According to CNN, several hospitals are attempting to enact a “no photos/video during the birthing process” policy. The hospitals claim it’s a liability issue while budding after-birth videographers insist it’s an attempt to avoid proof of liability in cases of negligence. The majority of those who responded to the network poll on the subject felt they had every right to photograph and/or videotape the blessed event. In other words, in a result that surprised no one, most people don’t like to be told “No”. For my part, I’m with the hospitals on this one. If this regulation can spare just one friend, family member, or unwitting dinner party guest the horror of sitting through Nick and Trudy’s three minute clip of The Miracle of Life, it’ll have been worth it. “Okay, okay. There’s the head. It’s cresting! And…there’s the baby! Oh, and there’s the after-birth…and the poop. Alrighty, who wants some dessert with their coffee?”
A lot of people don’t ask me “Joe, what sites do you like to check out online when you’re trying to avoid writing a script?”. Well, besides the usual suspects (http://www.theonion.com/, http://www.cracked.com/ and, of course, http://www.maxim.com/amg/GIRLS/Girls+of+Maxim), these are a few of the lesser-known but often funny, usually hilarious, always entertaining sites I like to visit. Take note, not only are they NSFW (Not Safe For Work), they’re NSFHIYHTLWSWTCWACFAFHPCOTV (Not Safe For Home If You Happen To Live With Someone Who Changes The Channel Whenever A Commercial For A Feminine Hygiene Product Comes On TV).
http://www.filthyrichmond.com/: Blogger Jocelyn Testes-Harder (heh) offers up an, er, earthy taste of life in Richmond, Virginia. Her posts are a treasure trove of brilliant insights offering refreshingly unique takes on everything from motherhood to today’s hottest topics, like a recent entry on the controversial new airport screening procedures in which she comes down squarely on the side of the TSA (“Honestly, get over yourselves! The feel of those big curious hands are a small price to pay for our national security!”). The comments she receives are almost as funny as the site itself.
http://www.keepinitleal.blogspot.com/: “Where profundity has unprotected sex with profanity.” Oooh, bad girl. And an opinionated bad girl at that. Her last entry titled “I’ve decided I hate married people” should give you some indication. As should her recent “Shit I learned this Christmas” that included such revelations as ” Similar to egg nogg, breast milk is full of sugar” and “Some dogs speak Spanish”. Re: the latter. Duh!
http://thehotlibrarian.blogspot.com/: A recent discovery, this is another blog that pulls no punches. Don’t believe me? From an October 27th, 2010 entry: “I ate all the orange and yellow Starbursts. AND WHY DID I DO THAT. I still have Smarties but I think the sugar is eating away the roof of my mouth and I should probably stop with those. I guess this isn’t a people problem as much as it is a candy problem. Unless we count “me” as the problem and we won’t be doing that unless we (you) want swift punches to the jaw.”
Finally, today’s entry is dedicated to blog regular Shirt ‘n ‘Tie. Many thanks. Mom was thrilled to receive best holiday wishes from Maeve Binchy. Now if you can only get Barbara Delinsky to swing by for coffee and biscotti, she’s prepared to adopt you.