What is it with people who stand WAY too close to you in lines? They do it in the grocery store (practically shoving their carts up your rear) and they do it in retail stores. I HATE when people invade my personal space, my bubble, my hula hoop of normal space between me and other people I do not know. I do not understand why they do this, getting closer and closer to me does not mean that they will be waited on any faster or that I will throw up my hands and let them go in front of me. Ugh, I just wanted to add personal space to my list. 6 years ago
I think this picture speaks for itself and I know it fits in perfectly with this goal. 6 years ago
I thought I would never get done…but today I went to the Department Of Motor Vehicles…
In days past, you used to be able to go down and pick up plates for your car…or have someone else do it for you…Nowdays, it’s a different story…
Case in point…
When my son was home on leave at the end of January, he bought a used car…he’s stationed back in the states…why not have transportation…right?...
Well, he drove it back to the base where he’s stationed…no mystery there…I told him I’ll get the registration and plates and mail them to you…
Fast forward to February 29th..me at the window…
THEM…”Sir, do you have your ID?”
Me…”Sure, here you go”
THEM “You’re not Brian”
Me “No kidding, I’m picking up his paperwork for him and sending it along”
THEM “Only the person the vehicle is registered to may pick up registration and plates”
me “My last name is the same and the vehicle is registered at my address”
THEM “It’s the law”
me “So this is part of the Homeland Security legislation”
Them ” Yes Sir…
me…The car is in North Carolina, along with my son who is in the military and WORKING…apparantly for this country”
THEM “You will have to mail him this power of attorney and have him fill it out and have it notarized so you can pick up his registration and plates…
me “(absolute silence)”...
I would once again like to thank our lawmakers for making all of us common people suffer and allow the use of common sense to not be applied to any real life situation…it is no wonder I have no respect for any politician in general and scoff at the process of making laws…You have shown your ability to stimulate the economy in certain sectors…notaries, therapists and headache medication manufacturers…
I’m off to the post office to mail a power of attorney…
In case I forget to give you my regards…here you go…Fuck you assholes… 6 years ago
In one’s life there will be people who are special…others who you will share your thoughts, wishes and secrets…Some will be family, others friends…but there will be those who are lovers and spouses as well…forging deep meaning over time with passion and truth and the creation of children who will be evidence of such a union…
In life there is an undercurrent which brings change…time has a way of altering what was the present and ushering in the future…things change as I have learned personally these last few years…
And when 2 people can no longer see eye to eye, get along or wish to remain together…why they both cannot accept this as fact and move on simply mystifies me…rumor has it that almost half the population of the world is people of the opposite sex…try to find someone for yourself and get a clue…
It seems to almost always be the male who has to fail in this regard…way to go men…Ya Boi…
Hugs to those who need them now more than ever… 6 years ago
Gah! In my opinion, not enough people read. Most people dismiss it as a thing of the past, a hobby for losers, boffins, people with no social life. These people annoy me.
Okay, so you don’t like reading or books? That’s fair enough, as long as you’ve at least attempted it. It’s fair enough as long as you respect the fact that I do like books and I find reading fun, and don’t look at me like I’m a total wierdo when I disclose this information to you. I would say about 70% of people my age automatically assume I’m a geek or a recluse, and treat me like one when I say I love reading.
But then I guess that’s because they’re ignorant, illiterate chavs. I can only assume that books spontaneously combust in horror when they’re taken onto a council estate. 7 years ago
This is a fairly petty one, but it’s a recent annoyance to my life so I’ve decided to have a moan here. Whose bright idea was it to stick a mini supermarket in a petrol station? I know you’ll get more sales, yadda yadda… but it’s so damn annoying for those people that JUST WANT SOME GOD DAMNED PETROL! Soo many times I’ve had to queue behind about 3 cars, all of which park next to the petrol pump, get their quids worth of petrol and go to pay… only to return about half an hour later laden with shopping bags because they thought they’d conveniently do their weekly food shop while they were there. Grrr, most of these places provide car parking spaces (although never enough) for twats like you, so get out of my damn way! 7 years ago
Why, oh why, can’t people use their turn signals???? they are there for a reason! It seriously irritates me when I see people turn or change lanes without signaling first.
