Part personal, part political, part observation. I'm not quite a bleeding heart liberal, but I won't hesitate to call people out if deserved.
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This wasn’t my original plan for posting. However, when I opened up Facebook this morning, the very first post I saw was this. Screenshot from my computer. I started seeing this meme yesterday. First, let me say that I don’t mind memes that are meant to be funny. I’m not a fan of memes that … Continue reading We Interrupt This Programming to Bring You a Stupid Action By a...
This wasn’t my original plan for posting. However, when I opened up Facebook this morning, the very first post I saw was this. Screenshot from my computer.
I started seeing this meme yesterday. First, let me say that I don’t mind memes that are meant to be funny. I’m not a fan of memes that promote false information. The image in the lower right corner is actually true, but the images of Anderson Cooper are not from Florence. Snopes is one of my favorite resources. https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/anderson-cooper-hurricane/
Take note of who posted this. The Summerville Police Department. An agency that should NOT attack the media. An agency that should ESPECIALLY not attack the media in reference to a hurricane. Yes, Florence was not a big deal here. But you cannot tell people to pay attention to the local news and follow it, and then post a meme about fake news. No. Just no. There are so many reasons.
One, I’m sick of the attacks on the media. You don’t get to declare something “fake news” just because you don’t like it. I’m sick of being gaslighted by our president and told that things I’ve seen and heard didn’t happen. I’m sick of other countries meddling in social media and actively trying to sway the people and elections in this country. And mostly, I’m sick of people taking part in it and believing everything they see on the internet.
Two, it was posted by a police department! Inappropriate in every sense of the word. Official agencies should NOT be posting opinions or memes. They should not be discrediting other agencies. An official FB page should be used for posting FACTS. Period.
Three, this area was rocked by the Walter Scott shooting, in which a white police officer shot a man of color in the back. That puts all police departments in this area under scrutiny, and someone thought it was a good idea to post THAT? Again, no. No. No.
I’m also including the message I received when I sent a message through Facebook.
Our county in South Carolina has been under a mandatory evacuation since Tuesday. We did not evacuate. Now, before you start judging, hear me out. I’m not a hurricane rookie. Erin, Floyd, Irene, Sandy, effects of Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma. I think that’s the list. My comfort level extends through a Category 2 storm. We … Continue reading Hurricane Weary – No, We...
Our county in South Carolina has been under a mandatory evacuation since Tuesday. We did not evacuate. Now, before you start judging, hear me out.
I’m not a hurricane rookie. Erin, Floyd, Irene, Sandy, effects of Joaquin, Matthew, and Irma. I think that’s the list. My comfort level extends through a Category 2 storm. We received 26 inches of rain from the effects of Joaquin in 2015, and my particular residence and parking lot were fine. Same thing happened with Matthew in 2016. Again, we were okay. Lots of people around us were NOT okay, and if my address had flooded in either of those two storms, it would have been a different story.
So when I got up last Saturday morning to find that Charleston was in the bulls eye for a Category 4 Florence, we started making plans. We made reservations at a pet-friendly hotel out of the path, and I know how unpredictable these storms are, so I made sure I knew the cancellation policy. Monday, the evacuation orders were made known, and all schools were closed. By Tuesday, most businesses were closing, so we’ve all been hanging out at home. By late Tuesday, the storm track was shifting, and although the governor still hasn’t lifted the evacuation order, our county wasn’t even included in the hurricane watch. I trust the National Weather Service, so on Wednesday morning, we canceled the hotel reservation. Had Florence remained focused on Charleston, I assure you, we would have been gone. I don’t want to experience the storm that was originally predicted.
Today, we’re under a tropical storm warning and expecting some winds and heavy rain later. Certainly not any worse than we’ve had the past three years. However, it’s a weird feeling to be both relieved that we’re not getting a direct hit, and know that someone else is. I’m weary of storms. This is four in four years. If you’ve never been through the stress of hurricane prep, imagine being on high alert for days on end. Do you stay? Go? Go where? What’s the most important stuff that needs to go with you? Can you afford a hotel for 3-4 days or more? Can you even find a hotel, especially one that allows pets? Do you have vacation time to use? What if you don’t have vacation time? Your bills don’t go away because your place of employment is closed for days, even a week.
