Like A Slut

Paul Allen, you’re a slut. One who wants to give it away all the time. You know who Paul is, a co-founder of Microsoft. He’s a billionaire too. With too much money in his hands, he doesn’t know what to do with it. Just like all billionaires. Take, take, take, then give, give, give. But whom are they giving it to? Foundations & charities for art & culture. What the fuck people! What a crock ‘o shit. A foundation is a tax shelter for the uber rich. I can see it. Can you?

Now Paul wants to give away ‘most’ of his 13.5 billion dollar estate to these foundations & charities. Here’s a question for you Paul: why don’t you give away that 13 billion to the people of the US? There’s what, approximately 309 million people in the US? Divide that out equally amongst the people in the US. You know, those people that have purchased the software that made you a billionaire in the first place.

The government should make a law that mandates that any billionaire who wants to give away their estate, be required to give it to the U.S. citizens directly. Screw this foundation crap, where money sits for years, earning interest, making the rich richer under the table. Going directly to the people will eliminate the bullshit of having to beg for money from a foundation/charity. Why should the people of the U.S. have to beg for money? Just give it to us. We’ve earned it. We’ve payed your way for decades. Now give back to US, the people of the U.S.

So take 13 billion dollars, divide that into approximately 309 million US citizens, $42. Yes, I’ll take it. It’s not much, but it’s something. Consider it a mail in rebate that took years to process. When can I expect my check, you slut?

P.S. Bill Gates, you’re part of this too. Give back directly to the U.S. citizens. Stop hiding the money you “give” away.

El Cheapo Wedding

I recently read a Twitter posting from @cedarwoodwed about how they received a request for a wedding for 200 people for $1000. Their reply? “What planet”

Now color me stupid, but in today’s economy, why would this be so unheard of? Granted, maybe Cedarwood Weddings wouldn’t be able to provide this kind of service at their location, but surely someone there could help the people who inquired about this, instead of bashing them on Twitter, whose audience is around 100 million users. Especially in the south, where people are known to be helpful to others in time if need.

Why can’t inexpensive food & drink from a local eatery be obtained and served? Why can’t inexpensive flowers be purchased or solicited for cheap from a local florist or grower for the event? Why can’t a pretty location be obtained or rented for low cost? Donations are made all the time. There are businesses out there that are willing to help people. They provide materials for low to no cost in exchange for advertising. It’s not unheard of. Some businesses just have no imagination when it comes to “low cost” and are just plain greedy.

Easy Money

I just thought of an ingenious way of making money. Instead of grounding them or taking something away from them, each time the kids are bad, say something they’re not supposed to, fight, argue with an adult or whatever thing that we as parents tell them not to do, they give me money. I figure $1 per infraction should work well. This should work ok for the boys (as they’re 11 & 8), but not so much for the toddler. She doesn’t quite understand money. Yet. Someday soon I’m sure she will. But with the 2 boys in the house, I figure that’ll amount to at least $10 per week from each of them. That’s a minimum figure too. Some weeks could be less, some could be more. Guess I’ll have to subliminally focus on getting their father (I’m the boys step-dad) to give them some kind of allowance each week/month so they’ll have a steady stream of cash rolling in. If I can’t get him to do it, it’d be like me paying myself, as I give them money sometimes too. What to do, what to do…

Mini Size Me

I use @Twitter to just write blurbs, or short postings. Whether it’s an update to my website, something that I’m doing, something that the kids are doing or said, a picture, a quote from a movie or tv show, a date status, an advertisement for selling myself, an off the wall saying, a news story posting, making fun of someone, food that I’m eating or craving, making up a crazy #TT (trending topic), a direct reply to someone else, a fishing lure, connecting with people and/or businesses, quoting a proverb, posting a video link, if I’ve gone to the bathroom, just whatever I feel like posting within a 140 character limitation.

I don’t go outside the lines of the style that Twitter was designed for. I don’t use a service like TwitLonger, just because that is something that was developed to get around the “limitation” that Twitter was created for. That is, to post short “tweets” about something, someone or whatever. The service to direct a tweet @ someone was developed just for that, to direct a message, not entice a totally open conversation that potentially the world can see. If you feel you need to write more than 140 characters, then use a different medium for writing that. A blog, an email, a billboard, whatever you can find that allows you to write more than the allocated limit within Twitter. Twitter has become a way of life, an open advertising platform for anyone to use to express themselves. There are other services that trying to become what Twitter is, but they are not intended for short, micro-blogging style writing (Tumblr is one that comes to mind – I’m playing with it now, seeing what it has to offer). They are a new style communication platform, a blogging platform with more posting capabilities, but they are not “micro” by any means.

I do not use Twitter for text/email style communication, because that is what those mediums are intended for, not Twitter. So for anyone that wants to read my Twitter posts, feel free. They are out there for everyone to see. For those that want to actually communicate with me, you can email me, text me, direct message me, even call me if you happen to have my number. We can carry on a conversation with the appropriate medium. You have an email address, as you needed one to sign up for Twitter to begin with. Use it. More than likely, you have a cell phone. Use text messaging or call someone. Even see someone in person for conversation. Just leave Twitter for what it was originally intended for, a micro-blog service. Microblogging is another type of blogging, featuring very short posts and it should be kept that way. Businesses use Twitter to advertise. I use Twitter to advertise myself, in my own way, but again, not for carrying on a conversation.