You’re Driving Me Nuts

There is just something so crazy funny about this Simpsons’ painting. 


Homer is mad as h*ll and has Bart by throat!


Bart is screaming for help.


It so funny how art imitates life. 


Where people drive others $%#&^*)* crazy. 


And the other person just wants to wring their freakin’ neck. 


Yeah, this never really happens. 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

A Mosquito Into A Mule

So you know the old saying about:

Making a mountain out of a molehill


That’s when you make a big deal out of nothing.


So yesterday, I heard the European version of this as:

Making a mosquito into a mule


Honestly, I like that version a lot better.


A mosquito bites and is annoying.


But a mule resists and is a very stubborn animal that can drive you crazy. 


You definitely don’t want to make a mosquito into a mule! 😉


(Credit Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

10 Reasons To Love Trader Joe’s and 2 To Not

Trader Joes
There are many reasons to love Trader Joe’s, but here’s my top 10 (can you tell I just came from there?):



1) Pretty much you can depend that their food is good and fresh, and a lot of it is readymade and “convenient”. 



2) Prices are a value considering much of what they sell is private label, premium, or super premium–like the “Belgium chocolate” above!



3) They have many items in single-serve portions, so the food is easy to make, clean up, and store. 



4) The stores are relatively small, clean, well lit, and cozy with a limited number of goods, making shopping quick and easy–they’ve already narrowed the field for you. 



5) They have freebies to taste in the aisles–tonight it was 2 types of coffee and a pumpkin cheesecake sample–the check out guy asked me if I had a chance to try it–uh, not on my diet, but thanks!



6) They have a cool customer service bell in front that they ring whenever you need something done–tonight it was as simple as replacing a package that had opened up–ring, ring–a clerk brought up a brand new one, jiffy quick. 



7) They double bag the goods, so the bags don’t break on the way home and the goodies don’t fall out. 



8) Typically convenient locations in major shopping areas and short lines inside…never have to wait more than one person ahead on the line. 



9) They are eco-friendly and have lot’s of stuff that is organic, non-genetically modified, and without artificial anything. 



10) They ask you–and seem to mean it–if you found everything okay with your shopping experience, and seem more than ready to correct anything that was less than perfect. 



Despite these wonderful traits, there is something about Trader Joe’s that’s Normal Rockwell all smiley, small-townish annoying and claustrophobic, especially in the age of the more modern megastore supermarkets and Costco warehouses.



So it’s not the only store I go to–variety is still the spice of life. 😉



(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)

Simple Stick Figures Showing Complex Feelings

I came across these funny YouTube videos (beware though a little racy) with millions of views.

They are done using stick figures (or the more provocative term the creators use).

The focus is on 2 friends–“Red” and “Blue” and their interactions with other varied colored figures.

I think the stick figures are a brilliant way to tell about them and their exploits, so that you focus on their inner characters and their message and not on their superficial body looks.

Also, the notion of “color” for the different people is one hand a easy way to differentiate them, but also seems to have implications for the varied cultures and colors of people throughout the world.

Apparently, there is a YouTube Channel with a whole series of these 2 minute + skits, and now I understand that this stick figure theme is being made into a full length movie.

What I like about these is the simplicity of using these colorful stick figure characters to show life’s ups and downs, relationships, and feelings in a very direct straightforward (and also raw) way.

Sort of like seeing and experiencing the complexities of life boiled down in simple and unfiltered way.

While 2 minutes is entertaining, I think 2 hours of this “in your face” would have me wanting to throw these sticks in a great big bon fire, yep. 😉