1st Amendment and Protests

Not one to shy away from controversy … let’s get into it.

Before we get started … hate mail goes to: comments@todayspetpeeve.com

Let me start off by saying I believe what happened to George Floyd was a tragedy and a blatant misuse of force by Officer Derek Chauvin. Mr. Floyd was in custody and there was no reason for the police officer to keep his knee on Floyd’s neck for that excessive amount of time after he was restrained … especially when Floyd was saying he can’t breathe.

I don’t know Officer Chauvin to make any sort of judgement on why he felt the need to do that. Did he do it because he’s racist and Mr. Floyd was black … or did he do it because he just saw him as another criminal. I don’t know … and neither do you! The only person who truly knows the answer is Derek Chauvin. If you say you know what his intentions were then you are full of shit and making assumptions to fit your narrative.

I believe that police officers have a very difficult job … especially in today’s “hate the police” culture and the growing empowerment to be argumentative by segments of the population when they are pulled over. I’m not sure when it became okay to tell an officer that “I don’t have to exit the vehicle!” but is seems to be happening more and more. Gone are the days when you did what the officer asked and respected the position they were in.

Every stop an officer makes has the potential to turn deadly with a growing segment that are ready and willing to attack cops just for doing their job. The only people I feel qualified to truly judge officers actions are other officers who have faced similar situations. If you work a 9-5 job behind a desk, it’s really easy to pass judgement and say what an officer should and shouldn’t have done but until you’ve been in a situation where someone wants to kill you … you don’t really know how you’d react! The only thing you have to worry about at your job is getting a paper cut from your TPS reports. Cops could die doing their job and never make it home to their families. Your paper cut will heal … they risk dying.

I’m always of the mindset that I want to see the entire video to make up my mind and not blindly believe edited footage that steer a watcher towards a specific narrative. From what I saw of the extended video, Derek Chauvin was out of line and on a power trip. Again, I’m not an officer and I wasn’t there but from a layman’s point of view … it appeared Chauvin used excessive force. Some videos speak for themselves and I believe this is one of them. When you watch the entire video and not some edited version, it seems obvious Derek Chauvin went rogue and killed George Floyd.

In my opinion though, Officer Chauvin is the only one responsible for Mr. Floyd’s death. I know it’s not a popular opinion but I’m not interested in being popular. The two officers who initially handled the altercation had been on the job 4 days. From what I saw, they had the situation under control and then an officer with more seniority (Chauvin) comes on the scene and takes control. The rookie officers asked if they should turn Mr. Floyd on his side so he can breathe and Chauvin said “No!” I don’t know about you but I don’t think many people on their 4th day of work would feel comfortable telling someone how to do their job.

Imagine Mr. Floyd did not die. The next day when the rookie officers get to work they would be called into the office and fired for going against an officer with seniority. You can tell me I’m full of shit … but you know damn well that scenario is very plausible.

Upon people seeing this video and it going viral, people became enraged. I can totally understand why. What happens from that point forward is where I have a problem with “the movement” that is now happening.

It doesn’t matter how pissed you are … burning down a police station isn’t justified. Anybody who gets behind the statement …

“We protested peacefully and you didn’t listen, so this is what you get!”

… is a person letting their emotions get the better of them and not using their head. They are letting their emotions take over and that can be dangerous. That is mob mentality and is in no way constructive. Reasoning like that turns people off to your message and makes many people view your message in a negative manner.

If your message is not getting heard … then you figure out a different way of saying it so that it is heard. When you start justifying violence to get your point across … how are you any different from Derek Chauvin!? He wasn’t getting the response he wanted, so he got violent. Is that the comparison you want? I’m guessing probably not … but that’s how I view you if you are behind burning down a police station to “get your message across.”

Hate begets hate; violence begets violence; toughness begets a greater toughness. We must meet the forces of hate with the power of love… Our aim must never be to defeat or humiliate the white man, but to win his friendship and understanding. – Martin Luther King, Jr.

Obviously peaceful protests take a lot longer … but that is what brings people over to your way of thinking. Not destroying things! For all the protesters starting to shake in anger right now yelling …

“Those people aren’t part of the protest. Stop lumping them in with us!”

You have no problem lumping all police officers together with Derek Chauvin! You’re saying all police are violent based upon the actions of a few bad cops … so why can’t I lump the criminals and looters in with your protest!? Yeah! It seems like bullshit that I won’t separate the two, huh? Well it’s bullshit when you paint all cops with a broad brush and say all cops are violent.

