Let it snow… Oh, right – I’m in Florida

18 12 2007

‘Tis the season of happiness, joyfulness, presents, and…… flip flops! Yep – you read it right. Those tacky, inappropriate footwear that people have made fashionable simply because they’re too lazy to put on real shoes. Once proper only for the beaches, college dorm room showers, and poolside, they now have made their way into our regular wardrobe (okay – not MY wardrobe) to wear to work, to play and to “hang out” in….

Aside from all that, we finally got our ordered cold snap. Finally! The sad thing – people are STILL wearing flip flops in 50 degree weather! Let me just state that I think that is truly pathetic. Okay, Florida has this “Fountain of Youth” image from decades ago, so for some reason, people think that flip flops are appropriate anywhere. Not so people! And you people know to whom I am referring to… You wear your flip flops to the parks, the grocery stores, the malls, and even in fancy restaurants that require a tie. Then you’re surprised when your boss fires you for wearing flip flops to work, even though you’re going to change your shoes before you clock in, and even though your employee manual tells you that flip flops are not appropriate footwear, even for walking through the store! Ummm, Hello?!?! There is a reason for that, and it’s mainly because of Workman’s Compensation rates and laws. And to all of those people that hurt their feet in a retail store (i.e., a box falls on their foot), you deserve what you have coming to you, so don’t bother attempting to sue the store for your inappropriate footwear.

Recently I was at my local mall where there was a major anchor department store. I watched as an employee walked in from lunch,wearing her name tag and strappy flip flops. Please keep in mind that this store has a major policy against flip flops, even employees wearing them inside the store, even if they may be shopping on their own time, the employees have agreed to this policy. I watched as that woman didn’t even make it to the timeclock to punch back in before her boss walked up to her, told her she had violated this policy for the last time after repeated warnings, and was fired on the spot. Naturally, the woman walked out in tears. She had spent 2 years working with this store, the same department, she knew the policy, and yet she thought that it was okay to wear horrendously unsafe shoes in a working environment. Hooray for the boss! If I was the boss, I would have done the same thing.

People, get rid of the flip flops – no one wants to see them or your ugly feet. Me personally – I don’t want to see some fat woman’s fat, half- manicured feet either. Why take care of your feet if you won’t take care of the rest of your body? Get some sneakers with some good arch supports and take your feet walking around that mall. Your body (and feet) will thank you!


Tis the Season

16 12 2007

I hate the holiday season.  Don’t get me wrong, I love Christmas and Hanaukkah, I love being with my family and friends, but I hate the way things have gotten so commercialized.  I used to work retail for a couple of big box stores, and the Christmas music always started November 1st!!!  Hello?!?!?  What happened to Thanksgiving?  A celebration of bounty and harvest, as well as time to spend with new and old friends.  The December holidays are supposed to be the same way.  December is also a special time for me, as my birthday is 5 days after Christmas.  Okay, used to be a special time.

Maybe I’m getting a little cynical, but I truly am sick and tired of all these people running around trying to impress others by buying them gifts that only fill up the house, and not the spirit.  There’s a lot to be said by sharing a bottle of wine with a friend, and sharing your time instead of mailing them a $50 iTunes card.  Wait – Wait!  I love iTunes!  Okay, so maybe you could spend that time shopping for movies and music with that friend.  That’s still quality time.

In this ever changing technological wonder of the world, more and more people are “plugged in” to the internet and to their computers/blackberrys/cell phones than sitting down and writing a letter by hand, licking the stamp and actually mailing it.  What people don’t realize is that by spending all of our time on the ‘net, we’re only distancing ourselves from one another.  We think we’re staying in touch – but we’re not.  Yes – we can get in touch faster, which can be a good thing, but now we’re pressured to send our friends and family emails practically every day, and we get scolded if we don’t.

So this holiday season, take time to shut your computer/blackberry/cell phone down and connect with the people that matter the most – and do it in person!  If you can’t be with the ones you love – make the point to have a meaningful, maybe lengthy conversation with them on the phone.  Long Distance rates aren’t that bad!  Don’t ever be afraid to tell your friends and family how much you love them because you may not get another chance.

I lost my mother 3 days after Christmas, and two days before my 18th birthday.  There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t wish I had one more day to tell and show my mom how much I love her and how much I miss her, and especially how much I appreciated her.  So, not to sound bitter, but I hate these holidays.  I hate how the retailers and the sheep that follow them fall into the commercial trap of “things” for everyone for the holidays.  Find some way this year to do something creative, or just different!  And don’t fall into the trap!  Your wallet, family and friends will thank you!   🙂