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May. 26th, 2021

The heaviness of knowing...

(I double checked by posting this as private, me only to be sure I did the cut tag properly. Please let me know if there's issues, because, well, content warning.)

Talked to my mom yesterday, about various things mostly, what I wanted from the house, that sort of thing.

Then she caught me up on the rest of the family.

First, mom is moving out to my brother's, to the InLaw suite next month likely. All well and good and load of worry off our minds, as she won't be alone in the house anymore.

It's an old house, close to 200 yrs now, and starting to really show it. It's bigger than she really needs, at 3 bed and 2 bath, with full basement, a couple acres and a garage.

So my SiL's brother and his daughter will be renting it from her instead. Which means I have time to get up there, gather some rocks from dad's rock garden, and dig up Irises. There's no rush anymore.

Next, she was telling me about my sister Jean and my oldest niece, as well as her kids (she has 3). Jean has 4 days off (she works for the school system), so will be coming by to see if there's anything she wants, which was why mom called.

We got to talking about Becky, my oldest niece. Apparently, she's recently been diagnosed as autistic.

We knew that already, Mark and I.

The rest of the family just went along with the BiPolar and OCD diagnosis. Even though, they never really *fit*, properly or entirely.

So Becky has been researching (good for her!) and figuring out that this explains a lot of things for her. But to top it off, Ellie, her oldest, has also been diagnosed as autistic. So Becky researching means she'll be better able to help Ellie as well as herself.

Which brings us to Eli, Becky's middle child.

Eli is transgender. Eli likes bright colors, rainbows, pinks, and wearing dresses.

The best thing about all of this is that Becky and Jean have recognized the issues Eli was having with fellow students at school (bullying) so Eli and Ellie will both be homeschooled until further notice, to protect them, or until a better school is found for Eli.

I do not know Eli's pronouns, as I do not have regular contact with Jean and Becky- mostly Becky, after I had to force her to leave my parents' house for verbally attacking my dad, threatening to hit him, then me.

But I am really proud of Jean for stepping up for her grandkids.

Mom said Oliver, the youngest was 'all boy' and not autistic. A bit of foreshadowing tells me, he'll grow up to be his older siblings' protector of sorts. I did.


So that brings us to the events of August 25, 2020.

Content Warning- home invasion, death )

So. Yeah.

Still processing this.

Anyway, woke up to a dead Dish internet modem, so am hotspotting my phone. Been having issues with the modem the last couple weeks, betting that's why they keep saying we've used up our allocated data a week before the end of the month.

But I can't hotspot my phone indefinitely, so will only do it long enough to update/catch up on emails and here.

Should have a new modem by Monday. Next month, we're switching to a local company that claims to not throttle or have a data cap, as well as the new tower is a mile from the house. They say everyone on our road is eligible to use their internet, so we'll see.

Maybe we'll finally be able to stream.



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Apr. 2nd, 2021

Apparently 2021 told 2020 to hold its drink of choice...

My 2nd oldest niece lost her Siamese kitteh, Mai, today.

I just can't with people anymore.

People I know keep posting photos of their Covid-19 vaccination cards. With their full names and full bithdate showing. Hello, identity thieves? Have free personal information!

I was called a troll this week for pointing out the inherant food privelege and classim in the 'these 10 companies own the majority of all the brands you buy, so boycott all of them!' meme.

And told since I was 'wallowing in privelege', I didn't have the right to point it out in said meme, on a different post that was made to complain about people pointing out exactly the same things I did. From someone who hadn't even seen the original post.

Today, people are saying that copyright/IP theft is 'a-ok if it's a giant corporation! They'll never even notice!"

Copyright law doesn't care how big the company is. You still won't be able to afford the fines when you get caught. Because eventually, you will get caught.

Add in the claims that George Floyd died of a drug overdose, not the blood flow being cut off by a knee on his throat for over 9 minutes, and well, I'm just over it all.

The internet is a damn dumpster fire.


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Jan. 8th, 2021

You know...

I'm not above admitting when I make a mistake or misspeak.

I will admit it and correct myself.

But what really annoys me is when there are people who go on and on about said mistake, long after you corrected yourself. And use slurs to do it.