I’m not saying there aren’t bad cops … sure there are … but I believe the majority are caring people. When you say all cops are violent … it’s no different than me saying all protestors are looters. The majority of both are peaceful but the few bad ones spoil the whole bunch.

Now that we can both agree that it’s not fair to paint groups with a broad brush … let’s talk about “the movement” and how it’s not okay to have a different opinion anymore.

While the 1st Amendment protects your right to go out and protest and chant your point of view … it also protects people’s point of view that don’t align with yours! If you’re out protesting right now, you don’t OWN the 1st Amendment … it extends to everyone! If someone has a point of view different from yours, it has to be okay for them to have it … even if you think it’s ridiculous! Trust me … there are people who think your point of view is ridiculous but they don’t say anything because currently no other viewpoint is acceptable except the one the protesters have!

Ask Drew Brees! He found out that he’s not allowed to have a different opinion from the “collective opinion” right now! He simply said he will never agree with anybody disrespecting the flag of the United States of America in regards to Kaepernick kneeling during the National Anthem.

“I love and respect my teammates, and I stand right there with them in regard to fighting for racial equality and justice, I also stand with my grandfathers, who risked their lives for this country, and countless other military men and women who do it on a daily basis.” – Drew Brees

His teammate Malcom Jenkins said that he was “hurt” by Brees’ comments and that they were “extremely self-centered.”

“Our communities are under siege, and we need help and what you’re telling us is don’t ask for help that way. Ask for it a different way. I can’t listen to it when you ask that way. We’re done asking, Drew. And people who share your sentiments, who express those and push them throughout the world, the airwaves, are the problem. And it’s unfortunate because I considered you a friend. I looked up to you. You’re somebody who I had a great deal of respect for. But sometimes you should shut the fuck up.” – Malcom Jenkins

This is part of the problem. If someone doesn’t just blindly fall into line with the agenda currently being pushed … then simply put … they are the enemy! Not someone who has a different opinion … THE ENEMY!

The “You’re either with us or you’re against us!” mentality is bullshit and needs to stop! What happened to civil discourse!? I thought America was celebrated for it’s diversity and acceptance. Apparently that’s only if you accept the message the protesters are serving up.

The attitude of the protests right now are eerily totalitarian. There is no room for any thought other than the one they are promoting! Why can’t someone disagree with you? Can’t we have different opinions co-exist at the same time and both be legitimate? Isn’t that what America is all about!? The answer is apparently NO!

The newest slogan in the protest is: White Silence is Violence.

Oh, the “protester” that came up with that little rhyme must have been so proud of themselves! Write it on the cardboard with a Sharpie and let’s walk it through the streets. Although I understand the sentiment behind the clever little rhyme … it’s a little misguided and complete bullshit!

Maybe people are just stressed the fuck out because they lost their jobs due to the Coronavirus and can’t pay their bills … so they’re worrying about that? Maybe people just aren’t into protesting? Maybe white people tried to say something supportive but got lectured by “the movement” and told they were “culturally insensitive” or it “wasn’t good enough.”

Ask Madonna or Heidi Klum!

Madonna is not racist. She adopted children who are black. Heidi Klum married Seal and had children with him. These are not things a “racist person” would do! So “the movement” gets upset that white people don’t speak up and when they do … their support is critiqued and they are cut down. The definition of racist is changing so much lately, it’s hard to keep track of. I think it boils down to if you don’t parrot what BLM is saying – you’re racist.

Did you ever think that maybe white people are just silent because even when you try to show support you are lambasted if you don’t show it correctly! What the fuck do you want!? To equate someone not saying something to violence is completely asinine! Whomever came up with that little slogan can Fuck Off! What’s really happening is that “the movement” wants you to say something so they can decide if you’re with them or if your … the enemy!

It’s time to chill the fuck out!

I completely get behind people’s rights to speak out about what they feel are injustices but the current “movement” that is happening is nothing but a bunch of bullies using intimidation … and I can’t stand bullies! Continue to protest because the cause is worth it but you need to calm down and think about what is going to get your message heard. Being aggressive and confrontational is only going to turn a lot of people off to the message you want them to hear. Seeing businesses being looted by criminals that hide in your protest are not helping your cause either. Stop saying “They aren’t part of the peaceful protest!” but guess what … you’re giving them cover and they’re spoiling your “peaceful” protest!

