DRIVINGCRAZY

 

Speaking for myself, I am a pretty easy-going person, and definitely relate to the idiom of ‘live and let live’, and all that ‘good’ stuff….BUT, the list of items that follow have prompted me to write this post because, you know what? I really have had it, and bet you have too! LOL!

RUDE PEOPLE – like ignorant next door neighbours that seem to dream up ways to try to upset you in any way possible, people that shove their way in front of you in a line-up, those that knowingly interrupt conversations, clerks that don’t say “Please”, I’m sure you get the picture; just basic good manners…

GARBAGE EVERYWHERE – all over the lawns, boulevards, streets, sidewalks, buses, like come on people, FIND the damn trash can, stick it in your pocket and take it home…especially if it’s ‘glass’ – children and animals could be hurt! City of Vancouver should get MANY more Garbage Cans…

DOG POOP ALL OVER – Even the Sidewalks! – If you just don’t want to do it, or can’t get yourself to pick up your dog’s droppings, you probably shouldn’t have a dog. PICK IT UP PLEASE – SAVE YOURSELF THE $200 FINE AS WELL! Have some respect and consideration for others, and all other animals.

EMPTY NEWSPAPER STANDS! – METRO News – In the area I live in off Kingsway, it’s a miracle to find a Metro in the box because someone believes they’re better off either out of the box in the rain soaking wet, on the ground, or just plain taken out of the box for whatever reason. The only other possibility is that the person(s) responsible for filling these boxes are really slacking off – unlikely! LOL!

BUS DRIVER’S THAT SEE YOU RUNNING – We have ALL been there I’m sure! One day I literally was ‘touching’ the bus, and since I’m not able to run properly – steel hip, that was a major feat, but the driver just looked right at me, then pulled out! You can imagine the expletives that came to mind by this point….

DRIVER & PEDESTRIAN ROAD SAFETY – I would like to know why so MANY drivers do not even bother to look both ways when turning or entering an intersection. It may also be helpful if drivers actually use their ‘signals’! How many times have you ‘almost’ been clipped by a driver that was obviously NOT paying attention? In BC, the law states that the pedestrian does have the right-of-way, even if crossing a laneway – any ‘egress’, the vehicle is to yield to the pedestrian.

AUTOMATIC ‘TIPPING’ – Sorry, but I much prefer to decide how much my tip will be, if at all thank you. If I have not received good service and a fine meal, I don’t think a significant tip calculation is appropriate – do you? The tipping decision should rest with the patrons, not the business – whether restaurant, bar, etc.

RETAIL INCOMPETENCE: ‘I DON’T KNOW’ Clerks – No, sorry we’re out of that…and you end up finding it, or, we never carried that brand –you’ve purchased it many times from that shop, …, you can all relate, I’m sure! LOL!

HAIRCUTS/DRYCLEANER’S – MEN vs. WOMEN – What’s up with that? Some men have longer hair than I do but I have to pay at least $10 more for a cut. I think that’s why there are so many ‘discount’ salons around that try to hit a more realistic price point. Ditto with drycleaners that charge $7.50+ per blouse, and only a few dollars for men’s shirts! These two rants have bugged me for years! LOL!

GARBAGE PRODUCE – The little stores that sell their produce relatively cheaply, but offer much less than perfect fruits and veggies. It’s great to save money, but the quality is often very poor once opened. IF people were to speak up and stop buying these so-called great deals, they would have to stop trying to sell ‘pig feed’ to us.

 

Thoughts, comments, agreements, ideas….?

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Who doesn’t love a ‘good news’ story for a change? I was so happy to learn of this unique facility, and absolutely applaud the founders and dedicated staff at First United and Aviva. As a Vancouver resident, I wish to extend a heartfelt Thank You to you all for providing a much-needed service with grace and dignity.

A facility that gives Vancouver’s homeless a place to store their belongings received national recognition recently in the form of a $40,000 grant.

First United Church’s Cart & Belongings Storage Facility was one of the grand prize winners within the Aviva Community Fund, which is a national competition that grants funds to initiatives that contribute positive changes in their communities.

Homeless people, who only have a few possessions to begin with, want a secure place to keep everything from their ID and documents to family photos, and other cherished items, in step with this First United video presentation (please click the link to watch).

The First United Church’s Cart & Belongings Storage Facility was founded in 2009, and offers two-hundred units and is the sole program of its kind in Vancouver. It costs over $50,000 each year to stay up and running.

