Monday, April 26, 2010

Speaking of Worried Moms and Opening Straws on Windows

Hey Listers,

I can’t believe it, but its three years since LAL launched! After three years its pretty hard to come up with new topics every month for this newsletter. So I started asking readers for topics - but not just one topic, thats too typical, ordinary, and simple - instead I decided to ask readers for the most random topics they could think of, and I would pick out two completely random ones to try and tie together. Without further adieu, these weeks topics are “worried moms” and “opening fast food straws”:

Everyone has a mom. And every mom worries. And though every mom may not sweat the small stuff, every mom has, had, or does worry. It’s funny how universal these statements are, “everyone has a mom” and “every mom worries”. They’re like “the sky is blue” and “the grass is green”. Despite these universal truths, that seem so obvious to some, not everyone has wrapped their mind around this fact. In fact, this is something you won’t truly realize until you’re a mom (or dad) yourself.

Speaking of worried moms - Summer Vacations and Senior Trips are right around the corner! And just like Spring Break, summer isn’t just about students with worried moms that make their children call them every night to make sure they aren’t jumping from balconies into pools or neighboring rooms. Summer is still for all ages! Now it might not be as exciting as it used to be, you don’t get 3 months off to do nothing by the pool or take that laid back summer job. But summer is still the time when the weather gets warmer and you take a week of vacation, the seasonal winter blues have officially worn off, Spring rain showers come and go, and it’s time to get back in shape for bikinis and bathing suits.

Ugh. Bathing suits. To many, “bathing suits” can be a completely terrifying and dreadful word. It’s unfortunate. Too many people feel this way! And it’s all because people with no self-discipline order two too many dollar double-cheeseburgers at the fast food drive-thru.

You know what my sister’s favorite thing to do with those fast food straws the second they hand it through the window? Lightly pound (I know, that’s like Jumbo Shrimp) it on the car window, rip off the top, and blow the remaining nine-tenths of that straw directly in my still-somehow-unprepared-to-dodge-this-paper-bullet face. By the way, my sister just turned 40! Happy Birthday Sis!

Lists Hidden in This Newsletter

Homemade Recipe Card Holder for Mom

Top Ten 80s Songs Mom and Dad Hated

Top 10 Ideas for Husbands on Mother's Day

Elvis was a Mamma's Boy: Famous Mother Trivia

Ten Songs That Mom and Dad Hated in the 90s

Summer Solstice: How and Why Seasons Change

Top 10 Holidays We Don't Have Off - BUT SHOULD!

Worst Fast Food You Can Eat

Top 10 Healthiest Fast Food Choices

The Funniest Collection of Oxymorons - Made by YOU

ListAfterList Updates and Reminders

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Your Fellow Lister,

Ryan Pratt


Friday, January 15, 2010

LAL Newsletter: Twenty Tens Don't Make Two-Thousand

It's 2010. And whether you call it twenty-ten or two-thousand ten the decade is over.

A lot has happened in the last ten years. And though we don't yet have a name for it - 2000s? Aughties? Double-Zeros? 2-Ks? - it was a memorable and historically significant period of time.

Do you realize that social networks just popped up around 6 years ago, and that was Friendster, which barely exists anymore. Ten years ago Facebook and Twitter didn't even exist. In 2000, most people weren't carrying around cell phones - let alone iPhones and smartphones. Laptops were the smartphones of today. And do you realize it was ten full years ago, on January 1, 2000, that we were worried about Y2K?!

Then in 2001, the world changed forever with terrorist attacks on 9/11.

In 2002, I was just graduating high school! And slightly less culturally significant, Kelly Clarkson won the first ever season of American Idol. But even more shocking, do you realize that McDonald's first launched its Dollar Menu in October of 2002?!

In 2003, Halle Berry became the first African-American woman to take home the Oscar for Best Actress for her role in Monster's Ball.

In 2004, the first licensed gay marriage occurred in the United States. Followed by the release of Mel Gibson's controversial film "The Passion of the Christ" which portrayed the God-born-flesh more as man than many were comfortable with.

It was all the way back in 2005 that Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans.

On May 27, 2006, Shiloh Jolie-Pitt was born. And her highly-sought-after first photos were sold for a reported $4.1 million.

It was in 2007, that baseball's Mitchell Report was released, souring the names of many of the sport's biggest stars, including Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Later that year Bonds would break Hank Aaron's all-time home-run record. Sports in general had a rough year, with the Tim Donaghy scandal in the NBA, Tour de France and Lance Armstrong doping rumors, the Patriots spygate reports, and Michael Vick's dog-fighting suspension from the NFL.

In 2008, already 2 full years ago, the Lehman Brothers went bankrupt and the first African-American became the President of our country.

And it was just last year, in 2009, a cultural icon for nearly 5 decades, Michael Jackson, died, and in doing so, took down one of the world's most relied on, and trusted sources, Google.

Lists Hidden in This Newsletter
"It was the Best of Times, it was the Worst of Times" and Other Quotes From "A Tale of Two Cities"
10 Animals That Might Be Extinct in 10 Years
Best Reasons to Join a Social Network
How to Extend Your Laptop Battery Life
Some Common Myths about 9-11
List of "American Idol" Winners
Ten Actresses to Win an Oscar for Playing a Hooker
Most Controversial Video Games Ever
Costliest Hurricanes of All-Time
Most Expensive Celebrity Photos
Top 10+ Nicknames for Steroids?
Michael Vick's List of Screw-ups
Top 10 QBs in Madden 10
Who is the Worst U.S. President Ever?
List of Famous Last Words