I think most people agree telemarketers can be annoying but with most any job out there, some are worse than others. According to the Career Addict and Money Inc., these are some of the worst jobs and most of them have really low wages. I was a few of them during my life although some of these jobs I wouldn’t mind doing with the proper training.
Postal service workers
Manual sewer cleaners
Customer service advisors
Portable toilet cleaners
Animal urine collector
Crime scene cleaners
Fast food cooks
Pest control officers
I decided to do this, in exchange for really wanting to write a book about life, so this will be my first advice type entry. It’s either advice I’ve gotten from others or learned from books or realized due to my own faults and failures. I also learned some of this through witnessing others succeed, my own successes, and everything else that comes to mind. These entries won’t be lengthy. I’m trying to find a way to blog more for my own benefit and maybe for others too. Even though I’m not a leading authority in most topics (no Ph.D. behind my name), I know a few things about a few things. Some of it will be funny and some it will be quite serious. Here goes my first entry.
This person I know went to McDonald’s. He doesn’t eat meat. He does eat cheese and other things like eggs. He went to get an Egg McMuffin meal. Hold the meat. Give him the egg and cheese. The butter slapped on it is fine too. Hell, he isn’t on a diet. When he got the meal. the decaf coffee was fine with three creamers, the hashbrown was greasy, but the Egg McMuffin was wrong. He had no cheese, a smelly slab of bacon on it, and egg. You want to know what the real problem was? He was not at McDonald’s when he opened the sandwich. Guess what? He drove back to McDonalds and as polite as he could be told the employee you put meat on here but no cheese when the sticker said differently (with some irritation because traffic was bad in a few spots along the drive and was anticipating waiting for traffic to clear in order to turn right). He got the new Egg McMuffin and hashbrown. The employee asked if he needed a new hashbrown. He said yes because the other one is in the bag I gave you. What he really wanted to say was would you like eating a cold hashbrown? Needless to say, he didn’t because doing so wouldn’t solve anything. Despite him waiting over 30 minutes to get his food, he had to drive back to get his order right. There was no way in hell he was going to eat the Egg McMuffin that now reeked of swine. By the time he finished eating, his coffee had cooled some but at least, he had a semi-warm hashbrown. Why waste your time overreacting by yelling and acting like a complete jerk? Because people make mistakes that other people don’t like. It’s not as if the person was doing it purposely. I hope not. If s/he was, then that person has some issues to resolve. Making a blanket statement of we all have issues, or we all make mistakes is fine. It’s more important to try not to make mistakes again and realize the other variables might be included such as lack of sleep, not enough employees on shift, or needs new glasses s/he can’t afford. Look at it as means to an end. You eventually filled your stomach. Some people can’t when they’re hungry. Yes, first world problem. What a starving person wouldn’t give for that slab of meat? Perspective is good but so is asking for what you want and then getting it (the right way).