I'm looking at you, social media.

The beauty of working from home, means I have plenty of time to mute and block the idiots who want to continue to focus on that one mistake and berate you for it, to the exclusion of all the rest of the facts in a comment.

My Twitter mute and block buttons are getting a workout today. And yes, the majority are , not surprisingly, white guys, many Gen Z who wouldn't know their ass from a hole in the ground.

Nope, not dealing with it. Not even mad about it, buh bye now.


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Jan. 7th, 2021

Yesterday...

We told you it wouldn't be a civil war.

We told you law enforcement would join them instead.

We told you there would be protests and riots.

We told you he was inciting violence.

We told you.


The canary in the coal mine died and still you ignored us.

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Dec. 14th, 2020

Our postal service is a joke.

And I absolutely blame DeJoy moreso than the pandemic or the holidays.

Nov 30, received an order. Dec 2nd, said order went out, priority 3 day.

It took 3 days to go from the post office, 12 miles, to the distribution center.

It then took another 5 days to actually reach the city it was to be delivered in. Another day to actually be delivered.

9 days total.

This was before the holiday rush started.

Dec 7th, sent out 4 packages. One to Nevada, one to New Jersey, one to Minnesota and one to Michigan.

Nevada was first class mail, package. It arrived in 4 days.

New Jersey was priority 2 day, package. It took 5 days to arrive.

Minnesota was priority 2 day, package. It took 4 days to arrive.

Michigan was priority 3 day, package. It has yet to even reach Michigan.

Seriously. They have no idea where it is. It's 'somewhere in transit, arriving late'. Considering it was supposed to arrive Saturday, 'arriving late' is generous.

So, in my honest opinion- If you have not sent out any Christmas packages yet, they will not arrive in time for Christmas, no matter what the newsmedia or the post office tells you.



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Oct. 15th, 2020

People are stupid.

So, over on Twitter, a post was made about a casting company putting out a casting call for Asian actors that is extremely biased and stereotyping, as well as blatantly racist.

Some guy who claims to be an actor, proceeded to claim it wasn't the *company's* responsibility to stop the racism when presented to it by a client.

I said, "yes it was and shame on you for thinking it's not."

Because it *is*. It does not matter whether it's an individual or a corporation, we *all* have a responsibility to stop racism when we see it, regardless of type.

He proceeded to say, "well, I'm Asian-American, my mother and grandmother both experienced racism. Are you Asian? Have you experienced racism? I think not! So fuck you!"

(I'm paraphrasing, but that's essentially the gist of it. I'm also the only one he went off like that at as well. Hmm... The thread is linked, so it's blatant that I'm the only one he overreacted at. I mean, I may be wrong on that, but I'm fairly certain I'm not.)

Nah, dude. Fuck you.

Fuck you for thinking that only the originator bears any responsibility here. Fuck you for pulling the 'but I'm such and such and you're not!' card. Fuck you for thinking the company doesn't bear any responsibility in perpetuating racism.

And fuck you for using your mother's and grandmother's experiences in this way.

If we want to stop racism, it needs to stop being perpetuated by middle people/companies/et al. It does not matter that it did not originate with this company, it matters that *they passed it on*.

That sort of thinking is why it will continue.

So yes, shame on him.



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Jun. 2nd, 2020

That's not how Black Out Tuesday works.

Swiped the photo from a dear friend. The words are mine.


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I had someone demand I remove the tags from *the previous two days posts*, on Instagram.

A white woman demanded this. Obviously she doesn't understand how tagging works and that my posts are very likely buried under the posts overnight and today, using those tags. By the way, lady? That's not how you speak out.

There's a big difference in *not using those tags for one day* and *demanding they be removed from all previous posts*. I get not using those tags *today*, I'm good with that. I'm not good with white people demanding I remove the tags from all posts.

Saying nothing makes us complicit. We owe it to them to speak up and out.

Until black lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.

Until people of colors lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.

Until trans lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.

Until a LGBTQ + lives matter, a lives matter is a false statement.

I am antifascist. You should be too. Speak out against injustice. Do not be silent. Do not be complicit.

(There's also a theory going around about what if everyone doing this is being played by white supremacists. That's a good possibility, though I doubt they're intelligent enough to come up with something like this.)