Click up to turn right, click down to turn left… is that hard? So the next time you see someone turn or change lanes without singaling… speed up (if safe to do so) and look at the driver and rest asure that you are not looking at me! ;p
So far my two things that I don’t understand involve cars… trust me this isn’t going to always be the case, it just so happens that these are the first two I thought of. 7 years ago
comon’ people I see you driving around with your stickers on your windows but you have failed to peel the throw away transfer tape off. for an example of how to CORRECTLY apply these stickers please see this website: http://www.kahukustickers.com/application.html
they even have a video to show you how to do it in case people don’t want to read the step by step instructions. I realize that this is a lame thing to be bothered by, but it always strikes me when I am out driving and I see a car with one of these stickers that hasn’t had the transfer tape peeled off. It would look so much better if they could just figure out that they have to take the tape off!
let me know if I’m alone in this strange annoyance, but once you start noticing this it may start to bug you as well. :/ 7 years ago
How things come so easily for some…and nothing comes for others…Only pain and sorrow…many times brought on and helped by themselves for whatever reason…
Her parents…her Dad especially, treated her like crap from the time her memory starts…psychological abuse…oh, and emotional too…being unloved has to be one of the worst, most empty feelings…and being treated cruelly on purpose is inhuman…You’re fat…worthless, never will amount to anything in your life...If you hear that enough…it burns itself into your memory banks…your soul…
She started trying to harm herself at 12 years old…there are scars on her arms and legs to testify to this…Trying to medicate herself out of existence was the order of the day for years…She met someone and eventually married him just to get out of the house…and is in a loveless marriage now even after 22 years…She hates him, herself and most everything else…
At 45 she still struggles with this horrible pain and doubt…the lack of self esteem and confidence gnaws at her constantly…and she thinks of harming herself almost every day…Yet, she has no faith in trying to start over and rebuild her life…lose the bad and concentrate on the good…because she can see no good…or very little…
She is smart and caring…with many good qualities…
I understand…for when I was a child…I lived just like her…made many of the same mistakes and choices…there are many similarities between us…her and I…but there is one huge difference…I stopped wanting to destroy myself…and she hasn’t…and I believe…in spite of my efforts to help…she will wave the white flag of surrender…and cease to exist…
And I will have failed…
this entry has to rank right up there with the most painful I have typed... 7 years ago
A lack of trust, possesiveness and jealousy….my own issues…
We are 2 alike…much of our past and our issues as well…
But hers are about 3 times worse than mine…how can I help her conquer the beast even as she has helped me to see I must destroy mine?...
I don’t think this will be fun or even possible…but if done…rewarding…
Failure looms… 7 years ago
My brother works doing the same thing I do…I was over at his house for a while today…we did food and Christmas shopping and talked about stuff…This storm stopped us in our tracks. A lot of things are going to be next week delivery because we missed two days and the roads were simply immpossible to drive on in the residential areas…
My brother delivers by where he lives and he drove me through this one neighborhood to show me what a joke it was…On this one street…in an area that had recieved more than 2 feet of snow there was still a foot of snow in the road after it had been plowed even…and only one lane wide to boot…Why?...because all the people who lived on the street…every single one..had snow blowered the snow from their driveways and sidewalks out into the street instead of their yards…
We could barely navigate up the road in his 4 wheel drive pickup…needless to say…nothing was able to be delivered to said neighborhood… 7 years ago
direct from a forwarded E Mail from my cousin…I guess the truth hurts on some of these…
Subject: And This Is Called Progress?
Scenario: Jack pulls into school parking lot with rifle in gun rack.
1963 – Vice Principal comes over, takes a look at Jack’s rifle, goes to his
car and gets his to show Jack.
2006 – School goes into lock down, FBI called, Jack hauled off to jail and
never sees his truck or gun again. Counselors called in for traumatized
students and teachers.
Scenario: Johnny and Mark get into a fist fight after school.
1963 – Crowd gathers. Mark wins—dispute settled, Johnny and Mark shake
hands and end up best friends Nobody goes to jail, nobody arrested, nobody
2006 – Police called, SWAT team arrives, arrests Johnny and Mark. Charge
them with assault, both expelled even though Johnny started it.
Scenario: Little Jeffrey won’t be still in class, disrupts other students.
1963 – Jeffrey sent to office and given a quick paddling by Principal.
Jeffrey now sits still in class.
2006 – Jeffrey given huge doses of Ritalin. Becomes a zombie. School gets
extra money from state because Jeffrey has a disability.
