Thursday, August 30, 2012

Who Is Patrolling the Cops??

I just read two different articles about police officers using 'excessive force" (aka unnecessary violence) on citizens.


Story 1 - read here

Synopsis: A 34 year old, 5'4" woman was pulled over in Tujunga, CA on 8/21/12 for allegedly using her cell phone while driving. The woman pulls into a Del Taco parking lot (where the video surveillance is from), and gets out of her car and mouths off at the two cops. They then slam her to the ground, cuff her, and then slam her to the ground again, and finish off by fist-bumping(?). The two officers have been removed from patrol duty during the investigation.

I don't know what she said, but I don't think anything would be bad enough to receive a beating. I'm guessing they were very aggressive towards her when pulling her over (i.e. being snide/rude when talking, sort of like the cop that pulled me over - I don't think I would have been as upset if she hadn't been so rude), otherwise why would she be talking back to them right away? Regardless, the officers should have used other means to "subdue" her.


Story 2 - read here

Synopsis: On 12/28/09, a 50-year old woman is riding the Metro Gold Line (one of LA's light rail lines) when a deputy from the LA County Sheriff's Dept. asks to see her ticket. She initially can't find it, and shows a receipt of the purchase, but the officer gestures her to get off the train and says "That’s not good enough; you can show it in court.”

The woman says she'll find the ticket, but immediately cops surround her. When she attempts to search for her ticket in her bag, she is ordered to raise her hands and to place them on a pillar. She then is searched aggressively by a female officer [they even search her underwear, wtf], and when she complains of the aggressiveness and moves, the female officer slams the woman's head against the pillar (I believe 3 times), fracturing her skull, nose, and teeth.

[The woman goes into further detail about her craptastic treatment after the event and at the hospital where she is treated...and she is at first going to be taken to jail, when one of the officers allows her to leave if she signs her citation of "resisting arrest."]

This story made me even angrier...why couldn't the deputy let her find her ticket...I know in my purse, I have a TON of paper, so it makes it really hard to find things in a rush. I didn't even know that searching for fare tickets was part of the Sheriff's dept.'s duties. The kicker is that when her ex-husband and son come to pick her up, she finds the ticket in her wallet.

When I read her story, I didn't find anything that would point to her being aggressive or violent or anything that would cause the police to react to her that way.

It just bothers me, and frightens me, when I hear of stories of people who abuse their power. Just because you wear a certain uniform, or have a particular badge, doesn't mean you can treat people like sh*t just for the hell of it.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Grrrr.

I use this blog for various reasons: to share interesting stories (that no one reads), to tell personal anecdotes (that no one reads), and to vent.

So I'm going to vent today.

This month is going to be an expensive month, for the following reasons:
- parking ticket (it is STILL not updated on the fuggin computer system)
- fix my car = $585
- doctor visits ($25 copay + any meds + $11 parking)

I'm also annoyed with this heat...it's really hot during the day and I live on the second floor, so that sucks major ballz.

Grrr.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Local News


View more videos at: http://nbclosangeles.com.


My questions:
- who's garbage is that, and why do they keep tossing it there (i.e. the black garbage bags)?
- is that really a dead animal?
- why isn't street cleaning coming? We have that 2x a week in most LA neighborhoods
- LA City vs LA County...what's the difference???

Saturday, August 25, 2012

How Rude!

I think one of my pet peeves is when people are rude/inconsiderate. Like today, some neighbor tossed out their huge old cardboard boxes (of some sort of furniture or appliances or whatnot). Instead of breaking them down, s/he just left them next to the trash bins, with their styrofoam contents strewn all across the carport.

not made by me..thank you person whoever made this.
I just thought that was really inconsiderate for this person to not clean up after themselves. If you're not gonna break down the boxes, at least put them on the side and throw the loose contents away. I always break down any large boxes so that they don't take up a lot of space inside the recycling bin.

Just sayin'.

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Funny But True


An example that comes to mind is 1901 by Phoenix (but I still like the song). I definitely heard it on KCRW in the winter time of...2010 (or 2009, can't remember), and then hearing it on the two rock stations in LA during the summer.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

First Ever Ticket

So I got my first traffic ticket ever in my life.

