Sunday, August 1, 2021

SOME USELESS STUFF

When working in retail years ago, I used to get super embarrassed when people brought condoms to the register to purchase.  But you know what doesn't cause me to turn red? Telling guys when their zippers are open.  So yesterday this man was moving carts around outside in the Walmart parking lot, so I figured he'd want to know that his fly was open, right?  I promise this has never happened to me ever, but that guy looked me right in the eye and told me, "I know". So what in the world do you say to that, blogger buds?(lol)


Did you know that wiping down your wiper blades rubber with alcohol once a month will preserve them, and make them work better?  After you do this, clean your windshield with glass cleaner too.

If you're a streamer, one of the shows that will keep you glued to the screen is Joshua Jackson's portrayal of Dr. Death.  It will make you seriously think about whether you want to risk having surgery for back pain.  What's worse is that this is a frightening true story of a narcissistic neurosurgeon who literally butchered 38 of his patients without any regard for their lives or well being, and how difficult it was to stop him.  You'll keep asking yourselves how something so scary could have ever happened. Where is Dr. Duntsch  now? In prison for the rest of his life, where he'll be up for parole when he's 74 in 2045.

I bet you have tons of change in your purse, piggy bank or junk drawer.  But did you know that your coins could be worth a ton of cash?  For example, keep your eye out for 1943 pennies.  Because of the war, these pennies were made from steel to conserve copper.  But a few were made from copper by mistake.  So if your penny won't stick to a magnet, yay, you've got a copper money maker!  Find out more about coins and what they could be worth by visiting coins.HA.com and typing error in the search box, or check out usacoinbook-com.

August 4 gives us the perfect excuse to eat some chocolate chip cookies.


Wow!


Can you sit still for long periods of time to read your favorite novels? According to the recent World Guinness Book of Records, the world's thickest book is Agatha Christie's collection of Miss Marple stories.  With over 4,000 pages, it's more than a foot thick and weighs close to 18 pounds!  We could use that for a workout, right?


If someone tells us that they're feeling anxious, or suicidal, bullied or abused, we should pay attention, and not sweep it under the carpet.  This is our chance to possibly make a difference in someone's life.

My buddy Elizabeth over at alteredbookloverblogspot.com often posts her calendar of what happened the month before, so we can be nosy (lol) and thought I'd add a few pics of some random stuff.

Who remembers Nancy Drew?




Yes, I eat cherries and love them!

Chosen as an Ambassador for the 3rd year in a row!

Another thriller from Don Bentley

One of my fave authors

Just in case you forgot how much I love cheeseburgers(lol)







97 comments:

  1. OMG. That response to the zipper being open was kind of a conversation stopper wasn't it? LOL.
    Hugs,

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    1. It kept me laughing 😅for sure, Super Sandra! 🤗, RO

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  2. I didn't know that about the windshield wiper blades

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    1. That was news I definitely could use for sure, Awesome Adam. Hope you're doing well! Hugs, RO

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  3. I remember Nancy Drew but I always preferred the Hardy Boys, myself.

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    1. I read both, but like you, I preferred the Hardy Boys too. So good to see you, I know you're off relaxing so I'm so happy you stopped by. Enjoy your vacay, and sending lots of hugs, RO

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  4. Coin collecting became a thing of the past for the average person in 1980. That's when the Hunt Brothers tried to corner the silver market and ran the price of silver from $5 to $30. People started pulling silver coins out of circulation because they became worth more as bullion that currency. That's happening with older pennies now that it costs more than a penny to make a copper penny.

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    1. That's fascinating info that I didn't know. I definitely need to be checking out my coins. Hope you're doing well! Hugs, RO

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  5. Oh god, back when I was a young, college-aged man, I was mortified to have to go buy condoms, especially if the checkout clerk was a female. I'd usually grab a pack of gum too, so maybe she'd think I actually came in for the gum and just decided to stock up on rubbers while I was there.

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    1. That's too funny, and I never really thought about how guys felt. I was way too busy trying not to be flustered when I was putting them in a bag.(lol) Hugs, RO

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    2. I should also mention the time I managed a video rental store, complete with a porn section. Having to ring up septuagenarians renting 100% Grade-A smut videos without smirking was a real test.

