Using My Brain

I’m sitting here online helping someone at OHA, waiting to see if he has more questions, and I turned on The View. Okay, I must be PMS’ing, because I am raggin’ today. Today The View has someone on the panel (don’t know her name) who is a soap star. And who is showing a big pile of cleavage. You know, I am SOOOOOO sick of seeing boob crack and butt crack it isn’t funny. I read that the pant styles are moving more towards the waist – yay – I can’t wait for that to kick in so I don’t have to be blinded with thongs, cracks and fat waists. Now all we have to do is raise the shirt line to above the cleavage – way above. I was really disappointed when I saw Oprah showing boob crack. It is so not necessary!

I was a teenager in the 70’s with the halter tops, hip huggers and micro mini skirts that you could see girl’s butts if they walked ahead of you up the stairs (gross). I wore my skirts 3″ above my knee – that’s it, and I felt nude doing that. I’m not a prude, but I like to keep my bod covered in public. My Dad always said, and he still will say, that men like mystery and a challenge. I’ve confirmed this with many of my male friends – you know the ones that wouldn’t get in trouble if they said otherwise. So hanging everything you got out in public is not a mystery or a challenge, is it? Personally I’d rather use my brain to attract / keep a man than my body!

Okay, now on to the boys. I was driving from the gym to the store the other day, and saw a guy on a bike who had the top of his pants down under his butt sitting on them showing a big pile of boxers on his backside. I also saw a guy at the gym whose pants fell down around his knees, showing his boxers, and he kept lifting as if his fallen pants were okay with him. Do these guys have no feelings, or do they enjoy hanging their underwear out in public? There was a guy at school who had his boxers hanging out about four inches above his pants and I told him to cover his underwear. He said he didn’t want to, he didn’t care they were hanging out. To me, underwear is just that, under – wear. Something you wear under your clothes. I really don’t care to see it, or skin that should be covered, it’s all gross.

All I can say is I’m glad I’m not a male trying to deal with all this ‘sex in my face’ all over the place.

All right, I’m off my rant now. I promise to get back to nature later.

In Search of a Breath of Fresh Air

I wrote this article in my head at 3:00 AM – I hope I can remember everything that I “wrote.” The August 2006 New York State Conservationist magazine has a big article on Onondaga Lake entitled “Return to Glory – The Resurgence of Onondaga Lake.” I have an affinity for Onondaga Lake, given that I grew up in Onondaga County. Onondaga Lake used to have resorts and amusements parks surrounding it – until the turn of the 20th century when Solvay Process came to town, and municipal sewage made its way into the lake. Fast forward to my time period. I didn’t live near Onondaga Lake, fortunately, but at the end of every August my parents would take us to the New York State Fair. Here’s an old postcard of the flowers in the Horticulture Building at the Fair:


To get there, we had to pass through the pollution of Solvay Process – it was rusty colored, very stinky and hung thick in the air. Here’s a photo of Solvay Process to give you an idea of the gross pollution – yuck-o!!


We would have to turn off the vent and close the windows, while we sat in traffic waiting to park (the State Fair grounds are right near where Solvay Process was). My Dad would have to wash the rust colored pollution off the car after our visit to the fair. Too bad we couldn’t wash our lungs out.

Fast forward to the present day. Solvay Process is no longer in town, but whenever I travel through this area, I can still smell that same smell of pollution from years ago. They say the lake is getting clean, but I wonder if the air will ever smell clean again.

So we probably think that we’ve improved the air pollution standards today, but I’m not convinced. I have a friend that worked at a plastics company for a couple of months last year. They make styrofoam products such as take-out containers, plates, etc. He worked the third-shift – 12 AM to 8 AM. At around 3 AM the company would pour out the most pollution of the day – with the excuse that people don’t realize it’s happening when it’s done in the middle of the night. I disagree with that! I sleep with my windows wide open year round, and it is around 3 AM every morning that I start getting bothered with bad pollution smells. My eyes, lips and lungs start burning. And I don’t live *near* any big industries.

To support that I’m not making this up, I had an acquaitance that made Maple Syrup, and he lived way out in the country in southern NY. He said when his Maple Syrup was tested it had an unbelievable amount of chemicals in it. I believe in organic farming and getting food / products as natural as possible, but I know that there are chemicals everywhere.

Personally, I don’t think we’ve come very far from the rust colored pollution I used to see when I was a kid – now the color may be taken out of the pollution – but the stink and the chemicals are still there, if not worse than ever. The only place I know of to get a somewhat good breath of fresh air is deep in the woods somewhere, but I know there are chemicals lurking there, too.


Speaking of being deep in the woods, the above is a photo I took while at Allegheny National Forest two years ago.

P.S. I’m not trying to be depressing, I guess that Onondaga Lake article got to me, and so did the pollution this morning, given that it is a very high pollen count day, and the pollution is just hanging in the air. And my Mom just called to say my Aunt with the colon cancer is not doing good at all – and cancer starts in the liver, and the liver has to deal with all of the chemicals we breath and eat. Everything today is pointing to the pollution in the air.