Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Technically Shopping

Yesterday morning, I was passing by my sister's room, and I noticed that she was thoroughly enjoying herself. I thought that was awfully strange, seeing I knew she was supposed to be looking for sandals to buy. (I'd never seen her find browsing the web for good deals to be so much fun.) Well, I just had to check and see what the fun was about (you know, maybe she had found some funny you-tube video or something). Well, here I came in, and all she was doing was shopping for these high priced sandals. ($75 for a pair of flip-flops??!! no that wasn't what she bought, but that was the pricing on some of these items!) Well, soon I realized it was a technical shopping trip!

Here she was talking on the phone with g-talking with her friend, and shopping the same sites, sending links back and forth, with one of her friends, while both were looking for the good deals, and the preferred styles! No wonder they were having a blast.*

As you can guess the conversation wasn't only about the flimsy little rubber and canvas cut-outs to protect the soles of their feet, it also included talk about hair cuts and other stuff. Here are a couple excerpts from their chat:

(identities masked, spelling original, some punctuation and capitals added for readability)
Girl 1: I like yours for ease of putting on, I think I might get two, a hiking kind and a Zong
Girl 2: oh but for hiking get one with a back strap
Girl 1: right
Girl 2: are you getting them from Endless?
Girl 1: I think so
Girl 2: I am thinking of getting another one too... someday
Girl 1: I was up a Sheels and they didn't have any
Girl 2: yeah, well then don't give them your business :-P
So are you getting the around the toe sandal for hiking?

And later in the conversation:

Girl 1: I kind of like the wide strap, they have black and the "finish line" in my size
Girl 2: I mean, if you're going to pay $70+ for shoes, make them look like $70 shoes :P
Girl 1: LOL
Girl 2: I can wear pink and tan shoes with practically everything
Girl 1: do you think the narrow bands will be harder to put on?

Ok, you get the idea. All this got me to thinking up a new phrase, "technically shopping together." Not only are they using technological advances to shop at the same "place" though miles apart, but "technically" they are shopping together since they are also simultaneously chit-chatting together and showing the other which things they are looking at. (hey, maybe a firefox addon could be invented to help them out) Not that I plan on trying out this novel mode of shopping, but I did think they were pretty ingenious figuring out a way to shop though about 400 miles apart! (you know necessity is the mother of invention!)

*Now shopping is not my cup-of-tea, but I suppose it makes it a bit more palatable when it is done with someone else, especially if the other person is footing the bill! :-P, and no, don't use the Green Eggs and Ham logic on me, I've tried it here and there, in a house, and with a mouse etc... and I still only do it only out of necessity!

Disclaimer: I do not endorse nor recommend any activities listed here, and thus cannot be held responsible for all hours wasted doing the afore mentioned activities! Also, due to limited sample size, I do not pretend to know if the above mentioned activities will be as enjoyable to shopping lovers as other types of shopping. Try at your own risk!
Not recommended for those who do not enjoy other forms of shopping!

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Sara Palin

I think it is time to clear things up now. In spite of my articles that I have posted to encourage thought about whether we should even vote for a ticket with a female included, I still believe that we have no choice but to vote for John McCain.

First off, the impact that Sarah Palin brings, is not only what she believes in, stands on, and fights for, but it also shows what McCain thinks is important. Secondly, no I do not think that Palin is as good example by running for public office with young children, but the way that she spends time with them, in spite of her schedule, and the way she tries, in spite of her position to be a help-meet for her husband is admirable. (she home-schools, yes even as governor, she brings the kids to the office with her, and even on the campaign trail, and yes she even still cooks the food for her family)

Thirdly, in spite of being a lame argument, one must also consider whom else to vote for, if not voting for McCain. Obama is not an option, period! One can vote third party, but that is only a protest vote, and yes, as a dear friend has brought to my attention, John Quincy Adams has said, "Always vote for principle, though you may vote alone, and you may cherish the sweetest reflection that your vote is never lost." Yes, I can agree with him, your vote is never lost (even if it is only in protest). I must also agree with him that one must always vote his principles, but, I must also say that the only time you can totally agree with the person you vote for is if you vote for yourself. Am I to always vote for myself? No! Are there always going to be things I have to ignore to vote for a candidate, CERTAINLY!

Maybe you don't agree with a woman being the VP, but is that reason enough to not vote for McCain? Maybe you don't agree with a woman in public office, is that enough reason to not vote for Bush? (Condoleezza Rice was his Secretary of State, no less!) Reagan had many women in his cabinet (Secretary of Labor, Health and Human services for two of the more prominent persons), does that prevent you from voting for Reagan? Yes I realize that Palin would be only 1 death away from the Presidency, but Condi is only 3 deaths, and Pelosi is only two!

As a conservatives, we must pick our battles. I have chosen my main issues: Life and Marriage, and accordingly, I must support McCain. Palin only strengthens his stands on these issues. Obama's pick of Biden only puts him further away from these issues.

Let's face it; Barring an unforsceen event (such as health issue, or assasination) we will have either McCain or Obama as President come January. Which do you prefer?

Friday, September 05, 2008

Sarah Palin: VP material?

Check out these articles. I only post them here for thought. I don't endorse, or say I agree with any. Notice, I could not find any article strongly recommending Sarah in spite of her being a woman, as generally it is not even an issue to debate with those who are fine with it.

Is Palin a Pro-family pick? by: Voddie Baucham

Palin a Super-mom!
by: Gene Edward Veith

Sarah Palin: Homeschooler
by: Rod Dreher

McCain's Choice of Palin 'Outstanding'; "If I went to the polling booth today, I would pull the lever for John McCain." Doctor James Dobson