More people, More cameras

By Amy Zents

I believe that our generation will be the most well-documented generation of all time.
Everywhere you go, you see people with cell phones taking pictures.

People take pictures of everything, not to mention video. It’s amazing how everyone now aspires to being a movie star.

The Me Generation.

It’s not bad to be self-conscious. Like it or not, you will be in somebody’s photo whether you want to be or not. It’s just dumb how people indiscriminately take photos of everything.

There’s very little that is secret nowadays with cameras and video.

If you would like to see inside the Vatican or you would like to see inside somebody’s garage, you could probably find a way.

Signs that say no video photography or no camera photography are ignored.

From movie theaters, to the live theaters on Broadway, to the great concert halls around the world, people in charge have a hard time preventing audience members or others from taking photos or video.

Documentation for representation.

The paper trail is getting smaller. They have stopped automatically giving paper receipts at the liquor store or at the grocery store in my town. Everything is going electronic, at least that’s the way it seems nowadays. Even plastic, aka credit cards instead of currency is becoming more common. I saw someone pull out his checkbook this morning and I thought, Dark Ages! LOL!

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Test driving a Tesla

So we went to a Tesla dealership to try out a Tesla on a freezing February afternoon. I wished they would have put us in a more fancier test car like the one on display.

Instead, we wound up in a black Canadian spec car.

The main difference was that it was set to be able to be stopped by cops, if it ever went AWOL

My husband took the wheel. Nothing like a standard or automatic. Completely new.

This was our test car. For about 30 minutes we traveled the vicinity on highways and crossed scary intersections completely engrossed in the digital features.

The Tesla is not to be trifled with. It has many features but the hefty price tag makes one reluctant to buy the aluminum wonder.

I was tormented by the amazing falsehoods one of the salesman espoused. He said the fabric of the interior was leather. Not vegan leather, but leather. He said the wheels were available in different sizes. But both were untrue.

The leather is a manmade textile, and the wheels are all the same size, only the wheel rims are available in plain or sexy sizes.

Not to misunderstand me, but the manager who took us out was a master salesman. He gave us some deadlines regarding tax rebates, tax deductions and low interest rates available.

The auto-pilot feature on the car was cool. We checked out all the extra features like the hepa-air purifier in case of a biohazard such as a nuclear war or shitty-smelling truck. We checked out the height element so as to raise or lower the chassis by a few inches. It was an extra hot seat that grated on me. I was very cold sitting in the back seat, but taking it up to level 3 was too much. I felt cramped in the back seat. The salesman could have helped by pulling up his seat a bit.

In summary, sold is my final review!

-Amy Zents

This article was the expressed opinion of the writer and does not reflect the opinion of anybody else.

Health and the Electronic Muse

I took the summer off WordPress. Sorry. The reason I did it was because I had some health concerns.

After my good doctor and I took care of the health concerns I marveled at the miracle and majesty of modern medicine.

So much of my health depends on my parents and my genes.

Amazingly, I am happy to know there are many medicines and pills to conquer ailments which could have killed people years ago, if left untreated.
Then again, there’s a need for all of us to take care of our health.

It’s so easy to fall into a lush, luxurious life of leisure.

There are so many temptations with the Internet that vaunt the pleasures of a sedentary life!

Partly because of my ADHD I struggle with so many challenges to pull away from the electronic muse and the latest news.

So now, today I received good news regarding my health.

Things are back on the beam.

I hope to write again soon. Just wanted to state that those to whom I subscribe on WordPress are doing a wonderful job of keeping me entertained and informed. Once again, thank you! 🙂 I enjoy reading your posts as well.
Musically yours,

Amy Zents

Keep your Spark in the Dark

Many are guilty of it, including billionaire business magnates.

First let me speak from personal experience. I had a gal assist me with the housework a couple nights a week. I told her I was off sugar. I needed to lose weight. I asked her to videotape my impassioned declaration to the Universe that I was going to drop 50 lbs. 

She gobbled up my enthusiasm and imitated my passion for losing weight. She stopped eating sugar too. She took it a step further by exercising nightly, and turned to her mum for support. Needless to say, she went from frumpy to fabulous, and so did her mom!😭 As for me,  I just maintained my weight, and she and her mum got skinny.