These are the things that weigh on residents before a hurricane. You’re mentally exhausted before the storm even arrives. This is what I mean when I say “hurricane weary.”
I may prefer blizzards, after all.
Let me start by saying that I’m not afraid of technology. I wouldn’t say that I’m the first in line for something new, but I like to keep up-to-date on new stuff. We’ve been car shopping. Not for me, I expect my 2010 Toyota Camry to keep right on going another 5 years or so. … Continue reading That Newfangled Thing and Car Dealerships Are...
Let me start by saying that I’m not afraid of technology. I wouldn’t say that I’m the first in line for something new, but I like to keep up-to-date on new stuff. We’ve been car shopping. Not for me, I expect my 2010 Toyota Camry to keep right on going another 5 years or so. Yes, I’m a Toyota fan. The car we we replaced is a 2010 Toyota Yaris, with 180,000+ miles on it, and it’s still going, at least for now. So please don’t sing to me the praises of buying American, because both of those cars were built right here in the US. Anyway, I digress… we came home with a 2018 Honda Civic EX Hatchback. I bought my Camry right before all the fun electronics were integrated into cars, so my car doesn’t have Bluetooth, cameras, or multiple options to charge phones. It IS reliable, safe, and comfortable, though!
Anyway, I can drive the car and have done so. However, I feel very overwhelmed by the plethora of information in front of my face. Sirius. Climate control. Music controls. Incoming calls and texts. The outside temperature. How many miles left on the current tank of gas. And you can access all of this information from the dash AND the infotainment center. Oh, and the fob and the push button engine start keep throwing me off. I don’t have to unlock the car. It will automatically unlock once I get close enough with the fob. I still automatically reach to take a key out of the ignition when I turn the car off, lol. The backup camera is useful. The side camera for blind spots keeps popping up at the most inopportune moments, though. Why do I only feel the need to adjust the climate control when the right-side camera has popped up (there’s no overriding the camera)?
Maybe the biggest difference is that his car sits much lower to the ground than my car. That goes into the category of “didn’t matter when you were younger.” There aren’t many times when I feel kind of old, but hearing my knees pop when I get in or out of a car will do it, lol.
And while I’m at it, why DOES it take so long to buy a car? FOUR HOURS. That’s how long we were at the dealership, and we already had financing in place, we knew which car we wanted, and there was minimal haggling about the price. What do they do that takes FOUR HOURS?
In some weird twisted humor in the universe, I received two surveys in the mail recently. One was from the ACLU, a survey about whether my state is infringing upon certain rights, particularly in the areas of abortion and LBGTQ. I know how I was chosen for that survey, because I’ve donated to the ACLU … Continue reading Fun with...
In some weird twisted humor in the universe, I received two surveys in the mail recently. One was from the ACLU, a survey about whether my state is infringing upon certain rights, particularly in the areas of abortion and LBGTQ. I know how I was chosen for that survey, because I’ve donated to the ACLU in the past. The other survey was from the Republican National Committee. *That one, I have no idea how I happened to end up on that list, lol. I’ll never be mistaken for a Republican. I was going to just toss that survey at first, but then I looked at the letter that accompanied it and some of the questions.
I couldn’t resist the temptation to screw around with “supporting President Trump’s agenda.” I *did tell the truth, and chose Democrat as the best description out of the options available. Talk about loaded questions, though. It’s a shame that there weren’t “other” options on many of the questions.
Compare and contrast this survey with the one from the ACLU, including the fact that I have to put a stamp on the RNC survey to return it. No stamp required for the ACLU.
I’d still love to know how my name ended up on a RNC list, lol. I’m sure it won’t happen again!
It’s not exactly a secret, but I have Crohn’s Disease. So not only do I get the pleasure of the symptoms that go along with it, but I’m at an increased risk of colon cancer. The longer a person has had it, the risk increases. So I’m on the 2 year plan for colonoscopies. Just … Continue reading Everyone’s Favorite...