It’s time to approach this a different way … OR … just continue doing things the way you’ve been doing them. I’m old … what the fuck do I know!?

What I do know .. is that I’m getting fucking tired of my city having to board up it’s stores and making it look like a third world country. I’m tired of how small businesses are being ransacked and putting people out of work because the protests make the perfect cover for criminals to steal stuff. I know that I’m growing tired of the unrest and becoming tone deaf to the message … and I’m really tired of the politicizing of every fucking issue under the Sun!

Oh … and I know I’m ready for 2020 to be over.

Poor-Timed Ambition

Maybe this is just a problem I have … but I’m betting there are a few of you out there that encounter the same thing. It’s what I call Poor-Timed Ambition. That’s when you feel like crossing something off your “to do list” … but can’t do it at the time you are motivated.

Let me give you an example:

You wake up Wednesday and for whatever reason you feel like you can take on the world! You feel motivated to clean out the garage this weekend because shit has been stacking up everywhere and it’s been bugging you for a while now.

Okay! This Saturday … I’m cleaning the garage!”

Thursday and Friday you wake up feeling pretty good. You’re still motivated to clean out the garage but you have to go to work. So … you at least start thinking about how you will tackle it on Saturday. You figure you’ll wake up, have coffee and then dig in! It’s going to feel so good to finally get that done!

Saturday rolls around and suddenly that “take on the world attitude” has subsided. You wake up a little out of sorts. You know what you’re supposed to do today because you’ve been planning it since Wednesday … but you just don’t feel like doing it today.

You make your coffee and figure the caffeine jolt will get you motivated! As you sit there drinking your coffee … you start to come up with every reason why you shouldn’t clean out the garage. Then by the time you finish your coffee … you have convinced yourself that it can wait. You just don’t feel like cleaning it out! The weekend passes and the garage looks exactly the same! You’ve justified not getting it done though … because you’ll do it next weekend! Six months pass … and that fucking garage still looks exactly the same.

Why can’t I ever get that Wednesday motivation on Saturday!?

“There’s so much I want to do … but work prevents me from accomplishing it!”

All week long I feel motivated to do stuff … but can’t because I have to work. Then when the weekend rolls around and I have time to do it … I lose all motivation. I’m beginning to realize that I’m either moody … or … I’m just lazy as fuck! When I actually have the time to accomplish something I find every excuse not to do it!

Here’s the thing though … I always feel motivated to do something during the week when I have to work! I rarely have that “ambition” on the weekend! Maybe it’s just my brain helping me out to not feel like such a loser!? It knows I’m a lazy piece of shit so it gives me that motivation during the week … knowing I can’t act on it … to make me feel like I’m a do’er and feel better about myself.

It must be a self-preservation tactic that my brain has created over time to convince me that I’m not lazy … even though I am. On occasion there are times where I’ve said “Fuck it!” … and called out at work to do something. I stay home and I actually do work on it … but I can’t do that all the time! My circadian clock needs adjusting! Why can’t I have that ambitious feeling on the weekends and keep the lazy feelings for when I’m at work!?

If you have young kids, then your weekends are probably filled taking them to ball games or something so you can justify not getting things done. (I know I did!) My kids are older now and doing their own thing … so I really don’t have any excuse anymore!

All my ambition occurs during the week and inconveniently fades by the weekend. Then mid week it comes back and I convince myself that this weekend I’ll get it done! Saturday rolls around and like clockwork … I’m not feeling it. Fuck!

Not this weekend though!! It’s Wednesday and I’m feeling motivated! Now that I’ve recognized this pattern that I have … I will persevere and overcome! Hopefully if you have the same problem, I’ve also inspired you to work on that “To Do List” this weekend! You go get ’em tiger … I’ll probably end up going to the movies.

Decrepit Old Man Syndrome

What is that you ask?

That is when a healthy man suddenly needs a cane or walker to get around. The last time you saw them they were fine and now they are frail and barely clinging to life. They need a person on each side to hold them up because they are shaky on their feet and need help just to walk. This usually surfaces when someone has to go to court.

Most recently it was on full display with Harvey Weinstein … and Bill Cosby before him.

We’ll start with Harvey Weinstein:

“Take me to court … please! I’m rich and powerful. You can’t touch me.”

“Wait! What? I can’t believe you’re really going through with this.”

Lawyer: “This isn’t looking good. We need to make him look less guilty. Have him act like he’s an old man.”

Lawyer: “That didn’t work! Have him use a walker when he comes into court next time … and tell him to sell it!

