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So much going on in the world and no time these days to comment as much as I would like to.

For this time I’ll start with the legislation to reduce the number of councillors in the City of Toronto from 47 to 25 and the mass hysteria that a bunch of greedy, lazy councillors have managed to stir up with citizens.

Oh my God, are people really such sheep?  Really so stupid as to believe the propaganda that the Councillors and Mayor are spewing?  I like to think about my experience here at ground level so I have comments accordingly.

  1. Most people do not understand the difference (or the existence for that matter) between municipal, provincial and federal governments.  Sorry that is the truth and I know that from personal interaction with the public.
  2. People actually believe that their councillors are “representing” them and working in their best interests.  Have they ever sat down and watched a few Toronto City Council meetings?  I have seen kindergarten classes that are more in order and more productive.  During Council meetings, councillors are on their phones, or turning around in their seats to talk to each other rather than listening to what is being said and banging on their desks like wild idiots (actually this nonsense goes on at all levels of government).  Councillors have actually admitted that they are voting on items and they really don’t know what they are voting on and that they just go along with other councillors that they align themselves with.  Not only that, they have so many items on the agendas that they can never get through them. So many items just get deferred and never dealt with because either they can’t make a decision or many of the councillors are ill-informed about the item in the first place.  As to representation, both our neighbour and us contacted our “local Councillor” regarding a problem we were having – we had to leave messages and our “representative” never got back to us.  Likely this is because she is out getting her photo-ops – which is what is most important to her.  She has decided to finally retire this year – thank God – bye bye.
  3. Also, apparently there have been recommendations in the past that Council should reduce its numbers (betcha they are hiding those documents away).  A few Councillors right now have had the guts to stand up and say that, while the timing isn’t great, they agree that Council is so dysfunctional that this reduction in numbers is needed so that something might actually get done.  It doesn’t take a math whiz to realize that trying to get 47 councillors to make good decisions for Toronto is a lot harder than trying to get 25 to make decisions.
  4. The Mayor and Councillors were able to actually make a decision (through vote) that they need to mount a legal challenge of the legislation that is meant to reduce their numbers.  This is one item on their agenda that they had no trouble on settling down long enough to actually make a decision – but then that is because it is a self-interest item.  If this goes through they may actually have to work hard instead of placing their asses in a chair and letting the years float by and collecting a salary for very little productive work on behalf of the citizens of this City.  One Councillor was whining that she had gotten her kids a dog years back and that she has to work so hard for her constituents that her postman knows the dog better than she does so she is worried about having to represent a larger size riding.  I have something to say to this.  First, who says you will get voted in again if you actually have to work at a campaign to get re-elected.  Second, true commitment to political life is hard-work and it means that your personal life suffers.  If you want a 9 to 5 job – you picked the wrong vocation – so quit – get another job and go home and get to know your dog.  The problem for so so long has been that we have the same old, tired mugs on City Council – thanks to ill-informed citizens who don’t expect anything from their councillors and vote in the same old same old, these folks don’t even work hard to get re-elected.  They used to be out on foot re-introducing themselves to their constituents and asking for their support and vote at election time – now they just stick the odd sign in the ground and don’t even have to make an effort to win another term on Council.  While I never liked this glad-handing at election time anyway because all it was for was to get themselves re-elected, they at least made some kind of an effort albeit phoney as hell.
  5. Citizens need to stop automatically voting in the same old faces – start actually demanding something of your Mayor and your Councillors.  Make an effort to learn how they vote on items that are of concern to you and start making them represent you because they sure as hell aren’t representing you now.  They are wasting your tax dollars like hell and most of you don’t seem to give a damn about it.  For me, we have been getting fleeced by three levels of government and it is time to stop accepting it and thinking it is okay.
  6. And folks – if you stop and think about it – it should be a red flag to you all that the only thing that the Mayor and Council can agree upon to vote “yes” to is constant increases in your taxes with a constant corresponding decrease in the services that the City should be providing to you.  
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August 9, 2018 at 9:58 am

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WHAT A WORLD

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I haven’t written anything for so long but life has been busy – just the same – no matter how busy you may be – life goes on just the same and hauls you along with it. But I have noticed several things of late – pug peeves so I am going to take a few minutes and write about them.

