So it was CYBER Monday yesterday! Did you get any good deals? I was just wondering. Did you know that CYBER Monday is STILL going on in my email inbox? What will it be next? TAKE AND SPEND YOUR LAST PENNY TUESDAY? You see I'm a bit pissed off about a few things lately. First of all I always panic near the end of the year. I know in the entertainment industry if you do not secure work by December, then the next stuff doesn't even come into view until January. So the panic starts when the holidays are coming.
HERE IT FRIGGIN IS!!!!!!!!!! HEAR ME ROAR IN BIG LETTERS! CAPS! RUDE, ISN'T IT? ha
A friend once told me this. "Please do not put everything in CAPS cause I think you are mad at me." So, I wrote back, "WELL I AM FRIGGIN MAD AT YOU!!!!!!!!!" ha
Quite a few of my friends have expressed worry about Christmas and presents for their kids. Hearing kids say "I'm getting a phone, a PC and an X Box" is starting to sound like Disneyland. True, kids get way too much these days, but a lot of kids will get nothing this year. Maybe not even food on the table or a warm jacket. I ran into an old friend today at the grocery store. He looked a bit distraught. I asked "How have you been Ray?" He stared at the deli for a moment with a strange look on his face. He looked slowly at me and said "Healing." I looked at him to make sure he was alright and I asked "Is everything ok?" and he said "Yes." I said "Are you working?" and he said "No." I said "where are you healing?" He said "at other peoples homes." So I decided to not say another word. I waited for him to speak about his love for animals and then I gave him a hug and left. Why would I bring this simple exchange up? This is why. If you saw Ray a few years ago, you would not think it was the same person. He was broken. I'm not sure how much hardship he has had, but I knew that all was not ok. I gave him my number right when I left and told him to check in at Christmas so I can bake him a cake. I hope he calls.
So here is where VIRTUAL CHAOS comes in. My MAC died a few weeks ago and I have not been writing as much lately. It has really stressed me out and my computer has all sorts of important files (some I did not back up) that THANK GOD will be saved even though the computer is going to the cyber graveyard. So, I now have a Blackberry (my Crackberry that is next to me when I sleep) that keeps me in touch with the cyber world in different time zones too and with many of my close friends and lovers. Just thought I would throw that in there to look "cool." ha Always wanted to say that even though it has never been true! ha "Lover not Lovers!" ha... "Cool it Lovey...just joking!" So, the problem is now a lot of people can reach me by email or text. I have so many people emailing me now from different sites that I cant possibly get to it all. The worse thing about VIRTUAL SPACE is that ANYONE can invade it. They can get to you in so many ways. This has caused me some stress lately. Lots of crazy texts from people who can't get on the phone and act civil. Lots of men asking me out to lunch and dinner from various social sites. Lots of emails and exchanges about "upcoming get togethers." I actually missed a few events because I missed emails and no one follows up with phone calls anymore. They just assume you got the email. This in turn is a result from VIRTUAL CHAOS. Because first of all I felt like CRAP for not getting the email and not showing up. I tell everyone now. PLEASE call me. Call me to make sure I know. Also in the virtual world now it is easy to make excuses without ever getting on the phone. People ask for things via email and never think of picking up the phone or showing some sort of respect! The worse thing about texting now is when kids get hold of a cell phone or i pod touch. I get texts from my kids from other rooms in the house now when I'm on the phone. I say "kids, mommy needs some private time." They look at me and watch me go to other room and shut the door. After about 20 minutes the texts start. "Mommy, I'm hungry." "Mommy, Jude is being mean...can you please come back in and punish him?" "Mommy, there is strange looking man at front door." Well that one usually gets me off the phone! What was the world like before texting and all of this? I do not remember! Cause I'm living in a virtual haze.
I'm currently trying to decide what to do about my computer situation. I have to say though my life has been a bit calmer since I have not been on it so much. Like I started getting more things done. Yes, my writing has suffered and so has my work. Yes, I can not network as much as I do when I write or comment on others great writing or send my articles to publishers. I miss quite a few of you. With no computer I have not been able to go to all of my fave hubpage friends and let them know I have been thinking of them. But, also in the same breath I have been more emotionally engaged with my surroundings. This is a good thing. A time for self nourishment especially around the holidays. Where everyone I know is worried. The clock starts ticking December 1st. I can hear the panic in the air!
So, lets all take a breath and think of things we can do in the REAL WORLD. Like send invitations in the mail or bake goodies for friends. Maybe think of other ways to make your kids happy. My son saw my Blackberry and said he wanted one. I said "Great." He said "can I have one then?" I said "No, not until you pay the service fee monthly." He said "But I'm just a little kid" and I said "exactly." He then said "why can't I have one? My friends have i phones." I said "because sometimes you need to wait for some things." Now he is on Facebook and has his own you tube channel. His blog has had 100,000 views and he is now doing animation on the computer. The computer that I bought him! The computer that I am using now to write this! Did I mention that my son is only "10?" This is my point. VIRTUAL CHAOS!!!!!!! MORE AND MORE STUFF. MORE SALES. MORE DISTRACTIONS. MORE HACKERS. MORE PEOPLE TRICKING PEOPLE. ESPECIALLY LITTLE KIDS.
My friends here are probably thinking "Hey G, where is the comedy?" And I will say "It's still here, but I'm pissed off right now! And if you are really a good friend, you would say "Ok G, want to grab a latte?" And I will say "YES!"
BAH HUMBUG! ha
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