Something strange happens in human contact that propels some people to steal other people’s dreams, ideas, and desires, or else just get motivated by them.

Keep the big dreams under your hat and be careful.

As my acting coach always told me, don’t give your power away!

 

When it’s Springtime in Minnesota

Today was a glorious day! 68 degrees Fahrenheit, or 20 degrees Celsius, and a nice, cool breeze.

You never know what kind of weather you will get in Minnesota, especially in the Spring.

You never know if you will get a snow storm or a heat wave. Minnesota weather has a mind of it’s own.

On days like today when the weather is perfect, you feel like having a party!

Yesterday my Poodle Cole turned 13 years old. To me he is still a puppy, full of pep, and joie de vivre!

I just took him, and the Pomeranian out for a walk in the beautiful sunshine.

Perhaps later on I will get the motivation to finally mow the front and back lawn!

Tonight we must celebrate Spring in Minnesota because days like this don’t come every day!

Our minds, hearts, and homes

Whatever happened to honor and respect? 
Some people don’t care what they say, what they look like, or even live like, much less do they care if it offends you!

You may call it freedom, but it comes with a high price.

I understand some people have real mental issues. There are people​ who have real problems dealing with their issues, and would like to let everybody know it.

On a different note, many have been enticed into believing the world owes them a living, and they whine to everybody who will listen to garner pity for their feelings, or else make major excuses to justify themselves.

No matter how you slice it, most people have lost touch with two basic human values, honor and respect.

It is evident everywhere you look.

So what’s to be done about it?

The underlying principle is always the same. It boils down to personal responsibility.

And the question to ask is always the same. 

Who or what do you want to be? 

You decide to be the person who shows honor and respect because your attitude affects everybody in one way or another, including you.

It’s time for an honor and respect wake-up call.

Start with yourself and you are guaranteed you will make your life easier, better and more valuable.
If you show honor and respect for yourself in everything you do and say, others will respond in a very good way. 

Don’t tear yourself down, and don’t beat yourself up. Be the change you want to see in the world. 

After that, show respect and honor to your family. Show respect and honor with people at work and at play.

I don’t wish to lecture anyone, but I believe the lack of honor and respect is at the core of society’s​ problems.

Things won’t get better until a sacred sense of honor and respect pervades all the spaces in our minds, hearts and homes. 

The Joy of Snacks

A snack can be anything from meal-like to minute

In America we live in a culture of snacks.

Snacks dominate our day.  We love to eat.

These days there is a trend toward a grab at healthier snacks. Perhaps at the back of our minds we think we will be skinnier if we eat healthier. This outcome may or may not happen, but we remain hopeful.

In olden days, people would eschew snacks for three square meals a day. You wouldn’t want to ruin your appetite, right?

Our appetite is stronger than ever. There are so many tempting snacks.

Even though we strive to eat healthier, the typical snacks are still as popular as ever. French fries, potato chips, chocolate bars, ice cream, donuts, tortilla chips and salsa, soft drinks and cupcakes.

More than 50% of Americans enjoy a cup of coffee everyday instead of tea. We are a nation of coffee drinkers and we like it that way.

Of course, we shouldn’t mention obesity. But the obvious truth is most of us adults are overweight or obese. It’s not like in the movies where most of the women and men are skinny and sexy.

No doubt about it, one of the glories of life, is the often ignored, albeit often indulged in, ubiquitous snacks.

If you plan to visit with a radio DJ or want to see a friend to practice guitar, bagels and cream cheese are always popular. Bring snacks and you’ll be well-loved.

What are some of your favorite snacks? 

Here are ten of mine.

1. Cookies. 

2. Tortilla chips and dip. 

3. Chocolate, preferably Belgian with hazelnuts.

4. Tangerines. 

5. Fresh fruit salad. 

6. Tea and muffins.

7. Coffee and donuts. 

8. Pistachio ice cream. 

9. Cheesecake with Italian cherry sauce. 

10. Black licorice such as that found in a big box of Good and Plenty.

Next time you look in the mirror at your body in your swimsuit, and you bemoan your excess adipose tissue, remember a lot of it was bought and paid for in snacks!