Everyone needs to watch this video- https://www.instagram.com/tv/CA76FVRHkwo/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link



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Jun. 1st, 2020

This is not the post you are looking for.

The post you are looking for, pretends the world isn't on fire, pretends black people aren't dying and pretends peaceful protests aren't being deliberately turned into violent riots from within by not only police officers who had sworn to protect and serve the very people they are now using tear gas, water cannons, rubber bullets, *vehicles* against, pretends white supremacists encouraged by a government that refuses to denounce them aren't trying to start riots- a *race war*.

This is not that post.

This post is to say, black people and people of color, I see you. I hear you. I will continue to speak out when fellow white people say or do racist things , say or do things that take the focus off what really matters- black lives, poc lives, in favor of material things and buildings. I will continue to listen and learn. I will make mistakes, but I will do my best.

The president wants to label those of us who stand against white supremacy, racism and fascism as terrorists. Wants to make being antifascist a crime.

So be it, I won't stop speaking out. I will not be silent. To be silent makes me no better than them.

Until black lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.
Until people of color's lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.
Until trans lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.
Until gay and lesbian lives matter, all lives matter is a false statement.



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Apr. 8th, 2020

Adventures in Foraging- Done and over it.

Took Mark to work this morning, to do the little grocery getting we needed.

That was honestly frustrating and angering.

Frustrating because I can't easily find shit in that store and my damn mask kept slipping down. (it wasn't, it just felt like it was, making me want to mess with it constantly. I restrained myself, for the most part, to tugging at the sides and staying away from my actual face.)

The meat guy wasn't the same guy as last week who said they weren't putting the product out. This guy claimed they didn't have enough to put out, didn't think they had any bacon, and didn't bother going to look. I didn't push it, it was annoying to have to practically yell at him to make him understand me anyway.

And angering because Not. A. Single. Kroger. Employee. Was. Wearing. A. Mask.

Only one wore gloves and that was the guy wiping down carts.

They have it set up so you go in one door and out the other now. But *they don't have any signs saying as much.* So, even though I was already turning around, I had an employee come rushing up to me, loudly saying "ma'am! ma'am! You have to go out that way!", while getting within 2 ft of me.

Out of maybe 3 dozen customers in the entire store, only 6-7 were wearing masks.


Some dumbass decided to use the self checkout right next to me again. No mask, no gloves, no distancing. AND he decided to have a full on conversation, just standing there, with another guy, also no mask, no gloves, no distancing.

I couldn't get out of there fast enough. I went straight home.

We have decided that Mark will be getting the fresh produce, eggs and dairy on his way home from work from here on out. This once a week outing for me , ain't worth it.


Today's numbers in Virginia-

30,645 tested
3,645 positives
615 hospitalized
75 dead

12 in Bedford County


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Apr. 1st, 2020

Adventures in foraging, aka, people piss me off today.

Took Mark to work, stopped at both the Food Lion and Kroger on the way in.

For the love of Gaia, people Stop. Hoarding. Paper. Products.

Cleaning supplies, fine, but seriously, how fucking much toilet paper do you really fucking need?!?

Ugh.

And polenta.

Why is there no polenta??? Plenty of grits, which is odd considering it is the South after all. And cornmeal. Lots of plain ol' cornmeal. But polenta? Not a single damn bag or package or container of it anywhere.

Yes, I know damn well the middle self checkout is open. That middle self checkout is between two self checkouts in use, meaning, there isn't enough social distancing space between them if I use that middle self checkout.

Fuck you, you decrepid old Boomer who snorted derisively at me and used it anyway. People like you are why the numbers keep rising. And yes, it was a white guy too. Asshole.

And the guy who used the empty self checkout right next to me? *Cover your damn mouth when you cough, you inconsiderate asshole.* I could not check out and get out of there fast enough.

Anyway. After two stores, I gave up on the polenta and went home. Not looking forward to doing this again on Sat when I take my brother shopping.

Today's numbers in Virginia-
15,344 tested
1484 positives
208 hospitalized
34 dead



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Mar. 31st, 2020

Ugh. Mini rant, then the good stuff.

