Monday, October 20, 2014

Walgreens And Peeps And Bears, Oh My!

For those of you who have been reading my blog for some time now, know of my dislike for PEEPS.

I don’t like Peeps for two reasons:

1. I don’t like marshmallow. And especially marshmallow coated with sugar. GROSS!
2. And I don’t like that suddenly all the holidays have a Peep associated with them, when in fact, Peeps are baby chicks. They’re not bunnies; they’re not Halloween ghosts or pumpkins; they’re not Thanksgiving Day turkeys; they’re not Christmas trees or Santa’s.

A Peep is a baby chick and should remain a baby chick.

Last Saturday night I walked over to Walgreens because I needed a couple of things (laundry detergent, hand cream, and shaving razors). And for some reason, I decided to take my camera along because my intuition told me, “Ron, take your camera because you're going to be inspired for another blog post.”

The Walgreens I shop in is HUGE and has three floors. The third floor was where I needed to go because all the items I wanted to purchase were located there.

And as I strolled through the seasonal section on the third floor, I began to feel as though I had entered the Peep Twilight Zone and was about to experience my greatest nightmare because everywhere I looked there were friggin' PEEPS.

Here, take a look…

No sooner had I stepped off the escalator and turned around, I saw Peeps mixed in with the Halloween stuff. And what's with the Mickey Mouse Trick-or-Treat Pumpkin candy carrier? Since when did pumpkins grow Mickey Mouse ears?

Fuzzy bunny Peep pillows.

Peep ghosts and more bunny and chick pillows.

Peep pumpkins and boxes of individually wrapped Peep chicks.

A Peep coloring case. Tell me something, why would anyone want to PAINT a Peep when it's something you EAT?

Peep sun visor hats.

Peep luggage tags and key rings.

*Please note: it was about this time when I began pulling my hair out and screaming throughout Walgreens, "NO...NO...STOP WITH THE PEEPS. I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!!!"

Peep stickers.

I've decided that when I die, this is the shirt I want to be cremated in.

And as an added bonus to this post, I would like to share something I saw as I turned to walk down one of the aisles. Look real close at what's happening here...

Do you see what I see? And no, I swear that I didn't position the bears this way, someone else did. But judging from the smile on that brown bears' face, it looks like he/she is enjoying it...

Happy Monday, y'all!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Your Feedback On Disqus Please

Today I would like to ask for your feedback on Disqus because every so often I will have several of my readers mention that they had problems leaving a comment. Things like: their comment not showing after they hit the publish button, or their comment was visible to them after they hit the publish button, yet when they came back to read my response they noticed that their comment had disappeared. I’ve also heard that Disqus didn’t recognize their email address; therefore they couldn’t leave a comment.

Now I have to say that outside of experiencing an occasional technical glitch, such as the comment box not loading properly on my blog due to something going haywire over at Disqus, I have never had a problem leaving comments on a blog that uses Disqus. Never. Yet it seems that some people do. And this puzzles me because I find Disqus very easy to leave a comment.

Perhaps it’s because I have an account set up on Disqus and use it on my blog, that it might be easier than for those who don’t because all my information is remembered whenever I log in to leave a comment.

For anyone out there who uses Disqus on your blog, I’m sure you would agree that it's awesome, especially if you’re on Blogger because it has a TON more features than Bloggers’ native commenting system. And I also know many bloggers who are on WordPress, yet still choose to use Disqus on their blogs.

There is one thing though that I wish Disqus would bring back. And that was the feature that allowed those who don't have an account set up with them and wish to log in and comment as a guest, to include their blog URL link. I really don't like that they took that feature away.

Personally, I love using Disqus because it instantly notifies you with comment notification and allows for a more conversational engagement. It also has many other great features and benefits. Is it without issues? No, of course not. But no commenting system is without issues. However, one of the many positive things about Disqus is that whenever a technical issue occurs, they correct it promptly.

Anyway, please feel free to share your feedback on Disqus and let me know if you experience specific problems so that I’m aware of it. And for those of you who use Disqus on your own blog, do your readers ever say that they have problems leaving comments? Because I'm curious to know.

For those of you who have had difficulties in the past leaving comments on my blog, I sincerely apologize and know that it is a concern of mine.

Thank you for your feedback everyone.

Have a super weekend!