jane_and.the_dragon

 
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WHAT IS GOING ON ?

2021-01-13       
     What is going on with the mail service in this country today?   In the past month I have had 2 bill payments not show up at the companies to which I issued them.  My neighbor was told by her mail man that he put her package in a locked parcel box and put the key in her locked mail box, but when she opened it no package.   What irritates me is the one bill payment that went missing was to a company that has not received my payments in the past after I sent them.   Ironic thing is after I reissued the payment the original one showed up and was credited to my account too.   I do not know what is going on with the mail service in this country, but I wish they would sort it out.  Before any of you suggest electronic pay may I point out when you put all that info on line it makes it easier for crooks to get hold of your info.   I spent my whole life building good credit and I really do not want it messed up at this time in my life.  I think the postal service should get things sorted out so it runs correctly.   While I am at it i REALLLLLLLLLLY HATE this thing of throwing packages on you porch and not even knocking on the door before they run back to their trucks.  I get it if they do not want face to face contact with the houses they are delivering too, but they should at least knock so people know to look for packages thrown on their porches.  
     I think it would be really cool if someone would invent a box to put the parcels in that would ring a bell inside the house to let the owner know a delivery had been made.  It would also be cool if it was unlocked till the delivery person put the package inside and pushed a button on it to lock it so it could only be opened by the owner.  BTW if any of you think this is a good idea and want to make it, go for it just remember I want a free one for giving you the idea lol.

Dear Mr President

2021-01-09       

Dear Mr President,

     Do you not think it may be time for you to stop all these temper tantrums and inciting violence to try to keep you in charge of a country who no longer wants you to run it.  My brother and sister were BOTH supporters of you all along.  I did not dare say anything against you or your policies to my brother, but the way you have been presenting your self since the election is not that of  a strong businessman  You are acting more as one would expect a small child to act if someone took away their favorite toy.   All the yelling, texting, posting, and inciting others to do your dirty work for you does  not show a strong figure to whom I would want to put my loyalties behind.
     All you had to do was be professional as so many of your predecessors have done in the past, finish out your term and hand the keys to the white house to the next man in line.  In instead of presenting yourself as a good strong man who always had the best interest of this country in his heart,  you are stirring up those who think you were a good man and causing riots in an attempt to strong arm yourself into another term.  Sir that is not how this country works.  We would not still be here as a strong united country if those that came before you had all acted like you are.
     I understand with all your wealth you are used to getting what you want, the bad thing for you is this country was not built by the rich and powerful people.  It was built by the common man who put his heart and sole into keeping it strong.  It is "A GOVERNMENT OF THE PEOPLE BY THE PEOPLE AND FOR THE PEOPLE".   No here in there does it say that it is a government that follows just one mans opinions to the end.   Why do you think presidents are only allowed 2 terms and not more?? It is because this country did not want a monarchy.   The way you have been acting recently it appears you are an all powerful king not a president.  The UNITED STATES OF AMERICA will not stand for this behavior.
     On a sidebar note you have children that some news people suggested may want to run for office in the future.   Can you not see your actions at this time may hurt their chances of winning later?   It is said the apple does not fall far from the tree.  Do you not think that maybe people would flash back to your self centered, spoiled child behavior, and wonder if your children got into office, if they would react the same when it was their time to go?  
     You should think of all the things I have said in this blog before making another move designed to disrupt the democratic process.

