ITEM: The story I've been sitting on the longest came last Sunday, courtesy the FW News-Sentinel:
Tuesday, December 31, 2013 - 12:01 am
Police break up tussling at church
The magazine found some of the common Danish words for the vagina – including ‘fisse’, ‘kusse’, ‘fjappen’, ‘skræv’ and ‘dåsen’ (the can) - to be insulting, while others – ‘missen’ (the kitty), ‘fi’, ‘hun’ (her) and ‘tissekone’ – were seen as too childish.
So after an exhaustive search the magazine's panel - headed by what one can only assume are vagina experts - has settled on a new term: 'gina'.
"The name is short and precise, easy to say and is nickname-like – sweet and sexy at once," Renee Toft Simonsen, an editor for the magazine, said.
According to the magazine, it now hopes that Danes will incorporate 'gina' into their vocabulary, "whether with the doctor, their friends or in erotic literature".
'Gina' beat out 311 other suggestions for a new name.
Can it really be so bad in a country where WEALTHY customers prefer donkey meat?
ITEM: In another blow against Global Warming, the North Pole is about to dump record cold on all of us. Particularly in the northern Midwest, where the playoff football game will be played in -2 to -7 F (-18 to -21 C, or for you scientists, 251 to 254 K) temps, and school is already called off for Monday all across Minnesota and some areas in Wisconsin. On the bright side, a local company bought up 3,000 tickets so they could avoid the TV blackout and will be giving them out free to active military and their families (Damn, Santa, how about just a lump of coal instead?). Into the midst of this, weather experts not encumbered by their "GW agenda" add this cheery note:
And though this cold spell will last just a few days as warmer air comes behind, it likely will freeze over the Great Lakes and other bodies of water, meaning frigid temperatures will likely last the rest of winter, said Ryan Maue, a meteorologist for Weather Bell.
"It raises the chances for future cold," he said, adding it could include next month's Super Bowl in New York.
While this may not disprove GW of itself, it sure makes the NFL look like idiots for believing in it enough to put the Super Bowl in a cold-weather, outdoor stadium. Bet Bruno Mars is looking foreward to being the halftime act! Oh, and speaking of Mars:
Astronauts hopeful of stepping foot on Mars may first want to make a visit to Winnipeg in winter, as temperatures there are currently on par with Martian highs.
At one point on Tuesday temperatures in the central Canadian city were colder than on the surface of Mars.
On New Year’s Eve, the Winnipeg Museum, citing data from the NASA’s Curiosity rover, reported that the high temperature on the Red Planet was -29°C (-18F). Thermometers in Winnipeg only reached a high of -31°C (-20F) that day.
ITEM: Finally, it has been suggested by a friend that I do a weekly "Laurie's stories of Wal-Mart" feature. I think this idea has real promise, and so, here's a couple of such stories:
-One of the biggest problems being a WM cashier is the whole "ID for alcohol" thing. If you are with someone who is buying alcohol (and presumably aren't a child), BOTH people are required to show ID. Now you wouldn't think that would be a big deal- after all, if your over-age buddy is buying you booze, it would just make sense that you make yourself scarce. BZZZZZZZT! Over and over, people are stunned, and pitch a bitch over having to show ID if they don't have cash in hand. And are even more stunned when they retreat, the underager leaves, the over-ager comes back TO THE SAME LANE, and gets refused a second time.
And if it ain't the age, it's the ID itself. An EXPIRED ID doesn't fly- just ask the guy a couple nights back who used a drivers license that had been expired SINCE JUNE. Or the dude who came up with a green ID card looking like they'd tried to laminate it into a baggie, claiming it was a Brazilian ID. Shoot, I wish I still had my Avengers ID!
|It looked just like this, with a picture of me glued on, and PROPERLY laminated.|
-And last night, some dude tried to buy a jacket, which was no biggie- until Laurie found the HAT stuffed up one sleeve. "I don't know how that got in there, I didn't put it there", he said. Uh-huh.
- Or how about the conscientious customer who reported AS he was leaving to Laurie, who could do jack about it, about the dude he saw leaving with unpaid for items AS he was coming in! Nice of the guy, but to be helpful, it would be nice if you could manage a) to report it in a TIMELY manner, b)to the proper people, i.e. a floor manager.
-And I almost forgot the story from a few days ago. Policy is that cashiers aren't to put unwanted items away, they are to call a CSM (customer service manager, I assume) to put it away. Of course, doing this often gets you an "I'm too busy" or an "I'll be right there (nod, nod, wink, wink)" So imagine what Laurie thought of the sign posted in the cashier's check in area saying "Cashiers MUST contact a CSM when they get an unwanted item. Items must not be left at the station".
So, as you might surmise, WM could solve a lot of these problems with a few simple steps, to wit:
-POST the ID policy prominently at the registers and in the alcohol department. Better yet, have one dedicated checkout in the department for alcohol.
-When a door person has to go on break, have SOMEONE there to relieve them, rather than just abandoning the post.
-How about telling the CSMs to do their jobs as well?
ITEM: Looking in the ol' spam file, I got this amusing comment on an old post:
Anonymous has left a new comment on your post "February Flotsam on Sunday":
I usually do not leave a lot of responses, however i did some
searching and wound up here "February Flotsam on Sunday". And I
actually do have a few questions for you if you usually do
not mind. Could it be only me or does it look like some of the comments come across as if they are coming from brain dead individuals?
:-P And, if you are posting at other social sites, I'd like to keep up with anything fresh
you have to post. Would you list of the complete urls
of your social pages like your Facebook page, twitter feed, or linkedin profile?
My web blog ... prom
So I looked into the comments put on that particular post, which had to do with an article by one David Barton about the decay of society since the No-Prayer-In-Schools decision and an atheist's response to it. Bobby G. as always had an intelligent, thought out comment. However, my son posted this: