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Weekly Rant

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Looks like I might have to make this a weekly or semi-weekly feature. I usually try to let things go, but I ruminate on them and then it just kind of gets to me. So perhaps by expunging them here, I'll feel better. You may have heard, but on Sunday, some jackass hijacked a big rig truck and a police chase ensued. The chase started in Fairview, TX, which is about 10 minutes from my house, and spanned four hours, three counties, and finally ended out near Weatherford, TX. Related to this: Rant 1: This was probably the third vehicle he'd hijacked that day. How could he have hijacked two other vehicles and NOT been seen by a member of the public or the law and been allowed to even GET to the big rig hijacking. Has the public level of apathy sunk so low? Is it that we just don't want to get involved? Rant 2: During the portion of the chase that went through the southern portions of Dallas, there were hundreds of people stopped on the side of the road and on bridges, out of their cars, causing traffic delays and endangering themselves and others that were rooting for the car-jacker. One of these yahoos was interviewed and I quote "I was excited. I heard that they were shooting at him, so I wanted to get out and see bullets flying, man. You know?" one bystander said. What the HELL!?!? Get some damn sense people! This is funny? This is smart? This is cool? Secondly, I received an envelope in the mail full of paperwork. For Zed's first year in Junior High. I dread the begininning of the school year and all the paperwork that has to be filled out. You fill out 10 of the same forms, over and over again, and you have to do it every year. I think some of them are the same form and go to the same place, they're just on different colored pieces of paper. You get writers cramp, and then you find more forms! Insurance forms, volunteer forms, PTA forms, band forms, forms, forms, forms! I hate paper. Someone needs to figure out a better system. Thirdly, when you're a female, and you get married and you want to change your name, it's a complete pain in the butt. First it's the social, then it's the drivers license, then it's the bank accounts, the credit cards, the frequent whatever accounts, and even your work email address. Seven months in and I'm still not done. Someone needs to figure out a better system. Love ya'll! Mean it!
Update: The DMV sucks. Don't ever try to go at lunch, because they send all their whatever they ares to lunch at the same time. And people pack in, and then when they come back from lunch, there are only two whatever they ares to actually help people. And then you sit for an hour and a half, only to leave when they are 13 numbers away from yours because you have a meeting in twenty minutes and you still haven't eaten lunch. So you stop at a crappy fast food restaurant on the way back to work, throwing money at the drive-thru person and speeding away. Oh, and then you come back to work to find that your meeting is an hour later than when you thought it was.

7/25/2006 09:35:00 AM :: ::
  • That is just unbelievable, that quote! What the hell is wrong with people these days.

    Paperwork sucks, but I must admit I'm dying to get Hannah's school packet in the mail. I want to find out what the school schedule is and who her pre-school teacher will be.

    By Blogger Raehan, at 7/25/2006 10:42:00 AM


  • I feel your pain. Carlotta's in her 2nd year at MS. Better system indeed.

    Also, when I lived in Dallas the yahoos weren't any brighter. I worked just north of Texas Stadium, and there were accidents at least twice a week. And they would pull over and get out to look at the mayhem. But not if it was raining. If it was raining or snowing, then it was a Nascar Speedway .

    By Blogger Dorothy, at 7/25/2006 11:16:00 AM


  • Holy Cow! That is just crazy. They want to see bullets flying....Huh?

    i have three kids and that go to the same school and still have to fill out form after form. I hate it!

    Looks like you had a nice weekend w. hubby. YEAH!

    By Anonymous Nancy, at 7/25/2006 11:36:00 AM


  • I was going to rant this morning but then I forgot what it was about. Maybe I should have just ranted about that!

    By Blogger Uisce, at 7/25/2006 11:42:00 AM


  • People are just so far removed from reality sometimes. It's ridiculous. This kind of behavior is what garners people Darwin awards.

    By Blogger Gypsy, at 7/25/2006 12:26:00 PM


  • I know I don't like to get on the "this country's going to pot" rants, but when you see behavior like that...

    And I'm with you on those school forms too! I got TWO packets for my two middleschoolers. A lot of the information is just family stuff that overlaps. You said it with the writer's cramp!

    Next up, school supply lists!

    By Anonymous abbynormal, at 7/25/2006 01:41:00 PM


  • I'm so glad we don't get police chases like that over here...on our narrow roads I dread to think!

    As for school and marriage stuff I'm in complete agreement! Must be hell on earth!

    By Anonymous Claire, at 7/25/2006 01:50:00 PM


  • I hear ya, but then I have a few drinks and everything is nice and fuzzy...sigh...

    By Blogger KaraMia, at 7/25/2006 02:14:00 PM


  • I know...my sister and I watched that stupid chase on TV and couldn't believe the idiots on the side of the road. Those people seriously give Texas a bad name!


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7/25/2006 02:55:00 PM


  • Aw.....DMV experiences suck. Well, for most, my husband has a friend there and so we always walk right in and do our stuff and leave. Sorry for you though!!! And yikes, on the junior high stuff, I only have one more year before it happens to me...it will go by fast too. Good luck!

    By Blogger Twist of Kate, at 7/25/2006 04:23:00 PM


  • I saw that chase on TV, too. The guy was an idiot, and so were some of the bystander comments. If it helps, I don't hold that against Texans, because this would equally happen in Miami or LA, with the same type of idiot response.

    Im so WITH you on the paperwork BS at school! We have to fill out the same forms for both kids, over and over again, drives me NUTS.

    And you know, this is a great idea you have, Lass. How about a weekly Tuesday rant session? Like Thursday 13, but WITH BITCHIN!! LOL. Let me know, I 'll join ya next Tuesday.

    By Anonymous Laura, at 7/25/2006 08:09:00 PM


  • People never cease to amaze me. They're ridiculous. If you want to shoot a gun and get shot at, sign up for the Army and stop being a jackass.

    I've never had to change my name, so I don't know, but I can only presume it's a huge pain. Good luck!

    By Blogger Carnealian, at 7/25/2006 09:06:00 PM


  • My sister mentioned something about the name change thing the other day. She got married two years ago and just now got a driver's license or something with her new name on it. She was excited.

    By Blogger Bone, at 7/26/2006 09:41:00 AM


  • I like your rants. That way I can relieve my stressful thoughts as well. People are really dumb! I can't stand it sometimes.

    By Blogger Jolynn, at 7/26/2006 10:00:00 AM


  • Oh, the joys of living in a small town. No bullets flying and no wait at the DMV! Well, there might be THREE people in front of you, OH! the frustration! We still have to take the little ticket number, though, ha-ha!

    By Blogger annie, at 7/28/2006 12:09:00 PM


  • I do so love me a good rant.

    By Blogger poopie, at 7/28/2006 07:00:00 PM


  • Rant on sister! I feel you pain. We live in the land o'car chases....
    Meetings stop, work pauses, tv's go on and we all whoop and wail along with the sirens and helicopters...
    What's become of us peeps?

    Yes the DMV sucks.... oh yes it does...

    And I too have just filled out the plethera of JH paperwork. I borrowed at gel pen from #2 with sparkles in it - just to make it intersting...

    Chin up Tori....

    Love the other Tori

    By Blogger Tori, at 9/09/2006 12:51:00 PM


  • Why did I just call you Tori...?
    I felt for sure I was at Radioactive Girl...
    You beautiful interstellar adventurer... please accept my apologies...

    By Blogger Tori, at 9/09/2006 12:54:00 PM


  • Just wanted to say hello, see if you were still here........

    By Blogger MarkD60, at 9/19/2011 10:41:00 PM


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