People simply want to be told what to believe and then, believe everything they see on Facebook.

See the recent meme about Hobby Lobby closing all their stores and laying everyone off, as well as that letter about it's in the hands of god, for example. Research shows, that letter in particular is may or may not be true, the veracity has not been established, it was *Oklahoma stores only, and the rest are abiding by the state they are in guidelines. I mean, there's numerous people who either work at HL who are questioning this, saying, that's not happening at my store, where'd you hear this?

*And no one provides links!*

I mean, if you don't want to buy from Hobby Lobby because they're a bigoted, misogynistic, chauvinistic, backwards, religious zealot owned company, that's one thing and perfectly good reasons to not frequent that establishment. But to take something, blow it way up and then post it as fact? No, don't do that. *Truth matters*. Look at the Gamestop fiasco. *It wasn't true*.

Ok, rant over.

So, we found out Friday, after almost 3 years of behind the scenes work by his boss, Mark has received a promotion and a significant pay increase. As well as being switched from hourly to salary. Now, instead of doing the work without the pay or title, he has both. Heh.

So, going to salary means a big change in how I pay bills. One week next month will be a no paycheck week, but it'll be late in the month, so maybe we'll get lucky and that so called stimulus check will come that week (not holding my breath). He's stressing over causing complications in bill paying for me and I'm looking at him and saying, I got this., it'll be ok.

And it will be. Because this was a good thing and we needed it.

Sunday we tried a new breakfast recipe.

It failed, miserably.

It failed so very badly, that even though we hate to waste food, we looked at it, at each other and said it had to go away. It was that unappetizing. It didn't remotely look like the recipe for breakfast tacos whatsoever. That recipe got trashed. Our version of breakfast tacos turned out beautifully.

Dinner was a new recipe too. THAT recipe turned out great.

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Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Jalapeno-Lime Cole Slaw

Recipe courtesy of My Magazine from Kroger

Hands on time- 10 minutes ( closer to 20 if you ask me, especially if you use fresh jalapenos like I did)
Total time- 20 minutes (well....)
Serves 4 (yes, or 1-2 with leftovers)

Ingredients-

3tsp blackened seasoning (I didn't have any, so instead I used Stone Spice Company's Screamin' BBQT seasoning They are a locally, artisan spice company)
1 tsp salt, divided
1tsp pepper, divided
15-20 large shrimp, raw, shelled and deveined, rough chopped into bite size pieces
2 Tbsp olive oil (or oil of choice)
Juice from 2 limes
3/4 cup greek yogurt
1tsp honey
3 Tbsp olive oil (again, or oil of your choice)
1/4 cup jalapenos (they say to use canned, I used fresh and deseeded them), diced
1-2 scallion onions, chopped
1 bag of cole slaw blend of your choice
8 corn or flour tortillas

Directions-

1- In small bowl, mix shrimp with seasoning, 1/2 tsp of salt, 1/2 tsp of pepper, and 1 Tbsp oil. Toss to thoroughly coat. Set aside.

2- In large bowl, add lime juice, yogurt, honey, oil, remaining salt and pepper. Mix well. Add chopped jalapenos and scallions. Stir well. Add cole slaw mix and toss to combine. Place in refrigerator until needed.

3- Heat medium-large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add oil when hot. Add shrimp and cook through, about 2-3 minutes. Let shrimp rest while you prepare the tortillas. (heat or char the tortillas or do nothing as we did, your taste.)

4- Place 2 tortillas per plate and top with shrimp. Place roughly 1/2 cup of slaw on each, top with more sliced jalapenos and scallions, even black olives and sour cream if desired. Serve warm. Refrigerate leftovers, obviously.

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Enjoy!


Today's numbers in Virginia-
13401 tested
1250 positive
165 hospitalized
27 dead

2 in Bedford County


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Mar. 30th, 2020

This is why we can't have nice things.

There's a 'church' here in my small, rural town, that is refusing to abide by the Governor's guidelines and restrict not only it's Sunday gatherings, but allowing congregants to gather in *numbers*.

It's the type of belief system that the pastor gets rich, while you tithe, weekly, and get a 'weekly allowance' (hearsay from someone who has a family member in this belief system) and get no where. After each Sunday service, they then, en masse, go to Walmart or other retail shops that are currently allowed to be open.

