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Spring is in the Air   Leave a comment

After the last eighteen months of my illness there are many things that I’ve really missed.  The Pandemic being the least of them. With all of the various surgeries, cancer, and chemotherapy dominating my every thought I’ve come to appreciate a long list of many little things that I took for granted for most of my life.  The adage “Stop and Smell the Roses” suddenly means something.  I’m glad I still have time left to really appreciate each and every one of them.

Spending an hour or two totally lost in a painting.

Spending time over the last few years watching two grandsons becoming thinking and intelligent little men. 

Realizing after all these years just how precious these days have come to mean to me while sitting on the deck with my better-half enjoying the first sunshine of Spring.

Relaxing and sipping a Jack and Coke that I’m  finally able to have now that my newly rebuilt liver permits it.

Being able to bitch and complain about anything that irks me and not giving a good damn about what people think.

Enjoying all of the freedoms that come with old age that you can’t really appreciate until you get here.

You can thank my better-half and three glasses of Jack and Coke for this posting.  Maybe it will give those of you approaching the AARP age of fifty that it’s not quite as bad as you might think.  When you’re given lemons make lemonade but make sure you have some Jack Daniels in it.

I.D.C.   Leave a comment

As a followup to my last post I offer a new anagram for all members of the Apathy Party to use if they so choose. I’ve created it in response to my better-half and her constant barrage of trivial information she insists on throwing my way. This is my polite way of dealing with that touchy situation.

I = I

D = Don’t

C = Care

I’ve begun using it a lot and the more I use it the more I like it. I’ve also been trying it out on other citizens like cashiers and sales people. Most want to know what it means but refuse to ask. The ones that do ask just think they want to know. They see absolutely no humor in it once they find out.

It’s the ultimate kiss-off answer for just about anything you don’t want to hear or discuss. I also have a another similar anagram that I use only for truly rude or ignorant peolple, I.D.F.C. You can figure that one out for yourself. You officially have my permission to use both anagrams as often as possible especially when dealing with politicians or just plain folks who insist on offering up their own bizarre opinions. Pass it along to your family and friends for their use as well. Be careful though, they may unexpectedly use them against you.

Spring is finally arriving. Enjoy it. IDC!

LONG LIVE THE APATHY PARTY

Posted April 10, 2021 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying Again

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The New Apathy Party   Leave a comment

I mentioned in yesterday’s post that maybe we should start a third political party in this country. Nothing as stupid as Ross Perot and his “United We Stand” group or the ever-so tedious “Tea Party” group. If the Apathy Party is to be taken seriously they will need specific types of candidates. Those who have no political axe to grind, no great love for politicians in general, and people who’ve stopped voting in disgust. People with a big enough following of like minded, pissed off, and apathetic citizens would probably out number both the Democratic and Republican parties at the polls.

I realize that fighting the current system is almost an impossibility but if a landslide victory is big enough it could change things forever in this country. Over the course of a few election cycles the Apathetic’s could run for every office available, down to the lowest common denominater. From dog catchers to presidential candidates. If they get on the ballot there should be more than enough apathetic voters to sweep them into office. Then our presidential candidate would also be swept into office to begin getting the court systems and political systems doing what they were meant to do by the founding fathers. The Media would automatically fall into line when it’s determined that the apathetic population will abandon any outlet that tries to regress to an unacceptable position.

Big Media and Big Business are as we all know the same beast but with two heads. The effects of an apathetic majority would naturally begin to effect their advertising revenues as well as their retail profits. They wouldn’t hesitate to abandon any politicians that couldn’t keep their coffers full. They’re all about the effing Benjamins after all.

I need to give this entire approach a little more thought. I think I’m starting to get excited . . . I’d call that getting a political woodie.

Cancer & Covid . . . What a Year   1 comment

I imagine that everyone is as disgusted and frustrated with the pandemic as I am. As I look back there can be no doubt that 2020 was the worst year of my life. For me the pandemic was a secondary life threatening situation and my 12 months of cancer, hospitals, surgeries, doctors, chemotherapy, and wonderful nurses will never be forgotten. To make a long story short I remain cancer free with the results of my recent 6 month checkup and scans giving me some hope for a few more years.

