Cleveland Indians

I was so happy to see that Major League Baseball has finally grown a spine and told the Cleveland Indians that they need to get rid of their racist mascot, Chief Wahoo.  There was an art exhibition in 2000 at the Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies that I remembered seeing covered in the newspaper and I found it at the University of Minnesota Media Archive here: Oscar Arredondo: Welcome to Cleveland, Home of the… which casts many different groups in the same light as Chief Wahoo.  Well worth a look.

He had it all…

I talked to a homeless man this morning and asked him how he ended up this way.

He said, “Up until last week, I still had it all.  I had plenty to eat, my clothes were washed and pressed, I had a roof over my head, I had HDTV and Internet, and I went to the gym, the pool, and the library.”

“I was working on my MBA on-line.  I had no bills and no debt.  I even had Full medical coverage.”

I felt sorry for him, so I asked, “What happened?  Drugs?  Alcohol?  Divorce?”

“Oh no, nothing like that,” he said. “No, no… I was paroled.”

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Ten things you (probably) do that your co-workers hate

  1. Being the drama queen
    Do you tend to get too upset or even angry over trivial things?  No one likes to have a drama queen or king around.  If you make a big deal of all sorts of things and your mood shifts drastically from day to day, be sure your co-workers hate this about you.
  2. Over-sharing on personal matters
    Do you get in too much detail when talking about your love life, aging parents, teenage son or daughter’s disturbing behavior?  That’s over-sharing.  When it comes to discussing things concerning someone’s personal life, there are boundaries we shouldn’t cross.  No need to bore your co-workers.  It is alright to share things of your concern, personal or professional, but do it gently.  Don’t share too much personal details than people can take.
  3. Brag about your achievements
    Braggarts are bores; don’t be a bore.
  4. Bring smelly food for lunch
    And that goes for burning your popcorn in the microwave too, not just the thing that you love that smells like broccoli farts when you reheat it at work.
  5. Body odor issues
    No one likes to smell the bacteria decomposing on your body, wear deodorant/anti-perspirant and take a shower once in a while for God’s sake.  Old farts don’t say, “Cleanliness is next to Godliness for nothing,” you know.
  6. Never attend gatherings, nor participate in team buildings
    Being a team player is very important part of the game.  If you are the one who never goes to co-worker gatherings, nor engages in any team building activities, well, the odds are you may have already become the lone wolf in the pack.
  7. The over competitive type of person
    So you pretend to be a jack-of-all trades in front of the management staff?  It is not a bad thing to have a competitive mindset as long as you restrain from applying mean practices like backstabbing or telling on your co-workers to upper management.  Tattling rarely guarantees promotion but you will lose your credibility for sure.
  8. Whistling and talking loudly
    You whistle while working or talk loudly over the phone.  Although it sounds harmless to you, your co-workers don’t feel the same way.  In fact whistling and loud talks can be really annoying, mainly because they are absolute concentration-breakers.  If your lips are constantly humming tunes, pop melodies or theme songs, be sure that more than few people around you get distracted and irritated.
  9. Never pull your weight
    No one likes to have someone in the team who would hardly take a fair share of the work amount.  If you don’t do you part, someone else has to do extra work because of you and he won’t be pleased.  That is the opposite of teamwork.  Don’t be selfish. Showing some fellow-feeling by offering extra help won’t hurt at all.
  10. Constant complaining
    It is human nature to complain about things.  However, if you complain about all kinds of things — the job, the co-workers, the salary, the management, the company — that will be going too far.  Those who complain about anything and everything at the office, put everyone’s patience to the test.  It never ends well.
OMG What?


Teach your children what we have taught our children — that the earth is our mother.  Whatever befalls the earth befalls the sons of the earth.  If men spit upon the ground, they spit upon themselves.

Chief Seattle


Missed my regular 74 bus this morning by about 30 seconds and had to wait for the next one twelve minutes later.  I think I will work harder to get to the 7:13 bus, as the later one was packed.  I have a meeting on University Avenue in the early evening, so I’m going to take the Green Line for the first time and check that out, should be interesting.

Riding the Bus

Monday’s ride to and from work was uneventful.

Tuesday during the day I had to attend a retirement party for a guy that I worked with at MDE, so I drove to work.  I’m keeping a paper diary of my commutes which will summarize every month.

Are you “Going green”

Checking out at the store, the young cashier suggested to the much older woman, that she should bring her own grocery bags because plastic bags weren’t good for the environment.  The woman apologized and explained, “We didn’t have this ‘green thing’ back in my earlier days.”   The young clerk responded, “That’s our problem today.  Your generation did not care enough to save our environment for future generations.”  She was right — our generation didn’t have the ‘green thing’ in our day.

Back then, we returned milk bottles, soda bottles, and beer bottles to the store.  The store sent them back to the plant to be washed, sterilized, and refilled, so it could use the same bottles over and over.  So they really were recycled.  But we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

Grocery stores bagged our groceries in brown paper bags, that we reused for numerous things, most memorable, besides household garbage bags, was the use of brown paper bags as book covers for our schoolbooks.  This was to ensure that public property (the books provided for our use by the school) was not defaced by our scribblings.  Then we were able to personalize our books on the brown bag but we didn’t do the “green thing” back then.

We walked up stairs because we didn’t have an escalator in every store and office building.  We walked to the grocery store and didn’t climb into a 300-horsepower machine every time we had to go two blocks.  But she was right.  We didn’t have the “green thing” in our day.  Back then, we washed the baby’s diapers because we didn’t have the throwaway kind.  We dried clothes on a line — not in an energy-gobbling machine burning up 220 volts — wind and solar power really did dry our clothes back in our early days.  Kids got hand-me-down clothes from their brothers or sisters, not always brand-new clothing.

But that young lady is right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back in our day.

Back then we had one TV, or radio, in the house — not a TV in every room.  And the TV had a small screen the size of a handkerchief (remember them?), not a screen the size of the state of Montana.

In the kitchen, we blended and stirred by hand because we didn’t have electric machines to do everything for us.  When we packaged a fragile item to send in the mail, we used wadded up old newspapers to cushion it, not styrofoam or plastic bubble wrap.

Back then we didn’t fire up an engine and burn gasoline just to cut the lawn.  We used a push mower that ran on human power.  We exercised by working so we didn’t need to go to a health club to run on treadmills that operate on electricity.  But she’s right; we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

We drank from a fountain when we were thirsty instead of using a cup or a plastic bottle every time we had a drink of water.  We refilled writing pens with ink instead of buying a new pen, and we replaced the razor blades in a razor instead of throwing away the whole razor just because the blade got dull.  But we didn’t have the “green thing” back then.

Back then people took the streetcar or a bus and kids rode their bikes to school or walked instead of turning their moms into a 24-hour taxi service in the family’s $45,000 SUV or van, which cost what a whole house did before the “green thing.” We had one electrical outlet in a room, not an entire bank of sockets to power a dozen appliances.  And we didn’t need a computerized gadget to receive a signal beamed from satellites 23,000 miles out in space in order to find the nearest burger joint.

But isn’t it sad the current generation laments how wasteful we old folks were just because we didn’t have the “green thing” back then?

Please forward this on to another selfish old person who needs a lesson in conservation from a smartass young person…

We don’t like being old in the first place, so it doesn’t take much to piss us off. . .  especially from a tattooed, multiple pierced smartass who can’t make change without the cash register telling them how much.  Stupid little shit.

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