Lori's Random Thoughts

Monday, July 31, 2006

I am Weary

That's the only word I have to describe how I feel. I want to sleep all the time. I'm unmotivated. It's stress. I think I'm going to have to quit watching the news.

Every day I see someone being mean to someone else for no good reason. Whether it's someone coming into my office (or calling) and not getting the answers that they want, even if it's the answers they need...and then them yelling at me and telling people I'm a "smart-ass bitch". Or people angry about things I have no control over and taking it out on me. Sorry, license costs are VOTED INTO LAW! I can't do anything about, but go ahead and use me as your verbal punching bag. And then Saturday we are at Braum's (a local hamburger/ice cream chain) and some woman is lashing out at the worker lady behind the counter. She was frazzled and doing the best she could. Why on earth was ketchup so important to the customer that she had to yell at that woman?

Why are people so damn mean anymore? Is it the heat? Do we all just feel entitled without giving a thought as to other peoples' feelings?

Then you watch the news and hear about countries bombing each other and then coming to the U.S. and saying "Make them stop!" without wanting to do anything about it themselves. I cannot watch the news anymore. I cannot hear about one more murder or bombing or hold-up. I cannot hear about kids getting abused or women getting raped.


I'm honestly afraid that I'm either going to dig myself a hole and never come out, or I'm going to go off like a ticking time-bomb. My chest is heavy and painful just thinking about it all.

Friday, July 28, 2006

Another great money-making idea

Okay, let me know if you know of this already existing. I have a hard time believing that no one has thought of this before.

Have you ever been on the website realtor.com? You can basically search a database of all the houses in your area with the criteria you are looking for: price, number of bedrooms, number of bathrooms, etc. What I think we need is a site that does the same thing with used car dealers.

Most dealerships have their used car inventory on-line these days, but what if you know specifically what you are looking for, but can't think of every dealership in your area to check their site to see if they have it? There needs to be a website that is basically one big search engine linked to car dealerships. You put in your criteria: year range, make, model, price range, mileage, etc. and it finds all the cars in your area that match that description and links you to the dealers that have them.

Should be simple, right? Who knows. I think it would take some creative marketing to get the dealerships on-board, but really...how many of them are starting to put cars on eBay, which basically does a simplified version of the same thing?