There Are Days…

… when I feel like a super turd for complaining stupid shit.  For example, I cooked some amazing enchiladas on Sunday (I’ll post pics tomorrow) that involved cutting up a jalepeno.  That was Sunday.  I have washed and scrubbed my hands PLENTY since then but still cannot get my contacts in because my hands are still covered in jalepeno juice.  Do you want to know what it feels like to get jalepeno in your eye?  It feels like you are poking your eye with something sharp.  It is awful.  It will make you cry.  It will also make you look like an idiot when you are trying to hold the contact against your eye to somehow overcome the awful burning sensation.  And that was my morning.

But every so often, I’ll watch something on TV or read an article that makes my problems seem ridiculous.  Nicole blogged about a movie that chronicles an elderly deaf couple as they undergo cochlear implact surgery together so that they can hear for the first time… together.  And dammit, I cried when I read about this movie.  I don’t want to say that deaf people have a terrible life but these people aren’t taking a woe is me approach to things (not that I’ve seen the movie – I’m making this assumption).  And here I am bitching about jalapeno juice.

Then there was the article in November’s issue of RUnner’s World about competitive runner Jenny Crain.  She was hit by a car (1 mile from her house) and while she is still alive, she definitely is not running.  It was shocking to see her current pictures compared to those of when she was running.  She looks like a different person (and by reading the article – IS a different person).

Then I can’t forget about Matt Long.  Holy hell – this man was hit by a bus, dragged along for some distance, had his insides ripped open and completed a maraton (and an IronMan!).

If this doesn’t get me over my whole “boo hoo my knee hurts and I couldn’t run for a month and I’m going to do terribly at the marathon”, then I really am a super turd.

But seriously – this jalepeno juice is no joke!  I’m going to be soaking my hands in lemon juice followed by a quick scrub with bleach tonight. 

I’d also like to add that I sent a nasty e-mail to Runner’s World’s customer service to complain about their subscription renewal price.  I have somehow turned into my mother (who is only cheap when it comes to really random things).  I got a bill from Runner’s World to renew for 1 year for $19.97.  This same issue contained inserts advertising 1 year subscriptions for $12.  Um… huh?  So I tweeted to them (and they politely responded that it was an introductory rate).  But still – shouldn’t returning customers be recognized?  Their renewal apparently comes with 6 additional issues so it’s 18 issues for $19.97.  That roughly breaks down to $1.10/issue vs. $1/issue for the introductory subscription.  So yes… I am bitching about 10 cents. 

It’s the principle.

Clearly I need something to focus on these days because when I’m left feeling blah – I focus on 10 cents.

**Update about Runner’s World**

On top of my tweeting to Runner’s World, I sent a nice e-mail (I swear it was nice) to their customer service asking if they’d honor their insert price for a returning customer.  And wouldn’t you know, they will!  Yes – I argued about an additional $1.20… but score for Runner’s World and their good customer service.  I will renew for 2 years, thank you.



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5 responses to “There Are Days…

  1. Nicole

    Kim, if you guys get HBO at home, seriously watch this film. I haven’t watched something so beautiful in some time. Be prepared to cry though, because it’s heartbreaking (in a real hopeful, human way). This couple’s relationship is inspiring, but even more, the curious joy in them hearing themselves for the first time…

    anyway, I feel like I’ve spoiled enough.

    Let me know if you check it out.

    We’re so lame because we don’t get HBO (or any of those fancy movie channels). My only hope is for this to come out on DVD!

  2. I am the same way when i read or see stories about people who have it a whole hell of a lot worse off than me. I have no right to complain about anything, but for some reason I still do! ugh.

    Its hard not to!

  3. I complain too then feel like a jerk when I hear/see a story about someone who has it worse than I and they’re not complaining.

    And good for you for getting the lower rate on the renewal! I’m tired of long-time customers getting the shaft. Let’s reward some loyalty for a change.

    Thank you! I understand the need to attract new customers but let’s not forget about the loyal customer! Sheesh!

  4. But seriously – this jalepeno juice is no joke!

    No it’s really not is it?

    Today was the first day I could put my contacts in… but even then there was a mild sting.

  5. All I’m gonna say is numbers of subscription and their already ridiculously pitiful prices help pay journalists. And keep them working in their field. Something that some of us don’t have the opportunity to do right now. And it’s depressing.

    I never thought of it that way! I guess I should feel a little better that I subscribe to so many magazines then (it really is quite sad the number of magazine subscriptions that come to my house).

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