Friday, April 24, 2015

U is for Under the Dome

R.a.n.t. of day 04/24/15
There is a show on TV called 'Under the Dome'. In this series, the residence of a little town are cut off from the rest of the world by an impenetrable dome. They live, unaware of what's going on around them. That seems to describe so many people today. People walking around in their own little bubble. How do people function like this? Living a life without any consideration for anyone else around them. Ever been in a store and a single person is ambling down the aisle, slow as can be, taking up all the space? You want to is get around them with your shopping trolley, but no! They are in their own world. Not realizing anyone else is around them.

Shockingly, drivers can be this way too. Driving down the street blasting music loud enough to wake the dead. Yes, I get they are enjoying their 'music', but everyone else is 'enjoying' their music too. They either don't realize it, or don't care. And if you lived under a dome, would you care? Most likely, not. Or taking up two lanes on the motorway. What's that about? Under the dome. Remember the B-52's? They have a song called 'Private Idaho'. It's almost the same thing.

Questions for discussion:
What's your best example of living under the dome?
Have you ever watched or read 'Under the Dome'?
Do you feel there are appropriate times to be under the dome?

26 comments:

  1. Drivers who don't have a clue that they are pulling out in front of someone or going too slow or not reacting to a green light. Usually they are on their cell phones. Those are the ones that are oblivious - and drive me crazy.
    If they have their stereo cranked, I just turn mine up even louder!

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    1. Sometimes the loud radio people park outside the office and their radio is louder than what I have playing inside. I hate that.

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  2. Hi Jeffrey - unfortunately so many are "under the dome" - a good way to describe the unthinking human race we seem to have become ... well I'll stop there! Unbelievable I'd say .. cheers Hilary

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    1. Unusual amount of unique U words there. :)

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  3. I actually love the show Under the Dome. I can't wait for it to come back this summer...if it does.

    Those people who hog the isles in stores, stop their cart right in the middle, or those who stop to chat with another shopper and block a whole path...gosh, I hate them. I give them dirty looks as I move around them and then immediately talk about them and how inconsiderate they are, hoping they may hear. I'm not normally like that, but dang it! In a store I just want to get it, get what I need, and get out again.

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    1. Completely agree. And yes, I hear Under the Dome is back this Summer. Have you seen both seasons? So interesting. Big Jim is a Big Jerk.

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  4. I do enjoy Under the Dome. Your post makes me think of people who can't be bothered with parking in just one parking spot...they need two. Hate that! They are certainly living in their own little bubble world where nobody else needs to park at all!
    Katie @TheCyborgMom

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    1. Oh yes! I hate that. I've seriously been considering starting a new blog solely for bad parking jobs. Living in the city, I see so many on a regular basis. Just wish I'd be motivated to do so.

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  5. I always hear good things about this series, but have never watched it. I agree: there are plenty of people in the world who live in their own bubbles. I often shake my head at them. :D

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    1. It is a good series. Whenever you find some down time, I highly recommend it. So many twists and turns of the characters. It's based on a Stephen King novel so you know it's going to be interesting.

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  6. Oh my... what a blast from the past! The B-52s were so young! I watched most of the 1st season of Under the Dome, but it didn't hold my interest. As for people who live in their only little bubbles, how about drivers who are behind you, who then pass and suddenly (without a turn signal) cut in front of you only to left. What?

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    1. You know, I think I said almost those exact words about drivers doing that in my Quantum Physics r.a.n.t. from a few days ago. Funny and scary how most people notice it's other DRIVERS living in their own bubble. Scary indeed.

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  7. I guess geeking out on the laptop qualifies as living in a bubble world of my own. I used to watch Star Trek day, noon and night but I've had to cut back, LOL. So I've lived in various bubbles throughout my lifetime. I will say working in Rehabilitation has taught me the virtue of patience. People who aren't as fully mobile, mentally or physically as ourselves need our compassion, understanding and help. So while people do live in bubbles for different reasons, for some coping mechanisms can be totally misunderstood.

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    1. I can understand needing some alone time sometimes. Just not when it's affecting other people.

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  8. And what is amazing to me, is the fact that crowded countries like Japan prize respecting others space as necessary to everyone living comfortably. We just don't get that over here. We take others space for granted as our own... If we really had to live under a dome we, I think, would learn fast. Lisa co-host A to Z Challenge 2015 and http://www.lisabuiecollard.com

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    1. I agree. When space is limited, we tend to prize it more. Maybe the ones not understanding this can be sent to an under the dome boot camp?

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  9. That's an interesting premise when people live in a dome far away from the world. Guess, there are two ways at looking at it, closing ourselves to see the world with myopic eyes and treasuring what we have:)

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    1. Treasuring what we have is good, but sometimes you want to branch out too.

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  10. Great analogy. That is definitely true!!! I read Under the Dome. The beginning is a-MA-zing. It was written back during his heyday,when his books had a certain magic. I'm not saying his books don't have magic now...they're just different than they were back then. I didn't realize it until I read the first chapter of Under the Dome and thought, "THIS is the Stephen King I grew up reading." Anyway, I made it about halfway through and just lost interest. That happens a lot with his books. They just start dragging somewhere around the middle.

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    1. There are only two books from King that I've read all the way through. IT and the Long Walk. IT was good, but I know what you mean by it dragging towards the middle.

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  11. They're not living under the dome- most folks today have just disconnected their brains...

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    1. Good point. Of course, under the dome is figurative.

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  12. I read the book Under the Dome and liked it pretty well. Haven't seen the show yet. The one that bugs me is people walking through parking lots, ambling through the drive lanes like they're cars or something. Actually some of them are about the size of cars.

    Arlee Bird
    A to Z Challenge Co-host
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    1. So you've been to Wal-Mart?
      Yes, car-park people are ridiculous. And it seems they go slow on purpose. :(

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  13. Hello there.
    Just a few days ago I was in the supermarket at the deli counter waiting to be served. One young woman who was ahead of me was on the phone for more than ten minutes. She was speaking so loud, I got to hear about everybody's business - who was getting married, who wasn't talking to whom, when so-and-so was going to pick up the kids, who was getting divorced or going to graduate. Guess she didn't realize (or more likely didn't care) that we could all hear her. Even the man behind the deli counter seemed to be annoyed.

    Entrepreneurial Goddess

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    1. It seems lately a lot of stores have a 'no phone' policy. Because it is rude and frustrating for the clerk to have to play charades with the person they are trying to help because the phone is more important than saying what they need. I remember seeing one clerk skip the next person in line because they were on the phone and not paying attention. As soon as she realized she was skipped, the phone was put away immediately and she demanded to go next.

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