Thursday, February 7, 2013

Angels in street clothes....

I haven't given much attention to this blog. None really.  Maybe, not inspired to write?....

THIS inspired me:
I saw this guy (Massoud Adibpour on The Jeff Probst Show), the other day who talked about seeing "Honk if you love somebody" written in the dust on the back window of a car. This inspired him. A random sentiment sent out to the universe about love. So he decided to make a sign that said, "Honk if you love somebody" on it and stand on a street corner in DC on a Monday morning holding up that sign. He said at first he was kind of scared to do it because he was not sure how people would perceive it. But, he decided to do it anyway because he wanted to push himself out of his comfort zone.

Six o'clock on a Monday morning in D.C. he went to a street corner with his sign.  The response was... amazing. He said he could literally see people's attitude changing through the windows as they drove by, contemplating the fact that they loved someone.  He was so inspired that he invited friends and they made more signs in addition to that first one. They said things like, "Don't be so hard on yourself." And "Smile." And "Today is amazing."

Other people were so moved and inspired that complete strangers started making their own signs and going to other streets in the city. And more people were inspired and they made their own signs and they started popping up in other cities. And now this amazing thing is going global. This man just wanted to input some random positivity on a Monday morning and he has inspired a worldwide movement with the core value being a small act can inspire others.

On this same show, a girl (Hannah Brencher) talked about how her life's dream was to move to New York City and live there. She did it when she was 22 and was successful enough that she was surviving o.k. But, she found that she was still sad and depressed and she didn't know why. One day while on the train she looked around her and started writing love letters to people who looked like they might need one. She began leaving them anonymously in locations all over the city.  Tucked in a book at the library.  Behind the salt and pepper shakers at a diner. Placed on an empty seat on the train. Dropped on the ground in front of a park bench.  She dropped them and left.  Never waiting to see who found them.  Funny thing is, often the letters themselves would find the right people. These anonymous acts resulted in her feeling better.   

She began blogging about random love letters and then made a promise that anyone who asked (no matter how many ) for a love letter that she would hand write and send them a love letter. She didn't really think that anyone would respond. But, she was wrong. At first there were just a few responses and she wrote to each one--a heartfelt declaration of love and her belief in that person's value on earth. Within nine months she had written 400 letter BY HAND to complete strangers.  The result?  She says, "It absolutely healed me."

She told her friends and some of her friends joined her. And again like the guy above she started a worldwide movement. One of the things that she said on the show that profoundly affected me, "Sometimes you just want to write a love letter to all the people on earth."  

We are all dealing with painful things in our lives.  The idea that you can heal your own pain by offering love directly to the universe resonates so powerfully to me.  I'm not religious.  I don't really pray.  I try to "send positive thoughts to the universe".  Things like, "please give peace someone who is struggling" or "send joy" or "blessings to all who need it."  These thoughts absolutely heal me too.  Hannah and Massoud inspire me, encourage me, and have given me the blessing of witnessing angels in human form.

Little things can be big things and EVERYONE is important and has value.

Friday, August 19, 2011

My Kids Say I'm Crazy....

I don't borrow books from the library.  I never rent movies.  I know for a FACT that there is nothing on top of my refrigerator that I want to see.  I will not eat food that I have brought home from a restaurant.  Common sense. Duh! 

Take the library thing.  Just think about how many strangers have touched those books.  And imagine what kind of stranger they are?  They could be axe murderers, or sex offenders, or they could have some dread disease, or Dog forbid they could be tax accountants! I don't know and I don't want to know.  Once I've read a book, I have invested something of myself into it emotionally and I just don't want strangers to have access to my left over aura.  And for paprika's sake--I want nothing to do with their skanky-toe-jam-butt-smell-number-crunching-left-over auras. I don't even go to libraries anymore AND I have rehomed every library book I have ever borrowed. Fines? Don't talk to me about fines.  I am a "Book Liberator". See?  Totally logical.

