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Wounded Knee- For profit, ticket sales, or true kindness?

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-207_162-57593566/johnny-depps-interest-in-wounded-knee-causes-a-stir/

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Wow, what a situation has occurred, as many of us know. (Those who don’t: Johnny Depp mentioned wanting to buy Wounded Knee and giving it back to the Native Americans here in my home state of South Dakota. Link is above.)

There are a number of opinions based on this possibility and here are the top few of them.

1. He’s doing it for ticket sales due to his crapped-out Lone Ranger movie.

2. He’s doing it for publicity and fame (kinda goes hand-in-hand with #1)

3. He’s doing it out of pity

4. He’s doing it to look more “Native American”

5. He’s doing it from the heart

6. That’s kind and all, but not actually going to help the current situation. If he’s going to spend that much money he should use it to build youth centers or schools or housing or so on, so forth.

Ok, phew, that’s a load-full of assumptions all in a day and a half, is it not?

My thoughts, in case anyone was curious. (Keeping in mind I am neither a stark-raving fan of his, nor am I completely indifferent to his career and acting choices, and I do enjoy a number of things he is in as well as have none-so-fond or apathetic opinions on other things he has done. You can keep in mind or disregard the fact that I do think he is devilishly handsome, but that has in no way swayed my opinion on this topic. Many people find him devilishly handsome.)

#1/#2. Mr. Depp has had a number of crapped out movies, it’s part of being an actor, most of them have. Once in awhile, there’s going to be a bad decision made or there’s going to be stuff that goes wrong, and don’t you think the movie has had enough press (his slightly stereotypical Native character “Tonto” being done in a, we’ll say, slightly disreputable and insulting way) And for that matter, does Mr. Depp honestly strike people as the type to make matters worse by dangling this hope in front of millions of faces to make himself look better? For one thing, he strikes me as the type to not be so stupid as to assume this could in any way make him look better or gain forgiveness for his decision. Another thing: I don’t think he gives a fuck what we think about his acting decisions, and I hope he doesn’t. He is not by any means obligated to.

3. Hm. It’s my opinion that assuming he is doing this out of pity is pretentious (if not outright attention-seeking). Not to mention insulting and degrading to Mr. Depp. Stop for a moment and think, “Is that something I would do?” or “Is that something my friend would do?” or “Is that something my neighbor would do?” or “Is that something a perfect stranger would do?” Chances are (hopefully) you’re going to say no to all of those. He is not some attention-seeking icon nor is he some sort of inhuman celebrity whose lot in life is to pity people for press.

4. He “claims” to have Native blood so he must be doing it for that reason, to look more “Native”. I’m not sure how to even respond to this one, regardless of his actual heritage (for one thing being absolutely none of our business, we all speculate or we all know what we are, regardless of proof or iron-solid facts. Do you honestly expect him to draw his family tree for you?). What a petty and pathetic assumption made by small minds with no imagination. Get real.

5. THERE we go. “He’s doing it from the heart” ok this I can see as being true. Even if he isn’t, does it matter?

6. “Nice gesture and all but…” OK so here’s where the real opinion comes in. This is in my home state and I know the Indigenous population in this part. I know people who live on Pine Ridge and I’ve met some of their tribal leaders. I’m also a business woman and this land is going for 3.9 Million (article says 4.9, Wounded Knee itself just 3.9) Let’s do the math. Some say he should build youth centers and schools and so on, so forth.

Ok, let’s start with the simple fact that 3.9 million dollars is NOTHING by big business standards. It’s a couple pennies. For what you’re talking about, we’ll go with ONE youth center for a population of Indigenous folks this size, that can conservatively be called “Start-Up Cost”. Much less more than one. Simply put, unless that youth center became self-sustaining within a year (possibly two, if their lawyers, CPAs and other financial folks were on-the-ball and sharp as knives) it’s gone. Sure, 3.9 may seem like a lot. But not when you’re considering land permits, taxes (considerably higher on the reservations), building permits, business licenses/taxes/permits, utilities, so on, so forth. Yes, they desperately need one. The suicide rate within the youth population is horrendous, but I can tell you they already tried the youth center thing and due to funding and politics (mostly politics), it crashed. Plus, it would take two or more years just to get government approval to build something like that. Nice thought, not going to happen.