For the last year and a half all of my attention has been aimed at surviving. Also I was concerned about how stupid I would look if I survived cancer then died from catching Covid-19. I’ve always preferred privacy in my life but this was the first time it almost drove me insane. It was much like being in jail without the benfit of human contact except for my partner and a few other family members. It’s not over yet but hopefully it will be in a few more long and endless months.

All of these things haven’t permitted me much time to pay attention to the current events and the political changeover from arch conservative Trump to our new socialist leader Biden. Funny how my life hasn’t changed one iota. it just proves the point that “Politicians still suck regardless of the party.” Maybe we need a third “Apathy Party” in this country to make things even more ridiculous. I don’t intend to waste any more of my valuable time listening to more political lies and exaggerations that mean nothing to most people. Lifes just too damn short.

I hope to begin posting again on a regular basis and it shouldn’t take too long for something or someone to piss me off.

The Weather (Covid 19) Channel   Leave a comment

Just posting a short note to bitch and complain about the Weather Channel. Over the last few months it has become painfully obvious that their interests include much more than just weather.

You would think that with all of the tropical storms and hurricanes visiting the USA they would be too busy to keep sending out a steady supply of “Doom and Gloom” Covid-19 articles.

I was under the misconception that the Weather Channel was a WEATHER information sight. When did they decide to become another main stream media outlet spewing negatives across the landscape. I truly believe that the world in general has a pretty good understanding about the dangers of the virus. They just keep piling on with the negative news trying to out do everyone else. It’s a lot like many media outlets during a war who would rather report the body counts instead of actually getting out there and investigating. Big headlines always work it seems. Check these out.

7/18/20 WORLDWIDE COVID-19 CASES CLIMB ABOVE 14 MILLION

8/13/20 US RECORDS HIGHEST NUMBER OF COVID-19 DEATHS SINCE MAY

6/4/20 OVER 1000,000 NEW CASES OF COVID-19

5/2/20 US CASES TOP 1.1 MILLION

5/27/20 US DEATHS SURPASS 100,000

This is just a small sampling of their headlines. If you want to be truly depressed go to their web site and read the details. There are enough idiots out there spreading the news about Covid-19. I think the Weather Channel should just stick to reporting the weather. There are enough disasters going on there to keep them busy for months.

I’m sure they’ll claim it’s a public service to keep us informed but I’ll still be removing their app from my devices until they stop the headline grabbing.

Posted September 30, 2020 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying Again

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Face Masks, Sex, and Co-Vid   1 comment

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If your reading this then my sneaky use of buzz words in the title worked perfectly and welcome to my blog.

As I’ve stated so many time before I love people-watching. In these day of the pandemic people-watching has taken a weird turn. Let me explain a bit.

Back in the day when crowds of people were everywhere people-watching was easy. Go to a Mall, a retail store, or anywhere alcoholic beverages were served, sit down and watch. These days it’s a real chore to people-watch unless your really committed like me. After months of watching thousands of masked people going about their lives I discovered a number of things.

While I was in the hospital and doctors offices everyone was masked as you would expect. I had tests, scans, and hours of conversations with women whose faces I couldn’t see. One in particular was especially eye- catching due to her lovely figure, beautiful hair, and killer eyes. I see now why most Muslim men prefer their women wearing head coverings. So after weeks of becoming friends with her I couldn’t take it any longer and finally asked her to pull down the mask so I could see her face. I now understand what that old saying about “being careful what you ask for” really means. To me she was beautiful because of her wonderful personality not her looks.

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During that same time period I made that same request to another young lady who I didn’t consider all that striking but who was such a nice person I really just wanted to be able to recognize her in the future if I saw her again. She dropped her mask and my jaw dropped as well. She was absolutely beautiful. I was speechless and felt a little guilty about making unjustified judgements about her.

Masks make it possible for everyone to hide. Not only can’t our faces be seen neither can most of our facial expressions. I find myself making funny faces, sticking out my tongue, and muttering curse words muffled by my mask. If I’m doing it I’ll just know everyone else is doing it as well.

Here are my conclusions:

Beautiful Women and Handsome Men can’t be recognized just for their good looks anymore and are now forced to rely on their personalities to impress people they’re dealing with.