I have similar feelings about renting movies or borrowing movies or using Netflicker.  Just seems wrong to me that it is sooooo easy to access something that has so much energy, emotion, creativity, heart, and soul invested in it.  I totally agreed with James Hetfield and felt like it was divine pound you in the monkey-hole, universal big-bang, TANSTAAFL* when Napstealer and Sean Parker went down.  Creative people who use their creativity to make a living have the same right to be paid as other people to be paid for their work.  If it was so easy to create the Mona Lisa, or Ode to Joy, or Catcher in the Rye, or Crime and Punishment, or Fallen Caryatid, or Beowulf, ---we'd all be doing and it and it wouldn't be called art.  It would be called wiping your butt or picking your nose or masturbating.  Something that is so common everyday that it isn't worth experiencing or sharing with others. I am not even sure why I am explaining this one.  It is so obvious even ol' Shrub II could figure it out.

What about the refrigerator thing you ask?  Again plain common sense.  The refrigerator is really tall and I'm not.  The only way I am going to see what is on top of the refrigerator is if I climb up on a ladder and look.  And there is no way in hell that anyone is going to convince me to go up on a ladder.  If it requires me to go up a ladder then it's not worth looking at.  Don't bother putting things up there I won't look.  Dust does not exist up there because I can't see it.  If you wanted the perfect place to hide something from me it would be on top of the refrigerator.  Don't even get me started with the top shelves in the cabinets.  That is just plain fuc/ed up.  I believe it is subtle and pervaisive form of height descrimination and as soon as I figure out who to sue I am sueing their a$$es off!

As soon as food leaves the restaurant it become inedible.  This is an inarguable fact.  Food is meant to be eaten when served.  For Dog's sake they put it in "doggie bags"!  Yes, I said doggie bags.  I can just see all those pretentious waiters snickering out back while they are smoking their cheap, roll your own cigarettes, and  gossiping with each other about the new waitress Candy's ass, in their pathetic fake "franch" accents. Have you ever opened one of those white styrofoam boxes from Oliver's Gardener the next day?  That sad pile of noodles and congealed grease with the rubbery pinkish mystery meat and limp moldy green herb is NOT fettucini alfredo with grilled chicken.  That is DOG FOOD. 

Or how 'bout those cute little cardboard folded boxes with the chinese writing on them?  Have you ever wondered what the chinese writing is?  I bet it says----"Stupid white people dog food."  Haven't you ever noticed how pi$$ed the waiter is when he is boxing up the leftover food?  I bet he is thinking, "Why these stupid white peoples order so much food if they just going to feed to their dogs?"  "Don't they never heard of Alpo?" "Crazy fuc/er's turning they dog into cannibal. Not make sense."

Sometimes, it is permissible to keep homemade leftovers.  For example there is nothing better than chilled potato salad that is leftover in the refrigerator.  It is not okay if it has been left in the sun all day and then put in the refrigerator.  That is is not even dog food. That is poison. (Again. Duh.)  Other things that are best the next day--pizza, homemade spaghetti and meat sauce, roast beef, turkey (after four days it magically turns into dog food), stuffing (two days then dog food).  The tuna or egg salad left in the bowl after immediately making the sandwich must be thrown away.  Or you can feed it to the cats.  Not the dogs.  That is not dog food.

Some desserts are good the next day too--apple pie, pumpkin pie, cherry pie, cheesecake (which is really a creamier delicious kind of pie), and all other pies.  The rule of thumb with pies though is two days unless they have been touched by anyone but yourself.  Then only one day.  Pie is never ever dog food.  That is a sin and there is a special place in hell for people who give dogs perfectly good pie.

Anything that is past it's expiration date by even two seconds is poison and should be bagged up, placed in a lead lined box, and dumped at a nuclear waste facility in the section that is labled "SUPER EXTRA TOXIC".  You will know you are in the right place because it will be surrounded by giant signs suggesting you wear gas masks,  or that have nuclear waste symbols, and ones that have pictures of skulls and cross bones.  (FYI--Dick Cheney goes to these places on vacation when he is not hunting his friends. So watch out.)

