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Holas Everyone!

Sorry I haven’t been here for the past few days. I’ve been very sick for the past week or so. Whatever this stupid malady is, I’ve got it AGAIN! The same cold/flu like symptoms had me up coughing and sneezing all night. I went to work Friday, Saturday and Sunday but I took the rest of the week off.

I went to the doctor today and when I arrived the clinic was packed out with people. I tried to squeeze in as a walk-in but the receptionist told me that they were turning people away and telling them to come back tomorrow morning, because there were not enough doctors available to deal with the onslaught.

So, tomorrow morning I will be up early to make the trek uptown to get there before the clinic opens at nine. I guess this virus thing has really got people in NYC in a fix!

I heard several of the cops coughing and sneezing on Sunday morning. Of course the Boss Lady threw them out of the office. That didn’t help me any though.

So, I took myself back home and got back in the bed. When ever I get sick, I love to retreat to bed with a good book, my net book, something cool to drink and perhaps a snack. Nope, I don’t watch television. Haven’t since they went to digital. . . . .

This seems to be the season to move things, because everywhere I go, things have been moved.

Example: The park I run in is undergoing renovations. One day they put those brightly colored blockades to keep you from entering the park in one section. The next day the entire strip is shut down. I had to run in a totally different park the next day. They are trying to build a promenade by the East River and they have been working on this project for years. I tell you, these contractors really know how to milk the City Of New York Government when they want to. Of course, this is all at the humble tax-payers expence.

But, I digress . . . . . .

I go to my friendly neighborhood supermarket and find the whole supermarket has bee rearranged! Do you have any idea what that is like? It’s like walking into a brand new store! It seems that Pathmark does this every year. I haven’t a clue as to why they feel the need to do this, other than to freak out their customers!

All I know is that I wasted more time trying to track down the items I wanted. Asking the staff who were equally clueless would’ve made me go postal . . . . . .

This also happened to me when I visited my friendly neighborhood Walgreen’s. It was like overnight they renovated and moved the entire store. It looks nice. The store is a lot more spacious and a lot less cluttered looking. But, I have to hunt for the items I need until I remember where they are.

As for my writing, I haven’t been doing much lately. I did manage to open a Twitter account though. Actually, I opened two. One under the name of BarefootTyr ( @BarefootTyr ) and NietzInNY ( @NietzInNY ). BarefootTyr will be my own little personal mini blogs about life. and NietzInNY will be a Twitter book, written via 140 words at a time.

I’m having fun with it so far because it really makes me carefully consider my sentence structure, since I don’t really have a lot of space to play with. What’s the story about? You’d have to pop by and see.

I have more chapters in mind of Crossbow, but with running to the doctor and such I haven’t had the time to sit down and tap them out. I’m going to try to finish at least two chapters this week in order to get this ball rolling again.

I don’t like to say this. But, I’m certainly glad this month is over! With Mom’s death and dealing with her final destination, and me getting sick over and over again. This has been some month! Thank God for His Grace and Mercy!

Well, I’ve gotta bounce!

Via Con Dios!

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I’m Prepared

Holas!

I’ve done battle with my new phone and we have called a truce. I won’t bother it, if it won’t bother me. Right now, I have it off and charging. I guess that means we are in opposite sides of the boxing ring. . . . . .

I am doing much better with it. I had the nerve to use the mobile web to look up Star Parker! I didn’t know who she was until I did. Now I looks like and everything! Isn’t the web wonderful? In SOME respects. Folks like me look at the web the same way our parents used to look at television. That it would rot our brains. In some cases it has.

The internet is a whole ‘nother kettle of fish. . . . . .

Speaking of the internet, I am now on Twitter. A year ago I would’ve asked “What the . . . .?” But now I’m on there. I will be posting scriptures, statements of faith and links to interesting news clips. Somewhat like what I do on FaceBook. My Twitter address is: https://twitter.com/BarefootTyr

You might be wondering about the screen name. I tired like three variations of Ricochet and they were all taken. Thanks to Keith Hamilton Cobb and his portrayal of Tyr Anasazi in Andromeda, and Tyr going barefoot in a couple of episodes, So I have a new screen name. You are welcome to come by and follow me.

I kind of like tweeting, but I can’t do that all day or all night long. I would get bored stiff. Especially since I can only type and post only 180 characters at a time.

