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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

A Bit Of A Rant...

“I will not calm down and you can fuck off!” ~ Anonymous

So, I decided to write a new post going over things that piss me off. If swearing isn’t your forte’ or if it upsets you, don’t read any further. You will just get needlessly upset. Forewarned...

Well, it started with trying to write this post. I am unable to do what I normally do, which is to put my quote above in BOLD and ITALICS. Of course, it doesn’t work and, as most computers/laptops/etc. do, to find out how to make it work is not obvious unless you happen to be one of the motherfuckers who make this shit up. I would go on about the “annual conference” that I want to start where these fuckers would be invited, so we could discuss what it is that they do that pisses off the entire fucking world. But, I would be remiss, since I’d probably get in trouble. Let it suffice that this kind of shit is what is simmering below the surface on so many levels. Well, I accidentally fixed the quotation above. Please don’t ask me how since I haven’t a clue...

Ok, next, my favorite place...Los Alamos. Certainly, I thought that, by now, I’d be somewhat over the absolute ineptitude I was unfortunately witness to over the past winter with the tremendous amount of snow that fell on Los Alamos. It was Public Works Department’s opportunity to show the county how the snow and ice removal plan here was as “good as anywhere else in the United States”, per Dan the Man with the Snow and Ice Removal Plan That Doesn’t Work. If he was in charge of snow and ice removal in my hometown in Upstate NY, Glens Falls, he would still be in hiding. They would have severely kicked his ass for his total ineptitude. I like that word...it’s an apt description of Dan. Well, his plan at least. Now, they’re still repairing road surfaces that were totally ruined because of the snow. That’s another level of planning that I don’t want to get into because it would just piss me off more.

The people in Los Alamos...well, suffice it to say that we go to Taos, Espanola, Santa Fe, and Albuquerque to meet up with the rest of the normal people in the world. You know, places where, when you say hello to someone to their face, they say hello back and maybe even ask how you’re doing. Concept, eh? It’s how I was raised...someone says hello, you say hello in return. Not here in Los Alamos. I’ve had experiences where I’ve said hello to someone at the local YMCA, in the men’s locker room, no farther away than a couple of feet and had them just look at me without response. WTF? Are you fucking kidding me? Now, if this was the only time that has happened, I’d brush it off. Here, however, it’s a common occurrence. I am not making this up. The environment up here is “unique”...no crime to speak of, primarily white, people of color generally don’t come out of their homes/apartments/condos. I can count the number of black people that I’ve seen up here. Once, I saw a table of people, who were probably Indian or Pakistani, at a Mediterranean restaurant here. Haven’t seen them since. So, for all practical purposes, this is a WHITE community. And there are about 35 churches here, for a population of 12,000 people. I thing they’re afraid that they are going to go straight to hell for the work they do up here at the National Labs. Yes, those are the people who brought you the atomic bomb. Now, I understand completely why they went after the bomb. No argument from me on that account. The influence on the community is immense. Each workday, Monday through Friday, 7,000 people drive up to Los Alamos to work at the Labs. Incredible! So, each workday, the population of Los Alamos increase by just under 60%.

The local brewpub, Bathtub Row, is another wonder. I’ve been a patron for two years. None of the bartenders know who I am. Really? Two fucking years of supporting the local brewhouse and nobody knows me? Another incredible aspect of living here. If I took you to bars I hung out at with friends back home, I would have introduced you to the bartender, my friends, other people I knew there, etc. When you came back, everyone would say hello to you because it’s the polite thing to do and what our parents taught us to do. DUH? Here, people aren’t raised that way. Now, there is a new brewpub opening this month (hopefully!!!) that has two places in Albuquerque, Boese Brewpub. I will be giving them my business rather than Bathtub Row. Two years is enough. My fingers are crossed that the new place will be emphasizing social skills of its staff. There are enough people up here already that would get an F in social skills. I am going to get my server’s license and see if I can get a part time job there. Perhaps I could help teach staff how to be able to socialize??    

Enough with the pain in the ass stuff. Had to rant somewhere... Now, to exit stage left, a tune. Hmmm, what would be good? Joe Cocker “Unchain My Heart”  Seems like this would be a good one to exit with. Next post will be a more positive one...! Promise!