Thursday, April 26, 2018

Ignorance and stupidity Not the same thing

I was reading on Facebook today that 'we are becoming a two class society in America.'  Well, all I can say is: "Duh"  Anyone with an ounce of brains could see this coming since the 1990's.  We were smart enough to know the signing of NAFTA was a disaster in the making, and here we are. Why would anyone in America even entertain the idea we could compete with countries where workers are paid thirty five cents per hour for all their hard work?  But then ,again, Americans have an insatiable appetite for cheap shit, so they love Walmart while getting cheap shit that lasts maybe five minutes.  

Here is where ignorance and stupidity are not the same at all.  Ignorance has a  remedy, where stupidity is when people choose to remain stupid, if our government keeps us stupid, they have won when it comes to control. Why do people want to be neo-Nazis? Why do they want to blame the poor, the immigrants or any other group but not the rich? Well it basically starts with ignorant people who refuse to become enlightened.  We can all see that money does not make anyone smarter.  Look at Donald Trump, stupid as hell while ignorant, and stupid people continue to look up to him.  Only because those people choose to remain ignorant until, then they just become stupid. 

Even our parents, and grandparents, who grew up during the Depression possessed common sense.  Common sense is when you look around, see things as they are and you also figure out how to do things because you can see the end results before they happen. Our parents and grandparents also knew enough to form unions.  Why?  Because they knew rich corporations would leave their workers to die in poverty, eventually.  For heaven's sake, the rich corporations were killing America's children.  By placing small kids in dangerous situations, for the sake of slave labor to save five cents.  Wake up, America.  Slave labor has Always been the preference of corporate America right from the founding of this country.  Make no mistake about it!  We can laud the founding fathers all we want.  Truth be known, America was put together by a bunch of rich landowners and has been run by them ever since.  

Why did the Boomers protest the Vietnam War?  Well because we did educate ourselves as to what was going on in the world.  We did understand that what was happening in the world did pertain to us too.  We didn't just protest that form of slavery (here it was again) they liked to call the draft.  We protested being a generation of nothing more than cannon fodder to the government.  People now like to mock education.  Why? Because the government wants us to be ignorant.  They do not want anyone to be as enlightened as the Boomers were.  Why are there no Dan Rathers among news people anymore?  Well the government loves to keep us in the dark.  Showing us how they kill innocent civilians, especially children in the Middle East?  Hell no, censor the news now.  Then when truth comes out, they call it 'fake news' Especially if they are not portrayed in a favorable light. 

Ignorance and apathy helped usher This conman into play. 

So, America, stop dissing education and enlightenment.  Stop allowing ignorant people to intimidate you.  Stand up, be heard, stop hoping those rich people will take pity on you.  Demand change, demand your rights.  Stop thinking they have your best interests at heart. 

Stop thinking the rich and greedy own your equal rights.  Why in hell do you think no one else in society deserves safe neighborhoods, affordable housing, enough food and health care?  Get over it!  They DO deserve as much as YOU do. 

The rich do Not OWN your rights as a human being or as a citizen.  Wise up!

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Saturday, April 21, 2018

Men and Women

I was recently reading a magazine article, written by a psychologist, concerning how women need to act if they become the sole bread winner.  It was all about how not to bruise your husband's ego.  I had to laugh because it said ALL the things for women not to do, the things Many men Have been doing for years to their wives.  While I do not think two wrongs make a right, I Do think hubby needs to suck it up and get a grip, just as women Were Expected to do for years.  Here is My take on that stupid article.

I'm frankly surprised so Many husbands even survived the 1950's and 60's, still intact.  The stupid article I read said: "Don't squeeze the purse strings just because You bring in more money."  Well, boo fucking hoo.  How many husbands did we hear say: "It's My place, I pay the rent, not Her.'?  Yeah, forgive me for Not sympathizing with little hubby.  MY advice?  Get over it.

A lot of women were demeaned not only at home, but in ads as well.  I Remember my own mom, when asked what she wanted for Christmas, saying: "Anything Without a handle."  Seriously. 

Another stupid piece of advice from the article: "Don't Expect your husband to do ALL the housework."  Uh Huh.  How Many men always jumped in there right after work to help out at home?  Some, these days do, but Many Don't too.  How Many men said: "you're home all day, why isn't the house spotless?"   I dare say, Too many have and Do.  

