Sadly, I’ve known some phone addicts that were almost this bad. When you’re having dinner with someone at a restaurant and they check their cell phone repeatedly… there will be no future such. And yes, probably most of us have seen people staring at a cell phone while walking through a parking lot or crossing the street. My sister browses her messages while watching a movie on TV. Seriously. Claims of “multitasking” don’t cut it; it’s an addiction, pure and simple.
Pressing the car lock button twice. Check. Do that every time. sigh
" Me, I read a couple of the local papers to catch up and that’s about it."
I do the same by browsing CNN online, paying attention to relevant things while ignoring the every-present nonsense. I really don’t care what the latest movie stars are doing, and I don’t care all that much about politics. I’ve never met a politician I trusted, so why bother with such drivel? It’s not like I have any control over it whatsoever and as you state, it just causes emotional stress.
I do enjoy reading about new medical discoveries, Shatner going into space, and since 911 I now consider Firemen the real super-heroes of our generation. I watched the moon landing live. I watched the fall of the Iron Curtain. I paid a lot of attention to Covid. These are things that matter to me.
But while I’m significantly aware of Global Climate Change, regularly reading about it really does little good, does it? I can’t change it except on a personal basis (which will do close to zero good). I can do nothing about another school shooting in some random area (I don’t mean to be unsympathetic; it’s just irrelevant to my very real personal need to not have a heart attack from excessive stress). I keep half an eye on the world, but I don’t invite it into my home. What will happen, is going to happen.
I think one of the truly wise statements was by Jesus Christ (paraphrased): “Be anxious over nothing nor worry about tomorrow… for each day has a sufficiency of its own problems.” Avidly watching the news, stressing over newspaper or forum articles, allowing thee things to cause us trumoil… we have enough of that on Go-Comics forums, eh? ;D
I’ve got a neighbor like this. She’s in her late 70s and watches the news daily. It gets her upset and she’s always talking about this problem or that disaster or another shooting or whatever. When I point out that adding unnecessary stress to her life is not healthy and suggest that she stop watching the news (a suggestion by many therapists), her reply is, “But I have to stay informed!” My answer to her, “Why? Yes being informed is good, but choose your information and information sources wisely.” Still, she won’t listen, and she keeps getting wound up by television news… which is questionable at best. Doom and gloom and not at all reliable. We don’t want to ignore the world… but we don’t have to dive neck-deep into the sewage.
Television news. Biased news editorials. Fake news on the Internet. People’s rabid opinions on forums while ignoring actual evidence, Internet porn, stupid YouTube stunts by stupid people, raunchy humor… you name it. We really need to watch what we feed our minds. They are after all hyper-complex computers, and as every coder knows: “Garbage In, Garbage Out”.
(The dwagon steps down off of podium and goes to search for something fun to eat… which hopefully hasn’t been recalled by the production plant but I missed it on the news.) Mwhahahahaa…
“Who is George?”
George is a miniature Tyrannosaurus who traveled through time to escape the oncoming asteroid destruction. He likes to wear a sombrero and do acrobatic maneuvers while mowing people’s lawns with a riding mower.
No, seriously. Honest. : )
“We often make lasagna with eggplant instead of meat: less saturated fat, plus fiber. And it’s yummy!”
Nahm nahm nahm… :D
“Or the tablets could float because of comic physics. :-)”
I think that one hit the bullseye. ;D
In my experience the majority of restaurants serve decent food at reasonable prices (often I couldn’t make that dish at home for the kind of money). On rare occasions of celebration I’ll eat at a “special” restaurant where my meal will cost me $35 or more… and it’s worth it. Usually I just eat at a no-MSG Asian restaurant, where the food is usually cheap and pretty much always good (especially a buffet), and better for your health than most American restaurants. Hard to beat Golden Corral and you can walk out for under $15. You can take all the “clogged artery factory” burger joints and throw them in the local landfill for all I’m concerned. Same with the taco joints.
But at home I can whip up a decent, healthy meal in 10 minutes or less (if I’m creative), 30 minutes if I have to make something like rice. I try to keep the price at $2 to $3 a meal. I keep the meat quantity low (2-3 oz tops) for flavoring, and use rice, beans, lentils and veggies as the main course. “The Asian Diet” is what it’s called and prevents me from winding up in the emergency ward with a code blue cart.
Pizzas: wonderful, wonderful flavor, but heart attack city. Lasagna: pretty much zero fiber and again, that cholesterol. There’s lotsa tasty food out there that doesn’t directly attack my heart. I avoid “prepared” foods when possible (not always possible) and I avoid refined sugars because well, I’m not crazy about the idea of type 2 diabetes.
So this is far more than anyone wanted to read on this, but it’s Sunday morning and I am putting off getting to the regular morning routine. ;D
My second favorite vote quote was from my father: “There’s no way I’m going to vote for the next idiot who gets into office.”
My favorite voting comic was an entire strip from Non Sequitur in which someone stated that the average voter has no concept of government, the condition of the local community, the actual qualifications of the constituents or what they’re actually voting for, and that they’d do the community a favor if they’d just let informed people do the voting. The last panel was a newscast in which the anchor stated, “In a surprising show of patriotism, 99% of the voters today stayed home….”
My favorite voting comment was likely from some stage comedian who said, “Think about the last hundred years of voting and where it’s gotten us… and tell me that you actually think your vote is going to accomplish anything.”
Which brings us back to the original quote by my dad. Mwahahahaha…
But my all time favorite quote: “I voted for Jesus Christ decades ago and my vote hasn’t changed since.” :D
The tablets are stone. They’re sent out by Peter, not the recipient. The plastic joke referred to the oceans being so full of plastic that stone will float across the top… which has been a long, long, long-asked question in this strip: how do the stone tablets float. They just answered, after al these years. :D