and other random thoughts.....
Can I not take a joke?
Kashif and I rented our favorite show "Curb Your Enthusiasm" It's like Seinfeld, only better... but this particular one may have crossed the line...(here's some pics from the episode that might explain) Larry David runs out of gas in a neighborhood. Knocks on door after door which slams in his face (he needs to pee) and finally a niqabi woman (named ABOOR?) excitedly lets him in. Ms. Niqabi Aboor is ready to pounce on him (still in niqab) until she sadly learns he is married. He promises he'll find her a man. Goofy niqabi seeking boyfriend. Haha. Um satire has connection to reality.. isn't that the point?
Ethnic jokes are a very touchy area..... Maybe it can be funny if someone of the same ethnicity is making the joke... In Seinfeld, Jerry was infuriated because a dentist converted to Judaism purely for the jokes. Yes because its inappropriate for a non-jewish person to make jewish jokes. Chris Rock can make jokes about African Americans but can you imagine a white person making those same jokes?
Speaking of stereotypes or prejiduce.. What a fabulous movie that brings to the surface the stereotypes we secretly harbor. It seems people either love or hate it. Matt Dillon did an AMAZING job and Ryan Phillipe's character had me thinking for days. I loved Roger Ebert's take on the movie: "Stand back and consider. All of these people, superficially so different, share the city and learn that they share similar fears and hopes. Until several hundred years ago, most people everywhere on earth never saw anybody who didn't look like them. They were not racist because, as far as they knew, there was only one race. You may have to look hard to see it, but "Crash" is a film about progress".
Racist IT Tech Support Fun
My computer was giving me problems so I called Gateway. The tech looks at my account and giggles: "there are some really weird names on the account. haha I see two really weird names" Me: WHAT? (with my meanest teacher voice reserved for particularly trying circumstances). No apology. Then he asks for my IP addy and other info that despite doubts I gave... then he asked for my security code and passwords and asked me to connect wirelessly to my neighbors account! Heeby Jeebied...I call Gateway who has no record of the call... SO I call my internet provider and five hours, a new virus/firewall protecter later this mess is sorted through. (btw- Norton is hard to remove... I finally had to take a leap of faith and download a program I googled).
Things going bump in the day..
On an entirely different note.. Friday as I'm ironing my clothes I hear a loud noise. It sounds like someone trying to open a window or door and scraping/banging against it combined with a cracking sound like someone is chopping wood. I got scared and peeked out but there was no one there. I walked around the outside to see if any trees were snapping. None. I leave to go meet someone (fellow blogger! :) It was great to meet you!) and can hear it from outside.. I come back and I've forgotten all about it. Finally as I put groceries away I start to hear it again and it's loud and continuous. It very much sounds like the noise emanates from inside the house. I call Kashif and as soon as I discuss it, the noise stops. Which ofcourse freaks me out. Then I call Huda because I remember she had a possible rodent issue... but her sounds were different. She thought maybe b/c of heavy winds in the area earlier in the week there could have been some roof damage that was manifesting. But we searched the attic and nothing looks visibly damaged... I googled but the only possible explanation is extreme cold can cause extreme dryness which can cause wood to contract and cause strange roof noises. But is it that cold or dry here? I heard it again today while Kashif was out and as soon as I called him the noise stopped. I dont know what it could be. Maybe a bird? We have had birds making nests on our washer/dryer ducts... maybe one decided to get cozy... Can anyone relate?