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Not What I Was Hoping For

by Layla

I love TV. If I didn’t, I wouldn’t be such a rabid fan of Jerry Springer. When the program is on, I am glued to the big screen. It used to be called the small screen, but alas, we now have super-sized plasma TVs at home. If you have something under 40 inches, you are out of it. The bigger the better, and you need one in every room. I like the way it makes Jerry bigger than life. After all, he has had a huge impact on the industry. He is going to outlive all other big-name hosts. This said, I must tell you about a weird experience in a television station in this blog. I will refrain from recounting the people I have seen on Jerry’s recent shows. If you are a fan, you know the types: obese moms and recalcitrant children who refuse to cooperate. Husbands have their own minds and cheat at will. No one is happy and everyone is depraved in his or her own way. Men and women are all alike in this state of disgrace. I love it. It is the worst of humanity and I can sit and feel superior. Ha!

Back to the TV station. I had been looking for a good internship in my area that wouldn’t be a long commute. I wanted it to be productive so that I would leave saying that I had learned something of value. It would have to parlay into another job, part time or permanent. I didn’t want to waste my time. Thus, I was thrilled to read about an internship online at this afore-mentioned TV station. It was right up my alley as they say. When I got there, I thought I fit right in. It was more than I expected. Unfortunately, it was not what I hoped for. Let me tell you why.

It was a one-month internship that would place me working for one of the producers. I would be right there in the middle of the action. I jumped at it and went to work the first day with a great attitude. I was given menial jobs and errands and over time, it didn’t get much better. I really balked the day I was asked to vacuum the stairs. A quick look online and I’d discovered The Clean Home, but then even after their advice, I still had to find the right attachments and carry the darn thing a very long distance. It took forever to find a place to plug it in. I did the job reluctantly for some odd reason. But my thoughts got the better of me. I was demeaned by this work and it had no bearing on my life as a student or my future as any kind of professional. I stopped midway through the stairs and just left the stupid machine right there for someone to trip over. I wasn’t being trained to be a producer; I was training to be a maid!

Getting Around

by Layla

For shame. I have taken a break from Jerry Springer to work on some personal projects of particular concern. I am in need of some warm winter cycling gloves and I have to spend time online or in stores checking them out. I want good looks, value, versatility, and of course top quality. I don’t want them to wear out in but one wintery season. Waterproofing is of the essence because when the gloves get wet, they start to deteriorate. The better ones are fine for the season and many more to come, and they are worth the extra money.

So Jerry is a side interest right now as I get my winter accessories in place for the winter onslaught. You must be assuming that I ride a bike, and you would be right. It is my transportation of choice to and on campus, even in the cold. I have a good down jacket, boots, and soon the perfect gloves. It is my modus operandi right now along with many others who don’t own cars. You get used to the elements and most trips to school and back are short and sweet. Plus, I like to go from building to building fast on my bike which I station right in front of the classroom building. In fact, it is so much easier to maneuver a bike in the snow than a car. You might have to de-ice it, dig it out, and walk for a mile from the nearest parking. No thanks. My bike gear is ready to roll this season and a pair of winter cycling gloves are all I need to complete my look. I bought them after reading this review site: http://www.onroadandmountain.com/best-cycling-gloves/. You will see me flying across campus on even the coldest days—completely bundled up with knitted hat and matching scarf. You almost won’t recognize me in my camouflage. That’s what winter is all about.

I have to report that my new gloves have had a trial run and have performed to perfection. I can grip the handlebars and flex my fingers with ease. They are warm and yet not bulky at all. The lining is a special fabric designed to keep the hands comfortable without compressing them. This is the answer to my prayers: to get something functional, useful, and superior. I take my biking seriously as it is the best mode of campus transportation I know. I am not to be left out in the cold without proper attire. At holiday time, this makes the perfect gift for your student cyclist and it is perfect for any age. Now that I have the gloves in hand, literally, I am ready to go back to Jerry Springer as a loyal fan. I am not going to abandon that special status. I don’t let a few classes or homework get in the way. Jerry has been around so long that is virtually no one on the planet who hasn’t seen more than one show. I just wanted to throw that in after I have related the story of my new gloves.