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Sunday, December 15, 2013

Renewing the Aging Life in Vegas

For those of you who have followed my posts, you probably noticed I've been away for some time.

Vegas Baby!

First of all, we moved and were adapting to our new state and city. 

We moved in the early fall and have been learning the ins and outs of our new place. 

We absolutely love Las Vegas and feel we made the right choice for a place to retire.

Dicey or Not

I've learned that it's not all about gambling here. 


This city has an old-west-meets-cosmopolitan-city feel to it. 

The people are genuinely nice and its so nice to enter buildings without having to go through metal detectors, everywhere. 

I feel like I'm living in America once again, instead of existing in some cold war environment.

I think what shocks us the most is the amount of undeveloped land surrounding the city. 

We can't get over the sizes of the properties that homes sit on, either.  It's been ages since the two of us have seen lots this huge.  Lots big enough to breed horses on!  That still amazes me as we go for our bike rides past some of the housing areas in Las Vegas.

And the mountain ranges surrounding the city are a lovely change after seeing cement and bums for the past few years. 


Ever the "Author"
 
Second, I have been working up the concept on a new nonfiction book I'm going to write.  I know, I know...everyone has a book they are writing these days.

But, I do think this one is different and it may reflect a reality about America today that isn't generally acknowledged. 

It involves perceptions...mine of course...and it is taking up a bit of time. 

I won't go into details right now, but it suffices to say that a certain person we know who suffers from a severe case of narcissistic personality disorder has inspired the book after we saw several tantrums from this person that reminded me of how narcissism and autism might be confused.


Peace and Quiet

Third, we've been enjoying some peace of mind and quiet appreciation of one another.  

Las Vegas allows a couple to do that, because the lifestyle is a peaceful one.  I have commented before that I no longer hear the sudden sound of sirens breaking my peaceful sleep.  I don't hear drunken bums without any sense of volume control, either.  As a matter of fact, I don't hear any number of negative things that I encountered daily in Los Angeles. 

One of them is the smell of pot wafting through the air.  Where we live now, I don't have pot smoke seeping in under my door and annoying me.  I don't smell it as I walk down city streets.  In fact, I rarely smell pot at all, unless I pass someone still reeking of it. 

And I don't miss it, since it smells like the worst body odor created!

I don't miss the uric scent of alcoholics pissing in the streets, either.  That disgusting smell that imbeds itself in the cracks and crevices of the pavement and can't even wash out, after enough people re-christening the sidewalks and building corners.

It's been like a honeymoon here for Gustavo and I.  

This chart on North Las Vegas may explain why. If the Quality of Life index reflects reality, it seems things are pretty good for Vegas in general; since I've been told that North Las Vegas is not the best part of Vegas to live in.



We've learned how to enjoy Las Vegas for more than gambling and the shows.  There are so many events that go on here that compliment the area as well.  And we've combined them with our love for one another to make this move an excellent choice for us.

All in all, I really don't miss Los Angeles.  Either does Gustavo from what he says.  We both are happy to have made the move here.  We feel as if we have greater opportunity here for many things. 

We feel as if we can enjoy a certain level of civil rights here that no longer exist in Los Angeles...especially, since Los Angeles appears to have become some sort of police state, where every office building has metal detectors, simply to enter.


Old Feelings


I like the old feel of Vegas. 

I love the modern feel as well.  And the political environment here has just enough liberal attitudes and enough conservative views to keep things balanced. 

California's anything goes feel didn't suit me.  I don't need controls from conservatives or liberals and California's potheads and trendy types bored me, equally.

For me, I'd like to retire into a feeling of being respected and
treated as if I matter.  I didn't feel that in Los Angeles.  I feel it caters mostly to youthful types.  Or maybe I didn't care enough to explore it and find the shows set up for mature types, like me; or clubs promoting people over 40. 

To me, California gave me a feeling as if people don't exist if they are over 40.  I  feel respected in Vegas.  I feel as if I'm part of the community.

It's nice to be able to go to an evening event where other people my age attend, without feeling I haven't updated my plastic surgery to fit in. 

I don't want to apologize for putting on a few pounds in my fifties.  I don't want to be a victim of breast enhancements of butt lifts or eyelift surgeries.  I think I look just fine for my age.

I don't want to stomach silly old men who need eye candy dangling from their arms; because they don't have the confidence to deal with people from their own age group.  Frankly, the idea of watching some young gal seek an old fart doesn't appeal to me.  It seems like she's giving up her best years for something disgusting.  And it seems like the old fart is simply addled.

I don't want cougars to tell me that paying some young man's life is acceptable if I have enough money to do so.  I don't like being used by anyone...not for sex, not for company, not for style or trendsetting.  Even when I dated younger men I expected them to  hold their own and fork over money for dates.  I've never been a proponent of being labeled a trendy name for my dating tendencies.  And for the record, when I dated a younger man, I was in it for the long haul, not to prove I was desirable.  I already knew that!



