The second day into my self-imposed 30 days writing challenge.
I remember hearing someone say years ago, “Do something every day for two weeks and it becomes habit.” For the life of me I can’t remember who spoke those words of wisdom. It may have been one of Oprah’s fitness gurus, an aerobics instructor I encountered decades ago or quite possibly, Betty, the always cheerful and encouraging Weight Watchers meeting leader from when I used to be a member.
Whoever said it obviously didn’t know me very well. It doesn’t matter if I do something every day for two weeks, two months or two years, at some point I’m going to think to myself, “Yeah, I’m done with this,” and never do it again. It’s a personality trait I must contend with every single day of my life. While I don’t know how long I’ll be able to keep this writing thing up, I do know I’m not quitting at Day Two.
One of the things that got my fingers itching to get back to the keyboard was thanks to an afternoon spent surfing the web, reading random news stories. They were simply too enticing to ignore. They were begging for my sarcastic thoughts.
There’s a gentleman in Baltimore dubbed the ”Dine and Dasher”. He is a career criminal who feeds this stomach and apparently his stone cold soul with free meals. His MO is to order a costly meal, and when the bill arrives he fakes a seizure. For instance one evening he ordered chicken piccata, a 22 ounce steak, four beers, three mixed drinks and coffee. Kind of shocked he didn’t throw in dessert, but I suppose he didn’t want his waiter to think he was a glutton. His fake seizure came as the manager confronted him about his unpaid tab when he tried to leave the restaurant. He does this so often in the same areas, that some paramedics recognize him when they arrive thinking they were called to aid a patron in distress. Because the food bill often comes to under $100, even when he’s sentenced to jail time, it’s not for very long. When he is incarcerated he often goes out for a celebratory meal when he gets out. What I don’t understand is why isn’t his photograph posted at every hostess stand in the city? Not only are the restaurants losing money, but also the wait staff who lose the hefty tip they were anticipating, but this man is also prohibiting EMTs from assisting people with valid medical emergencies.
Loser Number Two
This story comes from Arizona. A 40-year-old man has been charged with using a shovel and a knife to kill his 78-year-old grandmother with whom he lived. He disappeared before the death of the grandmother had been discovered. He then stole an idling vehicle with a 12-year-old girl still in the backseat. When he was finally apprehended and questioned, his excuse for killing the woman who took him in? He was upset with her because she charged him too much for rent and imposed a strict curfew. This idiot’s defense? He was drunk and high on meth-amphetamines. Well that certainly explains everything.
I always love a good karma story
This one from California. Two men broke in to a woman’s home while she was sleeping. She woke up as one of the men tried to remove a watch from her arm. Luckily she keeps a tomahawk next to her bed and chased the men off. Apparently she is a professional ax thrower! They were fortunate to have escaped her home with their heads still attached to their bodies.
Parent of the year
A woman in Virginia gained at attention from a local news station this Halloween when she dressed her 7-year-old son in a Ku Klux Klan costume. Apparently she does not understand what all the fuss is about. Not only does she fail to understand what is wrong with that (EVERYTHING!!!) but she explained it was a family tradition. It was the same costume her brother wore when he was in kindergarten. Well gee, why didn’t she say that earlier? Every good parenting manual insists that creating family traditions are an important aspect when raising children. Who are we to argue with Dr. Spock?
I suppose with morons like this at large, I will never run out of writing material.