Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Christmas Observations vol 2

1. Holiday season, in my book, officially starts November 1.

2. Only one holiday should be advertised at a time, and should not be advertised prior to an upcoming holiday.

3. Why are candy canes being sold during Halloween candy shopping? That's nasty.

4. KOIT (96.5 FM): I am fine with you playing Christmas music 24 hours a day. I am fine with you being the "Bay Area's Christmas Station." Start the day after Christmas...not a week before! Sleigh bells should not ring on my turkey!

5. Your Christmas lights...are for Christmas, that means that they need to be taken down. Due date: January 2nd.

6. If you have your lights still hanging up from last Christmas (or 10 years prior) and just plug them in in Dec...then that isn't the point!

7. Why does Santa smell?

8. Am I the only one who thinks that the song "I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus" is a horrible Christmas song? You're going to traumetize the poor kid seeing Mommy cheating on Daddy like that. Geez.

9. Where can I buy a partridge in a pear tree? (or twelve for that matter)

10. How many Chistmas' is it going to take before Mariah Carey just gives up? (anyone get this reference???)

11. No gigantic Christmas trees in the middle of plazas before Thanksgiving.

12. I do this one, so I shouldn't complain but..anybody find it funny that we take a tree, hang things off of it and then light it up like a big gigantic beacon?

13. Don't forget to reduce your carbon footprint with these nifty solar-powered Christmas lights...hmm why don't these things work? Oh that's right I'm in San Francisco, its foggy and rainy...

14. Does this mean that Rudolph's nose is also solar powered?

15. Apparently Christmas is the only time where plugging something into an electrical outlet in the rain is totally acceptable.

On Pointless Boycotts...

While I agree with the No on 8, There are financial reasons why a boycott is not effective in ousting Alan Stock.

- In just the specific case of Milk...the direct effect that the movie's expected revenue would have on Cinemark is....minimal, with or without a boycott. (I point to the screaming teenage girls packing the midnight showings of Twilight...). Plus the studio takes around 50% of the box office gross, so the figure 1,000 tickets x $10 a ticket = $10,000 really only amounts to around $4,000 to $5,000 in revenue...and thats pennies to the company, and what, if any of that, filters up to Mr. Stock is probably the quivalent to low end toilet paper.

- While it is contradictory for the CEO of Cinemark to benefit from showing a movie about a gay supervisor....realize that it isn't the CEO'S choice which movies are played at what theatre...

- In terms of a general overall boycott...Alan Stock will still get his pay regardless of whether or not he is fired by the company. And, he probably has so much that would be unaffected by a job loss in any case. An effective boycott (and, sorry, I point to Twilight, and say that this hasn't happened, yet) only affects the ground level workers, most of whom, probably agree with the No on 8 campaign. The lack of business brought on by an effective boycott means less budget, less hours, less need for there to be workers at the theatres. The ground level workers are the people who really need the money in the first place.

- So you ask...why don't the workers just...not work there? In this economy, if you have a job, you hang onto it for dear life, unless its absolutely horrible.

- Alan Stock doesn't have to directly deal with the e-mails and the calls, its everyone else in the company that has to "clean it up".

- You're taking on a large, global, corporation. The reason why the boycott worked in Sacramento is because it was smaller, with one source of income, not thousands of screens worth of income.

- I don't know what a direct answer would be to Mr. Stock's donations, except to continue the fight to make gay marriage constitutional, once again. I just believe a boycott against a company of this size unintentionally affect the wrong people.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Personals Stupidity

Found this one...it made me sort of...hurl...

Is it weird I've never been attracted to an Asian guy? - 21 (SF)

Reply to: pers-926411003@craigslist.org [?]
Date: 2008-11-19, 7:16PM PST

And I'm Asian? I mean I guess it has to do with where I grew up and the demographics of my hometown...but yea...I've liked white guys, black, even this one latino guy who was really caliente Lol! I think it has to do with the height, since I'm really tall, or maybe their lack of confidence, or the eyes or something. Was that a weird post, or what? So I guess I'm looking for a relationship, blah blah, attach a picture if you want me to reply, if you're not in San Francisco, don't respond. What do you do for a living, what are your interests, goals etc. Thanx.

By the way, sorry if it's offensive, I just tend to be rather honest. "lookism" it's superficial but hey, it's human nature.