There’s something about having to go to court that makes men age quickly. He’s walking around just fine in public when cameras capture him at the night clubs but suddenly he needs a walker when he comes into court. The lawyers even put the tennis balls on the walker’s feet like your Grandpa used to have! Get the fuck out of here! I don’t think anybody’s buying it Harvey!

Then there’s Bill Cosby:

“I’m getting so tired of having to appear at these court cases! Let’s get this over with!”

“Shit! This is really going to go to trial!? I can’t pay this one off?”

“It’s okay … my lawyer says I have nothing to worry about.”

“I love you too! You know I’m innocent!”

Lawyer: “It’s not looking good! You might be found guilty! You’re an actor, right? Next time you come to court bring a cane and sell it!”

Look at that change! From arrogant, defiant and got this beat … to frail old man almost overnight! It’s unreal the change that occurs from the first court appearance when he thinks he is getting off … to the end when the verdict will be read! It’s like he’s aged 20 years. I guarantee if the verdict would have been not guilty he would have stood up, dropped the cane and defiantly walked out of the courtroom just fine.

These two are prime examples of The Decrepit Old Man Syndrome. It’s a hoax to try to play on people’s emotions … and it’s laughable! They were fine up until they had to go to court. They weren’t frail when they were … (sorry, I can’t afford to be sued for slander) … allegedly committing the crimes they are accused of … so why are you going to act this way now? Oh yeah … you don’t want to go to jail and will try anything to avoid it. Do you really think the jurors are going to be swayed by this shit!? It just shows your true colors. You’re a big man until the hammer falls and then you’ll try anything you can to try to get your way out of it … even acting like a decrepit old man.

Dogs Everywhere

Remember the good ol’ days when dogs were in backyards or being walked by their owners on the street … not in every fucking cart at the store!

Awesome! That’s just what I wanted … some dog’s asshole rubbing all over the cart where I’m going to put my groceries!

Am I the only one who thinks that the majority of people have lost their fucking minds!? Everywhere you turn, everyone has their pets with them!

Home Goods …

Home Depot …

Ralphs …

Target …

I’ll admit the little fucker inside the target basket is cute … but can’t anyone leave the fucking house without their pets anymore!?

And if you have to bring them with you, what happened to leaving them outside like this …

Oh … that’s right! They’re not pets anymore … they’re emotional support animals. People need them in the grocery store because shopping is such a stressful event. Get the fuck out of here!

When I grew up, we had dogs and we considered them “part of the family” … but they were still just pets. They weren’t considered “kids” … like they are these days.

If someone would have asked a mother when I was growing up if the dog was her “baby” … she would have looked at them and said:

“Uh … no! He’s a dog. I didn’t give birth to him!”

Somewhere along the line that question became less offensive. Now, when you ask that question … the answer is “Yes! Those are my kids!”

No … they’re not your kids! Stop anthropomorphizing your pets. Stop acting like they are furry humans. They aren’t! They don’t understand what you’re saying. You can’t carry on a conversation with them. When you ask them a question and they bark … they are not answering you in their “dog language!” They don’t understand what you’re saying!

The problem is that people don’t want to put effort into real relationships anymore so they just treat their animals like their partner. They can’t deal with someone who might have a different opinion … so they just partner up with a pet.

Dogs used to have the distinguished job of protecting the family and their property. This doesn’t seem to be the case anymore. Now dogs have to fill an emotional void in whacked out humans. People can’t deal with the tiniest amount of stress anymore so their dogs have to go everywhere with them in case they are “triggered.”

Is Target too stressful!?

It’s out of control! Now they’re invading airplanes!

Yeah … that’s just what I want … this dog breathing in my face throughout my whole flight. I’m sure he was licking his ass just before he got on the plane … so it’s going to be awesome!

Has common sense gone out the window!? I get nervous enough seeing a crying baby in the waiting area … hoping they’re not going to get on my flight … now I have to worry about the asshole with the 40lb. Labrador?

And it’s not just dogs anymore that people are bringing onto planes! People have gone off the fucking deep end. Now there’s emotional support … everything trying to get onto planes!

Awesome … let’s listen to this fucker “caw” for the 14 hour flight!
FUCK THAT!
I seriously doubt that diaper is going to contain all that duck’s shit!
A pony!?
A pig! Gimme a fucking break!

