Tuesday ramble

Rain, rain go away and how about you come back in a couple of weeks? Yep, its another gray rainy day up here in my corner of the world. I woke up early to take girl child to her first dental visit and now have a pile of work on my desk that I am avoiding. Too damn tired, so that means I have all sorts of random shit running around in my head…so today’s post has no rhyme or reason other than I was just thinking.

Riddle me this? Why do white guys bring chainsaws when they are about to get down and dirty and fight? No, I am serious, yesterday I was working in my home office and all of a sudden I heard angry voices. As an aside I now understand better why when we were looking at this house, local folks tried to talk us out of buying so close to an apartment complex. I swear 9 out of 10 times if something worthy of calling John Q Law happens on this block its because of the apartment dwellers…by the way I grew up in apartments so I am not bashing folks in apartments it just seems that in Maine, apartment dwellers are a tad rowdier than I am used to but I am getting off track.

Anyway after hearing one guy call another one a filthy MF, I realized maybe I should peek my head out the window. What did I see? A guy who lives in the apartment complex engaging with a man who lives in the townhouse across the road from the apartment. The man in the townhouse had a posse of young men, hopping out of a pickup truck who were all yelling at the lone apartment man, lets go. In case you are not hip on young folk vernacular, that would be the sounding cry that they were about to take the altercation to the next level and get physical.

Now from my view it already looked like apartment guy was about to get his ass kicked unless he was about to bring out his inner Bruce Lee. Those fellas getting out the pickup looked beefy and like they kick asses on the regular and apartment boy looked like he had not been eating his Wheaties. So if that wasn’t bad enough one of the pickup dudes runs to the side of the townhouse and comes back with a chainsaw and starts running towards apartment boy. I admit my heart fell thinking oh shit. Thankfully at about that time, the clear sounds of the police came and the two camps started to back away…guess no one wanted a ride in the backseat.

So who knows what will happen but this scene reminded me of many years ago, my ex-unit got into a verbal altercation with my landlord ( I say mine since we were separated) and the landlord ran in his house and came out with a chainsaw…sadly my ex-unit maced the guy. It had no impact on my relationship with the landlord though the ex could no longer visit our son at my house. But this incident made me think about the fact I have never seen a couple Black or Latino guys getting ready to rumble and deciding hey I need a chainsaw. Shit that makes you go hmmmmm.

So its official Jon and Kate are no more. I know you are devastated just like I was…..not! But riddle me this if your marriage were dying, why the fuck would you put that out there when you have 8 kids??? Look, I know they have a contract but at a certain point where is the common sense. Fucking cancel the contract, work on the family. Sorry, Jon and Kate but I think the college fund may end up being the therapy fund when those cute kids are older.

Also but maybe its me but a show showing each parent at a time with  the kid hardly seems tv-worthy. I mean if we are about to see Kate raises 8 (with a little help from Jon) what the heck is so different between her a million other single Mamas. Ummmm, well she is cute and white and the kids all have the same Daddy. Sorry, but I had to go there.

Lastly, before I went to bed Keith Olbermann mentioned some Republican lawmaker who was against the Summer Food Program that feeds poor kids. In fact she stated that there was no need for a 16 year old to access this program since they could get a job at McD’s…after all hunger is a great motivator. What the hell is wrong with Republicans, I swear they are becoming more unhinged.

Anyway may the sun come out so I can go back out and play between work. Until then I am in my gloomy office with all sorts of thoughts swirling around in my head.

What were you thinking?

I am not a big tv watcher, truthfully I have never been a big tv watcher. Last regular show I had to watch is My Name is Earl and that was the first season when I was pregnant with the girl child. Maybe its because growing up we only had one tv and my folks didn’t get cable until I was married and out of the house and pregnant with elder boy.

Now this does not mean I don’t ever watch tv, but tv is generally what I do when I have a reason to be in bed and with a small kid there is very little free time to lounge in bed and watch tv. However last night I was in bed and didn’t feel like sleeping so I ended up catching the first few minutes of the latest season of Jon and Kate plus 8. Why???? Just like when I started catching some of the episodes of the Housewives of Atlanta a few months ago when I was in bed one weekend with a stomach bug…all I can say is why?

Clearly reality tv is here to stay, there must be something about watching others go insane and display behavior that clearly should be private that brings out the voyeur in us all. That said, while I am not a big tv watcher I have generally heard of most shows and had heard about Jon and Kate plus 8, I even have caught a few minutes of some their other seasons. My general opinion being that Kate seemed sort of overbearing and I am glad she is not my partner.

Now of course I have heard about Jon’s supposed indiscretion and clearly in the few minutes that I saw last night, that seemed to overshadow everything, whether he did or didn’t is no concern of mine. However what stood out for me was Jon and Kate’s bitching about the paparazzi and the general feeling that they have no privacy anymore.

Um….you sign a contract to let cameras follow you and your kids around and essentially allow “us” in and in return you get enough cash to support your brood? I don’t know but it would seem to me that if I agreed to take part in such a operation that I might expect that no part of my life would be private, needless to say I am a private person so I would never agree to such a thing.

Did they not realize that alll aspects of their life would be an open book? Did Jon not realize when he did whatever he was doing with a woman that was not his wife, that it might get out? Sorry, but I am not feeling sad for Jon and Kate. I do however feel sad for their kids who must have even the most mundane parts of their lives put on display for public consumption.

I can only imagine that raising 8 kids is hella costly…shit, the two I have cost me an arm and a leg. Yet in order to have access to help and a lovely house, Jon and Kate knew the score and really should have thought about it before the agreed to this show. If its really an issue, maybe they should break the contract and work on healing their family instead of broadcasting their woes for all to see and then bitching because the paparazzi is following them around.  I suspect if they really want to heal and repair their relationship, they might need to turn the cameras off.

Needless to say Jon and Kate…what ever were you thinking?