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    3. Now that sure sounds like a reason for a post from you so I can hear all about what went on at that video store Bluzdude(lol) I'm grinning just thinking about it! Hugs, RO

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  6. Too funny. I'd like to have one of those older pennies, nobody here has any cents at all.

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  7. Neat trick with the wiper blades, thanks! I'm gonna skip Dr. Death. My parents had a coin collection that included steel pennies but none of the mistakenly copper ones.

    Your cheeseburger looks delicious!

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    1. I think of every reason possible to much on a cheeseburger.(lol) That's cool about your parents collecting coins. I'm all in to saving cash wherever possible. Hope you're doing well, and sending hugs, RO

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  8. He was obviously catching flies with open zipper LOL Or maybe just airing the package LOL Happy August, Ro!

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    1. Yikes! Catching flies, huh?(lol) Happy August right backatcha, my movie guru! Hugs, RO

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  9. Maybe the guy with the open zipper didn't realize you're not supposed to try on condoms before buying them? If you see him again, call him "Lord of the Flies".

    Zipper Schmipper, the gal on the left-hand Nancy Drew book cover looks like she has no pants on.

    If Duntsch will be up for parole when he's 74, that's hardly a guarantee of being in prison for life. I don't think he should ever get out.

    A foot-thick, 18-pound book doesn't sound very practical. It would be awfully awkward to read.

    I've had the experience of feeling suicidal (years ago) and an very glad I got the kind of help I needed.

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    1. Infidel, you have such a witty way with words and totally makes my day!(lol) I agree - seems like that book would be super hard to read, and to carry around to appointments for sure. I'm so glad that whoever you reached out to cared enough to listen, and I'm thrilled to have met such a wonderful person. You definitely make a difference and deserve tons of hugs, RO

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  10. Hmmmm... Not sure how I'd respond to that situation with the guy and the zipper. *shrugs* Good for you. I also tell people when they have stuff on their face or in their teeth!

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    1. I actually laughed, but I do that in most situations(lol) I need to have you around when I go to restaurants to make sure I'm on point. Hope you're doing well! Hugs, RO

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  11. Many thanks for the wiper blades tip.

    Have a wonderful August, the year seems to be flying by!

    All the best Jan

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    1. Hopefully it may save you some cash, Jan. I agree. It seems like yesterday I was just January 😄 Hope you're doing well. Hugs, RO

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  12. Yay a new Ravishing Ro post! :)

    "I know"???!?? Wow. that would make me.... walk away fast lol!

    Coins are fascinating. My dad collected coins and had quite a collection for a while, but I think most of them are no longer around sadly...

    I remember Nancy Drew! I read the Hardy Boys as a kid and when those ran out I turned to Nancy (and Trixie Belden).

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    1. I actually laughed, because I had no clue what to say either 😅. That's cool about your dad's collection. Most of us wish we could find all those fabulous items from back in the day, right? I read Nancy Drew quite a bit as a kid, and even though I stopped reading them, I definitely consider them classics. Hope you're doing well, Gorgeous Greg, and sending lots of hugs. 🤗

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  13. Maybe his trouser zipper was broken?
    I don't think I have ever heard of anyone having successful back surgery. Knee surgery seems problematic too.
    Quite right about talk of self harm and other matters. Take them seriously people.
    I hope you ate the fruit as well as the cheeseburger.

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    1. That's a definite possibility, and he didn't want to mention it.(lol) I can't say I know anyone who has done the back surgery thing either, and after watching that show, I'm not sure I'd even give it a try Awesome Andrew(lol) Thanks so much for the support. There are so many people going through things right now. LOL!!!! Yes, I did eat the fruit too. Hugs, RO

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  14. Ok zipper man, ehh, I have no idea what to say to that!?

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    1. I laughed because I had no clue what else to say.(lol) Hugs, RO

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  15. What a fun post, Ro. That guy was perhaps allergic to closed zippers, or needed fresh air or.....The mind boggles! You have been reading some great books. I have a box full of coins, some quite new and a few from Roman times, and I enjoy looking at them from time to time. Have a great August, take care, hugs, Valerie

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    1. Thanks for the kudos Valerie. He may have needed some fresh air(lol) Who knows. I love my books for sure. Yay on your coin collection. You may have something that could make you rich, right? Hope you take care of yourself and thanks for stopping by. Hugs, RO

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  16. That guy with the zipper? It's sort of an embarrassing situation. I don't know. I think I would just smile and nod because I don't think there's any respond that will satisfy him.