Seriously!? Have we descended into being a third world country!? I thought this kind of shit only happened on Kazakhstan Airlines! Why can’t pets ride in the cargo area like they have … for 50 years!?

Sorry … I got a little off topic.

Dog’s are great pets but you don’t need to bring them everywhere you go! The only time I want to see a dog in a store is if it’s a TRUE service animal. The real service animals are trained and do a great service to someone who is truly in need.

I understand the need for service dogs and am totally fine with them going wherever they need to go because they are rigorously trained and certified. They are not bullshit emotional support animals. If you have a real service dog, the above mentioned does not apply to you … but if you’re one of those assholes who can’t go anywhere without your dog … fucking leave it at home!

Not Enough Diversity Bullshit

So the Oscar nominees were announced Monday. Just as the last syllable was being uttered, everybody on social media and TV starts blowing up the internet about how women and “people of color” are unrepresented. Get the fuck out of here!

How can women be unrepresented when there is a category for women named Best Actress!? Unless the Academy is nominating men in that category … then I’d say women are being represented. And how can you say that “people of color” are not represented when there is a woman of color nominated in the Best Actress category!?

There were 786 movies released this year. There are going to be winners and there are going to be losers … that’s the way life works. There are a limited amount of slots in each category. Do you want the movies to be nominated based upon how good they are … or based upon some political formula so everyone is “equally” represented!? Give me a fucking break!

Stop trying to make everything equal.

Life doesn’t work like that … no matter how much you try to socially engineer it.

I’m going to touch the third rail on this one … so if you are easily offended … stop reading NOW and Google some cat videos and go to your safe place.

As usual, angry emails go to comments@todayspetpeeve.com.

If you’re still with me … don’t say I didn’t warn you!

This is directed to woman and people of color (which is the new politically correct term for black people) who feel you were not represented in the Oscars. Do you want special treatment or do you want to be treated equal? I’m always hearing you say that you want equality and to be judged on your merits and not your gender or skin color. Okay, that seems fair … but you can’t cry foul when things don’t go your way! Being treated equally means you’re not special … but that’s not really what you want. You want the best of both worlds. You want to be equal … when it suits you.

There were both women and black people nominated in categories … so don’t make overgeneralized statements. There were no women nominated for best director … which is what you thought should’ve happened … so therefore you say you’re “unrepresented.” Stop trying to stir shit up where it doesn’t need to be!

Just because YOU think the movie directed by a woman was amazing … doesn’t mean everyone else did! That movie might have been great and she did an excellent job but there are 785 other movies to consider. The movies are voted upon by members of the Academy. Maybe the voters thought the other films were better? Maybe they were judging the movies on their merits and not worrying about what gender the director was … like they’re supposed to. The Oscars are supposed to reward excellence in film making … not make sure everyone gets a participation trophy. If you didn’t win … work harder next time!

The whole thing smells of activism and honestly I think it’s the media floating this bullshit. There wasn’t even enough time for some slighted actress or black actor to pick up their phone and whine on social media before this narrative had legs.

For all the people who are keeping this going for their agenda … just fucking stop!

Don’t say women aren’t represented. Women are everywhere in Hollywood. I can’t go anywhere and not see some #MeToo movement issue. Woman empowerment is on every fucking commercial and marketing campaign out right now. I think woman empowerment is great but it’s gotten a little out of control … don’t you think!? Are you trying to become equal or trying to take over!? Equality means that men see you as equal … but don’t forget, you have to see men as equal too! Is the goal equality or is it taking over? Not represented … Get the fuck out of here. You’re represented … you just didn’t win a specific nomination this year.

And don’t tell me that black people aren’t represented. Black people have there own TV channel for fuck’s sake. They even have their own separate awards shows. Are you telling me Oprah and Tyler Perry couldn’t get whatever they wanted if they asked!? Not represented … Get the fuck out of here. You’re represented … you just didn’t win a specific nomination this year.

EVERY year there are so called “snubs” in various categories. I’m sure the people that don’t get nominated always try to blame it on some other reason than the film or their performance just wasn’t good enough compared to the other films. The films are voted on by the Academy that is made up of people in the industry … your peers … so stop your bitching. If you don’t like it, then switch careers … yeah, that’s what I thought.

In 2009 Kathryn Bigelow won Best Director for Hurt Locker. She even beat out James Cameron for Avatar. She won the Oscar because she did the best job! That’s true equality! She won because she made a great film … not because females weren’t represented enough.