Everyone else can now show you how beautiful they really are without worrying about their looks and using their personalities as they always have.

We should make wearing masks mandatory for everyone. Imagine political debates with all of the candidates being masked and forced to rely on facts instead of bad puns and fake smiles. A masked JFK might never have been elected if all of the women in the country weren’t going GA-GA over his looks. Who knows?

Here’s my Public Service Announcement . Just so you know I’m not wearing my mask right now so please sanitize your hands and wipe down your computer. You can’t be too careful. The media might announce tomorrow that the virus can be spread through computer use.

DUMB ASSES!!

Good News   1 comment

I received the final evaluation yesterday concerning by cancer status and the news was everything I’d hoped for . . . Cancer Free. Now that I have my life back I can return to bitching and complaining about the rest of it.

Co-Vid seems to be the main topic of conversation and it should be. Along with my other issues the virus was always in the back of my mind like a black shadow ready to pounce if I stopped paying attention. Chemo therapy pretty much kills off your immune system making it virtually impossible for your body to defend itself. I was warned constantly by a host of medical professionals about contracting ANY kind of infection because if one came along I wouldn’t likely survive the experience. I was banned from eating any unpeeled fresh fruit due to bacteria and germs carried on the outer skin. Sounds really awful and guess what? It is.

Now that I’m on the mend I hope my immune system will soon be returned to normal. Then I can start worrying about the rest of my family members like the two grandsons who started school this week and their parents who are out there doing their jobs and keeping their fingers crossed and masks on.

As always I plan for the worst case scenario and hope for the best. With this virus I don’t see anything good coming down the road. Like it or not the world will have to adapt to the new reality. It’s extremely hard to intellectually deal with a circumstance where you have little or no control over anything. Add to that fact the plethora of fake news and unqualified experts spewing misleading and pumped up statistics to scare the absolute shit out of everyone. It’s not helpful at any level.

Wear your masks, maintain the proper distances, and hope for a vaccine sometime soon. I know one thing for certain, I won’t be volunteering for human trials with any proposed vaccine. I’ve used up all of my STUPID years ago.

HAVE AN OMG DAY.

Posted September 10, 2020 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying Again

My Return to Blogging   Leave a comment

I’ve had an epiphany of sorts in recent weeks which has brought me back to this blog with a new perspective on just about everything. I abandoned the blog shortly after being diagnosed with colon cancer last November. I went to the emergency room thinking I had the flu but after a CT Scan was given I got the bad news. Suddenly my priorities changed completely and the blog was forgotten.

I’m now 10 months into my cancer education after suffering through MRI’s, CT Scans, sonograms, colonoscopies, PET Scans, and three fairly serious surgeries. I lost most of my large bowel and a third of my liver and had a port permanently installed in my shoulder to receive chemo therapy. I’ve had 12 session of chemo which is almost worse than the cancer. Blood tests every two weeks with a mandatory doctors visits to analyze the blood results.

It sounds awful and unfortunately and guess what . . . it is. This will be the only time I’ll bring up the dirty details of my experience. I just wanted everyone to know why the blog was abandoned.

This coming Tuesday I’m scheduled to meet with the Oncologist to find out if I’m cancer free. Cross your fingers for me. I’ll keep you posted.

Posted September 6, 2020 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying Again

03-24-2019 Life in the Slow (Senior) Lane   Leave a comment

I’ve been a very bad boy for the last year and have ignored this blog like never before.  I think it was a combination of procrastination and political burnout and a general feeling that the people in this country are first and foremost, IDIOTS.  For years I blogged on politics of every sort and held nothing back. I soon realized much too late that it was a total waste of my time. The problem with a political obsession is that it ends up eating you alive.  Politics and politicians are a waste of my time and energy . . . so no more politics.

My life now is currently filled with the same sort of nonsense as yours but with a few differences. This year I’m celebrating my tenth year of retirement and an entire year since I last blogged.  I’ve been retired just long enough to be the resident expert in many things that make most of you younger folks a little nervous.  I’m sure you know what I’m talking about. Who likes thinking about such exciting things as aging, related health issues, financial problems, and of course the hideous “D” word. It’s all part of your proverbial “golden years” that you’ve been waiting so long to reach.

