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50 States 150 Very Strange Laws Part 1

50 States 150 Very Strange Laws Part 1

Jan 26, 2015

We live in a country where laws were set in place to maintain orderly behavior. If you break the law you can be cited with a fine or worse, spend time in jail. As we progress as a country, laws progress…most of the time. For some reason some laws stayed in the books and I can only imagine how others got on the books.  I can only wonder what you would have to be thinking to break some of these laws. Some of what follows are state laws and some belong to particular counties or cities.  Sit back, get ready to smile and enjoy these bizarre laws that are on the books. Alabama It is illegal to sell peanuts after sundown on Wednesday. It is illegal for a driver to be blindfolded while operating a vehicle. It is illegal to wear a fake mustache that causes laughter in church. (What about bad outfits?) Alaska While it is legal to shoot bears, waking a sleeping bear for the purpose of taking a photograph is prohibited. It is illegal to push a moose out of a moving airplane From Anchorage, Alaska: It is illegal to tie your pet dog to the roof of a car…ya think? Arizona It is illegal to manufacture imitation cocaine. You may not have more than two dildos in a house. Hunting camels is prohibited…because you know how pesky those wild camels are that run loose in Arizona. Arkansas A man can legally beat his wife…but not more than once a month. (Can she kill him once a month?) From Little Rock, Arkansas: It is illegal to honk your car horn at a sandwich shop after 9 pm. also from Little Rock: Dog’s may not bark after 6pm California It is illegal for a vehicle without a driver to exceed a speed of 60 miles per hour. It is a misdemeanor to shoot any kind of game from a moving vehicle, unless you are shooting a whale. It is illegal for a woman to drive while wearing a housecoat. Colorado from Boulder, Colorado: It is legal to challenge a police officer…but only until he or she asks you to stop. from Cripple Creek, Colorado: It is illegal...

Vintage Ads…What were they thinking?

Vintage Ads…What were they thinking?

Jan 12, 2015

We are bombarded by ads on television, on the radio and even in movie theaters nowadays. You can’t turn a magazine page without seeing an ad for shampoo, clothing or a food product. It is part of our culture. We are going to take a look back at some vintage ads. Some of these ads are shocking to me in their own special way. Why you ask? Because some are terribly offensive. These ads do not reflect my personal opinion. I promise you will get my opinions as we go. I am also including some scary food ads just for fun. I am still sitting here scratching my head at some of these, wondering….what were they thinking? Keep in mind that these are real vintage ads exactly as they appreared. Move over 50 Shades of Grey. First up we have a wonderfully educational booklet asking the question “Do you still beat your wife?” For a low 15 cents you can find out the merits of this wonderful activity. Look at the picture. The husband and wife seems to both be enjoying it. Really guys? Here is a little girl with a dynamite smile. She can grow up to be…brace yourself…A Receptionist! Not a dentist, lawyer or police officer. She is only going to grow up to be a woman after all. Someone needs to smack her dentist upside the head with his dental drill to get that smug look off his face. She is 13 quit checking her out. I’ll just bet you want to hire her for her dazzling teeth. If this is not skinny what did she look like before?   This? Now let’s look at this ad….this is chubby? What did she like before? This? While we are at it here is my picture….Welcome to the side show where you will be amazed! Meet our fat lady Alexandra! You won’t believe your eyes or her size. Count em! 220 pounds! It is no wonder girls and women worry about their weight with all this conflicting information. The skinny girl gains weight. Then we see the chubby girl who is the exact same size. I am going to find a job in the Carnival...

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Goodbye 2014, Hello 2015

Dec 29, 2014

I can’t believe that in just a little more than 48 hours another year will have passed. So much has happened this year, yet my mind is wondering how 2014 can already be over. It seems so short, where did it go? I have learned that as I get older time seems to pass at a more rapid rate although it passes at the same speed it always has. I think back to when I was in grade school and our 12 week summer break seemed like an eternity. Now I find myself thinking “Wow! Are the kids going back to school already?” The end of the year is a good time to give ourselves a pause to look back and reflect on what was. It is also a chance to open our minds with the endless prospects of what the New Year can be. What are our desires, wishes, hopes and dreams for 2015? First I am going to look back, then I will tell you what I hope for 2015. Looking back on 2014 I know that my life is good, not perfect by any means but good. There have been ups and downs, laughter and tears, hellos and goodbyes, through it all there has been unconditional love and support. That is something you cannot put a price tag on. If you have love that is unconditional and solid you don’t really have to sweat the negative things that happen. You will get through them. I know I did. 2014 was not the best year I’ve ever had and it isn’t the worst. It presented many challenges that I had to rise to and other things came easy. Take my hand as I go down memory lane, looking back on what was. The years didn’t start with a bang. It was business as usual. Early in the year I lost my day job. That was scary to me. I talked things over with my husband and we decided I would take a leap of faith and write full time. The writing full time has been an exciting and new adventure. Although I am making money it is not enough. Working from home...