PRINCIPLE VERSES MONEY

2020-12-30       
     I want to pose a few questions to you all.  Why is it so hard for some people to understand why someone would choose not to pay a small price for something, but rather take another way that would take longer and more work to get the same result, if the money charge goes against ones principles?   Such as if you had been getting something for free and then suddenly you are told you must do X amount of work or pay a small cash amount.  I would rather do the work to get what I want instead of paying the small amount in cash. I feel this way not because I could not afford the small amount, but rather because I think it is wrong to charge a price for something you had been getting for free for years, and some people still do get for free.
   Next question: Is it wrong to be annoyed with a friend when you lend them some money for a really good reason, and frankly do not care if you ever get it back, but they stop answering your calls to check on them , and do not call you back? Example: I have a couple friends that mean a lot to me. They are mother and daughter, but the daughter has always felt like my little sister. Over a year ago, we found out the mother had dementia and the daughter needed help to get her mom in a care place.  I very willingly loaned her the money and told her it was no hurry to pay it back. Frankly I do not even care if she never pays it back. I have received many blessings this year, but what does other me is when I call my friend to check on her mother she never answers the phone or returns the call.  She forgot to tell me where her mom was so I can not call her mom to see how she is doing.  Around my birthday this year I got 3 very beautiful birthday cards from my friend. What she wrote in the one was so sweet it made me cry.  There was no return address on any of the cards, and I tried to call her and thank her it went straight to voice.   Am I wrong to think she should give me a call and let me know how she and her mom are doing?  None of this has been about money.  I just want to know how my friends are doing.  It sucks with all this pandemic crap going on to hear nothing from them and to have no idea if they are even still alive or not.
     I have a problem with people breaking promises to me.  I was looking for a new fanny pack a few months back and found one I was thinking of buying.  Another friend of mine told me to go ahead and get it and that she and her sister would send me the money to pay for it as a Christmas present, so I did.  Christmas came and went and they did not keep their promise to send me the money for the fanny pack.   I have not said anything to them about it , because it was never about money, but am I wrong to have my feelings hurt that they promised to do something and did not do it, especially when I do not break promises to them?
    I do not need the money and that has never been the issue. My issue is how do you trust someone again who did not keep their word?  I have no intention of saying anything to them about it, but it hurts when she shows you what she got everyone else for Christmas and did not even send you a card after promising to pay for the fanny pack as your present.  I have never worried about money I have gave or lent to people.  There is something in the Bible that says (and I hope I quote this correctly I am sure if I do not someone will correct me lol)  Give to anyone who asks, and what things they try to take away from you do not try to get them back.
     And final question: Is it wrong to have hurt feelings about something even though you know in your heart you should not, because the person or persons that have hurt your feelings are just being who they themselves are?  When I get my feelings hurt I try not to let the person that did it without meaning to do it know that I am hurt, but it is hard sometimes.  Anyone who thinks any of the people I spoke about in this may read it. No worries there as none of them read blogs :)

MERRY CHRISTMAS

2020-12-24       
     On this day before Christmas I am not resting well.   This is going to be a really lonely Christmas.   I know it needs to be this way for now, but I keep finding my mind drifting back to Christmas' past.   We were very poor when I was a child.  My parents raised 5 children on only $250 every 2 weeks, and that is without state assistance.   For Christmas we would each get 1 toy usually and the rest of any presents we got was clothes and things we needed.   We did get some things in our stockings.   It usually was not much a candy cane, an orange and or and apple depending on what we had money for, and a handful of chocolates and hardtack candy.
     My mom would make potato candy ( it was a potato boiled with the skin on then skinned after it was cooked.  It was mashed while still warm and confectioners sugar was mixed in with a tsp of vanilla.  She would keep adding sugar to the potato till it was stiff enough to roll out like you would dough to make a cinnamon roll. The hotter and bigger the potato is the more sugar it takes to make it roll out.  Then she would spread it with peanut butter, and roll it up like a cinnamon roll.  She would then slice it into pieces about a half an inch thick, and dip both ends of each piece into confectioners sugar before refrigerating it.) Anyone who has never had potato candy I can tell you it is really good.   It was something we only had at Christmas, and that made it special.
     My dad would usually wait till the Christmas tree till the day before Christmas to go get the tree. I remember this one year my dad went out late to get the tree, and when  he brought it home and untied the twine he had tied around it to hold the branches in place. He stood it up in the mount, and my mom walked around the tree to have a good look at it.   She said to my did, "Did you even look at this tree before you chopped it."  He said, Yea, looks good doesn't it?" Mom said not from where I am standing. Dad walked around the tree to discover all the branches had been cut off the back side of the tree. ( probably to make a wreath or a grave blanket.)  Dad did not miss a beat he said, " Ok we will put that side against the wall."  That problem was solved. 
     If I can not have a good family Christmas this year I will just remember the good ones from the past, and dream about a better one next year.  Till we can all get together with our families again try to keep the hope , Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to everyone.  Just remember one thing it is not about the gifts or even the family gatherings Jesus is the reason for the season.   It is his birthday (according to history) and it still will be even if we are all alone.

