A few years ago there was an outraged tempest about new cars' gas mileage. Many didn't get the mileage advertised. I'm one of those people. My car is supposed to be able to go 360 miles on a tank. It's never come close.
I remember when ATMs came out. Oh, use ATMs, they're so much easier -- and they're free because they're saving the bank money! Everyone wins! My ATM now follows a matrix about how much will be charged, depending upon which network is used and whether it's in network or out of network, much like my health care.
And debit cards? Look how quick and simple they are to use. The money comes right out of your account and there's no credit card fees! Woo hoo! I hear a large bank is planning to charge $5 for using debit cards each month.
My computer doesn't always like to answer my fingers. It's getting old - bought it over 13 months ago - but I thought it would give me less issues than it does. I went with a Lenovo Thinkpad, dual processors, business models, MS Windows 2010 loaded, etc.
Don't know what it is it's doing when it doesn't answer the wake-up call. I have a habit of counting the seconds until it begins 'responding' by which I mean it shows the log on screen. After I put my password in, it takes a while longer. A lot of times the counting goes beyond 60 and I've forgotten why I'm counting. I figure it probably has to do with the myriad security checks, scans and updates it's doing, transparently, seamlessly, in the background, to keep it safe and efficient. I could open the log and trace the activity, break it down, etc.
I don't want to learn what my computer is doing just as I don't want to replace my sprinkler head risers installed so I can easly water my lawn, bushes and garden, don't want to delve into the five year old Bosch refrigerator to determine why it emits a harsh rattle every few hours, have not rolled over my IRA into my 401K, have not completed the 'lost stock certificate' paperwork or the class action suit paperwork on another stock, haven't filed for the thing we still call 'payflex' (although its name was changed a few years back) to get reimbursed for our medical expenses from the account I pay into each year, haven't gone off cable onto Internet TV, don't want to explore and fix the shower head that dribbles water at 5 in the morning (although I have addressed the phantom flushing of my five year old house), have postponed organizing my garage and addressing the grass issues in my yard, and I haven't called 'On Track' to pick up the furniture I'm donating to them.
It's all supposed to be easier, to a plan, but learning and applying information is a constant matter. I don't believe most of what I read as news or advice any longer. Like the sprinkler risers. One site says, dig up the ground the heads, expose them, remove the riser. Another says, no, here's a tool, just remove the head and add cut off risers (I'm simplifying).
When I was a child, I had overweight friends. Several adults called the male big-boned. Girls I knew were obese. Many times I heard they would be beautiful if they just lost weight. Some did lose the weight and turned out beautiful. Some didn't lose the weight and still became beautiful. Others didn't lose the weight or become beautiful. One died of leukemia.
My wife is a vegetarian, has been since 1989. She has always 'watched her weight' and eats prudently. Doesn't smoke, never did. Doesn't drink. She's had a few glasses of wine in her life and a few Lemon Drops but that's it. I think she's been drunk once and tipsy three or four times. She's been an exercise fanatic for thirty-five years, jumping into aerobics, jazzercise, zoomba, free weights, weight machines, crunches. Used to jog, too except sixteen years ago, she was diagnosed with Lupus. She has good and bad days, deals with flares, loopy head, sleeping and energy issues.
Many of the Occupy Wall Street protestors have posted photographs with descriptions of who they are as part of the 99% (http://wearethe99percent.tumblr.com/). I see a lot of them are deeply in debt to student loans. They're paying them off while working two jobs in food service industries. They've lost jobs and lost health insurance after working thirty-forty years. Their house loans have been foreclosed. They've emptied their 401K and IRAs. They've completed college and can't find a job. They're young and they're scared, they're old and their scared, they're sick and they're scared, they're angry and they're scared.
Expectations set us up. The system is gaming us as we're being told not to game it. We're told to do the right things. Join the military, serve your country, defend freedom and democracy. Fall in love, get married and raise children. Eat right, exercise and stay healthy. Go to college, get a degree, make money and have fun - take cruises, have uninhibited sex, conquer mountains, drive around and see the country on a tank of gas, buy the latest, best computer and software and it'll take care of itself. You can pay your bills in seconds.
WMD. Global War on Terror. Life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. Religious freedom and tolerance. Justice for all. Do as I say and say as I do. Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.
Just read whereGeorgia is thinking they'll cut firefighter positions and use prisoners to fight fires.
I write science fiction. I am the 99%. I've seen the past. I don't like what it shows for the future.
Causes Michael Seidel Supports
Kiva, Women's International League for Peace and Freedom, Propublica.org, Doctors Without Borders, GreaterGood.com