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Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Either I'm having a run...

...on hoarders or the problem is all over and exploding. If you try to clean anything in a hoarder's home, there WILL be a negative altercation. That is because, as everyone knows, the first thing to go is the trash. Herein lies the problem. People have differing ideas on what is considered trash. At a friend's house, I tried to throw away party favors, like those stupid hats with rubber bands, the blow thingies and napkins. You'd have thought that I had kidnapped one of her kids. Her youngest is 10 and wouldn't be caught dead wearing a rubber band hat and the entire household had their birthdays in the previous 6 months and no one asked, "Don't I get those blow thingies? I want to toot."

That was a while back. But hoarding has reared it's ugly head again. This is a conversation that I just had:

Me: "Wait a minute, I'll give you the bucket to throw away after I fill it with trash."

Hoarder: "I'm not throwing away that bucket."

Me: "Why not?"

Hoarder: "It's a good bucket."

Me: "We can go out and drink 6 more beers and get another one if we need it."

Hoarder: "But it's a perfectly good bucket."

Me: "A lot of stuff is perfectly good AND garbage. We can't keep everything we think we may use in the after-life."

I THINK I won that one, the bucket seems to be gone. But, you never know, I could find it under a sink. Anyway, hoarders are annoying.

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Anonymous George said...

Hoarding is definetly a tough thing to deal with, hard to watch when someone cannot let their garbage go.

October 13, 2011  
Blogger Meg Kelso said...

OMG! It's awful. You can't tell me there isn't vermin of some sort in there. I thought I was a sloppy housekeeper, but the house is clean once a day and the trash is all gone once a week.

October 18, 2011  
Blogger lorna said...

Letting go of stuff should always be easier than letting go of people.

October 29, 2011  
Blogger David Hereford, Sociologist said...

I agree with you with regards to hoarding however I feel that many times people have an internal need that the hoarding satisfies. As a social worker in a long term facility, I have many residents that hoard and in many of these cases its because they have a fear of losing. They are getting older and losing their physical abilities as will as family, friends and homes creates a physical need for them to put things back or hoard. I believe hoarding is only a symptom of a deeper condition. If we solve the condition the symptom will stop

November 16, 2011  
Blogger Meg Kelso said...

Oh, I'm sure that there's a psychologic reason behind hoarding, there's one behind everything else. I just don't care, I'm here to bitch, and bitch I shall.

:)

November 22, 2011  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

OK Dave.
Just lemme know when you raise the dead. I'm an old widow with some dead people I want to come back to life, but the rest of them-in case you accomplish this task-are strictly catch and release.
Deal?
TW

May 21, 2012  
Blogger Meg Kelso said...

Apparently, they haven't found a way to successfully sue our higher power and collect that award...yet.

May 21, 2012  

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Friday, September 23, 2011

Wisdom of the guilty

1. After years of people treating you as though they don't care what happens to you, you get out of the habit of acting like a person who is cared about.

2. Vow to stop apologizing for things you did in the 80's.

3. Over which of the following do you have control:

a. It was what it was.
b. It is what it is.
c. What will be, will be.

4. It is a social impossibility for any mutual negativity to result from the action of one person. Like a tango, it takes two.

5. At what age does a "child" receive the common courtesy one offers a stranger on the street?

6. The Golden Rule contains no exception for family.

7. Love through good times is a gift. Love through rough times is a responsibilty.

8. The true malcontent is the one who slings the most arrows.

9. Denying one's self of the opportunity for communication is more destructive than any wrongdoing. It is an absolutely essential ingedient in the recipe for a happy life.

10. You can apologize for something, but you can never heal the injury. That's not easy for ANYONE to live with. It's called being human.

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Anonymous Melanie said...

Meg,

So true about letting go of past guilt! I had the hardest time with this for SO long. I tell you, once you forgive yourself and accept who you are (human), you feel such a weight lifted off your shoulders.

Mel

October 06, 2011  
Blogger Meg Kelso said...

Yep. It is a tough lesson to learn but a simple one that pays off in happiness.

October 07, 2011  
Blogger mylifeatfullspeed said...

Love your wisdom...I just wish those who need it could read it AND understand it!

November 13, 2011  
Blogger Meg Kelso said...

Oh, that will never happen. Even if they did see themselves, some people would simply get defensive and angry. This is for us.

:)

November 22, 2011  

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Monday, September 12, 2011

In case you were unaware...