I love that Gustavo and I are around the same age and have so many memories together.  We watch old shows and know them.  We enjoy songs together.  We remember things we did as kids that kids later didn't do.

And maybe that's why we love Las Vegas.  We feel like we know it.  We feel good here, like we did as kids gathered around those old televisions.  We laugh at Alfred Hitchcock and remember Bonanza.  We even wake up sometimes to laugh at an old show that comes on at three a.m. called Highway Patrol.  We try to recognize buildings in the Streets of San Francisco and Los Angeles movies.

In other words, "life ain't so bad here."

 

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Move...Goodbye L.A.

Happiness is a morning swim and a long bike ride.  And coffee staring at the beautiful mountain range





We have moved and it is soooo nice to be in suburbia again!  I now sleep through the night, once again.  Why?

Because there is peace in my existence, once again.

What is Heaven


At night I hear crickets, not winos.  In the morning,  I hear the soft sound thunder rumbling in the hills, not obnoxious bus voices announcing stops.

I have finally entered the best part of retirement.  Heaven!

To all of our kids that wished me a happy birthday....thank you.

Just moving away from L. A.has been the best present, ever!  I haven't been this content in years.

We can't wait for our family to visit us!   We have one of the kids with us and he's having ball.

I'll be posting photos soon 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Advertising or Litter...Damned Flyers on my Car

I was watching a court show about a man who walked up to his car and found one of those annoying flyers on his windshield.  He ripped the flyer off his window, balled it up and tossed it on the ground.  As he was driving away, he was stopped by a police officer and fined for littering.  He fought the case in court, suggesting that the company that placed this flyer on his car had littered.  I agree.  So what do you think? 


 Littering or advertising?


We all know that litter looks offensive.  

We also know that we spend a small fortune, annually, to keep our cities clean.  So, why are advertising companies allowed to add more to the problem by placing unwanted flyers all over the American landscape?

And what gives them the right to place their garbage on MY car?  Why should ANYONE have the right to place a thing on my car?

In my opinion, you don't have the right to touch my car, ever!

Costs of Littering

Before I get started on this, I'd like to demonstrate some facts on the cost of littering:

Over 51 billion pieces of litter land on U.S. roadways each year. Most of it, 46.6 billion pieces, is less than four inches, according to KAB’s 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study. That’s 6,729 items per mile.

While visible roadside litter has decreased by about 61% since 1969, litter is still a persistent problem. Consider these facts:

Litter cleanup costs the U.S. almost $11.5 billion each year, with businesses paying $9.1 billion. Governments, schools, and other organizations pick up the remainder.
Community economy and quality of life suffer. The presence of litter in a community takes a toll on quality of life, property values, and housing prices. KAB’s 2009 National Visible Litter Survey and Litter Cost Study found that litter in a community decreases property values 7%Litter has environmental consequences. 
Wind and weather, traffic, and animals move litter into gutters, lawns and landscaped areas, alleyways, and parking structures. Debris may be carried by storm drains into local waterways, with potential for serious environmental contamination.
(Source:  Keep America Beautiful - Litter on the Ground)


Alternatives to Flyers:

Many companies hand out promotional flyers (leaflets), in the hope of getting more business. 

But this is probably one of the least effective ways of advertising. 

Why? 

 Because it doesn't target a specific audience that may be interested in their products or services. 

There are better ways to target potential buyers. 

Some of them include:
  • Purchasing Email lists
  • Social networking
  • Cell phone messages
But, if you must use flyers, then at least consider the fact that their are eco friendly ways to create these paper products.




Eco friendly flyer printing allows companies to get the products that they need without having to worry about the impact on the environment. 

This concept uses bio friendly paper products and a bio friendly printing process as well. With eco friendly marketing flyers, the change is the impact that printed materials have on the environment.
  • One practice s using recycled paper products to print business materials. 
  • When one thinks about how many business cards, brochures, flyers, or even posters businesses use in a typical year. 
  • The number is substantial. 
  • By using recycled paper products, businesses make a huge difference in disposables.



  • By using different print methods, companies can also reduce ink wastage. 
  • Press chemicals can be eradicated or replaced with eco friendly alternatives. 

The Legalities

Here's a question that many of us have asked:



If a private citizen cannot legally put something in my mailbox, what right does he have to come onto my property and shove it under my door.  Or for that matter, put it on the windshield of my car?  

The car flyer problem has annoyed me for years - why do I have to dispose of some wad of paper that some jerk has stuck under my wipers? Why can't he keep his hands off my car? 

Is there a way to make him pay for his transgressions? 
(Source: Can I legally prevent people from putting flyers under my door or on my windshield?)

The answer to this question is tied up in the First Amendment. 

However, if you don't want someone to touch your property, you can keep them off. You have to make it clear that they can't touch your vehicle.  Nobody has a legal right to touch your car, unless they are city workers, tow truck drivers, or emergency personnel.