    It's a shame I have no chocolate chip cookies or cookies of any kind to eat, not today, not August 4...

    I had re-read some Nancy Drew books, I find the books are not well written but they seem entertaining.

    It's always nice to read your posts.

    Have a lovely day.

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    1. You're right, he may have been embarrassed and didn't know what to say. I ended up laughing at the entire situation.(lol) I did have some cookies around, and ate only one. I have the Nancy Drew books but haven't re-read any of them. In fact, there were some people I tried to give them to who weren't interested.(lol) Thanks for the kind words, and I've been checking out your new blog too. Hugs, RO

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  17. David B. was our neighbor at the lake. I am not a fan of his books except I do love when he talks about the lake and I can see and know everything he is referring to. Rick likes his books better than me. He gave us autographed books all the time.
    As for Mr. Fly is Down - I know myself, I'd have laughed and said, "Okay then, have a great day" and off I'd go. Perhaps it broke and there he was out and about and nothing he could do about it. Thankfully he wasn't going commando!

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    1. OMG- he would have been trying to hide from me because I would have wanted to talk about his books and writing all the time.(lol) He's also friends with a few of my other favorite authors. I love that Rick loves his books, but I promise you're first on his heart.(lol) I tend to lose myself in books too, and have been that way since I was 5. Books take us all over the world. Like you, I laughed out loud, because I had no clue what in the heck I was supposed to say.(lol) I think you may be right that it was broken, and he didn't know what to say about it. I agree - there was no commando going on!!!!(lol) Peg, I just adore you because we think the same in so many ways. Yay to you coming to NC!!!!! Hugs, RO

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  18. Maybe his zipper was broken? Who even knows...lol. I really wish I had some of those copper pennies.

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    1. I considered that, and that's why he didn't know what else to say. Still, I laughed, because I didn't know what else to do(lol) I agree - let's go on a penny hunt Carole!(lol) Hugs, and hope you're doing well. RO

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  19. That's crazy about the guy whose zipper was down. Maybe it was his weird attempt at a joke, like he didn't actually know but always wanted to give that reply. LOL

    Mmm...I need some chocolate chip cookies tomorrow, I think!!! Love all your planner photos. You're doing a great job with decorating. It's so bright and cheerful!

    Lauren
    www.shootingstarsmag.net

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    1. Who knows what was going on Lauren, all I know is that I broke out laughing!(lol) Thanks for the kudos on the planners. You know I love them all so much! Hope you're doing well, and sending some hugs, RO

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  20. Another stunning post from the mind of my good buddy RO! I won't comment on the guy with his fly open, since others seem to have a better take on it.

    I knew that using rubbing alcohol on rubber stamps kept them supple, so it stands to reason it would work on wiper blades. Great advice.

    I used to have old coins, but I had a break in many years ago and they are now long gone. So was my high school class ring, but thankfully not my college ring that has my name handwritten in it. See how easy it is for me to digress?

    Thanks for sharing your calendars/planners, whatever they are being called these days. I love the cute additions you place in yours. Mine are SO humdrum, but of course I was thrilled you gave me a shout out. Bleubeard was happy, too.

    I want to read the Tom Clancy book. I am a BIG fan.

    And last but not least, I hope you have a triple decker cheeseburger and a bowl full of cherries on the 12th. Maybe a good cup of coffee, too. Happy birthday in advance, dear friend.