As with most things in life, humans need a break too from something, anything, and maybe, everything? Besides being busy packing (sort of), working (definitely), resolving incidents and possibilities within my brain (every day since May 1st and when I reached adulthood), trying to find new opportunities to better myself (the biggest crux of my existence right now), this is why I haven’t been blogging. I keep thinking how I will get new followers, get new people to read my entries, and then I think, well blogging consistently would help (like every other day instead of every week). The times I’m surfing the Internet, browsing through Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon (help me if I get the new Apple TV remote), seeing what movies are playing TV, I could be sitting on my chair blogging. I could also be writing my second novel idea that will no longer be finished by the end of this year. Shit, I’ll be lucky if I get it written and published by next year although I’m hoping for this to happen. I mean the two people I want to read it aren’t going to be around forever and would like them to get a chance before they die. Morbid, I know but it’s the truth. Nothing lives forever. Nothing that is breathing and talking and making noises. Sure, we have our memories and all, getting cloudier as the minutes pass by (something I never thought would happen once I turned 40). I thought I’d remember everything as crystal clear as if I was in high school. Yeah, not the case. Maybe for some people but not me. It’s hard to explain. Sure, I remember certain names and events from over 30 years ago. I remember a name of a woman who married a neighbor of mine (since long divorced now from the woman). His first wife had the longest hair. She had the thickest hair I’ve seen on a Caucasian person. This begs the question why I’m talking about hair to begin with and maybe it’s because I always wanted thicker hair. Instead, I was born with crappy hair. It’s thicker than some but a lot thinner than others. When I braided my hair 20 years ago it was decent and now it seems I’ve lost half the size of that braid or ponytail. Tomorrow, I’m going to be officially moving and next year at the same time, I’ll probably be moving again. Living your life without setting down roots is nothing I ever thought I would do. I’m not a person who adheres to a nomadic lifestyle (could never do that). Yet, I’ve moved more times than I care to admit although living in six different states isn’t all that much. Here, I am with the possibility of moving back to LA next year due to a job prospect. I can’t tell you how difficult it sometimes to feel out of control of your path. I used to believe everyone had a pretty planned out path for her or himself. Now, it seems like a crapshoot. Of course, we have some control over our lives (that’s a given not assumption). I’m less certain about my future within the next year or next five years than I’ve ever been before. This isn’t a good feeling to have and so my internalized emotions were externalized into my actual physical journal. I wrote my heart out. From May first to now, I saw a show on LV strip, interviewed for a job, read a little bit, packed a few more boxes, and reconciled within myself nothing lasts forever, not even the thing you want the most or wish would end.
This short review doesn’t have any major spoilers!
That’s a Lot of Sand
Dune is about Paul Atreides, the son Duke Leto, who has visions of a woman from the future and must ultimately prove his worth in order to save his family. The movie begins with Duke Leto realizing there are advantages to ruling Arrakis. This means increased access to spice on the desert planet. After arriving on Arrakis, House Atreides meets Fremen fighters and learn how dangerous sandworms can be when harvesting spice. The enemy of House Atreides is House Harkonnen and soldiers have plans of their own to keep in power. Of course, fighting ensues and Paul needs to prove himself not only to his mother, Lady Jessica, but most of all his father who wanted peace. Dune has a nice blend of mythical creatures and mental abilities with futuristic looking aircraft. It reminded me of old meets new or past meets future.
Who is What and Where
There’s been a few adaptations on Frank Herbert’s novel, but this version was directed by Denis Villenueve and written by Jon Spaihts, Denis Villeneuve, and Eric Roth. Part one of his action, drama, and sci-fi movie is two hours and 35 minutes and rated PG-13. Besides the great cinematography by Greig Fraser and music by Hans Zimmer, the cast was equally great. Timothée Chalamet as Paul Atreides plays a convincing confident but not ready dutiful son. Rebecca Ferguson as Lady Jessica plays a disciplined mother to Paul. Oscar Isaac as Duke plays Leto Atreides. Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck and Jason Momoa as Duncan Idaho plays Paul’s training mentors. Stellan Skarsgård plays Baron Vladimir Harkonnen. Dave Bautista as Beast Rabban Harkonnen plays nephew of Baron Harkonnen. Zendaya as Chani plays a young Fremen woman. Charlotte Rampling plays Reverend Mother Mohiam Emperor’s. Javier Bardem as Stilgar plays the leader of the Fremen tribe. Babs Olusanmokun plays Jamis.
Watch the Trailer
Parting Comments of Dune
There definitely is going to be part two and whether it will be a trilogy is anyone’s guess. Part one ended not on a cliffhanger, but it was clear in which direction Paul Atreides wanted to travel. The second movie should be out in later 2023. For the casting of Zendaya, I believe she will have a bigger role later. The character I hope shows up again is Baron Harkonnen. Most of the scenes were necessary, but I would’ve liked to seen more training between Paul and his mentors and fighting between House Atreides and Harkonnen.
I rate Dune FOUR FINGERS at 90%.
