My week in haiku and other assorted nonsense – 08 Oct 2012

(Image Source: Microsoft Clip art)

This weeks bit of news to begin with:

Umm, projects moving very slowly right now, i.e. not at all. Blogging time, getting some in. Methinks I really need Scrivener to appear on the iPad.

So, this Mondays “review of the week” prompts are:
  • Gas Prices (Haiku)– Gas prices shot up in Southern California, nearly 50 cents a gallon overnight in some places on thursday. Cue scenes of long lines at the gas pumps, chaos, how will people live their lives. Well it still isn’t anywhere close to what it costs in the UK where there is a lot more tax on it, so relatively speaking, what is the big deal. Anyone would think people’s children were being stolen.
  • Crayon eating (Haiku) – I’m sure this happens to every parent, but whilst my boy was using his crayons, and my wife was in the next room (but still keeping an eye), he chose this as the moment to try eating some. He’s getting sneaky now, and chooses his moments well. For my wife it took 25 minutes to get all the pieces from his mouth..
  • Boundaries (Tanka) – I wrote a post about this last week. I suppose I am not finished yet.

So here we go:

Stop! Put up your hands

give me all of your money

I am gas prices

Hmm, don’t like this one. I could have done with more verses.

Red. Licky bite, bite

got to try these wax crayons

ease my back teeth through

Hmm again I feel I could have done with more. Maybe this should have been a Tanka, rather than Haiku

Where are boundaries?

yet you see or not do see

think that you are free

to write unbound, open mind

but it’s all a state of mind

For my view on this, you should really read the prior post.

This section is going to sometimes be “Bonus Haiku” (see last mondays post) i.e. A bit ruder or more adult haiku, OR a rant about something, or maybe an amusing video.


A short rant for this week on Carmageddon II:

The local LA news stations discussed this like it was a major world event. It was headline news. The lead story. It was on the Huffington Post. This really affected people. So here is what you need to know. Last weekend a 10 mile section of the 405 freeway near Los Angeles was closed down for the weekend, because of some maintenance issue, or construction issue, or to retrieve numerous abandoned car tyres and car bumpers. I forget which. But anyway, it was closed last weekend, a whole 10 miles of it. Yup, that’s right. Just 10 miles. Anyone new to the area would think the world was ending. Websites published handy (by which I mean obvious and pointless, or useful for morons) hints such as these five here. People were warned to stay away from the area, which I presume to mean if you cannot read signs. Was it all necessary? No. Warnings yes, good information for people. Lead News story? No, who cares? It was closed on a weekend. Choose a different route if you need to go that way. It is not that big a deal. Carmageddon II? Er… a big fat no. People stayed away. Nothing was busy. It didn’t merit the news coverage, even on an otherwise slow weekend.


What I learned this weekend

  • People are very precious about gas prices, and less so about the harmful effects it has on the planet you live on, and the future it gives your children. The car burning gas I mean, not the price of it.
  • The boy cannot use crayons unsupervised!
  • The difference between Medicare and Medicaid (best not to ask).

The next post will likely be friday. Have a nice week.

Lexicon word of the day: autarky.


11 comments on “My week in haiku and other assorted nonsense – 08 Oct 2012

  1. yes, gas prices… easy target for screaming headlines… I mean who is going to agree with rising prices? like your haiku though… straight on point! ;o)

    • Elliot says:

      Also you see an immediate impact if you have to fill your car up often. But compared to getting a bill in the mail for $1000 it is not that big a deal, unless the prices stayed high.

  2. Carrie Rubin says:

    My oldest enjoyed a crayon snack when he was younger. I thought I dug it all out of his mouth until the next day when I discovered red crayon pieces in his poo. At first, I worried it was blood, but further inspection and a little deduction led me to the proper diagnosis…

    • Elliot says:

      That must have been a fun diagnosis the next day. I didn’t notice that, nor actually witness the event itself (the eating), so I can only imagine what it was like. I would have loved to have seen his face. As you know, children that age cannot hide the guilt very well.

      • Carrie Rubin says:

        No, they can’t. Nor can they hide the green crayon wax oozing from their mouths–or in my son’s case, the red crayon wax. 🙂

  3. Americans are pretty spoiled when it comes to gas prices. People might think differently if they stopped to realize that they pay more for a gallon of Coca-Cola than for a gallon of gas.

    • Elliot says:

      That is a good point that I had not considered. But I agree, they are very spoiled on gas prices but then I suppose unless you live in the city or a small town, then you have to drive everywhere these days.

  4. jmmcdowell says:

    I was going to ask if you checked the diapers for some unusually bright additions. 😉

    It would be interesting to see the reaction if Americans had to live a day like many people do in other countries. I’d like to think it might open some eyes, but I’m afraid it would just make some folks more determined to take over the world….

    • Elliot says:

      There was a few small pieces. We think he may have had a bit of a tummy ache as well, but at his age it is hard to tell.

      I think it is a good idea for people anywhere, if they get chance, to see how a different country lives. I think some people forget how privileged they are relative to a lot of history, or to people living in a poor or war torn country.

  5. My aunt used to terrorize her parents ingesting things and sticking them up her nose. My grandparents still laugh at the things she did. 🙂

    • Elliot says:

      Thankfully he hasn’t discovered sticking things up his nose yet, but I’m sure that one will turn up soon. These little kids learn lots of sneaky stuff.

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