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A Holiday Thought!

9 Dec
Take a few minutes to write down every holiday custom you feel you should follow. Start with family patterns, but don’t end there. Offices and friendships have their own traditions. Looking over your list, visualize each activity. Notice how your body reacts. Do you tense or relax, feel like smiling, snarling or weeping? What creates a genuine sense of enthusiasm? True enthusiasm makes us feel divine, whether we take that as a religious reality or simply a wonderful emotion. The holy days are the best times to focus on real enthusiasm, the inner source that lightens and sanctifies our lives all year.

How to Stay Sane This Holiday Season

-Martha Beck

Replacement Under Warranty –

30 May

9:30 PM Tuesday “All representatives are currently assisting other customers at this time, please continue to hold, we appreciate your patiences.”

I have fallen into Verizon Tech Support Hell…Replacement under warranty should be renamed “torture garenteed”

I need to back up just a bit to Tuesday morning to fully explain my experience in cell hell…

1) 10:00 arrival at Verizon store.

2) 10:22 a Verizon representative called my name

3) I told her why I was there, the “home” button on my phone was not working properly and I think the phone is still under the warranty.

4) After checking my account the Verizon representative said I had an up-grade available…Repeated myself

…”I think my phone is still covered under the warranty?”

4) Ah yes representative said, you have been paying for the extended warranty

…”Great! I’m all set, when do I receive my new phone?”

5) Representative said, lets first look at how much data you use. she said, you are paying for too much data, I recommend you change your plan, it will save you a little bit of money.

…Great, lets lower the data program and I’m all in favor of saving little bit money.

6) “Done” representative said

…OK now lets get me a new phone.

7) Representative, “can’t do that now”, account is locked due to a pending change in data plan. You can only make one change at a time and getting a replacement phone is a second request…You will now have to wait to June 6. I’m sorry your account is locked.

…Let me get this straight…I’ve already called in the cell priest to give the cell blessing of “last rights” before it dies, I came here specifically to get a new phone, and in 2014 Verizon ( a Technology Co.) does not have the capacity to do two things at once?

Verizon representative, you can put the order in for a new phone in a few days.

…I do not want to wait a few days and I walk out.

After running in circles compliments of Verizon, I get home and call Custom Care Verizon.

I get thrown into tech support and actually get a live person to talk to. I follow her tech instructions and then she hangs up promising to call me back in 20 minutes regarding my replacement phone…


4:00 PM I go on-line to see if I can figure out how to order a replacement phone under extended warranty.


9:30 PM Talked with Verizon again….Replacement phone ordered and delivery promised for Thursday.

Phone received as promised at 5 PM, dash over to Verizon to get all my junk transferred to my new phone and to ensure junk is deleted from old phone before mailing it back… And the cell Gods delivered mercy on me, Danny called my name to assist me!

Danny (has his masters in education but sadly makes more money with Verizon than in education) is a Verizon dream come true! He made all my Verizon cell phone wishes and fantasies come true.

I mailed back my broken phone to Verizon this morning, copied the tracking number down, I can begin to see the doors out of Verizon Hell and into normal ….At least for a moment, that is…

…Wishing you and all your love ones cell phones peace!

Thank you Danny!




Monday’s Bad News…You’re Crazy!

22 Jul

Hi all,

It’s been another blissful week since I’ve covered you in a blanket of MY opinions! So get ready you might feel a bit suffocated between me and the American Psychiatric Association. But as I just found out, there is now a diagnosis and prescription ready if my posting makes you feel less than happy.

Allow me to explain, there is now a diagnosis called “Unspecified Disorders”….You or your children do not need to have any symptoms to get a great “twofer” from the American Psychiatric Association…. Diagnosed & prescription!

Just in case you missed this great article by Leonard Sax in the Wall Street Journal on Thursday, June 27, 2013….Please keep reading!

“Unspecified Mental Disorder? That’s Crazy” – By Leonard Sax

“The American Psychiatric Association released a revision of its diagnostic bible in May,… ‘The fifth Edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders,” or DSM-5 is the official guidebook for diagnosing every conceivable psychiatric aliment. This new edition loosens the rules in a disturbing way.”

“In previous editions, you the patient had to meet certain specified criteria in order to be diagnosed for any particular condition.”

“…Last month, DSM-5 introduced a new diagnosis, ‘Unspecified Schizophrenia Spectrum Disorder.” The only required criterion is that you have some distress from unspecified symptoms, but you do not meet the full criteria for any of the disorders in the schizophrenia spectrum and other psychotic disorders diagnostic class. You don’t have to have delusions. You don’t have to have hallucinations.” “Likewise for every other diagnostic category, including, for example, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder. Let’s suppose that you occasionally don’t pay attention to your wife. You don’t meet the old-fashioned criteria for ADHD, which included impairment in multiple settings, like on the job or while driving. You are inattentive only when your wife is talking. You pay attention to everybody else. Hey, no problem. You now qualify for Unspecified Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder.”…”In other words, everybody’s a little bit crazy…”

“But what if your symptoms are too vague even to nudge the compass, however sluggishly, in any direction, toward any particular diagnosis whatsoever? What if you’re feeling down because you’re not ‘living your best life,’ to borrow Oprah’s phrase, and you want your doctor to fix the problem? No worries.”

