Book Nerds Unite: Dunce Version

dunce cap catCalling all book nerds, anarchists, and dunces!  We, the dunce academy need to kick this revolution into higher gear.  We need to let the internet know that we are one of the best cyber book clubs around.  We need to rival other book sites like Goodreads and BookRiot and Amazon.  They’ve got nothing on us.  I want a book list and I want it now.  Let’s spread reading and our love of books.  Let’s start a fire.  Find a book, give it to a friend, a stranger, your mailman, your enemy.  I don’t care at this point, we just need to spread the word. Continue reading

Secret Phone Anxiety

"I'll call you..."

You wouldn’t know this to look at me, or even talking to me on the phone, but I have a secret.  I am actually terrified of  the telephone.  The phone rings, my anxiety levels rise, my palms start to sweat, my breathing gets out of rhythm, it’s a mess.  And if I ever have to make a phone call, especially one to a particularly scary destination, like the insurance company or a doctor’s office or my in-laws, forget about it!  Heart palpitations, hyperventilation, the works! Continue reading

McRib Mania!

It’s safe to say that McDonalds knows a thing or two about advertising.  And there is no better example than the McRib campaign.  Their string of frantic, “limited time only,” drop everything, act now before it’s too late advertisements have (or, I should say, had) my mouth watering.  I had missed out before; I was not going to miss out again. Continue reading

The Matter with “Moist”

I don’t know if you have noticed, but there are a lot of people out there that dislike like this word.  Actually, “dislike” might be a little bit too mild.  What’s another word for “dislike”?  Detest?  Loathe?  Abhor?  Maybe more than any other single word I have ever encountered.  Like with clowns, I recognize other people’s attitudes, but don’t share them.  No personal problem with the word.  But I have seen people, and they casually overhear a phrase like “moist banana nut bread,” and their hands go all clammy, their ears clinch up like they are hearing nails on a chalkboard, and they go shrieking for the nearest exit. Continue reading

Bring in the clowns!!!

Is there a reason people are so afraid of clowns?  Are you afraid of clowns?  Me personally, I have no aversion.  That’s because any clown stepping to me would get wrecked.  But I don’t have any problem with them.  A lot of people do, though.  There is even a big, fancy name for it: coulrophobia.  So what’s the deal? Continue reading