First, let me talk about Vets – these folks have cornered the market insofar as fees for things are concerned. With having a puppy – you have final shots to get and of course you need to take a fecal sample for testing to ensure he doesn’t have worms (even though he had been dewormed 4 or 5 times before we got him). I fully expected that having a pet would cost money – they have to eat and have their health taken care of just like the rest of us. What I didn’t expect was to pay for a test, have the Vet leave a message that said the test was negative (which is good of course) but then to have her follow up with a comment to the effect that we should keep giving him the meds to prevent worms because you can get a “false negative.” What? I just paid $60.50 for a test that potentially isn’t precise? Why am I paying you a lot of money for you to tell me that it is a crap shoot as to whether the test can produce accurate results? This is just another con game that these Vets have going – and let me tell you they have many cons. Just like she asked us what food the pup was on – we told her and she said we should watch it because that food had a lot of fat in it and he was gaining weight because he was losing his silhouette. We just stood there and said nothing because there is no point in having an argument with an unarmed opponent brain-wise. This little tootsie roll hasn’t been out of vet school for a considerable amount of time so she parrots what she has learned there. Experienced or not these all these Vets want to do is sell the crappy food they stock in there clinics. One Vet does lectures about the lousy food Vets sell (of course he isn’t popular in the Vet community) and he confirmed that Vets, in the course of their training/learning, only ever get anywhere from about 1 hour possibly up to 3 hours maximum in learning about nutrition – so a viable source for good advice they aren’t. My spouse did a considerable amount of reading to learn about the food our dogs are eating and about nutritional necessities for them – a lot more than 1 to 3 hours I can tell you. There has actually been a lot of information posted on the internet about the veterinary food line they sell and just how bad it is and damage that it has done to pets. But then if you think about it – it is a win-win for Vets because they make money selling you the food and when your pets get sick they make money again. There are very few Vets who feel a “calling” to the vocation – they couldn’t care less about your pet and the only “calling” there is for most all of them is the sound of the $ sign. And as to the pup’s silhouette, I wanted to say “just because you are a scarecrow and eat air and two ice cubes a day doesn’t mean I am not going to feed my pup what he needs to grow.” We don’t want him to be overweight but I’ll be damned if I am going to have someone say something stupid to me just because they want to hawk the crappy products they sell for food.

Onto the next item, we have a new majority government. I am no political brain but I really didn’t expect such a majority for the PC party – I thought it would be a little closer than that. But it is interesting reading the columns and letters and articles in the newspaper from people with various points of view and those interested in their own issues. Of course, all of us has our own perspective based upon our own circumstances. Just the same, one article featured a couple who are concerned, now that Wynne and her cronies only need a phone booth to meet in, that the day-care objectives that she outlined (i.e. making more affordable spaces and more spaces available for daycare) might not happen. I love the parents these days – – they have gotten so used to money or advantages coming to them from every level of government that they cry the blues constantly and are forever there with their hands out. So at the risk of being highly unpopular I am going to say this – if you can’t afford to raise your children yourself without constant financial handouts or give-aways – then don’t have them!! I am sick to death of having my tax dollars fund these constant whiners. So then people say – well – are you saying that poorer people shouldn’t have children. Poorer people or anyone for that matter is quite welcome to have children – but make sure you are able to provide for them. Just churning out kids with the expectation that all of the rest of us should pay for them is ridiculous. If you don’t have money to feed your kids or clothe them then it is stupid and abusive to bring them into the world. I agree that circumstances can change and some people may need a helping hand from time to time but that is not what we are talking about here – we are talking about people who are raking in money and other benefits by having the rest of the taxpayers pay to raise their kids.  If you can’t afford to send your kids to “organized sports” – it shouldn’t be the problem of the rest of the taxpayers. Buy them a ball and glove or a badminton or tennis racket and a can of tennis balls and let them make the effort to go to a public court like the rest of us did. Or let them do something to earn the money to buy it themselves – it might actually build character in them to learn that everything doesn’t fall from the sky. You are raising a generation of kids who constantly whine because everything is being handed to them and they don’t know how to earn their way. I’m not in the least down on poor families – there are a lot of “poor” women who have busted their asses to raise their kids on their own and if you talk to their kids – they love their mothers because they taught them to work hard and have values and they spent time with their kids. Parents just want money to spend so their kids will do something that doesn’t require them to expend any actual energy to teach them anything or just spend time with them. The future looks dim for when this generation takes over – hopefully I’ll be long gone by then.

This is as good a time as any to transition into the next issue that gets my goat. I want to ask people whether they spend their time living under rocks or what. Do you know how many little kids I see walking along streets by themselves? It would only take a predator in a vehicle less than a minute to snatch a child and then spirit them away to do God only knows what (I can’t bear to think about it) to that child. The world is not trustworthy at all – the news is filled every day with stories of shootings and stabbings and missing persons. I can hardly dare to think of how many children or women or people are out there somewhere being held captive without anyone even having a clue that it is in a dwelling right next door to them. Anyone who has their head so far in the sand that they don’t think this is happening is dreaming in technicolour. Wake up folks – don’t let your child be walking along alone no matter how safe you think it may be.

