#IPackedAShoeBox
Posted on November 4th, 2017 @ 11:04 pm

I’m at the finishing touches now for my boxes. I wish I could afford to send more. I may only be sending 4 boxes, but for these, quality is more important than quantity for me.

If you are looking for an idea what to pack in a box, here’s what I packed:

5-9 Year Old Boy:

Tools:
Cup
Flashlight with extra batteries
Hammer
Pliers
Reusable Bag
Reusable Utensils
Rope Clip
Screwdriver
Sewing Kit with extra safety pins
Tape Measure

Toiletries:
Bar of Soap
Lip Balm
Magic Towel
Manicure Kit
Tissues

Learning:
Crayons
Pad of paper
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils
Rulers
Stickers

Clothing:
Gloves
Socks
Sunglasses

Toys:
Baseball
Beanie Baby
Hackey Sacks
Hot Wheels
Rubber Duckie
Rubik’s Cube

Spiritual:
Hand Painted John 3:16 Rock
I Am Loved pin
Personalized Letter
Photo of me
Post Cards from me
Prayer Book

5-9 Year Old Girl:

Tools:
Cup
Flashlight with extra batteries
Reusable Bag
Reusable Utensils
Sewing Kit with extra safety pins

Toiletries:
Bar of Soap
Hairbrush & Comb
Hairbands
Hair Scrunchie
Lip Balm
Magic Towel
Manicure Kit
Tissues

Learning:
Crayons
Pad of paper
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils
Pens
Puffy Pink Pen
Rulers

Clothing:
Gloves
Jewelry
Socks
Sunglasses

Toys:
Beanie Baby
Coin Purse
Dolls (2)
Lei
Rubber Duckie

Spiritual:
Hand Painted John 3:16 Rock
I Am Loved pin
Personalized Letter
Photo of me
Post Cards from me
Prayer Book

10-14 Year Old Boy:

Tools:
Cup
Flashlight with extra batteries
Hammer
Pliers
Reusable Bag
Reusable Utensils
Rope Clip
Screwdriver
Sewing Kit with extra safety pins
Tape Measure
Work Gloves

Toiletries
Bar of Soap
Combs
Lip Balm
Magic Towel
Manicure Kit
Tissues

Learning:
Crayons
Pad of paper
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils
Rulers
Stickers

Clothing:
Gloves
Socks
Sunglasses

Toys:
Beanie Baby
Hackey Sacks
Hot Wheels
Rubber Duckie
Rubik’s Cube

Spiritual:
Hand Painted John 3:16 Rock
I Am Loved pin
Personalized Letter
Photo of me
Post Cards from me
Prayer Book

10-14 Year Old Girl:

Tools:
Cup
Flashlight with extra batteries
Reusable Bag
Reusable Utensils
Sewing Kit with extra safety pins
Work Gloves

Toiletries:
Bar of Soap
Hairbrush
Hair Bands
Hair Scrunchie
Lip Balm
Magic Towel
Manicure Kit
Reusable Pad
Tissues

Learning:
Crayons
Notebook
Pad of paper
Pencil Sharpener
Pencils
Pens
Puffy Pink Pen
Rulers

Clothing:
Gloves
Jewelry
Socks
Sunglasses
Slipper Socks

Toys:
Beanie Baby
Coin Purse
Lei
Rubber Duckie

Spiritual:
Hand Painted John 3:16 Rock
I Am Loved pin
Personalized Letter
Photo of me
Post Cards from me
Prayer Book

More ideas can be found at Simply Shoeboxes. I recommend shopping throughout the year. For the boys, Harbor Freight was a great place to buy tools. Dollar Tree is good for some small stuff and bulk goods. If you can buy stuff in bulk, I recommend it.

I know there are people out there that are critical and venomous towards Samaritan’s Purse and Operation Christmas Child. They are allowed to express their thoughts on that. As for me, I am not going to be that critical. Any help is better than no help. Sometimes, it’s not the help itself that makes the difference, it’s the thought behind it. It’s the thought that someone took their time to think of me.

My mother stressed to me growing up at we had things a lot better than children in other parts in the world. Now, we had our lean days as well. We weren’t rich. Nicki and I had to share our My Little Ponies. We shared a lot of toys. Matthew and Beth got a lot of hand me downs, too. Matthew got my Hot Wheels collection and Beth everything else. As we all got older, things got better for our family, financially, so Matthew and Beth got things we didn’t get.