I am not crazy.  I am right.  Everyone else is stupid.

*TANSTAAFL= One of my favorite author's Robert Heinlein used to say--"There ain't no such thing as a free lunch.  You're gonna pay.  It's just a matter of determining the coinage."

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My Life Isn't As Funny As It Used To Be....

Well just as I head off on my new found adventure blogging has become passe.  Now everyone wants to "twit" or update their status or something.  I just want to be able to get something done without having to listen to a recorded voice tell me to push #1 for English.  Is that too much to ask? 

For example, for the last two months I have been trying to access my bank account statement online.  It shouldn't be that hard.  I know how to send e-mails, I can create spreadsheets, and although I've never Twitted I do have a Facebox page. I even know how to upload pictures and use photopail.  For some reason this online banking thing has turned into an exercise in patience the likes of which may even have driven Ghandi to violence.

It was easy enough to find the number to contact "online support".  After that, things just fell apart.  The first torturer (ummm support person) asked me all the basic questions--you are who you say you are? Are you sure? Proove it? Proove it again for security reasons.... Fortunately for me, I know who I am--I have a plastic card in my wallet that tells me.  It even has a picture so I can compare it with the person I see in the mirror. So, HAH! Got through the torturer's 1st line of defense relatively unscathed.  

After we established who I am, in triplicate, rubber stamped, and color coded.  We went on the true issue.  "Yes ma'am I can certainly help you with that!" Turns out Satan's minion has a perky bleach blonde voice.  Then it's down to brass tacks.  We navigate together to the banks home page.  Thereby establishing that I am NOT a moron.  She describes the page to me and asks me to enter my user name.  AHA! Again I have thwarted their defenses.  I KNOW my user name.  Take that!  Then she askes me to enter my password.  I know that too.  Boy this is going better than I thought, maybe I have judged these folks all wrong.

Arrrghh spoke too soon.  "Um, it says 'Error you have entered an incorrect password or user name.  You have three more tries before you will be locked out.'"   The perky blonde imp takes this in stride.  "Did you enter your correct user name?" "Yes." "And the correct password?"  "Yes."  "Are you sure you didn't make a keystroke error?"   In the sweet syrupy (yes folks that is the correct spelling) tones of a little blonde hell's apprentice she asks, "Will you try that again just in case?"  "OK."  "Same error message." I report.  "Caps lock off? Number lock on?" "Yes."  "Hmmmm...are you sure you entered the correct user name and password?"  "Of course I'm sure; I have it taped right here on my computer monitor!"  Beelzebub's demon spawn, sniffs.  That's right the little b!tch, sniffed me.  "Can you please hold I need to do a little research?" I reluctantly agree to "Hold."  Whereupon, she clicks over and then Satan's music comes on.

Satan's music is "Copacabana" by Barry Manilow on loop.   Imagine being on hold for 25 minutes listening to "Copacabana" over and over again.  Yeah, I know, it's hell redefined.  Just as I catch myself drooling on my keyboard in a half sleep the minidemon returns with a chipper, "Please forgive me for leaving you on hold so long."  I mumble, "Her name was Lola...." "I'm sorry, excuse me...?"  "Ahem, oh nothing." I reply, while hastily mopping up the drool on my keyboard.   She says that perhaps I really don't know my password (even though it is taped right in front of me??) and that we should try to have a new password reissued.  I agree to try it.  I mean what else do I have to do?  It's not like I am at work.  Not like I have real work to do.  "Let's give it a shot."  I say.