Retirement in your sixties is almost as difficult to plan as having a spouse and children in your twenties. The day will come all too soon when you’ll be facing some sort of retirement and I hope you have planned well.  It sounds like a great thing and it is for the first few months. Not being forced to drag yourself out of bed every morning to go to work is very nice.  You’ll also miss all of the bitching and whining you did to help you get through your work day and the other associates who were there  to bitch and complain with.

I recall hundreds of times during my career that I wished for just a few hours of peace and quiet.  As they always say, “Be careful what you wish for.”  Being a former workaholic made it difficult for me to slow down and I immediately fell into my old work-day habits and sleep patterns.  This battle with myself took more than a year to deal with and fortunately for my mental health I discovered photography which kept me quite busy for a number of years.

The next few years is when I was forced to accept the obvious fact that I was getting old. The hardest thing you will ever do is to admit and accept your own mortality.  I fought it for years but at some point, if your honest with yourself, you accept that other people no longer see you as a young or middle-aged person. They’ve already accepted you as a senior citizen and this in turn forces you to accept it as well.  It’s a major life step to take and most of us do it grudgingly. I may still feel in my heart that I’m 30 years old but my body tells me in a hundred different ways that I’m just kidding myself.

I know this all sounds god-awful but there is a silver lining in this dark cloud. Being a retired senior gives you a freedom you could never have imagined. I seemed to have gained credibility of a sort just because my hair is now gray and I walk a little slower.  I’ve become a fountain of information to all of the younger generations who have little or no life experience.  Some of them actually do listen to me and ask to hear stories from the “good old days”.  Things like that used to really piss me off but no more. Bring it on all of you Milennials.

I should also explain that after 72 years I’ve finally been permitted to have that “free speech” everyone has always been talking about.  Don’t ask me questions unless you want to hear a real answer, not more of todays politically correct BS.  Do I look fat in this dress? Hell yes you do.  Do you think I should have my kids vaccinated? Yes, what are you a moron?  I’m a vegan. Who really cares?  It’s a surprising perk that I never really expected to have. Now I can truly “tell it like it is.”

Last but not least and probably the coolest thing about being a senior is my ability to be rude without anyone being aware of it.  If people are jabbering on about inconsequential nonsense I can pretend to not hear them. After the third “What, huh!” they tend to wander off to bother someone else. I can also get a confused look on my face and start to ask questions of them that are not pertinent to the current conversation. Their first thought is that I’m having a memory loss or possibly early onset Alzheimer’s. Either way they also tend to wander off to talk to someone else very quickly.  It makes my life a little more interesting and at times humorous.  Speaking of humorous, here’s some senior humor that I particularly like since it’s about cops and senior citizens. Being an ex-cop and now a Senior it seemed an excellent Read the rest of this entry »

Posted March 28, 2019 by Every Useless Thing in Just Saying Again

04-15-2018 The Frightening Human Virus   Leave a comment

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The human race in my opinion is seriously flawed. There’s all sorts of speculation from the scientific community these days concerning the coming “Singularity”. They say that’s the point in time when the machines will be more intelligent than mankind and will assume control of things. I actually read one recent statement that machine intelligence could be the next logical evolutionary step for the human race. I honestly have no answer to that kind of thinking but who knows. There are times when I think machines would probably do a much better job than we’ve done so far. Everything humans get involved with starts with strong emotions which and slowly devolves into ethnic and religious biases and conflicts. Nothing gets accomplished and the arguing and fighting eventually result in some sort of armed conflict and endless killing.

I’m sick to death hearing about religions spewing their self-serving propaganda to any fool who’ll listen. I don’t hate or even dislike people who are true believers in their religion of choice but I also need to make clear that I have no love whatsoever for any current organized religions or sects. That being said I intend to pass along a few tidbits of information supplied to me by a trusted friend. He’s a diligent researcher and most of what he’s offering is factual. A few of you religious fanatics out there will insist on refuting everything I’ve written but I honestly could care less. As we all know opinions are like assholes. Everyone has one and this one is mine.