However, when we could afford it, my mother stressed sharing with others. If she knew a need had to be met for someone and she could fulfill that need, she did it. She just was a loving and helpful person. When we lived on Ft. Bragg, every year she tried to provide one kid on the Angel Tree.

So, in a way, I do this because I want my mother’s generosity to live on. I want some kid out there to know someone took the time to make their day a bit brighter.

Also, several years after my mother died, I was told about a nice woman that helped my mother in a time of need. I never met this woman. She’s long dead by now. But, after I heard that story, it made me sad to know my mother had to receive charity for us. And in a way, I want to honor that woman’s generosity. Pay it forward.

Maybe it comes out of the fact I suffer from depression. I don’t want others to be depressed. I want them to be happy. The simplest things can bring joy. If a little girl somewhere can get excited about a lei or a boy about a baseball, then it’s all worth it to me.


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What is wrong with us?
Posted on October 29th, 2017 @ 9:51 am

Imagine my disgust at this headline: George Washington’s Church Says Plaque Honoring First President Must Come Down.

WHAT

THE

ACTUAL

FARK?

“The plaques in our sanctuary make some in our presence feel unsafe or unwelcome.”

What is wrong with our society?

Here I am at a plaque starting George Washington was here:
Dork Shawn

I look so threatened by that plaque, don’t I? 🙄

Someone please explain to me how a plaque saying “This was George Washington’s pew” is unsafe and unwelcoming. Do you think the ghost of Washington is going to reach out and enslave your soul?

If it bothers you, YOU have the problem. Washington is long dead and gone. He’s not going to hurt you.  A plaque saying he once worshiped at this church is stating a fact. It happened and you can’t change it.

I would be LIVID if they tried to do the same thing at the Christ Church, Frederica on St. Simons Island. It’s a historical church. George Whitefield, John Wesley, and Charles Wesley ALL preached there. Savannah is home to many historical sites important to the Episcopal Church and the history of Methodism.

As I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. HISTORY IS UGLY. We cannot go scrubbing it away like people feel we need to do. We lose what has brought us to where we are as a result. If we keep getting rid of things we don’t like, then when does it stop?

I think St. Augustine, FL has the right idea about their Confederate Monument and I think other places should take note.  They are keeping it.  However, they are planning to put up additional plaques to explain the monument in a historical context.  They are thinking of doing the same for the one in Savannah.  We’re not denying history in this case.  It’s being clarified.

As to why I’m passionate about this topic, it is because I could have been a history major.  I enjoy history. I had to take an ethics class in college.  I chose an ethics class in history about slavery and the abolition cause in the antebellum days leading up to the Civil War. We read Uncle Tom’s Cabin, Our Nig, and Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave. It was a very interesting class. I learned things I didn’t learn in history classes prior to this one.

Imagine if that history was taking from us?  It had been once before, hadn’t?  It wasn’t pretty.  We know it’s there.  Some one kept it alive. We should learn from our mistakes, not hide them. History is a record of our bad and good. If you hid one part, you hide where we came from and you hide what we did to turn around and no longer be that way. You aren’t required to like it, but you are required to know it happened.

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It’s time for Operation Christmas Child box building & shipping.
Posted on October 23rd, 2017 @ 11:15 am

I just made my last purchases last night for my Operation Christmas Child boxes. I participated last year and wanted to do it again. This year, I’m doing 4 boxes. I did a box for a 5-9 year girl, a 5-9 year old boy, a 10-14 year boy, and a 10-14 year old girl. I’ve bought the stuff for it throughout the year. I am sending necessities, like toothbrushes and soap, but I added some fun stuff for the kids. Boys are getting Rubik’s Cubes. All get a bear. All get a cup. The older girl is getting an additional stuffed animal. The younger girl is getting a couple of dolls. The boys are also getting some tools. I ordered reusable pads for the older girl. The younger girl is getting a hairbrush set.

I basically filled the shoe boxes with as much as I can. Some of the stuff is dollar store stuff; some of it is not. I still need to sit down and write a short note for the boxes. And pick up a couple of postcards like last year!

Last year, my boxes went to Mali. I don’t know where they will go this year. I know when I get the e-mail.


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Concerts I’ve Seen
Posted on October 22nd, 2017 @ 2:20 pm

So, I decided to catalog all the concerts I have been to ever since my first one.  My first concert was to see Richard Marx in Atlanta at Chastain Park.  I’ve seen many acts, since. Links are to the photos I have on my Flickr account. I still have some more photos that I could find and scan. This post is updated as I attend more shows.

