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Note to self: no whining, no slacking
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NOTE: I've decided to no longer post warnings about things I write that may seem graphic (usually about work) or upsetting to some. After all, I have a very small following here, and you all have read my posts long enough to know what you might expect. That said, this is my last warning, though there isn't much here to warn you of anyway.

If I were the type of person to really get angry then I would say grrrrr! Good thing I'm not. I usually get "flash angry" then it is gone, as quick as it started. I think I'm fairly even-keeled. However, I recognize that I do hold grudges, though it isn't something I'm proud of. If you cross me, I can be forgiving, but if it happens again, I'll cut you off so you never have the same opportunity. I consider it self-preservation. You know the old saying: Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice, shame on me. It is much like that. I don't favor giving people repeated opportunities to take advantage of me. For some reason unknown even to me, I needed to say that this morning.

So, got my weekend kicked and now, on to the week (I work weekends, remember, so my work pattern is opposite of most). I might take the family to the airshow this morning, but I'm doubting it. It is fairly expensive and I'm not so sure I would be impressed. I grew up on Air Force Bases, and they really know how to put on an air show! The dinky local airport here? fleh. So, I'm leaning toward some prime sleepage.

Lately, I've taken to visiting a 3D chat room. There is something intriguing about being a cartoon character in a room full of other cartoon characters that represent real people having a conversation. It could be addictive, but I find chat rooms bothersome. Hard to follow a thread if there are more than about three people there. So, it's only a passing interest. Still, I like it. But not.

As long as you are working for the man, he has the power to bring you down. The man has his foot on all our necks. Translation: As long as you work for someone else, someone else has the power to mess with your head, and potentially a lot more than that. There are very few, if any, honest solutions to this situation. At times, dishonesty has an appeal. That's all I'm sayin'.

Due to a little known MOS in the Corps, I am fluent in Morse Code. It serves me no purpose whatsoever now.

Anyone who endorses a global government system must not be getting the same news I'm getting from all those other countries. The barbarians are at every gate people! Snap out of it before it's too late!
...Apathy is a great sound absorber.

One of my enduring, yet closely guarded, fantasy dream jobs is to be a Japanese television celebrity. First I'll be needing to learn Japanese, I'm thinking.

"Johnny English" starring Rowan Atkinson, is probably the dumbest movie I ever nearly peed my pants laughing at. I'm embarrassed to admit that I love the guy in that movie!

I still have a meaty post brewing. I truly haven't had the time and the brainy wherewithal at the same time for long enough to compose it. When I do, I will; and when I have, I'll post. But here's a preview... What if you got so depressed and unhappy that you decided you didn't want to live anymore? And what if you decided the only thing left for you to do was to get a shotgun and blow your brains out? And what if you actually summoned the guts to put a shotgun under your chin and pull the trigger? And what if the next thing you were aware of was being in the hospital with no face? Are your guts wrenched? Teeth clenched? What if your job was to change that dressing? I'll leave you with that for now.
----<Coming soon to a gritty LJ near you!>----

Oooo. Let's finish with a flourish of random poetry, shall we? From a favorite high school reading...

The wound it seemed both sore and sad
To every Christian eye;
And while they swore the dog was mad
They swore the man would die.

But soon a wonder came to light,
That showed the rogues they lied;
The man recovered of the bite,
The dog it was that died.

From "An Elegy on the Death of a Mad Dog" by Oliver Goldsmith

Yeah, A. E. Housman would have been a better choice. Peace out.
8 aspirations -{}- aspire with me
Comments
alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: September 12th, 2004 09:58 am (UTC) (Link)
"Anyone who endorses a global government system must not be getting the same news I'm getting from all those other countries. The barbarians are at every gate people!"

I'm sure that's exactally how "they" feel about "us."

Them.

Us.

Barbarians.

Terrorists.

Invaders.

Evil Americans.

Them.

Us.


All of them people, just, people.
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: September 15th, 2004 06:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
First off, I don't want you to think I'm angry with you, I'm not. I disagree with you somewhat on this topic. While your whole point may have been to draw attention to my use of "labels," my view is that labels are necessary and often helpful in our everyday interactions. My use of the label "barbarian" was specific and intentional.

Other than "them" and "us" I see no labels above that I apply to Americans. Americans don't engage in public beheadings or cutting off of hands (as numerous Arab nations), killing prisoners for their organs and forcing abortions for "unlicensed" children (as the Chinese do), or starving their populace while feeding the military (as the North Koreans are fond of doing).

