Some News “Stories” and My Thoughts On Them

ddsfaI don’t really believe much of what the media tells us.  Always half truths and down right lies have made them pretty much unbelievable.  I tend to take what they say with a grain of salt.

To make light of some situations, here are my thoughts on 8 news stories that are popular right now (links attached)…

1. I think it’s pretty hillarious that Hillary Clinton got a shoe thrown at her.  I wished it would of hit her upside her head though.  The chick apparently was arrested on Federal charges for being a bad aim or something along those lines.

2. The thought of a brand new vagina intrigues me.

3. This guy Eric Holder  , who apparently ‘snapped’ the other day, is apparently the Attorney General of the United States.  I didn’t know this.  I always saw pictures of him next to Obama and refereed to him as “that dude that is standing next to Obama”.  Apparently my not caring what our current government has to say is working.

4. The standoff going on between our government and this cattle rancher is both embarrassing, sad, and out of control.  I mean why are they shooting innocent cows?
Seriously though, they need to worry about our US borders and not so much a cattle ranchers border.

5. There is apparently a “racist swan” going around Warwick University only attacking people who are of ethnic minority.  The people who truly believe this deserve to be attacked by said swan.

6. Apparently Obama shunned Kim Kardashian.  I finally found something I like about him.

7. Apparently a sorority is being accused of harassing men.  “Members forced men to drink booze, eat dog treats, paint their bodies, wear women’s underwear and take alcohol shots off each others bodies”.  This is either a joke or it’s proof that young men are being raised to be pussies.

8. So apparently someone is shooting cars in and around Kansas City.  The total now is 20 cars shot at.  They think it might be a ‘serial shooter’.  Ya think?

Until next time…

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Pretentious Asses and Bragging Rights

Pretentious AssesMy husband and I have been very blessed to have been able to move to another country and to be able to travel around the world.  I wouldn’t trade this life for anything!  We love sharing our adventures with our family and friends and do so by means of Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and blogging.

But recently a ‘friend’ of ours had told us that “we were pretentious” and said that “we are always bragging about where we are going or where we have been”

pretentious

prɪˈtɛnʃəs/

adjective

adjective: pretentious

 

1. attempting to impress by affecting greater importance or merit than is actually possessed.

This shocked us that this person would have the gall to even say something like this to us, but it made us wonder why they would say such a thing.  So we stepped back and talked about how a person might come to this conclusion…

After a lot of discussion about this and having asked a few of our other friends and family if we came off that way, we have decided that we are in no way pretentious nor do we brag about our life, but we see where this person may think this.  In fact some of you also may think this way about us, so let me explain why you are wrong about us.

  1. We live in the UK.  You live in the states.
  2. We can hop on EasyJet or RyanAir (it’s the UK’s Southwest Airline) and be in Paris or Italy in about an hour.  You can hop on Southwest and be in Las Vegas or New York in an hour or a few.
  3. We talk about our work.  Our work takes us to awesome destinations. It’s part of our job.  Your job may not do this, but that’s your job.
  4. We can go to Paris or the South of France, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Amsterdam for a holiday.  It’s easy to get to by car, plane, train, or ferry ride.  You go on vacation to Mexico, the Bahama’s, Hawaii, Pismo, Big Bear, etc.  These area’s are easily accessible for you to get to.
  5. We can go in to London every day if we want to.  We live here.
  6. We do like the finer things in life, but live on a budget.  You live on a budget, but may think the finer things in life are for pretentious asses.

My point is, we are not in any way bragging.  We are just living our lives.

If you go to Arizona or San Diego, or Florida or Mexico for fun, we are happy for you.  You’re living your lives.  If you go out to have cocktails with your honey and post pictures online for all of us to see, we are happy for you.  You’re having fun and we love watching what our family and friends are up to.

We are not bragging or gloating or being pretentious in any way, shape, or form.  We are merely living our lives.  We just have a different demographic than most of our friends and family.

So if going to Paris, London, Amsterdam, Dubai, etc. because it’s part of our work or because it’s so easily accessible, makes us pretentious asses and shows us to be braggers.  Then so be it.  If you don’t like our life we really don’t care.  You aren’t really a good friend now are you.  You’re jealous of a life you wish you had because you hate your own. Truth hurts.

We are good people who will eventually move back to the states where we will have easy access to Mexico, the Bahama’s, Hawaii, etc. and we won’t travel as much, but by God while we have the chance we are going to see the shit out of the world!

Cheers to enjoying the life you get!

Until next time…

 

 

So here’s a way to let you

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“Good Christians”

"Good Christians"If you’re a good Christian you don’t have to tell the world.  In fact you don’t have to tell any one.  That’s something between you and your God.

