Yep, I’m in Trouble

Found out who the problem is, which means I get to make sure my account with AT&T is closed so they won’t go digging into my bank account.

It also means that what with bank fees and all I’m going to be overdrawn by some $500 dollars, and that means I won’t be able to afford rent. And me just a few months from getting an apartment for something like $300 a month in rent instead of the $670 I pay now.

I’m 64. I have an irregular heart beat. I cost more on the street then I do with my own apartment, but to have an apartment—or even room—I need help with the money at the moment. That’s where you come in. One donation at $500 would do the trick. More at smaller amounts would do as well, but maybe I’ll get lucky. So donate what you can and keep an older fellow off the street.

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Afib Is No Fun

And I may be having an attack. Think you have afib? Get it dealt with. And it’s not a rapid heart beat, it’s an erratic heartbeat.

As for me, I’m going back to sleep to see if my heart will settle down.

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Consequences

I expect you’ve heard of the saying, “Penny wise and pound foolish.” It’s British in origin, but I expect that were you to change “pound” to “dollar” it would still apply here in America. For it speaks of those who won’t think of the future, who won’t plan for it. They assume that everything we do will be getting replaced, and that we’ll always have the money and resources to replace it.

And a good part of this has to do with ego. With the belief that it is your work that must be implemented to take the place of an earlier effort some may consider inferior.. And even when it isn’t it’s still not yours.

For we very often have a need to put our impression on the world, and that in turn needs to be totally unique. It just doesn’t occur to some that what they do with a property can and will have an effect on how others see it. A Mr. Jones may be the man who built the Steinfeld towers, but it will be the third owner, A Mr. Steinfeld the towers are remembered for.

So we build temporary, knowing our work is going to be replaced. Since it is temporary it is thus shoddy requiring more maintenance than it otherwise would. And since maintenance costs money, that’s money that can’t be used for other things. Which means the small and the petty end up costing us much and wasting our time and resources.

An office tower is not a computer. Buildings don’t become obsolete just because there’s a new toy on the market. If the tower is well designed then the new toy can easily be incorporated into it. Why waste a perfectly good thing just because somebody else built it.

We’re just too rich, that’s my conclusion. We need a bout of poverty to teach us the value of a buck. A century or two where the money is tight and we have to scrimp and save. And expect it to come, for we are as wastrels and spendthrifts casting about the Pecans of Plenty refusing to acknowledge that the trees that produced the pecans die centuries ago and we are now looting treasures that were meant to last for much longer than they apparently will.

Good times never really last for long, and there will always be times when life is hard and costly. Fortunately we are investing in our future, for even the old has value. But when just spending so we can say we spent we’re wasting out time. We need to learn how to be foresighted.

Commercial Message: If you liked the above think about investing in me. You’d be joining Scripps Mercy of San Diego and a few individuals who sent donations my way. You can donate through the button below. You would help with such matters as a replacement for my state I.D. and public library card. Plus my bus pass and other expenditures. I in turn would then use my new found energy to get work done. But that’s enough blegging for this post.

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New Theme

And I hope this looks better.

And since I’m writing, thought I’d let you know that I’m feeling better, and that it looks like I actually have money in the bank. So no financial emergency and the medical crisis is being dealt with.

Still, donations are nice, so here’s the button:

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Stereotyping

You’ve heard of it, saying of someone or something that they have things in common even when they don’t. And quite often this stereotyping is an attempt by the party in question to reassure himself in spite of the fact that the stereotype hasn’t an ounce of validity to it.

And quite often the stereotyping is an attempt by one to present matters that really don’t apply in any shape or form.

Take domestication for example, a condition we really don’t understand. As I understand it, domestication is that state where an animal is comfortable with humans and has no trouble associating with them. One famous example is the dog, another the cat. But they’re not alone. There are examples of domesticated foxes, koalas, and a number of other. There is the California Grey Fox, which was domesticated before the white man came. But there are experts who insist the California Grey Fox can’t be domesticated because foxes just can’t be domesticated.

And that’s the thing to note about stereotyping, the bigotry. Those who stereotype have to be right, for being wrong is an attack on their ego.

And I’m getting worn out, so I’ll let this go for now.

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