The New York Times reports that tow truck companies in Los Angeles are out of control, towing cars illegally and then charging exorbitant fees before owners can get them back.
In one case here, a church's pickup was towed from its own parking lot; in another, a 4-year-old boy was towed away in his mother's car after she went inside her apartment for a few minutes to drop off groceries and a younger child.
And a man who ran alongside a tow truck, pleading to get his vehicle back after it was towed from a fire lane, died when he slipped and was run over by the truck and then his own Chevrolet Suburban.
One evening a grandson was talking to his grandmother about current events. The grandson asked his grandmother what she thought about the shootings at schools, the computer age, and just things in general.
The Grandma replied, "Well, let me think a minute, I was born, before television, polio shots, frozen foods, Xerox, contact lenses, Frisbees and the pill. There was no radar, credit cards, laser beams or ball-point pens.
Man had not invented pantyhose, air conditioners, dishwashers, clothes dryers, and the clothes were hung out to dry in the fresh air and man hadn't yet walked on the moon.
Your Grandfather and I got married first-and then lived together. Every family had a father and a mother. Until I was 25, I called every man older than I, 'Sir'- and after I turned 25, I still called policemen and every man with a title, 'Sir.'
We were before gay-rights, computer-dating, dual careers,daycare centers, and group therapy. Our lives were governed by the Ten Commandments, good judgment, and common sense. We were taught to know the difference between right and wrong and to stand up and take Responsibility for our actions.
Serving your country was a privilege ; living in this country was a bigger privilege. Draft dodgers were people who closed their front doors when the evening breeze started.
We thought fast food was what people ate during Lent.
Having a meaningful relationship meant getting along with your cousins. Time-sharing meant time the family spent together in the evenings and weekends - - - not purchasing condominiums.
We never heard of FM radios, tape decks, CDs, electric typewriters, yogurt, or guys wearing earrings. We listened to the Big Bands, Jack Benny, and the President's speeches on our radios. And I don't ever remember any kid blowing his brains out listening to Tommy Dorsey.
If you saw anything with 'Made in Japan' on it, it was junk. The term 'making out' referred to how you did on your school exam.
Pizza Hut, McDonald's, and instant coffee were unheard of. We had 5 & 10-cent stores where you could actually buy things for five and ten cents. Ice-cream cones, phone calls, rides on a streetcar, and a Pepsi were all a nickel. And if you didn't want to splurge, you could spend your nickel on enough stamps to mail 1 letter and two postcards.
You could buy a new Chevy Coupe for $600 but who could afford one? Too bad, because gas was 11 cents a gallon.
In my day, "grass" was mowed, "coke" was a cold drink, "pot" was something your mother cooked in, and "rock music" was your grandmother's lullaby. "
"Aids" were helpers in the Principal's office, "chip" meant a piece of wood, "hardware" was found in a hardware store, and "software" wasn't even a word.
And we were the last generation to actually believe that a lady needed a husband to have a baby. No wonder people call us "old and confused" and say there is a generation gap...
And how old do you think this grandmother is?
This Woman would be only 58 years old.
I am 19 years old, and i recognise i have seen quite a fast paced change in the world around me in the short time i have spent on this earth. for a 78 year old currently to have experienced these changes, i dont think anybody could even imagine our future, no matter how hard they try. we cant live without mcDonalds and computers, nor can we seem to find a school without pot-smoking students or a loaf of bread that costs 15 cents anymore. our future here isnt going to be limited by any means, and i think we all can envision it to be something beyond what we could even dream of when we were ten years old. i guess what i wanna say is, that if you take the time to stand back, and actually see what we have achieved as a race of humans, its not some small feat. we all complain about our own little problems, the computer is broken or the tv wont work. and there are bigger problems, over which countries fight for the rights to this and that, holding up progression in the long term of the world's futurisation. one should now consider, is it that we are fighting for the right causes, about who should be the first to discover this or that, or who has the rights to produce something, or should we in fact be striving for one greater good where humankind is not a race that fights amongst itself, but one that works towards its own betterment. i know thats a pipe dream, but maybe one day, hopefully even in my future, we can see mankind come together to work towards making our society, health and technology much, much better.
that why i get lonely, not being able to see him for a day.
...it feels like a gaping hole has been opened up in my heart.
i wonder how he is doing,
i want to share all my laughs and smiles with him again.
i want to see him. its been so long.
whether this was intentional or coincidental is unknown.
but i also found myself if im pulling on the leash too much...i wonder am i smothering him too much, not letting him grow, afraid he will leave me on my own. should i take a chance and trust him?...i trust him anyway, i guess i just dont want to be 25 years old and find myself with nobody left. and that situation could come from me smothering him to much and him giving up on our friendship, or me letting him run wild and him seeing there are much better people in this world than me.
i really dont know what to do anymore...and i wish i had someone to tell me what i should do.
also, i dont think i will be talking on here much anymore...not that i dont like the whole zero of you who read it lol, but yeh, i had started this blog because i didnt have anyone to talk to, and my bf is starting to be there for me more and more, so i no longer need mr/mrs blogger to hear my woes hehe
but, for now, i will keep posting, so never fear, wilkie is here!!