  1. Richard Marx – Chastain Park, Atlanta, GA – July 26, 1997
  2. *NSYNC – Florida Mall YM Show, Orlando, FL – May 30, 1998
  3. Richard Marx – Riverbend Festival, Chattanooga, TN, – June 14, 1998
  4. Richard Marx – Westbury Music Fair, Westbury, NY – July 16, 1999
  5. Richard Marx – Foxwoods Casino, Ledyard, CT – July 17, 1999
  6. Jordan Knight / *NSYNC – First American Music Center, Nashville, TN – August 4, 1999
  7. Backstreet Boys – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – February 19, 2000
  8. LFO – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – May 25, 2000
  9. “Weird Al” Yankovic – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – August 22, 2000
  10. Aaron Carter – Wal-Mart Tour, Pooler, GA – September 30, 2000
  11. Richard Marx – Webcast Filming, Nashville, TN – October 11, 2000
  12. BBMAK- Pleasure Island, Orlando, FL – December 16, 2000
  13. Backstreet Boys – Georgia Dome, Atlanta, GA – January 27, 2001
  14. BBMAK / *NSYNC – Alltel Stadium, Jacksonville, FL – May 23, 2001
  15. BBMAK / Youngstown / Nobody’s Angel – MGM Studios, Orlando, FL – June 23, 2001
  16. Richard Marx – Grand Opera House, Macon, GA – January 19, 2002
  17. Angie Aparo – The Pond House, Statesboro, GA – March 5, 2004
  18. Sara Bareilles / Maroon 5 – Armstrong Atlantic State University Fine Arts Auditorium, Savannah, GA – May 6, 2004
  19. Train – Donovan Field, Ft. Stewart, GA – June 17, 2004
  20. Kimberely Locke – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 16, 2004
  21. 3 Doors Down – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – October 31, 2005
  22. Hootie and the Blowfish – Sea Pines Resort, Hilton Head Island, SC – August 17, 2006
  23. Johnny Diaz / Steven Curtis Chapman – Turner Field,  Atlanta, GA – August 2, 2008
  24. Amy Grant – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, Peachtree City, GA – September 11, 2009
  25. Jessie James – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – October 2, 2009
  26. Montgomery Gentry – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – September 11, 2010
  27. Caleb / Steven Curtis Chapman – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – October 15, 2010
  28. Little River Band – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 16, 2010
  29. The B-52s – Turner Field, Atlanta, GA – July 16, 2011
  30. .38 Special – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 15, 2011
  31. Amy Grant & Vince Gill 12 Days of Christmas – Johnny Mercer Theater, Savannah, GA – December 11, 2011
  32. Richard Marx – Frederick Brown Jr. Amphitheater, Peachtree City, GA- July 14, 2012
  33. Gin Blossoms – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 20, 2012
  34. Collective Soul – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 19, 2013
  35. Jason Gray, Laura Story, & Steven Curtis Chapman – Shandon Baptist Church, Columbia, SC – November 1, 2013
  36. Tennessee Mafia Jugband – The Station Inn, Nashville, TN – August 16, 2014
  37. Richard Marx – Ponte Vedra Concert Hall, Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – October 9, 2014
  38. Blues Traveler – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 18, 2014
  39. Richard Marx – James K. Polk Theater, Nashville, TN – October 25, 2014
  40. Steven Curtis Chapman & Third Day – James Brown Arena, Augusta, GA – December 19, 2014
  41. Casting Crowns – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – June 12, 2015
  42. Joe Nichols – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 17, 2015
  43. Charlie Puth – Skype Live Studio, Portland, OR – November 5, 2015
  44. Amy Grant & Steven Curtis Chapman – Bon Secours Wellness Arena, Greenville, SC – February 28, 2016
  45. Moody Blues – North Charleston Performing Arts Center, North Charleston, SC – March 15, 2016
  46. Amy Grant, Nichole Nordeman, & Ellie Holcomb – Aiken Convocation Center, Aiken, SC – April 30, 2016
  47. Andy Grammer / Train- Volvo Car Stadium, Charleston, SC – August 17, 2016
  48. Elton John – MLK Jr. Arena, Savannah, GA – September 21, 2016
  49. Amy Grant, Michael W. Smith, & Jordan Smith – Infinite Energy Arena, Duluth, GA – December 16, 2016
  50. Jerrod Niemann / .38 Special – J. F. Gregory City Park, Richmond Hill, GA – October 21, 2017