Also, keeping in mind that “it’s a nice gesture and all…” says right there. It’s not Mr. Depp’s concern. The well-being of the reservations belong to the people of the reservations and those sworn to help them. What he is offering is not salvation- it’s a chance to HEAL. Once that spiritual land is returned to its rightful owners, healing can begin, and once healing begins, the rest will fall into place on its own. Please don’t expect a savior out of him. Just accept it as it is- a gift, an opportunity, a chance to heal. He knows this already, that is why he has offered it, or even offered the suggestion. He obviously feels it deep inside or he wouldn’t have risked mentioning it to the press. The red tape he is going to have to cut through to make it happen is phenomenal and may not happen for awhile anyway.

My point being simply this: Keep hope and have faith, but don’t put it all on his shoulders and don’t try to make bad his image because of it. If it’s meant to happen, it will. Those with a true connection to this land and the historical value of it know that. And it seems to me, Mr. Depp is aware of this too. And if indeed he has genetic indigenous ties to the people of this land (or surrounding land), this could very well be an opportunity of healing for him, too. The only difference for him is that he has the means unlike the rest of us and the reservations in the area, if he’s using it to help others, then be glad for that. There are much better ways to use money to make yourself look good. Stop making a soap opera of it and smile at the thought that perhaps, this land and these people can find a semblance of healing after all. If that is his intention, then thank you, Mr. Depp.

Stacey

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The Best “Wrong Job” Ever Done!

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So this is what my brain looked like last night, when I realized I had ONE day to get my finances finished and sales taxes figured out, as it was due in full TODAY. Yikes. I couldn’t remember how he told me to fill out the form! I blanked on everything! Context: My state’s sales tax is 6%. The form wanted me to write down the figures for 4%. Why?? (Answer: State tax) It wanted a city code, for which city I made money in. It said 1%! Why?? (Answer: I had the wrong code) And where the hell does the other 2% come in that makes up that 6%?? (Answer: City tax)

So, here is what I did. I did the math for 4%, the math for 5% (in case the 1% city tax code was the right one) and 6% since I knew state tax was 6% (That’s what I pay when I shop in this city, anyway). I will wholeheartedly admit to not being a mathematician. But I managed it. Then I took the form, since the tax man had VERY enthusiastically pointed out to me last time that I HAVE to put the city code down for each transaction (I thought he meant to put down each transaction, not just if the transaction took place in different cities) and I wanted to be prepared, I itemized everything on the form, and brought precise money to pay for either 4%, 5% or 6%). Very precise. Very accurate. Very wrong.

I approached the lady at the front desk by showing her the form and telling her, “I’m pretty sure this is wrong, but I did my best.” She laughed and took it, looking it over and said, “I’m pretty sure it’s wrong too, but it’s very precise.” She called the tax man to let him know I was there and needed to go over the form with him.

While I waited, we joked around, the nice lady and I, about the weather, about taxes, so on and so forth. I explained an abridged version of how I came to do the form the way I did, and she laughed and told me, “If it helps, it’s the best “wrong job” I’ve ever seen!” LOL. I cracked up. Because in fact, it did help. If I was going to do it wrongly, at least I did it thoroughly. She said she sees people throw stuff together, get their figures wrong, hope they won’t notice, do sloppy work. This was the most precise way to do it wrong she’d ever seen, hahaha. I am actually proud for that. Even the tax man was impressed by it, lol. (And not in a mean way). Plus, I got to meet a really nice lady today and I got a nice thorough explanation for exactly how to fill out the form and the accurate code for the city (I was a digit off. It was a 2% code I needed but the only one I found was a 1% code that is added on top of the 6% in certain cases, such as if I worked in restaurant, sold alcohol, or did business on an “Indian” reservation.) So it wasn’t that bad of a situation. I learned a good lesson, and was very grateful the man took the time to help me fill out a new form box by box instead of just running through it and telling me to bring it back later. Next time, I know what to do, lol.

And I’m pretty sure I gave them both a funny story to tell, too.

Anyway, now I know how to do it in the future, and in the future I will do it as I go along instead of waiting for the last moment. And hope that next time, I’ll have more to not have to itemize, hehe.

