit idiots...you are asking for skin cancer while other people are trying to get rid of it. so wrong

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  12. Fun fact I learned in uni: CAPTCHA is actually part of a project to help digitize books! If it gives you two words one is the non-spam thing and the other is one that whoever digitizes the books can't read and needs help solving. For some reason that always stuck with me haha. Tanning beds? Yeah, people who use those are a COMPLETE mystery to me.

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  13. I was just thinking the same thing about tanning beds because the complex we are temporarily moving into this summer has them in their gym. I honestly hadn't thought about tanning beds in many, many years prior to that conversation. And I know a lot of gyms have them, which on one hand makes sense because of the vanity aspect of gyms, but on the other hand makes ZERO sense because why wouldn't you go work on your health and fitness for an hour and then spend another 15 minutes basically asking for skin cancer.

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  14. Well colour me clueless, I had no idea AT ALL that people still used tanning beds! Also you were bitching about 82? I mean that is hot but its better than frigid no? - Im genuinely asking because the only weather I know how to run in is scorching hot haha. Also CAPTCHA - it needs to stop!!

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  15. Cops just like to mess with people. I think they do it for pure entertainment value. So glad our tax dollars go to that crap, ya know?!?! And why people go to tanning beds still is beyond me?!?!? I could ask the same question to those that still smoke cigarettes too. Like why is that still a thing? captcha is so stupid!!! And irritating! I have a widget that catches all my spam mail/comments.

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  16. I went tanning all the time in high school and it's probably one of my biggest regrets-- though I started going because my dermatologist recommended it for my skin! Which seems sooo crazy now, but I think it was before it was really known to be that bad for you? I have a co-worker who goes almost every day and it's so crazy to me too. I think I'm the only person not that bothered by captcha?? I guess it doesn't pop up that often or now it's the pictures which is kind of like a fun puzzle-- LOL. I hated it when it was a sequence of numbers or letters that were totally unreadable! I think my T4T post is finally going to go up tomorrow :)

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