So, on Facebook, I belong to a community group for my town and someone posted a photo of the packed parking lot, questioning it.

Here, for your incredulity, is a sampling of the resulting comments-

"Just my opinion maybe people should mind their own business."

"I understand. There's only supposed to be ten people but it's their choice. If you're so worried then go tell them, call the police, call governor blackface."
(Oh yes, my small, rural town is deeply red, and many apparently hate Northam)

"Guess it's a good thing then that the death rate is a heck of a lot lower than first thought. Take care of yourself. Don't worry about others. You'll only make yourself angry for no purpose" (Except, that's not the damn point)

Comment thread- (this gives you an idea of the type of 'church')

"Why dont they do what other churches are doing and just have the pastor video his sermon and they watch it at home?"
"they aren’t allowed to use that much tech , are they ?"
"i dont know. But they have cellphones"
"They are not allowed to have tv's in their home."
"but they do have computers!"


"While I don't agree with what they're doing, just an observation I had today while out mowing (and yes I'm by myself, and having customers leave payment outside, or pay online). This is no different than the kids playing in neighborhoods. I've seen groups of kids, as large as 15, playing together. So before you go throwing your stones in your glass house, keep your kids at home.."

"Maybe instead of foul mouthing, you can call it in? MAYBE, just maybe, if there’s enough people acting on what’s right, and less fussing about what’s wrong, there will be a decision made to control this? Just a thought... see a problem, make a move. I’m pretty sure calling them stupid isn’t pleading the case." (I didn't see anyone saying they were stupid, per se, just that the whole gathering to worship right now is stupid.)

"My understanding their religious beliefs are that they don’t believe covid-19 is a problem. And that they say that God is going to handle it and they won’t get it because God is going to take care of them. I think God is going to take care of us however I don’t feel the need to risk everyone in the community. My church does service via Live feed" (Your church is smart.)

"This is absolutely hilarious!...
I didn't think this great nation had gone to dictatorship...
Let's close the schools! No more than 10 people crowds...
Hey I got a question where are all these kids that are out of school? My guess when mom and dad have to go to work they are in daycares instead.. is that any more safe? Bet walmart isn't adhering to 10 people or less! Or any of the other big box chains... liquor stores and planned parenthood still open for business... and y'all on here whining about a church... all of a suddenly because mommy government told you to be scared you goin To freak out about a church while the government controls your every move...
2112 people have died from covid-19 In The US and 24,000 people have died this flu season from influenza (the common flu) compliments of the CDC website.."
(Oh yes, someone went there.)

(Someone tells them they need to go read up on the CDC guidelines, etc, obviously they're missing something, to which they respond-)

"I have not missed anything... I'm saying there is a lot more serious things than this to be worried about..." (Oh yes, 'more serious things to worry about' than potentially killing your neighbor because you were stupid. )

" keep listening to your governor. You will end up brain washed. We need to pray for his salvation."

"f you believe anything this man says, you’re going the wrong way. I’m in the health field every day. Use common sense. Quit watching TV. Faith not fear!" (Faith, I tell you! Faith!)

And finally, this gem-

"They are already an isolated group of people. If the corona virus does break out in the congregation, then rest of Bedford will probably be okay. I remember a time in world history when people would turn other people into the government. Let's not head down that road As long as they stay to themselves just let it be. . ."

Except they are not an isolated people. They go to grocery stores, they go to big box stores, they go to restaurants, etc. If it does break out in their congregation, it will not stay there.

It devolves from there. Until an admin finally turned off comments.

Oh, hey, bonus! We are now officially under a Stay At Home order as of today. That means it's no longer a *suggestion*, it's now an official *order* and will be enforced by law enforcement. Executive Order 55.

Today's numbers-

12,038 tested
1020 positive
136 hospitalized
25 dead.

In my County-

79 total tested
2 positive (I guess someone recovered)

Tomorrow, better news, I promise. And a new recipe!


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Feb. 5th, 2020

Misled is a good term for this feeling.

We made a decision last night, after a meeting after martial arts class, that essentially confirmed what we'd known at the back of our heads for the last almost 5 months now.


