Frustrations

Please note that all statements contained herein are my own personal opinion. There may or may not be facts to support anything I say. I’m not going to bother up looking up information that gets ignored.

Sitting her jealous and frustrated because my girlfriend (who lives in another city) has nice long bike trails to ride where she lives and where I am, we just got bike lanes which 99% of drivers ignore. My only option for safe riding – unless I want to deal with heavy traffic and two major intersections – is riding through my subdivision to the park near my house. If I had a bike hitch for my car, I could drive up to the lake and ride along that trail. Or go across the lake to ride the big trail there.

Why is it so hard for American drivers to be non-assholes??? Why is it so difficult to be courteous to others on the road who aren’t surrounded by tons of steel? We can’t be persuaded to give up our over-sized ego-boosting vehicles for smaller, more fuel efficient models, nor can we share the road with anyone. Even other drivers.

As far as I’m concerned this country as a whole is overweight. I include myself in this, so don’t think for one second that I am some stick figure who sits on her high horse complaining about the rest of the country. I am overweight, but I am doing something about it. Sometimes I fall off the wagon, but I pick myself back up time and again and keep pushing forward.

I want to be able to go for a bike ride and actually go somewhere without fearing for my life. I don’t want to be stuck walking as my only means of cardio and I don’t want to pay to join a club where people are only there to judge. And don’t tell me they’re not. I’ve seen the article on Buzzfeed where people are mocking members of a well-known fitness chain.

I really wish the car manufacturers had gone under. Clearly that’s the only way we’re going to do something other than drive to where we need to go. And heaven forbid you actually display a tiny bit of courtesy to anyone else.

Why?

Maybe one of the few followers of my blog (if they’re still around) or someone who happens across this post will be able to answer the following question:

Why is it that a day or two after a military recruitment center is attacked and four individuals are murdered in cold and cowardly blood “ordinary citizens” are willing to stand guard outside others around the country, yet when nine black folk in South Carolina are murdered in pure hatred, no white people are willing to stand outside a black church to make sure it doesn’t happen again?

If you really and truly want to help our military, push those idiots in Congress to change the VA medical system. Stop making it so fucking difficult for these guys to get the help they need. That will go a lot farther to help a lot more veterans than just the ones who work at a recruitment center. Not all of them do.

And in case you’re wondering, I’m a white woman.

Result of Smaller Government Part 1

Hey Republicans!!!!

Listen up!!! This is what happens when you take money away from random government agencies. Who are these CHILDREN and MENTALLY DISABLED supposed to turn to when the government says, “Sorry we can’t afford to help you.” Eh?

Privatized Foster Care (let me give you a hint as to what happens in the story, ‘pubs: the child is DEAD)

But happiness because there’s a smaller government.

~ One Pissed Citizen

Hollywood and Broadway

I have a part time job at two theatres in town (run by one company so I work at both) and I was talking to an associate recently about what Broadway shows have potential to come to my hometown in the future. There aren’t many shows on tour which haven’t been here already in quite recent memory. If a show comes back within 2-3 years, are the seats going to sell out as fully as they did the first time? Highly doubtful. And then what are you left with?

At the same time, though, there are fewer and fewer new shows out there. The Phantom of the Opera was here recently and while it’s been 20 years since it was here last, it’s a revival show, as are Chicago and Les Miserables.

Hollywood is becoming the same way. Film franchises like Batman have been redone many times and they just keep adding onto the series, no matter how long it’s been. There’s a new Star Wars film fans are anticipating now, a new Jurassic Park, a new Terminator film. When will it end? Hollywood has gotten on a major kick of “rebooting” old movies in the hopes that they can cash-in on the brand name yet again, to fill their fat cat pockets.

Our two main industries of entertainment – film and theatre – are going to run themselves into the ground revising, revamping, rebooting the blockbuster shows/movies, because sooner or later, people are going to get tired of seeing Star Wars 22 or seeing the entire story of Chicago played out on stage by two people.

