anghara (anghara) wrote,

So, then - five things make a post...

1. I got an invitation in the mail today. *TO JOIN THE FRICKING AARP*. No, people, that is NOT funny. If I am old enough for AARP, I want Medicare. Now. Ah, I thought so.

(Seriously. WTF??? Did they see a picture of me somewhere on the net, take one look at the white hair, and decide I must be their demographic? What gives? I am unaccountably miffed. This is... reverse carding...)

2. Okay, so I am a Grinch Girl. Be afraid. Be very afraid...

3. This place where I live, it thinks it's a cruise ship sometimes, and it's gotta come up with "Activities". Today it was the "3rd Annual Turkey Trot" - billed as a "5K Run/Walk" (not quire sure what that K stands for. If we were in a nice metric context I might have taken it to mean kilometers, but we ain't, and K cannot possibly be acronymmed away to mean "miles" - and if it means 1000 (as in, 5000) then the question that begs to be asked is 5000 what?

But all that aside. The flyer for the event features two panicked-looking turkeys apparently fleeing for their lives. That should be enough to give you pause, but then, after a small form provided for registration, you get the disclaimer. It is grandly entitled, "Assumption of Risk, Release of Liability and Warning!" (all punctuation is original). What follows... is astonishing:

"In consideration for being allowed to use SV Recreation programs, services, facilities I voluntarily agree to assume all risks involved in participating in, or using SV programs, services, facilities and equipment. I understand that direct supervision by SV staff may not be provided and by participating in or using the programs, facilities, services of SV Recreation I expose myself to the risk of injuries including but not limited to temporary or permanent muscle soreness, sprains, stains, cuts, abrasions, bruises, ligament and/or cartilage damage, head, neck or spinal injuries, loss of use of arms and/or legs, eye damage, emotional trauma, disfigurement, drowning or death. I also recognise that there are both foreseeable and unforeseeable risks of injury or death that may occur as a result of my participation in, or from, or use of SV Recreation programs, services, facilities and equipment that cannot be specifically listed. I also recognize that the actions other users of SV Recreation programs, services, facilities and equipment may cause harm or loss to my person or property and agree to assume the risk of same"

Emotional trauma? Loss of limbs? Drowning? DEATH? What are they DOING on this Turkey Trot?!?

And no, folks, I'm not entirely certain I want to come along. You guys... have fun. And make sure that your wills are in order...

4. I was lying in bed last night writing haiku in my head. As the character from the current WIP. How twisted is this...?

5. Got my Space and Time Winter 2009 issue in the mail today. My story's in it. Looking good...

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