5 Dangerous and Rude Habits TV and Video Games Teach

Five of the worst habits Americans have gleaned from television and video games are bad for themselves or others.

  • Shoes on furniture & body

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Putting the bottoms of your outdoor shoes on public seating, furniture, yourself and others is a fantastic way to get strangers’ spit, vomit, urine, feces, and garbage into your mouth. And you don’t have to be the offending person to be prety to this habit.

Anyone who brushes their butt off when leaving a public seat is susceptible to other people who put the bottoms of their shoes on seats.

I have seen outside shoes in saunas where some people don’t use towels (that’s another layer of grossness). When confronted with infractions of outside gear, the visitor defiantly replied, “Noted,” as she walked her dirty shoes to the higher-tiered seating and sat her outside jeans on the bench.

As in these photos I took, the girl later put her foot down, had her hands all over her lap and legs where that shoe touched. Before I could count to 20, she did put her hand in her mouth. More than once.

Below, this baby was walking on the chairs and table before it sat down. In a diaper. Yummy!

This happens with backpacks on the floor lifted to the lap, pets you walk outside or that use a litter box, then share your furniture or a bed. EW! People eat their food at and rest their hands on these tables.


You do not know who did what to surfaces before you got there.

  • Toes Point Forward
Forward foot position causes ankle, knee, hip, and spine misalignments that cause pain and long-term damage. If you want to keep healthcare & insurance busy, point your toes forward.

Forward foot position causes ankle, knee, hip, and spine misalignments that cause pain and long-term damage. If you want to keep healthcare & insurance busy, point your toes forward.

WRONG. The skeleton is MEANT to have toes point slightly outward unless running, but TV and magazines will show you differently because of how it looks on-camera; pointing toes forward leads to knock-knees, improper ankle, knee, hip, and spine alignment leading to long-term injury. Know your skeleton & DO YOUR RESEARCH.

  • Walking barefoot in public
A perfect way to make sure you come into direct contact with spit, urine, feces, vomit, dead stuff, old food, garbage- you name it.

A perfect way to make sure you come into direct contact with spit, urine, feces, vomit, dead stuff, old food, garbage- you name it.

Seriously, this is the ultimate mindlessness. Cut yourself and what happens? Stupid. Then go home to your Sig’O and stick your toes in their mouth. Ew, again.

  • Standing still during or after intense cardio


When working out or running hard, stand still without decreasing your heart rate and ask yourself what happens when you slam on the brakes of a tractor trailer filled with water. That’s what happens when your heart rate is up; blood and oxygen slam through your veins and lungs- and you act like a video game avatar bored and waiting. You are not standing up from your sofa, waiting for the traffic light to the fridge.


According to Heart.org, the average resting heart rate is 60-80 beats per minute, but it’s usually lower for physically fit people. It also rises with age. The maximum heart rate is approximately 200-190 bpm for healthy people between 20 & 30 years old.

Need proof? Here’s one example:

In 1984, at the age of 38, artist Patric Nagel (Duran Duran Rio cover art) participated in a 15-minute celebrity “Aerobathon” to raise funds for the American Heart Association. Afterwards, he was found dead in his car, and doctors determined by autopsy that he had suffered a heart attack.

  • Entitlement
Lesson in sharing &  waiting your turn to "be next"

Lesson in sharing & waiting your turn to “be next”

Strollers 2 or 3 abreast: Children are missing the skill of inferring their “turn”. They are growing up without the understanding of patience in the moment, understanding of the situation. I watched 3 young siblings squeeze through a retail doorway like the Three Stooges because that’s what they equated what was to be done.

Also witnessed often is groups of two or more people causing elderly folks to stand on lawns or in the street because the group doesn’t comprehend the politeness of moving into a single-file formation. Nonsense.

Dog bite black eye today: “Ode to Autumn” now available ;)

Today’s hues really go well with the season, as noticed by Jules, the very funny barista at Starbucks in Edgewater.

Eye10262014 The darkest is a gorgeous burgundy accented with ocher and yellow.

Tough enough to stare street thugs in the eye, soft enough to have people think I’m a battered woman. A Seven-year-old asking, “What happened to your eye?!” Hushed by Mom who is visibly relieved to hear, “Dog bite,” to give a free lesson about dogs who look friendly, but are unpredictable. “See? See what can happen? Don’t pet other people’s dogs. They don’t know you!”

Glad I could be of service, M’am. *wink*

Healing wicked fast!! This is only 4 days old

If you need a background/atmosphere actor to portray a tough chick, cop, victim or corpse, I’m your gal.

It’s a dog bite !

And telling people that is another kind of judgment altogether; because what kind of person gets bitten by a dog?! Animals a great judges of character, right??

It's a dog bite! And doesn't it make me look like an authentic cop?

It’s a dog bite! And doesn’t it make me look like an authentic cop?

My friends know that I’m like Snow flippin’ White with the animals… lol… Seriously, my old friends know. But strangers don’t. And here begins a lesson in STRANGERS and book covers…

I just saw a big, fluffy dog in the bank with the smile of a Samoyed and I asked to pet him. Even with a skinny-strap muzzle, the owner said that he was concerned the dog might jump up on me, but I’ve had large dogs and he didn’t give me any signs that he might be overly aggressive. That was no signs of aggression until if I ran my  fingers over the dog’s muzzle. Suddenly, the big fluffy smiliy dog turned into Cujo and he went for my eye. Fortunately, my eye is fine,and maybe I got what I deserved; I didn’t understand the whole situation. I just saw a cute dog.

So, that’s why I am not pressing charges. On the other hand, I am in the process of letting the owner know that a cage muzzle, police dog style, might be more comfortable and appropriate for that pup. His looks are deceiving and if the owner said, “I’m concerned he might jump up on you and bite your face off,” my choices would have been different. If the owner has issues with full-disclosure about his cute looking dog, he can use a cage muzzle and tell people, “He tends to eat what he finds,” and still be truthful without being graphic.

It happened Wednesday at 5pm in a bank. At 9pm, I went to the hospital. Chicago PD was on the waiting room TV & I had a fitting to be a background uniform cop on Friday, the 24, which was my birthday…

However, It was THE BEST birthday ever to be on set of ChicagoPD. Sorry if my eye made anyone uncomfortable! Hopefully it brought some cool diversity to the scene.  Everyone did such a great job and it was an AWESOME experience. Not to mention the incredible, unseasonably beautiful day they picked for shooting. Viewers will appreciate all that it was.

The lovely people I met and was privileged to watch work (wow!! I !!), the fun  of saluting after so long out of the military, feeling the energy put forth during the scene and getting to whistle (very loudly!) my enthusiasm for the Chicago PD, Chicago Fire & Law and Order

SVU crossover experience that was our shooting day… “Work” was perfect! Adventures- even on the way home…

Anyway, I will be rockin’ this colorful eye for about a week- I tend to heal fast. The cut along my brow bone should be there for a couple of weeks, so if this look and the way I emote can help your project as a tough chick, cop, victim, or corpse, hit me up.

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