So Why is poor hubby's ego so much more fragile than women's.  After all, doesn't history say 'women are the weaker sex?'   Yeah, right, sure we are.  That house Better be clean when I get home, I can assure you of That. Remember: Most women Never shot a man while he was doing the dishes or doing the laundry.

I cannot Believe I was even reading the words in this, the 21st century in a magazine.  Get over it guys!  

"My wife doesn't understand me"  That makes TWO of us, I don't understand you either!!!!!!  

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Friday, April 20, 2018

People are annoying anymore and here's Why

I was pondering, one day, that maybe I'm just becoming a cranky person, the older I get.  It has become increasingly annoying to deal with people in 'modern society' anymore.  But then I realized that in this day and age of technology, people have become quite annoying and it's not my imagination. 

I feel like I'm living in the movie: 'Dumb and Dumber' and here are just a few reasons why.  We recently posted an item for sale on Craig's- list.  We posted: "No texts, phone calls only, please."  So people insist on sending a text anyway.  One person's response? "People text these days because it's easier."  Easier?  How is having to spell out words (which, by the way, no  one spells correctly anymore anyway) than picking up a phone and actually talking?  Stupid reasoning.

Let's talk the hiring situation these days.  Recently I've seen so much legalized discrimination, it's becoming pathetic.  How do I know this?  Well you tell me.  Example:  A person close to me recently sent out their resume to a company.  A day later, some woman calls leaving a voice mail saying: "I was looking over your resume.  I'd like you to call me because I have a couple questions and maybe see about setting up an interview."  So the person seeking a job calls back, no answer, he leaves a voice mail and no return calls.  He then calls the 'office number' where said woman claimed she can be reached and she is conveniently 'at a meeting, but will call back between 2 and 3:30'.  Right! No return call and the person seeking a job said:  "Well she heard a male voice and is Now brushing me off."  I have to say, he is probably correct.  For one thing, the hiring people, who are in charge, these days are so damned inept, the think they will find the perfect fit for any job.  Back in the day, if a person held a similar position, they were qualified for the position.  But now, hiring people are seeking purple unicorns that do not now, nor will ever exist.  Worse yet, I've talked to many people who say the person hiring for the company they work for, claim "No one wants to work anymore.'  Bull shit!  The hiring people are as lazy a bunch as they come. 

We go to family and friends parties and gatherings.  Guests used to be happy to see one another.  Now?  Well they bring cell phones and laptops and if you don't have a square face with writing across it, you get ignored and people are downright rude.  I'm also damned Tired of listening to other people's conversation in restaurants but Still they insist on yelling into their cell phones.  'Shut the hell up!"  

I'm not surprised, because the technology touted to be 'helping us' has Now become a crutch so people stay dumb as hell.  No one reads anymore, so no one knows history.  They tend to believe the crap spewed on the Internet, which is nothing but some one's misguided opinion.  We do not have famous news people anymore either, who Really report Real news, because everyone has Some sort of butt hurt they are babying and cannot handle reality.  Example:  We were walking in the mall one morning, when some young lady was jogging and pushing a stroller.  She came within two inches of hitting me in the back of my leg.  My husband made a comment about watching where she is going.  That bimbo (Yes, 'bimbo') had the nerve to approach us with a card about 'hurtful words.'  I said: "If you had hit my legs, the air would have turned blue.  There would have been a string of 'hurtful words.'  

So I'm convinced it's not me, society is becoming increasingly annoying.  Where are the Real people?

Thursday, March 8, 2018

I'm Glad I'm Retired...Penn Yan

All over America the economy sucks and in small town, USA, it sucks the most.  I'm so glad I'm retired because lately I've seen that this new batch of hiring managers do not know how to hire.  Some say: "Well companies are looking for purple unicorns."  From what I've seen I really have no idea what in hell they are looking for.  I doubt they even know.  Most of them could not hire their way out of a paper bag, and yet, here we are, those dummies are the managers.  That's scary. 

I've lived in small towns, mostly, all of my life.  I think small towns, for the mot part, are safer than big cities.  But I've also known that when small town folk try to befriend you, it's because they just want to be up in your business.  I also know, for the most part, in order to get a good job in a small town it boils down to: "Who you know and who you blow."  Sad, but true.  

In a small town, if you have any kind of education beyond high school, when you go to an interview, you are immediately viewed as suspicious, by the hiring person.  They look at you as if you want their job, and from what I've observed, that would probably only be an improvement anyway.