“Our storage facility is often the first step in getting off the streets,” states the First United website. “Having a secure place to store their belongings offers these people the ability to access services, address their health concerns, seek suitable housing, and go to work.”

Canadians vote online to create a shortlist of Aviva Community Fund semi-finalists, then a panel of judges select the final grand prize winners. A total of $1 million is awarded through multiple prizes annually.

 

Supporting related resources: http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/, http://firstunited.ca/what-we-do/, https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/

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Welcome back for the balance of this article! Following are tidbits of ‘food for thought’ for both passengers and bus drivers. Your feedback is always encouraged. If you have any suggestions you’d like to add to these lists, just let me know!

PASSENGERS:

If I may, I have listed just a few common sense suggestions to ponder:

  • Young children should sit on your lap or stand when the bus is crowded
  • Try not to travel in ‘RUSH hour’ with your babies; (Appts. can be accommodating)
  • Try not to travel in ‘RUSH hour’ with your Scooter; (Appts. can be accommodating)
  • Remove your Back Packs before boarding the bus; place at your feet; vs. bashing people with it!
  • Have your FARE READY ‘before’ you board the bus; don’t hold us all up please!
  • Don’t be a ‘Lounge Lizard’, taking up entire ‘2’ seats; close your legs & move over!
  • There’s no need for ‘pushing and shoving’ people out of your way when boarding or leaving the bus – how rude!
  • If you MUST take/make a phone call, turn down the volume and try to do so quietly; vs. screaming in people’s ears! This happens constantly and is rude, very loud, and annoying to other passengers!
  • Turn DOWN your MUSIC – we all don’t want to hear it, don’t force it on us! We all have our own tastes in music – yours might not be the same as many others around you!
  • Please do NOT dangle your various electronics ‘cords’ in our faces – it’s rude, and you just might end up losing them!
  • Please do NOT travel when you have a bad cold/flu; spreading your germs around sneezing & coughing on people is NOT cool! A girl openly sneezed right on my hat – it was not a pretty sight, ugh!
  • Watch those packages, purses and briefcases please – they can be dangerous and painful! Passengers aren’t a convenient ‘shelve’ for you to place your belongings on!
  • ‘Feet’ are everywhere – watch where you’re going, it’s not cool to step on someone’s foot and laugh or just run off the bus!
  • Please do not ‘bathe’ in cologne or perfume before you travel; think of others, allergies, etc.
  • Don’t eat your Take-Out Food on the bus; especially ‘aromatic’ food, also dangerous if bus comes to quick stop!

 

BUS DRIVERS:

Below are just a few complaints that consistently come up when I’m traveling via transit:

  • Try your level best to STAY ON SCHEDULE!
  • Acknowledge your passengers when they say hello, instead of turning your head, rudely ignoring them!
  • When you’re late, acknowledge it, an apology to passengers would be nice. ‘So what?’ is NOT an appropriate response!
  • Why continue to board more passengers when the bus is already jam – packed? The ‘back of the bus’ really only goes so far!
  • Stop openly letting people RIDE FREE! – Whether approach is from the front or through the back doors! Particularly when we’re loaded already, peak time, RUSH hour, etc.!
  • Why do drivers have the BUS FULL sign on when there are plenty of empty seats?
  • Rudeness is NOT part of any ‘PUBLIC SERVICE’ job! If you hate your job, change it!
  • How can you watch people running for your bus and pull out anyway?
  • Why are you using your CELL PHONE while driving? Illegal, and puts your passengers in danger!
  • Drivers make passengers wait for a coffee or pizza slice run. – uh, don’t think so! Use YOUR OWN time for this, NOT ours; we have places to go too – on schedule!
  • Put down the ‘KNEELER’ when asked/appropriate – it’s not wearing out your ‘air brakes’ for pete sake!
  • Get out of your seat and help ‘struggling’ passengers board and off-board! That is NOT up to your passengers to do!
  • Why are you permitting ‘ALCOHOL consumption’ on your run? Illegal and your responsibility to ‘action’, not passengers. I’ve witnessed this a few times on the #19 run!
  • You have a HEATER USE IT on cold, miserable days! Nothing like boarding a ‘winter’ bus when you’re already chilled to the bone from waiting for the bus – particularly when late!

 

All of the above issues make it significantly more difficult for the ‘good guys and gals’ out there that DO enjoy their jobs, and interact with their passengers upon boarding and off-boarding. These drivers are few and far between unfortunately, but much appreciated when we do come across them! It simply makes the trip so much nicer for everyone!

