Cross Your Thumbtack

2011/09/13

Thumbtacks are a basic item. We don’t normally think about them unless asked. So when the Let’s Blog Off topic of thumbtacks was announced, I struggled. For some strange reason, I reflected upon my travels and remembered an incident at the Greenville, SC (GSP) airport. Aha! Let the blogging begin.

While working as an engineer for a Texaco joint venture, I travelled to a supplier in Greenville, SC. It was March 2002, a few months after the 9/11 terrorist attacks so airports were still trying to deal with new security procedures.

As I was going through security at GSP to return home, the metal detector went off like it was New Year’s Eve on Times Square. Female police officers swarmed around me and pulled me aside. I opened my carry-on & purse for inspection. One officer pulled out the wand to inspect these items. Silence. She asked me to raise my arms and waved the wand around my upper body. Noise city. The officer asked me if I had an underwire in my bra. I did not think this was a serious question, so I ignored her. She asked me the question two more times before I realized she was serious. My response: “I have a set of 36Ds on my chest. What do you think?” She laughed and cleared me.

Thumbtacks are similar in nature. They support various business operations. From phone directories to basic equations, thumbtacks are used to sustain documents with valuable information. Walk into any cubicle or office. Better yet, think about your own work space. Get my drift?

Another similarity between bras and thumbtacks is that they hurt like heck when they poke you. Five years ago, the underwire in the above-mentioned bra broke. After a few months, this became annoying. I walked into the Victoria’s Secret on Chestnut Street in Philadelphia and bought a new bra. The salesperson was surprised that I was such an easy sell. I did not care; I just wanted a bra with the underwire in its proper place.

Thumbtacks are the same way. Try stepping on thumbtacks that fell on the floor or poke a finger with one while multi-tasking. It hurts.

I am certain this post offends some people. To these people, I challenge you to use your critical thinking skills. Hopefully you will see the analysis. To the rest of you, I hope this post gave you some joy. Until next time, support each other and stay safe.

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Englewood, 45322

2011/06/07

This edition of Let’s Blog Off asks participants to name their favorite show on television (TV). Since the quality of TV shows has declined with the craze known as reality TV, I watch mostly reruns of old sitcoms & news channels. My favorite show is no longer on the air, but nonetheless, it is my favorite.

It was Fall 1990, and I was in high school. A new network called Fox was to air a ground-breaking TV show that centered on teenagers. The show was the brain child of the legendary Aaron Spelling, who created another favorite show of mine, The Love Boat. As an avid TV fan and teenager, I made sure to tune in.

Beverly Hills, 90210 was not an instant hit when it first aired on 4 October 1990. The original premise of the show was about a wholesome midwestern family, The Walshes, relocating to posh Beverly Hills. The show focused on twins Brandon & Brenda Walsh adjusting to their new environment. The show later morphed into more of a teen drama/soap opera and became a smash hit.

When the show originally aired, it was my favorite for a few reasons. First and foremost is that it focused on the teenagers, and not the interaction of the teens with their parents, like so many other TV shows on the air. The main characters were facing many of the same issues that I was facing at the time. As I went to college, they went to college. Another reason is new episodes were aired during the summer, unlike other shows in which reruns were aired. I also tuned in to see the latest hair & fashion styles.

Today I enjoy Beverly Hills, 90210 for different reasons. Mainly, I love the memories of my college years it brings back. My friends and I would tune in religiously to see the latest Brandon/Kelly/Dylan/Valerie drama. (We came up with some interesting drinking games in the process, too.) I also like the fact that I can escape reality for awhile.

Yes, the show is somewhat unrealistic. It is quite unusual for a group of high school friends to end up at the same college. No parents would move overseas and leave the house to their college-aged son. Ask yourself this: what TV show isn’t unrealistic?

The purposes of television are to entertain and allow people to escape. Beverly Hills, 90210 does both. So while the rest of the world is watching reality TV, I will stick with a classic.