The Christmas Letter

The Christmas Letter

Dec 15, 2014

We are at the end of the year and the holiday season is in full swing. Christmas is right around the corner which means Santa is coming to visit, we’ll see family and friends, have a wonderful holiday dinner and exchange gifts watching the kid’s faces shine with smiles and delight. It also means that you may receive (cue ominous music) “The Christmas Letter”. For those of you that are unfamiliar with this particular item I will explain. Families send out a letter talking about happy events and good fortune they have had throughout the year. Some of the letters are okay and are truly beautiful and heartfelt while others are obnoxious and carry a tone of “it sucks for you not to be me”. Just once I want to see a Christmas Letter that reads something like this… The Christmas Letter Hello family and friends! 2014 has been an exciting year for us and we just had to share some of the wonderful things that have happened. January 2014: On New Year’s Day we woke up with raging hangovers and were sick for two days. I am so glad we can still party like rock stars!  I also took my husband to his first ever Gasparilla Parade! Imagine his delight as we stood in the middle of a bunch of raging drunk college kids and he saw that one was getting sexual favors from his girlfriend right there on the parade route. He also was surprised how easy it is to throw up when people around you are getting sick from all the liquor they have consumed. So much fun!!!! February 2014: Valentine’s Day is always special for us. We go out for a lovely dinner every year. This year was truly challenging. We got to the restaurant and somehow our reservations were not there. We know we made them and the error was on the part of the establishment. They told us it would be a three hour wait. We couldn’t wait that long for dinner so we decided to try a different restaurant. We spent the next 3 hours trying to find a restaurant without a long wait. We managed to find...

Dear Jerk in Traffic,

Dear Jerk in Traffic,

Dec 1, 2014

With the Thanksgiving holiday weekend we were very busy with family and friends so I am sharing a previously published column that is a favorite of mine. I hope you enjoy it! I am hopping up on my soapbox this week and it is going to be fun. We all know who these people are. If you are one of them I am begging and pleading that you realize it is not too late to change your wicked ways. Dear Jerk in traffic, There are so many of you and I will address a few. If you are on this list I suggest staying home or having some one else drive you around. Much Love, Alexandra xoxo Impatient Polly: When the light turns green give me more than 1/2 second before you lay on your horn. I have to make sure that no one is running the damn light before I drive into the intersection. I have decided that the shortest measure of time (at least here in Florida)  is the millisecond it takes the person behind you at the light to honk their horn because they are in a hurry. The Multi-Tasker: We have all seen this person. They are talking on the phone, sending a text message, changing the radio station, eating their breakfast, putting sugar in their cup of coffee and folding laundry while driving down the interstate in morning traffic at 80 miles per hour. Let me say this, “You scare the hell out of me” We are whizzing along in traffic where a miscalculation on your part can cause a major accident like the one at the beginning of “Final Destination 2.” While in the car your entire focus should be on driving the car. If you look away for a second to, I don’t know, select a CD to listen to, it could very well be the moment that I have to apply my brakes. If you are looking in the CD folder you will not see my brake lights and oh boy! The Turn Signal Fake-Out: This is most common with the elderly. This is the person that does one of two things. One, they turn on their blinker to...

Now and Then Part 1

Now and Then Part 1

Nov 17, 2014

I was sitting here watching “Needful Things” with my husband. That made me think of a store I was once in. It was full of retro items which made me get lost in a world of nostalgia thinking of my childhood. I was in the store  for about 3 1/2 hours enjoying looking at all the items and taking pleasure in my memories of simpler times. When I was young I was so easy to please. We didn’t have all the high-tech gadgets and games kids are privy to now and we didn’t need them. We used our imaginations and simple things could bring so much pleasure to one’s life. I want to make some comparisons between my life as a child vs. my life now as an adult. I am still pleased by simple things, but those seem to be far and few between nowadays. Take my hand as we take another journey down memory lane. Groceries When I was a child my family went to the grocery store and if an item was desired it was purchased, period. Now I find myself walking through the grocery store thinking of exactly how much I can afford to spend on food. What’s on sale? What’s two for one? Which items need to be the store brand so I can save some money? We need toilet paper this week so no breakfast cereal. When did food get so expensive? For that matter when did everything get so expensive? As a child there wasn’t too much I would request from the grocery store. I liked most foods. I did make my special requests for breakfast cereal (usually something advertised on television that was sweet) like Capt. Crunch or Count Chocula. I also made requests for Kool-Aid drink mix or it’s competing brand Funny Face. The thought of food was more exciting if I got to go on the trip to the store and could choose the items myself! I would look at the monster wall of cereal with so many brands and flavors that I didn’t know if I was coming or going. My family would get annoyed because I took so long choosing the desired breakfast food (hold on,...

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