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Welcome to bonniegoat.com – the online playground, clearinghouse, creative space, and therapeutic outlet of Bo Dash. Within this site, you'll find rants, ruminations, reflections, revelations, and whatever else floats my boat (goat?) at any given moment.

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You’ll like this cuz it’s like that
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Control yourself
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Wisdom of the day
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Crazy Goats on Cliffs – It’s just what they do
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Annoying Ads
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Vote ’em out!
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Quit yer crying
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Reactions to Short Skirt Long Jacket
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Get me or don’t
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Buchanan: House Republicans Should Destroy America

You’ll like this cuz it’s like that

I “liked” the Lowell George page on Facebook a little while ago.

I was then immediately bombarded with suggestions about other musical artists’ pages I might like to “like”… and, frankly, Facebook’s suggestion that I might appreciate the “The Band” page is rather annoying (almost as annoying as the music of The Band itself).

I adore Fiona Apple. However… in no universe and under no sun does that mean I’d also be enamored of Regina Spektor or Tori Amos. As a matter of fact, my top five favorite female vocalists have NOTHING in common — neither genre, style, quality, pitch, phrasing, nor vocal range.

I’ve been obsessing on Law & Order: Criminal Intent for well over a decade. But, unlike the folks out there who can’t seem to differentiate between well-penned procedurals with complex leads and formulaic drivel with cardboard characters, I do not have the slightest regard for Criminal Minds. Nor would I, even if it were the only thing on.

I won’t eat at a chain restaurant if given a choice… but don’t think that means I idolize Alice Waters or am impressed by trendy foodie establishments and their respective overpriced wine selections.

I rabidly support women’s reproductive rights and gurrrl power. It does not necessarily follow that I wish to ban guns or outlaw nuclear power. Or even that I’m offended by wolf whistles from construction workers.

Don’t box me in.

And while I’m at it, do not offer me poor man’s substitutes, figuring I won’t know the difference.

If I want butter, margarine just won’t do. And ground turkey will never ever cut the mustard (or the mayo, pickle, lettuce, and tomato).

The algorithms of retailers, lobbyists, and other commercial concerns (including Facebook) don’t work on me… and I find the expectation that they would highly insulting.

Don’t box me in.

I don’t vote straight ticket and my taste is my own.

And just because, in the limited imagination of many, A = B, it actually doesn’t… so please don’t ever assume you know what I like or would like/think/say/do about/in any situation or with regard to anything.

Unless you actually, ya know, KNOW.

And chances are, you don’t.

Control yourself

This relates to my previous post about impulse control.  It has become tiresome to have to repeat it.  It’s also become tedious to be the brunt of name calling simply because I insist on respect for my personal boundaries.  But I do what I have to so, so here it is (again):

I do not enjoy being “poked” on Facebook. I consider poking to be exceptionally rude. It annoys me. It pisses me off.

So just don’t do it, okay?

Don’t poke me. Don’t allude to poking me. Don’t make jokes about pokes or poking me on my wall or in tags that bear my name. Most of all, don’t make excuses or try to justify any of the above. Just don’t do it.

If you can’t control your childish impulses and follow this one simple rule when visiting my Facebook profile, prepare to be dropped and blocked.

Annoying Ads

I understand the psychology behind annoying TV/radio/internet commercials. And, yes, I might REMEMBER the name of a product/service based on such an advertising strategy. However, under no circumstances will I spend money on something if I am annoyed or in any way offended by its advertising.

Since annoying and offensive commercials have been on the rise over the past few decades, I can only conclude that I am not the typical consumer and that I fall outside of any relevant demographic.

 

Quit yer crying

If you have the money, you can pay someone else to do it for you.

If you don’t have the money, you can do it for yourself.

If you don’t have the money and you don’t know how to do it, you have one of the following options:

  • figure it out intuitively and then do it for yourself
  • take the time/energy to educate yourself and then do it for yourself
  • trade a favor or a skill you do have with someone else who can do it for you
  • wring your hands, bitch and moan, and basically act like an ineffectual little crybaby with no power over your own attitude

 

It’s your choice.

What am I talking about?  EVERYTHING.

Get me or don’t

I totally get Fiona Apple.

Why?

Because she is misunderstood by many people, and I can relate to that.

Fiona has been accused many times of being sullen, unstable, overly sensitive, melodramatic, etc. She is none of those things. Yes, she is sensitive (due to her inherent nature, the cruel treatment she endured in grade school, and having been raped at age 11)…. but she is not TOO sensitive and her feelings are not unjustifiable. And on top of that, there’s nothing wrong with being a sensitive person.

If Fiona is anything, she’s HONEST. She is the most honest person perhaps ever to walk this earth.  She’s direct and doesn’t do small talk.  Basically, if she has nothing to say, she says nothing.  She doesn’t talk or write unless she has a reason. Honest, true to herself, no bullshit…. and that makes people very uncomfortable. But that’s on them, not her.

I have been accused many times of being angry, mean-spirited, overly sensitive, too outspoken, etc. I am none of those things. Yes, I am sensitive (due to my inherent nature and my upbringing)…. but I am not TOO sensitive and on the rare occasion that my feelings are unjustifiable, I own it. And on top of that, there’s nothing wrong with being outspoken.

If I am anything, I am particular. And I am direct. I have strong opinions and I like to make them known. I rant. I employ hyperbole at times as a vehicle for making my point. And I have a low irritation threshold. But I am very rarely angry and I certainly don’t hate anyone (other than maybe people who torture animals). I try to be honest and true to myself… and when I bullshit, I freely admit it. I deeply appreciate the people who understand and appreciate me because I think most don’t.  And because they don’t, they feel uncomfortable. But that’s on them, not me.

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