The Leftovers

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No, i’m not talking about the upcoming HBO Series but i am talking about the people that are now being shunned by society.

As i watch the news today, Donald Sterling is getting grilled hard like he’s Paula Deen.
I’m not saying it’s so much undeserving but something that bothers me is that it really was a private conversation that was [still yet to be determined] somehow leaked out to the public.

Now when this happened, i was like “Oh hell yeah, this douche is gonna get lambasted for being a fucktard. Ha ha. Forty eight hours later he is stripped of all of his NBA whatever-he-had, has to sell his NBA team [for one hella profit, good punishment there NBA] and [this was funny] a two and a half million dollar fine.
[personally i would sell the team, give up my NBA clout and then tell the NBA to kiss my spotty white ass, come get that 2.5 mil]

The concern still goes back to the conversation. I have a friend who is racial biased, feels very similar to Sterling and his views are not gonna change much any time soon unless the Clippers themselves pull him out of burning wreckage while the Mexican Army came in as protection.

So i was thinking, “what if i had a similar phone call with him as Sterling did?” [Actually we have had a couple of phone calls of a similar nature] and for some perverse reason that call got out into the general public and he lost his job because of it?

Now he doesn’t have that old rich wrinkly white guy money like Sterling does [or many of the others in the news lately]…. he is a quarter century long hard working blue collar worker.
He’s rarely missed work, almost took all overtime or covered for others that would miss a shift and I’d bet any of his former employers would give him a near flawless, shiny review.

He just couldn’t live off of his petro-dollars. He would have to work. Work would be harder for him to get as being outed as a racist…..or bigot…. or whatever the label De-jour would be. Is that fair for him to be denied work because of how he feels about people of a different skin color or gender or age?

I’m concerned that this could trickle down to the common man. What do we do with the people who for some reason are outed for their thoughts and what they believe to be right or correct.
If they are fined, denied work or punished for their thoughts and are not allowed to gain employment, [and their is a LOT of people who think this way] what is to be done with them?

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Around [my] world in Ten Minutes

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Sigh….. well, it seems very similar task as the 12 photos one but im behind on blogs and tasks so…..

1: Lowell Massachusetts, 1990.
Here i am in my condo in Lowell almost 25 years ago:
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2: Daytona Beach Florida, 1992.
“The Gang” Me, B.J., Doomsie, Rob and Vogel:
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3: Montreal Canada, 1994 i think?
Me at the Subway in Montreal:
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4: New Hampshire, Near Concord, 1996.
We were driving up to see Dad in Louden:
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5: Drew St. Clearwater FL, 2002.
One of many rain storms we had over the years:
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6: Bradenton Beach FL, 2005.
Divemastering for a group of students:
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7: Panama City, Panama, 2006.
Cityscape:
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8: Playa Grande, Manzanillo, Costa Rica, 2007.
Loving my Truck with the Red Elvis bumper Sticker on it:
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9: Bellagio, Las Vegas Nevada, 2010 i think?
One of the eBay conventions looking out of the hotel room window:
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10: Renaissance Festival, Tampa Florida, 2011.
Me enjoying my Turkey Leg:
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Didn’t make work count, but i thought it was a silly repeat assignment.

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It’s friggin steak, people!

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Alright….
Normally i usually just point and laugh with everyone else when Tea-Nutters get all wriled up and such but in this case they seem to be doing the right thing…… seems this rancher in Nevada has some cattle and GOD FORBID some of his cattle is hungry and eating some grass and weeds on unused, government land!
{Granted, some odd-ball turtles live around there but i doubt they are gonna be hurtin if some cows eat some weeds}
SO, instead of just letting this guy let our future dinners do some free lawn maintenance on this deserted space, the government had to roll in hard like Al-Quada is setting up the next catastrophe there.
{granted he owes something like a million in back taxes but where is the brain-juice in taking the ONLY thing this senior citizen [yes, he’s old] has to make money to pay off his back taxes}

So now all the poser militia’s, fake patriots and just any toothless putz with a 3-round burst are showing up to help defend this guys cattle and i have to say, finally, good for them! They are actually doing something that doesn’t make them look like cretins.

Now i know that a lot of my lib friends are gonna take issue with me on siding with this guy and the wacky extremists showing up but…. seriously? Cattle? Just trying to eat some grass? In the middle of fucking NOWHERE Nevada? Come on…. you are trying to tell me all other problems have been solved? This elderly guy is now at the top of the charts of criminal masterminds?

Even Nevada’s governor says this is bullshit.
Glad ALL crime in Vegas has been cleaned up.

P.F. Changs

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So this task is to do a Food Review.

I am reviewing P.F. Changs at the Countryside Mall in Clearwater.
I have eaten here a couple of times before but during the lunch crowd.
This time is was at dinner and it was quite a bit different.

Back hen we hit it at Lunch we were able to walk right in and there was not many people. The Food was good, price was reasonable and the wait staff was quite attentive.

When we had planned to go there for dinner the first thing was my uncle made a reservation. I thought this was odd, but i played along.

When we got there at 6:30 it was packed. about a dozen people were waiting with pagers to get seated. Some people declined taking a pager due to the 30 minute wait.

I had told the hostess that we had a 6:30 reservation and she said it would be just a few minutes as they had to clean out table.

About 10 minutes elapsed and a couple of pagers got seated and i asked a second hostess if i should grab a pager because it seems that if you have a pager you get seated faster than with a reservation.
We were seated right then and there.

My uncle arrived and our waiter brought us drinks and took out orders.
My uncle had said he had difficulty [something about customing orders, etc] at P.F. Changs before not getting what he wanted that he ordered, one being the Wonton Soup. The waiter overheard this and when he went to the bathroom the waiter and i collaborated on a prank saying there was issues getting the soup.

The main course took over an hour even after almost half the restaurant cleared out. Had we were not having such a good time we would have noticed that is was a hour for food.

The food was fantastic of course and we were comped a free desert for the food being late. Our waiter was a bit over chatty. I wasn’t sure if he was just stalling for time or if he was just new.

Overall i like P.F. Changs, Clean restaurant, tables, etc, they need to not try to cram as many people in it as possible during dinner, a bit pricy and maybe a bit faster on the food but for the most part it’s good. [oh, bigger egg rolls with some mustard-free sweet/sour sauce]

I give it a B+

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