Now my last item for this blog (perhaps you are thinking thank God – well you didn’t have to read it at all). Good old Donald down south of us. When are people down there going to muzzle this jerk? His latest tirade against Justin up here in Canada (and believe me I am no fan of Justin) but it is just ridiculous and the name calling and the slagging of Canada really aggravates me. Donny is a school-yard bully (that is why he and Mr. North Korea) have something in common. For him to call Justin a liar – when he takes the prize as a world-class liar himself is laughable if it weren’t so sad. He talks about tariffs, calls world leaders by nasty names or constantly disses them – and when someone dares to say something back – he has a tantrum – and the loser fart-catchers who are his aides follow suit. One of them said that Justin made him look weak as he was about to meet with Mr. North Korea. If a comment by our PM made him look weak – then he wasn’t very strong in the first place. Now Donny says the PM just cost the Canadian people a lot of money – so like a bully – he is whining and is going to punish other innocent people because he has a thin skin. This is typically the old “I can dish it out but I can’t take it” kind of whiner. One of his people is now apologizing for his comment about there being a special place in hell for Justin. Maybe there is – I don’t care – but they all have dissed Canada and the Canadian people – oh these were the same people who had their backs during 9/11 when they were looking for a safe place for US citizens on planes to land. But Donny has a selective approach to history and has a track record of being notoriously wrong when it comes to the facts and when he is called on it in the media, he and his followers cry “fake news.” I have a solution for things – but it requires that Canadians stand up and come together and be proud of being Canadian and for once stand collectively on something. Stop travelling to the US and spending your tax dollars down there – stop cross-border shopping and let them lose the countless billions of dollars that Canadians pump into the US economy shopping and vacationing down there. As soon as their tourist industry starts to see they are losing Canadian tourist dollars in a big way – there will be ripplings of dissent down in the US. Also, stop taking in their “refugees” that are crossing illegally. Donny was smart because he scared these folks into our economy and they have become our tax burden while “true refugees” are being displaced as well as those immigrating here legally. Canadians need to smarten up and start pulling together. Apparently there has been a “slump” under Donny but we need, as Canadians, to make more of an impression – since he only talks dollars – then keep our money here in Canada. You won’t die if you don’t go to the USA to shop or vacation. We need to stop kissing the ass of a bully.

So that’s a few things for now and for you to ponder.

 

