“Take Back” Your Time

One of the radio stations I listen to has a female DJ who shills for a laser hair removal company.  The commercial starts off with her commiserating with her listeners about all the time she used to spend shaving.  But, of course, thanks to some laser hair removal appointments, that’s all changed and she’s so much happier now.  Cue the unicorns and rainbows.

Then the DJ encourages her listeners to “take that time back.”  You know, because time spent grooming is, apparently, wasted time.  Time you have to “take back.”  So, take control of your life, and make an appointment for a free consultation, and “take back” the part of your life you spend shaving.

I found myself thinking about the concept of “taking back” my time from, well, not specifically shaving, but any of my chores.  Laundry?  Cooking?  Washing my hair?  Changing the rats’ cages?  Is that also time I need to “take back?”  Was that time wasted on something unworthy of me?  It must have been.  Otherwise, why would I need to take it back?

Which begs the question: take it back for what?  So I could do something more worthy, one presumes.  Create art?  Save a life?  Visit the sick?  Surely I’m not supposed to take back my time and then squander it writing a blog post.  Or visiting Facebook.  Or watering the plants.

Perhaps we should all be more aware of how we spend our time.  But I don’t think I’m going to worry about unworthy uses of it, as if I’m above some personal grooming or household drudgery.  Into every life a few chores must fall, and what’s so bad about that?



Tasty Treats

Need a tasty place to find some good food?  Try these places:

Simply Thai

I admit I don’t like noodles and so most Thai food doesn’t appeal to me, but I love yellow curry.  It’s how I evaluate a Thai restaurant — do they even serve yellow curry, and if they do, how good is it?  Everyone else I’ve been here with has enjoyed what they had.  Plus the people are extremely nice.

You’ll find Simply Thai at 2470 N US Highway 67  Florissant, MO 63033.  Their website is currently under construction, but you can find them on Facebook.  Closed Tuesdays.  The same folks also operate the Pearl Cafe just down the street at 8416 N Lindbergh Blvd, Florissant, MO 63031.  The Pearl Cafe is closed on Sundays.

Spice N Grill

Everything I’ve had here has been wonderful.  Try the beef nihari, a Pakistani staple.  Zahid Khan and his wife Shaheena will make you feel like family.  The restaurant is at 6800 Olive Blvd, St Louis, MO 63130.  This restaurant doesn’t have a website but you can find them on Facebook. Closed Mondays.

Queen of Sheba

An Eritrean restaurant located at 6665 Olive Blvd St. Louis, MO 63130, not far from Spice N Grill.   You can’t go wrong with the key wot, lega tibs, or, well, with any of the dishes offered.  Now offering lunch.  Closed Mondays.


A prize for those who like Indian food.  Located at 9720 Page Avenue St.Louis, MO 63132.  The lunch buffet is reasonably priced and has a variety of dishes.  They also make great samosas!  They do have a website.  Closed Mondays.

I love Joss Whedon, but…

Yes, I love Joss Whedon.  True, I never quite got the whole Browncoat thing; and while I have nothing against her personally, I have no idea why he casts Amy Acker in everything; and apparently I liked Dollhouse better than anyone else, but still.  It’s Joss Whedon, the guy who responded to the question “Why do you write strong female characters?” with “Because you keep asking me that question.”

So I want to make it clear that I really, really liked The Avengers, a righteous kick-ass movie where everyone involved was firing on all cylinders.  But watching it raised the question — considering Whedon’s record with female characters, why didn’t this movie pass the Bechdel test?  At least two of the other Marvel movies passed — Thor and Iron Man II.  But not The Avengers.

If you’re unfamiliar with this test, it basically rates a movie by whether or not it meets these simple critera: 1. there are two female characters with names; 2. these two female characters appear in a scene together; and 3. these two female characters share a line of dialogue that is not about the male characters.  That would seem to be a pretty low bar.

After all, Conan the Barbarian with Jason Momoa passed the test.  Yes, you read that correctly.  Conan-the-friggin-Barbarian passed the Bechdel test.  Honestly.  Because, somewhere toward the beginning of the third reel, Tamara (Rachel Nichols) and Marique (Rose McGowan) have a scene together where, for a line or two, they discuss a dress.  And that’s enough.

But The Avengers didn’t pass.  I still love Joss Whedon, but I have to admit, in modern internet parlance, I haz a sad :(



Ads are often boring or just plain stupid or even nonsensical.  But sometimes, they’re classics.  Here are a few of my favorites.

Selling car insurance – with Burt Bacharach

Herding cats – don’t let anybody tell you it’s easy

It’s a BIG ad – for beer. Best use of Orff’s “O Fortuna” ever

Bring about world peace – all you need is some smooth dance moves, a little LMFAO, and a Kia Soul (doesn’t hurt if the dancers are hamsters)


Movies and Cookies

We’re having friends over tonight for a marathon of Airplane and Airplane II.  This will necessitate tea, Yorkshire pudding, brownies, bourbon balls, and oatmeal raisin cookies.  The oatmeal raisin cookies were my grandmother’s specialty and my dad’s favorite.  Here’s the recipe, with some notes on how I have to modify it to get the cookies to turn out right.

Bob’s Favorite Cookie

3 eggs
1 cup lard (or butter or margarine)
2 cups oatmeal
1 cup sugar (but ¾ cup works better)
2 cps flour
2 cups raisins
½  teaspoon baking soda
½ cup of hot water (I heat it in the microwave to make sure it’s HOT!)
½ teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon vanilla

Mix sugar and lard – whip in eggs – dissolve soda in water.
Add flour with baking powder – add oats, raisins, and vanilla.

Bake 375 for 8 minutes. (I generally find that 11-13 minutes works best, though.)

Remember the animals over the holidays

Here’s Sweet Betsy From Pike with a question.  How will you answer?  Doesn’t every animal deserve a forever home?

My new favorite saying

I have this printed out and taped to my computer:

Every person who possesses a Western education and material quality of life is obligated to use that unprecedented power to do good on behalf of the billions who still live in the dark.

Words to live by.

Here we go…

And the newest post is . . . a picture!

The irises think it’s spring already. Oops!

Moving the site

Going to try something new.  I’ve had a website since the mid 1990s but it has remained pretty much the same over all that time.  Let’s see how quickly I can navigate the new style of blogging-site, except without, perhaps, a lot of blogging.  You know, I’m just really not *that* fascinating!