Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sad Eyes

Sad Eyes

The sad eyes sat in the corner so pale
Their soul, their sorrow showed
Remembering days of suns without fail
When they soared and feasted and savored
The knowledge showed in great detail
Falls from grace are meted
Hubris is a twice told tale
That often is repeated
Careful heroes never fail
But rarely are they feted
When inner demons rage and wail
Sad eyes will be entreated


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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Instructions

Instructions

While patience sits in the kindest hearts
Deeper feelings flower
If left unaltered vengeances blooms
For time inevitably alters
So watch your heart and gird your loins
For children need strict raising
If needs come first, then needs outweigh
And children don’t need praising
Keep them close, don’t spoil the flower
If time has taught us naught,
‘Tis that we must the rod employ
Or pain will soon be wrought


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Wednesday, November 12, 2014

The End of TIme

The End of Time

So hold me till I break
I’m made of sterner stuff
The universe will crumble first
Before it gets to rough
You have the best of hearts, love
When intentions mean it all
But watch your step when walking
Pride goeth before the fall
Children often don’t think
And taunt before they listen
But you and I will laugh till dawn
As they feed their own ambition
What matters at the end of time?
Who waits when daylight breaks?
The moon will only laugh at them
Who really knows the price, the stakes?


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Three Days

Three Days

Shaking hands
Shaking legs
Shaking hearts
Three days can change your world

Breaking minds
Breaking hearts
Breaking worlds
Three words can mean everything

Taking hearts
Taking lives
Taking time
Just. Three. Little. Days.


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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Public Policy

Freedom
I can disagree with your ideas
Without disagreeing with you.
I can disagree about religion
Without questioning your faith.
I can live my life in liberty
Without violating your privacy.
I can offer you freedom
Without forcing it on you
I can live in peace with you
Because of freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

I've posted this before but I feel this is necessary once again.  Sometimes people feel like there are only two choices.  They feel they are only the extreme ends of the spectrum.  But there is also a middle ground. 

In regards to a certain public figures and their ability to maintain a private life, yes, they have a right to maintain privacy.  They also have a right to share their life with the world (see Keeping up with The Kardashians).  There is also a middle ground.  What and how much is decided by them.  

But, if they choose to share something with the public then that information is going to be analyzed, scrutinized and altogether abused by some people.  That is the way the world works.  Also not everyone is going to agree with you and your choices.  I don't have to agree with you to live with you!  The two are not mutually exclusive.  I, personally, did not like a certain musician who is no longer with us because of their personal habits.  However, one or two of their songs are very good.  Their habits did not affect the quality of their music.  

The current uproar is not with the public figure themselves but with a person they associate with.  I have associated with people whose reputations may not be the greatest.  That do not make anything I do less valid. It is not a requirement of liking an public figure, to like everyone they associate with.  This goes for actors, musicians, painters, writers, etc.  I would have thought this was discussed at length when Ender's Game came out but obviously not.  

There are people insisting that it is required that everyone smile and "be thrilled" that this association is being made.  That is not their job, to tell someone else what to think or say.  What someone else likes or dislikes, is none or your business, unless they are trying to stop you from expressing your opinion.

 "I can disagree with your ideas, without disagreeing with you." 

My nature is that of a sceptic and will continue to be.  If I see something that looks unusual, I will question it. 









Sunday, November 9, 2014

Hollow Rings

Hollow Rings
Inspired by The Hollow Crowns Trilogy.  All those loveless marriages before Henry the VII “invented” divorce.  The Kings may have gotten some side “something-something” but the women would have been watched oh so carefully.  Sucks.  Queen Anne may have lost her head but it created a great stride in saving people who are in bad marriages.  As Shakespeare said, “Many a good hangings prevents a bad marriage.”

The Autumn leaves begin to fall now
The time has come for honor’d vow
As on her head you place the crown
Think on what you have cast down
Time will past in measured stride
Will thirst no longer be denied?
A hunger for the missing link
If only you had time to think
But honor must ‘fore pleasure come
Hail the day with wine and rum
Later, regret on stilted wings
Will be borne down on silv’red rings
Naught to do but hold heads high
Live together alone until you die

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

iStorage Bait and Switch

Today I had an experience, and I will try to be brief and concise. My Dad is an auctioneer who has, in the past, made use of public storage because of excess materials.  I live at home due to disabilities.  We also have a joint checking account so that in an emergency I have access to funds as I do not work.  My Dad does not believe in electronic fund transfers, commonly called EFTs, or online bill pay because of the large amount of fraud currently happening, and I don’t really blame him.  He began a business relationship with iStorage in Burlington last year.  He signed a lease, a legal document.  People should always read the documents they sign.  Last month he was informed that he would now have to pay an insurance fee.  This fee could be waived if he provided proof of homeowners insurance. His bill was due today, November 5, 2014.  I have a treatment that requires that I stay four hours in the hospital today.  He told me on the way home that he had forgotten that it was due.  He suggested we stop and pay the bill for the storage unit and bring the insurance information the next day.  I thought it would be an acceptable agreement.  It was late in the day and we would not be able to get back and our insurance agency closes early.  When I went in to the office, I suggested this option.  I was told that I could pay the full amount (with insurance) or I could come back the next day and pay the late fee for the rental of the storage unit.  I was standing there, with a check in hand, waiting to write a check.  I was essentially told that my money was not good.  Both managers were there a well.  I questioned the new policy.  I said that other storage rentals had never asked for proof of homeowner’s insurance or asked for a fee for insurance coverage and when was this policy instituted?  I said that this was not part of the original lease.  I suggested that a lawyer might have problems with instituting a change to a lease midyear without proper notice.  I was told 30 days was proper notice.  Then the story changed to the fact that homeowner’s insurance was required initially by the lease.  I said that if it was required when we signed the lease, I made sure it was provided.  I asked to see the lease that was signed.  I was showed two pages tacked to the end of the original signed lease.  I insisted that if I was asked to provide paperwork I would have.  I suggested that perhaps through no one’s fault it was lost as they said we change storage units (we did no such thing).  I was informed that in NO WAY SHAPE OR FORM could paperwork EVER be lost.  Since some of the items in the unit are consignments for my Dad’s auction and we need access to the unit, I paid the D@m^ fee but made my feelings extremely clear.  I was not pleased.  I informed them that I would be bringing the insurance information tomorrow and I would be making this story know tonight on as many social media platforms as I was able.  I also plan to go to the county as on further contemplation I feel that this constitutes bait and switch, in that they change the terms of the lease which also altered the price.  I also would like to make it known that they were arguing over less than $10. Which I also made abundant clear, many times that I felt was a stupid amount to argue over.  My Dad is in business.  If the situation was reversed, he would have waived the fee.  I was told that the managers couldn’t do that because it was the company policy.  In that case, I have had people take the money out of pocket rather that have an irate costumer, take to the internet and their friends and tell the world what happened.  Rule No. 1: The Customer is always right!  Rule 2: If is Customer is wrong see Rule no. 1! So If you use this company tell them what you think, here is there website http://istorage.com/ or at the very least check your lease and terms of agreement.