Examples of small town interviews:  You have a degree, and because the jobs in small towns are limited, you apply for a job at the local convenience store.  They call you in for the interview and it goes like this: (Hiring person) "So you want to work here?"  (Job seeker) "Yes, I would like to."  (Hiring person) "You have a degree, why do you want to work here?"  (Job seeker) "What do you mean?"  (Hiring person) "Well you are educated, you are over qualified."  {Truth is: There is NO such thing as 'over qualified' either you can do the damned job or you can't.  {Truth is, if I am educated I can do that damned job.}  (Job seeker) "Well jobs are rather limited here and I applied."  {What the job seeker (Me anyway) would really like to say: "I want to work here because I have to pay for those frivolous things like food, clothing and shelter. Oh, by the way, are you telling me that you and the rest of the staff are stupid?"  Hell they sure are implying it. 

Truth is this:  None of those jobs are exactly rocket science and America has simply become sellers for cheap, Chinese goods, created in a sweat shop by slaves.  So stop acting like I've lived my entire life just waiting to be talked down to at this damned interview. 

Yeah, I have a degree which means I know that 2+2 still equals 4.  Got it?  I realize (From an entire life of observation) small town folk have to spell their last names correctly to be accepted.  Most of the jobs in a small town, I could bring in Joe Blow off the street and he could do your job just fine and dandy. In reality ( where few people seem to live anymore) hiring managers just do not want anyone who might make them look incompetent.  Not realizing all the while, as soon as they opened their mouth, spewing dumb questions, they already oozed incompetence.  Hell, a prime example of America's failed high school education system is this:  One day the cash register failed to work right in a Walmart (Meaning it did not give the answers on a silver platter to the cashier as to how much change I got back.)  So the cashier whipped out a hand held calculator and it took that clerk almost 45 minutes to figure out I got back a whopping 70 cents.  Oh my! 

Another good example is: Small towns sometimes have a college, you get a degree from said college, a job opens up at said college, you apply, only to find out they don't even like their own degrees enough to call you in for an interview.  Also said small town college, you leave the area to get a job within your degree to find out no one has even heard of you, outside small town.  The potential employer, in a bigger area, has to Google your name to see if you are even a real college.  (This is from personal experience.)  

Also example:  You apply, after moving back to small town, for a Social Work job at one of the local nursing homes.  You get called in for an interview and then they find out you were once a nurse aid at that same place, a few years before.  They have realized you got married, changed your name, so you scored the interview.  But (Here's the kicker)  you once were a nurse aid so you still must be stupid in their book.  When you go to the interview,and they had forgotten who you were, you get treated ( for the first time ever, with respect) when you were a nurse aid you were not treated with respect, although nurse aids are needed more than Social Workers, in my book. Also I've written a book about how awful traditional nursing homes really are.  One person at the interview actually said: "I suppose you'll write about us?"  Why would I when you already fit the category of 'traditional nursing homes suck'?

So while small towns might be safer, I'm retired now and could care less about a job in one, they also have major flaws.  Most flaws are, they are too conservative, too tight knit and too provincial for their own good.  It's why they fail to ever progress.  While this is my opinion, it is based on personal experience living in Small Town USA. 

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

When Our Dad's Went to Work

Lately we hear a lot of 'Make America Great 
Again' chants, but just what do people mean by those feelings and chants? I am sure the 'America Was Great' comment depends a lot on who you ask. Are they longing for a time of true greatness in this country, or are they simply feeling nostalgia that their memories of youth bring?  I hardly think anyone in America can honestly say that this country is not in trouble.  So looking back at how America has been, is worth the effort.

