Aretha Franklin 1942-2008

I don’t really get upset when a celebrity or well known person dies because after all that is life, but Aretha Franklin was a powerful and memorable artist who crossed many obstacles and boundaries and influenced many aspects of our lives today. The “Queen of Soul” will be missed!

#soul
#music
#iconic
#extraordinary
#BlackIconic
#CrossingBarriers
#Singer
#DefiningVoice
#ExtraordinaryPianist
#BlackIsBeautiful
#QueenOfSoul

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Couch Sold

Well my couch is gone! I was beginning to wonder if I would find a new home for it but two sisters who are remodeling their Mom’s house got it today and they love it! We loaded it on their pick up truck and hopefully they make it back to New Albany before it rains. They unfortunately got caught in traffic coming down at Cooke Rd and 71S where some idiot decided to cross the interstate and got struck and is in critical condition at Grant Medical Center. One of the things I have enjoyed most about selling on Facebook, aside from the money – LOL, is meeting new people. We chatted for a long while and had a hug before parting. Good people are priceless!

P.S.: So the loveseat is now in it’s place and looks so small in this ever expanding living room! TV time tonight will not be pretty with my long legs!

#couch
#selling
#sold
#moving
#IsItOverYet
#SouthCarolinaBound

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My first bulk up request

I’ve definitely been an advocate and promoter for city services especially refuse, recycle and yard waste collection and bulk pick up but being a first time user of the bulk pick up service I must say I am very disappointed in my service request not being fulfilled. I came home to find that it hadn’t been picked up and when I looked up the ticket number it had been marked closed with no explanation. I called Columbus311 this morning and was told that it was construction debris! I advised that I didn’t understand how because it consisted of larger household items, furniture, trash cans, pictures, buckets, brooms etc that would not fit in my 90 gallon trash receptacle. I also said that I had a shopping cart nearby that frequently ends up in our alley and it was sitting next to it as well as two large glass door inserts that were going to be picked up by someone else but in no way was included in the bulk pickup. Apparently since they were in close proximately that warranted not picking up anything and that they don’t “pick thru” the items to ascertain what will be taken. Given that the bulk items were all grouped together I ponder what sorting thru had to be done. I figured they just saw what they wanted to see and concluded that it was all construction debris instead of realizing the items grouped together as household bulk. Puts a sour taste in one’s mouth who has always advocated bulk service and always worked hard to keep our alley the best in the area and unfortunately another example of advocating for services that end up being problematic after encouraging neighbors to use the services. I did get a call from the supervisor who is still researching what had happened but said it will be picked up tomorrow. Meanwhile I’m out there looking at the pile of remaining items as several pieces seemed worthwhile for others to want (well aside from the mop I had put out and found one street over yesterday evening when I was out walking the dog with my neighbor!) to be sure nothing “appeared” to be construction debris.

Sigh, my time is short here – I’m worn out and I’m pretty serious when I say my next home will be out in the country with my only worries being fending off the wildlife!

[Update: 08/10/18/Friday/All picked up this morning!]

#bulk
#services
#ServiceFail
#trash
#community
#WestgateHeights
#WestgateHeightsCommunityAlliance
#ColumbusOH
#ColumbusOhio
#Columbus
#OH
#Ohio

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Mouse in the house and all that’s related

A new family on the street shared with me about the terrifying incident of finding a mouse in their house! I said welcome to the west side Hilltop of Columbus, Ohio and that thankfully with the soon removal of the 300 gallon trash receptacles, this may help alleviate part of this problem. Now of course my neighbor behind me that hasn’t spoken to me for over a year because he was and is convinced that I caused the removal of the 300 gallon trash receptacles in my alley causing him a tremendous hardship of having to wheel his 90 gallon trash receptacle out to the alley every Wednesday via his totally filled up two car garage. Of course my suggestion of him fixing his damn gate might help with his current plight and inconvenience but alas being a maintenance person of several properties on the westside, he just didn’t feel he should have to fix his gate to take out the trash and that the city is violating his rights because of this! Now back to the mice, I find it interesting with all the stray and feral cats running the neighborhood that we really shouldn’t have such a problem but again alas with all the kind hearted folk who insist on putting out cat food on their porches and on abandoned properties to feed these little darlings; Well why work to eat when you can just wait to be fed? A truly American concept, no?

#mouse
#house
#trash
#cats
#FeralCats
#StrayCats
#GonnaMissMyHouse
#GonnaMissMyHood
#GonnaMissColumbusOH
#GonnaMissColumbusOhio
#GonnaMissColumbus
#WestgateHeights
#WestgateHeightsCommunityAlliance
#ColumbusOH
#ColumbusOhio
#Columbus
#OH
#Ohio

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Commentary

$685,000 for the new Shot Spotter equipment. Yay, that the Westside Hilltop is part of the pilot program, Nay that as with a high percentage of calls made to our CPD Dispatch from the Westside Hilltop – “we are too busy to dispatch or address your concern”. So question: When our Columbus City Council stamped this $685,000 purchase was more money allocated to our CPD to support and respond to this new technology? New Year’s Eve 2018 shall give us an answer!

#ShotSpotter
#commentary
#community
@ColumbusPolice
#CPD
#ColumbusDivisionPolice
#ColumbusPolice

#MoneyAllocationForEquipmentPurchaseButNotImplementation
#SpendingWisely
#CandyCoating
#CityOfColumbus
#CityOfColumbusServices
#OH
#Ohio
#ColumbusOH
#ColumbusOhio
#Columbus
#USA

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“Free” online is not free

Let’s be perfectly clear, when you get something for free online or a free online service, you are in some way paying for it. It may not be monetary to you but a wealth of information to the provider. Facebook, free game apps for your smartphone, and free online services all do it to gather information on you whether it be a one time affair or a continuous gathering of information on you such as Facebook. Most are harmless but having this information compiled on you just makes it a goldmine for unscrupulous third party companies or individuals to make a fortune on. In the 21st century it’s not about stealing your money it’s about stealing your identity and individuality!

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg testifies before Congress
By: Debbie Lord, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

Updated: Apr 10, 2018 – 7:44 PM
https://www.wsbtv.com/news/trending-now/live-updates-facebook-ceo-mark-zuckerberg-to-testify-before-congress/730128159

Equality is for all and needs participation from all

All this talk of equality today and equality for all…but yet I see Dr King’s message lost daily when I’m looked at as a white guy and automatically perceived with status. I was brought up to look beyond color and to listen and communicate accordingly but yet I see, I see just like a person of color a bias and I struggle and make that extra effort to show that I am only and individual, an individual trying to communicate with another individual but a lot of times it is daunting and sure dwindles that desire to just wanting to make a connection. I know I’m not the only person that feels that way, perhaps just the only person willing to admit it. I will continue to treat everyone like I would want to be treated but I will not treat anyone with special status just because they may have been considered unequal by others.