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    1. Not quite a triple decker cheeseburger(lol), but it was different for sure, and I'll post pics soon. Again, I thank you so very much for your amazing gift, which is perfect for planners. OMG - I'm so sorry about the break-in, and the loss of your coins, but I'm thankful that you weren't hurt. I know in your art that you use lots of rubbing alcohol, so you would already know that stuff. I lost my high school ring in South Carolina years ago, and was devastated, but I'm glad your college ring is still around. I'm sending a wave to you and Bleubeard, and hope that you're feeling much better. Hugs, RO

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  21. I love cherries.
    I remember how much you love your cheeseburgers.
    I wonder if that guy the his zipper down said that just to see your reaction. lol

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    1. I love cherries so much, but they can be so dang expensive! So I have to wait until I can find them on sale. If the guy wanted laughter from me, he definitely got it!(lol) Yay to cheeseburgers! Hugs, RO

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  22. I would get far away from the guy who said "I know". I don't think I'd know what to say to that either. Love seeing all the bits of interesting and useful info you squeeze into a post! I didn't know that about the rubbing alcohol on windshield wipers. I love cherries too but don't get them very often though I am a HUGE fan of a good cheeseburger! Have a wonderful week Ro!

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    1. Katherine you're so kind to say that about my posts, but it's a good example of what would happen if we talked in person, because clearly mind is all over the place.(lol) Yay to cheeseburgers! I love cherries, but because they are so expensive, I have to wait until I can find good deals on them. I hope you and the fam have been doing well, and sending lots of hugs, RO

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  23. I'll be watching my pennies....
    Hugs,

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    1. Let us all know when you get rich from that one perfect penny, Super Sandra!(lol) Hugs, RO

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  24. I wouldn't know what to say to zipper guy either, lol.
    I remember reading the Nancy Drew books in my childhood.
    I've seen Dr Death being announced on TV here, not sure I want to watch it though, might be too gory for me!
    I have been collecting coins for many years, mainly when I travel to a new country I keep a coin of each denomination. I have a coin album full of them, but I don't think I'll be able to retire based on their value :) :)
    Have a great week RO.

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    1. You know me, Sami - I started laughing out loud(lol) I used to read them as a kid, and was lucky to find these in a thrift store a little while back. It's not really gory, it's more about how his ineptness as a surgeon, and his narcissism allowed him to do the things he did, and how difficult it is to go after a doctor like that. It's truly fascinating to watch his personality, but also the personalities of people in his orbit. That's very cool that you are saving coins from various countries. I bet you have an amazing collection! I hope you're doing well, and sending hugs, RO

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  25. Geez RO, I had NO clue you loved cheeseburgers, thanks for telling me! ;) ;) ;) OMG I'm so in love with Joshua Jackson! :))) I do actually use alcohol to clean my wipers and I haven't had to replace them for 8 years now! Even with our winters!!! It really does work. Love the planner pages!

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    1. LOL! Rain you are so funny! If you watch him in Doctor Death, I promise you won't be able to take your eyes off the screen as he evolves into this medical monster. Wow, 8 years is pretty good and kudos to you! Thanks so much for the kind words about my planner, but I'm nowhere near the awesome artist that you are. Hope you're doing well, and sending out lots of hugs, RO

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  26. I have been eyeballing Dr. Death for a while as Peacock keeps advertising it...lol. I am curious. :)

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    1. I promise if if you watch just one episode you'll be totally hooked Stunning Stormi. Great way to spend the day with some popcorn. Hope you're doing well, and sending out some hugs, RO

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  27. OMG - Totally cracking up over that zipper. What can you say?

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    1. I laughed and went on my merry way, because you're so right. What in the heck do you say, Lovely Lady M?(lol) Hope you've been doing well, and sending out some hugs, RO

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  28. I wonder if the guy really knew his fly was open, or if that was just his automatic defensive way of not showing his embarrassment. If he really knew, why on earth was he going around with his fly open? Kind of creepy, honestly.

    I missed Chocolate Chip Cookie day, darn it. We have some frozen cookie dough, but I have no willpower when it comes to cookies lol, so it's better that it stays in the freezer.

    That Miss Marple book is ridiculous. Who thought binding them in a single volume was a good idea? It's beyond unwieldy. I have the entire collection in one Kindle volume, and even my Kindle (which is pretty loaded up, TBH) has a hard time handling it. The print version is pretty funny, though.

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  29. That's so funny about the zipper guy. I'm not sure how I would have reacted in that situation, probably say "Alrighty then" and walk away quickly, lol.

