Posted 8 months ago on March 24, 2013, 10:34 p.m. EST by ZenDog
from South Burlington, VT
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Someone said that to me today, and then gave me the wrong change for a $50.
Can you imagine?
The Fire Department held their annual pancake breakfast this AM, and the food was great. I hesitated to go, thinking jeez, what are the odds of a mass outbreak of illness connected to the event . . . but you know, my world has been relatively . . . stable . . . for a while now, more or less . . . so you know, I thought I would check it out, support the emergency services providers, who generally tend to see us during our worst - or even our last - moments . . .
and like I said, the food was great. They even had real maple syrup. Isn't that special? Yes it is, it is special.
After my forth helping and third coffee I decided it was time to go wash the beard. It was the only thing to do, either that or save all of that savory sugar for afternoon tea - but since I don't drink tea, well. You get the picture. It was time to wash.
Leaving the mens room I passed by what I will for the purposes herein describe as the radio room - from whence emanated the sound of the radio, blaring the emergency signal. My heart sank and I wanted to cry. Really. All of those folks went to so much trouble to put on such a feast for so many - did someone really need to ruin it all, with bloodshed . . .
I kept walking away, with a heavy and sick feeling in the pit of my stomach, said sickness having absolutely nothing to do with the massive consumption of delectable breakfast treats . . .
then I heard the sound of the dispatcher announce 911 dispatch, I passed through a doorway, the door closing behind me, and I heard no more.
Out in the parking lot there was no sign of commotion, the trucks were still parked for viewing by the general public, in this instance that generally refers to RESIDENTS of the area . . .
A Canadian guy was walking toward me, he kinda looked tired and hung over - French accent, two kids, he had a weary smile on his face. So do you hear the smile? or see the words?
You don't understand my question?
I said he had a french accent? And a smile. His words:
shut your fuking mouth
Honestly, I would if I could, but it just isn't in me . . .
Instead I signed a petition, one I found here:
and I tweeted it, but I had to change the tweet text so it met the 140 character limit - the edited version I tweeted:
ACT Against the Military / Intelligence Agencies Use of Organized Stalking and Electronic Torture - Sign the Petition http://tinyurl.com/anti-sic-petition
Which for some reason Twitter shortened even further. Go figure.
And then I posted this here post.
Why you ask?
I'll tell you the truth - sometimes I piss people off. It's true. I do. And sometimes that's a good thing. Other times I piss people off, and
I just don't give a shit.
But maybe you will, and if so, maybe you too, will sign the petition.