Facebook Feeling Fat?

I don’t normally do “re-blogs,” but I thought this blog post was rather relevant, and it’s something I would have written about anyway. the author of “Dances With Fat” is one of the few people in this world who is trying to fight “fat-phobia,” as she calls it. She’s doing a lot of good for those of us that have always been teased or discriminated against because of our size. I’m also going to link here to a former blog post of mine that has a similar theme (https://michaelinmadrid.wordpress.com/2014/07/12/people-obsessed-with-my-fat/).

Dances With Fat

If you’re on Facebook you may be aware of an update option where you choose “Feeling…” and then one of the pre-filled answers that include a little drawing to match your current feelings.  A member of the Fit Fatties Forum noticed that one of the options is “Feeling Fat”

Feeling Fat

While I’m happy that the face is smiling, this is irritating to me because fat is not a feeling.  It’s true that people have different definitions of what is being fat, and some people take the attitude that people aren’t fat, they have fat (I’ve already discussed my feelings about why that is problematic).  We can definitely discuss these things but what should be clear is that fat is a descriptor of appearance, and not a feeling. “Hmm, do I feel happy, frustrated, or fat today?”  does not make sense.

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Rushing Christmas

Ok, raise your hand if you think that businesses and the media are pushing Christmas earlier and earlier every year.  Put your hands down…wow, that was a lot of you!

There used to be  a rule in the United States that Christmas decorations and Christmas music didn’t make an appearance until after Thanksgiving.  It wasn’t a written rule, but a general rule that people followed.  These days, I know the rule is not kept.  Many establishments have been known to put up their Christmas wreaths and play “Jingle Bells” on the elevator musak much earlier than Thanksgiving.  There was a radio station in New York that would begin playing Christmas carols in November 1st and wouldn’t stop until after Christmas.  This is insanity!

I love Christmas.  I love the feeling of Christmas, the decorations, the music…everything about it!  I don’t like the cold weather, but spending Christmas in Singapore this year will cure that!  I enjoy going into the mall and seeing the giant Christmas trees and candy canes hung from the ceiling.  I love the gold star and Santa Claus decals on the store windows (like seasonal Colorforms).  I also love the sales that I can take advantage of.  I am one of the few people that actually gets a thrill out of buying gifts for other people.  I love when I can get the perfect gift, or surprise someone with something unexpected.  It’s a great feeling, this “Christmas!”

Unfortunately, I don’t like to have those feelings in October!  Here in Singapore, where Thanksgiving is NOT celebrated, there’s nothing separating the summer from the Christmas season.  Before Halloween I was witnessing Santa Claus decorations and plastic reindeer in the malls.  I sat in a restaurant below a giant Christmas wreath in the middle of October, and walked into Starbuck’s to hear some jazzy rendition of “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” during the first week of November.  Singapore has pushed Christmas 2 months earlier!  In the United States, they set up for Christmas early, but never in OCTOBER!!!

This early Christmas actually diminishes the real Christmas.  If people are preparing for Christmas for so long and seeing and hearing Christmas-related memorabilia for 2 months, they will be jaded and bored by the time December 25th rolls around.  By celebrating Christmas too early, these companies and the media have actually caused people to not celebrate it as much as they would normally.  They are jading people to the Christmas spirit by bombarding them with it in early November.  So, please ignore the music, decorations and that (surprisingly thin) sidewalk Santa until the “proper” time of December, or your Christmas won’t feel as special as it should!


Having to Oil Hair Clippers

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I have an Oster hair clipper that I bought about 15 years ago when I lived in New York.  I love it because it has all the accessories I like, and it trims my beard and neck exactly how I like it.clipper 2  I even bought a designated electrical converter for it, because I haven’t lived in the US for years and the electricity is a different voltage outside the United States.  I have bought 2 more hair clippers in the 15 years since I have had this Oster clipper (a Panasonic and a Wahl), but they are not as good, and they don’t clip my beard the way I like it.  The Panasonic is rechargeable, which serves me no purpose, as I constantly forget to charge things (hence why my mobile phone never works).

When I bought the Oster clipper, it came with a set of attachable combs, small brush (for cleaning), a regular plastic hair comb, scissors and a small bottle of mineral oil (to keep the blades running smoothly).  The mineral oil bottle was very small and, within a couple of years, ran out.  I thought I didn’t need it, and kept using the clipper for a couple of more years until it no longer cut as well and pulled hairs out of my face (very painful).  It was then that I bought the Wahl clipper, but quickly went back to my original one.  I used the oil that came with the new Wahl to oil the old Oster.

clipper 3I took the clipper with me when I moved to Madrid, but I bought a new bottle of mineral oil to use with it.  The new bottle lasted for a long time, and I even moved with it (and my clippers) to China.  While in China, the bottle of oil ran out.  It was then that I bought my Panasonic clipper, because it was next to impossible to find the right mineral oil in China for my Oster clipper.  I quickly became disheartened with the Panasonic clipper, and went back to using my good, old Oster one.  It lasted about 6 months before it started pulling the hairs again.

clipper 1Instead of sucking it up and using the Panasonic one until I could return to the United States and buy more clipper oil, I did something stupid.  I tried using olive oil to lubricate the blades of the clipper.  It worked…for a little while.  After a few uses, I noticed that the clipper blades were sticky, and beginning to catch the hairs again.  I put more and more olive oil on the blades and they became more and more sticky.  They began to rust and, eventually, became permanently stuck together.  I guess that’s the difference between using a mineral oil (the correct kind) and an organic oil (from a plant)!  My beautiful Oster hair clipper had died!

I tried to fix it.  I took it apart and cleaned each blade individually.  I bought more clipper oil when I went back to New York, but the clipper has been irreparably destroyed.  This task of oiling the blades has become troublesome.  The amount of oil they give you with the clipper is enough for 1 or 2 oilings, and that’s it.  Then you’re on your own!  As a hairy man who likes to keep his beard trimmed neatly (I’m not a stupid hipster), I use the clipper 3-4 times a month.  This kind of use is not what the makers of the clipper had in mind and they do not give you enough mineral oil for that kind of use (I wonder how much oil they go through in the barber shops and hair salons)!  They need to provide more oil for the clippers.  The Panasonic one (the one I’m back to using now) didn’t even come with oil, so I’m just waiting for the day when it starts to pull the hairs and not clip them.  My “designer stubble” doesn’t look as clean with the Panasonic clipper, I miss my Oster one.  I have tried to find the same model clipper from Oster, but it’s been discontinued and I don’t want a used set (look at what happened with mine).  I still have my Oster clipper, I can’t bring myself to throw it away.  It gave me so much happiness for all that time.  I guess 15 years isn’t bad for a $25 hair clipper.