The goal is to make the best movie you can and then hopefully you’ll be recognized for it. Do you really want the win if it’s to fill some affirmative action bullshit!? Personally, I’d rather win knowing that it was because I made a great movie not because I was a quota.

I’m am so tired of listening to all these fucking whiny people complain about how something or someone wasn’t represented. News Flash! Life’s not fair!

Google Maps

Am I the only one who gets pissed when I type in something specific and Google comes back with unrequested results!? For example … I was going on a trip and I typed in Hilton Hotels into Google Maps. What pops up!? Every hotel in the area … except a Hilton. If I wanted to see every hotel in the area, then I would have searched the generic term “hotel” and not been specific. If I type in specifically Hilton … then just show me the fucking Hilton hotels and nothing else!

I don’t want to see a Marriott. I don’t want to see a Hyatt. I don’t want to see a Best Western and I certainly don’t want to see any Motel 6 pop up! I want Hilton hotels which is why I typed in … Hilton hotels.

There’s a reason I want a Hilton and not just any hotel. I joined the Hilton Honors program so I can earn points when I stay there. I accumulate points and get perks when I save up enough points. Currently, I’m on track to receive a $2 bottle of water for using 100,000,000,000,000,000 points. It’s a lofty goal … but I’m committed! (Yes, I’m exaggerating … slightly … but you get the point. We’ll save the ridiculous amount of points you have to acquire to receive minuscule rewards for another post!)

Every year Google sets aside money for research and development. Every year they seem to spend a little more than the last year. In 2018 the company spent $21,000,000,000 on R&D. YES! That’s $21 billion with a B! They are looking towards the future and investing money in Artificial Intelligence.

I’m sure it costs a lot of money to be on the cutting edge of new, exciting technologies like that … but maybe they can spare a few million dollars to go back and re-tool one of their old technologies … so it fucking works like it’s supposed to! They are so busy trying to beat all the other tech companies to the “next big technology” that they don’t focus on making what they’ve already created work better.

Does Google even work on Maps anymore? I’m thinking they don’t otherwise they would have fixed the voice navigation it gives. I can’t even count how many times that bitch is silent and then pipes up to say:

“Turn left in 20 feet … (beep, beep) … rerouting …”

How about a little more notice for fuck’s sake! You’re tracking my every move. It didn’t occur to you to let me know that a turn was coming up … before I was actually at the intersection!? She either won’t shut up or she gives directions after I’ve passed where I need to go. (I guess that’s why Google chose a female voice. Whoa! Relax ladies! I’m just kidding!)

Oh … and maybe this is just me … but why do they have to switch the background to black when it’s night time. I’m looking out the fucking windshield. I know it’s night time. Just keep it the gray color.

Google doesn’t worry whether Maps works well or not! As far as they are concerned it’s mastered. No! No Google … it’s not mastered! Let’s take a little of that R&D budget and go back and work on Maps. I think you can spare a few million to make it better.

As far as I’m concerned, they have an obligation to make that shit work flawlessly because there are no alternatives anymore! Do you remember Thomas Guides!? It’s not like you can find one of those anywhere! Google Maps was definitely a large part of their demise. And for all you assholes that have to prove me wrong and say:

“There’s an alternative … you can use Bing Maps.

Fuck off! Yeah …while I’m at it, I can log into my A.O.L. account using Netscape on my dial-up modem. Bing Maps is old and it sucks! It’s as bad as Vista was and should die off too.

One last complaint I have about Google Maps has less to do with the actual application and more to do with the unintended consequences it has created. This new generation has no idea how to get somewhere without their phones telling them where to go.

If I try to give a younger person directions, they get confused if the directions are more than turn right at the next light. They anxiously tell me nevermind … I’ll just Map it!

I remember my old man had the entire south land mapped out in his head. He did outside sales so he knew where everything was. If I was lost, I could call him … from a pay phone of course … and tell him what I see around me and he could tell me exactly where I was and how to get where I needed to go!

I think those days are over. Those were the good ‘ol days when … Oh shit! I’m starting to sound like my grandparents!

The Eternal Red Light

It’s late at night. You’re alone. You’re tired. You just want to get home. You’re coming up to the intersection and you can see the green light ahead in the distance. You say a little prayer to the light ahead …

“Please stay green until I get there. Please stay green until I get there. It’s been green too long … I’m not gonna make it. I’m almost there … maybe it WILL stay green … FUCK!”

