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“Let’s be Poor for a Week” Challenge

also titled “The Hunger Action Month Challenge.”  Upon reading the title my first thought goes to awareness. For example,  Breast Cancer Awarness Month, Domestic Violence Awareness Month, where people take the time to be ‘aware.’ This is the time where conferences are held throughout cities. Even products are being sold where a certain percentage goes out to survivors/victims/or just to support the cause. We have to constantly bring awareness to these issues least they slip under the rug and funding becomes obsolete. Nowadays, every month is some type of awareness month. Which is fine. But now there’s a new twist. Because simply being aware is not enough. We should all be called to ‘challenge ‘ourselves. Put ourselves in other people’s shoes. Feel what they feel. How can you completely be aware when you’ve never been in their circumstance. Right. Well, never fear, here’s a challenge for you. For anybody who felt they couldnt do anything for the hunger crisis that is going on in the U.S., now here’s your chance. You have one whole month to ‘sacrifice’. You know, live like the poor folks do. Low income. Impoverished. Homeless. Challenge yourself to be broke for a month and you’ll make a difference

At least that’s what Monica Eng at The Chicago Tribune is doing and also countless others. Excerpt from the kitchn, from the article “Eating on $31 a Week: The Hunger Action Month Challenge” ….

“Could you feed yourself on $4.50 a day? This week Monica Eng at the Chicago Tribune is documenting her attempt to eat on just $31—the amount given per week to the average food stamp recipient—as part of a challenge for Hunger Action Month organized by Feeding Illinois.

The biggest surprise? She’s done most of her shopping at farmers markets and Whole Foods—and still managed to stay within her budget.”

I’m starting  to see countless blogs and articles attempting to challenge themselves by playing ‘broke’ for a week/month and then patting  themselves on the back because they successfully ate on $4 a day. I mean really, can you be that narcissistic. If you really want to challenge yourself how about volunteering to cook a healthy meal for a family in need for a week/month. Now that’s a challenge. And yes there are venues where you can actually do that. What about this challenge, creating a short cookbook, (about 7 pgs, pamphlet size) for basic healthy inexpensive meals to administer to families and indiviuals in need. Also back in the day as a broke college student, I attempted to collect foodstamps. I never ended up qualifying, because I guess I was never broke enough, though my wallet would disagree. But before I could even think about getting foodstamps they made take these stupid job training courses. Mandatory. And when I took so many I was then deemed fit to recieve food stamps (EBT card), even though I never received anything. So  what if prior or while receiving food assistance their should be a option for mandatory cooking/info classes including where to shop and how shop (for unprocessed food), along with of course the job training option. Idk. Just throwing out ideas. Anything seems better than suddenly deciding to live off $31 a week to  you can proudly say “See I did it. It’s not that hard, Homeless Joe.” From a commentor  (Rx) on the article \”Eating on $31 a Week\”, they took the words right out of my mouth….

@bibi99……I totally agree with you. I work for a non-profit social services agency and see hundreds of clients a month who live on less than this every week – who often have multiple children, disease, medications, mental illness, substance abuse problems & no transportation. The majority of my clients lack the skills, motivation, or resources enough to A) know to shop at WF or farmer’s markets or B) how to cook food like this. Many of them are hold down several jobs, care for their aging parents or grandkids, or are fresh out of prison. They rarely have Internet access, and some can’t read at all. Many live on the street or packed 8 deep into studio apartments.

It pisses me off to see how these noble bloggers treat the notion of living like this as some “social experiment” for themselves to photograph and write about. It reeks of sanctimonious self-promotion and blindly classist elitism. My clients don’t give a crap about beet tops and bulk organic barley. Take your $31/a week and give it to someone who no camera, no internet access, no writing skills, no blogger witticisms, no STOVE, and spare me your voyuerism into a world millions of people slog through every day – who don’t need their plight exploited by your patronizing condescension.”

 

 
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Posted by on September 26, 2010 in dear diary

 

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Something to make ya laugh

 
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Posted by on September 20, 2010 in dear diary

 

too happy…

and grateful and blessed to be getting my new car at the end of the month. Been driving my white car for about a month now and what do you know its in the shop. But hey still blessed to have that. Anyways, overjoyed 🙂 and can’t wait til Oct. I love my new car…More lovely news, Thurs will be the last  day of my Swedish Sodona course and our last meditation. And every since I’ve been doing the group meditation I’ve been slowly incorporating it at home. I’ve been having Aha! moments left and right. Mainly dealing with anxiety and where that is exactly coming from. Each day is literally a new day to overcome some fear. Which I love, because it challenges me. And I love this challenge. The Aha! moment came over this weekend where a mishap that could have been resolve in a few minutes, accumulated into almost 4hours. All because of fear/anxiety. After a days rest I realized that I never wanted something like that to happen again. So each day I’m getting better and each day is my own journey to a better, stronger, Me 🙂

 
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Posted by on September 15, 2010 in dear diary

 

Lions, Tigers, and …Headless bodies, Oh My!