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Some days, I just want to say screw it all to hell!
Posted on October 7th, 2017 @ 9:29 am

(People tell me that I feel too much)
Oh no, ’cause I don’t care; no, I just don’t care anymore
As I ride this train

It’s been a while since I last posted. So, what’s happened to me since then:

  • Went on a cruise.
  • Returned to work.
  • My aunt died.
  • I went to Missouri to help my uncle.
  • My sister adopted a kitten.
  • My sister totaled one of my cars.
  • I had to evacuate my home for the threat of Hurricane Irma.
  • We went to Nashville, TN, because it was the closest city we could get an RV park space.
  • Came home. Waiting for the next piece of shit to hit the fan.

I swear, each time I post, I’m becoming more and more cynical.

Personally, I’m sick of what’s being flung at me. When does it stop? When the bill collectors start asking for their money, I’m starting to feel like a joke when I tell them the latest on why I can’t pay them. I leave them speechless when they call.

As for the world, I want off it. Seeing good like the people of Texas helping one another while it flooded after Harvey was great. And then the NFL goes and ruins that good will by protesting the National Anthem because President Trump hurt their little feelings. Well, you know what? Screw you NFL. That attitude is what is wrong with the world. Life sucks, get over it. You aren’t the first group of people to get your feelings hurt. To take it out on the American Public like you did disgusts me. I recognize your right to your feelings. I just think you are pansies in how you expressed it.

Prior to this, it was the event in Charlottesville. That was a clusterfuck. Seems like if you stand for the Bill of Rights, you’re racist. Racist people are vile. I don’t care which race you are advocating for. The fact that you will dismiss another population due to the hatred in your heart is the problem. And just like the pansy NFL players, the racist groups like the Skinheads and Neo-Nazis are afforded a right to speak. I have to protect heir rights, because if I don’t, there goes my rights. It’s a shame we even have Skinheads and Neo-Nazis in the first place.

And now there’s the Las Vegas massacre and people thinking gun control would have stopped it. People want to make it about gun control. Newsflash – there is gun control. Firearms Owners’ Protection Act of 1986 “it shall be unlawful for any person to transfer or possess a machinegun.” He should have never had one. As for guns, I don’t like them, but I know they are needed, sadly. I always loop back around to the The Monkey’s Paw portion of the “Treehouse of Horror II” episode of The Simpsons. Lisa wishes for world peace, which is all nice and dandy until the aliens invade.

When I was in high school, a kid was murdered on campus. I walked by it, oblivious to it. I was so used to the kids at the bus ramp acting up. The next year, we had to have mesh or clear bookbags. My homeroom was discussing that rational of such bags. We came up with ways to kill people with our books, pens, and pencils. We’re weren’t psychopaths. We were just jaded high school students. We knew at age 17/18 that if you want to kill someone, laws and regulations won’t stop a person. They will find a way to kill.

Examples of massacres & attacks on the public not using guns:

I could list more, but I think those are good examples.

The truth of the matter is evil is taking over the world.  It is corrupting us. It is taking us over and causing us to fight one another.  It’s breaking us out into our inner savage beast.  It’s tearing friendships apart.  I feel like we’re turning into savages. No wonder I’m turning cynical and depressed.  I want to just say sayanora to this world I’m living in.  It’s not a very nice one.


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The Ugly Truth on Mental Health – Why Bother?
Posted on June 12th, 2017 @ 3:00 pm

I went to the movies yesterday and saw this ad. I was yelling at it, well, not yelling at it, but talking loudly, at it.

You see, there’s an ugly side about getting mental health treatment. It’s called being told you aren’t crazy enough to get short term disability.

I mean really. What good is it to ask for help and get told no, because you are sane enough to know you are sane?

I’m in a catch-22.

I suffer from depression. I have for years. And I try to fight it. I do. But, it’s a chemical imbalance.

At the moment, I am fighting it big time. Life is a stressor. It’s a big stressor. I tried to fight it and do what I must do, but at times, life can get at you. Your medication may not work.

At this time, since Hurricane Matthew, actually, I’ll take that back,it’s been before the hurricane, but I’m using it as a cutoff at the moment, life has been hell for me. There’s a lot of stuff in my life that I have been trying to take care of, in addition to working 40+ hours at work.

