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Many of you who know me, realize that I have entered one of the toughest depressions of my life. In October I ended a very unhealthy, poisonous relationship with my partner and began a new chapter of my life. One alone.

The holidays were tough to get through. But I made them. The loneliness was unbearable, but I live with it daily. And with the loneliness has come a new freedom and a new desire to find myself again. Don’t we ever get too old to find ourselves? It seems like every so many years, we all go through a self revitalization once again. I thought I knew who I was at this point in my life, but I am finding that I have no idea who I am, what I like, and where I am going. That is a scary feeling.

Image of PyewackittOne of my solutions to help with my depression and my fear of coming home to an empty house was to get a pet. In December, the SPCA ran a special to adopt any pet at 70% off the costs. I figured the fates were telling me that this was the time to do just that. I needed a friend who would give me unconditional love and be there for me when I got home. I lost all faith in humans after the most painful and gutter ugly break up of my life. I went with two friends to the SPCA and a cat chose me. A wonderful seal point Siamese named “Pyewackitt” after the witches familiar in “Bell, Book and Candle”. Its a great movie with Jimmy Stewert, Kim Novak, Jack Lemon and a host of other notable actors and actresses. If you have not seen it, I recommend it highly. If not just for the vision of Kim Novak and her beautiful face and wonderfully styled costumes. Anyway, Pyewackitt looks just like the cat familiar in the movies, so it was an easy name choice.

A pet brings a love and fullness to your life that is hard to come by with other people. They depend on you. They look forward to seeing you always. They entertain you. And they sense when you are feeling low or not so chipper. And Pye is no exception to that. Very often he lays on my chest and licks the tears off my eyes, or just presses his mouth up against mine and purrs. A native American friend of mine said that cats have the ability to suck the darkness from our souls. That is why they purr and put their faces in our face. They are the animal healer. And truth to be told, Pye has made me feel a whole lot better. I enjoy coming home to him now. I look forward to waking up a little more each day. And I love watching Pye grow and bond more and more to me. He was the best investment I have ever made in my health.

Simply Clean auto litter boxLastly for today’s post I wanted to review a automatic litter box that I bought for Pyewackitt. Its called Simply Clean and its a complete waste of time and money. The basis of the litter box is that the kitty does their business in this round box that is slowly turning. The waste gets taken up a conveyer belt and deposited in a receptacle ready for disposal. No fuss, no muss. Right? WRONG. First thing is first, automatic litter boxes are expensive! This thing cost almost $90 and it was the cheaper of my choices. Its made of solid plastic and is based on an interesting idea, but not worth $90. Actually its not even really worth $20. The thing is noisy. The thing is very smelly and seems to attract odors way more than a standard littler box. And the conveyer belt gets jammed sometimes which means you have to mess with it to get it to work again. I would caution anyone to avoid this thing. Save your money for a good clumping litter and just use the normal litter boxes that depend on manual cleaning.

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Netflix was one of those rare companies that provided a valuable service at a low cost to thousands of people. Streaming video coupled with DVD by mail in an instantaneous manner contributed to an instant success. Stock soared. Word of mouth spread. Subscribers signed on to the Netflix service. Even as the world economy plummeted to all time lows all around, Netflix was still raking in profits and looking like a guaranteed succes in the manner of Apple.

Then Netflix’s CEO made a huge error. An error in judgement based on his own pride and greed. He increased the subscription fees and reduced the services rendered. Huge mistake!

The old adage “Don’t fix something that ain’t broke” applys to this Netflix folly. In an economy that prides itself on instability, frugality and the demise of the modern day company, Netflix had committed a huge blunder. But what made it worse is that later, after they started feeling their boat lighten as thousands of subscribers jumped ship to find better options, the power hungry Netflix CEO sent out a mass email stating that he felt the change was “good” for the company and was the “right direction” for Netflix. Wow. Sad. And he got to be CEO how?

Not only did Netflix make a huge mistake initially by increasing their customers costs and reducing their services but then they waited a really long time to send out a silly “half apology” that let everyone know that they were going to stick to their guns and that the customer was not always right. In fact, Netflix said “the customer is blatently WRONG”. Netflix disrespected their customer base.