When we first started with the CIT (Certified Instructor Training) program, it was because they had asked us to eventually become instructors. That was well over 2 years ago.

About 8 months ago, they announced we'd be doing STORM training, which was a path to becoming instructors. So we went through and completed the course to become what they said was 'blue tops'.

A martial arts event happened in Lexington last summer, we were unable to attend due to finances. One of the others in the CIT program did. I had a bad feeling after that event, one I couldn't explain.

All well and good. And in class, they kept up with using us to lead the classes in warm ups, occasionally to train a technique, etc.

Gradually that stopped. They said they'd return it to it. They never did. They started getting on us for things we weren't doing, for things *full instructors* were supposed to do, for things they *said* were happening *outside the dojo* (case in point- they claimed one of the parents overheard one of the CIT swearing in front of the kids. We know for a fact we never do that. But the implication was that it was either me or Mark.) That was the first time I thought, I don't want to do this anymore.

4, almost 5 months ago- last fall, they said the course for red top was coming up, that it was a streaming thing. WE explained, along with the other guy, that none of us could stream. We were told about an app we could use to conference call in. That we'd be told when it was starting.

Only we never were. And the other guy was. Occasionally after C.O.B.R.A. class, he'd be called into the office to do this course. We knew this because once we overheard them. That was the second time I thought, I don't want to do this any more. I should have listened.

The other guy shows up, in December, in a red top. We looked at each other with knowing looks. We had deliberately been left out of that course. I think it was then we both figured out, we were never going to become instructors.

He went to black top and asst. instructor the week after he went full black belt.

The January meeting was cancelled. We weren't given an exact reason as to why.

Last night, we had a meeting, where upon its announced we are no longer CIT, we are instead 'Leadership', ie, model students. Only, we would be model students doing things instructors are supposed to be doing, like greeting parents, greeting new kids and getting to know them, then getting to know their parents, lining kids up, holding pads for pad drills, cleaning the dojo, etc.

Mark asked if we were still to become instructors and we were told, quite firmly, that was a whole other conversation that needed to be had. That it was a three year program that required a lot of hours and commitment to do. Never you mind we'd already put in over a year. Never you mind we'd already had that conversation.

Let me tell you, my poker face was on point.


On the way home, man, we vented. Betrayed. Irritated. Disappointed. Discouraged. All those and more.

So, we decided after tossing and turning for a good portion of the night, after investigating why someone drove down our driveway to the empty house next door at 1230am and drove through their yard, that we were going to step down from this 'Leadership' group thing.

It was not what we had originally signed up. It was not what we had been asked to join and it was not what we had been told we were working towards.

We both also had noticed over the last month to almost 2 months, a distancing between us and the full instructors and the guy that is now an asst. instructor. We decided we didn't want to deal with this crap anymore.

so tonight, at COBRA class, we will inform them that tomorrow will be our last class as former CIT/Leadership. That we had decided it was in our best interest instead to step back as students and focus on the upcoming black belt pretesting and testing. That we'd revisit the possibility of working towards becoming instructors again after May.

And next Tuesday, we'll go back to wearing our regular uniforms and attending only our class instead of both our class and the beginner/intermediate class.

I rather feel like they've done this to themselves, by telling us one thing, then excluding us and preventing us from actually *doing* that thing, then changing the program completely, all while deliberately excluding us from pre-class talks, from meetings and generally making us feel like outsiders. They could have just been upfront and told us they changed their minds and no longer wanted us to become instructors. We might have been ok with it then.

But instead, they wanted us to do the work of instructors,while still being *students* without us actually *becoming* instructors and I'm sorry, but it doesn't work that way for us.

Mark said he actually *slept* after we had our discussion and made our decision. Quite frankly, so did I.

Which means, for us, this is what we need to do.


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Jan. 17th, 2020

Death is only the beginning...

It's official, my computer is starting to die.

Well, it is over 8 years old, so to be expected, honestly. Luckily, much of my important stuff is already stored on my external drive, so when the hard drive does finally fail, I won't lose too much.

So, come tax refund time, we'll be getting me a new computer this year. I so look forward to reinstalling all my Sims games... not. Heh.

