02 March 2018

Meanderings

I really didn't intend to go quiet for so long, but the past week was just not kind to me.  And though I kept up with your blogs, I mostly didn't take the time to comment because ... well, because.

But I have been knitting away (finished the stripey socks!), and reading, and paying attention to the world - and doing my usual amount of overthinking the little things.  It's what I do.

Here are just some of the things that have passed through my brain over the past week.

-- Am I the only knitter in the world who doesn't mind purling and/or seed stitch?  I've never thought purling was annoying or difficult, and I love the texture created by seed stitch.  But nearly everyone I know will do anything to avoid the purl stitch, and some people will skip something entirely if seed stitch is involved.

-- Why do people want to have a gun?  I know people who want/have them, but even when they give me legitimate reasons, I don't understand.  I guess because I've never even been curious about or fascinated by guns at all.  And I will never ever ever ever understand why individual citizens should have an assault weapon.

--  Am I the only person who doesn't care about the British Royal Family and in fact actively dislikes everything they represent?  Even friends of mine who are not obsessed with them seem addicted to knowing everything they do, etc. 

--  I watched a lot of the Olympics, and I enjoyed a lot of it, but why in the name of a small black dog named Pete did it seem that the bulk of the events covered were snowboarding?  I do not wish ill to snowboarders or their activity, but there are other sports, and I would have liked to seen more of them.  Even those where (gasp!) there was not a touching/tragic/American human interest story.

--  Dystopian books/novel/plays do nothing for me.  It would be hard for me to find them more annoying.

--  Why does everything have to be a MAJOR THING these days?  Can't things happen, or can't people have experiences, without it becoming somehow Very Important or Extremely Symbolic? 

--  Following up on that, why are stupid people famous and even worse, admired?  Not that I want them rounded up and shot (well .... no, no I don't), but why are they so celebrated?   Smart people - heck, even just average people with sense - are looked on with suspicion or even mocked. 

--  Also, you will never convince me that it is a bad thing to be a feminist. 

OK, I've gotten all of that off my chest.  Time to leave for my appointment with the eye doctor, and then on to the hilarity and wonderfulness of the work day.  [insert sarcasm]

Happy March, Happy Friday, and here's to a wonderful weekend! 

14 comments:

Kym said...

Sing it, sister! Sometimes, you've just to get things off your chest. I (a Dystopian-hating, texture-loving, gun-avoiding person) often ponder these same questions. . .
XO

sprite said...

Sending hugs!

Elizabeth said...

You are speaking to the choir with your post today-- and saying it all much better than I feel I could. Hope the rest of your day goes well! (or better?!)

Nance said...

I feel the same way about pretty much all of those things. I found the Olympics to be almost numbingly boring. Skiing. Snowboarding. REPEAT. Why no curling? Why...oh, forget it.

In other news: thanks for the tip on Word by Word. Just started it.

AsKatKnits said...

I live in the insane (??) hope that all the things that make us different from each other (which includes thoughts, ideas, likes, and dislikes) make us a beautifully rich place to live. Yes, I am probably insane - but I can live with that! What I find absolutely abhorrent are the people who think it is their way, or the high way - the land of no discussion, but theirs, no thoughts but theirs, nothing but what they like (which sounds really dystopian to me). How incredibly boring. While I am strongly in the camp of "what's the big thing about guns" I have no desire to abolish the 2nd amendment. (But, I am also in the camp of those that say the Second amendment does not include weapons of war). Thanks for getting these things off your chest! And, double thanks for letting me answer XO

Bonny said...

I've been thinking about you lately and hope the universe treats you much better next week and going forward. These questions don't sound like overthinking to me, and some of them are not small things. I personally don't mind purling, don't own a gun, and am so with you in questioning celebrity. Why don't we respect, admire, and treat authors, scientists, artists, librarians, and people who actually give back to society the same way we treat athletes, models, and their ilk? I will never understand, and question the intelligence of the people who make stupid people into celebrities. Have a good weekend!

Tired Teacher said...

Assault rifles should be for the military and law enforcement NOT the general public. The rifles can not be used for hunting; they are for killing people. Anyone who says the rifles are needed for "protection" is living in a fantasy world. I know some of these people personally and shake my head at their logic. I have hope that the young people of this country will make their voices heard at the next election. I have hope that many of them will become involved in politics and make the changes that our country needs to put it back on track. I have hope that the general public's cynicism doesn't silence the voices of the young protesters. I have hope. . .

Wanderingcatstudio said...

1) I love purling. I'm actually faster at it than knitting. I also love seed stitch. So you are not completely alone, but we are a rare breed
2) Guns... full confession. I grew up with hunters, and I am in the process of getting my firearm license. I love shooting (targets, not living things, though I have no problem with hunters who hunt for food). Canada is a touch different than the US, our gun control a little, but not a whole lost stricter. My license will cover both long guns and handguns. And I won't argue, there really is zero need for me to own a handgun. I don't do it for some notion of protection, or self defense, I actually enjoy the challenge of shooting one accurately. I do however, see ZERO need for anyone to own an assault rifle (they are completely prohibited here) with that capacity for mayhem.
3) Royal family... I am interested from a history perspective, however, Dave and I have had many arguments over their cost vs their benefit. He's a traditionalist, but really in this day an age, there's not much point to them.

Araignee said...

I felt that way about the snowboarding also. One night of it was enough. I pretty much agree with everything else you said too.

Anonymous said...

Amen!

Marjorie Barks said...

To me, the purl stitch is just another (vital) knitting stitch. A world consisting of nothing but endless knitting in the round would be pretty damn boring.

I knit a lot of things, but mostly garments, and that requires purling as does cabling, ribbing, moss stitch, and on and on and on.

How can you knit without it???

karen said...

I do hope you are okay :) My husband dislikes the royal family as well, you are not the only one. I'll duck my head and mention that I do like dystopian stuff sometimes, a late finding in my life. I hope next week is kinder to you and sweeter and you are feeling better. I'm glad that your sense of humor is doing fine!

Helen said...

I was going to give you an "Amen" on all the topics, but its already been said and the "singing to the choir" also. Strange world. Makes me think of that Chinese curse (reportedly Chinese) "My you live in interesting times."

Vera said...

Ah Bridget...hoping this weekend has been good. Looking forward to meeting you (finally!!) next Saturday.

My purling is so slow...seed/moss - love the look, dislike doing it (because slow).

I am anti gun, though Fletch has some.

Didn't watch the Olympics and can take or leave the royals...I just don't really pay attention...