My 2014 Wish List

Back when Blogspot hosted The View From Sari’s World I wrote a weekly Sunday Rant post. Some of my posts were better received than others yet I always felt better after I got off my chest whatever issue was gnawing at my brain that week. Being home all week made me think it may be time to bring the weekly post back. Too much time on my hand and way too much TV have had a lot to do with this thought.

As I mulled this idea over, trying to come up with a clever way to not sound like an old curmudgeon, I found a post by author Jack Flacco that may have solved my problem. I wish I had thought of this first! Instead of writing a list of New Year’s resolutions Flacco has given us a fun 2014 wish list/bucket list. I have no intention of writing a bucket list just yet, (give me time I’m turn 50 this year so maybe I should start at least thinking about one) but I do find the idea of a list a lot more fun than a rant. So for my faithful followers I offer you:

My 2014 wish list

I wish people would stop acting shocked whenever a hillbilly redneck opens his or her mouth. No, you weren’t surprised by what Phil from Duck Dynasty said. You should have been surprised it took him so long to say it! We all know there are those who still walk among us who hold these views. No matter how much it repulses us, we will never be completely free from idiots like Phil. Ever hear the expression “give a man a long enough rope and he will hang himself”? I say let Phil speak, and then let the world decide if he belongs in the public spotlight. If what he said really, really bothers you contact the show’s sponsors to tell them you will not be buying their products while he is on TV and then follow through on the threat. Far too many people bitch about things yet never do a damn thing about them.

I wish somebody would tell Phil that inventing a tool that when used properly alerts ducks to the promise of sex is a hell of a lot closer to bestiality than anything two consenting adults do in the privacy of their own home. I also wish I could see the look on his face when being told this harsh truth.

I wish I did not have a pile of unfinished books on my shelves. I have so many I could probably make the first grownup book fort. Seriously, I don’t know what happened in 2013 but I struggled to finish the books I read. Maybe I’m developing adult ADD (which reminds me, I forgot to start the laundry) or my reading choices in 2013 were not so hot. Either way I hope 2014 is kinder to me in this regard. Oh sure, I did manage to read Stephen King’s The Gunslinger Friday afternoon, but find myself putting aside The Drawing of the three. I’ve been promised the series gets better but so far I have not found this to be true. And speaking of books…

I wish someone could explain to me this new genre of “Dino Porn”. I was made aware of this type of book by Ben and Aaron of Mysterious Universe. I’m still not quite over the shock of being subjected to Ben’s reading from one of these books. Apparently this is not some underground secret cult churning out these books, nor is it some crazy creationist’s novel approach to showing the world dinosaurs and humans did in fact live together. No, it is quickly becoming a growing cottage industry. So much so that online book retailers are starting to not only take notice, they are cracking down on it. Amazon is pulling the e-books down just as quickly as authors write them, citing the no bestiality clause. Maybe someone should send one to Phil? Could 2014 be the era of monster erotica? If so, let this be a sign of the end times.

Honest Abe
Honest Abe

I wish people would stop believing everything they hear or read on TV and the internet. This is a wish I have had every year since the internet was made available for public use yet I continue to believe someday people will take the time to look things up for themselves. This point was driven home last night while having dinner with my parents; two people who are retired and have the time to look into issues they fell are important but do not. We talked about Phil, Paula Dean and incandescent light bulbs. They tried to defend both Phil and Paula until I told them what words they were defending. I asked my mother if she knew the difference between incandescent and halogen. No she didn’t. She just knew Fox News reported that the old fashion light bulbs were disappearing at the stroke of midnight Dec 31 so she went out and bought a case of them. I pointed to the two bulbs overhead and said “you mean the ones that look like this?  Yeah, these are halogen mom. You will still be able to buy old fashion looking light bulbs”. I wish my parents would stop watching Fox News.

I wish more of my readers would leave comments. For a blog that garners a lot of visitors and hundreds of followers I don’t get a lot of feedback. Do you come here to laugh (at me, not with me, I know I’m not that funny). Do you visit to feel better about your own writing? Or do you simply visit because you like my posts? One of my goals of 2014 is to become a better writer and to do this I need your honest feedback. Help me make this one 2014 wish come true.  If nothing else, leave a comment and share one 2014 wish.  

