Thursday, November 6, 2008

Flesh-eating Fish, Oh My!!

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker of mine brought in an ad for a spa in our town that was offering a multitude of services such as butt-lifts,tummy tucks,vijay-jay(isn't that what Oprah calls it)?rejuvenations and the one that really piqued my curiosity which was a Fish Pedicure. 

OMG...a fish pedicure!  We tried without success to get one of our other co-workers to call and ask questions about the spas services, but she refused and I just couldn't do it without laughing. (If I could have,  I would've done it for an utterli and posted it along with this blog post :)

So, seriously....these fish, called Garra Ruffa, or Doctor Fish are known for eating dead skin off of peoples feet(or I suppose anything else you are brave enough to dip into the drink with them). 

FYI: during my less than extensive research on flesh-eating fish, I also ran across some other fabulous beauty regimens:

Nightingale-Poo Facials: Apparently David Beckham and Poosh, oops mean Posh Spice are big fans of the Poo Facial.  There is an enzyme called Guanine that is found in the excrement of Nightingales, Bats and the scales of fish.  The UV radiated poo is mixed with shea butter and green tea and some other goodies to create this 'miracle' cream that you slather on your mug for that oh so youthful appearance of the stars. 

Bull Semen Hair Conditioner: That's right, the sperm from an organically raised Angus Bull, applied right to the roots of your hair.  Haven't had that visual since 'There's Something About Mary'.

Honestly, I imagine these treatments are outside of my, unfortunately(NOT), I think I'll have to stick with my hair conditioner from Whole Foods and Noxzema!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Call of Duty

Since the war with Iraq started shortly after 9/11, there has been talk of the reinstatement of the draft.  After reading an interesting article in Mental Floss, I decided to investigate further and bring you everything you wanted to know about the draft(and how to dodge it, if that is your intent).
Honest Abe instituted the first draft, but his idea allowed the richer folks(approximately 6% of those drafted)to buy their way out, which in turn led to rioting by those not able to 'pass the buck'. Some folks saw student deferment as another way of buying one's way out of service, as people in the lower economic brackets generally couldn't afford University, therefore were unable to use that particular deferment.
The draft ended with the Nixon presidency, after Vietnam, and The United States hasn't had a draft since.

So, what are the rules?  
Well, the first to be called up will be men who turn 20 during the calendar year.  After that 21 year olds,22 year olds and so on.....18 and 19 year olds are the last to be called to service.

"The Artful Dodger"...............

There are some viable excuses to avoid the draft:

1. Enter the Priesthood
2. Commit a Crime
3.  Be a Farmer
4.  Get elected to Congress

Seriously?.......Getting elected to Congress is probably out for most of you, but just think how easy it would be to commit a crime(I'm kidding, relax!) Though I did read that being an ex-convict is not a fool-proof ticket home.

I'm thinking the draft would be a boon to my very own Catholic Church who is always looking for a few good men to fill our current Priest shortage.  The biggest surge in divinity school and ordinations was in 1965 according to the Wikipedia, looks like Vietnam may have been responsible for the vocations of many of our clergy.

My 10 year old son told me just a few weeks ago that he thinks he might like to serve in the military.  I admire our men and women who serve over there.  I am in awe of the dedication and the sacrifice that the troops and their families exhibit. With that said, personally, I pray for a quick exit from Iraq and that my children will never have to consider the draft or military service. I pray that they will never face danger for an unjust war that is more about glory and oil than preservation of human rights........  "I'm selfish that way".