Friday, April 29, 2011

I had to chew my tongue

The other day I had to sit and listen to a woman actually BRAG because she had a job on an off shore oil rig. She actually BRAGGED that she got the job because of the quota system. She actually BRAGGED that they always made sure to give her the easy stuff to do. She actually BRAGGED that she was a QUALIFIED oil worker.

I could stand it no more.

I told her I worked in a man's business for years and we used to make fun of women like her. I pulled my weight and earned the respect of my peers because I was able to do the job better than most of them. I NEVER asked for special consideration because I was a woman. I told her women like her make it harder for truely qualified women to be taken seriously in any business - not just in a "man's world".

In the dog business women like her were usually passed from trainer to trainer and after they had worked their way through the compound they just weren't seen or heard from again. It was disgusting to watch those women "operate" as well as disgusting to watch the men who used them.

Our motto was, "if you want a job with 9 to 5 rules then get a job with 9 to 5 hours!" That's just the way it was.

stolen from gypsyna

Apr 18, '11 1:16 PM
for Nya's contacts

1. The last gift I gave to myself was...the peaceful drive I took today. there was no one nagging or pressing me to go before I was ready and I was free to do EXACTLY as I pleased.

2. The one thing I always forget is name tag at work - everybody knows me anyway

3. What's the most inspiring book you ever read? so many of them...I read "Christy" at least 4 times. I read "Walking Tall" at least 10 times. I could make a list that is almost endless.

4. Who has taught you more about life than anyone? My own experience

5. What is the strongest desire in your life right now? Freedom

6. How should people deal with people who don't understand them?

"Ignore them, for they know not what they dont know. " - sounds good to me

7. What is the one rule in your life that you will not break for ANYONE..? Don't ever say I won't do something - I generally find myself doing whatever it was anyway

8. If you could successfully market any item or service, what would it be and why? I would sell the world's greatest hotdogs. I would like to do that because that would mean that I had the world's greatest hotdog chili recipe which I currently do not have.

9. If you could domesticate any wild animal successfully, which species would it be? Actually I have a knack for taming animals

10. If you could have free, unlimited service for five years from an extremely good cook, chauffeur, or masseuse, which would you choose? Masseuse - as long as they don't touch my feet!

11. For $45,000 , would you go for three months without washing, brushing your teeth, or using could not explain your reasons to anyone until after the three months is up. ?

yep! wouldn't think twice about it.

12. You discover that your wonderful three-year-old child is, because of a mix-up at the hospital, not yours. What would you do? Would you want to exchange the child to try to correct the "mistake"? Why? Be grateful that I don't have to take care of the little varmint and give IT back immediately!

13. When you go to bed at night, what are you most grateful for? My bi-pap machine

14. If you could understand and speak to animals, which one would you love to have a conversation with? I can speak to animals, most think in repetitive monosyllables. Actually studies have shown the average dog to have the same ability to understand as a 3 year old.

15. When you were growing up, were you wanting to be more good looking, smarter, or rich? rich - but I never figured out how to get there.

16. What are 3 things that today has taught you that you can improve on tomorrow? 1. stay away from aggravating people 2. stay away from aggravating people 3. stay away from aggravating people

17. Has someone of the same sex ever made a pass at you? How did you react? Yes. A few months ago a college age customer hit on me VERY OBVIOUSLY. I was flattered because she was so young. (flattered, not tempted)

18. How old were you when you watched your first adult film? 20

19. Which song irritates you the most? Which one inspires you the most?

Most music irritates me. I love Christmas Carols

20. What kind of life do you want to live that you're not living now? more traveling

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Apparently This Was My First Blog

Entry for December 21, 2006

I have spent much of my life living an eye for an eye philosophy. Now I realize none of that is important. Now that I don't have the energy to get even for various transgressions, the sense of peace I have is actually a relief. I can't believe I spent so much of my life being insulted and hurt by the actions of others. I have always been independent and realize now that I am alone and dying how much this has affected both myself and others around me. I was always proud of this fact. Now I know that none of this matters or mattered or will matter. This being said it is also important to realize you can't keep going around people who continuously hurt you. Just because you forgive someone doesn't mean that they will change their behavior.

Nice Visit With My Mom Yesterday

I had a nice visit with my mom yesterday. It turns out she had a doctor appointment here in Charleston so we met for dinner. I had been wondering how I was going to see her for her birthday and mother's day with the price of gas being so high - now I don't have to worry about it.

She said she is going to see my sister for Mother's Day. I could get into her playing favorites but I won't go there.

I bought her her favorite bearclaws from her favorite doughnut shop and took them to her with various gifts that I thought she might appreciate. I tried to pay for dinner (and I did) but when I went to the restroom she slipped $20 into my wallet, so there went that idea. We went to Ryan's Buffet (which I HATE) but she loves it and it was her day so I shlepped through the dried out food and the empty trays and the crying cashier and the waitress who was too busy visiting to serve us and we had some wonderful conversation.