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    1. I laughed so hard myself, because I had no clue what in the world to do Suzanne!(lol) Hugs and Happy Thursday to you! RO

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  30. wow, I guess you just walk away before he shows you why, Ugh people
    Thanks for the wiper tip
    and for the penny tip
    Ah Cheeseburgers in Paradise :)
    Thanks for the fab post
    Hugs

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    1. You crack me up! I actually started laughing before I walked away from what could have been a crazy situation.(lol) Hope you plan on hunting around for some pennies(lol) Yes to cheeseburgers!!!! Always appreciate when you stop by, and I thank you for the kind words. p.s. - I hope every day has been getting better for, and that you know I'm always thinking of you. Hugs, RO

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  31. Love this post here. I never knew that about wiper blades, I just replace them every six months to a year.

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    1. Thanks a bunch for the kudos, and always love when you stop by. Good for you for thinking in advance by replacing yours. I think I changed mine when they were pretty much useless!(lol) Hope you're doing well, and sending hugs, RO

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  32. I picked up a bag of chocolate chip cookies:) Better late than never.
    Take special care, Rockin Ro.
    Hugs,

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    1. I had one whole cookie that day, Super Sandra, along with a few peaches, so I could feel like I was eating healthy.(lol) Yay to you for grabbing that whole bag.(lol) Hope you're staying cool. Sending some hugs, RO

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  33. He already knew? What a riot!
    Dr. Death gives me the chills. Yay for cookie day. Wow, that is one thick book and I am proud to say I have read all of those Miss Marple stories not just all in one book. :)

    Lovely planner pics! Fun misc pics.

    Have a lovely day, Radiant Ro!

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  34. 400 pages and 18 pounds??? Just a minute while I restart my heart.
    Hugs

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    1. That's a serious workout, right?(lol) Hugs to you, Super Sandra! RO

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  35. Happy Birthday. That’s more than your average cheeseburger. That’s a bacon cheeseburger! Happy birthday! Enjoy, and I definitely remember Nancy Drew, off to examine some pennies! Happy reading!

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  36. Hope birthday cake and cheeseburgers are in abundance today.
    Hugs

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    1. Thanks so much for the lovely card, and good wishes, Super Sandra! You already know that birthday freebies were in effect!(lol) Hugs,RO

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  37. Feliz cumpleaños lo de la cremallera me hizo reír. Buenas recomendaciones.
    Enamorada de las letras

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  38. These were all fun to read, thanks RO :)

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  39. I probably wouldn't have told the guy but if I did and he said that I would run away lol

    I collect change Nd turn it in for a gift card but my husband goes through it first and has a book of collectible coins. Not sur they'll make us rich but maybe! ha


    Karen @For What It's Worth

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    1. I would sure love to hear if you get rich from these one day! Keeping my fingers crossed for you guys! Hugs, RO

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  40. Happy birthday for the 12th, hope you had a good day.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Thanks a bunch, Jan for the well wishes, and hope you're having an amazing day! Hugs, RO

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  41. Oh yes. I remember Nancy Drew. Though I'm probably older than she is. LOL.
    Hugs to you, Rockin Ro.
    AND Thanks for the enthusiastic participation at the blog today.

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    1. Totally agree with that one, Super Sandra! Hugs,RO

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  43. Blessings....
    hope you are well and staying safe in this new normal we are all striving to live in. In regards to a response to the guys, "i know" you simply say, "Ok" perhaps his zipper is broken and there is not much he can do in that moment. :)

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  45. I haven't had cherries in forever. Though I did have a veggie burger the other night. ROFL:)
    Hugs

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    1. Love my cherries, and hate that I can't find them year round. Uh, no to that veggie burger (lol) Super Sandra!!!! Hugs right back! RO

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  46. Just stopping by to wish you a happy September.

    All the best Jan

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  47. Hope you are enjoying your weekend to the max and that it's filled with good books and veggie burgers. Oops, cheeseburgers. :)
    Hugs

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  48. More books to put on my radar:)
    Hugs

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    1. It's always fun to find more books to read, right? Happy Friyay, Super Sandra! Hugs, RO

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  49. Ro, plz email me. Don't have your email here. Want to get togethrr

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    1. Glad we connected, and hope you are well. Text me when you can. Sending hugs, RO

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  50. Great info on extending the life of wiper blades, Rockin Ro.
    Hope you are well.
    Hugs,

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  51. I love your bullet journals! And oh man.. The guy with the fly! Wow.

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