Now Netflix is paying a deep price and is officially in serious trouble. Their stock has plummeted to ridiculous lows as their customers are continuing to jump ship. While the previous jumpers have already found ulterior methods of getting video services either streaming or by mail. Unfortunately for Netflix, even if they chose to redact their previous statements and positions, the damage has been done and the competition has stolen their customer base. Their job would be much harder to win back their evacuated loyalists.

And we wonder why corporate America is failing? With CEO’s like Netflix’s own, who needs enemies?

 

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You would think that in a failing economy, public eateries would be getting smarter, improving customer service and providing quality pricing. But after a recent visit to Jack’s Urban Eats on Fairoaks Blvd, in Sacramento, CA, I have learned otherwise.

At first glance, Jack’s appears to be owned and run by some arrogant Sacramento gay socialite trying desperately to climb to the top of a lavender ladder in Sacramento gay society. A sad and pathetic attempt at the best. You can put as much shiny silver and rich woods throughout your dining hall and still be missing something much more important: value.

It appears that the cashiers and wait staff at Jack’s understand English, but it quickly becomes apparent that their native tongue is more than they can handle without repeating your order four times and accompanying your order with visual aids and other much needed amplifications. Most likely, they are still going to get your order wrong, and you will always end up paying $16 for fries!

Seriously flawed, bad customer service, coupled with outrageous prices can only make the experience compound the feeling that Jack’s will most likely be vacant and FOR RENT in the future. And we wonder why American businesses fail.

Check out the technologically challenged eatery website: http://jacksurbaneats.com/index2.php. No way to contact the manager exists, except perhaps to dust off your pencil, writing pad and scribble a letter, sending your final memo via  snail mail. Ummmm did Jack’s miss the entire last century?

If Jack’s Urban Eats is an example of the direction the modern diner is heading then there can only be one thing to say, “Houston, we have a problem!”

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The market is up. The market is down. The market is up and again…its down. The signs of a failing economy have been around us for a very long time now. Walk down your neighborhood street and count the number of houses for sale, in foreclosure and for rent. Its staggaring. Not to mention the pathetic numbers of unemployed in the great US of A. Scary things are happening. People continue with their normal day-to-day activities hoping that soon, very soon, the economy will turn around. But the economy is never going to turn around when we have some serious work to do and nobody seems to be paying much attention to the type of work needed. Here is a list of things that need to happen before our economy will rebound to anything close to what is has been in the last century:

  1. Over seas jobs MUST return to the US homeland. (see #2 below)
  2. Corporations bogged down by regulations and frivilous law suits must be set free from their ever restricting restrictions. At least a little. They must be enticed to keep their work force in the US without fear of severe penalties. There is a reason they went over seas for their cheap labor in the first place. We must eliminate that temptation.
  3. Banks must stop getting bailed out, and instead that money needs to be invested into education and the technology front. We have fallen way behind in our education and technology innovation as a whole nation. We are only as smart as our next generation and those are scary thoughts!
  4. We must begin to buy American wherever and whenever we can. And American corporations need to begin to find pride in workmanship so that we are not so scared to buy cheap American product!
  5. Rents must plummet! Landlords based with greedy intentions need to recognize that it is better to have a renter than an empty home. Tax loss limits must be re-reviewed so that they do not encourage greed in landowners.
  6. Banks need to speed up review of failing loans and re-calculate their ideal of debt to wealth ration when setting loan limits.
  7. Credit card companies must be monitored closely. We should not allow them to rape the average American with astronomical interest rates and debt creating penalties.
  8. Companies need to learn to share their wealth with their employees and distribute that wealth equally. This creates a drive for employees to do more and strive harder to achieve a company’s own success.
  9. We should not patronize auto-checkout stands at supermarkets. Why would an employer want to hire 5 clerks when 1 employee can monitor four auto-checkstands?
  10. Government leaders/politicians need to feel the strike of the economy just as bad as the average citizen. Wages need to be cut substantially for representatives nationwide. They have no clue how bad it really is if they can’t feel it while they are vacationing on their yacht paid with your taxes!

There are countless more that we need to all be watching for and we all need to contribute to the health of this country, prior to a revolution, when the base layers rise up and take it back by force. We are nearly there now.

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Fireworks exploding in the night sky.

The 4th of July celebration has come and gone. The smoke has dispersed into the air contributing to an already messed up air quality. Empty cartridges litter the street like summer snow. The soft smell of gunpower still lingers around our homes. Our pets have stopped their trembling through the night and finally relaxed, realizing that hunters have not descended onto their family.

