When it comes to setting up your living room, you want things to look cohesive. Similar colors and themes usually show through all the furniture and decorations you choose. Of course, trying to fit in enough seating for the amount of people that come in and out of your home that will also work with your aesthetics is where things start to become difficult.
Here in New York we are all too familiar with seatbelt laws. Surprisingly, it wasn’t until around 1968 that all new cars were actually required to have seat belts installed in them, and NY was the first state in the U.S. to pass a law requiring people to wear them. Yup, things changed in 1984, before that, everyone knew that wearing a seatbelt was the smart thing to do, but since then, you knew you had to. Most safety experts seem to agree that buckling up dramatically increases your chances of surviving an accident, supposedly they reduce the risk of death for a front seat passenger by almost 50 percent.
In November 2013, the word “selfie” was chosen as the “word of the year” by the Oxford English Dictionary. Props are being giving to the Australians for coining the phrase, but the whole world has taken this social media craze to the next level. Someday, we’ll all look back at our duck-lips, and endless posturing, and laugh at ourselves, but in the meantime, the quest for the perfect, most enviable “selfie” continues…
When it’s so hot outside you can cook an egg on the sidewalk, you’re going to look for any method of cooling down. Ice water by the gallons to cool down your core, air conditioning on full blast, and if you have one around, lounging in a pool trying to move as little as possible as to not work up a sweat. While it is the best way to beat the heat, not many of us can afford to have a pool installed in our backyards.
When we were young, there were all sorts of toys we wanted. We just wanted them, and seldom did we actually need them in any capacity. It was always up to our parents judgement on whether or not we would get a new tiny toy based on how much it cost, and how long it would be played with. Now we’re all grown up, and we can buy whatever toys we want, and the only way we can be told “no” is if our credit card is denied.
I’m sure many of you have heard about the mysterious mass die-off of honey bee colonies that pollinate around $30 billion worth of crops here in the US alone. It has so decimated America’s Honeybee population that scientists tell us that one more bad winter and the effect on our fields would be devastating. Studies are suggesting several reasons for this bee apocalypse, none of which seem easy to fix. What shall we do about our dwindling bee populations and the effect on our gardens?
Most of the things we buy are practical or useful. However, there are times when we put money towards things that may only be used one or two times, but will change the way we see the world. Books, trinkets, or movie tickets don’t cost a lot, but they can have a profound impact on us that sometimes lasts for years to come.
As you look around, you realize there are a great many dog lovers in this world. It has even become quite fashionable to sport a tiny pooch in your arms while shopping, and depending on where you live, at restaurants, or even hair salons. You see these little guys, with their bejeweled collars out and about, everywhere, but if I had to carry around my dog, I’d never get anything done.
Whenever it’s about to storm we want to stay inside, as to not be pelted with whatever the sky is sending our way. However, what would your reaction be if the heavens were raining down hundreds of dollars in cash? Let’s be real here, that’s not actually going to happen, but if you have the money you can make it so.
Its been a while since I worked in a cubical, but I remember it like it was yesterday… the irritating chatter from the guy to the left of me, the smell of the guy on the rights curried lunch wafting over the flimsy fabric walls. Yes, I would sit in my little cube devising ways to make them pay, If only I had known about this next item…