This is such a great group of readers and such an eclectic mix of women and men. Over the last few days I've gotten several emails with requests on several topic discussions. It has made me realize what a varied group of readers visit here. There are high school students, grandparents, and everything in between. I'm really awed by the spectrum of interests and experience everyone brings.
By the way, if I ever Super Glue a part of my body again I will now know to use nail polish remover to release myself. I wish I'd thought to ask all of you for help first.
Here's your warning. This is going to be one of those posts where I hit on more than one topic.
Tidbit. Add this to the reasons I write.
Recently I was contacted independently by two readers. One hadn't gone in for a mammogram in five years because, let's face it, they
can hurt. She decided to book an appointment for a mammogram after reading about the experience I had and my resulting biopsy. (Yay!)
A second woman was referred to my boob posts by a friend when she got "the call" we all dread informing her abnormalities had been found in her mammogram. She contacted me after reading my posts saying she felt greatly relieved.
Honestly, we're all in this crazy experience of life together. I was really touched to find out sharing my experiences helped both of these women. In addition, just think … now all of my readers know to use nail polish remover to unstick themselves if they ever Super Glue themselves to anything.
I'm such a help to society.
Disturbing Observations from PT Yesterday
To the man who was sitting out in the public/gym area of PT picking his nose, you were making me gag. You were really digging and rooting around in there for quite some time and I'm wondering why you felt you needed to share your explorations with the rest of us?
A bit of advice to the woman with a wig on. I realize that many women have thinning hair as they age. However, I would suggest when you stand up to leave PT that you NOT take your hair completely off, smooth it down, and then place it back on your head. It was surprisingly disturbing to see someone remove their entire head of hair when I was not expecting it.
To the good looking man who thinks he's God's gift to women, I'm not interested. Telling me how attractive you are to women did nothing to change my opinion.
Tidbit. Meet and Greet.
I've been asked if I would consider doing a "meet and greet." A Meet and Greet is an informal get together at a casual restaurant, a park, a Starbucks or some other public venue. It's an opportunity for local readers and/or other bloggers in the area to stop by and meet in person. It's nice to meet the faces behind the writing and emails if there's an opportunity. I wanted to put the idea out there and see how much interest there is. If you live in Southern California, please leave me a comment or send me an email if this is something you'd be interested in.
Perverts and trolls need not attend.
Tidbit(s). The Real Housewives
If you've never watched The Real Housewives of Orange County, and you're one of my regular readers, I suggest you watch at least a portion of one episode. It will give you a glimpse of what I'm surrounded by. Also, hopefully, it will make you realize I really don't make up the shit I write about.
I've gotten a couple questions on the Housewives lately. First of all, I need to say I do not know the women on the show at all. One of the families was involved in youth baseball at the same time we were a few years ago. I believe it was Season 1 of the TV show. Camera crews showed up at a game to film it. That's the extent of my involvement with any of them. Have I ever seen any of them around town? Yes.
Do I care? No.
One reader asked me recently if these women are "for real." This is what I can tell you. Most women in Orange County are not like the Real Housewives, but many women are like them. Superficiality, obsessions with money, material things, and maintaining youth, preoccupation with plastic surgery, narcissistic personality types … all are in abundance here.
I can also pass on a few things I've heard around town which may or may not be true because, after all, it is pure gossip. Recently I was in a busy local business. When you enter you have to give them your name and wait in line until someone is available to assist you. Eventually it was my turn to be helped. The sales person thanked me for my patience and then went on a diatribe about one of the Real Housewives who had recently been in.
The sales person said she was a "diva." According to him, she immediately said, "You do know who I am, don't you?" She apparently felt she should not have to wait in line to be taken care of and that her status as a Real Housewife entitled her to special treatment. The sales person went on to say how the entire store dreads it every time she comes in because she is such a bitch and so demanding.
Will I tell you which Housewife it was? No, I won't. The reason I won't is because it isn't something I witnessed firsthand. What if it's not a completely truthful representation of what took place?
During the same week, I frequented another local business and heard a very similar account regarding the same Housewife. (I will say, all this nasty behavior is being attributed to one of the blondes.) This accounting was remarkably similar to the first. This time, however, I was also told she kept inquiring if the employee had seen her on TV "last night." Supposedly, she was obsessed with what he had thought of "her" most recent episode.
Housewife seems to be quite taken with her "celebrity" status. Apparently these women don't realize the point of the show is to have the rest of the world look at them in appalled horror. Or perhaps, that's just my interpretation.