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June 13, 2018 at 10:59 am

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PUPPY TRAINERS

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After getting a new puppy (and a completely different breed than we were used to) we decided that not only would we make the usual efforts in training the puppy but also thought that puppy classes would be an extension of our training and offer him an opportunity to socialize with other puppies.
As usual, everything is an education, and not necessarily in a positive way.  Apparently classes are divided into groups of puppies up to 18 weeks (some places 16 weeks) and then other classes for puppies that are over those respective maximums.  With certain training facilities your puppy can join at any point (rolling enrolment) and with others you have to be there from the beginning.
We picked up our puppy when he was almost 13 weeks old — this because the breeder will not let the puppies go until they are at least 12 weeks old which is the proper way to do it.  Then trainers want you to have had the puppy in your home for at least 7 to 10 days.  So do the math re the age range of the classes.
One guy was decent and said that the puppy didn’t necessarily need to have taken the introductory puppy classes because he could start at the “basics class” level when he was 18 weeks old because they covered much of what was in the puppy classes plus additional things as well.  He also offered, in the interim, to send some information via email that we could read.   Our concern in this case was that by the time the next “basics” class was held our puppy would be well past the 18 weeks (and then the upper limit of age of the class was something like 26 weeks.  This means that there is a whole gap of vital timeframe that gets missed – a timeframe that, like children, is a pivotal time when they need to learn and have structure and routine.
Another training place, where I spoke to a woman was a disastrous conversation.  The puppy could come to the remaining classes but that would be only about 3 classes that we could get.  I asked if she would pro-rate the fee accordingly.  Her answer was that she was the owner of the business and “COULD” make that decision but was not prepared to since she was a small businesswoman and couldn’t afford to make such compromises.  I tried to explain when we got the puppy (at 13 weeks) and then that they want the puppy to have been in your home for 7 to 10 days so that we were up to at least 14 weeks at that stage of the timeframe.  I couldn’t believe her next comment – she said “it is unfortunate that your breeder kept the puppy for so long.”  At this point her voice was significantly raised to the point of where my spouse could hear her even though the receiver of the phone was in my ear.  I was ready to lose my temper but I held myself.  What I truly wanted to say is “what kind of trainer are you anyway?”  I told her that we felt that the socialization with other puppies would be important – then she lectured me again that socialization is a life-long process with a dog and that they also need to be socialized by hearing different sounds like cars, wheelchairs, buses, trucks etc.  Really?  We thought we’d just throw him out the front door and see if he could make it in the streets (IDIOT!)
You brag about your qualifications and your educational background that gives you the expertise to train but you really don’t know that any reputable breeder shouldn’t let puppies go before the time they are properly weaned from the mother?”  (Aside:  And this number of weeks can vary depending upon the breed and when they are considered of a size and stable enough to be adopted out – for example Chihuahua puppies, which our breeder also breeds cannot even be considered to be available to leave until they are 16 weeks old.). This tootsie roll expected us to pay in excess of $300 for 3 classes – well honey, for a small business-woman you ain’t doin’ too bad if we are going to pay over $100 to sit in a room with a group of other puppies so that you can hit the jackpot – what kind of attention and direction are we going to get during that class – 5 minutes? 10 minutes?  Eat rocks cookie!  Furthermore, I suggest that you learn some socialization skills yourself – namely, when you are talking to a potential client – insulting their intelligence and raising your voice to them doesn’t prove that you have any skills yourself! I am willing to help you with this – I’ll offer you three classes for a bundled rate of $450 – understand I am a small business-woman and although I could give you a discount – um – I won’t – after all I need to make ends meet – I’m retired now.
If these “trainers” are so very educated, then they should KNOW that the timeframes that they have established for their classes do not fit for puppies that are bred by responsible breeders.  It fits well for puppy mill puppies and back-yard disreputable breeders only.  Sooo, I question their “qualifications and education” that they brag about by phone and on their websites.  As a consumer, your other option is to have a “trainer” come to your home for personal training by the hour – price range of that can be anywhere from $100 to $130 or more.
I’ll be damned if we are going to pay over $100 for someone to give me 5 or 10 minutes or over $100 or anywhere from $100 and up (the sky’s the limit) for some idiot to come here and say sit/stay for an hour and then leave.  This is just another one of life’s scams.  It seems that there is never any end to them.  So please find another sucker – I didn’t just fall off the turnip truck.

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May 6, 2018 at 10:13 am

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THE “UNDERGROUND”

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Over the course of the last two weeks I have been forced to enter the world of the “underground”. Underground because my activities have taken me into territory that was yet uncharted in my life. I don’t know if I am pleased to say this or not but I had to do what I had to do.

My spouse and I have been undertaking some changes and alterations in the house. This includes putting down new flooring in the upstairs level of the house and by extension, a decision was made to also replace two toilets in the house which are now getting older.

Now in my ignorance I thought okay buy two toilets and get them installed. Well – no – it ain’t that easy. Searching and shopping for new toilets opened up a whole new world – a world that I was totally unfamiliar with – I was – dare I say it – a toilet virgin. I don’t know how many others of you that are out there but I think it only fair to share my now – fairly considerable knowledge of the world of toilets. My eyes are blood-shot and I have had headaches pouring over various models of toilets to compare their advantages and disadvantages in the context of the measurements we have.

First, certain measurements must be taken of the existing toilets and of the space you have to fit your toilet in. Now, if you are the owner of a 3,000 or 4,000 square foot house (or more) – the size may be irrelevant and of no concern to you. However, if you have limited spaces (as we do) to fit the toilets in the two respective spots, then measurements become the pivotal issue (but clearly not the only consideration).

Of course, not only the dimensions of the existing toilets and space are important, but there are many other things you have to decide upon and/or measure. Here is an intro guide to what you need to establish:

