(May 15, 2013) Yes, it’s that time again, time for me to propose common sense changes to a broken world. If I win the Powerball lottery I will use that money to implement changes for the good of all. And by all, I mean me. If I don’t win the lottery these changes will have to wait until I’m elected President, or Sexiest Man Alive, whichever comes first.
1. Walk how you drive: In the U.S. when we drive we stay to the right so traffic flows in both directions. Unfortunately, due to the stupidity of many, when we get out of our cars all hell breaks loose. How many times have you been in a mall or supermarket when you are suddenly confronted by some dolt walking the other direction who has idiotically forced you into the awkward “which way do I go?” dance because they walked right at you? Also, when driving on the highway at 65 mph (or 100 km/hour for the rest of the world) would you ever consider just stopping suddenly to look at something? Yeah, what happens when someone walking in front of you at the mall does that? You find yourself suddenly way more intimate with their backside than you’re comfortable with. I propose that the rules of the road be enforced in all public areas even if we have to paint lines. If you’re walking, stay to the right and if you want to look at something, get the hell out of the flow of traffic.
2. Screw Caps! No, I’m not opposed to capital letters. I want screw caps mandatory on all wine bottles. You know what was great about the Middle Ages? Me either. In the Middle Ages they had legal torture and the bubonic plague. They also put wine in bottles and sealed them with corks. How many other traditions from the Middle Ages have we continued? Who hasn’t had a cork break and get stuck in the neck of the bottle forcing you to break it out piece by piece? Then you have to pick the pieces out of your glass of wine. And don’t give me that rubber cork crap either! There is no logical reason for us to use a medieval torture tool to open a bottle when we could just screw the cap off. And in the right situation I’m not opposed to wine in juice boxes. How sweet would that be when you’re golfing or at a ball game?
3. Public bathroom stalls: It’s almost impossible to keep a shred of dignity intact in these places. I have so little dignity that I can ill afford to lose any more. I believe all public restroom stalls should be the size of the handicap stalls. Most of us are uncomfortable enough using public restrooms, why do we need to be in these tiny closets where shoulders touch the walls and our feet almost touch those of the person next to us? I believe the walls of stalls should go all the way down to the floor too. I don’t want to touch your feet or see your pants on the floor around your ankles.
I had considered writing a blog about the outrage everyone had about the Abercrappie and Filth CEO’s comments about not having larger sizes because they only want the “cool kids” to wear their clothes but then I realized the outrage was misguided. I’m not outraged that the Big and Tall shop doesn’t have clothes in my size. I’m also not angry that Depends doesn’t market to me. And damn that AARP for their exclusivity! I’d love some of the benefits they have. Isn’t anyone upset that Lane Bryant doesn’t make lingerie in a size 6? Guess what? Every company markets to a specific audience and excludes others. The public outrage was actually a good thing for A&F and they’ll probably toast their own genius as soon as they can get those damn corks out of the bottle.
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Awwwe man! Does this mean I can’t tailgate little old ladies with shopping carts?
You’re welcome to at your own risk!
yes, those old ladies can be so nasty with their bags of quarter rolls sometimes…So, BTW, found Grimm Report, thanks so much. Hmmm…Fifty Shades of Grey…a Phil Taylor book I never read/reviewed??
I said it would remind you of Fifty Shades of Grey. That was a year ago when I was promoting the upcoming release of Fifty Shades of Phil
Ops, I’ve been that person walking on the wrong side… only because you guys walk on the wrong side!!
You know, the rest of the civilised world walks on the left!
Just sayin’ 😛
After I re-read this post I realized what you pointed out. Us Americans are way too egocentric.
I think it’s all about relevance. I didn’t even realise I was doing the whole wrong side thing till my friend kept pointing it out to me.
It’s habit. And possibly also why I’m so scared to drive in your country 😀
LOL. I was in England a few weeks ago and I was glad I didn’t have the chance to drive there because I’m sure I’d screw it up
I am much in favor of public torture, as it would deter a lot of crimes that are currently being committed, and going disgustingly unpunished. In that way, I think the “Middle Ages” had it right. A little public humiliation never did anyone, who was basically good, any harm, and it kept them from repeating whatever behavior put them in that situation, if they survived the torture. (Insert diabolic laughter.)
However, mandatory screw caps for wine bottles is a great idea! The wine snob in me must come out now… if the cork breaks, it’s probably going to be vinegar anyway, so you might just want to chuck that bottle in the can. Screw-capped wine doesn’t seem to have that nasty little problem. Regarding the public “can”, I agree with larger, more private, public bathroom stalls. And for women’s public bathrooms, more stalls. PERIOD. The line for women’s bathrooms, as I’m sure you’ve noticed, is always longer. It’s downright barbaric! Talk about the Middle Ages! Also, some women, you’d be surprised, have no compunction whatsoever about loudly releasing a real stinker in public toilets. I would like to distance myself from that, if possible. Also, women, especially in bars and clubs, let it go all over the place! Not even those seat covers, if they’re available, can remedy the situation. To call them pigs would be an insult to pigs.
As for the rules of driving being applied to the rules of walking, I agree 100%! I propose mandatory pants or skirts with rear stoplights, and signal lights. And, if you are going to stop suddenly in front of me, pull over and get the hell out of my way!!