Bumper Stickers: Funny, Controversial, and Just Plain Stupid

Do you love or hate bumper stickers (and magnets/decals)? Some people see them as obnoxious because the person using them had the arrogance to state his opinions on his vehicle. Car enthusiasts hate them because they ruin the car. And some lame people, like me, love them because they give me something to look at while commuting.

There were a ton of stickers on my old car, and it was fun to gauge people’s reactions. I got a lot of “thumbs up,” but I also got some rude people, and I don’t think it was my imagination, but tailgaters seemed more vicious when I had my old car. I don’t think I’ll put any stickers on my new car until it’s at least 10 years old… or maybe I won’t put any on at all.

On the other hand, my husband’s car (same age as mine) is absolutely plastered with stickers, and they are all related to Catholicism. One time, someone passed us and held up his rosary in solidarity. Another time, someone waited for my husband outside a store and cursed him out. (Something to the tune of “How dare you support those pedophile priests?!?” but much more rude.)

Are bumper stickers foolish? Probably just as foolish as vanity plates, because they are attention getting, but in the best case, they could lead to interesting conversations or even friendships. In the days before social media, bumper stickers were a good way to share your opinions and beliefs with the world, but now, most people probably just consider them tacky.

My favorite sticker? A hard choice, but I pick this one. There’s another I like with “0.0” and below that, in smaller letters, it says, “I don’t run.” I guess it’s making fun of people who have those 26.2 and 13.1 stickers bragging to the world that they can run insanely long distances and are much healthier than the rest of us.

My least favorite sticker? This one, followed by the one that shows a curvy girl’s silhouette. They’re like those metal bull balls that some people put on their truck’s hitch: just plain stupid.

Thursday Three #47

Observations on three songs from the local Top 40 station:

  1. Ariana Grande – “Break Up with Your Girlfriend, I’m Bored.” Everything about this song is repulsive. I have never liked Ariana Grande; she always struck me as, frankly, ditzy and a bit of a slut. Or maybe I’m conflating her with her character from that idiotic Nickelodeon show Sam & Cat. I can only hope she wrote the song with a sense of humor because it could be funny, but I just can’t find the humor. Someone should write a song in response called “Stay Away from My Boyfriend, Get a Life.”
  2. Post Malone – “Better Now.” For some reason, I love everything I have heard by Post Malone. He has such a chill persona. When I listen, I feel like I’m wearing a stained tank top, sitting on an ancient couch in a filthy apartment with cigarette smoke floating around me, and drinking a beer while my homies banter in the kitchen. That is the vibe of his music. This song is about a guy with a broken heart, but even so, he still sounds so calm about it. This lyric sums it all up: “Life, it goes on, what can you do?”
  3. Marshmello, CHVRCHES – “Here with Me.” Probably the sweetest, most innocuous song on the radio today. I doubt I hear it much in a couple of months because of that, but I’ll enjoy it while it lasts. Reminds me of freshman year of high school, where life was all about innocent crushes and the biggest problem I had was homework.

Ninth Blogiversary

Today’s my ninth blogiversary… and judging by statistics, my blog is basically dead, probably because of a combination of (1) I don’t post regularly anymore, (2) I post about religion more often than I used to and people get offended, (3) most of my posts are too dang long, and (4) I very rarely comment on others’ blogs. Also, if I really wanted to get pageviews and subscribers, I would have to make this blog a lot more specific, which would get boring. So there’s four directions I could go if I wanted to make it more “niche”: (1) writing, (2) book reviews, (3) “mommy” blog, or (4) Catholicism.

Honestly, I don’t write enough fiction these days to warrant making this strictly a writing blog. Book reviews and Catholicism are nice to write about every once in a while when I have something to say, but I don’t think I could dedicate the entire blog to either of them. And I’ve always found “mommy” blogs repugnant, especially if they end up being “TMI.” The only reason I’d even consider it is because it’s an easy topic. From what I’ve observed, people love talking about their kids, but not too many people like listening.

Blogging in general seems to have lost popularity over the years. People seem to be more interested in sites like Instagram, Pinterest, and Snapchat, which are based on images and not text. I could add images to the blog, but copyright becomes a problem unless I create my own graphics or take my own pictures. And I don’t do either of those because I’m not a graphic designer or a photographer.

Or, if I really wanted the blog to be easier on the eyes, I could do the sensible thing and break long posts up into bullet lists, several shorter posts, or divide the content under headings. But not all of my posts lend themselves to that, and it requires planning and multiple drafts. I don’t think I’ve ever really planned or done multiple drafts. I just type something and schedule it to be posted.

So in short, I doubt I change anything. This blog will continue to be a mashup of whatever the heck I want to write. It is a lot of work to run a blog and get a consistent following and number of comments and views, and to be honest, blogging goes way, way down on the priority list when you have a kid.

Nevertheless, I will carry on. 🙂 I have too much fun writing. Thank you to those who do continue to read!