1) Measure the rough-in size – I thought what in the hell is that? It is the measurement from the wall to the mid-point of the bolts on the existing toilet. 12” is apparently the measure for most but the measurement can range from 10” to 14”. Thank you God ours is 12”.
2) Choose the bowl height – standard is 14”-15” – comfort height is 16”-17” (which apparently is ideal for taller people and people with back and leg problems). Now in my case, I have back and leg problems but so sorry – I am short – so we had to opt for standard so that my spouse doesn’t have to get me a kiddie stool (sorry for that word) to get up on the pot to go.
3) Choose the bowl shape – round is for small spaces and elongated provides more sitting room but you need more space to accommodate it. Well, so yeah, ours is round.
4) Choose Flush Maintenance – this is the “number” that measures the toilets ability to remove “bulk waste” (pee and sh… I mean poop). Also, higher ratings mean better waste removal and better clog resistance. This number is referred to as the MaP scale 350g is good, 700g is better and 1,000g is the best. (who knew????) But let’s face it, if you want the “waste” to get the hell out of Dodge then you want 1,000 or as close as you can get to it.
5) Choose Water Efficiency – 6.0L is good, 4.8L is better (explain that to me when it is a lower number), and dual flush is the best. Apparently 6.0L is now becoming old and most are operating at the 4.8L level. And, let me add, that apparently the higher the number is doesn’t necessarily reflect the toilets ability to function effectively. I don’t get it but apparently that’s the story. And I don’t want dual flush – I’ve used these elsewhere and I can never see (without my glasses) which flusher is for which. After I’ve gone I want to flush the toilet and be done – I don’t want to have to don glasses and have to make a decision on which button to use.

After pouring over countless websites and reading the pros and the cons and the reviews from people on various sites where they have bought toilets you find out the following:

1) What is sauce for the goose isn’t necessarily sauce for the gander. Some people write glowing reviews about the toilets they bought and had installed – others terrorize you by saying “DO NOT BUY THIS TOILET.”
2) When you search and ask the question who makes the best toilet – it gives you a list – you will look at the name of the top one on the list and then do investigation about that only to find out that parts for those toilets are hard to get because they are so special and they are pricey to repair so you lower your expectations (you can’t have champagne taste on a soda-pop salary) so your arse has to lower its expectations.
3) I thought maybe $300 to $400 maybe for each toilet – well certainly you can get toilets in that range but who the hell knew that they can range into the thousands of dollars. Just what do these kinds of pricey toilets do exactly? I just need them to be solid, reliable toilets that flush waste to nowhere land. And some of these toilets are just plain ugly or look like space ships and if you want basic black (which we don’t) those cost more.
4) Some have slow-close seats (they are “whisper” quiet). If I get up in the night to use the john I don’t want any toilet seat “whispering” to me and giving me a heart attack – I’m getting old. Some toilets have dual flush (as mentioned already) and some have the flushing lever on the side. I want the damn handle in the spot where I have always been used to it being. I don’t want to have to fondle the whole toilet to find the lever to flush it.

Finally, we found a toilet that would fit for us – after going online to see about buying two of them – an agent (in an online chat) says that they have to be ordered online and delivered and it takes 10 to 16 business days. Well we are on a tight schedule (for personal reasons) and 10 to 16 days takes it kind of close so I rushed off today to the store to get these two ordered and arrange for installation at the same place. Guess what? The toilet we picked was “discontinued” and therefore not available. I wanted to lay on the floor and have a meltdown – I was tired of worrying about the delivery date and quality of the toilet (actually waking up at night and not sleeping – and not because I had to use the toilet but because my mind was going over all of the calculations). Because of our various issues re size of toilet and size of spaces they are going into – there was only one other toilet to do the job. An older man, God bless his soul, helped me go over the dimensions and details again – and they worked except that the toilet only uses the 4.8L of water. While there are water savings I was concerned because less water for each flush but the man said it is actually a good toilet and the 4.8L isn’t representative of the toilet’s ability to flush the waste and that it is the MaP rating that is most useful to look at – very fortunately the one he suggested to meet our needs/requirements has a MaP of 990 to 1,000 (the discontinued one was 1,000 but who was I to argue over 10g of waste).

Installation cost for the two toilets was reasonable, the cost of the toilets was reasonable but if you want the installer to pick up and bring the two toilets they want a lot of money – if you want them to dispose of the old ones they want 80 bucks for each toilet. We will just have to live with the humiliation of the neighbours seeing two used toilets on the front lawn awaiting pickup by the city garbage folks.

After all of this crap (sorry can’t help but use the word), I came home with two toilets in the van and an installation request submitted. The old man that helped me with determining what toilet to buy loaded the two toilets on a cart and took me to the counter to arrange the installation. Another young man put them in the van for me. It took the two of us to lift these suckers out and take them in the house.

A woman called me this afternoon and set up an appointment to come and take out and put in two new toilets – thank you universe. I just hope they operate well or I just may get on the next bus out of town to someplace where the toilet is someone else’s responsibility.

In closing, I have to say that I have found out far more than I ever wanted to know about the underground world of toilets and far more than I was ever interested in knowing. Just let it be over and the installation successful and the function of these two toilets without issue.

