Atta Ikede

June 19, 2008

Live it up!!

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 7:29 pm

I can’t remember who I had this conversation with … I was travelling somewhere and chatting with the stranger sitting next to me. We were talking about the various crises s going on right now.

It’s kind of hard to believe, cuz the supermarkets that you and I shop at are still full of plentiful delicious food, but there have been food riots in some countries! Food prices are definitely going up – I’ve noticed it in the small chinese supermarket I buy stuff from. Things are definitely becoming more expensive.

Gas riots too! Aren’t those truckers in Spain still on strike? And don’t forget the financial crisis! Everybody is living on debt. The American savings rate is 0% and people can’t even pay their mortgages!

Me and the guy I was chatting with concluded that we might be the last generation to be able to live in the carefree way we do now. I started thinking .. we should live it up now while we can!! Sleep with the light on! Drive to your corner store! Buy cherries in the middle of winter! Throw away your left overs! Buy 50 pairs of shoes on your credit card! Buy a giant gas guzzling SUV!

Seriously! Better get all your wasteful urges satisfied now while you can, cuz who knows! They’ll probably be criminalized by future generations!!

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Domestic Bliss

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 7:11 pm

Note: Sorry I haven’t posted in a while. I dunno what it is about blogging … if I do it regularly, like once every day or two then it’s easy to keep up with, but if I lapse for a week or so then it’s really hard to get back into it.

If you have lived with me or ever come to my place, you’ll know that i’m not exactly one of those martha stewart types who have photograph worthy homes. Sure, I suppose my furniture is decent looking but tidiness has always been an issue. I always have piles of clothes on the bed, at least 5 or 6 dirty dishes in the sink, and piles of odds and ends and dirty mugs all over the dining table – and every other available surface. In fact there are three dirty mugs on my desk right now, along with a couple of plates from at least 2 weeks ago.

It gets a bit gross after a while.

What you may not know is that I also have a streak of obsessive domestic energy and clean-freakism that periodically kicks in and saves me. It’s a good thing I have this streak: I’d be living like a total pig otherwise!

Usually, these bouts of domestic energy leave me with a tidy apartment, clean dishes, sore arms and a zen feeling of domestic bliss. Recently, they have been enhanced by a new feeling.

It came over me one day as I was washing dishes. Half way through washing them, I started feeling pride in my adult-like behaviour. Wow. I’m a grown up! Moving away from home, cooking for myself, washing dishes. All by myself! As I washed the last mug, I was literally preening! Too bad there was nobody else around to appreciate it.

It happened again last weekend when I did my laundry. A couple weekends ago I went down to Ikea and bought myself one of those star shaped clothes drying racks. I did a price check online before buying it – it was cheaper at Ikea than at Target! I was getting annoyed with collecting all those quarters for laundry and figured I could make my quarters stretch by drying my clothes indoors instead of using the dryer. I brought my very first load of wet clothes upstairs and setup the drying rack. As I started arranging my laundry on the rack, I started getting that adult feeling again. Wow! Taking care of myself. Making mature decisions. I was glowing, wondering if I could be the Indian Martha Stewart!

Yeah right. It’s been over a week and my laundry rack from last weekend is still up. I’ve been pulling items off the rack one by one as I need them rather than folding them up and putting them away.  I haven’t done dishes in a couple week either. I finally gave up and turned on the dishwasher this morning!

June 6, 2008

This blog…

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 11:07 pm

… sometimes makes me nervous. I checked my search engine referral traffic today and noticed, to my surprise, that there have been visitors from search engines!!

I de-indexed it from search engines today and made it a bit more secure and anonymous. I also got a bit paranoid about some of the posts I’d written, so I made them private. Anyway, we’ll see how the new settings work and I’ll let you know if I make other changes

Please don’t use my name here and dont use your full name either! I think first names are ok unless you are like “picnic buddy” who is more security conscious than most! :)

June 1, 2008

Rudeness?

Filed under: Uncategorized — attaikede @ 6:03 pm

Sometimes, the bus driver yells and reminds passengers to move to the back of the bus if it starts getting crowded at the front. In some cases (especially in the morning – we daily passengers are a well mannered lot) this reminder is followed by a lot of obedient shuffling which allows 10 more people over the next few stops to stuff themselves into a bus we previously thought was full. Happy travels! In other cases (especially on weekends – weekend riders seem to be clueless) this reminder is followed by nervous glances and on-the-spot shuffling which leads to more yelling, more useless shuffling and more nervous glances until eventually some loud mouth individual declares (loudly) “If nobody’s moving back then I am!” and proceeds to push himself aggressively to the back of the bus. This action usually placates the bus driver who then drives on, only to have to repeat the charade at the next stop.

I’m reading a book called Eats Shoots and Leaves. It’s a book about grammar. It’s a good read – the author doesn’t hesitate to use her vocabulary, the British humour sprinkled throughout is nerdy and amusing, and the grammar points are useful. Did you know there are 8 legitimate uses for an apostrophe?  Egads!

I turned to the About the Author section to well .. learn about the author, and noticed she’d also written a book about rudeness. The title was something like “The extraordinary rudeness of every day people”.

I wonder… can the useless behaviour of the bus riders who don’t move back be considered rude? Maybe it’s a manifestation of excessive politeness instead! For example, when everybody’s just nervously looking at each other, that’s a sign that everybody knows they should move, but because nobody else is moving, nobody moves because it becomes socially awkward to do so. In fact, the one or two individuals who sometimes verbally announce their frustration and push themselves to the back are usually given “the eye” by the people who didn’t move! I’ve noticed this several times…. after such a vocal person pushes themselves along a lot of the other riders just roll their eyes at each other! So .. not only is it polite to become paralyzed when asked to move, it’s kind of rude to actually do something about the paralysis!

After all, being rude means not obeying the rules of society. Maybe our rules have changed and nervously staring at each other is equally acceptable to actually moving when the bus driver asks you to move!

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