Thursday, May 31, 2012

Must be a slow news day

Okay, we all know Yahoo! is not immune to providing old news or articles that are completely irrelevant, that you wonder why on earth you just read it, let alone why was it posted.

Well, the Brockton Enterprise is slow on the uptake. They posted an article today about an incident that happened in December.

The article states that a six year old Middlboro boy wrote a note to his school that would excuse him from going to the local after school program with the YMCA. Instead, he would be going home. It was in the typical child form - misspelled words, scribbles, magic marker and finger paint paper. Apparently, it was so elaborately done, that the secretary in the elementary school not only believed the child, but called an old phone number to reach the parent. She also wrote on the note it had been accepted.

Now, the mother is taking action. She wrote on her Facebook how bad the school system is, for allowing this to happen. She has no plans to file a lawsuit, but wants the process of releasing the children resolved. She had no idea her son was not at the Y until they called her looking for him. Because the school didn't update their files, the number that was called, was invalid. Therefore, the mother was furious her child was missing. Come to find out, he was at a neighbor's house and enjoying a snack.

Hello! Why do you post on Facebook about something serious as this? Yes, the more people who can share it, the better, but you don't slam a school system on a social network. Write a letter to the paper. Talk to local news stations. Work with the school to rectify their mistake. Don't go online and just end it with Facebook... of all places! That's why things like this happen. You leave it on a system where you're more likely to get laughed at then helped. I mean, from my point of view, it's more comical that you reach out and want to pick a fight via a social network, than go to local places to get people involved. It may change people's ideas on how their schools act, but who really will use your message and start a revolution? Best to go small and local, than start national, in some cases.

Shakes head at current state of affairs....

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Just a quickie

Now that Strokin Dick Clark isn't coming down for breakfast (yea, I'm slow on the uptake for blogging it), one of the websites I belong to, has posted a limited edition memorial bling. It's entitled "RIP DICK" and looks like this:

Here, I thought the people I hung around with were a bit pervy. When this bling came out, every member on the site loved it. The only down side is it says "RIP Dick" under the picture. So whoever owns this bling on their profile, gets a piece of ripping mister Clark in half. So much for Stroking Dick! 


Friday, May 11, 2012

Woot! Only took 15 years!

Watch, now that I say this, things will change and come Christmas, I'll get crap again.

As mentioned previously, I have gotten the odd gifts from family members. Whether that be a watch that's too fruity for me (and one I can't tell time on), or just a note card saying "Happy Birthday!", I finally get something I can use: a check!

Since my birthday is in 2 days, I've been getting the "what do you want for your birthday" questions. I reply I want nothing, but sometimes, someone's mail slips in with an unwanted item. This current round of gifts surprised me. The part of the family famous for re-gifting, actually sent money. Now, I have two choices: bank it, or use it to buy the last book in the Crepsley saga. Odds are, I'll cash it and book it. I did have to laugh, though. The card says "Congratulations!" on the front, and the inside reads "So happy for you!". Handwritten side note = "On your birthday - almost 30 - 1 more year." Uhm... yea. I need to be congratulated because I survived 28 years (29 come Sunday) with this family, and come next year, I can say I survived 30 with them!

Who knows. Could be a positively negative way on wishing me a happy birthday, or just a friendly way to say hello. Either situation could work, but I'm just glad I finally get something I can use.


Monday, May 7, 2012

Where were you last night?

Nicked a Traveling Wilburys line, but it still is the same theme. Sue me. LOL.

Lately, when I've been getting out of work, between 10:30 and 11 o clock at night, I've been finding myself watching foreign music videos on Youtube. Songs get stuck in my head during my meek hours at the store and I end up finding the video online. Suggested videos come next, including translated ones. 

For exampleMort Shuman, La dernier dance pour moi has become a rotated favourite of mine. I love the version on the American Queer As Folk, but I also love the song, in general. 

Did you know that Mort was one of the writers of this song? I didn't until I researched it further. Sure, the Drifters and Ben E King sang and ran with it, but who knew what the original thought process or writer was? Doc Pomus had the idea to say this to his wife, because he was in a wheelchair at their wedding (due to polio), so he wanted to make sure she saved the last dance for him... that she can dance with whom ever she pleases, but he wants the last one. Pretty sweet of him, no? 

Another big song I've been singing lately (rather humming along, since I don't speak the language yet) has been  Vasco Rossi Eh...giĆ . Roughly translated, it means "Already". Interesting concept, once it's translated. Il Blasco just states that he's still hanging out and he's up for a challange - "in quattro parole
io sono ancora qua"..  or, "in four words I'm still here". 

Just the beat alone is pretty nifty - Juanes, Regalito. The concept is he "has a gift" he wants to share with his girlfriend, but is unsure she'll accept it. He knows she'll love it, too. It ends up being him, as a whole, as a person. 

Shows what happens when I stay up all night. I listen to weird rock songs... but I say give it a try. Listen to music during the day and see what you like.