The problem with the Asian American community is kind of summed up here..good ol' Asians stereotyping Asians. How does one community ever find the ability to come together when they're busy bashing their own people? The main thing I hate about stereotypes is that people take three to five people, make that the generalization for the entire group of people and that's it for the rest of the population. What happened to that "individuals" thing?

Hope that exotic asian woman stereotypes works out for this girl...

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

On History...


Put aside the fact that nobody really knows what will happen in the next four years. Put aside the fact that we really don't know how much President Obama can get done.


For now, its history. Its 70,000 to 1 million (how they get such a big range, no clue) screaming in Chicago. Its not just black, and its not just white. Its everyone. Its motivation of younger voters. Its a change and defining moment in the population and we're watching it.

Take note that this is history and we're living it, whether you are pro-Obama or not, rarely does one get to witness history...

Friday, October 24, 2008

I Can't Even Think of a Title for this Stupidity...


Basically, this girl says that a 6 foot 4 black man saw her bumper sticker that she was support McCain and proceeded to beat her, rob her and carve a "B" into her cheek all while tell her that she was going to vote for Barack.

Yes, when I first heard the story, I thought: Someone's a few bees short of a hive! (End lame joke.)

So turns out, she made it all up. Although she did carve a "B" into her own cheek. And she can't explain why she did it. She was charged with filing a false police report and instead of being cited is being sent to seek mental help.

Okay, it doesn't take a detective to figure this one out...

She obviously wanted to make a claim that people were so crazy for Barack that they would go out and beat anyone who wouldn't support him. Of course it backfired, hence stupidity. There is nothng wrong with her mental stability, although I give her credit for figuring out how to carve a full "B" into her cheek...

Thursday, October 23, 2008

When Political Desperation Leads To....Extortion!

And no I'm not talking about McPalin. In this case they're better than this.

Here's the story about Prop 8 in SF.

Lets pull some quotes shall we?

"Make a donation of a like amount to ProtectMarriage.com which will help us correct this error," reads the letter. "Were you to elect not to donate comparably, it would be a clear indication that you are in opposition to traditional marriage. ... The names of any companies and organizations that choose not to donate in like manner to ProtectMarriage.com but have given to Equality California will be published."

That sounds like a threat don't it. But of course what they're doing is completely legal just morally wrong. Funny how I would bring up morally wrong...

"But when asked about the letter to Equality California donors, Prentice confirmed they were authentic and said the ProtectMarriage.com campaign was asking businesses backing the other side "to reconsider taking a position on a moral issue in California."

Because threats aren't moral at all!

Look folks, this isn't an issue about kids learning about gay marriage in schools. And if someone can explain to me how a gay marriage takes away from a man-woman marriage then let me know. And if someone can explain to me how it also destroys the family structure when these people actually go out and adopt because they want kids, and not because they have a kid on accident, :cough: Bristol Palin :cough:

Stay out of peoples lives...geez.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

An Endorsement...

Barack Obama is my choice. And yes, I know that means that all those swing states (OH, NV, CO, FL, real Virginia) will all back my endorsement and this race will be over and we can all go on living happy lives. Anyway, here's why.

1) John McCain is a racist.
2) Sarah Palin is an idiot.
3) John McCain + Sarah Palin = Divided America.

I explain.

-Someone tell me how Sarah Palin can get away with saying that the small towns of America are the "real" or "Pro-America"? How can she say, "We believe that the best of America is in these small towns that we get to visit, and in these wonderful little pockets of what I call the real America, being here with all of you hard working very patriotic, um, very, um, pro-America areas of this great nation."

-How can Sarah Palin, herself, be Pro-America, when she calls a senator and Presidential candidate a terrorist?

-How can Sarah Palin, in the debate, tell Joe Biden to "say it ain't so, Joe, there you go looking into the past" and still bring up Bill Ayers?

-How can John McCain sit there and say he, the maverick, is going to run a clean campaign, only to "energize" his base so much that he created a monster that doesn't even listen to him when he tries to defend Obama. Seriously. When that woman says, "I can't trust Obama, he's an Arab", and when McCain tries to defend Obama and gets Booed...just look at his face, it has "oh s*it, what have I started" all over his face.

-And, another thing I don't understand. Of Wal-Mart shoppers, McCain is supported over Obama 58 to 33 percent. I'm assuming that Wal-Mart shoppers are of a lower income (less than $250,000) and would receive a proposed tax-cut under Obama. So why are people cheering when McCain points out that its a redistribution of wealth? If Joe the CEO is making seven figures and has a personal shopper, and Joe the Janitor is making minimum wage and shopping at Wal-Mart, then we should help Joe the Janitor, not giving more money to Joe the CEO...