I’m ready to go back to work. Kind of bored at home. Funny when you are at work, you desire to be home in bed. When you are at home in bed, you desire to be at work. There is no happy medium.

I haven’t been writing much because I’ve been battling with my new phone. When I did start writing, what did I do. I started a new blog on Blogger. This is going to be a sort of fantasy blog, About someone I really like and admire. It will consist me posting a photo and commenting on said photo, that’s all. I’ll leave the heavy stuff for Writing.ComĀ  and WordPress. I guess you can call it a photo blog.

This project is going to remain hush-hush because I believe if anyone found out, they would think I’m nuts. Not that I haven’t had that happen to me before. It’s par for the course with me, to be called crazy you know. However, this project might be way out there.

One day, perhaps about two years from now, If God spares me, I’ll reveal what I’ve been doing. For now it only exists in my mind and heart.

As for Mom’s business, I still have a few things to do tomorrow, God willing. Then I will perhaps be able to settle down a bit.

Funny, I’ve always wanted to take a Summer vacation. I certainly got one this year! ::sigh:: I just thought of something. I had not gone away for over three years because I was worried about Mom. Now, I am free to travel again, because Mom is safe in Heaven. . . . . . . .

Gotta go because I’m gonna cry . . . .

Blessed Be. . . . . .

I’ve Been A Bad Creature!

Holas!

I’ve been a terrible creature and a lazy goat! I haven’t been doing much of anything except to sleep. I guess that means I really needed it! I guess Mom’s death and dealing with the stuff that came with her burial and everything really wore me down. Plus work did not help either.

Well, I went on line through NYC.gov and filled the application for the supervisor’s test. I paid with my handy-dandy debit card and got my receipt and I now await the test in October with baited breath. Well, not really. . . . I cannot STAND taking tests! OMG! I thought I was done with taking tests! I”M TOO OLD FOR THIS! LEAVE ME ALONE! AGGGGGHHHHHHHH!

Sorry . . . . . .

I had to run out and buy a new cellphone. On the date of Mom’s funeral, I was so nervous I dropped my cellphone. Let me digress. I’m a GEEK and I never drop electronic things! NEVER! I guess I has having a dropsy moment due to the circumstances. Anyway, the back flew off, the battery flew one direction the phone in another. I picked up all the pieces, put it back together and tested it. It worked and I thought nothing of it. Sunday Morning, the entire phone froze after I’d uploaded some photos to my Photo Bucket account.

I turned it off and on and off and on. A marathon to say the least. Of course, all the while I had this horrible sinking feeling in the pit of my stomach. “Yes Ricki you must buy a new phone.” I thought. I CANNOT be without some form of communication. I have three but, I like having my cellphone.too.

So, after church, I went to the Sprint store and bought a new phone. One of the geeks in the store removed my photo card from the old phone and tried to retrieve the photos on it. But he could not because the disc had become damaged. I guess dropping the phone really did damage it. . . . . .

I see I will have to revisit a lot of locations to retake the photos I lost. I’m might try taking them on my new phone or my digital camera. I think the camera would be better. I wish they had a camera that would upload photos after you take them like a cellphone does. That’s what I like about taking pix with cellphones. Direct Uploads!

I’m also thinking of buying a new digital camera. The one I have is excellent, but it is four years old and very clunky. I want one of those new slimline models I can stick into my pocket.

Well, that’s my story for now. God willing I will be back tomorrow

Blessed Be. . . .

LEAVE ME ALONE!

Holas!

As you all know, I went back to work last night. It was very surreal. I was hoping NOT to see the Boss Lady, and guess who I saw? You’ve got it, she was one of the first persons I saw!

Various co-workers came up to me and expressed their condolences. The Boss Lady made some half hearted excuse as to why she couldn’t come. As far as I’m concerned it is a moot point now. I forgive them all because they can’t do anything but act like horses behinds. I hope they weren’t born or raised that way, that would truly be a shame.

However, I did have a big problem with the Boss Lady. She was all a flutter about the fact that she passed the Principle exam with a really high score, which means she is going to be promoted, and given a raise for doing absolutely nothing. Anyway, that means she will be transfered out of my precinct to another one, to a site where they do all administrative work. She claims this will be sometime next year. Early next year she hopes. I’m wondering what it will be like without my “antagonizer”?

