Things That Need To Stop Now – Summer 2012

I have a new series on this blog I’d like to call: Things That Need To Stop Now. The intended content of these blogs is self explanatory, so let’s just get to it.

Things That Need To Stop Now

Summer 2012

1. Hipsters. Hipsters are nothing more than filthy, nasty, under-showered and over-moustached wannabes. Every time I go into an Urban Outfitter or an American Apparel I realize just how stupid our culture has gotten that guys rocking oversized, neon-colored tank tops and brostaches are the coolest we have to offer.

2. Lying. Is it just me or do people lie way more now than they used to? It also seems like people now think that if they can justify the lie it’s okay. “Sure, I lied to you about stealing all of your money, but I really needed to pay my mortgage and my car payments so thought it would be okay.” Lying is a gateway to almost every other bad deed.

3. Marriage Meddling.So my marriage was meddled in last week – I mentioned it in a previous post. It went beyond just a random and completely rude Facebook comment though from said meddler; it went into a ridiculous email conversation that resulted in nothing but hurt feelings and unnecessary drama. I took a poll after that to see what my readers thought of people that meddle in marriages and overwhelmingly the readers responded “no one – my marriage, my life.” There were a lot of other great comments and votes as well, but that “no one” came in at a whopping 70%. I’d say marriage meddling needs to stop now.

4. Use of text lingo in everyday conversation. I really and truly feel like beating my head into a very hard and cold steel post every single time someone says to me in person or on the phone “LOL” or “OMG.” Who taught you nimrods to talk like this? I am taking a class this summer as well, and in the etiquette for said class the professor actually said that LOL would be accepted.

5. Cuts to education.No for real you guys – this isn’t stupid or funny, but it is most certainly making everyone idiotic. The budget cuts in California have hit education at such unprecedented levels this year that I am now thinking homeschooling is going to have to be more than just “short term.” It’s in the community colleges as well. I – a two time college graduate and part of the way through a graduate degree – cannot even easily take a painting class for fun, paying my own money for tuition, because of the cuts. Someone needs to fire every politician and union representative that cannot understand the very basic equation: “more students + more education = more money in the economy and a partial solution to the deficit.”

6. Facebook bullying. I have seen quite a few of those eCards and memes floating around lately making fun of people that use Facebook as their virtual diary. While it may seem that I, personally, post way more about my personal life out there (all over really), if I really posted some of what goes on in my daily life or my head you all would probably cringe. But the beautiful thing about the Internet is that if someone wants to post something cringe-worthy, they should be able to do so without someone saying they are off their rocker or worthy of being judged. When people judge others and make fun of them publicly for doing something they don’t like, they are nothing but bullies. It’s sad that these people I see posting these things are adults too.

7. Jelena. I have no idea why I thought of this the other day, but I thought I should Google “are Justin and Selena still dating” and I found – literally – hundreds of answers, speculations, and Yahoo Questions. Get a fucking life, people. Or maybe I should get a life too.

8. Overuse of the Internet and cell phones. Seriously. As I sit here, my husband has been on vacation for seven days now and he has spent so much time on his cell phone and computer that he may as well have just been at work. But this is a problem I think our culture has – we just cannot disconnect. This needs to stop, and now. People need to be able to let go for a few days.

9. Movies in Hollywood. I don’t mean all movies, I suppose. I think I just mean these hackneyed, bull shit remakes. How many fucking Snow White movies came out this year? And just what the hell was the point of yet another Spiderman? I saw an ad where this one had a crocheted mask. Is that the only difference? Movies in Hollywood need to stop now as they are currently being made.

That’s my list. For now, that is – I have quite a few more stored up there in the annals of my brain. What do you faithful blog followers think needs to stop, and now?


  1. boldbohemian

    Yes, a good movie is hard to find these days, which I why DH and I watch the old ones over and over. We need to get out more.
    I agree on all points especially education. …And OMG, I cannot believe they are allowing LOL!!!!!
    Plus, I too get tired of eating out with someone who thinks that whatever someone is texting or emailing to them is more important than my presence with them.
    Since this is the bitch log, don’t even get me going on Washington, big pharma, and insurance!

  2. honeybee62966

    Reblogged this on honeybee62966.

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      You rock!! Thanks!!

  3. rich

    now i’m going to have to scroll up and down to remember all the things you mentioned in order to comment.

    hipsters – how about calling them lazy shits instead? also, if they’re in those stores, don’t go in those stores.

    lying – because people have learned that the bad feeling of the lie is only temporary, and the reward you get lasts longer and is worth more than the bad feeling of the lie. we have no shame anymore. our parents have taught us to do whatever we need to do to get what we want and fuck everyone else.

    marriage meddling – because most of our relationships suck, so we want to bring others down to our sucky level.

    FB bullying – because we’re cowards who throw rocks from behind bushes and moving cars.

    text lingo – i’m too old so my friends don’t do that, but i get annoyed by the blogs and writing with the strikethrough so we can show how clever we are with what we really mean and the polite words we say instead or whatever it does.

    movies suck. tired of remakes or the remakes that change the title so you don’t know if you’re too young, and the sequels and the prequels and the 60’s and 70’s tv shows and now creeping into the 80’s tv shows. nothing is new. nobody has an original idea in their fucking empty heads.

    ok. enough of this. i’m going to the beach.