-I'd also like to point out that the Director of the SF Int'l Asian American Film Festival has more foreign policy experience than Sarah Palin. Does that make him qualified to be VP?

-Yes on V, No on 8, No on Eric Mar, No on Mark Sanchez.

Friday, July 18, 2008

The #1 Sign that the World is Coming to an End...

Starbucks has begun to identify the estimated 600 stores it will close beginning this month.

The company has posted a list on its Web site at links.sfgate.com/ZEFL, which it said will be updated as closure dates are confirmed.

Eighty-eight of the shops are in California; below are the stores to be closed in the Bay Area.

-- Harbor Walk, 328 First St., Benicia

-- Shattuck and Cedar, 1600 Shattuck Ave., Berkeley

-- Brentwood and Nancy, 7760 Brentwood Blvd., Brentwood

-- Monument and Erickson, 2250 Monument Blvd., Concord

-- San Pablo and Park, 4125 San Pablo Ave., Emeryville

-- Mission and Sorenson, 26953 Mission Road, Hayward

-- Metreon, 101 Fourth St., San Francisco

-- 901 Market St., San Francisco

-- Lincoln and Willow, 1167 Lincoln Ave., San Jose

-- 1620 Mendocino Ave., Santa Rosa

-- Ygnacio and North Main, 2001 N. Main St., Walnut Creek

STARBUCKS are closing...I mean, granted, there's one every few feet, but still...STARBUCKS are closing. If that isn't a recession I don't know what it is. Next thing you know McDonalds is going to fold (or fry)....

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Sometimes...'Sex' makes you stupid....

Reader: "WAH?!"

Did I catch your attention?

It was Sex weekend at the theatre...no we didn't change formats...we're talking Sex and the City. Quickly...it brought on the grandest of stupidity in the history of theatreness (I'm making up words).

Lady calls early in the afternoon on the Thursday before the movie opens and says that she can't figure out how to use Fandango (go to Fandango.com, click the theatre, click the showtime, enter your CC, print.) and asks if she can buy her tix over the phone and have us hold the tix until she comes. We don't do that, but we do it anyway. Now for stupidity... She calls back when I get to work and says...

"Hi, I bought four tickets over the phone and I didn't know you were in Daly City."
"We're not in Daly City, we're in San Francisco."
"But I google mapped your location and it says you're off of 280"
(Er...if you google mapped it would say San Francisco...)
"Well where are you coming from?"
"Martinez" (East Bay, probably about 30-45 minutes from SF).
"Well, yes, you come over the Bay Bridge, and when it splits you take 280, take the Monterey Exit"
"Oh, see, I didn't want to come that far, I was wondering if I could get a refund."
"Uhm, Okay, where did you want to go?"
"Emeryville." (This makes sense, that's only 20 minutes away...)
"Uhm Hold on" (I go into a violent, silent shaking, making my coworkers look at me funny.)

I do the refund and get rid of her...If you wanted Emeryville (510) and you call a 415 number...you're going to get a theatre in San Francisco.

Augh...Ultimate stupidity.

Thursday, May 1, 2008

Road Dumbness...

Does anyone ever read this thing? Who cares?! Saw it as a feed on someones website...weird. Yes, I was Googling myself. I did it once, and I'd do it again!!!

Anyway, new job. "Traffic Producer". Which means looking at good ol' 511's traffic flow chart and the CHP media info and putting it into a database for on air reporters to read. Exciting, I know.

In two weeks, totalling 54 hours of traffic staring...there have been a multitude of animals on the road including, but not limited to...a racoon, a skunk, a dog, a three legged dog, a pitbull hit by two cars and still running around, more dogs, too many "mama duck and ducklings" to count, deer, cows (4 times no less), and one turkey.

Any way, with new job, comes new dumbness...my favorite dumbness..Road Dumbness.

This guy drops his mattress (a common occurance) on the left lane of a busy highway. He pulls over to the shoulder and the report comes in that he's trying to retrieve his mattress...yes, as if he's quick enough to dodge cars going 65mph+ to go 4 lanes, pick up his mattress and get back to his car without getting hit...

At least, if he gets hit, he'll have a nice cushion to land on...