Sari

Author: sarij

I'm a writer, lifelong bibliophile ,and researcher. I hold a Bachelors in Humanities & History and a Master's in Humanities. When I'm not reading or talking about Shakespeare or history, you can usually find me in the garden discussing science or politics with my cat.

18 thoughts on “My 2014 Wish List”

  1. Dino porn? This is new to me. I’m not sure I should thank you for bringing it to my attention though. 🙂

    I’ll extend your wish that people would stop being so gullible, to say that I wish Fox News would disappear altogether. Nothing good comes from their mouths.

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  2. First of all, thanks very much for the kind words about my post and for mentioning me on your blog. I can truly say it was a cool thing for you to do and I’m honored. Secondly, I’m thankful I’ve finished every book I read in 2013. I suppose it helps when I’m attempting to read all of John Grisham’s bibliography in chronological order. That helps quite a bit. And lastly, love the Abraham Lincoln quote! That’s hilarious!

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    1. Glad you liked it and thank you for the idea. Oh I remember the days of reading one author in order. I did this with Keller, Grisham and some others. I thought about reading the Song of Fire and Ice series but only got through the first book. Not sure if I will finish the Dark Tower series. I am interested in reading your Ranger book. If I don’t finish it, it’s not you it’s me 🙂

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      1. I just visited your blog and followed the link to Amazon. I am now the proud owner of a Jack Flacco book. I hope my reading friends do the same.

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  3. I like what you have to write. I may not always agree with what you say but they are opinions and they make me think or realize that there are other ideas to think about. I try very hard not to post something unless I have verified the info, but sometimes the verification places I go are not always accurate. Keep up the good work.

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    1. Michelle!! So nice to see you here. Good grief, please don’t ever stop yourself from disagreeing with me. It would be a poor world if everyone agreed on all things. Jump on in when I am wrong and tell me why. I too like to hear the other side and perhaps learn a thing or two.

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  4. What still surprises me about Phil the Duck’s rant is the part that did not get reported, outside The Colbert Report. That was the part where he said blacks were happy during the Jim Crow era. You know, they had their very own drinking fountains and everything. Why did the mainstream media drop that portion in favor of something so predicable (redneck doesn’t approve of gays) that it hardly qualifies as news?

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    1. Hi Morgan,
      I agree. It would have served the viewing audiences better had the media run clips of Phil talking about everything from child brides to how happy the “black folk” were during Jim Crow. I’d of like to have seen someone point out how many laws from Leviticus Phil breaks every day. Now that would make for a more interesting and honest conversation about his words.

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  5. Ah, Fox News. Fox and Facebook have taught me that many of my relatives not only have no idea how to evaluate information, but also that they have no interest in learning how to do so. They just want some authority figure to validate their prejudices and streamline reality into a simple good vs. evil narrative.

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    1. We may be related LOL. Holiday dinners are so fun with these types 🙂 If your relatives want some old fashion light bulbs I think I can score some. My mom will never use all of the ones she bought.

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  6. Here’s my thought, after observing some very computer savvy, media savvy, social networking savvy kids come of age — I’d say they had no trouble assessing information. And the exchanges they had online, while unfettered (that’s much too genteel a word, but…) were very much grounded in good, old-style, debate. It really does give me hope for the future 😉 .

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  7. Comment
    Here in the UK we don’t seem to get as many of those extreme ‘news’ items and weird claims that crop up across the Atlantic. For which we can only thank our lucky stars — well I would if I believed in astrology. (Though here there are still media people apparently who can’t tell the difference between astronomy and astrology or who think that balanced reporting requires an astrologer to comment alongside an astronomer on any new discovery in space…)

    New Year Wish
    I’ve found that the only way to complete a book (that I’m not going to recycle immediately) is to review it, which is one reason I started a review blog. Would that be a possibility for you?

    Oh, and sorry for the tardy reply: a succession of one lurgy or another has slowed down my response rate…

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