Book:Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting By in America by Barbara Ehrenreich
Millions of Americans work full-time, year-round, for poverty-level wages. Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them, inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on six to seven dollars an hour? To find out, Ehrenreich moved from Florida to Maine to Minnesota, taking the cheapest lodgings available and accepting work as a waitress, hotel maid, house cleaner, nursing home aide, and Wal-Mart salesperson. She soon discovered that even the "lowliest" occupations require exhausting mental and physical efforts. And one job is not enough; you need at least two if you intend to live indoors.
Nickel and Dimed reveals low-wage America in all its tenacity, anxiety, and surprising generosity -- a land of Big Boxes, fast food, and a thousand desperate strategems for survival. Instantly acclaimed for its insight, humor, and passion, this book is changing the way America perceives its working poor.
I noticed after the Supergirl episode "Bunker Hill" aired last Sunday that some of my fellow Lois Lane fans were upset with this scene that had Nia Nal saying "who?" in referring to Lois.
Nia not knowing about Lois is most likely a generational gap and even though Lois is regarded as an acclaimed journalist that doesn't mean that everyone within the DC Comics universe would know who she is despite the amazing articles she has written for The Daily Planet. Which is why I didn't think this scene was anything to get upset about because although Nia maybe an up-and-coming reporter at CatCo Worldwide Media (she was formerly a political speechwriter in Washington, D.C.) that doesn't mean she would have necessarily known who Lois is.
Of course Kara Danvers would know who Lois Lane is (besides being a great reporter) since Lois is dating her cousin Clark Kent. While Brainiac would also know who Lois is (was) since he's from the future and he's an advanced artificial intelligent being who knows practically everything.
I saw this scene as being a great reminder that you could be the best at something but that doesn't mean everyone will know who you are.
I really like Gotham, it's my favorite DC Comics' TV shows (seconded by Teen Titans Go! on Cartoon Network) that's currently airing. I do like watching The CW's DC Comics shows but they can be at times a little boring and predictable which I found to be the opposite of Gotham because the chaos and madness and the extremely outrageous characters keep the stories and the show exciting.
With the upcoming final season airing soon on FOX (it returns January 3rd), I'm happy for the show to return but also a little sad that this underrated series is ending.
With Christmas quickly approaching, don't forget to check out your local comic book store for gifts. Depending on the store, you can find an assortment of books, collectibles, games, apparel and so much more. Having problems still trying to figure out gifts, you could ask someone who works there if they have any suggestions.
As for today's Comic Book Wednesday, I have four new books on my list: DC Comics New Talent Showcase 2018, Red Sonja Holiday Special, Fantastic Four Wedding Special and Miles Morales: Spider-Man.
What new books are you getting this week?
Book:Go Go Power Rangers #15
That cover says it all-Trini is the new Red Ranger and Jason is the new Yellow Ranger. And... there might be some other complications too.
I really underestimated my time in trying to watch all 85 episodes of True Blood when I posted back in July. At the moment, I'm currently at the last three episodes of season 2 which wouldn't be an issue if not for the fact that I'm also trying to watching all 160 episodes Pretty Little Liars (I'm only on the first season). The thing is I'm not a huge binge watcher, the most I can watch of one show (before getting restless) is between two to four episodes (depending on the show).
Since I apparently underestimated my TV watching time, I should probably start watching the 67 episodes of Game of Thrones seasons 1-7 as soon as possible. Back in November, I wrote about giving the series a second chance (the first time I tried to watch it, I couldn't get into it). Since then I was able to find the boxset (at a great price) and have just been trying to find the time to start watching it.
I'm starting to think I need to create a time management schedule so I'll have time to watch all three shows and all the other shows and movies I want to watch.
I know that it's the holiday season and everyone's really busy and may not have time to volunteer. However, making a donation is also a good thing that you could do especially if you're busy. A charity that does good all year round is Meals on Wheels America who deliver food to those in need from seniors to people who are living in shelters. And if you would like to find out more about the organization or to volunteer or make a donation, please feel free to click on the link.
Last night, I made a point of not going online or on social media or even talking to my friends (yeah I know extreme) because I didn't want to be spoiled about the Arrowverse 'Elseworlds' crossover because I didn't watch The Flash. However, I did record it on the DVR and I'm also going to tape Arrow and Supergirl. Since I didn't feel like watching each episode separately, I decided to tape and watch them later at one time.
So hopefully, since I have to go online and occasionally social media as well as talking to my friends, I will continue to avoid seeing or hearing any spoilers because I'm really looking forward to seeing this.