Hollywood and Broadway producers need to stop worrying about whether or not every single movie/show out there will make them a ton of cash and step out on a limb. Take your hands out of your fat cat pockets and take a chance on the Off-Broadway shows that are doing well, or even moderately well. Hollywood needs to delve deeper into the unknown comic book characters/stories instead of redoing the ones we all know. I, for one, loved Guardians of the Galaxy (saw it three times at the cinema) and had no idea it even existed. Leave the cult classic movies – like Ghostbusters – alone and look at sleeper hits like Pitch Perfect.

You’re loosing your mark as the place to film movies, Hollywood. Wake up now before you find yourself not even the main place to be a movie star…

Lots of Thoughts Starting with Elections

There’s been a lot on my mind lately. Just crap I want to spew. I remembered how I have this blog and that’s pretty much why I have it, right? Lol

The stuff currently on my brain is the elections we’ve just had. I’m gonna say it straight up: politics is fucked up. Plain and simple. I’m not talking this specific election cycle. I’m talking about politics in general.

First of all, politics is the only job in the country where experience counts against you instead of for you. How is it not a benefit if that seniority gets you onto committees or even the chairman/woman of certain committees?

Second, why don’t politicians apply for these jobs the way normal people do? We submit our resumes and wait for the decision to be made by those doing the hiring (We the People). Alternately, we normal folk could always apply for our jobs the way politicians do: find out who else has applied for the job and create a smear campaign for the other job candidates and do our best to discredit them in the eyes of our potential employers.

Third, it seems to me that if people wanted real change, they’d break out from their comfort zones of the Democratic and Republican parties in favour of something new and fresh. We only ever have the two parties on the ballot at any given time with a few candidates at the lower levels who are Libertarian, so let’s get away from that. More parties would force these idiots to work harder for your vote and for the privilege of remaining in office.

Robin Williams

There’s so much going on in my head about the death of Robin Williams that I scarcely know where to begin.

My heart aches for his daughter Zelda who left social media because of the negativity she’s gotten, probably because a lot of people view suicide as a coward’s way out. All I can say to those people, is that I fervently pray something like this happens to you. Maybe then you’ll figure it out.

Others equally insensitive wonder what he could have possibly needed to be depressed about. He’s got fame and fortune. To those people I’d say, you are a shallow human being if you truly believe that all that is required for happiness is fame and fortune. And depression is not a need. It’s not something that’s required to live your life. In fact, as in Robin’s case, it’s enough to destroy your life.

I have known of many many celebrities who have died during my lifetime, but for some reason Robin Williams’ death has hit me hard. Yesterday I sat at my desk at work and teared up reading the responses of his friends and other celebrities with whom he worked. I teared up again this morning when I saw bits of Jimmy Fallon’s tribute to him.

It deeply, deeply saddens me that a man who was clearly loved by all who came in contact with him – both in person and on the screen – was so troubled in his heart that the only way he felt he could escape the pain was to end his own life. He spent his life making others laugh, yet the laughter, I suppose, didn’t quite reach the deepest part of him.

I hope that Robin is now finally at peace and that time will heal the family he left behind.

 

A selfish rant (but aren’t they all?)

I love my friends. I really do. I am thankful every moment of every day for them. Without them, I’d be a pretty fucked up individual and more than likely would not have made it to this age. Two in particular seem to keep me emotionally afloat more than the rest and nothing I’m about to say is a poor reflection of any of them and their friendship.

I was browsing through Pinterest this morning and saw this graphic of words that friends have told me in one form or another over the years and it finally dawned on me why I dislike being told these words. It’s something to the affect of “if it’s meant to be, it will happen.” As I saw those words on Pinterest, I realized that I don’t like those words because it feels to me like a nice way of saying, “no matter what you want in life, you’re never going to get it.” I feel like I don’t deserve anything in life – not love, not happiness and I certainly don’t deserve the friends I have – so why bother looking for any of it?

I don’t know the answers to anything. I’m just trying to figure all this out and find a sign that just maybe I do deserve love and happiness and a whole bunch of other stuff and it will happen.