Friday, February 22, 2013

bad blood

My dad had this shotgun.
It was a fine 16 gauge shotgun that was his fathers.
When his father passed my father, with full knowledge of the rest of the family, took the now neglected shotgun out of the back of the closet and claimed it as his own. He asked and made sure no one else wanted it or cared.
This is what he told me as this happened well before I was even born.
What I know is that for every moment I have been alive my father owned a 16 gauge shotgun.
Then in 2003 my father passed away and I claimed his shotgun as my own.
Not long after I started getting hounded by my grandmother stating that this was her shotgun and she wanted it back.
I responded with “no”
She had bought it as a gift for her husband and now after 40+ years wanted it back.
She wanted to be sure it stayed in the family.
“oh HELL no!”
She was getting a lawyer to get it back.
“go for it”

I did not deny her to be mean or vindictive.
I did it because it was my father’s gun.
It had always been my father’s gun and would always be my father’s gun. I don’t care where it came from because in the 33 years* I knew my father it was his.
Then she mentioned keeping it in the family. That just pissed me off. This 90+ year old woman who lives in a retirement village and cannot see, walk or hear wants me to give up one of my treasured artifacts, something that means a lot to me, just so she can just give it away to my uncles’ daughter.
Then to top it all off she threatened to sic lawyers on me. I laughed out loud at that and told her to do what she had to do. I already knew that her inaction over the past 40+ years had negated any claim she might have had to the gun, but I contacted a lawyer just to be sure and they informed me that I was right and that they would be happy to send her what would basically be a cease and desist letter. I didn’t think that would be necessary.
Reading this I do sound kinda like a dick here but there is a lot of bad blood between her and I.

Wow just dawned on me I only knew my dad for 33 years. That’s not nearly enough time. For 5 I was crapping myself then for 15 more I was a teenager which means I was stupid, selfish and a complete bastard. Then for 12 years more I was raising my own family. Stupid time and stupid human condition. Sadcloud on the day.

Friday, February 15, 2013

one bad apple

Its really bad how one bad apple ruins the bunch

For instance: Guns and Roses
Man when I was growing up they were new and they were awesome. I wore their album Appetite for Destruction out, purchased a new one and wore that one out as well.
I remember when they were opening for Iron Maiden and I drove 3 hours just to see them.

Of course they bailed on the concert because Axl had a sore throat.
That was the first block removed from the Jenga stack

You see, Slash is a proven excellent guitar player and Duff and Izzy are also very accomplished musicians.
But they still had that frontman….that lowlife Axl
As the stories started coming out about how he is as a person my Jenga stack kept losing more and more blocks.
Man the guy really is a dick!
As I learned more and more about how he acts the music became more and more annoying to my ears.
He has a inflated ego without the talent to back it up
and acts quite the prima donna on and off the stage.
I mean come on what kind of a kick ass rock and roll star storms off the stage in a huff because he didn’t get his way?
Oh yeah lots of them

It seems a lot of them seem to forget that while they are now rich and famous they are there because of the fans. Someone liked their “art” well enough to shell out a couple of bucks to give them.
If they did not have fans they would not be rich and famous and that little bit of information seems to leave their addled brains.
I am not saying that they owe the fans anything at all.
They sang a song, someone liked that song and gave them money.
End of relationship.
However if they want to keep their rich and famous lifestyle they need to remember who put them there to begin with. You cant bite the hand that feeds you and expect that hand to continue to feed you.

So to recap.
Don’t be a dick.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

How horrible is that?

The thought process behind this escapes me…

Prayers have been said, petitions handed in, phone calls placed and pleas for a delay made, all over a decision on an issue that has rocked one of America’s most popular youth organizations: whether or not gays can join the Boy Scouts.

While I do not agree with the idea of homosexuality personally, that is the way I was raised, but at the end of the day it is really none of my business.
I have known someone from just about every orientation and you know what the most horrible thing is about being gay?
Nothing. Well except for the labels and other crap humans lay upon it of course.
Being gay doesn’t mean you are not smart or caring or able.
The Boy Scouts need leadership to teach young men on how to be young men and what that person does behind their front door is no one’s business but their own.
If there was a big push to put pedophiles into the leadership roles then yeah I agree! lets string them up and lynch them in front of town hall.
I say, you the resources available to you. If someone wants to invest their time and patience into helping your child grow to be a better person then let them. They are not going to teach your son how to accessories with a basic black cocktail dress or the differences in 15 shades of green. They just want to be a part of something bigger then themselves and maybe help someone else along the way.

How horrible is that?