Saturday, June 28, 2014

Stupid pet owners

We have 2 dogs:  Cody - a 4 year old 20lb Westie who is kind of aloof, but cute as hell and Max - a 2 1/2 year old 70lb mutt who is very sweet and affectionate for the most part, but he hates bunnies and other dogs.  Well, except for Cody to whom he adores.

This morning, we were taking our usual tour around the neighborhood.  I try to go nice and early to keep encounters with other dogs at a minimum.  It's just generally a lot easier for everyone involved...especially me.

Max took care of some business and I was crouched and poised with plastic bag in hand to clean up after him when Cody and Max started barking and pulling me.  Max is very strong and he whipped me around like a top.

Around the corner comes a woman with her dog.  They are on the other side of the street but moving rather quickly towards us. 

Max starts to lunge toward the woman and her dog while Cody is just barking like the little annoying yapper dog that he is... meanwhile I have a semi-full bag of dog shit in my hand. 

I am doing everything I can to keep my dogs under some sort of control, but Max is a very strong dog and he is lunging and growling and pulling me looking like this:

Now I am not sure what part of my dogs posture this woman thought was friendly, but apparently in her world this is and so she approached me and my snarling, barking menacing dogs and said a very cheerful:

"Hi!  Good morning!"

To which I snapped at her:  "My dog ISN'T friendly."

The dim watted light bulb finally gave a nice soft glow above her head and the woman got the point and scurried off.

"Fucking idiot." I murmured to myself and I tied my stinky bag of dog poop and dumped it in the trash can.

Thursday, February 13, 2014


It's another snow day here in NJ.  This time we were spared the worst of the storm and were lucky enough to have a change over to rain for a while which kept the total amount of snow down.

BUT...we're in for another round tonight.  Another 2-3 inches is what the weather peeps are saying.


Somewhere in my life I have turned from a snow lover to a "eh snow...not so much". 

I don't want to say I "hate" snow, because I still love to watch it fall and it still looks beautiful when everything is covered in white.  It's like your little section of the world is transformed.

This winter season has been a snowy one. I don't know how many times we've had measurable snow...maybe 6 times so far? It's been above average I'm fairly certain. We just seem to be stuck in a cold and snowy weather pattern.  

When I was a kid I alway wanted to be the first one out in the snow.  Me and my dog Herman would go out into the woods and pretend we were lost in a winter wonderland.  I'd be out for hours in it.  I would come in long enough to grab a cup of hot chocolate a change of warm dry clothes and gloves and then was right back out in it until it got dark. 

Something happened somewhere along the road and I have become less of the child who can't wait for a snow day to and adult who groans at the thought of looming snow storm.  For me, snow is less about playing in and more about something to dig out of, clean up around and clean up after.

I've had to close my business 3 times this year because of the snow.  That doesn't make me happy.  I'm sure that hasn't helped my snow grumpiness at all.

You know what makes me even more grumpy about the snow?  Comments on weather posts such as:
"It's Winter, its supposed to snow, get over it."
"All of the snow haters should move to where it's warmer."
"I guess this means there is no global warming."
Seriously people?  That's your answer? 
Yes, I know its winter, but NJ is not typically a snowy state especially for those of us who live along the coast.  Usually the warmer air over the ocean keeps the snow at a minimum.    Moving to a warmer climate is not only NOT an option, I happen to LOVE NJ and actually I LOVE winter.   It's the fucking snow I don't like so much!
As for the "this means there is no global warming" idiots....well, they are just idiots and nothing is going to change their mind.  

So yes...I'm grumpy about the snow.  It's not fun for me anymore.  I am losing business which I can't afford to lose.  I'm tired of digging out my car and a path for my dogs. 

SO there! 

Monday, December 23, 2013

Caution - Raving lunatic Rant!!!

I am all for workers rights, but I as an employer I also have to side with some plain ol' common sense:

If you work for a company and they fire you or suspend you because you did something either on their time or even on your own time that they don't agree with...don't get your panties in a wad because it happens.

YOU - are an individual....we have to deal with many different people every single day. 

YOU - represent us in your actions.  If your actions cause controversy we have every right to separate you from our employment.

WE - have an image and reputation to uphold.  We work our ass off to keep that up.  If you drag that in the mud with your shenanigans – GOOD BYE!

WE – tell you our company policies and rules and regulations…and the BIG companies even make you sign something that makes sure you know what those policies/rules/regs are.  If you do something that breaks that contract, said or unsaid….we don’t want you around anymore.

YOU have the right to be treated fairly, respectfully and without prejudice – but that also works both ways.  WE try our best not to discriminate, but you are hired to do a job, represent a company/organization etc…keep up your end too.

With that being said, if you are gay and you get fired because you married your partner and you work for a Catholic organization  - don't be so freakin’ shocked!  If you are a redneck and say some inflammatory remarks about gays/blacks or anyone else and we suspend your  ass – “HELL-FUCKING-O”!    If you are a muslim and refuse to sell alcohol to a customer because it’s against your beliefs…sorry honey, that’s your job.  Work for someone who won’t put you in that position.

Come on people!  COMMON SENSE!  PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY!  Use the freakin’ head that is on your shoulders and guess what, you are part of a collective universe…it’s not all about YOU!  Yes, you have rights, but you don’t have the RIGHT to abuse those rights either. 

OK…that’s my rant.