In other news, they passed 3 'gun control' bills this week here.

One, reinstates the repealed 'one hand gun per month' law, another allows localities to ban guns from certain areas, such as government owned buildings, and the third expands background checks yo all fire arms sales and commercial transfers.

People are already angry over these bills, claiming, wrongfully, again, still, per usual, 'they're coming for my guns rights!' If you can't control yourself and buy *one* gun per month, then you have issues. If you can't understand why government officials don't want guns anywhere near where they're holding court proceedings or passing laws, etc, then, again, you have issues. If you are so against expanded background checks, then *you must have something to hide*, and you have issues.

I mean, seriously, they already arrested three alleged white supremecists, with *way more ammo than they really need*, enroute to the 'rally' in Richmond. Do you really think they were planning something, with 1500+ rounds?? Are you that out of touch with reality?

Some people, apparently, are that out of touch, mind. That's why idiots are trying to form an illegal militia in Floyd. Form a gun club, form an organization. That's fine. You just cannot call yourself a militia. Only the *state* can do that.

I swear, my state gets more insane with each passing day, because no one will read what the proposed gun bills actually do, and they believe rumors and misinformation spread via Facebook, Twitter, Reddit, et al.

For gods sakes, they're trying to claim Virginia is 'criminalizing gun ranges, cellphones for anyone under 21, and martial arts', among other things.

Yup.

News to me, particularly that last one.



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Sep. 25th, 2017

That's not how rights work.

You don't get to tell someone when, where or how they can protest.

They have the right to peaceably protest, when, where and how they choose. They do that knowing there may be consequences.

You do have the right to disagree with when, where and how they protest. But you *do not* have the right to tell them they cannot protest, simply because you disagree with it.

That's not how rights work.


As a US Marine Vet, I , and others, served so you and they could have those rights. I will defend their right to peaceably protest, and I will defend your right to disagree with them.

They have the right to protest by kneeling during the national anthem. You have the right not to watch or support the players or teams.


So. Call me a ' snowflake', tell me I'm 'no true Marine', or claim I'm 'triggered', all you want. That is your right and I served so you could do so.

*That's* how rights work.


By the way, while you're complaining that NFL players are 'disrespecting' the flag, millions of Americans are currently without power, running water or communications, thanks to the recent hurricanes and being all but ignored by the president in favor of complaining about NFL players, North Korea and imaginary stories about Clinton. Your fellow Americans are being systematically killed for the color of their skin, daily.


Where's your outrage over *that*?


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Sep. 5th, 2017

DACA and the ramifications.

So.

How many Trump supporters who are currently cheering the end of DACA, are going to step up and fill those jobs and positions the Dreamers who now stand to be deported- roughly 800,000- that were supposedly 'stolen' from them? You know, the jobs none of them would have done even if they'd been given the opportunity.

How many are going to step up and buy the properties the Dreamers who own them, now have to sell before they get deported? You know, the houses they paid taxes on, the vehicles they paid taxes on, and so on.

Trump supporters, the DACA recipients are your neighbors, your friends, your children's friends, and even your coworkers. Some are parents to naturally born American children themselves.

Congrats, you've helped screw them over.

I hope you feel proud of yourselves, when the cost of produce goes up due to lack of labor to bring in the harvests, when the price of goods you took for granted goes up because there's no longer anyone to stock the shelves, to transport the goods to the stores, to even manufacture the goods in the first place.

Don't give me that line about how they should have come over legally. Age of consent in the US is *18*. Not a single Dreamer was of age to consent to being brought to the US.

As far as doing it legally... What the devil do you think they *were doing*? What do you think they were registering every year to two years, paying hundreds of dollars each time, keeping their heads down, paying taxes, being good citizens for? *They were doing it legally as they were allowed and told to do*. It costs *thousands* to become a US citizen,as well as *years* and many need a sponsor first. That's what they were working towards when they came of age.

And now, all that work is going to be taken away from them.

This is what you've wrought. Now we all have to live with it.



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Jul. 7th, 2017

In which Photobucket shoots itself in the foot.

So Photobucket- that I haven't been using for almost a year now, sent me an email, saying I can no longer '3rd party host with my account through them'. I have the formerly free, use as I like but there's ads, account.