UNEXPECTED ALLY

2020-11-30       
     Have you ever noticed sometimes you will find an ally in an unexpected place?   Just tonight I was sent and email that showed two very different people who did not even like one another are allies against a common foe.   It was really harsh about the people they were against, and complementary to another group which they did not get along with.   Goes to show even if you do not like someone, they can become and unexpected ally, if a greater foe arises.
     It reminds me of a time about a decade ago. I had been staff in a pool league, and some of the members did not like me.   They even made an ugly scene in the lobby of the lg room.   They stooped so low as to call me out of my name.   I will not say what one of them called me, but it was bad enough a few of the members left the room.
     A short time later I got into a fight with the leagues enforcing admin, because she refused to take action against another staff member, and I had screen shots of what she did.   The fight between me and the admin was ugly and she kicked me out of the league.  About a week later I stopped by the room, and there were not many people there.  To my shock the very same person that had called me a really bad name a couple weeks before,spoke to the head admin.   He said, "Does it make since to kick a td who is working hard to keep tourneys running only to have others go off and play elsewhere when there is nothing going on?"   I was surprised and pmed him I said, " Wow thank you that was very nice of you to say."  To which he replied that I was a pain but he had seen me make a tourney out of dirt.   He was right about that.  The day he called me that name none of the people in the room were jumping my tourney, so I pmed a few people on my friends list and got them to come in and play.   The tourney ran, but because the other members were being so mean, those I got to come in left after the one tourney.   Point is I never  expected the very man that had verbally to ever say anything good about me and he did.   He told the owner of the league he had made a mistake in allowing me to be kicked.  UNEXPECTED ALLY !

WHAT IS THE COLOR OF THE TRUTH

2020-11-29       

     I was wondering just what color is the truth? I saw something posted on the front page of another site, and it started out with big red words.   The font would get one's attention that is for sure, but just because it got the attention, does the red color make the words there true?  There was a several paragraph declaration proclaiming their innocence  to something someone allegedly said to them.   When I read it a quote came to mind. " Methinks thou dost protest too much " - A Famous Quote by William Shakespeare.   It just seemed to me that this person was trying desperately to convince people they were telling the truth by screaming at them in red letters.  I would love to know the color of truth in other peoples minds. I always thought the expression was true blue not rue red lol.
    My thing is IF you are REALLY telling the truth those who know you best will know it, BUT IF YOU ARE NOT no amount of red ink or yelling will not turn a lie into the truth.  Something to think about when posting such things on a full page speech.
   I always thought red was the color of anger,but just because you are angry dies not mean that you are telling the truth.   It could mean you are angry because you got caught doing something you should not have been doing. lol

WONDER IF WE COULD MAKE IT A WONDERFUL LIFE

2020-11-19       
     One of my favorite movies this time of year is It's a Wonderful Life.   I got to thinking how God sent someone down to help when George was in trouble, because many people in town were praying for God to help him.   I wonder if we would all pray for God to help us with this covid19, if he would take pity on us and do away with the virus?    They say with God all things are possible, so he should be able to eliminate it if he so desired.  Maybe just maybe if we all asked him for help he would see fit to help us out of this mess, so we could have a Merry Christmas this year.   As it stands my family will be canceling the Christmas gathering this year, as are many more I am sure.   I really believe everything happens for a reason.  I am just having trouble seeing the reason for a year for people to die from a virus that no one knows how to stop. Maybe just maybe if we all got together and turned it over to the lord he would know how to fix it.

MORE ON THE ELECTORAL COLLEGE

2020-11-08       

     In point of fact there have been 5 presidents elected to office who DID NOT win the popular vote, but got enough electoral enough to win by use of the Electoral College: John Quincy Adams 1824, Rutherford Hayes 1876, Benjamin Harris 1888, George W. Bush 2000, and Donald Trump 2016 himself all were put into office by the electoral college despite everyone of them winning the popular vote.

