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Rat Haters, Begone
Internet round-up for the week of September 4, 2023
Happy Friday, buds!
The move countdown is officially on, and the packing and sorting has begun! I have already sold one thing on eBay this week and TWO on Facebook Marketplace!
Turns out selling stuff on Facebook Marketplace is a lot easier than buying stuff. I only had to talk to about 10 people and until they showed up and gave me monies (less than I asked for, but monies nonetheless). I’m quite pleased.
Plus, while I’m working on stuff, I can binge entire seasons of cooking shows. I’ve already made it through Outchefed, Bobby’s Triple Threat, and Summer Baking Championship.
One thing I’ve noticed as I’ve been going through our office this week is that I still have a lot of stuff from my Yelp and Google desks. Everything was mailed to me — not something I cleaned out myself — and I’m thinking maybe part of the reason I was hanging on to stuff is that I was lacking some closure around leaving those jobs.
Obviously with Google, it was like — one day I was there, the next gone, and I never got a chance to pack up my things. And with Yelp, in some ways, it was kind of the same — one day I was at work, then the pandemic hit, and then I just…never saw most of my coworkers in person ever again. Which is…kind of crazy? Like, leaving a job intentionally is one thing, but being stuck at home still working together but never getting to go to Monk’s and have beer cheese tots and a blush Aspall cider during lunch just feels weird. I wonder if this is a common experience with folks? Like, somehow still “working” together, but also not? It’s odd.
It’s a lot of junk — desk organizers, pens, notebooks — mostly office supplies and a few little knicknacks I was using as decor. Nothing really valuable. It feels good to be letting go, though. I’m ready for a fresh start. (Except for the lava lamp we won at FTW (glorified Dave & Buster’s) — that’s staying. I mean, it’s a PINK LAVA LAMP. I’m not crazy.)
I truly cannot WAIT to be settled again. I am a lot less stressed this year than I was last time around — it’s kind of a relief to be going back to a place you’re super comfortable with (and is dangerouslyclose to the Gethsemane Garden Center).
Like, night one I’m going to be able to go to Whole Foods and Target because I know exactly where they are, plus they’re not going to be so incredibly packed that we have to circle the parking lot for 25 minutes. I can just drop my clothes off at the dry cleaners and go to the dentist and get a steamed bagel sandwich (can you tell I’m really missing CBA?).
Even though I’ve been going through a pile of junk this week, I’ve still had plenty of time online, so here’s what I’ve got for ya:
Rat City, Bitch
A tweet complaining about rats in NYC went viral this week, featuring this adorable video:
I MEAN COME ON. Look at their widdle heads!!
Then an artist, Gabrielle Drolet, drew this sweet cartoon of the little guys that went even more viral:
And of course this means the Rat Discourse™ is back, and I’m sorry, but how can you not look at that video and see sweet little cuties just living their lives?? Leave rats alone! Learn to live with them! Give them everything they want! They’re not hurting anybody!
If you don’t like trash on the street in NYC that is totally fine and understandable, but do not blame the rats!! They’re just getting food, which they have to do to live! Honestly. How would these guys feel if I shined a gigantic spotlight on Nobu or kicked it into the street? Rat haters, begone!!
Subscribe, but only if you like rats.
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Okay. The gentle twirl? The different colors on every side? Objectively perfect in every way.
Also, for the record: Gene Wilder is the only Willy Wonka I recognize.
I have no use at all for the Johnny Depp as Wonka abomination (haven’t seen it, won’t see it), and I’m sorry to Timothy Chevrolet but I am unlikely to watch his prequel movie as well. I will, however, accept a film staring Jeremy Allen White as Wonka, because he has the correct vibe. Casting agents, please get this settled ASAP.
Is there a developer somewhere, who, upon seeing this random string of characters, can point to exactly what this does? I have worked in tech for my entire career and have absolutely no idea what’s happening here. Why is the operating system like this??
Randomly Selected Animal Cutie
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I can’t decide if it’s a good or a bad thing to put this lil viewing box in your aquarium for your cats. On the one hand, what a fun little experience for them!! Plus, they look hilarious in there. On the other — are you just setting them up for a lifetime of disappointment while they try to catch these fish? And are these guys in here like…all the time just scratching away at the glass??
“Kitties! Dinner time!”
“Not now Møther, we are in the box.”
That’s it from me this week! I’m headed back to go through some more stuff from the office and put the important things safely into boxes. Have a great weekend!
For my bank account, not my health.
I looked up their website to link it and am furious I’m missing the sidewalk sale this weekend. I’m hoping I’ll still get there in time to pick up any leftover summer plants that need homes for cheap. 🤞🏻