For you to equate Americans with obvious barbarians all over the world merely demonstrates our differing views of just what this country is, and was intended to be.

We are all just people, as you said, but we are not all barbarians. I am proud of my country, of being an American. I believe we are, flaws acknowledged, still the greatest nation on earth. Personally, what barbarians think of me and my country doesn't concern me much.
alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: September 15th, 2004 10:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Don't we? Was I the only one who saw the pictures from Abu Graves?

Some people are terrible. Some are wonderful. Most are ok. I haven't found that nationality plays much into it, and I've traveled quite a lot.

I'm not angry with you either; but how many times have you been to China, or any other place you consider full of "barbarians."

I find it amazing we call ourselves the greatest nation on earth, when so few of us really go out and see the worldand meet it's people.

The United States is a great nation. One which, until recently, I was proud to call my home and one on which I still rest my best hopes for a decent future for my family- but we are not the the worldand the world is full of many beautiful, free, and amazing nations.
alphapythia From: alphapythia Date: September 16th, 2004 09:59 am (UTC) (Link)
I thought some more on this over night;

I don't want to be mistaken for defending the indefensible. Kim Jong Il (sp?) is a mad man, and his people suffer for it. We feel sorry for them because he is a madman, and they are innocent people, like most folks. China's human right policies are abismal (though we have a higher per capita prison rate than they do- ph33r.) Of course I am annual horrified as we grant them "mpst favored nation" status year after year, condoning the very behaviors we both find so abohrant, so we have our part to play there as well.

The point is, North Koreans don't love starving to death- their leader is a mad man. The Chninese don't want their human rights taken away- they are oppressed. And though "many Arab nations" may partake in cruel rituals in the name of justice, we hold onto the death penalty, sometimes blindly, and many Americans would call for a return to "old testament justice" that would very much resemble that which we condem in others.

Soemtimes leaders go mad. I hope that people will understand that just because I am American does not mean I condone the outrageous things Bush has done (or that Secret Service agents did at Abu Graves) and in the same light, I strive to remember that a nation's leaders often are not representative of thier people.
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papavic From: papavic Date: September 15th, 2004 12:19 pm (UTC) (Link)

Spin it, Sistah

I dunno what you have against clueless bullies: you're going to (re)marry one who beats up you AND your son.
You're the last person to talk about "deaf ears" as our fallout was over your vehement rejection of my genuine concern for your safety and that of your child.
gillian16 From: gillian16 Date: September 15th, 2004 12:38 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Spin it, Sistah

I will not debate you, most especially in someone's journal who is neither your friend or mine, yet. Go away.
papavic From: papavic Date: September 15th, 2004 12:42 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Spin it, Sistah

It's not a debate; it's information that might help explain that it's not friends I'm losing off my "friend's list".
aspiring2live From: aspiring2live Date: September 15th, 2004 01:28 pm (UTC) (Link)

Goodbye Drama Queen!

Well, I'm certainly not surprised to see you here, in MY space. And yes, this is mine as I pay for it, and I have the right to decide who comes, who goes, and who will or will not be considered friends here.

I know from your actions, which we know speak louder than words, that you are a troll, sir. I have only a few friends here, but none of them have become my friends by coming into my journal to carry on a conflict with someone else. If you had noticed, I didn't respond to gillian16, nor did I add her to my friends list, as she said, yet. I was willing, and have been actively trying since my first useless post to you to let this all die.

However, it is the nature of a troll to point fingers at everyone else's supposed drama while drumming up their own major drama. You are gifted at it, though I can't see how that would bring you any pride. It seems despicable to me. I have found nothing about you I can respect in the posts I've read; and yes, that includes my visits to your own journal to investigate you as you have obviously been doing here. Even your servitude to your father and your country has been repeatedly touted, by yourself, as a demonstration of your virtue for all to see. Thus, in bragging, you have tainted the qualities you claim as your best.

And now, though I doubt this will end any time soon, it will certainly end in my journal where you will no longer have the privilege of posting, abusively or otherwise. That's right, I am cutting you off with no possibility for continued trolling. No retorts, no responses afforded you whatsoever. We're not on your bridge and I'm not a billy goat.

I wish you the best I can under the circumstances. We've lived without each other's company for our entire lives, it is now my aim to continue that policy for the rest of mine. Please do the same.

Banned. No anonymous posters. Don't even bother to try.
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