Traditionally the American law punishes persons who enter onto the property of another after having been warned by the owner to keep off.

But...and this is the clincher...reasonable force laws don't necessarily apply in this situation. Because,your personal safety isn't in jeopardy. Also, you must catch the person in the act of putting the flyer on the car.  Since there is no damage to the car, courts rarely entertain complaints over this.
Some jurisdictions actually have criminal provisions to deal with people who leave flyers on cars. For example, in 2001 the Ohio Court of Appeals affirmed a conviction under a ordinance in the city of Mount Vernon that barred the placement of printed materials (including handbills) on any privately owned "structure or thing" (including vehicles) without the owner's permission; the defendant had printed up flyers about his ex wife and stuck them on windshields in various parking lots.
(Source: Can I legally prevent people from putting flyers under my door or on my windshield?)

It's more of an annoyance than anything.  Maybe if we created criminal provisions everywhere, we could save America a great deal of money on litter removal.  Until then, we have to deal with it.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Pendejo Countdown...Featuring Steve King R-Iowa

Every once in a while you just have to laugh. I mean people are so incredibly stupid and arrogant about it that you realize there is nothing more to do than laugh.  Our latest victim is Representative Steve King.

Meet Sr. King

It's not often that racists are so blatant about their stupidity.  

But Representative Steve King -- a Republican, (as if we could have never guessed) from Iowa, is proud to be ignorant.  

So what's his claim to fame?  Who is this nobody?  

Why he's known for his big mouth, of course.  Most recently, his comments about immigrants:
(For every valedictorian who's legalized) "there's another 100 out there that weigh 130 pounds and they've got calves the size of cantaloupes because they're hauling 75 pounds of marijuana across the desert."
When challenged on that, proving his figures had been debunked, the Republican clown answered:
"My numbers have not been debunked," he said. "I said valedictorians compared to people who would be legalized under the act that are drug smugglers coming across the border. My characterization was exclusively to drug smugglers."
(Source: JAKE MILLER / CBS NEWS/ August 11, 2013, 2:04 PM Rep. Steve King stands by divisive immigration comments)

Moron Alert!



It's not often that the idiots stand up and defend their ridiculous comments.

Especially, when they've been proven wrong.  

But, we'd like to salute Steve King for proving what he's made of.  

And for that, many Latinos want to offer this:





Look!  I have no problem with backwoods boneheads.  I think there is a special place in society for these mental midgets.  
  • They are the same featherweights that call Oprah the 'n' word for suggesting that a Swiss sales clerk was being racist for not showing her a purse, because of it's price.  
  • They are the same idiots who think it's okay for Paula Deen to lose all of her contracts for using the 'n' word; while sloughing off Shaq's "ching chang" comments.  
  • They are the same boneheads that call every Latino a "Mexican", regardless which country they were born in.
But, let's not allow them to remain in Congress.  Let's not suggest that they have the ability to make intelligent decisions about American policy.  


Monday, August 12, 2013

Take your hashtag and stuff it...

I remember a time before everyone was using the term "hashtag."  Communication was effective while using simple vocabulary.  It was a time when we didn't need words from metadata tags; or # symbols.  Oddly enough, it was quite effective.

Hashtaging



In fact, if the words were relevant enough, they stood on their own. Words made their own impact.

It was a time when good communication used things like nouns and verbs.

But today, we can blame Chris Messina for creating the hashtag system on Twitter.

So what is a hashtag, some of you old farts may be asking?




It is used to tag topics of interest on the microblogging network.

Honestly, the fact that I'm writing about microblogging and hashtags makes me wonder how boring things have gotten. I recall a time when only computer nerds used words like that. Today, we've adopted this into our normal lexicon.

I've read that hashtags are used within a post like postscripts.

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On microblogging or social networking sites, hashtags can be inserted anywhere within a post: before the body of a post, within the body of a post (usually as part of the body, as in "This is a #hashtag" or "This is #CamelCase") or after the body of a post as a postscript.

(Source: Wikipedia Hashtag)


Grouping







I recall a day when normal people didn't need to group their conversations. We didn't attach significance to every single thing we said. But today, we group our messages so that a reader can read our message and every single mundane thing that may be attached.

I swear! People have WAY too much time on their hands.

Look...I love a computer. I also entertain myself by writing in forums. I use things like Twitter and Facebook too.

However, I have to admit that having taken some time off from the computer during a crash, I realized I was spending wayyyyy too much time on the computer. And I have pulled away more.

But reading every single message attached to another message? Wow! That takes dedication.

All I ask is that when you are speaking to me, you never utter the word hashtag. Because, you see, I'm not about to take the time up to remember your comments (unless they are incredibly witty) and I'm certainly not about to go through my head and try to recall comments other people made in relation to your discussion.

So why bother using this term in discussion? I tend to shut off after the first mention of it.