Thursday, December 8, 2016

Safe Spaces

Among the repetitive demands made by students at different universities is that for "safe spaces" where birds of a like feather can flock together with no troublesome encounters with people who might see the world differently and have opinions that differ from theirs'. Holy cow! No, I get the idea that some people may have harder rows to hoe than others; but if higher education is supposed to prepare you for life, then it ought to include exposure to same!

I must admit that I attended M.T.S.U., hardly a hotbed of campus controversy even though it was near a large metro area (Nashville) and largely Tennessean in origins. But, still, there were fresh ideas and I was the better for it. Same with at UM.

Strangely enough, I found my own safe space in the Bitterroots of Montana later on, and was loath to move to the Seattle area. Didn't like contending with traffic, but could deal with the local sttitude.

Darn it all!  Do these safe spaces also have security blankies? And is 1950-style in loco parentis still in effect?

People should go to college to learn, not hibernate.

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Dealing with Problems at Thanksgiving Dinner

Lately I've been seeing articles in the big newspapers and magazines regarding peoples' anxiety over possible acrimonious clashes during Thanksgiving that were the result of differences in opinion regarding the recent election. I wonder: is this going to happen to such a degree that it will result in long-term family clashes and discord?

For some, holidays can be a possible meeting with family members who are not easy to get along with, such as uncles who drink too much, aunts who ask embarrassing questions, or misbehavior by cousins.

My grandmother had a solution to de-fuse these problems: cherry pie a la mode and football. Specifically, schedule dinner so that it will not last too long, not too many weird questions asked, no put downs, or the like. The imminence of a big football game, especially a pro game, would serve nicely. The men would congregate around the tube.

This would not work with a UT game, especially the UT - Kentucky game. It is best not to have relatives over on that day. Yes, maybe the Lions and Bears or maybe the Packers. To watch, not for dinner.

And another tip: dilute the Jack Daniels, but don't mention it to anyone.  Most people can't tell the difference.






Monday, November 21, 2016

Sexy Underwear

It pays to consider how the sexes view sexy underwear. Seriously, that's how some guys think. 

And remember, their wearing clean underwear is not a given; it depends on what day of the week it is. That takes planning.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

What Is Sweater Weather?

There was an interesting story from weather.com about how cool is "sweater weather" in different states. Apparently, it's 55 degrees in MT; 60 in TN. Right now it's 40 - coat weather, in my opinion.

In South Dakota sweater weather kicks in at 52 degrees.

At least I deem it so. Natives seem to be a lot hardier than me.







Friday, October 14, 2016

Is Showing Nipples Through Clothing a Faux Pas?

Yesterday was National No-Bra Day. And numerous ladies freed their ladies in celebration of this auspicious day. But a little tell-tale issue comes up. This column from Dear Prudence points out the issue.

It's pokies. Yes, often when you go braless you may have your nipple outlines show through your blouse. As a matter of fact, in the fall it's a foregone conclusion that they will be obvious. 

So, what to do? Wear a bra and be uncomfortable, or not give a damn. After all, women have breasts, so people should get over it. What do you think? Is it rude to show, or just relaxed?


Thursday, October 13, 2016