Wednesday, August 3, 2016

                                                Adage For Today                           
                 The more bizarre a person's words or deeds the less likely it is they're putting you on

                        English:  The Universal Language
"Schadenfreude".  A word I always have to look up in the dictionary every time I want to use it.
It's a German word that means "taking pleasure in witnessing Karma at work".

The English language is the most plagiaristic one in the history of mankind.  About 90% of the English words are modified versions of words originated by other tongues (mostly European, Mediterranean, and Middle Eastern).

And yet it still has to share certain words (and terms) with other languages.  Like (for example) "carte blanche", a French word meaning "unlimited choice, entitlement and liberty"

...and there are plenty more examples in our illustrious English language where those come from.

                                               Come November

Here's to Hillary Clinton winning in November.
Don't get me wrong now:  I think she's just as much a demagog and "three dollar bill" as Donald Trump.

But the United States is long overdue for its own "female leader".  This "embodiment of how governments should be run" has been sorely lagging behind not only Great Britain (Margaret Thatcher) but also a few of the "lesser" countries as well:  Israel (Golda Meir), The Philippines (Corazon Aquino).   And let's not forget Germany (Angela Merkel).

Regardless of who gets into office next it's not going to affect the course of things to come as those who are REALLY in charge have already mapped out their agenda.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

                 Please!  ...No More "Changes"
I've said it before and I'll say it again:   They shouldn't make any changes anywhere, any time, unless it's to improve or enhance, or to replace whatever's worn out.

It makes no sense to suddenly change policy or procedure when everything is functioning just fine, especially when the "new system" makes the processes more encumbering and complicated.

And, also, when the changes involve some sort of sacrifices.  When they involve losing certain amenities and essentials.
                More Apartment Dwelling Blues

One downside of living in a "subsidized housing" unit are these frequent inspections the management keeps imposing on their tenants.
It wouldn't be so bad if not for their insisting on the units being freshly cleaned and spotless ("all trash removed").
It's a hassle having to do all these "cosmetic makeovers" if I was putting my unit up for sale, or trying to make it somehow resemble the lobby of the Waldorf Astoria.

I lived in a "regular" apartment building some years back (you know: where you pay full rent plus utilities).
The landlord was an incompetent boob who never fixed anything unless it was an emergency situation, but at least he never "pulled rank" on his tenants.
One night I was pissed off at the noisy tenants above me and banged on the door leading to the basement so hard it practically brought the whole building down.  The tenants living in the unit aside from me (on the same level) complained about it and a couple days later I simply explained to the landlord what actually happened and that I overreacted, and he just shrugged, like "Oh. Okay."

He didn't play any "authority card" or anything like that.  It wasn't any "Well they said you were trying to break their door down, and they were frightened and felt threatened!"  Nothing like that.
Now, if it were the police, well then, that's how it might have gone down.  The police are always notorious for engaging in such retarded nonsense.
But, then again, the police are always looking for a reason to "add more criminals to" their respective society, because the truth is---there just aren't enough armed robbers and serial rapists roaming around to justify their unending omnipresence.   And domineering types are egocentrics who can't stand to be embarrassed or shown up.  So they have to create a "cosmetic dressing up" out of the social climate at hand to make their presence appear meritable.

                       Workplace Ritual   

                                                        You spent hours:
                                                Getting files in order
                                                Finishing other people's assignments
                                                Cleaning up the office
                                                Getting other things in order

After four straight hours of this you finally head to the break room to get a well-deserved coffee break.

It's when you're sitting there, all slouched down in your chair with coffee cup in hand, that the boss walks on by, stares right at you face-to-face, and exclaims facetiously "My, aren't WE really busy today!".

Friday, July 29, 2016

                                    Questions of the day

Have you ever noticed that any time you "have problems" it isn't necessarily because of the level of difficulty of said problem or because of the enormousness of it, but more on account of (for example) codependency or interdependency on individuals, businesses, or agencies who don't follow through on promises or procedures?

Or failure on the part of appliances and devices to function properly when needed?

Or anyone/anything else who or which fails to meet your expectations?

Or when you put forth an effort at accomplishing or attaining something and the results don't match your intentions?