Or, OPI, for an acronym driven society-)) [and ‘cause I, too, like acronyms].
on the net for a long time, and lived real life, --much longer--, I have seen
I am, at my
most basic human source, a peace loving woman. I do not like hassles at all, I
avoid them like the plague they are, and I see those that come into my “range
of interests” [or, ROI] as usually driven by some people who have issues of one
sort or another.
I like to
look into things a bit before making hard decisions. Society as a mass, driven
by news crawls, dis-information from all sources, mis-information in many ways,
has caused many people [the majority] to simply not look further than
simplistic things due to the mass of information we all get in so many ways.
I liken it
to owning land. Where I live people own lots of land, sizes of which have
amazed those I discuss it with from other countries. But in Texas we have a lot
of land. Granted, a goodly amount of it nobody would want [other than for cattle grazing], but that is similar
in many countries also, I am sure.
size of land people own, their core home areas usually are inside of an acre or
so. I own 5 acres of land, but most of it is untouched. It is nice to have it
that way, and I suppose if I had the money I might pay some people to clean it
up a bit, I don't know, I don't have the money to even consider that.
similarly, with what people do on the internet, they tend to find their own
acre of space, and there is where their interests are focused.
This is, of
course, a very simplistic concept, I know this…I am simply drawing up an
analogy, of sorts, you see-))
But I like
to start things from a simplistic view, because most things have a simplistic
Often I see
and have seen discussions on the net go out of control, and quickly, sometimes
people commenting on something while another is also commenting at the same time...and that
other comment may in fact add to their considerations of their own comment
when the net was getting going and people were so excited. There started to
spring up various comments on a thing called “netiquette”, much of it the same thing passed around, but
sometimes you would come across some new item that made sense. I even had a
website in one of the first communities, called Geocities, with links to some
of that, ‘cause, I like polite societies and people who practice it.
is hard to find anymore, anywhere. It has been all distorted so many times by
so many people and societies problems. I still like it when a Man opens the
door for me, and I always thank them and smile. But that has been corrupted so
much many men who might do this, do not, for fear the woman may find it
offensive. I say, if you're a man who likes to do this, then do it anyway, and
simply smile and move on if you get the one or two who do not appreciate this
small act of chivalry.
to gravitate to those people and things that relate to their own interests.
This may seem to be an obvious comment but I think that also those same people
do not fully understand this. I call them people who simply cannot see further
than their own noses, another comment used much over the years and restated in
much cooler ways by people who are much smarter than I.
I used to
consider that I may have made a good sociologist. I find mass populations
studies to be quite fascinating. Life didn't work out that way anyways, so who knows, really.
I find it
interesting how some people are able to influence so many others with a few
simple well placed words, whispered in the right ears, at the right time. And I
find it interesting that some people, who seem to have no rhyme or reason for
saying and doing the things they do and say, can influence others to simply “follow
along”, blindly, similar to lapdogs.
I think this
is due to what I started this little missive on, ROI and with a touch of
example. We get Constitutional Amendments on our voting ballots quite
regularly. Now, what most people read, debate on, and vote on, is the words on
the ballot. What most people do not comprehend is that those words are
carefully calculated to engender a mass response and to obtain a desired
outcome in the vote.
are NOT the full thing they are voting on, and in most cases [if not all], the
law being considered is actually quite different.
this is a prime example of information overload that the masses of peoples
simply will not, and the writers understand this well, go beyond the words in
the ballots to see what is actually being voted on. The masses -trust- because
masses do this, and because they have to many other things to do and read.
Thus, things get voted on all the time, and only do some of us realize later,
the reality of what was done, and we have lost something else, voted upon by
the masses who simply will not do their homework.
Then you get
people who are steadfast one party or another and go on and on about the
virtues of that political party [or, analogously, their favorite people] and
will argue until they are blue in the face the virtues of such things, when it
is apparent to the few who look further, that they are simply unknowing shills
and basic sycophants in another person’s wars --OPI--, battles and issues.
I will tell another personal story and call
this quits. Not the full story as it would go on longer than I care to, but the
synopsis will tell it ok to those who can see this-))
spaces on my land. One of them has hookups for trailers; water, septic and
power. I once had rented to a girlfriend and her boyfriend. He brought in his
trailer and all was well, for a time.
learned that she was letting him influence her in negative ways and I did not
like what I was seeing, but being polite, and not given to making hard decisions
quickly, time passed. I tried to talk to her and her final response was that she
saw the issues but choose to go along with it anyways, so, nothing else I could
do and she had made it clear she was now complicit.
running his air conditioner at around 65 degrees Fahrenheit which was causing
my electricity bill to be quite high. So, after talking to her personally and
her telling me she would do nothing on this, I went over and talked to them
I laid the groundwork and told him he was adding to my overall power
bill to much, that I did not mind paying for reasonable use but that running
his air conditioner so low made it run all the time…and I asked him to simply
try to run it at around 75 or so. He refused, and was even rude about it.
So I told
them both that if they did not change this then I would cut their power off.
They didn't, and I did.
escalated, as often happens when you are dealing with limited ROI, and I told
them to leave and that they were now trespassing.
the kind of person I had already seen him to be, this guy calls the law and
reports that I threatened them, lying about what I said, also, but having my
now ex-girlfriend backing him up, a cop came out and issued a citation to me
for “assault by threat”.
pissed, but I also knew I had a problem now that had escalated and I needed to
smarten up and deal with it properly.
So I read up
on renter laws and posted on their trailer I was changing the rules and that
they were not allowed to have any vehicles on the property, and I gave them 3
days notice to vacate. I also told them that I would be having the trailer
hauled away soon. Eventually they moved out in 3 weeks or so after all this
happened, but had no electricity during that time.
I also had
to go to court to defend this lie that the law allows people to do so easily. I was not
happy at all..lol.
So now I am
dealing with a prosecutor who only wants a conviction, who first offers me his
==deal== for a reduced fine. I refuse and counter with my ==deal== that he drop
short, I was not, in anyway whatsoever, going to let them make me a criminal. I
knew I could win if it went to court, and I knew it would likely never anyways.
I knew that this prosecutor did not care at all for me, he was simply doing his
job…so I played on that.
He did try
to threaten me with additional charges but that all never happened, the charges
were eventually dropped; tho it took some effort...my point here is, tho
sometimes some things are simple to see, often they are not…and if you take
things at face value, you are doing yourself a disservice, and doing others who
must live with that disservice, one also.
all this is very simplistic, and I could go on and on forever, but I am just
streaming a little bit of consciousness, here, mainly for myself, ‘cause I like
to write sometimes-))