Matt on Not-WordPress

I am not quite sure what this guy does for a living but I found his site on WordPress and found him to be a rather interesting and unique individual.  The pictures as well as captions left me going wow with every photo. Matt are these pictures you grabbed from off the net or did you take these on your day-to-day journey? I know some of course were from your own personal journey because you are in them but I  found myself wondering if the others were just pictures you found and shared or first hand photos from your life.  If you took each picture you have quite a life there and are blessed beyond measure to be able to experience life at the level you do.  March on bro march on!


The Landlord from Hell

I have lived in the same apartment since 2006.  It had a leak in the ceiling before you came into the apartment so every time it rained I would have an argument with the landlord over fixing the roof. Finally in 2012 hurricane Sandy took the garage off the house. I found out then that the landlady had let her insurance lapse and she was not covered. I quickly bought renters insurance to protect my things. Her son who lives with her filled out papers to get assistance from FEMA. When the check arrived for $10,000.00 I thought finally now he will fix the roof. Not a chance! The town came out and wrote him tickets but that didn’t make him fix the roof.

Now I am lying in bed about a week ago right after the oil guy comes and I smell oil. I called the landlady who tells me that she was spraying bug spray. I kept smelling it then finally I made an appointment to go to the doctor from the irritant of smelling this chemical smell for a week. The night before my doctor’s appointment the landlord’s son who had been in the hospital for about eight days came home and was raising havoc yelling and banging around what sounded like the area of the boiler.

I yelled through the wall to him and sure enough he confirmed there was an oil leak. The next day I called to see how it was going and if he fixed the oil leak. He said no I am still draining the tank and believe it or not there isn’t that much oil because it all drained into the ground through the crack in the cement. We just received 100 gallons on Saturday night!

I went home to my apartment but the smell of oil in the bedroom was so bad I couldn’t stay in it. I made a call to find out the dangers in this type of hazard. The hot water was connected to the boiler and was still running so I was unsure of the ramifications of this and the operator told me they were sending people to investigate.

Little did I know that the whole fire department, hazmat and town officials would come out to investigate. Apparently the situation was worst than I thought. The town doesn’t get called in on such things unless they deem it necessary. Now the town gives them eight summons for all the improper things he has done to the house without permits. The back deck, the plumbing in the apartment, the condition of the house as well as the oil spill citations. He is finally made to fix these things that are considered hazardous and unlivable. I on the other hand I have to find another place to live.

The fireman called the conditions where they live as a hoarders house. They have papers stored too close to the burner itself and the landlord’s son refuses to see any danger in the oil lingering in the air as we inhale it on a daily basis. He never fixes anything. I will go back to the apartment after two days not sure if I will have hot water or if anything has gotten done to secure the property from fire. I have stayed in a hotel at the cost of $166.00 a night. The worst thing is my bed is about 15 feet the other side of the oil spill and my clothes hang in the closet between us. When I packed to leave for a couple of days the smell in my car from being in the oil filled closet told the horrible truth; raw oil is a nasty beast.

If you know of an apartment for rent between West Islip and Forest Hills, NY shoot me a line. I am a clean non-smoking quiet person who works hard and believes my home is my refuge so I don’t bring people home to hang out. Until then wish me luck!

Sgt. Meyer Perspective is Truth

Reading this morning’s news I found it interesting that the media was picking apart a book written by Sgt. Meyer.  A man who will soon be receiving an honorary medal for his participation in the war.  This medal is not being given based upon his book but because of the actual events that took place.

I have never read a book truth or fiction that wasn’t embellished by the writer and to tell you the truth this man’s book is probably more interesting and life-like the way he told it.  I don’t know if he had a ghost writer or not I didn’t dig that deep into this article but if I were a ghost writer listening to his tale maybe I would encourage a little embellishment myself.  Based upon what I read there weren’t any resurgent’s to fight off and this makes the story more gripping.

Now either way the fact remains that the man probably took his whole military career threw it into a bag shook it up and pulled out pieces of memory as he wrote the book.  The perspective of this man’s memory is in reality the truth, at least to him.  I say take the book for a good half fiction half truth and move on.  Does it make for good reading? I am sure it does.

There should be no dishonor placed on this man for writing a book with embellishment.  He was still in a combat fighting for our freedom and was part of an incident so grand that a medal is being given to him; not from his book but for other reasons as pointed out by the author of the article I read this morning.