Sometimes I even catch myself being nostalgic, thinking of the times I grew up in.  But we cannot relive the past, as much as we would like to.  I grew up in an era when the small town I grew up in, had plenty of jobs.  My father went to work every day, my brothers went to work each day and even as a teenager, we had a choice of jobs to earn some spending money.  My parents were poor, we were poor, but as a kid I had love, a roof over my head and food on the table, so I never noticed so much just how poor we were.  We pumped water from a well, we had electricity (this house was the first house my parents lived in that had electricity) but we had no running water and we used an outhouse.  Kids these days would think they were dying if they had to do any of those things.  We lived on five acres and my dad, who always wanted to be a farmer, loved planting, so we had plenty of food.  My mom preserved anything she could get her hands on, that was food. There were so many jobs that I worked several summers to buy my class ring and school clothes in high school, so my parents didn't have to scrape for the money for those frills. I worked at an ice cream place one summer, serving cones and sodas to other kids who had money to spend.  I worked in agriculture, picking grapes, I worked at a dry cleaner's pressing clothes using one of those large steam pressers. Hell, I even have a copy of American Graffiti that I love to watch, reminding me of a time I loved.  A time when even kids could afford a car, afford gasoline to be able to cruise around with our friends on a Friday or Saturday night. Cars that were not these plastic Tupperware death traps made of plastic. Cars made of real metals and every guy could be a backyard mechanic, not having to use a damned computer to see what the engine needed to make it run. So, yes, I too can be quite nostalgic once in a while.  

When I was a teenager and young adult, America got involved in that quagmire we called The Vietnam War. I cannot look back without admitting that was not a great, nostalgic time, not really.  My friends and I were pissed off that our government had the power to abolish slavery, only to revive it again in the form of a draft.  Forcing too many of my generation to fight a war we did not agree with.  The only thing anyone might be able to find on a positive not about that war and the previous wars, was they did create jobs.  Unlike today when war has been privatized and only a very few companies profit from it.  

Today companies and state governments ( because the lobbyists pay our government) to destroy unions have destroyed most of them.  At least our fathers and grandfathers had common sense.  Sense in the form of knowing large companies would never ever give the workers any rights out of the goodness of their hearts, anymore than slave owners gave slaves they owned, any rights.   Those rights had to be fought for.  I have seen an entire generation (lacking common sense) destroy those very unions that help us live a better life.  They have simply handed over their power, as workers, to heartless corporations without blinking an eye. 

This is a generation that has embraced technology.  Why?  Why do so many love their gadgets?  Well technology does have the ability to make life easier.  It's a two edged sword.  While making life easier ( and making us fatter and physically lazier) it also has the ability of robbing us of the jobs we need to support ourselves and our families. Technology, in small doses, makes life nice, but unfortunately we have saturated the entire planet with it.  Technology, when used for good, helps us.  We saw in this past Presidential election, it also can be inherently evil.  Now it has run so rampant we don't know how to curb it.  I walk into a grocery store and find they have replaced the clerks with self-checkouts.  'Self-checkouts' what a nice surgically sterile name for 'we have destroyed peoples' jobs).  Now I'm supposed to check out my own purchases, which technically makes me destroy a clerk's job, technically making me an employee without the benefit of a paycheck.  No thanks. While loving our gadgets, we have successfully destroyed our jobs too.  We have done it to ourselves. So no longer do our fathers, brothers and sisters even have jobs to go to every day.

Monday, October 23, 2017

Guys, women don't want what you've been dishing out

This blog is not for every guy, just the guys who don't seem to get it.  Believe me, there are plenty of them out there.

I love, love, love when guys say: "I just don't understand women."  What is there to understand?  Women are people, just as guys are people.  Ever stop to think maybe you might not want to be treated as you treat women then?  Or: " Nice guys finish last."  Well maybe they don't finish last and so maybe you are not the nice guy you think you are.

Here's what women get rankled about:

1)  Guys who will pursue a woman, even if she is not interested.  Some guys feel like they have to win like it's a game.  I remember telling some guys:" I'm really not interested."  Only to have them keep begging me to go out, then to have them decide, later on, they were not interested, except in winning.  Guys, your ego that fragile?  Yet people think women are the weaker sex.  That behavior pisses most women off to the hilt. 

2) "You live too far away."  Well guys, you knew distance was a factor when you started.  Right?  So if you lose interest, women appreciate if you are honest and just admit you aren't interested.  Stop making up some crap to get off the hook.  We women know that is a poor excuse.  Most of us women are really not that stupid.

3) Stop trying to pick women up in bars.  Seriously.  Most women know you are likely married or living with a girlfriend anyway.  I recall a guy once saying, in a bar: "But my wife doesn't understand me."  Well, Fella, that makes two of us then.  Why in hell you in a bar, drinking, alone, when your wife or girlfriend sits home alone?

4) Be honest in your profile.  Seriously, placing an online profile up there then at the very least, be honest.  Actually state what you are looking for and what you expect.  You expect some top model? (Good luck there)  But at least be honest and say so.  This way, women with brains will steer clear of you anyway.  It's only fair.  "I want and expect a babe" would be the honest thing to be up front about.

