Category Archives: Public transpo journal

Descriptors

How do you describe people?
I ask, because a few weeks ago, I was asked,

“Who is so and so?”

“He’s that black guy we met at…”

“Oh. Couldn’t you have described him by any other feature than his race?”

“ZOMG, here comes another lecture.” But….

STOP THE BUS! Could I have described him any other way? Of course the answer is a resounding “yes.” But I decided to take the path of least resistance and go with the obvious for the following reasons…

1. To refuse to acknowledge a persons race, is in a way a refusal to acknowledge them (my opinion). Being “Black, White, Latino, Asian whatever” is part of that person and unfortunately is an obvious “in your face adjective.” (that’s my high and mighty, morally superior reason)

2. My use of race to describe him was an easy way to start to winnow down the guest list as there were only four black people there, including myself and the other two were female.

Another reason closer to the truth…

3. I had no other available information to go on. You know like job, education, religion, orientation, yada yada ya.

and………………

The truth…

4. I see race before I see anything else. We all do! Is that such a “bad” thing? Now I do not believe that I’m talking about racial profiling or stereotyping. Perhaps I am. I think that I’m talking about the hue of a persons skin…the amount of melanin, that’s all.

So, amici although I do not believe that I was in error. I will admit, that I shall endeavour to use other descriptors when describing people. As I type this I realise that by doing that, I will have to continue my attempts at increased social interactions (conversations) in attempt to learn more about people so that the use of race becomes a “last ditch descriptor.”

Well, I am off out to find myself some breakfast and perhaps have another day of #publictranspostories. ✌️

Ahhh, an over the shoulder reader asked, “why not use hair colour, height, eye colour?”
My answer, “If his hair was any other colour than black, I would have said, ‘the black guy with the salt and pepper hair?’ ” The same goes for height. “The really tall (or short) black guy.” So, I couldn’t escape. ✌️

A pui tardí!

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A decision made and one I hope to keep.

With that last blog “Status update becomes a blog,” I’ve made yet another decision. I’m really tired of being bombarded by the less than helpful images and general “news” of the world on my timeline/feed/whatever the hell it’s called, so I am going to change what I want to see on my timeline/feed/whatever the hell it’s called. I’m going to change what I post on my timeline/feed/whatever the hell it’s called. Bye bye, CNN, ABC and the like. I ❤️ ya Huffpost, but you gotta go. Let me put it this way. If it’s not music related, family related, garden related and basic general stuff; I’m not going to post it. After all I don’t and people should not get their “news” from Facebook, Twitter, Flickr and the like.

We’ll see how this works..

✌️ my siblings from another mother✌️

Yeah, it’s that time #photoadayApril

A few hrs early, but it’s in the bag…been put to bed.

#photoadayApril

Gearing up for…..

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Greetings, well met, hey how are ya?

It’s been a while since I’ve uttered those words. That was my opening on most of my YouTube vlogs. But, I’ve not been to the tube to vlog for (as the kids say) a minute.

Let’s see, what’s been happening? Still looking for gainful employment, but in the meantime, I’ve placed an advert for my new business venture.

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Just placed a new advert. The first, well the services those people wanted were services that I just don’t do, at least not for such inexpensive prices . LOL

Oh, here’s piece I worked on in an afternoon.

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I just want to put this one to bed. I’ve been working on it for too long.

a pui tardi.

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From Marvel Entertainment and GetGlue.com

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That’s it! I quit, I give up! That is what you want isn’t it?

Whoa nelly!

Simply put, I quit, I give up on trying to communicate AUTHENTICALLY. Not with everyone, just those who would rather, “wish and hope and dream about days gone by and refuse to wake up and smell the SHIT of the world around them. The voice told me last night (and reminded me this morning,) to “just fucking stop. You are not insane now, but you will go batty if you continue to try to have any type of real and genuine conversation/communication/exchange with anyone WHO REFUSES to view the world through anything than those permanently attached rose coloured classes.” I was reminded that I’ve tried to no avail to facilitate “honest” communication. So, I’m done. I – AM – DONE! After more than a decade, of doing thisI AM DONE!

Ahhh, with this decision, I’ve realised that….

