Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Tussle Between Brick And Mortar And Online Companies

It was bound to happen. Brick and mortar companies losing money to online retailers have to find a way to compete and stay in business. Hard to do when online prices are cheaper.

But when it involves something like eyeglasses or hearing aids--medical devices--does it make a difference? You have to have a PD--pupillary distance measurement--from pupil to pupil to buy glasses. Online retailers can't do that for you, And brick and mortar retailers, tired of losing business to onliners, have stopped providing it. Translation: customers can't buy their glasses online without it.

One could argue that it matters more--because they are medical devices, they must be correct. Hard to do that online. But maybe a way around it is for online retailers to affiliate with local providers. Buy online; get checked locally. Just a thought.

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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Glad I Am Not Studying Anymore

I am glad I am not study for the bar exam anymore. Boy is that a time suck. But on the other hand, once you
have a law license, you are studying anyway, all the time. So I am really still studying, but not under a time restraint.

But it is interesting to walk in a Starbucks and see people hitting the books. Occasionally I will see someone studying for the bar exam, a medical exam, the GMAT, MCAT, the CAT 2011, or any other number of things.

Studying for the bar exam wasn't all bad. It had a good structure and purpose. I knew exactly what I had to do for the temporary future. But it was sure good to pass. And to not have to take it again!

Monday, September 20, 2010

My Condo Is Slowly Looking Better

I don't think I have the housekeeping gene. Or maybe I did have it, but not enjoying living in the same house as my mother and father growing up repressed the gene? Anyway, I have to really work at it. I am never at home, and when I am at home, I am usually too tired to do housework. Except in rare circumstances.

But I am trying to change my habits. Like thinking that housekeeping is fun. And making it as important to me as studying for law school and the bar exam. Maybe that will work???? Make it a huge priority?

Anyway, slowly and surely, I am sorting things out, repairing things, and buying new things. Getting my head above water after many years with it in a book. After I get a few more things repaired, I am going to start looking at new Furniture. I think the first thing I would buy is a new dining room table and chairs. I can't wait!

Body Beautiful: Try A New Nail Color

I only get my nails done, both manicure and pedicure, about once every six weeks. Because of that, I always buy the bottle of nail polish that I pick from the salon, because I know I will have to redo my fingernails. And I don't want to have to run back to the salon for that.

Well, I was dreaming of a lavender or violet shade. I don't know why. It was just in my head. I worried that it might be too wild of a color.

But I got to the salon and saw the perfect bottle of nail color. I had it put on and it is beautiful. Much more than I thought it would be. I recommend trying a new color. Something so small and simple has really made me happy, and that is priceless.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Finding A Restaurant For High School Reunion

I was on the committee for our high school reunion and was in charge of finding a restaurant for our Friday night casual event. I wanted to find a place near our high school and had a lot of choices. There are a number of nice restaurants in the old hood. I started going from restaurant to restaurant, talking with managers about reserving a space for us and collecting a lot of restaurant business cards.

Unfortunately, they all required a set amount we had to spend. I was OK with that, because if everyone just bought two drinks, we would hit that amount. But others on the committee kind of freaked out about it and didn't want that. They were afraid that if we didn't meet that amount (fat chance) that we on the committee would have to make up the difference.

So what we did instead was announced that we were going to a swanky restaurant in another part of town and didn't tell the restaurant! Yes, that is right. That night, the restaurant was a little upset, saying they didn't know we were coming and did not have enough staff. It turned out that about 100 people showed up for the event, but the restaurant handled it all very well. And they made a lot of extra money, and we didn't have to worry about a contract!

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Old Cougars

There are not only men who aer dating regular cougars, but men who are dating old cougars. I am not a cougar because I am not dating younger men, but I guess I could be. Not sure how old you have to be to be an old cougar, but I guess it is pretty old. I saw the show Strange Sex, and there was a woman in her 70s going out with a man in his 20s. I guess that would qualify for being an old courgar. She looked good for her age, but it did seem kind of silly. I don't think the guy really knew how old she was either. He did seem kind of shocked. She looked like she could be fun but not to date him!

But hey, Harold and Maude worked, so why not???

Thursday, September 9, 2010

So Many Online Dating Sites

It seems like every week I find out about more dating sites. There are the regular ones, and there are the niche ones. I closed out my for the time being, because I wasn't spending any time on there, and I wasn't getting any good nibbles. I am a member of Plenty of Fish, or POF, for shorthand. I have had some decent responses from that, but again, I am not spending any time on there. I got a bunch of emails at first, but they are trickling down.

But more and more, I am seeing niche online dating sites. Like the ones for just beautiful people! I saw a bunch of new ones the other day. One thing I know for sure, is that I will not meet my match on the
fitness personals. Even when I am in my best shape, it would not be good enough for a guy who signs up for a site like that. Mama Mia!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Getting Active Again

When I go to the fitness center and see the people on the rock climbing wall, maybe wearing their La Sportiva shoes or other rock climbing paraphernalia, I have to shake my head, That is something I could never do. Don't even have much interest. But seeing people active like that makes me wish for the days when I was more active and did some hardcore hiking. Like up to Mt. LeConte in the Smokys twice. That was my crowning achievement, hiking wise. I am getting in better shape, little by little, but am not sure I could do something strenuous like that no matter how much in shape I am. Now I am concerned about my knees--torn ACL in one knee, and cracked kneecap in the other. Just not sure the knees would hold up in such a hike. So my sights are set on less strenuous forms of exercise.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dragon Tattoo--A Must Read

OMG--you have to read this book. It is very good. A little slow at the beginning, but don't let that stop you. I love it primarily because it is about a writer and a magazine, and that was my career for so long. So I can identify. And then it is a who done it, on top of that. Buy it, and get started. You won't be sorry!

Lasik Surgery

I am blind as a bat and have been so since a child. I would seriously be impaired if I did not have my glasses or contacts. I have thought about lasik surgery before. I think I would be a good candidate, but I have held off. A few friends of mine have gotten it and really like it, but one friend did not have a good outcome. It wasn't terrible, but he is unhappy about it. My other friends really liked it though. They feel freed of not being able to see, or having to wear contacts and glasses all of the time.

I am thinking about it again, because I just got back from vacation. The friend I went with had it done last year, and loves it. She almost has me convinced. It's been a few years since I investigated it, so I am going to start researching the topic again. I am going to look at a lot of lasik sites--maybe this one too.

I am leaning towards not getting the surgery, but who knows?