Scenario: Billy breaks a window in his father’s car and his Dad gives him a
1963 – Billy is more careful next time, grows up normal, goes to college,
and becomes a successful businessman.
2006 – Billy’s Dad is arrested for child abuse. Billy removed to foster care
and joins a gang. Billy’s sister is told by state psychologist that she
remembers being abused herself and their Dad goes to prison. Billy’s mother
has affair with psychologist.
Scenario: Mark gets a headache and takes some headache medicine to school.
1963 – Mark shares headache medicine with Principal out on the smoking dock.
2006 – Police called, Mark expelled from school for drug violations. Car
searched for drugs and weapons.
Scenario: Mary turns up pregnant.
1963 – 5 High School Boys leave town. Mary does her senior year at a special
school for expectant mothers.
2006 – Middle School Counselor calls Planned Parenthood, who notifies the
ACLU. Mary is driven to the next state over and gets an abortion without her
parent’s consent or knowledge. Mary given condoms and told to be more
careful next time.
Scenario: Pedro fails high school English.
1963: Pedro goes to summer school, passes English, goes to college.
2006: Pedro’s cause is taken up by ultra-liberals. Newspaper articles appear
nationally explaining that teaching English as a requirement for graduation
is racist. ACLU files class action lawsuit against state school system and
Pedro’s English teacher. English banned from core curriculum. Pedro given
diploma anyway but ends up mowing lawns for a living because he can’t speak
Scenario: Johnny takes apart leftover firecrackers from the 4th of July,
puts them in a model airplane paint bottle, blows up a red ant bed.
1963 – Ants die.
2006 – ATF, Homeland Security, FBI called. Johnny charged with domestic
terrorism, FBI investigates parents, siblings removed from home, computers
confiscated. Johnny’s Dad placed on a terror watch list and is never
allowed to fly again.
Scenario: Johnny falls while running during recess and scrapes his knee. He
is found crying by his teacher, Mary, who hugs Johnny to comfort him.
1963 – In a very short time Johnny feels better and goes on playing.
2006 – Mary is accused of being a sexual predator, is charged and loses her
job. She faces 3 years in State Prison.
And this is what they call progress? 7 years ago
Everyone sees things differently…When I was in school we played with this concept one day. The teacher had someone run in a steal her purse off the desk and run out the door. Then we all had to write a description of the person and events. There were about 28 of us present. And there were 28 different versions of what happened. Some were so far off as to be laughable. The clothing worn, hair and color of it, height and so on…even the description of the actual events differed widely…
This happens constantly…There are 2 sides to every story…assuming there are only 2 people involved….If there are 28…or 28,000…the complexity grows by exponents. Just 2 people is hard sometimes…because of perceptions of each…and needs, wants…etc.
Put a whole class together…or neighborhood, city, state, country, world…Wow…my head is hurting… 7 years ago
hmmmmmmm….how to say this…I love my new place to live. It’s in a nice neighborhood, closer to work, privacy, clean, close to parks, shopping, restaurants….etc…
Well, there are a few problems…It wasn’t free…but few things worth having are these days…There’s no french maid…again, what do you expect? Oh, and my climate control can be a little wierd…I set my air conditioning at 84 degrees this summer…because it felt alright to me and I don’t want to burn up electricity…Same with heat now…It can get chilly but I’m not having $130.00 heating bills…
So why am I writing this?...Well sometimes…3 as a matter of fact since I’ve been living here…a wasp has gotten in and made himself at home. Bees and such are fine in their own habitat…and that doesn’t include in my living room. The only way they could be getting in is through my air ducts…Much like in the movie “Aliens 2” where they used the air ducts for travel corridors…I guess I will have to investigate further…
7 years ago
When someone uses the terms…innocently enough…them or they…
in my way of thinking , that becomes something sinister…much like …
I’ve either watched too much science fiction or had too many real life experiences… 8 years ago
This is just depressing
The most depressing thing about it?...It seems to be very accurate…”Warning”...it’s about 9 minutes long…but so worth it…especially if you like to be depressed… 8 years ago
Tha airline industry…...and the way they cheat people who have to buy their tickets at the last minute…
Yes folks…you can sign up way early…and get super cheap fares….or even a week in advance of your trip…and not pay too much
But if aunt Sally gets sick or Grandpa Joe dies…and you neeed to fly out today or tommorrow.....well, have fun paying 2 to 3 times as much as everyone else on the plane
If you wouldn’t have come along, the seat would have been empty…but you have the misfortune of needing to dgo…no matter what the cost…..and they are happy to steal from you…..