...flashing your lights to warn other drivers of a speed trap is considered freedom of speech and, in Florida anyway, will no longer get you a ticket. That's not to say that the idiotic state legislature won't change the law if they get a chance, but for now, flash away.

It seems as though Republican office holders think that they have to out-nasty each other to win votes from "conservatives". They are missing the entire point of being a conservative. True conservatives want the government out of our lives, not controlling them.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Typically the only lights that flash me are the ones closing in at a more rapid rate of speed than mine on my bumper and for some reason don't want to pass even when they have multiple opportunities. Their lights are the colorful blue and red ones. I'll keep this in mind and tell them I thought they were practicing freedom of speech while I was practicing freedom from speed limits the next time this happens. I told the last 'well-lit driver' I wasn't gonna turn on my directional until I found the correct "Off" ramp. (That one was a passenger who was a front-seat driver. Worse than the back-seat types.)
Of course, since I don't live in an area with enough of anything to warrant "Exits" I might just as well wait till I get to the grocery store at the 4 corners 15 miles from my home and dump his body in the parking lot along with his mouth. No doubt the other well-lits will have their hands full with him long enough for me to get home and hide the vehicle.
Yep. That'll work.
TW

May 21, 2012  
Blogger Meg Kelso said...

We think alike.

May 21, 2012  

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Well...

...I no longer have a boyfriend that I don't like. I had to get rid of him because he annoyed my father.

My father didn't like the nature of the phone calls, one of which Dad overheard. We both answered the phone at the same time and only I spoke, not aware that Dear Old Dad was on the other line. Then Hoveround Dude started asking me for sex and offering me one tantalizing tidbit after another. I kept trying to hang up the phone and then leave it off the hook but I couldn't hang up on him because there was another phone in the house that was off the hook. So, Dad got to hear Hoveround Dude making more offers than usual, because I couldn't hang up the stupid phone.

The next day, when the phone rang, my father told HD not to call here anymore. That freaked out HD and he decided to get back at ME...so he called the cops and said that...now read this clearly so you fully understand the ramifications of what he did...he reported me for "stealing his pot". Of course, I didn't do that. He had given me a roach which I had emptied into a bowl. My father asked me if I had anything that he had given me and I, being an honest person, had to tell my father the truth.

"Yes, dad, I have some weed."

He told me to flush it down the toilet and I said that I could, but I didn't know the Florida laws regarding paraphernalia. So, my father said that he would get rid of the bowl. But, he wasn't going to leave for a little bit so I asked him if I could just smoke the rest of the shit instead of flushing it. He didn't mind.

So, now Dad has to take the bowl and dump it in the drink. I recognized the situation as a caper and told my father what a cool caper it was. Although the humor wasn't as obvious to my father as it was to me, he did handle it well.

Soon the cops came to the door and wanted back the cell phone HD gave me when Dad told him to stop calling the house phone. I gave it back and then went to my room and opened the window to hear what the cops were doing. There were two of them out there, one who had come to speak to me and one who stayed with HD. The one who stayed with HD told the other cop that HD couldn't believe that they wouldn't arrest me for stealing his pot. They both laughed and then drove away.

Then, I went to bed, woke up and watched the Bears win. It was a swell weekend.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

If the picture of the old bald guy with a rather hellacious gut sitting by the pool was HD guy all I could think was, "Oh, Meg. NOT AGAIN?!"
TW

May 21, 2012  

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Friday, September 09, 2011

Bloomberg is an idiot

Mayor Bloomberg is refusing to allow clergy people and cops at the memorial service Sunday. He is calling on the "constitutional right of separation and church and state". That is nowhere in the constitution, maybe Bloomberg should be sent a copy of it. What the Constitution actually says, pretty much sounds like the Founding Fathers actually would have wanted those people there:

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

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My First Political Cartoon



This took me hours, I made it a la South Park. Finally, here it is. Whew!

3 Comments:

Anonymous RolandA said...

I hope you kept the template. Obama's photo will need to replaced every few years with a new photo.

September 20, 2011  
Blogger Meg Kelso said...

Oh...I did.

Meg :)

September 23, 2011  
Anonymous Utah Divorce Attorney said...

Great pic! :-)

September 27, 2011  

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Thursday, September 08, 2011

Stalin had his 5 Year Plans.
Mao had his Great Leap Forward.
Obama has his Stimulus Plans.

What did they all have in common?

A. They had NO business experience.
B. They all failed.
C. The first to return to capitalism is the most successful (China).

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