Stacey

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Talkin bout my generation

My generation is indeed an odd one. In my business course they talk about my generation (Xers-the 20’s through 40’s) as if we’re the ones that have all the money and want all the expensive things and are on “the fast track” in life and want everything immediately, we love new technology and are the ones that drive the Jags and the BMWs and have the six figure job.

When I read this, my first comment was, Where am I in this generation?

Apparently it’s true for some as I have learned. But not so much for me, and I’m guessing there is a wide array of Xers that don’t fit such a description.

Perhaps it’s simply that I have never known technology in the way they’ve described, I’ve never been in a Jaguar or BMW, much less driven one. The most I’ve made in my lifetime a year was less than 17,000 and so I honestly cannot say I would be unhappy, or happy, with a six figure job.

I think possibly having more money might make things easier. Which opposes the common adage that “money can’t buy happiness”, and also “nothing worth getting is easy” but I’ll admit, living on limited food, money and means is difficult, and it’s all I’ve ever known. So maybe life isn’t easy, and I know by watching others that money doesn’t make you happy, but I think I have figured it out.

It’s not about money at all. It’s about what you make of your life. You are in charge of your own happiness. No other person, thing (including money) or place can make you happy. You’re in charge of it, so find what makes you happy in life and go with it. Maybe my idea of happiness doesn’t include money, or maybe I just haven’t figured out what to do with myself yet. But I’m working on it. I’ll let you know when I find it.

But no matter the outcome, I’ll always know that my drive to be happy is what fueled me. Not money, BMWs and microwaves.

Stacey

 

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WTF…?

I’ve been doing a lot of research around the internet lately. Blogs, pictures, websites, whatever catches my fancy and truthfully, most everything does. Some things have become quite the curiosity for me, and I’ve decided there are a few things about this culture I do not understand. If anybody has some wise explanation for the existence of these strange, almost animalistic behaviors, by all means please enlighten me!

1. Planking.

This is not me planking

Talk about an (excuse the acronym) “OMG” moment. Or more like a “WTF” moment. What is the appeal of planking? I admit, the first one or two pictures I saw of someone planking was somewhat entertaining (haha, look at what that strange person is doing). But then I began to realize it has become a cultural obsession! How long has this bizarre behavior been going on? Where was I when it began? (Answer: Not planking.)

And people are just taking it too damn far, in my opinion. Not just by exhibit photo A (above), but this is proof of its gluttonous over-usage:

Now cook on HIGH for 4 minutes, turn once, and....

Who in their right minds would plank a baby on a microwave? That’s not cute. That’s dangerous and absurd.

The only form of planking I really understand is if it’s for some kind of act, something for entertainment as in contortionists and performers, for instance, this:

This is pretty cool

But this one is for entertainment and to show off your hard work and the skills that are produced from that hard work. Otherwise planking, to me, seems like a bunch of idiots laying around on their stomachs, propping themselves up on stuff or sticking their heads in toilets to look-… I don’t even know. Is “cool” the word I’m searching for? What term do the plankers use?

2.Taking pictures of your children with money

Is that how much he cost?

This is only one of literally hundreds I have discovered while scouring the internet for information. This one honestly baffles me. I just can’t figure out the “why”. WHY take pictures of your children with money? It seems to be most popular with babies. I just… the reason, the appeal, the whatever is just not there for me. Are we really so obsessed with money that we equate it to life?

3. The absurd over-usage of meaningless acronyms (or TAOUOMA, for short)

I concur

Now the usage of acronyms has been around forever, in every aspect of life and professions ranging from healthcare to the military to  ship captains and more. The idea is as a time saver. So you don’t have to write out full explanations that take up a lot of time or space, or acronyms used to shorten titles so they aren’t so long to say. Some common examples of typical abbreviations you may or may not have heard, but most you probably have, and I threw in a couple of old ones:

CD– Compact Disc (Common usage since CDs were born)

ASAP– As Soon As Possible (Common usage)

SOB– Shortness of Breath (Healthcare usage) We all know its other meaning.