I think it is one of the most disgusting practices in the world of business today…... 8 years ago
Why?......Why do loyal fans do this….it causes harm to the game….Why would you riot or destroy things?....
Other than the fact….that your team was the team scored upon in this video….
On one of my old routes, there was the nicest lady and her 3 kids…the kids were beautiful and fun to talk to….
The husband was a jerk…He hated everybody…When I woild bring a package…it was in the early evening…He would announce to the wife….Honey, your boyfriends here…in a hateful tone…And sometimes he would call the kids over to “come meet your dad kids”...
What a jerk to traumatize his kids with those lies….and accusations….One time when it was just him and I…..I asked him just how could I sleep with your wife when you are always here?....asshole?....
He never said it again…....... 8 years ago
La La La…...here we are, innocently getting up in the morning for our daily interaction with society….
It’s such a beauiful day…the birds are tweeting…the sun on our skin…what could possibly go wrong?.......
We even have our dog spot out for a walk…....AWesome!!.........
But suddenly…....problems arise…as they so often do…..
OH NOOOOOOOOOOOOO..He’s going to be mean to meeeeeeeeeeeeeee…
Cue the ominous music…...suddenly your day is in the dumper
The moral of the story is…...Hey who knows…..I’m twisted….. 8 years ago
All the people I have ever delivered to that sell products…..some examples are Amway, Melalueca, and about 10 others I can’t think of because I’ve mentally blocked them out…..
A lot of them pressure me to try or buy….or even sign up and sell them myself…And then some of them are offended when I don’t….
If I wanted to, I would….but I don’t…so I won’t….
I don’t have the time and I’ve never seen anyone cash in that wasn’t WAY up the list of distributors….with lots of people under them in the pyramid…
So please…..leave me alone….me sell Amway or Melalueca???.....LOL…..They wouldn’t be able to slam the door fast enough….... 8 years ago
And why would anyone encourage spammers by giving them a penny….
Stock tips….porn…overseas pharmacutical offers that are misspelled…Pirated software….
Oh, I trust you…here’s my credit card number…..LOL…..
:pounding head against wall:::....... 8 years ago
I took a course on Science Fiction at ACC….It was amazing, for I’ve always enjoyed science fiction….especially the way it dealing with issues that are so close to home….
One of my favorite stories was “The Marching Morons”.....by Cyril M. Kornbluth
It seems almost prophetic the way it is written….If you enjoy this genre…read it… 8 years ago
Having a few drinks is very relaxing and nice…...I’ve had almost everything there is….What I don’t understand is why I’ve never caught on fire while drinking….
I used to smoke all the time…How can you drink Everclear and not torch up??....It’s pure fuel….
Here , let me demonstrate…..
Now the big test….......
Never mind….. 8 years ago
Lawyers Who Sue to Settle
Filing hundreds of cases citing consumer laws’ fine print, they rarely go to trial but collect thousands from badgered businesses.
By Monte Morin, Times Staff Writer
They’ve sued bowling alleys, alleging that “ladies night” discounts are unfair to men.
They’ve sued software manufacturers on the ground that their bulky packaging tricks consumers into thinking they’re getting more than a small computer disk.
They’ve sued makers of herbal remedies, contending that tiny bottles of extract are alcoholic beverages potentially harmful to unborn babies.
A small band of litigators has struck gold in the fine print of laws intended to protect Californians from hazardous chemicals, discrimination and business scams.
They blanket the business world with hundreds of lawsuits at a time, often making claims that appear fanciful, even absurd. Most of the cases never get to trial. The lawyers make their money on settlements paid by defendants who just want to make the suits go away. The amounts typically are modest
- from $2,000 to $50,000 - but they add up.
Los Angeles attorney Morse Mehrban helped pioneer this form of litigation. He describes himself as a “bounty hunter,” and his prey consists of hotel owners, dentists and purveyors of aromatic oils, medical implants and many other products.
“It’s my job to go out there and hunt these people down,” he said.
A group of Los Angeles-area hardware stores paid Mehrban $27,500 last year to settle a lawsuit claiming that discarded metal filings from key-duplicating machines posed a threat of lead contamination.