Let me clarify that I think that I'm usually a pretty safe driver, in terms that I never speed (no more than 5 over the speed limit, max), I always use my blinkers, I don't change lanes often, I try to be aware of my surroundings, etc.

I happened to make a left turn in front of cop, who immediately pulled me over and said I almost caused her to crash into me - she was on her way to an accident (and she didn't have any flashing lights on either). I honestly felt I had enough time to make this turn, but I guess not, based on her (female cop).  And if I had realized it was a cop, I would have NOT gone. Dumb me.

She was not very nice, either. I get you don't have to be like Mr. Rogers, but as someone who has never had a traffic violation ever, and also someone who was not rude, or resistant, I would have appreciated less of an attitude in her tone (she even told me, when BRIEFLY explaining the ticket) that if I want to appear in court, she would be there since she makes overtime.

As someone who is new to the process, I have no idea what to expect. The ticket says I have to appear in court, but people have been telling me that if I don't want to "fight the ticket" then I just have to pay the fine and possibly traffic school, if I'm eligible (so that I don't get point(s) on my record).

Nothing is updated online, and I have no idea how much the citation is for. I have no idea how long it takes to upload this info, as I just want to get this done with over as soon as possible.


Thursday, August 16, 2012

Bathroom Etiquette

 ***WARNING - May contain graphic descriptions.***

You would think that by the time you're at the age where you can work a full-time job, people would know how to use a restroom. Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case.

Even at my work, I am sometimes appalled at how digusting the women's restroom can be...I know/recognize most of the women at work, so it just weirds me out that some of these ladies don't know how to properly use the bathroom. (I don't know anything about the men's room situation).

I almost want to make a "bathroom etiquette" video and share it at the workplace. It would include the following:

1. WIPE AFTER YOURSELF, aka don't leave your pee all over the seat.
* I once saw droplets near the upper portion of the seat (aka closer to the tank), which made no sense...was someone standing or something???!?! Either way, it was disgusttttingggg.

2. FLUSH AFTER YOURSELF
* Even though it's an automatic flushing toilet, sometimes it doesn't work. That doesn't give you an excuse to leave yo' bidniz chilling in the toilet bowl. FLUSH IT YOURSELF. It also doesn't mean it will also flush your floaties. Check yo' self after you flush yo' self...that's common courtesy.

3. DON'T LEAVE YOUR TOILET SEAT COVER CHILLING ON THE TOILET SEAT.
* I'm all for being eco-friendly, but I DO NOT want to share toilet seat covers. CHAMONNNNN, people!

4. WASH YOUR HANDS WITH SOAP AND HOT/WARM WATER.
* I once saw a lady just rinse her hands, no soap. Srsly.

5. THROW YOUR PAPER TOWELS IN THE TRASH, NOT ON THE GROUND.
* Pick it up if you miss!

Speaking of bathroom ish, today the water was out at work for a few hours - all the bathrooms were not working. Regardless, people were still using the bathrooms...I feel so bad for the custodial staff that had to deal with that. I myself had to use the restroom, so I went on the hunt (as I was not going to add to the mess)...I ended walking a few blocks to the Pavilions. It looked like all the stalls were automatic flushers (I think Pavilions was also hit with the water outage, but luckily was working again). Two of the toilets were clogged up...with deuces - DISGUSTING. The third stall I went into had rule #1 alll over it. I made sure to layer up my seat covers. In a moment of craziness, I decided to be a good Samaritan and flush the other toilets. I did for the first one, but the second one looked broken (and I was not going to try to fix it). While flushing the other toilet, I just felt so icky, flushing someone else's business (insert shudder). I just didn't want it to be sitting there, stinking up the place.

If you managed to read this whole thing, I'm very sorry.

Show me the monaaayyyyy (on my gift cards)

Gift cards...almost like free monaaayyyy (except you can't spend it wherever you want, unless you get one of those prepaid cards).



image from inc.com


Just a friendly public service announcement to remind you to check the balances of any gift cards you may have laying around...you might find that you have $$$ on your card that you didn't know you had before.