Captive Audience: A Real American Horror Story is about the abduction of Steven Stayner and the crimes of Cary Stayner. They were in the spotlight for different reasons. One had no control over why he was in the media. Reporters and the general public wanted to know everything about Steven Stayner. He was hailed a hero and rewarded for his courageousness. The other wanted to be a part of the media and have the spotlight. Reporters and the general public wanted to know less about Cary Stayner and more what his punishment would be for his crimes. It’s a horror story in that the Stayner family had tragedy happen to them than they anticipated. I already knew the details of these stories, but I didn’t know much about how Steven’s children. While the documentary highlights the emotions still within the surviving family members, including his son and daughter, there seemed to be some awkwardness with the actors from the TV movie in 1989 reciting the words of Steven and Cary said themselves. I’m not sure how much it contributed to the effectiveness of the tragedies. In a way, both the children were let down by those meant to protect them. Steven was tricked into believing his parents didn’t love him anymore by a pedophile. Cary was tricked by a family member who abused him and not given the attention after Steven was kidnapped. This isn’t making excuses for Cary’s behavior because he made his own bed. I just wonder if things would have changed had Steven never been abducted in the first place. You can’t help but be sympathetic to everything he went through as you’re watching this.
I give Captive Audience THREE FINGERS at 80%.
If you’ve read the book A Duty to Warn about Donald Trump before he became president of the U.S., you’ll see similarities in this documentary called #Unfit: The Psychology of Donald Trump. I read the book during Trump’s presidency. It was an eye opener. I watched this documentary after he left the White House. I’m glad to have watched it after the fact because some things people feared never happened although some things clearly did happen. I’m sure no one expected the Capitol to be invaded by American citizens, but it did happen in 2021. I’m sure no one expected a pandemic to take over the world, but it did happen and still is in some ways. If you take away the name and face and only discuss the behaviors and actions of Donald Trump, I”m sure most everyone would find him having some mental disorder as found in the DSM-5-TR. The most obvious one is narcissism because most every U.S. President has this on some level. How much of the other disorders affect Trump, no one knows 100% because I’m sure he doesn’t want to know or goes out of his way to find out. The most interesting parts of this documentary were the Republicans or former Republicans speaking about Trump. It’s true that his popularity and platform to live in the White House for four years was his strength and downfall. He stumbled over his feet many times and spewed enough nonsense that he was not re-elected another four years. Whether you voted for or against him, the conversations and discussions people share is a reflection on everything found in our cultures and societies. And his kind of leadership based, which I think it based much on confusion and anger has gained popularity where up can be down and wrong can be right when you repeat it over and over, you ignore the facts and embrace the lies, and most of all, those unlike you are the enemy.
I rate #UNFIT FOUR FINGERS and ONE THUMB at 100%.
Malls haven’t become a trend of the past completely. They still exist. Someone always knew when Abercrombie & Fitch was close by from the gallon of cologne sprayed into the air. You could smell it a mile away. I’ve never walked this store back then and never would now. There are many sides of a story but there rarely are many TRUTHS. The employees have different takes on the clothing establishment they once worked for but what is clear is this: Mike Jeffries created a company that was successful even though it was based on customer exclusivity, sexualized advertising, and strict hiring practices (read overweight and average looking people need not apply). Unlike LuLaRoe as a pyramid scheme, A&F’s downfall were stores offering cheaper clothing and students aren’t as into proving they are part of the “pseudo elite.” The allegations into unfair hiring practices, work policies, and legal troubles didn’t help the company either. Jeffries was no longer CEO in 2017 and the company did the best they could to reinvent their image. I’m sure this documentary doesn’t help them either. It’s a good reminder of but can a company started with unsavory practices completely change their platform? After all, Jeffries hated companies trying to be vanilla. For someone who didn’t know much about A&F, it was an eye opener, and a little alarming at times.
I rate White Hot FOUR FINGERS at 90%.