Your thoughts, comments and suggestions for these lists are welcome. Please do offer your opinions.

Many Thanks!

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Transit Driver Credo: “We run for those who wait, we don’t wait for those who run.”

 

 

Okay, it is like this folks, based on my many conversations ‘on board’, we have all had it with rude drivers, and even more so, rude passengers on our Vancouver buses. I think both groups could use a few much needed ‘etiquette’ lessons!

It blows my mind how young parents can exercise no manners or common courtesies whatsoever when it comes to bus travel, either for themselves or their kids. Way to set a good example for your child!

We all know a high percentage of people living in this city have English as their second language, which apparently is saved for very special occasions, for which transit obviously does not qualify.

Those that don’t read or write English are certainly able to ‘see’ the clearly marked ‘graphic’ signs posted, which illustrate that the front seating is reserved for seniors, those with disabilities (visible or otherwise), scooters, and mothers with young babies in strollers.

That being the case, why is it then that we so often find young, healthy men and women, with no signs of physical or mental challenges, seated in this area? Young kids that are over 4 or 5 years of age are also taking these seats, as directed by their parent(s), or possibly caregiver(s). Here again, not setting a good example for their children by not using their own common sense, manners, and respect for others.

We humans certainly are not perfect, I know I’m not. However, many of us were raised with very good manners, and a natural, healthy dose of common sense. What follows are the ‘top’ issues I see, and people complain about on my frequent travels – avoiding peak periods and the ‘RUSH hour’ as much as possible!

Since this post has become rather long, I will split it into two,the second post will follow very shortly, so please do stay tuned!

 

…follow-up will be my next post!

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I am all in for going ‘green’ but ‘clean’ is paramount for us all, now and well into the future…

 

 

I love Vancouver it is my home. I have spent many years in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, much of it downtown, in the West End.

However, lately, I am appalled at how dirty our beautiful city has become. What is happening at City Hall – what is Mayor Gregor Robertson thinking? Do we have our needle so stuck on making us the greenest city in the world by 2020 that we blithely ignore just how incredibly dirty we have allowed this city to become?

My God, every city has some litter issues, but it is getting very bad in Vancouver – particularly in East Vancouver. The sidewalks and boulevards are covered with so much garbage it is ridiculous, and frankly, very embarrassing! We are a major tourist destination, is this really what we want to show our guests and newcomers that will be moving here?

I am beginning to wonder if the City is going broke – since finding a garbage can has become a definite challenge, even at bus stops! There should be large garbage cans on each corner, which are properly maintained by the city, and not always overflowing – hint, hint!

I fail to see the gratification in becoming the greenest city in the world by 2020, when we can clearly visualize those lovely green spaces covered with garbage…it really is heartbreaking!

im-back Jack NichIt has been a long and tough year for so many of us, myself included unfortunately. There is no ‘excuse’ for not writing much more often and consistently on this site, but the good news is I think the time has come to remedy that, assuming of course you are all still with me, after such a long hiatus!

As we all know too well, sometimes life throws a few curves your way that take you off guard, and off-balance – new life, death, debt, work, health issues, relationships, all that good stuff – can get in our way if we let it, and I am guilty as I did let it, but now I am slowly coming back.

Actually, I am beginning a new site if you can believe that! LOL! I have named my new site Half Naked Soul, where I will speak to subjects such as how ‘social’ media is anything but social, and how our ‘information/technology age’ has gotten out of hand, with important values like privacy merely a vague memory of the good old days.

Every time we write a post, send a tweet, like a page, picture, or article, we are exposing ourselves to the ‘spies’ and ‘sickos’ out there that care to do us harm – yes, even the little people like you and me.

I mean really, what is the payoff to rip off our articles/sites, crash them, and toast and burn all our hard work? We are the little people, not some big conglomerate, or substantial business, where a talented hacker could capture very valuable and highly confidential information, leading to extortion, or much, much worse.

No people, I have to say that I have decided enough is enough, and I will personally do whatever I can to maintain some semblance of privacy, maintain ownership of my writing efforts on all my sites, and to hell with the idiots that want to get their sick minds off on tearing people down.

I say, enough already! Get a grip on reality hackers, because everyone you try to harm or destroy gives you even more bad karma, and let me tell you, in the end, when all’s said, and done, it will come back to bite you in the butt BIG time! LOL, you have to love that!

The same goes for our millions of spammers who want to leave insulting comments on our sites, and market their own sites or products over and over again! Akismet is a great WordPress plugin, but does not cut it when it comes to blocking ALL of this annoying verbiage from landing on our sites, or in our emails.

