My Dad was an English teacher for nigh unto 35 years. He
used to use many tricks to try the class involved and attentive. One that he
pulled out around this time of year was a quiz called “Are our Auditory
Perceptions Similar?” He would have a list of phrases and then the students
would have to “translate” them. Sounds similar
in a lot of ways to hashtag wars to me! If I was using it like that I would
call it #Christmasmusicinotherwords The first one BTW is “Do you hear what I
Are Our Auditory Perceptions Similar?
Unto Others A Joyous Yuletide Aspiration
Bring Forth the Frozen Precipitation
Hail Petite Hamlet on the West Bank
Hail Revered Eventide
Kris Kringle Approaches the Municipality
Muteness Falls From Dusk Till Dawn
Achromatic Twenty Fourth Day of December*(only so many ways
you can say it you know)
Caribou of a Specific Name with Crimson Color Proboscis
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 doless 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.
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.”
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.
Do you ever feel like taking everything you’ve ever written,
drawn, typed, sewn, composed, sung, played, recorded, or just in general
created chucking it in a huge bonfire and lighting the match? I really feel like I am identifying with Salieri
lately, except he was a PUBLISHED composer and had fans and was BRILLANT. Me? I’m
just a mouthy, nobody with a blog, a twitter, and lots of opinions. That’s why I try to create new forms of
poetry, like my gif poem, or the internet concrete poem. I figure if no one ELSE has done them I can’t
be shown up right?
Sooner or later though, someone will come around with the
wits to improve my paltry ideas. After
all, there are more things in heaven and earth, right? They say there are only
seven stories after all. I wonder if
they have adjusted that saying to have more gender inclusive romantic storylines. I say romance is romance, no matter who is
giving and who is receiving, or how many!
The drama of a story comes from the angst. The tenor and tone of the story can change depending on the mores and
morals of society but the basis of the story stays the same. That is true whether you change the settings
or the characters or the sex! Romeo and
Juliet could be Romeo and Caesar and it would be the same story, maybe even
easier to understand!
But I, personally, have been having writer’s block
lately. Call it the 3 M’s. Migraines,
Megrimes, and Monthlies. LSIDC I do love how every time a woman is in a bad
mood a man everyone blames it on her period. I was writing that men do this but I realized
women do it just as much. We may do it
in a sticky sweet, back biting, condescending way, but we do. Men may not realize the amount of cat calling
and sniping that goes on between women because a lot of it is subtext. Thing are said that are call backs to past
conversations, or said between clenched teeth, or with baited breath. Women are
never going to get anything from men until we stop GIVING ITto each other!
Well, I started this post trying to clear my head so that my
writer’s block. I’m not sure if that
worked. I still feel like setting all my
stuff on fire. I don’t think I’ll do
it. It’d take too long to gather it together. But if you see a blaze
lighting up half of North America…
It's a plain dreary rain
I watch from my window pane
It's time for moving on
But I'm stuck here with the pain
Time is fleetly flying
And patience has me sighing
I've waited here so long
Just knowing this and crying
You left me here forever
My heart about to sever
My life is barren, I withdrawal
I've lost my only tether
From now on I need to steel myself from the darkness,
My hard choices need to come swiftly now
One follow another in rapid succession
Time has come to rise to the action and make bold statements
Not always the popular decisions to bear the burdens
A life of single blessedness is a cursed choice
What is necessary is right in God's eye and mine