I don’t know what people, who have large renovations to do, cope with all of the ins and outs of everything that needs to be done. But I suppose if they have money for large renovations, they can hire others to coordinate the purchasing of products, the timelines for completion and the arrangements for the workers to do it.

For my part, I am going to lay down on my bed and watch mindless television shows to see if I can recuperate from this whole ordeal.

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March 8, 2018 at 9:23 pm

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HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAKE

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Happy Birthday Jake – if you were still here with us (in body) you would be 23 years old today. But given that you are at the Rainbow Bridge and on the other side waiting for us – you are young and well and I am sure being just as saucy as you ever were.

I can’t even find the words to tell you how much we miss you each and every day because there are no words that are adequate enough to cover it. You always gave more love than you got – not because we didn’t love you with everything that we had but because you were such a special guy – one of God’s purest angels – that we could never have kept up.

So on this day – we wish you Happy Birthday – celebrate – you are in heaven and happy and just truckin’ around (I know this for sure). Please also send our love to Casey and Coco because I know they are celebrating with you.

Love you forever and always……

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February 6, 2018 at 1:08 pm

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OKAY LET ME SEE IF I UNDERSTAND THIS

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Like the title – okay let me see if I understand this. I have plenty to say about the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements but I will just mention a couple of things. First – courageous women all – and I am so happy to see women come together to support each other – to stand up and speak out after being threatened into silence – the lonely journey of suffering in silence – for fear of – for fear of – anything and everything happening to them, to their careers and many also wanting to save their loved ones from having to bear the burden they were carrying.

Now over to the rest of the world. I am sick to death of hearing other people comment about the fact that they are getting tired of hearing the endless stories of women coming forward about sexual assault and harassment (and some of these are women making such comments). Let me say – oh you poor dears – my heart bleeds for you – how rough it must be for you to have to hear these endless stories. Did your little pea brains ever stop to think for a minute just how bloody hard it has been for the women who have had to experience it and then carry the burden of it in silence? So – in other words – tough bananas – consider yourself so friggin’ lucky that you haven’t had to go through it yourself. I presume that is the reason why you can be so flippant as to make ignorant comments.

As to the men of the world. I am sure that not all of them are brain dead when it comes to this subject. Just the same it has taken endless tsunamis of women coming forward to get men to even wake up on this subject. Some men will still care less about the whole thing because as long as it doesn’t affect them they don’t care and they are the types who think women are there to serve them sexually and any other way they desire. Then there are men saying that they knew something was happening but didn’t say anything – why? – because they were afraid for their careers. So it was okay, as far as you were concerned, for women to be assaulted, raped or harassed and have to put up with it so that they could stay employed but you couldn’t say anything because your career was on the line. I guess if you were the ones being raped/assaulted/harassed it would have meant more to you. But now, you have no right in my opinion, to garner more fame for yourself by riding on the pain of all of these women. Years and years and years have passed away and gone and you all did nothing while either witnessing it or knowing full well that it was happening to women and you said NOTHING!!!! It was time to man up back then – not stand in the limelight now and pretend that you regret it. Still other men (in the media and the like) are mouthing platitudes to the effect that they admire these women and that they support them. Women needed your support ages ago but none of you listened or gave a crap at all – now because you can get your few minutes of fame from sounding supportive – it is a “go” for you all.

Take as one example – one mind you – of this doctor on trial for the assault/rape/abuse of a countless number of gymnasts. One father has three daughters whose lives were damaged by this pervert. I am happy that the father wanted to support his daughters – as he should – but it made me angry that he tried to lunge at the perpetrator in the courtroom – not because I don’t think the pervert deserved it – actually he deserves far more. What angered me is that, in that moment, the father was indulging his own anger and that was selfish. If he thinks he was so burdened by his anger that he couldn’t control himself – he should have stopped and thought how angry and how traumatized his daughters felt and have been feeling. Instead of making it about them – he made it about himself first – and that was ignorant (all about the male being a tough guy). It is his daughters who have been tough – to have endured it all – to have had the courage to face the pervert in court and make their victim impact statements. Again – all about the men and not the young women/women who have been the victims.