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Sorry to have made you scroll. You are right, I shouldn’t go into those stores because of the hipsters, but Urban Outfitters is the only place I can find a decent purse that doesn’t have the damn COACH or LV plastered all over it. You are so right about lying and it fucking makes me sick. Marriages do suck – they are hard work, and if you constantly meddle in someone else’s you never have to deal with the problems in your own. You are so right on all fronts; hope the beach was nice haha 🙂

      1. rich

        can’t tell you how many years i didn’t even know that was an LV. it looked like an XL to me, and i figured so were the women carrying them. scrolling means you wrote a lot, and it’s always good, so it’s all good.

        happy monday. beach was great yesterday. stormy today.

  4. hkollef

    I think I have an explanation for the Spiderman movie. According to my sources (aka my friend who spends more time online than I do) either Sony or Fox owns the rights to the Spiderman movies. As long as they continue to make movies, even shitty ones, they get to keep those contracts. Otherwise the rights would revert back to Marvel. So, expect a continual spewing of shitty superhero movies so these bloated companies can keep their franchise rights.

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      You are right, and it’s Sony. My husband (who works in the film industry) has been saying this for a while; and yet he (and the whole industry) is a part of the problem because while he (and the industry) knows what is going on, he still feeds into it as a support of the “art of film.” BS if you ask me.

  5. theonlyoption

    I’m tired of people who can never just say “I made a mistake and I’m sorry”. It seems like everybody wants to blame someone else, the system, their parents, society, the media, music/movies, or some other cockamamie reason for their ridiculously insensative and inconsiderate behavior. I just had a 10 day visit from my monster-in-law and I can now say I’ve heard every excuse in the book. There, I feel better now 🙂

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      I totally agree with you on that one!! Why can’t people admit their fault anymore? Everyone has to assess blame, and always on someone else!

  6. Smaktakula

    I’m with you on text-speak in every day language. I mean, we’re getting dumb enough anyway without having to speak in acronyms.

    And while I don’t believe that cutting funding to education is a good thing, a lot of people who get upset about it seem to think that money is the only thing separating America’s children from a solid education. We spend a lot of money on our kids as it is, and they’re just not getting any brighter. I think we need to look at different solutions. Having said that, I don’t think the children will be helped in any way by budget cuts, but that we shouldn’t confuse money with education.

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      No, I don’t think that money is the only thing separating anyone from a solid education (not only children). I think it’s the entire country’s paradigm towards education – it’s value, how it should be done, who should do it, and how it should (or should not) be paid for. It’s very sad actually because it seems the paradigm of education in America only begets the problem of education; and the problem of education is or only begets the paradigm. It’s a vicious cycle.

  7. Chris Sheridan

    I’m with you on just about all of these, but the one that got the biggest reaction from me, was that people are now saying LOL and OMG, because I hadn’t heard of this yet. (Maybe I should go out more and talk to real live people? Nah, that would just end up being annoying.) But if I did hear someone actually say out loud LOL or OMG, I would think it’s retarded!

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Yep, in fact I am taking a class right now at the local college (the last semester I will be able to do so because the state of California decided that certain people shouldn’t be allowed to take classes easily anymore at the public community college, even if they want to pay – that is if they are not degree seeking) … and there is one paper to write and the teacher sent out a list of acronyms that will and will not be accepted in said paper. LOL was ALLOWED and OMG was not.

  8. The Confluent Kitchen

    So it’s not cute that I say LOL in an ironic hipsterish sort of way when I’m talking about Justin and Selena and how I would meddle in their hypothetical marriage? *frowny face*

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Oh em gee, you just made my blood like totally boil!! AHH!! Hahaha

  9. mommaa

    Regarding #1, I am sure that you have seen this before, but if you have not, then it will make for a good laugh. It is a little long, but funny!

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Thanks – totally funny!!

  10. Frugalistablog

    Thank you for #5. You are damn straight about that. Pisses me off to no end that shit. Washington is bad too.

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Pisses me off too!!

  11. jimcolv

    Rush to judgement…. Better yet, so-called news outlets that call themselves journalists. I am pretty freaking tired of reading half-assed stories on places like Yahoo!, MSNBC, CNN, FOX, Huffington Post all in the name of trying to “break a story”. I feel like breaking their fucking hands and faces. Since when did good journalism start to negate accuracy?

    And I wholeheartedly agree with you on education. I made a Facebook page a couple of years back trying to raise the very point you made. But for some reason there wasn’t a lot of activity on it. As I mentioned in one of my more recent posts, people don’t want to be enlightened or educated anymore. Why worry about the economy when we have Kim Kardashian shopping at a store or Octomom making porn. These things are of grave national interest and so much more value to our lives.

    1. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Totally agree! “Breaking news” MY ASS!!

  12. Robert

    Well said. My wife and I were just talking about the ridiculousness of the new Spiderman movies starting all over. Hasn’t this story been told more than 8 trillion times–and just within the last decade. Are Hollywood’s directors totally out of ideas?

    1. jimcolv

      Unfortunately they will continue to make trash and green light these monstrosities until the demand goes away. Until the public decides to boycott the movie experience altogether we will never see much in the way of original and quality films again. Not to say all movies are trash, there are some very decent ones, but I’m with you, how many damn times do we need to hear the story of Peter Parker? Hollywood is trying to milk as much as they can off of name recognition as they can. And people are going to gobble it all up because they don’t have much imagination themselves. They killed that once they started to destroy educational programs in America.

      1. Heather Christena Schmidt

        You are so right – as long as people pay nothing will ever change…

    2. Heather Christena Schmidt

      Yes, I believe that Hollywood is ENTIRELY out of ideas – has been for a while. Someone commented a few posts up and my husband just confirmed that a part of this Spiderman thing is that Sony has to give the rights back to Marvel is they DO NOT continue to make one craptastic movie after another. Hollywood may be out of ideas, but it is definitely not out of greed.

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