In the beginning of May, I was hospitalized at a mental health treatment center for a week. When I got out, I was told not to rush back to work.

Well, here’s where it gets dicey. I am on leave and it’s approved, but I’m not medical disabled at the moment to work. So unpaid leave it is.

And that’s the catch-22.

I’m sane enough to know I’m not mentally well but not mentally well enough to return to work. And because I’m not drooling and hearing voices in my head to have me committed even longer, I can’t draw short time disability. Oh, and while I’m not working, I need to pay for my health care costs out of pocket.

So, I don’t have money to pay for my health care. My health care that pays for the medications I need to be mental fit.

No wonder people don’t go get the help they need. No wonder people lose it and go postal. I’m fucked.

We’re told to get help and when we need help, this is what we get told.

I just wanted enough money to get me through this time of need. I don’t want a yacht. I just want to get healthy and return to work. I don’t want to be a sobbing mess.

In the end, I’m being punished for trying to do the right thing.

And here’s the thing. I know I’m not alone. There are many people out there in my situation that are doing all they can to become better. They are following the advice of their mental health teams. They take their medications. They are doing the best they can, but they are told that they aren’t disabled. They aren’t in need of help according to guidelines.

I write this entry not only as a well to express my feelings on this, but to warn others. It’s no use getting help when no one will help you. Really. No wonder there is a stigmata when it comes to mental health.

The mental health treatment center failed me. They couldn’t send my records over to the company that I would take care of my short term disability. The company handling my short term disability failed me. They never DEMANDED my records. Really, they just can’t seem to grasp the human side of mental illness. I’m well enough not to be hospitalized, but I’m not well enough to return to work. Being aware of what is going on doesn’t mean I’m not troubled. And that’s that the boils down to. I feel like me and people like me are being told that our mental health doesn’t matter in the long run. We are just a bother to society. We are worthless. We are not in need of help.

You can try to be rational all you want to me, but I’m in an irrational mood. I hate that I feel this way. I don’t want to feel this way. But damn it, my mind is broken. Just because you can’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. You can’t see broken bones sometimes, unless you have an x-ray, but when they aren’t working, we know people are disabled. Why do we treat mental illness differently? I don’t see you as telling me it’s a medical definition. I see it as you belittling me and making my worth worthless. I’m broken; I know it. But I’m not broken enough to be fixed within the system.

So yes, seeing this ad yesterday really pissed me off. What good is asking for help when you can’t get any help at all? Mental health help is just a farce after all (Except for my therapist team helping me. At least they care. At least I’m not just a random piece of paper to them).


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Movie Review of Megan Leavey: I Wish I Had My Dog With Me
Posted on May 31st, 2017 @ 10:55 am

Last night, I had the chance to go see the movie Megan Leavey. There was a free screening for military members, active and retirees. My father is a retiree, so I took up the opportunity to take him.

It made me cry.  These were good tears.  All through the movie, I was wishing my dog could be sitting next to me.  It made me thinking of my dog from my childhood.  Yushee was a German Shepard that had been in a car accident when she was three; she was a crippled dog the rest of her 12 years of life.  She was a damn good dog.  PupPup is, too.

This movie is a love story, but not a romantic one.  This is about the bond between human and dog.  The Marine vet may have seen Rex as adoptable property, but Megan saw him as her dog.  Even the years she couldn’t be with him, she still considered him her dog.  The dog was blessed to have her love and she was blessed to have a bond with the dog, too.

Also, considering where I’ve been the past month emotionally, the scene between Megan and her father talking about her depression really hit a nerve with me. I nearly lost it at that scene.

I recommend going to see it. It has suspense. It makes you think. Just don’t forget the tissues.


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Another Example of Destroying History: Nash Farm Battlefield
Posted on May 25th, 2017 @ 9:39 am

We have become like Rome. Does anyone know anything about the ancient city of Carthage? Very little is known about them compared to what is known about ancient Rome. You know why? Once Rome won the Punic Wars overall, the Romans destroyed whatever they could. I wrote a paper about this in a history class.  It was only a 1 page piece, but the professor went over the paper in class.

I bring this up as the biggest example of destroying history. Another big example is the Taliban’s destroying of the Buddhas of Bamiyan.

This story on the Nash Farm Battlefield is a recent example.