“Over the past two decades, American culture has made almost any deviation from a continual smiley face into a psychopathology, especially for children. As recently as 1994, it was rare for any child or adolescent in the US under 20 years of age to be diagnosed as bipolar. But by 2003, it was much more common. There was a 40-fold increase in the diagnosis of bipolar disorder among American children and teenagers just between 1994 and 2003, even though the official diagnostic criteria for bipolar disorder did not change one iota during that interval. Most of the new diagnoses were for children under 15 years of age.”

“…During roughly the same time period…it was exploding for children in the U.S. the proportion of children under 15 diagnosed with bipolar disorder in Germany decreased,” ….”In the UK and in continental Europe, bipolar disorder is still recognized as a condition that cannot be reliably diagnosed in childhood. Kids have mood swings…..Moods swings are a normal part of being an 8-year-old. Unless you happen to live in the U.S., in which case your child is more likely than ever to be put on powerful antipsychotic medications.”

What are your thoughts on this?

My opinion you asked? Of course you’ll get it, this is my blog.

Over time we have created a society that thinks and feels success, happiness, love, joy, pride, peace, respect and a high self-esteem is something one is entitled to instead of earned through hard-work, high morals and kindness.  Our society has never been more detached and disconnected (forgetting we are all connected to each other) while at the same time has never been more over-crowded. Instead of embracing failure (especially in our children) and learning, doctors now prescribe medication!

I guess at the end of the day what I’ve learned…Maybe buying stock in drug manufacturers might deliver me success, happiness, love, joy, pride, and much peace!…AND OF COURSE a high self-esteem!

With all that said…

Stay safe!

Cleveland’s Mad Tea-Party

7 Jan
Dear Readers,
I was summoned to Jury duty on Monday, Dec 10 at 8 AM.(please refer to Dec 21 posting)
My first day, I along with 34 other civic minded citizens were randomly called to Judge Peter Corrigan’s courtroom on the 19th floor. After three days of voir dire (seeking the truth) I was selected to sit on a jury that was made-up of 12 jurors and two alternates. The trial took six days (the whole process 9 days), three young men were being charged with six counts each, the more serious of the counts, attempted murder.
Allow me to back up a bit in thought…
Chapter 8 – The Queen’s Croquet Ground: Alice leaves the tea party and enters the garden where she comes upon three living playing cards painting the white roses on a rose tree red because the Queen of Hearts hates white roses. A procession of more cards, kings and queens and even the White Rabbit enters the garden. Alice then meets the King and Queen. The Queen, a figure difficult to please, introduces her trademark phrase “Off with his head!” which she utters at the slightest dissatisfaction with a subject. Alice is invited (or some might say ordered) to play a game of croquet with the Queen and the rest of her subjects but the game quickly descends into chaos. Live flamingos are used as mallets and hedgehogs as balls and Alice once again meets the Cheshire Cat. The Queen of Hearts then orders the Cat to be beheaded, only to have her executioner complain that this is impossible since the head is all that can be seen of him. Because the cat belongs to the Duchess, the Queen is prompted to release the Duchess from prison to resolve the matter.
I now believe The Adventures of Alice and Wonderland was created and written after the author sat on a jury. Time seemed to stand still  (delay after delay after delay), objects appearing larger and smaller (lawyers and testimonies) then they should be. The police are represented as the Queen of Hearts….”a figure difficult to please, introduces her trademark phrase ‘Off with his head!’ which she utters at the slightest dissatisfaction with a subject.”
How did we get here? I am positive a question Alice asked herself. 
Sadly, I completely understand how many have grown to mistrust the police…because they should! Yes, oh yes, oh sadly they should. The police and communities should be working together to partner in great solutions in many city neighborhoods. But how do you work with someone that presumes you are guilty? How do you work and respect a group of people who lack the proper training to deal with different cultures? How do you work and respect a group of people who mistreat so many?
The law – You have to presume innocence beyond a reasonable doubt. The State has to prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt. A juror has to be 90% certain of guilt to convict and all 12 jurors need to be in agreement. 
We get into the Jury room, first vote 6 guilty, 6 innocent…The final verdict later!
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today wondering what came first the chicken or the egg.
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO

Email from School

17 Oct
Dear Readers,
Below you will see an email I received on Sunday, Oct 7 at 2:24 PM from a teacher at my step-son’s school. It struck me as odd that this teacher had absolutely no faith that high school kids had the ability to check their emails (as they are suppose to do). It also struck me as odd the teacher was equally lacking in the ability to hand out consequences to students who failed to check their emails (as they were suppose to do). Then it went from odd to insane (in my opinion) for NOT lacking the ability to email parents with a reminder assignment. Lets face it, the consequence to failing to check email for that week was forgetting their putter, now come on….not exactly the worse life experience/consequence in life.
Please read the email below…. 
Sent: Sun, Oct 7, 2012 2:24 pm
Subject: Class Assignments

Parents – please pass on the message below to your child.  I sent the kids this same message, but too often they don’t check their e-mails.
Thanks – Mr. XYZ
Starting tomorrow, Monday, October 8th “Y” block groups will report to the following areas.
Group One will report to the game gym for instruction in volleyball.
Group Two will report to the Field House for instruction in golf.  If possible please bring a wedge and putter to school for instruction.
Both Group One and Group Two have class during “Y” Block on Monday, October 8.
My question for today is…
…who else besides me thinks it is almost criminal not to teach teenagers their actions and/or lack of actions have consequences. 
 Personally I would rather teenagers fail a little in high school (without huge life altering consequences) then missing that important life lesson during a time when it can/should be supported by their parents. They will eventually go off to college/work without the basic skills (accountability) needing to succeed in a very competitive global world….college professors are not going to email their parents with reminders nor are their future employers. High School kids need to have a sense of ownership, pride and to be able to advocate for themselves. I believe if your child’s success/grades mean more to you than it does to them; it is not going to work! Eventually and most sadly your child will fail with even more to lose. 
Even though this teacher’s email as well as other emails from teachers are harmless in nature (no big deal) I feel the lack of expectation for the high school kids to do what they are suppose to do, actually sets them up for failure down the road….missing a teachable moment void of any positive learning experiences at one of the most important times and places in a teenagers life. It was bad enough with all the helicopter parents buzzing around but now we have helicopter teachers, ewww! 
If you have not already read the NYTimes article titled “What if the secret to success is failure?” by Paul Touch published September 14, 2011…Please a must read! 
I think this generation of high school students should be titled The Making of Marionette Puppets. 
Asklotta and staff will MIND YOUR BUSINESS today scratching my head wondering at what moment in time did schools start becoming afraid of teaching teenagers their actions have consequences? 
Kindest regards,
President nd CEO


“So Long, See You Tomorrow”

24 Jul


Dear Readers,
Just one of my incredible good fortunes in life and count my lucky stars, I have two women (identical twins) in my life that I have known since the age of six. These two are true sisters of mine regardless we do not share the same parents! These women are not only brilliant (graduated from college number 1 & 2 of their class), funny, loving, and who have this incredible ability to separate the nonsense (bull sh$t) from what is truly important in life with a smile, and a laugh! They are masters at getting the job done!  AND for the average person that would be more then enough fine qualities but these women are not just average they excel at being above average! For they even have the best reading recommendations list East of the Mississippi! As you know from my May 21 posting “50 Shades of Bad Writing!” my sister is still on my reading recommendations probation list AND will remain in literary purgatory until further notice! But with that said, upon Mo and Col’s recommendation I just finished reading the book “So Long, See You Tomorrow” by William Maxwell
Genre: an autobiographical metafiction
“Its first paperback edition won a 1982 National Book Award 1982 and the William Dean Howells Medal. It has been lauded as “the most magnificently praised novel of the decade and by Michael Ondaaje as “one of the great books of our age.”
First: A great read – A must read!
Second: The guilt-ridden narrator of the story takes the reader through incidents and events that happened fifty years earlier when he was a child. He weaves the reader in and out of sequences of events before the murder takes place trying to set up the cast of characters to help him (the narrator) place the correct pieces together (some of speculation) of what happened (the unraveling of a man/a father and a friendship between two school boys Maxwell and Cletus.  The story is threaded through the perspective of his young naive perspective. Which brings further guilt to him as an adult of the misplayed loyalty and the misunderstanding of painful realities of an adulterous affair and hence the destruction of two neighboring families and that of their small town of Lincoln, IL.  
Now the movie Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011) a “romantic comedy-drama” is the contemporary humorous version (same under lying theme) an adulterous affair by a wife/mother and the dismantling (hurt) of her family and those in close proximity (the dominion effect) but with a far funnier and happier ending then the book! 
Asklotta and staff is MINDING YOUR BUSINESS with much glee in my eye for there are two recommendations for today. A must read, “So Long, See You Tomorrow” by William Maxell and a must rent Movie, “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” You are welcome!
Again, it has been my pleasure to tell you what to do and what NOT to do!
Kindest regards,
President and CEO
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