Another thing she kept bothering me about is an up coming test. It is a test for her position. Senior Police Administrative Aide. I told her the week before my Mom died that I was not interested in taking the test because 1) I have no desire to supervise more dunderheads like her. 2) I am planning to retire in six years, and it will be ten years before they call my name off that list, if I pass it.

But, no matter how many times I said this, the darned woman would not leave me alone! She even had me go on line and print out the exam sheet, which tells you of all of the qualifications you need and everything. ” And you see, you can even file and pay on line!” She ragged me so bad that I decided, even though I don’t want to, to file for and possibly take the darned test just to shut The Boss Lady up!

I should have known this was gonna happen. She kept asking me “Are you sure you took enough time off? Maybe you should have taken some more time off. Would you like to go upstairs and take a nap?”. The woman pestered me all morning to the point where I wanted to shriek at the top of my lungs “LEAVE ME ALONE!” But, I didn’t.

So today I will file for the stupid test, because the due date is the 24th of August 2010. Which gives me very little time to get my marbles together. I don’t mean to whine, but I’m feeling kinda overwhelmed. Perhaps I did go back to work too soon.

But, the reason I went back is I wanted to pick up my check, I have absolutely no vacation/sick time left on the books, so they will be subtracting time used from my check in dollars. And, I was tired of being home by myself. But, now I’m wondering, should I have gone back so soon? I don’t know.

Sorry to end so abruptly, but I am very tired and I need to “crash”. I will keep you updated on what happens. . . . . .

Blessed Be.

Where’d The Time Go?

Holas!

Where did the time go? I had no clue I missed all of those days! For shame, and I was doing so well, too! The death of a very close loved one will do that for you. Throws everything out of whack.

Well, yesterday I finally took care of some major business. I paid off the funeral director for his services. Plus, I also got two copies of my Mom’s death certificate and a receipt for the funeral services.. I may need one for work, because I may need to prove what happened. NYPD don’t trust no one. In that case, they will be getting a Xerox copy. I had to cough up $15.00 per copy and unless they are willing to pay me for it, they get a copy. Period. Dot.

Also, with the death certificate, I can go to the Nursing Home and claim the funds which remain in Mom’s bank account. According to the home, They will send a check directly to the funeral home. Anthony ( the funeral director ) said that since everything is paid up in full, he will just cut a check and send it to me.

I was personally wondering why so much red tape, then I realized this is a way for the Nursing Home to cover themselves legally. You have far too many “shysters” out there.

I also have to go to Social Security with the death certificate and let them know that they must stop all payments to the Nursing Home. Even though Mom died, the home will still receive payments unless someone stops it. Now if that’s not a waste of hard earned taxpayer money, I don’t know what is. After all these years you’d think they would have a better system in place! This also goes to prove that nursing homes are greedy! ::sigh::

I know there are probably hundreds of other things that will come up that I must take care of because of Mom’s death. Some things I don’t even know about yet. Thank God she was poor and didn’t own much or I’d really be in a tizzy.

Once this has died down, I will have to take care of my own expenses. So people won’t freak when I go home to be with Jesus. . . . . . . .

A good friend was telling me I should draw up a living will. It can either be video taped or written. I prefer writing, as I am not very photogenic. Like people will care when I’m dead. . . .

Sorry, didn’t mean to be morbid.

Moving on. . . . . .

I went shopping today and bought two significant items. One, a rolling briefcase. It seems that since I carry Izzy practically everywhere, and combined with the other things I carry, she can be heavy on one’s shoulder. So a friend suggested that I buy one to relieve the stress on my shoulder and my back ( as I already have siactica ). I bought the thing only because it has those weird new fangled wheels so you can roll it sideways. When I go to work tonight I will take it on its maiden voyage.

I also bought a pair of Sketchers Shape Up shoes. Not so much to lose weight ( which they claim to do ) but to properly align my back and help strengthen my legs and back. So I will have less back and siactic pain.

I’ve heard so much about them and wanted to try them for months, but didn’t have the funds. Now I do, and I bought two pairs. I tried them out while doing housework, and boy they really gave me a work out and I’m a runner! And my feet were really comfortable! I can see they are going to be my favorite shoes and I’d better have a pair in every color! LOL!