Sgt. Meyer, thank you for your service and may your book be a number one best seller!

States Pay Federal Government to Open Parks

The individual states have elected to open the parks on their own by paying the government for each days operational costs.  The states as well as the independent business owners were losing a lot of money because of the shut down.

Based upon the figures posted in the article I read the profits are a little over double the cost of running the parks.  The article didn’t mention if the Federal Government receives a portion of this profit but I would assume if the state is paying them the daily cost that it would be no they are not receiving any profit.

In a normal daily operation of a park does the Federal Government receive the profits?  I would think yes they are paying to run it so they should receive the profits.  There are a couple of things here that are bothering me.

One if the government under normal circumstance is raking profits that double the cost of running them what is the problem.  Why are they deliberately shutting down and losing that income.  There is a lot of profit here being lost or the states wouldn’t pay to keep them going.  The shut down they say is because the government can’t pay for both “Obama Care” and such things like the parks.  Based upon what this article stated the parks income pays double what it takes to run it. How is this considered to be a strain on government spending!

Two why not keep things the way they have become; let each state continue to pay to the government the cost of the park’s daily operations. Let the state keep the profits. The individual states should have control over their own parks and tourist attractions. How and why was it a federal responsibility?

I believe we are going to discover many things the government was doing before they shut down was unnecessary and can be done away with.  I had to make a decision one day in my youth over shaving gel or a pack of ground beef. I of course chose the ground beef.  I realized after shaving my legs with regular soap that there wasn’t any difference in the results and never bought shaving gel again.  Why should I?  The cost back then for a can of shaving gel was $3.49.  In the days of my poverty I discovered many things that weren’t really a necessity and have become quite a little money saver.

Maybe some of the government jobs aren’t really that necessary.  Let’s start checking one by one to see if any harm is done while that person is on shut down and see.  You may find no difference at all in the results.

Sandy Hook School

What a horrible tragedy this community suffered.  What horrific trauma the children will have to deal with as they continue with their education. I was disappointed to read that the community in an effort to transition the kids back to this school voted on demolishing the school to build a new one but on the same property.

If I were a child building on the same property would not help me. The memory of what happened would grip me as soon as I turned down that last street heading towards the school.  As I got closer to the property the more anxious I would get.  It is the same when a child is battered by the parents; when they turn onto the street they live on so begins their anxiety.

Even though a child may settle down once they are inside the building with its new and improved everything that road to the school could be a very traumatic daily event.  Some children may decide to skip school instead of going through this trauma everyday. Why put them through this?

I for one would not have decided until I allowed the voice of the children to be heard. I would have let the children vote by a raise of hands, on paper or whatever means necessary to tally their vote but their vote is what would have counted.  There are too many lives at stake here and each child that doesn’t overcome this crisis may choose to be destructive later on.

From what I understand the children didn’t want to go to school at all after this.  Who can blame them?  They want to stay home were they feel safe.  I hope in the end they decide to relocate the new school somewhere else.  There should be a memorial there instead of a school.  Too many children died needlessly to just paint over the canvas.

A new school somewhere else would be a much better choice in this case.   I wish I had the property to donate to the community; I would surely give it to them.  I would like everyone to ask themselves a couple of questions. Think about how you would feel passing by this location knowing what took place even though a new school stands there and answer the following questions.

1.) Do you feel good now they have a new school on this land?

2.) Does it diminish the horror you feel?

That’s what I thought.  It doesn’t change things does it?  How do you think the children are going to feel?


Syria Chemical Weapons Destruction

I read this morning that the chemical weapons destruction in Syria was taking place.  Do we really believe that a leader who just assaulted his people with these weapons are going to give them up now?  I am sure he has given us a few of them to appease us but is this all of them?

I don’t have a good feeling about this. How do we know that the people destroying them will not have some kind of after effects from the destruction of them.  We should make the government do the destruction oh wait I don’t believe we can trust them to do this either.

Seems like we are caught between a rock and a hard spot.  I believe it possible that our government could have said to their government look we have to do something here so just hand us over a few and we will destroy them.  How many you really have who can say.  This could be possible right?

If I missed somewhere that we went over every inch of land with some detection devices I am sorry this may sound stupid to you but even if we did they could have flown those weapons to another place until we were finished.

I guess what I am trying to say is that this seemed too easy and I am leery of the reality of what is taking place today. Anyone else?