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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.

Extra Funds

by Layla

I need some extra money so I am going to find a job. I will have to work it into my schedule between school and watching Jerry Springer. It may be good bye Jerry for a while. I will welcome him back when I have finished the short-term job and have secured the necessary funds to get me through a cash crunch time. I have had such jobs before so I am looking for something a bit different than babysitting, tutoring or working at a fast food chain. I want something that will be fun if I am going to put in that extra time. I don’t want to dread going to the job every day. But time goes fast and it will be over soon. So I look at the student job market bulletin board and scan the offerings. Nothing looks good until a notice pops up in my line of vision: lifeguarding at a community pool. I take the notice and walk over to the address listed. It is a nice, but small, above ground pool suitable for an average group of children. It is open during the daytime only and one lifeguard should suffice. In ground pools tend to be on the larger size, so this should be a cinch. It is just hard for the lifeguard to dive in quickly if there is a pending problem.

I told the summer pool program coordinator that I have an eagle eye and would be ideal for the job with my flexible schedule. I had passed the lifeguard’s course months ago just for my own benefit. The coordinator wanted me to pass an exam, a kind of proof of knowledge and rules, and a refresher course that would take an hour since I had been recently licensed. Sure, I said, just say when. I liked the pool area. It was clean and accessible and there was a special lifeguard stand so I could readily see what was going on.

The job started a week later and I loved raking in that extra money while having a good time. I like kids and watching them frolic and play. They talked to me all the time. Apparently, I was part of the fun. The pool was busiest at lunch time and after. This was the time when I had to be most alert. I tried to always get enough sleep to be able to get to work on time and perform my job properly. No late night cavorting. My friends understood. There is a great deal of responsibility when you are a lifeguard. Kids get rambunctious and can dunk each other a little too forcefully. I had to talk to a few of them personally to get them to calm down. Occasionally a parent or two would be at the pool sidelines observing my reign. They told the coordinator that I was a good choice. He was pleased and offered to extend my contract an extra month.

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by Layla

Jerry Springer’s program can be a freak show when it covers certain topics. You would be disappointed if it were any other way. One of them is domestic violence. Horror stories in this area abound, yet audiences eat it up—me included. It is human nature. I think it makes those of us who are not facing this scenario feel better about our lives. We sort of live vicariously through others, however, and it is a psychological fact of life.

When couples turn to ugly violence, the subject of weapons sometimes comes up. I have heard more than one battered wife complain about a ruthless husband who either threatens with a gun drawn at her or makes mention of it as a kind of challenge. It is a way to have complete dominance over another person and it is insidious. Organisations like Gun Allegiance are working to promote responsible gun ownership – after all, every right comes with a responsibility. Wives who live in such fear need a safe house for protection. Far too many accidents occur even when the bearer of the firearm does not have a specific intention. People in anger easily get out of control.

It is interesting that show sponsors are companies that in some way relate to the topic of the day. In terms of domestic violence, I have seen wall and gun safe businesses buy advertising. I have also seen such companies get free promotional consideration when the subject turns to safety in the home. Any family that has a gun on premises needs to hear a sponsor out on eliminating access. You must never leave a dial combination lock inactivated or give out an electronic code. You must not keep the guns in plain sight.

More often than not, a wall safe is used for multiple purposes. People keep important documents there, jewelry, cash, as well as a weapon or two. You want fire, flood, earthquake, and theft protection. But on the negative side, the safe gets opened a bit too often, posing risks for the home inhabitants. It is never a good idea for children to see an exposed gun on regular occasions. You can explain that there is one without divulging its whereabouts.

While guns are certainly within the law and are often needed for self-protection, they should never be used as a threat in a domestic situation. Too many of these can go awry if tempers flare to the boiling point. I can appreciate that these gun safe sponsors are not touting the possession of weapons for their own sake but focus more on housing them to keep family members from harm. They suggest that one person be in control and warn others of possible peril.

Beyond touting extreme care and caution, I also appreciate the way gun safe companies offer options and safeguards. For example, you can elect to operate your safe by voice command, fingerprint, date of birth, etc. It is called biometrics. You can also place the safe on a closet wall as opposed to the den or rec room for example. No matter what you do, security is the major concern and the motivation for having the unit in the first place.