Pride on my street

I’ve had many enjoyable years sitting on my front porch seeing what’s around me. I like to think that my front porch is my outdoor living room, comfortable, accommodating; basically an extension of my indoor living space. In recent years I’ve been noticing others following suit. I’ve seen cleaner porches, new garden beds maintained, solar lights, and trees being planted. Good to see, now to work on people picking up the trash around them, even if it isn’t theirs. A daily duty I know! For the ones that do thanks!


Opiate Addiction License to do Crime

Opiate Addiction License to do Crime

Ok, call me insensitive but we’ve been dealing with this opiate addiction in whatever form for decades now. As a community we’ve demanded ways to remove drug dealing from our streets. We’ve asked for tools and followed thru with those tools to assist law enforcement in tackling this menacing problem. We’ve taken pictures, we’ve created logs, we’ve created online forums and community pages, and documented the trafficking by people and by vehicle. We’ve set up networks to advise neighbors near and nearer and we are still dealing with this problem. We diligently take time to do this so that our police can do their part just to have these criminals face our criminal system just to be put back in our communities doing business as usual.

So now we have made this big humane issue of these poor addicts that need all the help we can provide them so that they can overcome their addiction as defined as a disease. So now we are saying that since they have a disease it’s okay that they robbed 5 houses on the street so they can walk to the corner drug house to get their “next fix”. It’s ok that since they have a disease it’s ok that they killed two people in an automobile accident. Perhaps it’s finally been identified along the way somewhere that you can’t incarcerate an addict in hopes of “rehabilitating” them to not be an addict when they return to our neighborhoods.

In short I see leniency towards the drug dealers so that they can continue the cycle of selling to addicts; I see empathy and compassion towards the drug users that are not responsible for their actions and therefore should not be held accountable for their crimes. So now that we’ve established that no-one is to blame, perhaps we need to look towards our doctors and pharmaceutical industry for creating three generations of people addicted to opiates, pain pills, antacids, OTC pain, and everything from staying hard to keeping pimples off your ass.

Meanwhile our communities, the victims, continually absorb the ever increasing drug trade, drug users, crime, vandalism, decay, prostitution, stealing, and finally being the absolute victims of being stuck in all this because even though with all our efforts to make a better community, we’ve condemned ourselves to living in the continual squalor, the squalor intensified by the many used needles on our streets (of course provided for by our city), the freely available naloxone (of course provided for by our city), to assist our drug addict friends, and now discussions of non-criminal offenses for this disease.

I have a disease myself, I believe you’d all call it unempathetic or non-humane. Perhaps someone can help me and my community friends by finding ways to cure this disease. I think the treatment is realizing that we are victims too, we tend to be the ones fighting up front to get help in combating this drug epidemic and although we aren’t the ones reported dead in the media, shown strung out in the streets, or showing pictures of the drug addicts families trying to recover from the loss of an addict; we seem to be the ones that are pushed aside, neglected and although thanked for our dedicated endeavors in bringing a drug dealer to trial we are rewarded by seeing them back on our streets continuing where they left off and now we feel the progression of the disease by now being afraid to walk in our own neighborhoods because that drug dealer knows who we are and although the courts had mercy on them with lenient sentences, those dealers sure won’t have leniency on us!

So pish for posh, I really don’t want to hear about those “poor” addicts who cannot control their actions without equally hearing about how we can combat the drug selling and discussing how a community can protect itself from both the addicts and the dealers.


Pink Toilet – 03/18/17

So I’m not mechanically inclined. Always seems to be a process for me. Perhaps it’s the AADD. So when I had to put a new toilet fill value on this antique pink toilet in my upstairs bath with a pink bathtub, black with speckled pink linoleum, gray and pink tile, and one of those long dresser vanities with a pink sink, I figured it couldn’t be that hard. First problem I couldn’t get the water value to turn and struggled with that but finally after water hitting the floor (luckily no major water damage), I finally had to go down to the basement and turn the cold water line off to the upstairs bathroom. The toilet fill value goes on very easy but alas the water line to the tank is solid inflexible stainless steel so had to leave until I could get a flexible water line. I get that and put it in, pretty easy, put all back together and went to turn the water back on and thought yay, all done. Well turns out there was a leak and water had been accumulating on the floor unbeknownst to me. Luckily no water damage to the kitchen wall (below the bathroom). I find out it is the bolts that hold the tank to the bowl so off I go again to the hardware store and get a set of bolts to replace the ones in the toilet. After much grunting I get the old bolt off and put the new bolt in. So far all appears well but I haven’t sat my butt on it yet. LOL.