i keep hurting peter cos somehow whenver i touch him i hurt his arm or hand or something...whenever i say something it always seems to be wrong
i havent eaten dinner and i feel like shit. i am hungry and sick, last night i got 1 hour sleep and i fainted and got a blood nose. i dont know whats going on with me. i want to sleep but i cant, i want to be happy, but i cant, i want to do the right thing, but i cant.
i just want my old friends back...im not running away, its not like i havent given this place a chance, its that after 1 and a half years, ive had "friends" who arent there for me anymore, people who i do endlessly for and dont return the favor, and it just seems like its me...some people tell me its not me, others are just being shitty...but i cant help but think its me.
i guess its depression setting in...i have nobody to talk to, nobody to confide in, nobody who stands by me anymore. that all used to be peter but these days he has changed. he is a user like the rest of them, he has what he wants so if it doesnt suit him to do something, he wont. i do everything, whether i like it or not, and i dont complain. i try to find the good part of it and i do whatever. but its not like that with him. and these days it seems like if i didnt do something, he wouldnt really care. before, if i didnt want to do something, he would know something is wrong, he would try and fix it. now, its a mixture of him knowing, but doing jack shit about it, or me exploding and him still doing jack shit about it. friends arent like that. friends stick by each other, they dont look at their best friend and wonder why they have become such a bastard. they dont look at their friend and sometimes wish they had never met them. it always seems to be my fault, but i know its not. i just feel so used and walked-over...but if i try and tell him, oh no, then its my fault, he always has some shitty excuse for something, most of the time are just excuses. of course his retort to that is "oh fine whatever".
so, i guess the friendship is breaking down. i guess it wasnt all it was cracked up to be, and i guess i have to move on, and realise my mistakes, this being the 2nd time now in my life that i have put myself out, only to get hurt.
i dont want this anymore. i dont want to feel horrible inside and feel like im the one to blame, because i know im not.
im not saying im mr perfect, ive got to stop a few things too, but lately, i have just started not caring cos he just doesnt care. he reckons he does, but i dont think so. certainly doesnt show anyway.
Let’s laugh and cry.
We need to fill up our hearts.
Making matching memories with you
Sometimes I become
Almost dishonest and mean.
I love you and adore you,
and I don’t want to be apart from you.
That’s the truth.
I just want to cuddle
So lets laugh and cry.
We need to keep our hearts warm.
The fate that made us meet
when i ask him question she can never just answer me, its always "maybe" or "sometimes".
im watching a new anime now, called 'happy lesson'. hehe its quite a funny anime.
i dont think i really fit in here sometimes...i just yearn for the past...i guess everyone does once in a while, they just need to realise why they are yearning for the past and not embracing the future...my reason is just that im not that happy anymore.
i still cant wait for my psp to arrive, its gonna be great =)
got to hang out with my friends, see a cool movie and had a great dinner with my family ^_^
i am really happy :)
my birthday is on monday and i dont have any plans...i dont really think its that exciting to begin with...i doubt any of my other friends are going to put in much effort to do anything, but i dont mind, they are busy with work and stuff.
one thing i dont know whether i worry about is that my best friend wont even be able to spend time with me. i guess, his work is more important...he isnt in the position where he cant get off work...he works for his dad after all...but when i asked him this arvo...he didnt seem to worried about getting off...it was "i could get off work if i asked him..."...and that was it.
then my parents are taking me out for dinner...and thats nice, so i asked if he wanted to go with me and them afterwards...just so i could at least spend time with him...but he doesnt want to. in his words, "to tell you the truth not really"...he would feel 'too uncomfortable in front of my parents'...its not like he's my girlfriend where he needs to please them so he can get their blessing to marry me for crying out loud.
*sigh* it doesnt matter. just another little ding in the armor that makes me wanna go back home.
some people would hit me for the way im feeling...so many signs have told me just to ditch this whole thing...but for some reason, i just keep forgiving and giving chances.
i guess, im the idiot for believing in the first place.
One of the world's most respected business leaders owes much of his success to the failings of an elephant.
Vivek Paul, who recently decided to step down as CEO of Wipro Technologies to become a venture capitalist, says one key to his achievement is a sharp focus on improving business processes. The other major factor has to do with the "soft" side of management--he says people tend to limit themselves.
Encouraging Wipro employees to bust self-imposed boundaries may have helped Paul lead his business to ramp up revenue from $150 million in 1999 to $1.4 billion in 2004.
But it was his encounter with an elephant outside of Bangalore more than a dozen years ago that crystallized this philosophy.
Paul was curious why an elephant tied to a small stake in the ground did not yank it up and be on its way. The animal's handler explained that baby elephants tied to similar stakes learn they can't break free. As elephants grow older and stronger, they don't test the stake again--thereby remaining trapped by what should be an obsolete restraint.
"I said, 'By gosh! That's probably relevant to people as well,'" Paul said.
(Source: CNET News.com)
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