Time will be saved.
No more fluff conversations.
I won’t walk away feeling as if my ability to communicate is flawed. (and it could very well be)
The dread in speaking with you….no longer exists.

Wait, I’m receiving instruction.

My reaction will be to smile, nod my head in mute acknowledgement and go to my happy place.

Aaaaah!

🙂

a pui tardi amici, a pui tardi

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SOMETIMES I CAN BE AS DENSE AS A PLANK!!!!!

I just realised how I can realise a different side of me…. Still searching for that balance, but perhaps looking on the raunchier side. And perhaps not. I may change my mind by the end of this post. 🙂

Oh, I’m going to be peppering this post with snaps taken today. Enjoy!

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Let me share a few, BOOYAKITTY moments with you.

I’ve been deceiving myself. You see, I LOVE buffets. There is almost always something there for someone to eat; veggies, meat, fruit, legumes….whatever. My problem? I “lecture” people about portion control, and I admit, I follow my lectures……however having several (I’ll leave it at several thank you very much) plates kinda defeats the “portion control” part of healthy eating. So as of today, I don’t know the date, I will no longer eat at buffets.

Now time for Intermission

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♫ soundtracking “Solitary” by #Skye http://sdtk.fm/Aiphue #skyewards

Well, it’s happening, my generation of friends, and I, are getting closer to that milestone. Some of us are turning 45ish inching closer to 50 as the clock ticks away. And I am beginning to see a trend in social media posts. Basically, folk are looking forward to being able to speak their minds without (they think) some reprisals for their unedited thoughts. Well, I believe I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again.

Just because one can say something, doesn’t mean that you should.

Oh, don’t preface a statement with, “I don’t mean any harm, but….”. Because, you do… Just sayin,

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You know, that when folk come to me with their problems, I now ask them if this is a vent session or are they seeking advice. The answer determines just how much energy input into listening to them. Seriously,because if all you’re going to do is scream obscenities at me and wave your arms around like a demented windmill, then I’m really not interested. If you want “objective input, then I’m game. What is this leading up to Drew? An acquaintance (the kid who wants to be a peer with his parents.) Yeah, that gobshyte. Well, he’s done it again. He said something….several somethings to be exact and now that he has failed to deliver and I’ve called him on it. I’M AN ASSHOLE. (sorry for the pay channel language) I admit, I asked for it. And although “I am not in the business of being right or wrong.” I am in the business of accountability. If you say you are going to do something, DO IT! That’s all, just do it. Isn’t that a slogan?

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Let’s see,what else? Oh yeah, cheaters.

I am a huge WWF (Words with Friends) fan. But I just realised that people actually CHEAT at that game. WTF ?(and I don’t mean Frak this time) so when I refused a game with someone, I was asked why. My answer, you cheat. I know you cheat because we’ve been playing for years and all of a sudden you play a 96 point word of foreign origin that you CAN NEITHER DEFINE NOR USE IN A SENTENCE.

♫ soundtracking “F-cking Boyfriend” by The Bird and the Bee http://sdtk.fm/zVrjj4

Do you ever just get talked and listened out? I’m getting to that point now. I need holiday. I may take a room in some out of the way motel one weekend soon, just for me.

What’s up with all of the tectonic activity of late? You see, I’ve an app that alerts me of earthquakes. See…..

A 4.7 magnitude earthquake occurred in “Southern Sumatra, Indonesia” (Longitude: 100.265°, Latitude: -1.975°, Depth: 53 meters) on January 23, 2012 11:41:08 PM UTC.

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in “Offshore Chiapas, Mexico” (Longitude: -93.087°, Latitude: 14.963°, Depth: 80 meters) on January 21, 2012 6:47:15 PM UTC.

A 4.2 magnitude earthquake occurred in “Turkey-Iran Border Region” (Longitude: 44.166°, Latitude: 38.678°, Depth: 5 meters) on January 22, 2012 11:25:24 AM UTC.

Tesla, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nikola_Tesla , humm

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Well, I’ll play myself out….. ♫ soundtracking “Polite Dance Song” by The Bird and the Bee http://sdtk.fm/xToYNl

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a pui tardi

🙂

The “bordered” images are mine. The Phoenix image found on the web. The sticker is from getglue.com.