Every now and then I get on a role – get stuff done that has been kicking around forever and while embracing my super-efficient pace, there is always something that slows me down and pisses me off. Usually it has little to do with the work I’m doing.
This past weekend, the Victoria Day long weekend here in Ontario, saw my vacuum and wash the inside of my car for probably the first time… ever! This is absolutely disgusting considering my kids eat in the car and I found chewed gum, globs of old ice cream and enough packaging to cause global warming.
I also bought flowers and some veggies for The Urban Daddy’s gardens (I LOVE gardening!) and I emptied underneath the front stairs outside the house – we have no garage but a ton of space under the front stairs which runs half the width of the house – dusted it, tossed some garbage, then moved some crap. It’s clean, bikes are at the front and ready to go, and the patio furniture and cushions are in place.
I had a ton of help from my oldest son, Linus! He was awesome when cleaning the back yard, setting up the deck, cleaning the furniture, scrubbing the cedar deck and hosing down the junk. He helped move the extra BBQ out and helped me clean under the deck. He also helped clean the basement… A super-helper indeed.
So what’s pissing me off?
These vile creatures are living on my neighbours Electro Magnetic Field (EMF) mesh which covers the side of his house facing us. Between our houses is our only access to the backyard from outside the house and their poison poop rolls off the mesh onto the ground, or worse, it gets stuck in the mesh and then stinks to high heaven as the temperatures heat up.
As a result, they walk through my backyard, scare my kids and is the reason I cannot leave my cushions on my deck.
What’s with the mesh, you might ask?
Well, soon after we moved in, they decided our WiFi was making them sick, so they took some readings, and where everyone says you should get “reliable readings to ascertain the dangers. If you don’t, it’s all guesswork. You can’t hope to deal with your EMF exposures on the basis of guesswork. EMF exposures are changing constantly”, they went with emotion and threw up the mesh from front to back of their house to keep our WiFi out.
Not surprisingly, since that occurred, about 5-years ago, the house on the other side of them was torn down and re-built and yes, we can pick up that WiFi signal in our house which means that either it’s coming around their house, or into their house, hitting the mesh and then staying in their house… It’s like they’re protect us too, kind of…
While the mesh makes it look like their house is stuck mid-construction, they could have used the Radio Frequency (RF) radiation reading (generally high where emitted by cell towers – no cell towers in sight, by the way) and instead of trying to cover ¼ of their house in mesh, they could have shielded their windows using a special window film, and their bedroom using a high frequency EMF shielding paint.
But we get mesh…
Could have been worse, I guess from the visual side as they could have gone cheap and used aluminum foil. The raccoons would have slid right off – or maybe their poop would have all just slid off.
They also removed their smart meter, but they did give us low frequency phones which was a very kind thing to do… I guess.
2) BMW drivers!
Sorry. Every time I see really horrible driving, or when a car is tailing me too close (for going 90km/h in a 80km/h zone) it’s a beemer! I’ve written many posts about BMW drivers and my thoughts about why it’s specific to the car – so go read those – but just because you worked hard to buy or rent a BMW doesn’t make you any more special than anyone else. Stop driving like a prick!
3) I might have heard that a mother was charged with child abuse for letting her 11-year-old child drive a golf cart.
I also might have heard a case where child protective services were summoned when a mother left her child to play in their fenced off backyard… gasp… alone.
I think people need to step back, take a deep breath and use services like these when there are real signs of neglect like bruises, or malnourishment. I walked to school by myself when I was 7. I had to cross a road. Sometimes I ran to school. Sometimes I rode my bike. Sometimes I went to pick up a friend on the way.
The world has changed, yes it has, but it’s still the same communities, same cautious people and same neighbours who we used to get to know and would keep an eye out for one another.
Let my people go!
Let the kids play.
Stop helicoptering over my kids!!!
Hate, hate, hate them, but only when they’re NOT worn with a shirt which covers your ass.
I’m sorry, this is not just a girl / woman thing, because there are boys / men who think they can walk around with their pants below their ass and that it’s “cool” to do so… It’s not. In both cases, have some pride and humility people… If you want to be taken seriously, dress accordingly. If you’ve just been to the gym, good for you, but buy a longer shirt. If that’s the way you dress…
I thought we were past the phase where people, like, use the word “like, when they, like, have something to, like, get off their chests…
In Starbucks this morning, a recent grad is being interviewed for a job, a like real job, as she proclaimed to the interviewer, which she didn’t think she would, like, find so soon after graduation.
The interviewer commented that this applicants resume and cover letter were impressive but even I could tell that she was so very unimpressed with the causal use of the word “like” and the interview ended soon after the grad said, “Well, I’m, like, not looking for a, like, real job so soon after graduating. I was, like, so impressed that I got a, like, interview, but I’m, like, not interested in the job.
Hopefully the grad bought the coffee, eh?
So what pisses you off today? Don’t be shy and tell me if I’m way off base on any of these. I’m a big boy, I can take it. You can also change my mind with facts and a good argument, so take that challenge and speak up! Or else! lol.