Friday, November 19, 2004

I Have a Question for Jack

I have a question for Jack, the police officer (if he happens upon this post). Is it impolite for an ordinary citizen to call a police officer a "cop" right in front of him? My car stalled out on the highway, and a police officer came and helped push me to a parking lot. I borrowed his phone to call Jethro and told Jethro that, "A cop had pushed me into the parking lot." It didn't occur to me until later that 'cop' is kind of slangy. I did thank him profusely and shook his hand, so I hope he won't think badly of me if I did, in fact, say something rude.

New Topic:

I took a page out of Tinyhands book and started clicking on next blog just to see what comes up. I hate to be judgemental, but most blogs do, in fact, suck. And it is good to point out that random is a terrible word to use in a blog title or description. I came across one that was titled something like Random Musings of Null Thoughts. Obviously you want people to read your null thoughts or you wouldn't be publishing them. You're just trying to beat people to the punch, and trust in their good manners not to be insulting.

No point to that, except that it makes me glad to have found this little niche of great bloggers. Although my ego gets crushed a little every time I read them. They make my marital anecdotes seem a little null.

New Topic:

Gwennie asked me this morning why mean Indians ate people. !? I asked who told her that. She said her teacher.

First of all, I don't believe for a second that her teacher said any such thing. But I'm dying to know what she heard that gave her that impression. It sounds like it may be amusing, and I'm nothing if not a connoisseur of humor. I'm wondering how I can frame the question to her teacher in a way that doesn't sound accusing.

New Topic:

I worked out my butt yesterday. It is rock solid. This is unusual because it is never rock solid. I honestly think it is the stiffest it has ever been. The weird part is that I don't know what I did to give my ass such a workout. I don't do much in the way of exercise. I guess it might have been the quickie, but I'm really not sure.


Mike said...


Everytime you click the "Next Blog" button, God kills a kitten.

Zelda said...

Forget God. I'll start killing kittens if I read anymore Next Blogs.

Anonymous said...

On : 11/19/2004 2:03:10 PM Jeanette (www) said:

My guess is that "cop" would be okay. But mentioning donuts in the same sentence would be bad.

Moving on:
The last time I "next blog" buttoned, I ended up having nasty adware installed on my computer. Why do people create blogs with code that downloads and installs adware? Why? Nasty people! I find the bestest blogs just by going through blog listings on people's sites I like. I call it friend stealing. :)

Moving on:
I wonder if her teacher was talking about Thanksgiving or something?

Moving on:
Uhm ... nice butt? (Is that appropriate to say?)


On : 11/19/2004 2:22:35 PM Zelda (www) said:

Jeanette - nice butt isn't terribly appropriate in my case. Unfortunately.


On : 11/19/2004 3:09:15 PM Trashman (www) said:

Cop is usually OK unless you're dealing wit the NJ State Police. They prefer Trooper. I mean they REALLY prefer Trooper. Maybe I'll blog about that this weekend.


On : 11/19/2004 3:11:27 PM Zelda (www) said:

Trashman - As I recall, the upstate NY police preferred trooper too. That's what we called them when they were helping us.


On : 11/19/2004 6:15:20 PM Gooch (www) said:

Talking to kids is a lot like playing that old "Telephone" game. Not to make light of a sad subject, but shortly after 9/11/01 I was riding in the car with my (later to be) stepson who informed me there had been a tragedy in New York and everybody in New York had died.


On : 11/19/2004 9:33:39 PM tinyhands (www) said:

Z- Go on and be judgemental. It's ok as long as you're right. I agree, about the circle of great bloggers. I haven't felt the need to 'next blog' in a while.

Jeanette- You're right too, only I call it stalking. :)


On : 11/20/2004 6:21:06 PM Ren (www) said:

Really great post all around, but the only comment I can think to say is:

Congrats on the tight ass.


On : 11/20/2004 7:50:50 PM tCj (www) said:

Ok, try to get her to understand the difference in "Indian" and "Native American". I'm not touchy about this, but I know that a few people are. (you could confuse her with the whole "american indian" and "indian-american" careful)

Here's a history lesson: The Mohawk tribe of the New England area (I believe) did, in fact, eat people. (Mohawk in fact means "man eater"...Mo=eat Hawk=man....ever wonder tom-tom? beat-beat....tomahawk? beat man.....) HOWEVER! It was only their enemies that they captured in battle and ONLY if they commited a crime deserving such treatment. I recommend the book Picture Maker (link below). Though it is only a fictitious novel, it contains facts researched by the author. It tells a few details of one such ceremony in which a man might be "eaten" for his crimes.

It is highly plausible that her teacher said such a thing, I've heard pretty wild accusations slewn at us for people's lack of understanding and ill knowledge. It really takes some major history lessons to flush out everything that is instilled in peoples minds because of movies....


On : 11/20/2004 8:21:09 PM angi (www) said:

What else is there to say...congrats on the buns of steel...


On : 11/21/2004 12:21:30 AM jack (www) said:

Just like some Indians don't flip out if you don't refer to them as Native Americans, and some blacks don't demand to be called African Americans, some cops aren't gonna throw a fit if you say cop instead of officer. However, some will. When in doubt, go with officer. And 'sir' (or 'ma'am') never hurts.

Just speaking for myself, I'm partial to an ass you can crack an egg on.


On : 11/21/2004 10:06:14 AM Zelda (www) said:

Gooch - That really is cute.

Tinyhands - But being judgmental isn't very diplomatic.

Ren - I don't think you'd be saying that if you knew how much it hurt to sit down.

Tease - The schoo actually is using 'Indian' not 'Native American.' I'm honestly not sure why because they are PC to a fault. But I TRULY don't believe that her teacher told her any such thing about Native Americans eating people. I'm sure some did, but so did the ancient peoples of Europe. It was just a thing back then, I guess. However, I am positive it isn't something that they would tell the children. At least not kindergarteners.

Angi - Read response to Ren

Jack - Damn! I KNEW that was a breach of protocol. I called him 'sir' when I was speaking to him and thanked him profusely for his help. It was just a slip of the tongue when I said that to Jethro. I can't help it. My Dad used to say 'cop' all the time in his Jersey accent. I can't get out of the habit. The amount of respect given to police officers in Texas is remarkable - even in private conversation. Up North, no such of a thing.

Oh, and I too am partial to an ass you can crack an egg on. It is most unfortunate that I don't posess one. Jethro does, but his is mostly bone. However, I think I'm going to take another crack (no pun intended) at cultivating a harder ass. My accidental workout motivated me.


On : 11/22/2004 12:57:43 PM Inanna (www) said:

I always say "sir" when speaking to an officer. Otherwise their cops or Troopers. But at least I don't say "Tax Foce" nor have a reason to. As for hard asses, don't have one, unlikely to have one. Hey, and your girls are only going to be young once. before long they'll be wearing holey jeans with their pierced noses... so dress 'em up all you want darlin'!