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What’s Bugging Me

What’s Bugging Me
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BY BETH PORTOLESE

Well it’s that time again; the summer edition of my periodic rants.  The first thing I want to mention is something I heard on the news this morning.  Apparently our president is planning on spending the next 3 months on the campaign trial supporting Republican candidates for Congress.  He says he will be spending 5 to 6 days a week campaigning.  Ummm…excuse me, but don’t you have a job to do?  It seems to me that being president might take up a good portion of your time.  How is it you have 5 or 6 days a week to devote to campaigning?  I guess the job of president is not as ‘hard’ as George ‘Dubya’ Bush said it was.

Summer is here so I have rented a car to travel upstate a couple of times.  I usually go to my family reunion the week of 4th of July and with the taxes put on rentals in NYC, the cost is usually about $800.  When I rent the car, they always ask me if I want to bring the car back full of gas or whether I would like to pay for the gas ahead of time.  Why would I want to do that?  The funny thing that I’ve noticed is that if everyone is supposed to bring back the car with a full tank, how come when I rent a car the tank is half full?  If people get penalized when they don’t bring it back full and have to pay a gas charge, where does this money go?  Apparently the rental company does not use that money to fill the car up with gas, so how do they know how much to charge? Oh well, I guess I’m being logical so just ignore this.

Have you noticed recently that everyone has a tip jar out for just doing their normal jobs?  Maybe this is a New York city thing but when I go out for lunch now, everyone checking me out when I pay for my sandwich or salad has a cup labeled ‘tips’ next to their register.  I was a waitress for a few years so I totally get wanting tips for doing your job but tipping you for taking my money at the cash register?  That could be a bit over the top.  The thing is, having been a waitress, when I see these tips jars out, I feel guilty if I don’t put some money in.  My lunch has gone from costing $11.10 to $12.00 since I now dump any change I get into the tip jar.  On Friday my lunch costs an extra $1 because I throw a whole bill in.  I’m an HR person so do you think I should put a tip jar on my desk and get contributions anytime I answer someone’s benefit question?  It’s a thought! I need all the money I can get for retirement.

Probably anyone who knows me, understands that I have an addiction to reality TV.  It’s embarrassing to admit but we all have our vices.  Anyway, I’ve recently seen a show even I have to draw the line on.  It’s on TLC after ‘My 600 LB Life’ (another favorite) and it’s called ‘Dr. Pimple Popper.’ Yes that is the actual name.  This show is about a dermatologist who treats people with big growths (pimples) on themselves.  i caught a little of one episode before I turned it off and this guy had a huge growth above his knee that he went to the doctor for.  I don’t know about you but I think I would have gone to the doctor before the growth got as large as a softball…but that’s me.  Anyway I can’t tell you how disturbing the scene was when this growth was lanced and the stuff in it came oozing out.  I’m writing this around breakfast time so I won’t describe it.  This whole thing brings to mind the question….who thought a show like this would be a good idea?  What’s next? A show about prepping for a colonoscopy?

Lastly I have to wonder….now that Scott Pruitt is gone (hopefully forever for the sake of our environment), who gets that sound proof booth he had installed in his office?  Maxwell Smart and Agent 99 have probably retired by now so who would have a use for it?  Maybe we will see it in the oval office soon.

Until next time…

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