The light turns yellow … you contemplate speeding up to run the yellow light …. Do I have time before it turns red!? … Yes! … Wait, No! … It’s too far away! You wait too long to decide and end up having to lock it up at the last second!

“Damn it! There’s no one around … I should have ran it!”

So you sit there at the red light. You look around and there’s nobody in sight. You look left … nobody. You look right … nobody. You look to see if there’s some asshole who hit the crosswalk button. Nope! No one around. You wonder why the hell the light had to turn when you got near it. Whatever … it’ll change in a minute and then I can go.

Thirty seconds pass. No big deal … you’re still singing the song on the radio. A minute passes and you start thinking it better change in a second. A minute and a half passes and you’re starting to get a little irritated. Two minutes pass and it’s still red. Two and half minutes pass and now you’re starting to grumble. Three minutes pass (which seem like an eternity) and you start yelling at the light …

“Come on motherfucker! There’s no one around. Turn already!”

You see a car coming towards you. You’re thinking maybe he’ll trip the light so you can both go since there is NOBODY coming from the left or the right. He comes closer to the intersection … and then turns right. Now you start yelling at him because he turned.

Finally … someone is coming up to the light from your left. You figure … HA! It’s gonna turn red for him when he comes up and he’ll get stuck … but I’ll get the green light! He pulls into the left turn lane. He waits about 10 seconds and the left turn light turns green for him.

“WHAT THE FUCK!?”

You figure at least now the light will turn green for you. What happens!? He turns and his left turn light goes back to red and the opposite direction turns green again … and you’re still stuck at a red light! Unfuckingbelievable!

Now you’re contemplating running the red … but you know damn well if you do, a cop will appear out of thin air to give you a ticket. You start arguing with yourself. There’s no one around … just go! There’s a cop somewhere I can’t see that will give me a ticket!

While you are arguing with yourself you notice that the light to the left is finally turning yellow … then red. It’s about time! What happens!? The left turn lane in your direction turns green and your light to go straight … is still red. Is this some sort of joke!? It finally cycles and your light turns green. It’s about fucking time! You finish your drive home grumbling about the light and making veiled threats under your breath to all the other lights you encounter until you get home.

Small Drive-Thru Lanes

Maybe it’s just me … but it sure seems like drive-thru lanes are getting smaller. If you’re driving one of those smart cars (seen below)…

you can easily navigate through … but if you are driving anything else, you’d best hold your breath.

I have a truck slightly smaller than the one pictured above (yeah … I know … I’m compensating for something) and it’s all I can do to make it through the drive-thru without fucking my truck up. All the tire marks you see on the curb while you’re waiting in the drive-thru … they’re all from me! There are some drive-thrus I won’t even try because I don’t want to be “that” guy. You know … the one that gets stuck and everyone says “What the fuck were you thinking!?” … like this:

Seriously!? I get it … it’s cold and there’s snow on the ground but did you really think you could get a fucking semi through there!?


I think it’s all part of the government trying to get us into smaller, gas-efficient cars. They had a meeting at Steyer’s house and came to the conclusion that the most efficient way to make us give up our big, gas-guzzling cars was to make the fast food drive-thru smaller.

Why is that?” … you ask.

They know we’ve become lazy and don’t want to get out of our cars to get food and they know we are all a bunch of lazy assholes craving salty fries … so to continue to be able to get through the drive-thru … they figure we’ll start buying smaller cars. Okay … maybe there’s not a lot of facts to back up that theory … but it seems plausible to me!


They know they are building the lanes smaller too! Have you ever noticed how many more of those concrete filled steel posts they have lining the lane!? Those are to prevent you from hitting and damaging their building. If they fuck up your car … oh well!

Who’s designing these lanes!? Who do they think are going through the fast food drive-thru!? The elitists driving the small, gas-efficient cars are going to Whole Foods Market! They’re not going through the drive-thru at Taco Bell.

Going through the drive-thru feels like going down Lombard street!

You’ve got only inches on either side of your car! Pay attention next time you go through the drive-thru. You’ll see a shitload of scrapes on the walls. I can’t be the only one who’s noticed this!? Did you think those were just part of the stucco wall art!? And don’t tell me it’s just because I don’t know how to fucking drive. My driving is just fine … they are just making the lanes smaller now!

Look at this poor guy!

Look at how little room there is to maneuver!

So, if any fast food chain owners happen to be reading this … make the fucking lanes bigger in the next location you’re building. You can enlarge the lanes by making the dining area smaller … nobody’s using it except for the homeless. Everyone else is taking it to go or having it picked up by Postmates … because they are too stoned to go get it themselves.