I’ve made a point over the years to read everything I could find on as many religions as possible. I had the pleasure of reading translations of the Torah, the Koran, Old and New Testaments of the Bible, The Egyptian Book of the Dead, and many associated writings of the Greeks and Coptics. What it all has amounted to for me is a forty year migraine headache. The only thing worse that reading religious propaganda is trying to rationally discuss religion with allegedly intelligent religious people. These are the people who are similar to the People’s Temple Kool-Aid drinkers that followed the Reverend Jim Jones to their death in Guyana in 1978. They hear only what they want to hear and immediately attack anyone who disagrees in the slightest. They loudly disagree only to interrupt any discussion they might bring into question their own belief system.

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Here is the information as I received it.

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The following paragraphs are just rough estimates of all of the fine works accredited to RELIGION. Read them and weep for mankind.

German Peasants’ War – A series of peasant revolts during the height of the Protestant Reformation, spurred on by a mix of economic and religious causes. 100k deaths for Christianity.

Moro Insurgency – Islamic rebels in the Philippines have a long, bloody history of resistance against colonial and Philippine governments alike. 120k deaths for Islam.

Northern Crusades – Crusades to root out the Baltic pagans. Couldn’t find any good casualty estimates, but 150k deaths for Christianity seems reasonable.

Algerian Civil War – More Islamist rebels. 200k deaths for Islam.

Lord’s Resistance Army – Christian militants in Central Africa. Remember Kony 2012? 200k deaths for Christianity.

Albigensian Crusade – France leads a crusade to root Cathar heretics out of the Languedoc. Estimates vary wildly from 7k to 1mil, but let’s just say 200k deaths for Christianity.

Great Turkish War – A “Holy League” of Christian states rolls back the Ottoman Empire’s conquests in Eastern Europe. 300k deaths for Christianity.

Afghan Civil Wars – A variety of Islamists, including Al Qaeda, vie for control over Afghanistan. 400k deaths for Islam.

Rashidun Conquests – The Islamic Caliphate conquered its way from being a desert backwater to the world’s most powerful state in an incredibly short period of time. I can’t find anything resembling an estimate for the casualties involved, so I’m going to completely BS this one: 500k deaths for Islam. Trust me, it won’t affect the winner.

Ottoman Conquests – Mehmed II leads the Ottomans on a merry path of conquest over Eastern Europe. 800k deaths for Islam.

The Crusades – All of Christendom spends a few centuries banging it’s head against a Holy Land-shaped wall. 1mil deaths for Christianity.

So far, Christianity’s crusading habit is definitely a big source of casualties, but those pesky Muslim militants have pushed Islam into the lead. The score is neck and neck at 1,950,000 deaths for Christianity and 2,120,000 deaths for Islam.

But three wars that most people have never heard of completely blow this competition out of the water.

French Wars of Religion – The French Protestants and Catholics spend 36 years massacring each other silly. 3mil deaths for Christianity.

Thirty Years’ War – Protestant and Catholic princes duke it out for control of the Holy Roman Empire (modern Germany). War is waged between mercenary companies that loot the countryside to support themselves. One third of Germany dies. 10mil deaths for Christianity.

So that’s 15 million deaths for Christianity and a mere 2 million for Islam.

But in the year of our lord 1850, a new challenger blows them both out of the water.

Taiping Rebellion – Hong Xiuquan was born into a poor family in southern China. In 1837, he fails the imperial civil service examinations– his only hope of getting ahead in life– and has a nervous breakdown. Long story short, he reads some pamphlets from Portuguese missionaries, gets some freaky visions, decide’s he’s Jesus’s younger brother, rounds up some followers (known as the God Worshippers), and launches a rebellion against the Qing Dynasty that results in the deaths of over 20 million people.

It’s entirely possible that Christianity has made up the 5 million death gap with smaller wars and general low-intensity persecution over time, but without any good statistics on that, I’m going to say the most bloody religion of all time is the God Worshippers, a religion that existed for less than 30 years.

EDIT: Meir Lipnick points out a glaring oversight– Timur used Islam to justify his conquests, adding 17 million to Islam’s score. I’m sure there are plenty other wars I’ve missed.

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This deadly human virus arrived on this world in an unknown fashion and as any good virus will do . . . it slowly began to methodically destroy it’s host.

Let’s hope the machines do a better job.