In other words, any photos I uploaded there and used in any blog posts or a comment here, or pretty damn well *anywhere*, no longer works, because 'the account level you have doesn't support third party hosting'.

Then they proceeded to tell me I needed to upgrade to the 'Plus 500' plan.


For $400.00 a year.



I don't fucking think so. And even their $60.00/yr plan doesn't allow 3rd party hosting. Even their $100.00/yr plan doesn't.

I foresee Photobucket dying soon as a result.

$400.00 a damn year to do something I've been doing since *2004*, and only stopped paying for at originally 25.00, then 50.00 a year, a couple years ago. Even Flickr wasn't that drastic in their pricing changes.

I will be removing my photos fro there, post haste. Unfortunately, this also means, the last 12+ years worth of photos in blog posts here, are now broken links, and unlikely to be fixed, because I don't really have that kind of time.

I give them a year before the site dies completely.


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May. 15th, 2017

Dammit.

Last night, we heard a gunshot. Fairly close to the property. Given that the nearest neighbor we can see, has told us before that they do pistol training/target practice in their backyard, we didn't think too much of it, other than being really close. (And yes, we looked around and didn't see anything.)

Just now, on my way to the mailbox and back again, I had to fight* with both dogs to get them to keep walking past a certain area along the edge of the driveway, where the hayfield meets it.

They shot the damn fox last night and it died there. They mowed the hayfield around him, so I couldn't see it until the dogs beelined for it. (Which makes sense or the resulting mess could mess up the cutter *and* the hay.)

I get trying to keep wildlife from your chickens, what have you. But dammit, you *knew* we walk our dogs along the driveway. Why couldn't you have killed the fox at the pine tree line or something instead.

Now, we get to bury said fox tonight and hope it rains soon to wash away the scent, otherwise, *everytime* we walk the dogs through there until it does, it's going to be a battle with them.

* I literally had to take both by the collars and march them well passed the area, on the opposite side of the driveway.

Calling out the bullshit.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-39920676

One of the comments on the Facebook page by the asshole quoted, called me(female Marines) a 'barracks whore'.


One- I am not a damn bird. I do not belong to the avian species. Therefore, I cannot be a 'chick'. I am, however, a US Marine.

Two- I have never been a 'barracks whore'. *Because I refused to be one* is a reason I was given for not being allowed to stay on Okinawa (Camp Henoko/Schwab, where there were maybe a dozen female Marines to tens of thousands of male Marines) for another year, because I settled down with one guy- also a Marine- instead - whom I married and am *still married to, nearly 25 years later*.

Three- Enough with this bullshit 'women don't belong in combat/they don't have the biology for it1!' crap. It's been proven, over and over again, that it's just that- crap. That we can and do hold our own just as well as male Marines.

Four- the female Marine portrayed, is a Capt, a logistics officer who is combat decorated. THAT should be applauded, not degraded.

Semper Fi.
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Oct. 17th, 2016

*dusts hands*

Dear Suburban Propane-

When I tell you we decided to go with Blossman Gas because they are local and literally 10 minutes away, don't try and tell you are too.

No, you are not, you are 30-40 minutes away. That's not local to me.

Don't try and tell me you're cheaper either. I priced things out. I listened to what the seller had to say about their experience with your company. That, more than your claim of '30 years of service at this house', says a lot to me.

You never called me back about a pick up date and just randomly showed up. You're still 30-40 minutes away. Your tank is still not certified*, and still not in compliance**.

Yes, they are a competitor, but guess what? You don't exactly have a good track record with at least two owners of this property now.

Thank you for finally picking up your tank and getting it off my property.


* Certification ran out last year. It has not been inspected and thus, recertified in over a year now. New tanks from Blossman are 12 year certification, and are in much, much better shape.

** It is not 3-5 ft from the nearest ingress to the house, ie, the outside cellar access and the sump pump drain line. AND there's an old burrow directly behind it that leads up under the house. Propane sinks and looks for an ignition source- sump pump and dehumidifier are less than 6 ft down, and less than 3 ft away through the outside cellar access. Yeah. New tanks are now 8-9 ft away from any under house access points.



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