Last but not least, I’m going to embark upon a personal project called “Remembering”. It will be about remembering my parents when I was growing up. It was a total shame they never sat me down and told me about their child hood, family, and back home in the West Indies. Now that they are both dead all of that rich history has been lost. And I have no relatives to speak of, to go to. So I am going to try to preserve some of that history.

Well, that’s my story for today

Blessed Be!

Reflections

Holas!

I know, I still have this bone in my throat. I’m sorry!

It is a shame that no one from my job showed up for my Mom’s funeral. They not only made themselves look bad, but they also made NYPD look bad also. After all, one of their own had a death in the family and no one shows up to show their respects. It doesn’t look good at all.

Of course, one of the main characters, The Boss Lady, never showed up but had the nerve to call me on Saturday. I wasn’t there to get the call so I don’t know what it was about. She never left me a message because she is stubborn like that.

For years I’ve been telling TBL if you cant to get in touch with me, you must leave a message for me, not just dial my number and hang up. Well, guess what she did on Saturday. That’s right, Dialed my number and hung up, so her number was in my phone, but what was that about? I have no clue, because I didn’t bother to call back.

I know exactly what she was calling about too. She was calling to see when I was coming back to work. Hey Boss Lady! I just buried my Mother and I’m in mourning! I’ll be back, when ever!

::sigh:: It’s a shame I have to work with such uncouth slobs. . . . . .

Hopefully, this will be the last of this particular rant. Frankly, I am tired of it all. . . . .

Bendito Sea ( Blessed Be )

Back To Real Life

Holas!

I am BACK!

The funeral was last night and it was wonderful. Unlike those who didn’t know Christ as their Savior, my Mom’s funeral was not somber. In fact it was not called a funeral, but a “Home Going Service”. Why? Because Mom went home to be with The Lord. And we rejoiced in that fact.

The ceremony was beautiful and professionally done. I definitely like the funeral director ( Anthony ) and told him I will definitely get back to him to make my own pre-arrangments.

My sister in Christ, Press sung my favorite hymn “Great Is Thy Faithfulness”. I asked for that hymn, because it is the story of my life with Mom. Through it all, the bad times as well as the good, God was FAITHFUL to me. Even though Press was nervous, she sang it beautifully.

I was also surprised that two of my neighbors and childhood friends ( that I grew up with ) showed up for the wake! I looked up, and there they were! I was surprised because I’d only remembered to put a flier under their doors on Wednesday morning.

I went home and stayed with one of the sisters from the church. Got up early this morning,met the funeral director and went up to the cemetery by limo with another of my sisters in Christ. There we had a short service and Mom’s casket was placed and sealed into a niche. Which is officially called “Above Ground Interment”. One of the cemetery directors met me and gave me a card to call him and arrange for an inscription for Mom’s ( with her name and date of birth and death ) niche later.

I’m now home and will run some errands and eventually make my way home to rest. I hadn’t slept away for three years, so I didn’t sleep very well.

The only thing that really got my goat was the fact that, even though I personally made up fliers and personally took them up to my job. And gave them to my Principle ( over the Boss Lady ), and the fliers had been posted up not five minutes after I arrived. Well, would you believe not ONE SOUL from work came to either the wake or the funeral? NOT A SOUL!

As far as I’m concerned, there is no excuse for that. At least one person out of that whole precinct should’ve come and represented. Even my big mouthed supervisor! When I get back to work, I don’t want to hear the excuses! I just don’t! I know I’m going to have to pray extra hard for my tongue when I go back, because I just might let some people have it in there!

Thank God had I had my spiritual family, who stood with me, helped me and supported me. But, My God! I worked for NYPD for 18 plus years and no one shows to represent? OMG! How can a workplace be so cold! I guess I should be happy, they sent flowers. . . . . . .

One of my sisters commented that they might have a “fat envelope of contributions” waiting for me when I get back. But my response was: “It they didn’t take the opportunity to come to a FREE event, what makes you think they are going to dig into their pockets and donate money?” And she agreed.

I don’t like to say this, but situations like this can cause people to become very bitter, angry, infuriated and go “postal”! I just continually thank God for where HE has me. . . . . . .

“Vengeance is mine, sayeth The Lord.” Romans 12:19. If there is anything shady going on, God WILL DEAL WITH THEM.

That’s my story for now.

Via Con Dios!