In fact I’ve learned along the way that the best Christian, or the best in any religion, are the ones who don’t have to announce it to the world, (ie Facebook, Twitter, etc…)

The worst kind of Christian’s are the ones who have to announce that they are “good Christian” people…these people always turn out to be hypocrites. I’ve known many people who always talk about themselves going to church, bragging about what a good Christian they are, yet they are some of the most awful people I have ever met.  They don’t follow the Bible or what it stands for.  They play the part at church and then turn around and become judgmental assholes.

hyp·o·crite

[hip-uh-krit] 

noun

1.

a person who pretends to have virtues, moral or religious beliefs, principles, etc., that he or she does not actually possess, especially a person whose actions belie stated beliefs.
2.

a person who feigns some desirable or publicly approved attitude, especially one whose private life, opinions, or statements belie his or her public statements.

 

It’s like the guy who tells you about all of his conquests who hasn’t really had any conquests at all.  If you have to brag about it, it probably is the opposite of what you are saying.

I’m not downing all Christians.  Not at all.  I’m not saying all Christians that do this are judgmental fools. I’m just saying that the one’s I’ve met along the way who have to boast about how religious they are usually aren’t…Just my opinion.

Until next time…

 

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Hugs With Strangers

My son at Comic Con London getting a "free hug"

It’s one of the most wonderful feelings in life…the hug.

Whether it’s from a family member, a friend, or even a stranger there is something to be said about how that one simple act can brighten ones day.

Last weekend my son and I went to Comic Con in London and as we walked around we started noticing that a lot of people (mostly girls) were walking around with “free hugs” signs.  So we decided to take them up on their offer and something magical happened.

Every time we would hug the person who held the sign the hugs didn’t stop at just them…we also hugged their friends who were with them resulting in laughter, love, and huge smiles all around.  The feeling from the hug of a complete stranger made our day even better.  That feeling of happiness and content that we felt the rest of the day because of a complete stranger giving away free hugs is something that will stay in my heart forever.

Touch is an important component of attachment as it creates bonds between two individuals even if just for that brief moment in time.  Humans need touch to survive, it’s a fact.  What these young people did for the people who took them up on their offer for a “free hug” was spectacular and affected everyone in a positive way for a long time, if not for just that day.

In society we have become involved with our electronics to an extreme therefore resulting in less communication with humans, and especially human touch.  We don’t have to be in person to talk to one another now, we can just text or email, or even Skype.  We put on our earphones and we forget about the person next to us on the train or at the gym.  No commutation, eyes down, no speaking and getting to know each other like we used to.  Now we can just ignore everyone and look at our iPhones.  It’s sad really how society is becoming.

It reminds me of the movie “Warm Bodies” (great movie by the way), where the main character is a zombie who just wants to connect with someone.  He finally does and it starts to turn him into the living again.  In fact all of the zombies in the movie (except the boney’s) start becoming human again when they start to communicate with the living.  This is like humanity now if you think about it.  We go on with our days walking around like zombies doing what we have to to survive all the while keeping our heads down and in the meantime never communicating with anyone along the way.  Here’s the trailer for the movie, see if you can see a connection to what I’m saying:

When I think about that day at Comic Con now, I have this overwhelming feeling of wanting to go back in time to that day and relive it again.  I’m sure it’s because my son and I have that memory of going to Comic Con together, but I also think that all of those hugs that day affected the way I will always feel about it…

Maybe if we quit staring at our phones and started to just talk to people society would become a better place again.  Maybe if we took the time to hug each other maybe the world would become a better place…

Until next time…

 

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NHS as An American Expat Part 3

Blood sucking vampires at the NHS

This post will be short.  So I basically went in to get my blood work done today.  After walking a mile to the clinic and have had fasted since 9pm the night before, I walked in, checked into the computer once again and then sat in the waiting room.

After a few moments it beeped my name and I went to see the nurse that I was assigned too.  She was rather nice and was quick.  No pain at all.  First time she hit the vein and voila!

Now I have to wait 5 working days to get my results…so far so good.

Update November 5th: Got my blood work back and everything is fine and dandy…well according to the administrative person who told me this over the phone.  Yes folks, I called to get my blood work results instead of going in to see the Dr and going over them like we do in the states usually.  I called the clinic and the admin assistant looked up my results and gave them to me.  I asked her if I should make another appointment to talk to the Dr. about the results and she says “nope, you’re fine.  No need to”…

I hate this NHS system.  It’s so bad…unless you’re really sick or dying I’ve heard.  Ho Hum…

Until next time…

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