5) Sent recent pictures that are not photo shopped too.  A woman deserves to see who she is really talking to.  This would be common sense, but I realize common sense is Not a flower that grows in Every garden.  

6) Don't send pictures of some personal body parts either.  Any woman Worth having is Not going to like that one bit.  So also Decide if you Are looking for a woman worth keeping or just looking for a fling.  Not nice to lead someone on if you aren't serious about wanting a permanent mate either. Also I'd file under common sense, but well. 

7) So you don't see fireworks and skyrockets when you meet?  Remember, be friends first because friends always make for good and lasting relationships.  Love grows over time, if you give it a chance.  That other crap is good for reading in romance novels, not real life.

8) When dating at least Ask what she likes, doesn't like or just ask her to tell you about herself.  Don't be so conceited that you dominate the conversation only telling her about you.  

9) Do not look at your cell phone in the middle of a conversation either.  Just rude. It makes you look like the king of nothing and you cannot keep your many subjects waiting. Turning it off completely would be a wise choice.  

10)  Do not mention your ex either.  No one wants to hear why you broke up.  For pity sake, never say your ex is crazy, even if she is.  Why? Because just because you didn't get along, it might be just that you were not suited for each other.  Women hate when you cut up an ex, right off the bat.  Save that conversation for years later, if you are still together. 

13) Look the woman in her eyes when talking to her.  It gives the impression you actually give a shit about her response. 

14) Always look your best when seen with her.  This also may be common sense, but a lot of guys don't always get it.

15) Have a sense of humor.  Women like guys who can really laugh at things.  No woman likes a guy who is too serious all the time. 

These are starters as to understanding women.  Most of us women are dumb founded as to Why some guys act as they do toward us, so guys, get your act together and wise up.  We women are human beings too, just as you are.  How do you want to be treated today? 

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

The Trouble with Penn Yan New York

Penn Yan schools are facing low enrollment lately.  Is it any wonder why?  Penn Yan has become an area where jobs have all but left yet rent and home prices continue to soar beyond the reach of the average family.

I moved to Penn Yan in 1970 when it was once a great place to live, work and raise a family.  Any towns not open to attracting families will, in my opinion, eventually become just a shell of it's former self.  Exactly what is happening to Penn Yan.  When rentals are $1,100 a month and yet the area offers no decent paying jobs, then families will not move here.  There is nothing but high prices and low paying jobs these days.

Where would a person work?  Some low paying service related hotel job?  A low paying waitress job?  A low paying nurse aide job?  None of these jobs pay nearly enough to support a family on.  Seriously, Penn Yan.

What used to be here?  MICHAELS-STERN & CO.: Was a clothing company, employing many people in Penn Yan.  They closed their doors in the late 1970's.

Penn Yan Express was once a thriving trucking business in Penn Yan, NY.  No more.  

Penn Yan Boats, no more.   Left, taking jobs from Penn Yan. 

We once had a nice Super Duper grocery store, now since its closing, we have nothing there but an abandoned building, hoping for a buyer.  Good luck there.

Lowns was once a very nice department store in Penn Yan, then it became a nice place of booths to buy charming items.  Wonderful place for tourists to shop too.  No more.

Since 1970 I've seen businesses dwindle in Penn Yan, housing prices reach sky high, and no more affordable places, especially houses to rent that might attract families wanting to raise kids here.  Sad, but true.  No wonder Penn Yan school enrollment is fading.  In 1970 there were so many families raising kids here the school district ended up building several elementary schools.  Now the Branchport one was sold to some business that simply neglects the grounds and cannot seem to mow their grass.  That business has ruined the once immaculate grounds.  Nothing but a weed patch lives there these days.  

In the 1990's you could, any given day in summer, go to Red Jacket Park and it would be teeming with multiple families. cooking out, swimming and people actually boating on Keuka Lake.  Now, any given day, anytime of year, and the parks are all but dead, devoid of families doing anything anymore.  So sad.  There is a new building that says: Penn Yan Tourism on it sitting next to a park that contains no tourists anymore.  

Penn Yan is a nice town, but the powers that be here have no clue how to attract families with kids anymore.  They do not even know how to attract jobs that pay enough to pay your rent or even buy food.  So sad.  What happened, Penn Yan?

If you think you will become Lake Placid, well, I sincerely doubt you will.