Friday, August 17, 2007

Big Styrofoam Things?

So welcome to the first post in what I hope to be a blog that examines the small things in life as well as those things that just irk me. Just like big styrofoam things.

So you may be asking, "Big styrofoam things?" The explanation is simple. Purchase a new stereo, a computer, anything really that is in someway fragile and along with your purchase you'll receive big styrofoam things. On one hand, they're so important. Their purpose is obvious, and for the most part they perform their jobs admirably. On the other hand, they irk me. What do I do with them afterwards? If I give them to my kids, I find polystyrene fragments all over the place. Recycling them in my area is difficult (though not impossible). And then there's the fact that Dow Chemical has the trademark on the "Styrofoam" brand name of polystyrene. That irks me.

"Big Styrofoam Things" is also the name of the fictional band my college buddy and former roomate, David Wannop (aka "Dave Gold"), and I decided to form during a late night radio show we hosted at Temple University's Ambler Campus. The band remains imaginary, but if it were ever to come to fruition, it would probably look something like Hurra Torpedo.

And that should be enough to give you some idea of what I'm talking about here. If not, then check back. Something else is bound to show up.

Topics for this site include but would never be limited to:

Education (I am a teacher).
HS Lincoln Douglas debate
Poetry
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and so....

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Since this involves things that irk people, I'd like to know what people think about these random signs that get posted on the side of the road. They say things like "Donate Your Car" and "We Buy Houses"--just about anything people will respond to. Yard sale signs and election signs are one thing, but they in themselves have become a slippery slope to private comanies simply putting "Gutter Cleaning" and a phone number on an 18x28 rectangle that gets planted in the grass at various intersections.

And it's worse than even pop-up ads on the computer, for at least someone paid someone else for the right to advertise to you. With these signs,
people just post them wherever they want. free of charge. And like junk mail, it only takes a small percentage of business to make it profitable.

And yes, I stayed on topic, for these signs are often BIG and made of STYROFOAM. And these THINGS irk me.

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