So, I Wrote A Letter To Miss Manners…

Dear Miss Manners:

Your gentle advice has on more than one occasion been the source of a less than gentle laugh on my part.

Nevertheless, I am finicky & even almost fanatical about this issue: the date format most Americans use is visually not appealing. Day, month, year is a much nicer format & conforms to the logical way we, who are still earth-bound, measure time–from the smaller unit (day) to the largest unit (year). You can actually omit a key stroke, for a bonus. The numbers are separated by a word, no comma needed.
I would be delighted to join you for tea! Understanding your busy schedule, may we make a date well in advance? 15 March 2014? Beware, I will probably only have tea bags, but it’s in the spirit that these things fully matter. Ides won’t matter in our case, March or otherwise.

Sincerely, Thomas Outt

P. S. If can, I will try to get something special from DAVIDsTea.

I was unable to resist the obvious!  Really like the quality & look of the sample cups!

I was unable to resist the obvious! Really like the quality & look of the sample cups!

Need Scaring? Fresh Blood?: You’re Next

Some people operate (they cut you open) on a quota system. We have blood banks that need some investing.  YOU'RE NEXT!

Some people operate (they cut you open) on a quota system. We have blood banks that need some investing. YOU’RE NEXT!

This was not just another slasher film. True, I was in need of my between Full Moon blood fix, my reflection was not showing up in mirrors & I spent the last several days suppressing the urge to make projectile vomiting when my nostrils were confronted with the smell of garlic. Yes, I was blinded by morning light. I knew the only help I could get was in “Band-Aid” form. So, I took that option, and went to see the newly released YOU’RE NEXT.

My needs were more than sated. This is not just another slasher subset of the horror film genre. There was cause & effect. I groaned at the first scene, thinking, all I would get out of this was my need for fresh fake blood flowing from all apertures. What a set up! That’s what the director intended–you think you are going down the usual well paved road of bloodbath, and you are, but this time it’s different. You care about each character. You wonder what can you do to stop this! How can you send out brainwaves to these flawed (but not unlikable) people to stop the inevitable slaughter? In short, you wish you were not a hungry vampire in need of a fix, but a reliable, responsible, thoughtful person who cares about content and the craft of telling a story. You start wanting to be a paramedic, anything to be a Good Samaritan. Alas, the film goes on as written, and you did not get a call from the casting director. So you sit, helpless, as an audience member helping to do your part in keeping films in the theatre, digressing from the edge, the point of what this is all about…

This is a birthday cake where you get to have it & eat it too, along with a liter or two of transfusions. Keep your kitchen knives in FULL VIEW. Have extra ones handy & find a nice place to keep a baseball bat & a sledge-hammer. If you want to go over the deep end (and they don’t, but you might just want to do this as a conversation piece) install a guillotine behind the rubber tree plant in your living room. There’s no room for leaving any defense mechanism unmentioned or overlooked as your inner survivalist must attempt to thrive in this thrilling adventure of a family dinner that never got around to the second course, not to mention the pies that sat uneaten in the kitchen. The attention to set detail is as much a star as the actors. This wealthy family did not have a frost-free refrigerator, in fact, they had an old, old one that had the original factory logo painted over by hand. Their home was beautiful but not by Architectural Digest standards, but the kind of gentility lived out by wealth that lives an understated lifestyle. They keep their names OUT of the papers, and they’d consider having a personal Facebook account as something that other people might do.–But, despite their near aristocratic approach to life, something went horribly wrong. And I want you to go find out for your self just what that was & talk to me. I need your comments, always–and help me make it through the night without screaming.

Know at all times where your knife set is.  If you hide them, you will lose precious seconds, time lost that could have saved your life.

Know at all times where your knife set is. If you hide them, you will lose precious seconds, time lost that could have saved your life.

If you hear a tapping noise & you think no one else is in the house, you are wrong.

If you hear a tapping noise & you think no one else is in the house, you are wrong.

I had hoped that I would not be reporting my demise, that I could keep a journalistic & professional distance between myself & the subject matter...but sometimes things happen that are just outside of our control, no matter how well intended that may be.

I had hoped that I would not be reporting my demise, that I could keep a journalistic & professional distance between myself & the subject matter…but sometimes things happen that are just outside of our control, no matter how well intended that may be. Call 911!

Yes, I am on Facebook, and all that other stuff. I need your reassurance that this won’t happen to me…or, else…

YOU’RE NEXT AND YOU KNOW IT!

AND THOSE THAT MADE THE BRILLIANCE HAPPEN SHARE SOME THOUGHTS

If you wake up & can still walk upright without assistance, go to AMC Theatres 1000 Van Ness Avenue, San Francisco & be prepared to be NEXT! Ne

WHEN AT A PHARMACY…Form A Single Line…

Our queueing up skills got some much-needed re-enforcement by Walgreen’s a couple of years ago. It was becoming something of a lost art, sort of like manners. Walgreen’s management must have decided that they were wearied by the 38 Geary MUNI bus approach to waiting one’s turn for pharmaceutical products & quietly–shall we say, took a stand? Now there’s a tad more privacy & less excuse for pushing & shoving & pretending not to cut ahead of other folk, when that’s exactly what some were doing. Now, it’s just a little bit more of a challenge to play dumb. Some have turned THAT into an art form, sad to say.

Please, remember, Walgreen's is not the 38 Geary Bus.  You will still get older waiting your turn, but you can do it with manners.

Please, remember, Walgreen’s is not the 38 Geary Bus. You will still get older waiting your turn, but you can do it with manners.

It's easy to know when it's your turn to be next & you don't have to cut in front of the person ahead of you to figure this out. It's so easy now!

It’s easy to know when it’s your turn to be next & you don’t have to cut in front of the person ahead of you to figure this out. They’ve simplified it for us.


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