     You may say 5 people being made president EVEN THOUGH MOST OF THE PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY DID NOT WANT THAT PERSON, is not a bad average, but do you not think EVEN ONE wrong person put in office , one that most of the people did not want in, is one too many.  That is why I think the EITHER the Electoral College should be done away with OR all the states should have the same amount of electoral votes.  I know you are going to say some states have more people than others.  I would like to point out in the senate each state only gets 2 representatives and it works well.  As it stands now the presidential caniates put most of their focuses on getting the states with the most electoral votes to vote for them.   The fact John Quincy Adams became president in 1824 even though he lost the popular vote shows the system was flawed for 196 years and it should have been fixed or done away with then.

     There are 2 states that may have a better solution to this problem then either I have offered. Maine and Nebraska have a different take on the elections for president.   Maine and Nebraska are the only states in the nation that split their Electoral College votes. Maine awards two of its four electoral votes to the statewide winner, but also allocates an electoral vote to the popular vote winner in each of its two congressional districts. Nebraska gives two of its five electoral votes to the statewide winner, with the remaining three going to the popular vote winner in each of its three congressional districts.< something like that nation-wide may fix the problem too


ELECTORAL COLLEGE

2020-11-04       

     With the 2020 presidential election winding down, I was just wondering, does anyone else think the electoral college is a really stupid way to run an election.   Seriously it makes no sense.  The only way it would make sense is if ALL states got exactly the same amount of electoral votes.  As recent elections have shown it is possible to win the election for president if you get more electoral votes, even if you did not get the most popular votes.  When your states votes go to the man with the most votes in your state it is basically saying your vote meant nothing if you did not vote for that person.   What ever happened to one man one vote concept?  When the electoral college puts people in office THAT WERE NOT the ones most of the people wanted in office, how is that democracy.  I was taught democracy was a government of the people by the people and for the people, but the electoral college over rides that, because it is not the will of the people that is putting the president into office. It is an archaic concept that may have worked long ago , but has become obsolete today and should be done away with now.  The popular vote should put the president in office,because it is the will of the people. 

WHY IS BEING HUMAN NO LONGER ALLOWED?

2020-10-21       
     Lately I am beginning to wonder why people think very one should be perfect?  It seems like lately if anyone misspeaks and says something wrong right away people are on top of it.  We all need to learn tolerance.   Sometimes people say things that may hurt another persons feelings, and that is sad.  Thing is THIS IS THE USA people are allowed to say how they feel, and if it does not break any laws EVERYONE can say what they want. 
     The bigger thing to do would be to forgive those that hurt us, especially if they apologize for what they do that hurt you.   It is wrong to not forgive someone who says something that they did not know would hurt your feelings before they said it.   Our forefathers fought for our rights to say what we want.   Now people are getting so thin skinned they take every little remark personally.   This country became great because of their differences.  
     Now at the risk of making people angry I really think I need to say I am so sick of this black lives matter thing.  SERIOUSLY! ALL LIVES MATTER !   I personally treat EVERYONE the same ,regardless of color or nationality. I think everyone has a right to live their life in any way they wish, right up till the point where it interferes with my personal rights.
There is a great line in the musical Oklahoma. It is: I AM NOT BETTER THEN ANYONE ELSE , BUT I WILL BE DANGED IF I AIN'T JUST AS GOOD.  People need to start seeing and treating each other just as you want to be treated yourself.  
   WHY CAN WE NOT ALL JUST LIVE AND LET LIVE?   So many people do not realize what they can learn from others if they gave the a chance instead of  judging  people by their color. When they should look to their hearts,
     I had a friend when I was in grade school.  She was the first black person I ever met, and she was sweet and kind.   Back then they would give out writing certificates if your writing improved over the year.  I got none because my writing had not improved enough. If it were now everyone would have gotten one even if they did not improve. My friend saw I was sad because I did not get a certificate.  She took off the  homemade necklace she was wearing, and gave it to me to try to make me feel better. I still have that necklace after 52 years.  Anyone looking at it that did not know the story about it would think it was junk, but to me it is a priceless memento from a good friend.
     On an unrelated subject. I wish people would learn to ignore people when they say mean things to you.  You ignore it they will stop in time, but if you respond you will be giving then the attention the crave.

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