Nash Farm is a battlefield in Henry County, GA, owned by the county. I’ve driven by it a few times, but never stopped at it. It was never opened when I was in the area. One County Commissioner took it upon herself to tell the group running the park to take down the Confederate flag flying outside on the grounds because it was offensive. Then later, she demanded that they take down ALL the Confederate flags INSIDE the museum at the battlefield.

Mind you, this is a Civil War battlefield. The flag on display at a Civil War battlefield is appropriate here. The flag is part of the story the battlefield and museum are trying to discuss.

When word of this demand was heard by the major patron of the battlefield, he withdrew his support AND his artifacts. This in turn has caused the group running the battlefield to close the compound on June 1, 2017.

This is another example of what I feared would happen when people started calling for the banning of the Confederate flags. This is another example of removing history because it’s “offensive.” News flash: history is always offensive. If we start removing one history because it’s offensive, then we have to remove ALL history. I’m tired of being told history can’t be told because it’s offensive.

Shame on Commissioner Dee Clemmons for trying to see to the end of this battlefield. This battlefield is just a part of Georgia’s legacy as is 501 Auburn Ave in Atlanta. This battlefield is just a part of Georgia’s legacy as is 10 E Oglethorpe Ave in Savannah. We should respect our history as it led us to what we are today.  We shouldn’t try to hide it like it’s some deformed child. History is what it is.  We can’t change the past.  We can only learn from it.

What is the next thing we will be told to forget about?

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I kept singing this to myself this past week.
Posted on May 13th, 2017 @ 9:41 am

…Only when we’re broken, are we whole

What happens now
When all I’ve made is torn down…


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Handicapped parking abuse – How to tell you are a douchebag:
Posted on May 3rd, 2017 @ 5:06 pm

Handicapped Sign

  1. Your car has no handicapped license plate.
  2. Your car has no handicapped placard.
  3. You are parked in a handicapped space.

Bonus points if you were the persons today that got into the handicapped spot just before I did at the Savannah PetSmart in a yellow SUV with the Ware County license plate asking for a dog stroller. I know I shouldn’t judge you, but you didn’t have the proper handicapped items for your car. I saw you park in that spot. I didn’t see your handicapped tag.  I didn’t see your handicapped placard. I saw you get out of your car and saw you walk into the store. That’s what made you douchebags – what I listed above.  Both of you. However, some will claim the dog stroller alone makes you douchebags.

As to why I was in a handicapped spot? My poor father. Since his surgery, he’s in pain. It hurts to walk. For his surgery, it’s going to be a while until he’s somewhat normal. He had doctors’ appointments today I took him to. Like my mother taking care of my grandmother, I took car of my dad using a walker and a wheelchair. He can’t drive for at least another month, so I asked if we could get him a handicapped placard. If we kids are taking care of him, then the least we can do it use the handicapped spots to help him. The doctors agreed and we got him one after we left the doctors’ offices.

If you, the douchebags, need a handicapped spot, just do what I did today.  Visit a doctor and apply for the placard or plate.  The plate cost $20 and the placard was free. All you need in the State of Georgia is MV-9D.  It took less than 10 minutes for a doctor to get his office to write it up and the visit to the tag office was just as long as any other for me using their services.  In total, today, it took us about 30 minutes to get his tag.

I have always felt this way about handicapped spot abuse.  I was 14 when my grandmother had a stroke.  We had to get a handicapped placard for her. She had to use a walker. It would suck when we would see people that didn’t need the spot using it as their own personal spot.  No, it’s not your personal spot.  It’s for those that really are immobile or do suffer from chronic pain.  If you have the tag, then I can’t begrudge you. Denying my grandmother the ability to enjoy life because you are a selfish pork-faced pig does anger me.

Mary Ellen had a tag due to her COPD. When I would hang out with her and Harold, we’d park in the handicapped spot so she go enjoy life. She did all she could do, even drive, but had to have oxygen.  However, if she wasn’t with us, Harold and I didn’t park in those spots. We weren’t going to abuse them, even if Harold looked as if could use the tag, too.

So yeah, if you park handicapped spot and aren’t cleared to use it, you are a douchebag.

As for my father, at the moment, the tag is temporary one.  We’ll revisit it in 6 months if he needs another one. He’s suffering nerve pain from his surgery in the leg they had to pull some veins from.  Other than being miserable from that, as well as still weak, everyone says he’s looking good for just having the surgery he had. People don’t believe he’s as old as he is.  He would rather be healthy and not need the tag. Until then, he’ll use it.

Sadly, there will be douchebags like the ones I’ve encountered.


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