Move over Duke of Hastings, it’s now Anthony Bridgerton’s turn to show his worth to London and keep his family relevant among the families eager to take their place. While Duke of Hastings doesn’t make an appearance (disappointing many fans), his wife, Daphne does and sometimes their son who doesn’t care for her sister, Eloise. Where season one ended with Eloise helping the Queen find out the identity of Lady Whistledown, season two starts with Queen Charlotte holding a debutante ball to find another diamond to charm and entertain her. While Eloise is a part of this debut, it is Edwina Sharma who captures the attention of suitors including Anthony Bridgerton. Over planned dinners and inevitable meetings, Edwina’s sister, Kate, continues to find Anthony unsuitable for her sister. She greatly disapproves of Anthony’s fraudulent engagement to her sister and does her best to prevent it from happening. While all of this jockeying for power between Anthony and Kate continues over Edwina, Lady Danbury (Senior Ambassador) and Violet Bridgerton (Dowager Vicountess) have plans of their own. By the wedding day, the Queen is disappointed in more than one Bridgerton and due to this, Portia Featherington (Dowager Baronness) tries to elevate her standing in society. If she can’t do it through marriage of her daughters, then she’ll try in other ways. The friendship of Penelope Featherington and Eloise Bridgerton turns sour when Eloise takes interest in Theo Sharpe. A show like this has a lot of scheming and plotting. Season three is going to a great battle between two overlooked girls turning into women as much as it will be about the corgis.
I give Bridgerton Season 2 FOUR FINGERS and ONE THUMB at 95%.
I really didn’t know what to name my JET so I chose something that happens to people, regardless of their age, sex, nationality, and more. People don’t get everything they want even if they say they have in life. This never happens all the time. We don’t get what we want all the time. Some people don’t get half of what they want in life. Others get only 1/4 of what they want throughout their lives. Whether you see life as half-empty or half-full depends on the situation you’re in and how you react to it depends on many things. How powerful is your resolve? What do you fall back on when you’re stressed besides eating and sleeping? What steps do you take to pull yourself back up and get into the game (no matter how shitty it seems)?
I remember making mention of getting older on a blog and while I am getting closer to the cusp of the beginning of the last 50 years of my life (doesn’t mean I will live that long), no one told me about how common autoimmune diseases and arthritis is among people. Most people don’t think about it when they are in their 20s unless it affected them during this time. While my arthritis started in my forties, I’m convinced my autoimmune symptoms started in my mid-thirties. While it’s somewhat comforting to know I’m not the only one, it doesn’t lend much help for the pain I feel and the aggravation of being tired, inability to sleep, numbness on my body, dry eyes and mouth, and inflammation.
Honestly, I don’t really feel let down because as I get older, I realize things said to me aren’t exactly the truth and things people will say to me aren’t going to be done. If someone says they will call me, they don’t always do. If someone says it doesn’t matter, most likely it does. Anyone except those rich billionaires and millionaires really don’t have anything to worry about when it comes to simple things like day-to-day living and the cost of things. Sure, they might have kids to take care of but it’s not the same thing as a single or even two parent household. It’s just not. These last four years seem pointless in many ways. It doesn’t feel I’ve learned much. It doesn’t feel I’ve contributed anything great. The life I once knew or thought I knew was crisper, brighter, fulfilling, and tolerable. Now, it’s not so much but I hope to get there again on many levels (financially, socially, creatively, mentally, spiritually).
How many people have lost their sparks? Lost their hope? Don’t give a shit anymore? Avoiding problems? Doesn’t care about others like they used to? I suppose we all go through this mindset. It’s sort of thinking the majority of people don’t want me around, think I’m less of a person, would rather see me dead. It’s sort of knowing this and then carrying it around like a dead weight, like a poison, like something you’d love to insert into a dart and throw at those who have wronged you. Now more than ever I’ve learned to rely on myself more and a select few who understand me. I’ve distanced myself from people who no longer makes sense to me because my perspective has made a minor shift again. This is where I am right now. How about you? Honestly, I want to get into the mindset of helping others, not hindering others, although my present situation makes it hard. It isn’t that I’m going out of my way to be difficult but I’m ready for a new environment, if you know what I mean.