I had a few gift card balances on my dresser that had been there forever; I decided to check them, and I found that I had $4 on a Trader Joe's gift card, and $2 on a Starbucks one....booo yow.

Now go check that ish!

Side note: why do some companies make it so difficult?? I'd prefer to check online, but it seemed like most of the cards required me to call some number..."Hello, and welcome to Company X. Our customer service hours are between 9 AM to 5 PM, Monday through Friday, and 10 AM to  4 PM on Saturdays....blah blah blah..<5 later="later" minutes="minutes">... For store hours, press 1. For store locations, press 2. For help with making an order, press 3. blah blah blah...Press more buttons now..."

Saturday, August 11, 2012

The sneaker wedge...

is real. No joke. And a pair costs $90.00!!!!

These super hot shoes are by Steve Madden...someone order me a pair, stat!

I'm kidding. I don't really want a pair. But they are real.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

What Am I Weighting For?


As I have mentioned in passing, I have gained some weight - at least 10-15 lbs.

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It started in February 2010, when I took a four-month class through my work that took up a lot of time. As the class was a prep for a competitive presentation, any free hours were devoted to group meetings and work sessions. During that period, I stopped going to the gym and ate more fast food. Then in August of that year, I started working on an account that required much longer hours than before. In the meantime, my gym membership had been cancelled (I guess there was an issue with my card), and because I was so busy, I didn't bother renewing it.

In addition, my eating habits became worse. While I was not the healthiest person, I rarely ate out and I rarely ate fast food (mainly because I was a cheapskate). After the job promotion and the move of my manfriend to SoCal, we (the manfriend and I) started eating out more (mainly due to work, but also a bit to my former roommate because it was totally awkward using the kitchen, so we stopped cooking). Because his job required him to work late as well, we were sometimes limited to eating fast foods late at night, as those were the only places usually opened (and since it would be 9:30 PM, we would want to eat something fast).

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I have never been the type of person to watch what I eat; for as long as I could remember, I would always stay around 90-95 lbs. In college, I started out wearing size 12 kids jeans! Of course when I graduated, I was no longer wearing those jeans, but I was still at 95 lbs. And that was with me not exercising and drinking soda at lunch and dinner! In high school, I ate tv dinners as SNACKS, for crying out loud!

I think what saved me in high school and college, though, was being busy and having to walk everywhere (to campus multiple times a day, to Westwood, to anywhere, since I didn't have a car). And because I was always on the go, I wasn't sitting that much.

(L:Me, 2nd year of college; R: Me, Freshman year - those are the kid pants (don't mind the horrible outfit)
*In the above pictures, I'm not scrawny or anything, but I could wear more form-fitting outfits without feeling uncomfortable.

Now that I have a desk job, I am sedentary most of the day. Coupling that with not exercising and eating out more, it's no surprise of my weight gain. But the gain was gradual, so I didn't really notice my body changing as much as I thought I would. I remember in the fall of 2010, eating AYCE sushi 4 Saturdays in a row!

Granted that 15 lbs isn't thatttttttt much, but on a person of my stature, it is a lot (15% of my college weight!).

I can't wear some of my jeans now because they are too tight, and the ones I do wear, I have a muffin top. I avoid certain clothing (like anything remotely form-fitting), because it will show my out-of-shape belly.

People laugh when I tell them this (except my family who has seen it in person) because I hide it pretty well (I think). My trick is to wear loose tops, as it helps in hiding any pooch. Plus, any exposed body parts (wrists/arms, neck) still look the same.

But besides using clothing to hide my weight gain, I am also trying to eat better and exercise. I have been going to the gym now for a few months, but I don't really push myself (just 30 min on the elliptical, and some light weights), so I haven't really seen a change. I'm going more for being active, rather than to get "ripped." Maybe if I get more motivation, I will try do more at the gym. I even bought a Living Social special for Cardio Barre (a "low impact/high cardio" workout). I haven't used it yet, but I will within the next 6 months, hah.

I'm also becoming more conscious of what I eat. Trying to cut the soda, eating less candy.

My goal is to be at my college weight by the end of the year, so we'll see how that goes!