Some say myth of Hilltop

Was in a discussion thread yesterday and a prominent community person challenged by saying that “we keep maintaining the myth that the Hilltop is some sort of slum.” and that “we must limit ourselves to the actual truth.” We cannot continue to sugar coat issues that steadily occur on the Westside-Hilltop from entities that sit in ivory towers holding award ceremonies on accomplishments to our community and neighborhoods that perhaps would seem “mythical” to us. We cannot have members of our community continue to sit on prominent boards or lead in prominent entities when they themselves fester the problem with their own slumlord properties or properties that sit on prominent corridors of our Westside-Hilltop that have been decaying for decades with no improvements or plans to develop. Perhaps we can wonder why these people sit on such entities and ask businesses from outside of our community to develop here when they themselves have made no effort to make something viable of their properties?



Immigration Ban on Select Populations

I’m not a fan of Trump but I do believe we need to review our borders, review our immigration polices in order to protect our nation. This is only a temporary order.

The United States has the world’s most generous immigration system but we cannot continue to feel obligated to take on every persecuted, threatened, tortured or disadvantaged populations of people around the world. Especially not when we have people in our own country that our going thru the same ordeals. Let’s take care of ourselves first as many are suffering here at home.

America First, may have been Trump’s campaign but it sits fine with me!

Protecting The Nation From Foreign Terrorist Entry To The United States

Release Date: January 29, 2017

The Executive Order signed on January 27, 2017 allows for the proper review and establishment of standards to prevent terrorist or criminal infiltration by foreign nationals. The United States has the world’s most generous immigration system, yet it has been repeatedly exploited by terrorists and other malicious actors who seek to do us harm. In order to ensure that the United States government can conduct a thorough and comprehensive analysis of the national security risks posed from our immigration system, it imposes a 90-day suspension on entry to the United States of nationals of certain designated countries—countries that were designated by Congress and the Obama Administration as posing national security risks in the Visa Waiver Program.

In order to protect Americans, and to advance the national interest, the United States must ensure that those entering this country will not harm the American people subsequent to their entry, and that they do not bear n\malicious intent toward the United States and its people. The Executive Order protects the United States from countries compromised by terrorism and ensures a more rigorous vetting process. This Executive Order ensures that we have a functional immigration system that safeguards our national security.

This Executive Order, as well as the two issued earlier in the week, provide the Department with additional resources, tools and personnel to carry out the critical work of securing our borders, enforcing the immigration laws of our nation, and ensuring that individuals who pose a threat to national security or public safety cannot enter or remain in our country. Protecting the American people is the highest priority of our government and this Department.

The Department of Homeland Security will faithfully execute the immigration laws and the President’s Executive Order, and we will treat all of those we encounter humanely and with professionalism.


iPhone 6 stopped working

So I’m on I-64 in WV in the mountains streaming music and using the navigation system from my iPhone 6 when all of a sudden the screen goes black. Thinking my power cable must have become dislodged I fiddle with it and nothing. I decide maybe the car accessory port went out so plugged into another one. Still no luck. Switched out the cable and finally put my battery pack on the iPhone and still no luck. Managed to survive all the way to Statesville, NC before stopping and seeing if I could get my iPhone to work by connecting to my MacBook-iTunes. No luck. Frantic now I get online to find the nearest Apple store anywhere! Found two in Charlotte, NC so there I went since I was driving thru there anyway. Nice, young friendly Apple Tech guy plugged my phone into a diagnostic device and determined the problem – my processor is fried! I asked how could that be? Of course the reply, it just happens. So of course I’m out of warranty but for $300 they could replace the phone. I said that I was on a payment plan thru AT&T so wasn’t there something they could do. Well for $280 I could buy out my plan and keep my dead phone unless AT&T was willing to take the phone as turn in by buying out the remaining payments of totaling $80. I decide to go to AT&T and told them I wanted to upgrade and got the new 128 GB Jet Black 7 Plus. Clerk looked over the phone and saw was in pristine condition with no scratches. I though I was all set until the clerk tried to turn the phone on and nothing. She plugged it in and still nothing. Needless to say I had to pay the $280 plus the taxes on the new iPhone. I walked out the door much poorer (using all my savings) but I was at least connected to the world again. The phone is beautiful but by the time I got to Columbia, SC was dismayed at all the smudges and grime on the surface. This apparently is a flaw of the Jet Black phone as well as being highly susceptible to scratches. So going back to AT&T today to trade in for a different color and heck might as well just get a 256 GB. LOL. Also there is a repair service next to AT&T and will check to see about putting a new processor in the iPhone 6. If they can get it fixed and is reasonable before I leave I’ll just get that fixed and take the iPhone 7 back to AT&T. Sad thing is I’m really liking the feel and speed of this new phone. Battery life seems to be much better than my iPhone 6 as well. Yea, I can’t live without my phone!



If you set yourself up to fail either by feelings or actions you just will. Get up every morning and say: “I will do my best.” If you make this your daily mantra you will not fail.
– SET II [01/25/17]