At any rate, thank you so much for sticking with me, and do know that I AM back. As soon as I write my first posts for my new site, I will let you know. In the meantime, I have a ton of work to do on this site, so will close off this post to get at it!

Please stay tuned….

 

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The Twelve Days of Christmas is the festive days beginning Christmas Day (December 25). This period is also known as Christmastide and Twelvetide.

The Twelfth Day of Christmas is always on Epiphany Eve (January 5), but the Twelfth Night can either precede or follow the Twelfth Day, according to which Christian tradition is followed.

The Twelfth Day (January 5) is followed by the Feast of the Epiphany on January 6. In some traditions, the feast of Epiphany (January 6) and the twelfth night of Christmas overlap.

Currently, the twelve days and nights are celebrated in widely varying ways around the globe. Some give gifts only on Christmas Day, some only on the Twelfth Night, and others exchange gifts on each of the twelve nights.

On the 1st day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
A partridge in a pear tree.

On the 2nd day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 3rd day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 4th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Four calling birds, three French hens, two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 5th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Five golden rings, four calling birds; three french hens,
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 6th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds,
Three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 7th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings,
Four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 8th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds,
Three French hens, two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 9th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds,
Three French hens, two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 10th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking,
Seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying, five golden rings,
Four calling birds, three french hens, two turtle doves,
And a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 11th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping, nine ladies dancing,
Eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming, six geese a-laying,
Five golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens,
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree.

On the 12th day of Christmas, my true love sent to me
Twelve drummers drumming, eleven pipers piping, ten lords a-leaping,
Nine ladies dancing, eight maids a-milking, seven swans a-swimming,
Six geese a-laying, five golden rings, four calling birds, three french hens,
Two turtle doves, and a partridge in a pear tree!

Sending you Warm Wishes for a Wonderous Christmas,

and a Happy, Healthy, and Prosperous New Year!

Happy-2014-New-Year

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I know the title is most discouraging and disgusting, but I just watched the video below while on business site, and found it amazing! As a matter of fact, I feel a little guilty, because I have craved a Big Mac for the past couple of weeks! LOL!

It’s certainly obvious why so many people are overweight, and often obese. We seem to want instant gratification, whatever we’re looking for – whether it’s a raise or a burger, we want things ‘Mc-Now’!

At any rate, I thought the information in this presentation was useful, and wanted to share it with my viewing audience as well.

I’d be interested to hear your thoughts on this, so please do leave a comment. Thank You!

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An alert has been issued today for these 2 beaches in Vancouver’s West End. This advisory was issued due to the extent of bacteria within the water at these particular beaches, which is higher than the acceptable, and recommended levels.

What may happen if you swim at these beaches?

To do so would put one at greater risk of getting a gastrointestinal illness, which can result in diarrhea and vomiting.

Seniors, children and those with a compromised immune system who experience these symptoms should visit their doctor immediately.

What caused this to happen?

The exact cause behind the high E. coli count is unknown, however, there are multiple likely contributors, including:

  • Boating traffic and resulting sewage;
  • Hot weather causing the swimming layer (top four feet) of water to heat up, permitting bacterium to multiply faster;
  • Lack of Tidal Flush in certain areas;
  • Lot of people and dogs on the beaches; and
  • Birds have conjointly been a powerful contributor in the past.

ALL ALTERNATE SWIMMING BEACHES WITHIN THE VANCOUVER COASTAL HEALTH REGION REMAIN SAFE.

Alert Resource: News 1130, http://www.news1130.com/

Related:

Can you imagine working your butt off, beginning early in your childhood, working and practicing for many hours each day, year after year, to end up, at over 60 years of age, still maintaining a pretty amazing figure, and also be in good health? I only wish….LOL!

How about continuing to entertain the world (via Web) at 86 years old, and STILL being considered one of the Stars of the Show, with the incredible abilities and body that would put young women age 13 & 20 to shame?

Well, have I got a treat for you! My Sister-in-Law passed this fantastic video along to me, and I loved it so much, I wanted to share it with you my dear readers! I know some of you may have seen it, but I bet there are many that have not.

I also want to extend my thanks to both my sister and Satoshi Red for posting this for the world to see! God Bless this woman, Johanna Quass!

Enjoy checking out this talented and amazing 86-year old gymnast performing both her bar and floor routines!

Please also Share!

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Video  —  Posted: July 9, 2013 in Bits & Bytes
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