Over to the political realm – doesn’t matter which political party – this disease is rife everywhere and every political stripe tainted with it. But what aggravates me the most is hearing the Premier of our province and other political levels talking about how they are going to develop policies to deal with this. Now I know – this is what they do and how they manage these situations. However, I just don’t understand how mentally trying it is for any level of government or anyone else for that matter to be so stupid as to say they have to develop a policy to let the nimrods of the world know that it isn’t acceptable:

  • to assault, rape or harass any woman – or any person for that matter
    to disrespect any woman or person (or themselves for that matter) by being a pig
  • to allow your children to be uneducated about this subject and not learn that they can come to you if someone does any of these things to them (hello to all those dumb parents who are against sex education in the schools – shame on all of you – you have just made your children targets for pigs like this)
  • to allow your sons to be raised with the psychology that they can do anything they want to girls/women because they can consider them as little more than property.

Just a few thoughts but the list is endless – what I am saying is that it is common sense – it isn’t rocket science. And how shameful it is to think that people (men) actually need to be told this in a policy. That, in and of itself, should tell you just how bad this cancer is – society is rotting from an epidemic of it – and it has been for as far back as any of us can remember and even longer than our own lifetimes have been.

Nice that they are all going to sit down and write policies about this – but if change is really to happen – start changing the laws – AND – educate all of the ignorant judges that sit on the bench and make stupid bloody comments to victims. Stop making women victims for a second time in the courtrooms of our land – how goddamn hard is it really? I can picture it now – bunches of idiots sitting around boardroom tables trying to come up with written policies. Well we wrote it all down – we’ve done our jobs – let’s move on.

Yes move on to the next item that comes up – meanwhile there are countless women whose lives have been destroyed so badly that they can barely function and they can’t move on while their perpetrators skip on to their next target. But thank God that those policies will be written – check it off your “to do” list.

The stupidity of it all gets to me so badly that I am afraid I will suffer from spontaneous human combustion – that is how enraged I get when I hear the endless crap from politicians and ignorant people who have absolutely no idea what it is like for the women who carry the burden of what these pigs have done to them. (I apologize to pigs but I can’t use the kind of language that is in my mind as it isn’t acceptable on the internet).

I know what I would do if I could have a courtroom and run it whatever way I like – I can guarantee that any person who rapes/assaults/harasses would never be doing it again under my rule. But alas I am not in charge and I do not have that power but I can wish for it just the same.

Women need to keep the pressure up – to keep speaking up – if they are able to do so. Let me say #TimesUp – and to anyone that this offends – kiss the back of my front – go back and stick your head in the sand – seeing as you have become so familiar with having it there all this time anyway.

 

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February 4, 2018 at 10:20 pm

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I WANT THE OLD WORLD BACK

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People say that the old ways weren’t necessarily the best ways. Maybe that’s true in some cases but certainly not in all cases. I have some examples of things that happen in the world today and how people manage them or how people act – and – well – I think I like the old days better. I know – I am clearly showing my age – but oh well I don’t care.

On Saturday I was out shopping for some groceries. I was in a store and stopped at the refrigerated unit that held eggs. Let me say, there wasn’t a soul anywhere near me. I looked in the first carton and didn’t like the look of some of the eggs in it so selected a second carton of eggs. I was almost finished checking them when I saw (out of the corner of my eye) that a man was waiting to also get eggs. I knew he wasn’t there for more than a couple of seconds (because I maintain my awareness of who and what is around me). Just the same I apologized saying “oh I am sorry I didn’t mean to delay you”. The man said “no problem it is Saturday and there is lots of time.” Then I heard his wife mumble “that doesn’t mean we have all day.” I looked right at her and when I did so she slapped this phony smile on her face – so I said “lady I apologized and I meant it sincerely so I don’t know what else I can do for you today.” In past days people would have graciously accepted the apology (even though the guy couldn’t have been there for more than 5 seconds – and I mean seconds). This lady was lucky that I selected the words that I did because my actual gut instinct was to say something else to her. I hate it when you exhibit manners but people still feel the need to be assholes. Furthermore, sometimes people are stopped in a spot in a store where I have to wait for them to finish – that’s how it works people you have to wait your turn – if someone was there first they were there first.

Another example concerns vehicles on the road. People just don’t know how to be courteous to others – there would be no need for confusion on the roads if: 1) people wouldn’t cut the lines because they think they are more entitled than others 2) people would let another car (that unknowingly gets stuck due to an unexpected obstruction ahead of them) go ahead of them and give a person a chance 3) if all of the BMWs, Lexus, Mercedes and the like realized that an entitlement certificate didn’t come with their vehicles (wait your turn like everyone else) and 4) if all the little boys that have bought trucks would realize that they don’t get to intimidate everyone else by rushing up fast behind other vehicles (that just makes me drive right on the button of the speed limit and not one km faster) and it doesn’t make you a man – just an idiot. And as concerns all of you that are always in a rush wherever you are driving – learn to get up on time or ready on time so as to allow yourselves enough time to get wherever you are going – your urgency on the road does not become mine so eat rocks.