Well according to Jan Brewer that is. During a debate, when asked by her opponent Terry Goddard about her claim on beheadings in Arizona, Brewer completely side stepped the question which is of course normal for a any politician. But when asked again to support and further discuss her claim on the headless bodies by reporters she blantanly refused to answer the question and began yipyapping away about issues completely irrelevant.  So much so that it was almost uncomfortable to watch. She would have been better off simply confessing that she had been misinformed and that they’re were actually no decapitated bodies in Arizona. (Side note* There actually was a body found without a head, but that was due to animals). And simply ended it as that. And as far as those strange awkward pauses…..(pause)…..(giggle,pause)….I really have no clue. Old age perhaps. Maybe she forgot to pick up her prescription. Could be anything. Maybe now Arizonians will wake up and stop jumping on the buffoonery bandwagon of politicians. It should also be noted that since the signing of the Arizona SB 1070, Brewer has been critized and has had personal attacks thrown towards her. One being that she is a Nazi. Well, her response to that was “…my father died fighting the Nazi regime in Germany, …I lost him when I was 11 because of that…” Well come to find out (because I mean we do always find out) Brewer’s father actually died in 1955 from…(long uncomfortable pause)…lung cancer. And he never actually served in the military. Interesting.

Whatever happened to little white lies. Like “No, I didnt get this from Slauson swapmeat. This is a real Louis Vuitton bag.”  Or “No, my wife doesn’t work as a bartender. She’s a libation research specialist.” Or “No, thats not my highschool picture. That’s was taken a few weeks ago…I swear.”

Don’t these little liars no that they will eventaully get caught. I mean, it is 2010.  Is it even possible to lie anymore.

Anywho, I love Rachel Maddows report on Jan Brewers ‘performance.’ Her take on things is always hilarious.

 
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Posted by on September 4, 2010 in dear diary

 

Fight at U.S. Open

Absolutly ridiculous. Is it the energy within the universe that is causing us to act like complete idiots. Poor old man. I know those stairs hurt. Hip replacement anyone?

 
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Posted by on September 3, 2010 in dear diary

 

Ooowweey gooeeey love

Since I can’t have you, I want nothing to do with you. Why am I having a complete deja vu moment. Why is this happening again. Why can’t we just be friends? Why is it an all or nothing situation? Already shared  this with bff. Her response:

If she’s asking to be your girlfriend (again) and you turn her down, then she has no reason to pursue any other type of relationship from you. Including a friendship.

Whats up with the all or nothing thing. The least she can do is stay in touch. Have coffee…

For what? That’s not what she wants. Do you realize how uncomfortable that would be for her to stay in your life, knowing that she can never really be in your life. If this woman really wants to be with you, your woman, your soulmate, and all your offering is friendship, do you really think she’s going to happily take that? No, she’s not. So for her own protection so to speak, it has to be an all or nothing situation for her.

Fine. So I get it. But the thing is I’m not totally against starting something up again. It’s just that we are in a awkward situation. She’s thousands of miles of way. So everything has to be done by phone or web. And even if we do the whole ‘let’s get to know each other over again thing’, there isn’t going to be a promise of a relationship after all is said and done. If I realize after all our long distance communication she’s just not the one for me, then what. Where does that leave us. Will she feel like she wasted her time? Will we end up bonding in a great unexpected friendship instead? Is she willing to take that risk of a long distant dating with no guarantee of committment. And how is this any different from dating, period. You meet someone, you date someone, you like them and decide to take that next step. You don’t like them and decide to move on. Bada boom bada baam. Right.

I guess my thing is, that I’m just not interested in dating period. It’s such a turn off right now in my life. And also the idea of going back to a ‘been there, done that’ situation, is not really enticing. The excitement of getting to know someone new, being in their new and different space and having to open up all over again is interesting to me. I like that idea.

There’s potential in wanting you….just not right now. There’s things that turn me on about you and  of course stuff that turns me off. I love the way you switch it up. I love your feminine side and your not so femme side. Your sensitivity, yet bluntness. The thought of spending my life with my FIRST love is romantic, in a chickflick kinda way. In a ‘I married my highschool sweetheart’ kinda way. I like it. Are you the future wife that I fantasize about. Not really. She’s an art lover, a book and sundance film lover, challenges me with her deep conversations til 3am. She’s spontaneous. Has a career, has her hobbies. Has her shit together so to speak. She’s a feminist. Kinda, cus she still likes to watch porn, especially when the guys fuck each other…lol Anywho…when I’m 30 I suppose I’ll fall in love. If the right one passes me by, so be it. Right now, I have no love to give. And have no interest in doing so. Getting involved now would simply be a waste of time. If your taken in 2 years, that’s cool. If not…let’s do lunch.

 
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Posted by on September 1, 2010 in dear diary, Lesbo stuff