It’s not exactly a secret, but I have Crohn’s Disease. So not only do I get the pleasure of the symptoms that go along with it, but I’m at an increased risk of colon cancer. The longer a person has had it, the risk increases. So I’m on the 2 year plan for colonoscopies. Just the word “colonoscopy” is enough to make people, including me, cringe. So I’m growling at my jello, broth, and gatorade, and wishing tomorrow morning was already over. I’m not even entirely sure what number this is for me… 6, maybe 7? Not sure.
The first one was really traumatic for me. I was hospitalized with a severe flare and was handed the prep around 10 pm, with instructions to be done drinking it within 3-4 hours. Go-Lytely. Ha! It was like drinking a cherry flavored ocean. It was truly a horrible experience, not helped by a less-than-sympathetic nurse. So each time I’m scheduled for another one, I panic and have to talk myself down. The procedure isn’t the problem. I never remember a thing. The prep is the problem. I’ve tried a few different preps at this point, and I’ve settled on the Miralax/gatorade combo as my preferred choice, if you can prefer such a thing, lol.
Anyway, my point is that even though I forget and build it up to some BIG HUGE EVENT in my head, the prep actually isn’t horrendous. It’s not fun, but it’s not the worst thing I’ve ever experienced. I think I’ve had worse nights when I’m in a flare.
Yes, I’m aware that March is colon cancer awareness month. Sorry, my colonoscopy didn’t fall during March.
I started seeing this statement sometime last year, I think. Probably during one of the many attempts to yank healthcare out from under Americans. I don’t know to whom it should be attributed, or I would certainly give credit. I’ve decided that this is one of my mottoes, although I hate that it’s necessary. I … Continue reading I Don’t Know How to Explain to You that You Should Care about...
I started seeing this statement sometime last year, I think. Probably during one of the many attempts to yank healthcare out from under Americans. I don’t know to whom it should be attributed, or I would certainly give credit. I’ve decided that this is one of my mottoes, although I hate that it’s necessary. I see SO many people who only want what they want, and to hell with anyone else. Tax breaks. Healthcare. An end to Planned Parenthood. Good schools. A nice retirement. And it doesn’t matter whom they step on along the way to get those things.
And that’s just not me. I count my blessings for being able to live a fairly comfortable life. And I want other people to have that kind of comfort. I don’t want to cut people out of the possibility of having those things. I want to *help them get those things. I wasn’t in favor of Trump’s tax reform because it has virtually no benefit for lower incomes. The idea that big corporations will create more jobs, which will in turn, benefit people in lower income levels is laughable. Every single person in the US should have access to decent healthcare. Healthcare is a right, not a privilege that can be bought. Or it should be. If I could turn my monthly premiums over to the government, for the guarantee that everyone would have decent healthcare, and not have to fear going bankrupt from an ER visit, I would do so gladly. Instead, I’m in a state that punishes women in lower incomes and/or without health insurance by not allowing state tax dollars to be used for Planned Parenthood. And that doesn’t even touch the way those women are treated for going into a Planned Parenthood. If you’re pro-life, that means you want to HELP that woman. Not harass her and wave disgusting signs in her face.
I recognize my privilege in that I was able to choose a residence in a good school district in South Carolina (hey, don’t laugh, there are some!). Every day, I hear at least one person gripe about property taxes going to schools when he/she doesn’t have kids. If you’re a South Carolina resident, you have no business griping about your property taxes or an increase of $50 for the year. Talk to me when you live in a state like Connecticut or New Jersey.
I’ve seen firsthand what it’s like for regular people to try to live out retirement. The average social security monthly benefit is about $1,400 per month. Think you can live on that? Oh, but what about their savings? Their 401k? LOL, that’s pretty funny. The median retirement savings for all families, in their late 50s? About $17,000. That $17,000 is supposed to last for 20+ years. Right.
So I don’t know how to explain those things to someone who doesn’t care about other people. And I don’t know how to explain that they SHOULD care about other people. And frankly, I’m not even sure I want to do it.
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