Now let’s talk about those distracted on their phones (this includes drivers and pedestrians). If you are behind the wheel of your car – get the hell off of your phones – or pull over and call whoever you need to call or text whoever you need to text. I am sick to death of waiting for you folks to wake up and pay attention to the road and the traffic signals. It is dangerous and it is rude to make the assumption that you are more important than any of the rest of us on the road. Also, pedestrians are busy complaining about drivers and in some cases they should because some drivers these days take risky chances while driving and I am surprised more pedestrians haven’t been hit or killed as a result of distracted drivers. I do have to say however, that pedestrians are also a big part of the problem. To wit, get the hell off of your phones and pay attention while crossing the street/walking on the street and stop dashing out from between cars or across the street. There is enough crap going on what with traffic, signal lights, construction all over the City that vehicles are trying to weave their way around without you jumping out from here and there and expecting everyone to stop on a dime because you are jaywalking. If you are too lazy or it is too far to walk to a corner where there is a light or to a crosswalk, then try to be cautious and don’t jump out in front of vehicles and then expect that you won’t get hit one time. In the old days, in school, we had Elmer the Safety Elephant and there were these words from Elmer that were drummed into your head as a kid. I know – it sounds stupid – but the words always stuck in my head “look both ways before you cross the street – use your eyes and use your ears before you use your feet.” Adults could learn from Elmer.

Now let’s talk about bicycles. I know that people in cars often act like assholes where folks on bicycles are concerned. Bicycles share the streets now – so car drivers – suck it up and grow up – there is room for everyone – as I said before just exhibit some courtesy. That said, cyclists shouldn’t think I am just criticizing the drivers either. If you folks want to use the road, then you have the same responsibility for safety on the road. Some of you cut in and out and all over and you expect that when you come from behind and whip in front of a car that we can see you instantaneously. Bear in mind, we can’t stop on a dime, we are having to watch other traffic (because factually our vehicles are bigger than your bicycle) and we have to watch traffic signals and all of the other confusion going on around us. Oh and if you want to use the roads, then use your hand signals. I note that very few of you cyclists use hand signals – either you don’t know them or you can’t be bothered. Vehicles are required to signal when they turn and therefore so are you. (To be fair however, I note that apparently there are a lot of expensive vehicles that don’t come with signals – if drivers of these vehicles have them then they either aren’t using them or feel that because they drive an expensive vehicle they aren’t required to use them). Again this comes down to courtesy and decency – everyone should be exercising it – like back in the old days. It isn’t that there weren’t assholes back in the old days – there were just considerably less of them – unlike these days.

Another big pug peeve I have concerns the apparent lack of appreciation by people for the things they have. I see adults and teens and young kids disrespecting their own property (i.e. cellphones/iphones, laptops and other things). In these days when things cost so much I don’t understand how people treat their property so badly. And let’s face it everyone needs the best – the top of the line and all of that. I have seen adults, teens and kids throw their laptops or phones aside like they are just a piece of unimportant garbage and I just don’t get this at all. Everything I got in life I had to work for and pay for by myself – I didn’t have a Mommy and a Daddy to hand me or fund anything and everything for me. No I am not whining about that – I learned the value of a dollar – and that if I wanted anything I had to work to pay for it. Better still, because I worked so hard for it – I respected it – and I didn’t toss it around or handle it roughly because it didn’t grow on trees for me. People who treat their property this way must be really rich and can afford to just disrespect it otherwise they would take better care of it. In the old days, people had to work hard for everything they got, and they took care of it – and if by accident, something broke they were so sad about it because it represented something important to them – something earned through hard work and cared for in the best way they knew how to do that. Give me the old days on this kind of thing. And I am sure that most think me daft for seeing this as I do – but I wouldn’t be any other way. There is pride in accomplishment – in earning things – pride is sadly lacking in people these days.

People in the world these days seem to wear rudeness and arrogance like it is a badge of honour – it isn’t – and if you wonder why so many young people are disillusioned these days I think lack of decency and respect is a contributing factor. If all is handed to you all of the time there is nothing to strive for – to earn – when you earn it – it feels good.

So I am sure that I have blathered on long enough so I’ll end this blog by saying – respect yourselves, respect your property and respect others – it doesn’t cost anything to show a little decency and exhibit some manners.

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January 21, 2018 at 9:14 pm

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