I will spare you with the close the browser, open a new window, try to logon shenanigans.  Just re-read the paragraph above and you will get the gist of it.  Finally, she says,  "Click on the hyperlink that says, 'forgot password?'." I click on it.  "Okay enter your maiden name, the name of your first pet, the date that you had sex for the first time, what color your underwear is, and the last 8 digits of your debit card."  The last eight digits of my debit card?!  What does that have to do with anything?  "I don't have my debit card with me." I inform her.  "You don't have your debit card?" Her squeeky Satan's minion voice is really starting to annoy me now.  "No, I don't have my debit card.  Why would I need to have my debit card to view my online statement?!"  "I am sorry ma'am I can't help you until you input the last eight digits of your debit card."  "Well, I don't have it right now."  "I am sorry to hear that.  Please call back at another time and we will be glad to help you."  HUH??  I said, "Wait a minute, I thought you said that you could 'certainly help you with that'.  I remember you said it.  Are you telling me that you CAN'T help me." Ahhhh Satan has been backed into a corner now.  How will the wily ol devil respond to this?  "I'm sorry ma'am until you provide me with the last eight digits of your debit card we cannot continue.  I hope you have a wonderful day.  Good-bye."  Click. 

I guess I won't get to view my online statement today.

I know that it doesn't really seem that bad.  Just get my debit card call back and Et Voila!  Nope, didn't work.  I have called back TWELVE times in the last two months.  I have spoken to many varieties of Satan's Imps and I have gone through the navigate to the home page, type in your user name, and now your password, and are you sure you are using the right user name, password, maybe we should try to reissue a password, enter the last eight digits of your debit card so many times that it has driven me to BLOG about it for God's Sake!

Today was the last straw.  You know the drill. Got to the part after I had entered the last eight digits of my debit card AND IT STILL DIDN'T WORK!  Finally, the torturer admitted that she could not certainly help you and she agreed to connect me to the "Supervisor of Online Tech Support"  the GREAT AND POWERFUL SOTP.  "Please hold while I connect you."  "Ahhhhhhh, her name was Lola she was a showgirl....."  I am singing at the top of my lungs in my office.  Mandy (my super Program Director Extraordinaire--more about her later) gives me the 'are you crazy?' look.  "Come on sing along you know the words I yell/sing at her."  She gives me her best disapproving look and closes the door quietly. 

I am into my seventh minute of bellowing, "Copacabanaaaaaa she fell in looooove..." when Satan's minion says, "Here we are. I will connect you now."  CLICK.  Dialtone. 

For a second, I feel the universe tip and slide and imagine that I have wandered into another dimension where Barry Manilow is God and I will never, ever, get to access my online bank statment.  I take a deep breath and immediately call back.  Low and behold generic minion #1 answers.  I explain the whole story, again.  And she says, wait... for... it....."I can certainly help you with that."  "Oh no," I say.  "Not this time.  I want the GREAT AND POWERFUL SOTP.  I have already gone through this long enough.  The last support person I spoke to (insert devilish minion name here) said that they were connecting me.  I want the SOTP!!!!!" I practically scream into the phone.  "Please hold while I connect you." She simpers barely muffling giggles. Then... 

"...She would Merenge and do the Cha-Cha and while she tried to be a star, Tony always tended bar..."  I have the air conditioning on and I am sing-sashaying (yes boys and girl again spelled correctly) with my imaginary hot pink sparkled boa, around the room when  the SOTP says, "Ahem, hello I am (insert devilish minion #2 name in here) I have been informed of your concerns.  Can I help you?"  I am so excited that I have actually been put in contact with the all powerful SOTP and I am so winded by my sing-sashaying that for a few seconds all I can do is pant heavily into the phone.  "Oh my God!" the minion says, "Who would go to all this work to be a prank caller?!" 

Nooooooooooooo......"Wait, wait, I say. I was just, well, Barry Manilow you know, and well, show girls...." I drift off lamely.  "No please" I plead,  "I just need to be able to access my online bank statement."  Hurridly, I explain all the weeks and months of entering passwords, and last eight digits of debit cards, and verifying my identity etc... etc...  "Weeeellllll...." she drawls.  "The problem is that you have to wait six hours after you change your password before you try to enter a new one."  I am stunned.  Pole-axed.  Dumb-fuc/ed.  I cannot believe it.  "I have to wait six hours after I change my password to enter a new one?" I barely whisper. "Yes."  "Oh. Okay." I say. "Um... Thank... you?"  "Your welcome, have a fabulous day!" 

I swear she was humming Copacabana when she hung up.