Because I'm tired of seeing this bullcrap all over the internet….

From and elsewhere…. (with my own commentary via creating hyperlinks)

Up here, in the Northern Plains, we just recovered from a Historic event; may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" — with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.

George Bush did not come. FEMA did nothingNo one howled for the government. No one blamed the government.

No one even uttered an expletive on TV. Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit. Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else. Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.

CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit – or report on this category 5 snowstorm.

Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.

No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.

No one looted.

Nobody – I mean Nobody demanded the government do something. Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.

No Larry King, No Bill O'Rielly, No Oprah, No Chris Mathews and No Geraldo Rivera. No Shaun Penn, No Barbara Streisand, No Hollywood types to be found.

Nope, we just melted the snow for water. Sent out caravans of SUV's to pluck people out of snow engulfed cars. The truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny. Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.
Families took in the stranded people – total strangers.

We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns. We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die". We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for 'sittin at home' checks.

Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 40 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems evaporate. It does seem that way, at least to me.

I hope this gets passed on. Maybe SOME people will get the message. The world does Not owe you a living.

Because I am trying to clog the internet's tubes with crap

1. I've come to realize that my last kiss… was not sloppy enough.

2. I am listening to… AC Hum off my stereo because my house is a spooky wiring nightmare.

3. I talk… crazy

4. I love… unplugging from the world sometimes

5. My friends… always call and I never have time to talk.

6. My first real kiss… Was in front of a payphone. I was previously trying to make free phonecalls on it while waiting for my girlfriend to show up.

8. Love… is the one thing you can have where even if you have as much as humanly possible, it's never enough. (well, that could also apply to money, depending on your outlook on life)

9. Marriage is…. pretty awesome

10. Somewhere, someone is thinking… Did I leave my oven on?

11. I'll always… always sucks as a concept. I'm pretty sure I'll always like blue. How's that?

12. I have a secret crush…no one

13. The last time I cried was because… I had a really, really shitty run of events in sequence and was cracking at the seams. It was a year or so ago.

14. My cell phone… needs to be charged every night. I use it a lot.

15. When I wake up in the morning… I have 3 alarm clocks, and one of them is just out of reach but is earsplitting loud and has an annoying sound. So when I wake up in the morning, I run like hell to work because i've probably been hitting the snooze bar for the past half hour prior.

16. Before I go to bed… I try not to drink caffiene

17. Right now I am thinking about… how I'm angry that "House, MD" was not on last night.

18. Babies are… awesome. I want one.

19. I get on myspace… never. Fuck MySpace.

20. Today I… Did a lot of stuff that had very little effect. But it was all important. I think I yelled at someone. I don't really remember. I did not have much sleep this week and things are a bit hazy.

21. Tonight I will…sleep next to my wife

22. Tomorrow I will … Plan for my forklift datacenter migration on Saturday night. eep!

23. I really want… time to slow down at work so I can get more done and still make it home at a decent hour.

24. Someone that will most likely repost this is… probably because he does this sort of crap all the time.

Well, my bank gave me the wrong information as to where to fax the information. The bank seized my account, and has frozen the funds.

I am very, very displeased right now.

Funny thing is I recorded the whole thing. I have evidence they gave me the wrong number, etc. It is my intention I don't pay a dime of these fines. We shall see.

PS: I have assets around and am in no need of immediate financial assistance. I don't keep just one bank account for a reason, after all. 🙂

Damn the USPS (or, Wow, my assets are cold!)

Again, my stupid postal dude didn't properly deliver my registered mail. Evidently, I missed some critical stuff. Like say, a notice of intent to levy and right to hearing.

So I got a letter today notifying me that the IRS has frozen my bank accounts and is seeking to collect armloads of cash from me.

Fortunately, I called my bank and my accounts hadn't yet been frozen so I got on the horn to the IRS, who notified me that all they have to do is TRY to send it registered mail, and that's good enough (which seems like absolute bullshit to me, I have been served better for piddly shit like the old apartments trying to sue me because I broke my lease with them (they were slumlords, see posts back in 2001 for details). The amount they wanted is less than the IRS wants (which is an amount in the low 4 digits). But I can't even get served by affixing the notice to my house? Stupid IRS. I hate them. So instead I get no notice whatsoever.

Anyway, I am TOTALLY reaming out my postmaster tomorrow. This is the 5th time I've complained about this. I don't think I should stop this time until I get confirmation that I have a new carrier. This is absolute bullshit. The guy consistently delivers mail to us that isn't ours (it's for the guy down the street with a dissimilar address and name), only puts those "we missed you" cards in my box half the time for oversized shit (and NEVER tries to knock on the door, I know because there's someone here at all times), and about 1% of the time, they'll deliver at most a card saying I have to go to the post office to get registered mail (none of it recently, for the record, being from the IRS, and I generally go retrieve the mailings when I do get the card).

And as an aside, the IRS has gotten decidedly less lame about things like automatic drafts on my checking account. I've been asking them to do that for years because I'll lose a stub or forget a check, then they'll insist I catch up by sending everything at once, or terminate the payment agreement and then start sending me increasingly ominous letters for the next year until they generally then start sending me angrier stuff in registered form, which I may or may not get). Now, they'll actually just take it from me and that's that. It never made sense to me that they could garnish my wages or levy my bank accounts, but couldn't do a simple electronic draft against it. I know they're different things, but it's so damn illogical.

Anyway rant mode off.

(and in case you missed it, the IRS and I are friends again. No worries that they're gonna come take my car or sell my wife into the sex trade or anything nasty like that)

Dearest DSL Line,

Quit taking so many errors. Damn you, damn you, damn you. Don't make me allocate my own netblock, assign it to my T1, and fully disconnect your ass. I like 6 megs but I also like stability. I do also like the promotional price of this 6 meg circuit. $49.95 can't be beat! woo!

If you're wondering why I'm sporadically harder to reach than usual in the last 24-48 hours, this is why. I still have internet access, it's just not quite normal.

It's probably better for me anyway. 🙂