As long as we are talking about drive-thrus, I want to bring up something else! Is there any way to make a longer drive-thru lane at In-N-Out for fuck’s sake!?

Every time I go there it looks like the 405 at rush hour. I love their burgers just as much as the next guy … but the line is enough to make me keep driving! Lynsi … you know you’re going to have a shit ton of cars lining up … build accordingly! Purchase property that has a lot of space for all the cars … maybe something like this:

Even if it’s a little out of the way, people will drive the extra miles to get there. I’m just saying …

No Salt Fries

If I’m going to a fast food restaurant … I know what I’m doing! I’m an adult. I made the choice to eat there. Maybe it was out of convenience … or maybe it’s because I wanted something that tastes awesome today!

Maybe it’s only in the Nanny State of California but I’ve noticed a lot of places have started NOT salting their fries. What the fuck!? If I wanted an unsalted fry … I would have ordered a baked potato! Food establishments now want to give people the option of a low sodium french fry.

Get the fuck out of here! If you’re worried about your sodium intake … then don’t eat fast food! Don’t fuck it up for the rest of us! Don’t complain how there should be healthy alternatives on the menu either.

If you want healthy … go to Whole Foods and order your fucking Organic Chia Seed Hummus with Pita Chips. Fast food is fast food. If you don’t want it … don’t get it!

Sorry, I got off topic … back to the fries … if I’m ordering fries, I expect them to be salted immediately upon coming out of the oil. If they are not salted immediately … the salt does not stick to the fry. Salting them after I receive them just makes the salt bounce off the fry like a pinball and down to the bottom of the plate. That just makes a bed of salt at the bottom for the unsalted fry to sit on. That is unacceptable!

Fast food is a comfort food. If I’m eating fast food there is a certain expectation that it’s going to be the way I remember it from last time. Don’t go making changes. Some things don’t need to be changed. Yeah … I’m talking to you Carl! Your fries have sucked ever since you went skin on. Your fries were fine the way they were. Sometimes those “focus groups” don’t know shit!

I’m not sure who or what started this trend or why … but knock it off! Salt the fucking fries like you’re supposed to and let me worry about my blood pressure!

I just want to send my appreciation to McDonald’s and Wienerschnitzel … who have consistently delivered fries the way they should be! Keep up the good work guys!

Bad Angle Pedestrians

You are probably wondering what the fuck a bad angle pedestrian is?

It’s a polite term I made up for the asshole who crosses the parking lot at such a long angle that you can’t get by them in your car because they are blocking the road. You are forced to just idle behind them as you watch someone else steal the parking spot you were trying to get to.

You know damn well they hear your car … yet they don’t alter their path to get the fuck out of the way! I know they fucking hear me … because I rev my engine to make sure they know I’m there (I know, I know … I’m a dick). This usually elicits a scowl over the shoulder and a slowing of their pace … as if going slower is even possible. If my window is down, I will passive-aggressively say something loud along the lines of:

“Yeah, just keep walking down the middle of the fucking road … don’t worry about me trying to get by!”

Yeah, it’s immature … but it’s really the only option I have when dealing with such a self-absorbed asshole who has no consideration for anybody else.

In my head, I fantasize about flooring it. As I burn rubber towards them … they turn their head and I see the utter shock in their eyes as they realize what’s happening …

… moments before they jump out of the way! I screech to a stop next to them lying on the ground and tell them to get the fuck out of the way next time!

As my mind shifts back to reality … and I’m still stuck behind them walking at a snail’s pace … I realize they’re just people trying to get somewhere and I wouldn’t want to hurt them. You’re so gullible! They’re a fucking asshole and I’d love to teach them a lesson … but I don’t want to go to jail!

I can’t comprehend the self-righteousness of some people. What the fuck makes them think their time is more valuable than mine!? What makes them think they are so fucking special!? It’s entitlement in one of it’s many forms.

Well … maybe they should pay attention to their fucking surroundings then! Although I’d love to run them over to teach them a lesson … there are other people who just aren’t paying attention and will run over your ass on accident! Do you know how many people are driving and watching videos these days!? The number is staggering!

So next time you are walking to your car … be aware of the path you are taking. Are you being courteous to the people around you … or are you being as asshole?

And if you hear a car behind you revving it’s engine … you might want to get the fuck out of the way … because today may be the day I just don’t give a shit anymore!