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food, the new opiate of the masses
January 30, 2008, 3:49 am
Filed under: fat, food

Why are we so fat as a nation?  There are a couple of reasons, two of the biggest (so to speak) are that we have lifestyles that include no exercise and that food is the cheapest entertainment going.  My lifestyle, like many Americans, includes no exercise as a means to anything other than exercise.  In other words, I can pull out of my garage, drive to work, drive to pick up the kids, pull back into my garage, and have had no other exercise than what it takes to walk inside whatever building I have parked outside of.  I can’t walk to the store, to the coffeeshop or to the park, I have to drive, unless I want to talk on a major road with cars whizzing by at 50+ miles an hour.  The only exercise I do is exercise for exercise’s sake–going to the gym, going for a bike ride or going for a walk–not to any particular destination or for any useful purpose other than exercise.  When physical activity is a means to an end–walking to work, walking to a store, walking to a friend’s house, it’s a more natural part of the day.  The times in my life when I have lived a less car-centric life, semester abroad in London, on a military base with no car in Korea, have been the times I’ve been the thinnest and probably the healthiest. 

The second reason why Americans are so fat is because food is cheap, plentiful, easy and fun.  No skillset required to participate.  For $5 I can get a fastfood burger, fries and drink.  This actvity is one we can all partake in, no matter what age, fitness level, education etc.  Any wonder that the poorer you are the fatter you might be?  What other entertainment is as cheap and easy as unhealthful food?  You can’t play a round of golf for $5!  Everyone talks about the French paradox–it’s more than a different way of eating, it’s a different way of living, it’s less driving and more walking, it’s more sidewalk cafes and less drive throughs.  We need to build communities that aren’t merely “bedroom communities” but ones where that are pleasant to walk and bike in, and that the walking and biking can be linked to everyday activities rather than just exercise for exercise’s sake.

I’m trying to think of a way out of this, I know there are places in the US where the walk/bike lifestyle is doable.  But the surburbs of Phoenix just ain’t one of them.



World Wildlife Zoo, Glendale, Arizona
January 13, 2008, 10:43 pm
Filed under: mommyblog, west valley phoenix, world wildlife zoo

 OK World Wildlife Zoo, I want to hate you, but I can’t.  At first you shocked me with your political incorrectness.  You can feed the giraffes!  Stuff the fat animals in the petting zoo with even more food!  Animals behind chain link fences!   With nowhere to hide so you can always see them!  Up close!  $16 admission!  Small and smelly aminal viewing buildings!  Albino baby animals bred for your viewing pleasure!   Baby tigers! 

…..But yet, you are 10 minutes away from me.  You have a train for $3.00 that my son dearly loves.  You have a merry go round for $1.50.  Nothing off-limits to strollers.  You have some shade and some big trees.  You are open 364 days a year–even Sunday and Thanksgiving and New Year’s.  You have a playground, and a merry go-round and a boat ride and a sky ride.  We can feed the giraffes.  And an aquarium and a log flume is coming.  Oh, politically incorrect zoo, we have a season pass.  And we love you, even though I didn’t want to.



illegal immigration
January 10, 2008, 5:15 pm
Filed under: immigration

What’s the big deal all of a sudden?  Why do we care about this now?  Is it really a supposed terrorist threat from Mexico?  Or is it really economic, as in, I don’t want to pay for illegal immigrants schooling, medical care, social benefits, etc.?  Isn’t it the dirty little secret that many illegal immigrants work under someone else’s social security number, so that income taxes are withheld but since illegal immigrants don’t file tax returns, they never get a refund and never get social security?  If it’s about the security well that is silly.  We’re never going to secure our border from someone really determined to get in without spending a ridiculous sum–and I’m not going to cough up the tax $$ to do it.  If it’s about the money, then why not charge an outrageous fine to illegal immigrants to gain legal status?  To recoup the unpaid tax dollars, medical expenses, etc.  Then let’s give people legal working status and tax the heck out of that!  If this isn’t about money and it isn’t about security, then it’s really about race isn’t it?  That’s an ugly thought from a nation of immigrants. 



My New Year’s Resolutions (mommyblog!)
January 10, 2008, 5:10 pm
Filed under: mommyblog, new year's resolutions

1.  drink wine out of a wine glass instead of a cup for touch of class.

2.  Make new friends with similar worldview.

3.  Reduce, reuse, recycle!

4.  Smoke less.

5.  Do some resume padding activities.

6.  Exercise more.

7.  Update wardrobe.

8.  Do some arts and crafts with the kids.

9.  Paint interior of house.

10.  Get some cajones.

11.  stop reading parenting magazines or any Good Housekeeping type magazines.



hillary, just vote for the bitch!
January 5, 2008, 10:32 pm
Filed under: elections, hillary clinton, politics

I went online the other day to get a Hillary Clinton bumpersticker.  I was amazed by the vitriol out there (see cafepress.com).  There are stickers that say “Even Bill didn’t want her” that comment on her thighs, that call her a commie, that depict her as a witch, and more.  In addition, the “I miss Bill” line of thought is disturbing.  Are there really people that will elect Hillary just to get Bill back in the White House?   This seems a stupid rationale to elect her as President.   I have mixed feelings about Bill because his moral compass is, shall we say, a little off, although I agreed with his policies.  Anyway, I was a little fearful to put the bumper sticker on my car, knowing the reaction Hillary can get.  Is someone going to key my car?  Give me the finger?  Cut me off?  But to hell with them anyway, this is America and if I can’t put on my bumpersticker without fear of retaliation, then something is seriously wrong.  Everyone needs to stop worrying about “electability” –which only seems to come up with Hillary–and vote for the candidate they want.  You go girl!



Hello world!
January 3, 2008, 9:45 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized

Yippee!   A blog just for me!  I will be so right on that you will be dazzled.