So I decided to watch the tele for a bit. I was bombarded with endless commercials for medicines and exercise workout videos.
The thing that struck me first was one commercial about a popular pain reliever. I honestly can't remember which one (shows how well advertising works on me!), but there was this guy, complaining about all the aches and pains in his life. He has kids, so he needs one pain reliever for that. Then he takes Yoga, and needs a different pain reliever for that. Next he takes up bicycling and needs another pain reliever for that too!
Now, I want to know what the hell I am doing wrong. See, I've been bicycling since March again, and for the month of July, I've exercised 24 days out of the first 30, and I'm going to do another ~10 miles tonight when I get out of work. But, I am not in excruciating pain! In fact, I'm not in any pain at all!
I've always just assumed it was normal for people to never take pain relievers except in extreme cases. But, I lived in a small little bubble for the first 3/4's of my life, and when I got out into the real world, I noticed that many people actually do take pain relievers all the time. My ex used to take a minimum of 4 advil a day, and at times went all the way up to 10 or 12. At first I thought I should take this as a warning sign, but she assured me that it's normal behaviour; but after the things that ended up ending that relationship, I've since begun to wonder again if maybe all that pill popping really should have been a warning sign.
But here at work, you can routinely hear people hitting their bottles of pills. So is it really that weird? Maybe I'm the weird one. I can count on one hand the number of pain relievers I've taken this year (2 advil, if you're wondering).
Maybe Tylenol/Aspirin/Advil/etc, are Soma.
The weekend workout-video commercials are funny. And full of crap, too. The worst one was a commercial where this military guy is selling his flavour of "tai-bo karate turborobics" which he garantees will show you instantaneous results. They showed one lady who said that she lost 10 inches (10 inches!!) from her waist in the first 7 days of the program. What the fuck? That's not even physically possible unless you had an unfortunate encounter with a live mortar round sometime during the week. How the hell can these people lie and get away with it?
So confusing. And stupid. You don't need some special $100 workout plan video to lose weight. Just get up and walk around you lazy dopes. Or buy a bike.
I learned this weekend that Vodka is a positively vile liquid. I also learned how to play poker finally, but lost in my 6th round by going all in on a pair of aces. The guy who beat me had bluffed his way to a win for the first 5 rounds on holding a mere "high card", and it just figures that the one time I tried calling his bluff, he actually had a good hand. Harrumph.
I shall learn how to play this game better. :)
Casting for David Lynch's imaginary 9/11 movie has begun:
Kyle McLachlan as Osama bin Laden
Dennis Hopper as Donald Rumsfeld/George W. Bush/Dick Cheney
Keanu Reeves as Kyle McLachlan
Pam Grier as Condoleeza Rice
David Bowie as Rudy Guiliani
Harry Dean Stanton as Ronald Reagan
Michael Massee as Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
Ray Wise as Leland Palmer
Willem Dafoe as Completely Insane Person in Hallucination
Brad Dourif as Colin Powell
Patrick Stewart as Tony Blair
Mel Gibson as Saddam Hussein
The Ghost of Jack Nance as Himself