PDQ– Pretty Damn Quick (Common usage in the 1800’s)

CQD– Come Quick Distress (Used by ship captains before SOS was put into effect)

SOS– This actually does not have an alphabetic equal. This has a morse code equivalent as …_ _ _… and that is how it was first established in Germany in 1905. It became known as SOS because the code spells SOS. In some places, the _ _ _ in morse code stands for the number 5, and there the code is known as S5S. SOS stopped being used, officially, in 1999.

ETA– Estimated Time of Arrival (Used primarily in the Military)

AWOL– Absent Without Leave (Used primarily in the Military)

MIA– Missing In Action (Used primarily in the Military)

APB– All Points Bulletin (Used primarily in law enforcement)

BYOB– Bring Your Own Beer [or Bottle] (Used for parties in which the host just invited a bunch of alcoholics and doesn’t want to spend an inordinate amount of money on alcohol. Or, for short: If you want to drink, bring your own!)

BM– Bite Me (Uncommon usage) or Bowel Movement (Healthcare usage)

DIY– Do It Yourself (Common usage)

FAQ– Frequently Asked Questions (Common usage)

LEO– Law Enforcement Officer (guess)

FIFO– First In, First Out (Used primarily in food service)

The government is super good at acronyms: CIA, DHS, TSA, FBI, ICE,

Super good- just check out this list!

And it continues on. Nowadays, everything is turned into an acronym!

I’ll start by being fair and admitting that I use some acronyms too.

Acronyms I use regularly:

LOL- Laugh out Loud

IB– I’m Back

BRB– Be Right Back

TTYL– Talk To You Later

Acronyms I use sparingly:

WTF- What The Fuck (I only use this one when the implication is extreme.)

OMG– Oh My God (Only used with an undertone of sarcasm- and even then I feel my self-decency shrivel away as I use it.)

BTW– By The Way (This one is just habit.)

That’s pretty much it. LOL I adopted when it first began being used in the late nineties. Some of the others I adopted because of short-hand texting and limits to the length of texts on old or crappy phones.

BUT…

OMFG,WTF,LOL,ROTFL,LMFAO,TY,NVM,SMH,FML,B/C,J/K,BF,BFF,GF,NG,CAD,CYA,FOB,FU,G2B,AAMOF,HTH,IMNSHO, WYSIWYG, BBLBNTSBO, Et Cetra. (I’ll post the meanings to these at the bottom in case you don’t know.)

This is extreme. It’s said that in fifty years, we won’t even use words anymore, it’ll all be acronyms. To me, this is lazy and annoying. Maybe I’m old fashioned or being on the cusp of Generation X and Generation Y, I’m more X than Y. I also don’t believe that acronyms, unless shortened as a title, or something too long or hard to say easily (CD, DVD, FAFSA, ETC.) should be spoken, especially not in every day conversation. Every time I hear somebody say “OMG” or “WTF” or “BFF” or “LMFAO” I want to slap them and tell them to use big-boy or big-girl words. Like I said, maybe I’m just not as Generation Y as one might expect of an early 80’s baby.

3.2- Full words shortened into acronyms

PLS/PLZ– Please

THX– Thanks

ABT– About

B4– Before

Just as annoying! (Handy for text limits, however)

Anyway, this is just three of many. So, like I said, if anyone can explain this phenomena, just let me know! Thx and Ttyl!

Stacey

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Acronyms meanings:

OMFG,WTF,LOL,ROTFL,LMFAO,TY,NVM,SMH,FML,B/C,J/K,BF,BFF,GF,NG,CAD,CYA,FOB,FU,G2B,AAMOF,HTH,IMNSHO, WYSIWYG, BBLBNTSBO,

Oh My Fucking God, What The Fuck, Rolling On The Floor Laughing, Laughing My Fucking Ass Off, Thank You, Never Mind, Shaking My Head, Fuck My Life, Because, Just Kidding, Boyfriend (or Best friend), Best Friends Forever, Girlfriend, No Go, Control Alt Delete, See Ya, Fuck Off Bitch, Fucked up or Fuck You,Going To Bed, As A Matter Of Fact, Hope This Helps, In My Not So Humble Opinion,What You See Is What You Get,Be Back Later But Not Too Soon Because Of…

AND…

If you’re going to plank, don’t do it in a toilet. Or at least, make sure you’ve flushed the toilet first.

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