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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments For some reason US World and News Report shows up on my doorstep every week. I swear, I have no idea why. I didn't subscribe. I think my mother in law had extra frequent flier miles or something and got me a subscription. Anyway, this week's issue had an article called "50 Ways To Improve Your Life in 2009". Here's the link:


What do you think? You can hit the smaller links on the main page to get more information the specifics. This one, about publishing a book on your own, is interesting:


This one says you should throw out all your plastic food containers and store food in glass. I have to admit this one threw me off. I wouldn't even know where to buy the plastic equivalent of tupperware, and I imagine it's expensive:


Some of the other ones make sense. I like the "teach your kids how to cook" and "take an afternoon nap" ones. What do you think?

shellyindallas Here are some questionable suggestions:

-bike to work: sounds good, but I live 25 miles from where I work, so that's not happening.

-get paid for good health: how does one make this happen?

-get a new toothbrush: shouldn't you be doing this pretty frequently already?

-move to Vermont: really? it's that simple? just move to Vermont?

-start using twitter: f#@&% twitter!

-celebrate the life of Miles Davis: not a fan

OK, admittedly I didn't click on all the links. I know I'm being a bit caustic here, but overall that list seems sort of random and useless. To me, anyway.

message 3: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) That's the way life comes at you, Shelly, random and useless.

This reminds me of Paul Simon's "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover."

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RandomAnthony | 14536 comments -start using twitter: f#@&% twitter!

Heh. That made me laugh. I'm not doing twitter, either.

Pamela(AllHoney) (pamelap) I just got me a new toothbrush.
Vermont - ain't gonna happen.
I can go with the naps and I could even read up on Edgar Allen Poe again.
I'm already trying to teach my daughter to cook :)
Not gonna try to mow 12 acres with a push mower. NO WAY! Oh wait, that's hubby job :)
I think I'll go do a crossword puzzle.

message 6: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17357 comments Mod
Twitter annoys me. I tried it once. There is no point, unless my friends are on it. Why tell a bunch of randoms out in cyber where ever, "Sally is now brushing her teeth" with no other context whatsoever?


message 7: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) It's a sad commentary on the state of mind of many people these days -- like nothing is real unless you tell someone else about it.

message 8: by Sally, la reina (new)

Sally (mrsnolte) | 17357 comments Mod
That is a lot of what I wrote my Foucault paper on this semester. The modern isolation of internet/television/suburbia and how people innately attempt to reach out (albeit half-assedly) and establish communities and networks outside of the power-structure imposed by the media. Or something.

message 9: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) I think people need to be comfortable with being isolated at least part of the time in order to maintain sanity. Or something.

message 10: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) What is twitter?

message 11: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) "Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent answers to one simple question: What are you doing?"


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It's like only having the status update feature on facebook.

message 13: by Sarah (new)

Sarah (songgirl7) That seems totally pointless.

message 14: by Félix (new)

Félix (habitseven) From your lips to God's ear .... (I agree with you.)

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I avoid microwaving food in plastic because of the chemicals leaching into the food (and I melted a bowl once heating up macaroni and cheese), but I still have some plastic tupperware.
I change my toothbrush regularly, since I got a ten-pack at Costco, and I just made an appointment to get my eyes checked on the 12th. I really need new glasses, since I've mysteriously scratched mine all to heck.
I already do crossword puzzles, I took a year of Russian in college and got my fill, GoodReads is kind of journal-like for me already without keeping a paper journal.
"Help those hit by the recession". I have been meaning to give money to the Salvation Army, so I guess I'd better go do that this weekend.

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Saint Jackie the Librarian.

message 17: by Jackie "the Librarian" (last edited Jan 03, 2009 01:10PM) (new)

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments I take vitamins, too. It makes my life very dull to talk about, Sarah.

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I do not live how you live.

message 19: by RandomAnthony (new)

RandomAnthony | 14536 comments I like vitamins. I miss them when I don't take them. I take a multivitamin and a special vitamin C one.

That would be my most recent Twitter post:

"RA took his vitamins."

But you're not that dull, Jacks. That gives me a thread idea...

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments No, I personally am not dull (it helps that I'm a good listener), but stories about my life are not that exciting.
No, I never almost died, no, I don't know anyone famous, in fact I don't go out much...
No, I don't even have drunken shenanigans to talk about...
I floss every day, okay?! I'm that kind of person.

message 21: by Cyril (new)

Cyril You sound just like me, Jackie, except the "dull" part.

Jackie "the Librarian" | 8993 comments Come sit next to me, Cyril, and we can make fun of all the cool kids. :)

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