Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Or not. Which bank can be trusted these days?
People are starting to stow their hard earned cash under the proverbial mattress.
Or in other unlikely household crannies.
"Online retailer Keeping Women Safe has seen a 15 percent jump in sales of its "diversion safes" -- money hideaways disguised to look like everyday household products. Paint buckets and soda cans are the site's bestselling items, said owner Ted Kollins."
According to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, there are options other than Stanford International Bank.
Keeping Women Safe has a range of false-bottom, household itemy things, but good luck getting your hands on any.
The water bottle? Out of stock.
The carpet cleaner? Ditto.
The Coke Bottle? Forget about it.
Panic. According to the site,
Most burglars spend less than six minutes inside a victim's home and only have time to check the most obvious places for valuables. These unique "safes" allow you to hide valuables inside common household products - one of the last places a thief would think to look. According to the Chicago Police these units are better than a locked safe and a thousand times cheaper.
Oh wait, there are still Pringles Cans for $16.96 plus shipping.
Pedigree Dog Food cans are available too. Just make sure you have a dog.
Arizona Iced Tea cans. Cheers. Looks just like the real thing.
Hey wait a minute, can't we just make these "safes" ourselves? Rinse out a used household item and stash our goodies inside? Why not? It would save money.
And that's the whole idea.
Monday, February 16, 2009
New words for new times. A year ago, no one would have heard of these tags. Now, thanks to journalism and the viral (good kind) nature of life, we have:
Catvertising...Warner Brothers unleashed a slew of logo-clad black cats in London on Friday the 13th, timed to alert the public of the release of game, F.E.A.R. 2:Project Origin. Black cat, Friday the 13th, get it?
Note: not to be confused with other forms of catvertising, the increasingly popular kitten cams, which are ridiculously cute time sucks. They do include ads for insurance, plumbing, and other unrelated products and services, but fortunately, no branded cat blankets (yet).
Octa-Mom, the now famous Nadya Suleman, who recently gave birth to eight children. At once. And she already had six.
Tongues are wagging, and blogs are blabbing because the unemployed, unwed mother sought in vitro fertilization. Media darling or target of abstemious, thrifty, tree-huggers?
In any case, the media is lapping this stuff up. And I guess we are too.
Car Czar...fun to say, but now we don't get one. Obama has chosen to appoint a task force to restructure the struggling U.S. auto industry. Instead of one sole individual. Auto-crat. Moto-mogul. Nope, car czar wins.
Overshare. What one does on Twitter or Facebook when lacking self-edit instincts.
Example, "I think I'll have another cup of coffee, feeling tired this morning."
Also, F2F version, TMI (too much information). Ever find yourself listening to someone's views on religion, politics, sex, money, their medical history, or other musings more appropriate for a therapist? Do they not notice your lack of participation in the "conversation?"
Can we invent a hand signal that says TMI?
Thursday, February 5, 2009
What do you regard as a potent sign of love that has flowed outwards?
We're talking valentine's day cards, birthday cards, condolence cards, poems, emails, Twitters, random posts, love notes, whatever counts as expression of love.
We've all shared. Over-shared.
Share here, if you dare. We keep it all on the low down.
Give us words, sayings, tickles, purrs.
Keep it anonymous. Keep it clean. Keep it coming.