After this 4th, do you even know what you were celebrating? Do you know why you were even willing to set fire to the neighbors roof with your out of control spinning wheel of fire? Do you know what your purpose was in this whole day of celebration?

Was this 4th just another excuse to get drunk, rabble rouse and cause commotion? Was it really worth the life of a man in Yuba City shot down by police because he was trying to get his neighbors to quiet down their use of illegal fireworks? Was it worth the countless fingers, toes, eyes and other body parts lost on this day?

Do you really know what you were celebrating? The coming of summer? Eating watermelon and swimming in a cold pool on hot summer nights? The capture and killing of a terrorist leader? The winning or losing or a war in a far off country? The coming of a new political party crying for the unjust to be overtaken? The rise of the Christian right and the proliferation of ignorance? Another oil spill in a river, destroying countless animals and native plants and tilting a fragile natural balance in the favor of the destruction of the entire planet? Or the vapid squalor and waste of American resources?

The 4th of July doesn’t really mean anything anymore. Its just another excuse to be out of control in the streets. There is no mention of the Revolutionary war (the original terrorist movement by the way). There is a rare father or mother explaining to their children why they are setting fires into the sky. There is rarely even talk of independence from anything at all. If anything, this is a frivilous example of American dependence on a decaying capatlist structure. When will the rats jump from the ship?

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Paul, Perry, Buchman and Palin as Nazis.
Each day a new potential candidate joins the presidential fray. Its starting to get ugly out there. But perhaps the scariest, ugliest, yet most media prominant party-goers seem to be the Tea Party (aka Tea Baggers). Is this newish semi-party, mutant knock-off from the Republicans, the new Nazi party of America?

Their common denominator is hate. They all preach hatred of others. And they do it well. They preach hate with a flaming Bible behind them and rows of corn fed militants in their armada. They stammer that THEY are the true voice of America. They shout that THEY have the true sense of what Americans want in the White House.

If the Tea Baggers had it their way, they would incorporate extermination camps into our economic structure. All gay people, all non-English speaking people, all non-whites, all non-Christians, all single people living out of wedlock, all radicals, all artists, all liberals, and any other opponents would get sent in packed trains to “holiday encampments” including gas powered showers. The Tea Baggers would love to get rid of anyone that opposes them. All those people would just go missing and the Tea Baggers would be happy.

Perhaps the scariest of the Tea Baggers is the new Palin-esque Bachmann. Her ignorance and vile hatred of others, masked behind religious motives is held up by a ‘hair-don’t’ that is creating its own hole in the ozone layer by sheer weight of aerosol spray! Bachmann should make sure to stand far away from the flaming crosses that her followers are carrying on their shoulders and pounding into the lawns of the opposition. One spark and her head may erupt into nuclear explosion like the comic book hero “Ghost Rider”.  I never thought that there could be a worse ‘woman hating woman’ than Palin, that is UNTIL I heard the squalor of falsity spewing from the Mount Etna mouth of Bachmann. Girl needs to read a WHOLE lot more!

Do not be deceived. This Tea Bag movement is nothing more than a proliferation of hate. The similarities between the young Nazi party in a failing Germany and the Tea Party of the U.S. in an economic down turn should not be ignored. This voluminous river of flowing red is a product of a failing economy, that is all. It is only a red ‘drop shadow’ of deep economic problems. But like the Nazi tide prior to WWII, we should not turn our backs on this enemy, for fear that one day a cattle car will be carrying those we love away en masse.

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Image of a film stripThis morning I woke up, coffee in hand, let the dogs out, felt the morning sun. Then I plopped down on the couch and turned on the tv while the dogs rolled around in the freshly cut grass out in the backyard. The film “Eat, Pray, Love” with Julia Roberts was on. I started watching. And I started thinking.

“We are all in our own films. We are making our own films, but we don’t even know it. We have the starring roles. How are we portraying ourselves? Or are we just choosing to watch our own movies unfold and not even participating at all?”

I hate to think that I am watching my life unfold. But more of the time than not, I doubt that I am an active participant. More an onlooker.

We all need to take the time and get out of our American trained mindset of being told what to do, what to buy, where to go, when to be happy, what to be when we grow up, and all of the other factors in life. We need to learn to live and make our own films.

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