Earlier this year, Mehrban filed 400 separate claims against makers of candles, charging that the common table ornaments emit toxic fumes. He’s currently in court with more than a dozen manufacturers and retailers of artificial fireplace logs, which he claims emit toxic fumes when lit.
He once sued dozens of hotel chains that allegedly had failed to post warnings about the hazards of cigarette smoke in lobby and pool areas. A Los Angeles judge who dismissed one of the cases
- against the Miramar Sheraton - likened the lawsuit to “racketeering.”
Such criticism does not faze Mehrban. Though he bills his time at as much as $400 an hour and drives a Mercedes roadster, he says he’s not in it for the money.
“I’ve always been interested in leveling the playing field for everyone, especially the little guy,” he said. “I take it as a personal affront when I see injustice done to people…. That sense of injustice becomes your internal fuel. That’s what drives me.”
Many of the cases filed by Mehrban and other lawyers in this specialty involve Proposition 65. The law, approved by California voters in 1986, requires businesses to warn the public about products or activities that cause exposure to hazardous chemicals.
Proposition 65 is responsible for the signs seen at entrances to office buildings, parking structures and other public places stating that “Products Sold or Used on These Premises May Contain Chemicals Known to the State of California to Cause Cancer or Birth Defects.”
The law allows private individuals to sue companies that fail to comply. The plaintiffs need not have suffered any personal harm. Businesses shown to have broken the law can be ordered to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees. Nonprofit consumer groups that bring suits can also collect fines from the defendants and use the money to fund future lawsuits.
The number of Prop. 65 suits has increased from 50 in 1988 to more than 5,000 last year. Many are filed on behalf of nonprofit groups; some of these bill themselves as independent organizations but are closely tied to the lawyers filing the suits. Mehrban frequently sues on behalf of a nonprofit of which his mother and fiancee are officers.
Such suits typically target hundreds, occasionally thousands, of businesses at a time.
“It’s as if someone has gone to a catalog or to the Internet to find as many people as they can” to sue, said Ed Weil, a deputy state attorney general involved in a crackdown on frivolous Proposition 65 cases.
Weil said the mass lawsuits can be lucrative, even if individual settlements are modest. “If you get 400 companies to give you $2,500 each, then you’ve got $1 million,” he said.
What’s wrong woth this picture??
The inside joke here?....99% of lawyers give the other 1% a bad name….. 8 years ago
The phrase….”Oblects in the mirror are closer than they appear”.....Has many meanings….Not only for driving…but Past events…world events and personal events…
Events that are important should be respectfully acknowledged and catalouged away to be referenced when needed…Always kept close to your heart and held tightly…for it is the important events that shape our lives…
8 years ago
People that want to push your buttons for some reason….People that will not return the respect and common courtesy you show them…..
And recently….people that sound and put things in a light….like my dear Mother would have and still does…. 8 years ago
When you are too close to something….You can’t see a damn thing really
In your personal life, this is hard to learn….at least for me….I will look beyond what I see close from now on…..
Because if you don’t try and get the whole picture…...you miss alot….the beauty…or the decay….
I hope I can learn this….I have taken the first steps….. 8 years ago
When you are young….you lack experience…many lack drive and the knowledge to make smart decisions…
When I was in my teens and early 20’s…I just went along....along with the crowd….to the party…taking the path of least resistance….yeah, just cruising along...
But it isn’t until later in life that you realize that there were some doors you could have gone through…They were presented to you and somehow…for whatever reason…you failed to take the opportunity…And the door slowly swung shut…and latched with a soft sound….forever.....
Thinking back now…that soft little click of some of the doors I have passed up….seems about 100 decibels loud….. 8 years ago
In this country, there are essentially 2 of them…Oh, you can vote for the other guy…So what, he’s never going to win…and if the other guy is popular enough…(the third party candidate)...he may take enough votes away from one of the others so a winner is made…who would have lost without the vote siphoning….see….
At least some countries have viable third…fourth and fifth parties…and then after an election…negotiations are made to form partnerships…truly interesting…
But in this country…we basically have 2….2 promise you everything…basically do nothing parties….The candidates don’t matter because the party truly controls what each says and does…kind of like a puppet…or ventriloquist doll…
Who ya gonna vote for?....Charlie Mc Carthy…....cheering heard in background....
Or Mortimer Snerd??............Wild rioting on the convention floor.....
BWAAAAAAAAAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA8 years ago