It was nice.

Earlier in the day Eddie and I went to watch the elephants eat a buffet at the mall. They ended up putting in an appearance over an hour late. I was so tired that I had to go sit down right before the elephants got there and I missed part of the fun. LIke one man said, "if you've seen one elephant eat a carrot you've seen them all."

I was sooo tired that I had to rest twice just to get back to my truck. Fortunately I had time to rest before I met my mom so she was none the wiser. She has no desire to hear what actually goes on in my life, she just wants to know the good stuff - so that is what I tell her.

3 good things about myself (stolen from it'spamelaagain)

1. I'm independant - Some have told me I am too independant but I don't believe that is possible. I have a strong enough sense of myself that I go my own way always - it matters not to me if any follow

2. I'm a dreamer - If I could I would dream my life away. That has actually been a helpful trait the last few years. I am becoming more action oriented again as I get stronger. Hence less blogging more adventures. (the more to blog about if I ever relapse again)


Monday, April 25, 2011

My Easter Weekend Was Grand

My tradition of celebrating holidays for a couple of days was a great success once again.

I started this tradition when I was taking care of my dad because I was usually convinced that he wasn't going to live until the holiday anyway. I have continued it because I have all my fave foods over a couple of days instead of one. That way the calories and the salt are spread out and don't have nearly the effect on my body as cramming all the goodies into one day that does.

I enjoyed my Chinese Christmas Buffet so much that I continued the tradition for Easter. I went and picked up the food on Saturday because I don't believe in making people work for holidays if I can keep from it. I also knew I would be starved after work and it would come in handy to have the food - and it did.

Work was a nightmare Saturday night - all the last minute Easter shoppers were buying their last minute stuff and I can't keep up the pace like I used to. I started taking extra breaks after the first hour. I went home and ate and tried to sleep but I haven't had a night that bad since before Christmas (the pace was too hard then too)

I rented 2 movies, Love and Other Drugs and Dinner for Schmucks, both were really good.

Sunday was nice and relaxing. I ate my Chinese and rested most of the day. I went to the Church here at Lee Terrace (I only go on Easter). He had a nice dinner of ham and potato salad. Before the service he took prayer requests.

After the service he asked if anyone had anything to celebrate and Necia piped up and said, "Pam's here!" Everybody cheered! It was funny. It reminded me of when I walk into work and people start cheering. It's a good feeling. Even the new girl cheered for me when I walked into work Saturday night. She had already learned what everybody else has - when they see me it is time to go home!!

I sat outside and enjoyed the garden. I was coming in to take a nap when the fire alarm went off. That meant I was trapped outside until the firefighters came and turned it off. I felt sorry for them having to come out for a false alarm on Easter but it turned out not to be a false alarm. (for those of you who don't know this building is full of disabled people and they are always setting off the smoke detectors. only the fire department can turn them off) Loreen burnt her dinner and they had to bring in a giant fan to air out the hallway!

I dug up some plants while I was waiting to get into the building and when I saw them take the fan in I knew I couldn't go in for awhile so I went to the park and enjoyed the river and the sunshine for awhile.

I talked to my mom. I am going to meet her on Wednesday.

Eddie brought a cornish hen from his mom's house with all the fixin's and we had a very late supper.

I went to bed early and tried to watch The Apprentice but I fell asleep. Anybody know who got kicked off?

After reading this I see that most people would probably think that was a sucky Easter but it was relaxing and I enjoyed myself. To each her own!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

The Easter Bunny Strikes!

One year Bobby and I moved onto a 10 acre farm in Loxahatchee, Florida, to raise our greyhound puppies. The person who had lived there before us had left a yard full of children's toys behind. We did not have kids and it seemed like such a waste to throw them away, so the day before Easter I hosed all of them down (they were outdoor toys) and we loaded them into the truck. There were so many of them that they filled up the whole back of it.

On Easter morning, on the way into work (about 5 in the morning) we went to the apartment complex from where we had just moved. We took the toys out of the truck and placed them beside the dumpsters that were at the end of each row of apartments. (they were very clean) I had watched those kids play around the dumpsters for a year so I knew that they would have no problem finding the toys. Sometimes I think they liked playing in the dumpsters more than they liked playing with the toys they had. One of their favorite games (and mine to watch) was the shopping cart races. They would load a couple of kids into a couple of shopping carts and everybody would run and push them as fast as they could. They would hit the speed bumps at full speed and kids would go flying into the air. Sometimes they would be scatterred on the ground looking like a full fledged accident scene. It was hilarious.

After morning work was over (around 10 a.m.) we drove back by the apartment complex. There were kids running and playing all over the place with the toys that we had left behind. Can you imagine going outside on Easter morning and finding free toys just standing there? I bet those kids thought that the Easter Bunny was real that year! It was a good feeling.