QotD: You’ve got to blog!

If you could get someone in your life to start a blog, who would it be and why?

George… I thought he was close when he started this account. However, he hasn't posted anything.

Almost every day is an adventure for George. Finding out the newest thing that happened in the previous day often makes my day. Such entertainment deserves its shot at world…. infamy.
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Freebie

I got my oil changed today. One of the guys there sits down and says that he'll put the more expensive oil I selected in my car while charging me for the cheaper stuff (about 60%) cheaper. The catch is he wanted me to give him a half the difference in cash under the table as a gratuity.

I told him that I wasn't comfortable with that arrangement. He slunk off.

He came back later and claimed even a preacher the other day had taken the offer. In that case? Still, no. He then proceeded to tell me that when I bought the car, someone made a profit. Well, yeah, but that was built into the structure of the business model. What he wanted is make money under the table.

See, while its good for me (I get it cheaper) and good for him (he gets cash under the table), its not so good for the company where he works. He will get caught eventually. I know too many people who have done the same and gotten fired.

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Freebie

I got my oil changed today. One of the guys there sits down and says that he’ll put the more expensive oil I selected in my car while charging me for the cheaper stuff (about 60%) cheaper. The catch is he wanted me to give him a half the difference in cash under the table as a gratuity.

I told him that I wasn’t comfortable with that arrangement. He slunk off.

He came back later and claimed even a preacher the other day had taken the offer. In that case? Still, no. He then proceeded to tell me that when I bought the car, someone made a profit. Well, yeah, but that was built into the structure of the business model. What he wanted is make money under the table.

See, while its good for me (I get it cheaper) and good for him (he gets cash under the table), its not so good for the company where he works. He will get caught eventually. I know too many people who have done the same and gotten fired.

Racism

Lacey’s story about her first brush with racism in Houston reminds me that they were well intentioned. I am not very hard on such people because my so very white grandmother has made similar comments. Hers was that the neighborhood was suffering from all the crime, the specific example was that my bike was stolen out of our yard. Actually it was stolen by a white kid on the street.

Despite that my father is black and my mother (her daughter) is white, to my grandmother I wasn’t black. I pointed out that to most people who make similar comments who don’t know me consider me black and part of the crime problem because I am black. She never made such a comment again (at least in my presence). I was 13 or 14 at the time.

A couple years later, a guy who was part of my “crew” told me he believed it was morally wrong for blacks and whites to interbreed. However, he didn’t consider me a bad person. I was highly offended at the time. It took a while for me to understand people have lines they consider good or bad, but the line can be easily moved at whim.

Being a mixed kid, race is something I have to deal with almost every day. For the most part, I have come to have blinders to many things that upset those who are still sensitive. There are plenty of opportunities to get upset:

  • Slow service at a restaurant.
  • Sales people following me in a store.
  • Police officers stopping the path changing directions to shadow me.
  • Evil glares from women of African descent when I am with a woman of European descent.
  • Assumptions about my intelligence.
  • Assumptions about my athletic ability.

Why get upset over other people’s ignorance when it doesn’t have an impact on me? The police officer who arrests me just because I am “black” would, of course, have a lawsuit coming.

Racism

Lacey’s story about her first brush with racism in Houston reminds me that they were well intentioned. I am not very hard on such people because my so very white grandmother has made similar comments. Hers was that the neighborhood was suffering from all the crime, the specific example was that my bike was stolen out of our yard. Actually it was stolen by a white kid on the street.

Despite that my father is black and my mother (her daughter) is white, to my grandmother I wasn’t black. I pointed out that to most people who make similar comments who don’t know me consider me black and part of the crime problem because I am black. She never made such a comment again (at least in my presence). I was 13 or 14 at the time.

A couple years later, a guy who was part of my “crew” told me he believed it was morally wrong for blacks and whites to interbreed. However, he didn’t consider me a bad person. I was highly offended at the time. It took a while for me to understand people have lines they consider good or bad, but the line can be easily moved at whim.

Being a mixed kid, race is something I have to deal with almost every day. For the most part, I have come to have blinders to many things that upset those who are still sensitive. There are plenty of opportunities to get upset:

  • Slow service at a restaurant.
  • Sales people following me in a store.
  • Police officers stopping the path to shadow me.

Why get upset over other people’s ignorance when it doesn’t have an impact on me? The police officer who arrests me just because I am “black” would, of course, have a lawsuit coming.

QotD: Sugar, Sugar

What was your favorite candy when you were a kid? How does that compare to now?

As a kid, I was into the lollypops the bank gave away. Perhaps part of it was that my dad didn't approve of me getting them. He always let me get it, but some aspect of it was always criticized. I shouldn't assume I will get one. I had to speak clearly.

Now? Reese's Pieces

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Great Job?

BSA collects over $2M in settlements from U.S. companies:

The Business Software Alliance (BSA), a watchdog group representing the nation’s leading software manufacturers, today announced it has collected over $2 million in settlements from 19 U.S. companies that were running illegal software.

Compare that to this article from the BSA web site earlier this year:
Study Finds PC Software Piracy Declining in Emerging Markets while Worldwide Piracy Rate Remains Stable:

Thirty-five percent of the packaged software installed on personal computers (PC) worldwide in 2005 was illegal, amounting to $34 billion in global losses due to software piracy.

So the BSA just has $33.998 billion left to catch!

Where is God?

Two little boys, ages 8 and 10, are excessively mischievous, they are always getting into trouble and their parents know all about it. If any mischief occurs in their town, the two boys are probably involved. The boys’ mother heard that a preacher in town had been successful in disciplining children, so she asked if he would speak with her boys. The preacher agreed, but he asked to see them individually. So the mother sent the 8 year old first, in the morning, with the older boy to see the preacher in the afternoon.

The preacher, a huge man with a booming voice, sat the younger boy down and asked him sternly, “Do you know where God is, son?”

The boy’s mouth dropped open, but he made no response, sitting there wide-eyed with his mouth hanging open. So the preacher repeated the question in an even sterner tone, “Where is God?!”

Again, the boy made no attempt to answer. The preacher raised his voice even more and shook his finger in the boy’s face and bellowed, “Where is God?!”

The boy screamed & bolted from the room, ran directly home & dove into his closet, slamming the door behind him.

When his older brother found him in the closet, he asked, “What happened?” The younger brother, gasping for breath, replied, “We are in BIG trouble this time. GOD is missing, and they think we did it!”