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"...besides love, independence of thought is the greatest gift an adult can give a child." - Bryce Courtenay, The Power of One

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

Thoughtfetti (where Kyddryn is a Debbie Downer)

Lately when I am mucking with the TiVo, when the "erase program" option comes up, there's been a little toggle for an advertisement. It's the little Best Buy logo on the right, and on the left it says "You Happy". Does anyone else have this, and does it piss them off like it does me? How dare they? How dare they intimate that conspicuous consumerism is what I need for happiness? How dare they imply that going deeper into debt to purchase and maintain some electronic gadget or gizmo will make me happy, rather than the truth - that over-buying, overreaching our resources is what helped shove our collective asses right over the cliff and plunged us into an economic depression? Or is it just me?
Patrick Swayze's cancer is pissing me off. No, not the man, nor how he has chosen to live (and eventually die) with it - it's the people who are grumbling because he hasn't gone public, hasn't made a spectacle of himself, has chosen privacy and work over being the poster-boy for research, finding a cure for what ails him.

Yes, it would be nice if he used his celebrity to bring attention to pancreatic cancer. My Aunt D had the very same cancer, and I would be happy for anyone to bring attention to the need for research - breast cancer is the most popular for research dollars, and most of the other cancers are the red-headed step-children of the cancer world. But does anyone have the right to demand that he go against his own wishes, put aside his own happiness and his family, and parade himself before the media? I don't think so. Does anyone have the right to chastise him for making a TV program rather than letting himself decline quietly into death? Again, I don't think so.

A person's life, a person's illness, is their own, and no one has a right to demand that they trot out their disease, their pain, their private selves for all the world to devour or make use of.

Or am I way off base on this?
Nutri-System needs to shut the hell up. Showing Jillian Barbery (or whatever her name is) all skinny, leathery, and cheerful claiming that she went form the rhino in a mu-mu to what she is today by losing twenty pounds on their plan? An insult to my intelligence. I know right well that there was more than twenty pounds going on there. Frankly, I don't find any of their spokespeople believable, and I'm sick of the tactics used to hook desperate people into using their products. Ab-lounger, take heed - you're pissing me off, too.

Want to lose weight? Eat less, move more. You can make payments to my PayPal account.
And now for a question: I was raised that it's rude to talk with your mouth full...so is it rude to sign with your hands full?


Susan said...

I agree with you on all of the above. Especially the Patrick Swayze cancer bit - I lost my FiL to pancreatic cancer and it's amazing what Mr. Swayze has accomplished. I can't believe people have large enough egos to criticize someone at a time like this.

I didn't comment before because I didn't see it until now but I loved the previous post re: what we eat. You should submit that to one of the many health magazines!

MomZombie said...

I'm totally in agreement on all the weight-loss products, pills, powders and potions. Also, the ridiculous magazine articles that claim the superstars shed massive pounds in days using blah, blah, blah. I think they all get lipo, surgery and sell their souls to the devil to look the way they do. OK, I'm done.

Kyddryn said...

It's nice to know I'm not alone...

Magpie said...

i think you're spot on about swayze - he is entitled to his privacy. and, i think steve jobs is too.

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Magpie said...

i think you're spot on about swayze - he is entitled to his privacy. and, i think steve jobs is too.