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Open Letter

By M Davies   /     Mar 28, 2006  /     NEPA, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

Dear Mr. Drug Picketer,

I understand your frustration with living in Northeast PA, I do…I get it.  In the past few years our area's drug problem has gone from bad to worse.  Holding up a sign isn't doing much of anything to fix the problem though.  I know you have a number posted on there for anonymous tips, but you have the same functionality of a billboard.  Why not just post it to a billboard already and be done with it?  Why not post it in phone books, newspapers, websites and other relevant forms of media.  One man holding one sign in various places doesn't really seem like it covers a broad enough audience, since you cannot be in multiple places.  Drugs aren't just on one particular street corner or neighborhood….they are everywhere. 

Another thing that bothers me about you is you blatently try to distract drivers by waving around your sign toward them as for them to get them to beep your horn at you or acknowledge your presence.  As I mentioned earlier, I appreciate your presence, but if you are not careful you are going to cause an accident one of these days.  I have noticed many people trying to multitask driving along with various other things (putting on makeup, talking on cell phones, etc) and it doesn't work.  They do not pay attention to the road and end up putting other people as well as themselves at risk. 

It just irritates me to come home everyday and have you on my street as if I lived on the only bad street on the planet that has a drug problem.  I know people do drugs on my street, as well as every other street in the USA.  I don't need to be slapped in the face with it every day of my life.

Please just rent a billboard and stop picketing on my street.  That is all I ask.

Thanks,

Michelle A. Davies

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Oh my aching legs

By M Davies   /     Mar 20, 2006  /     NEPA, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

I just finally managed to catch my breath after an hour of gas leak nonsense where I work.  Around 1 o'clock people started smelling gas fumes.  I couldn't smell anything, but I have a horrible sense of smell.  The next thing you know, there are fire trucks blazing down South Main Street and someone pulled the fire alarm.  We all evacuated outside, but were pushed all the way down practically by Katana (the Hibachi restaurant).  I have few outfits that fit me these days, so I wore a dress, big mistake.  With the wind it is approximately 15 below zero outside.  After about 15-20 minutes we got the "all clear" sign and were told to go back in.  I walked up the stairs and got onto my floor.  Since I was pretty well exhausted by this time I went to get a drink and the fire alarms started going off again.  Everyone on my floor didn't know if it was still going off from before, or if it was a new alarm so we all stayed put.  Then all of the sudden the loud speaker kicked on with someone from the PBX saying "ATTENTION ATTENTION ATTENTION, EVACUATE THE BUILDING IMMEDIATELY"  So again, we gathered our coats and and went back down the steps again outside into the freezing cold for another 15-20 minutes.  Then were allowed back in and went up the steps again.  It felt a little like cattle being hearded.  By the time I got to my desk I was ready to either go into early labor or pass out.  I'm not sure which. 

I am telling you all of this to explain why there was a gas leak….which is totally ridiculous.  In between our building and a vacant building next to us, there is a small alley/walk way.  You could fit a small car through if you needed to, but it is blocked by dumpsters and I have NEVER seen anyone go down there.  Until today.  I guess an elderly woman got lost somehow (???) behind our building and tried to exit using the alley way, she got stuck and backed into a gas pole sticking up from the ground and knocked the cap off.

This is yet another direct example of why elderly people need to be retested every year for their drivers licence.  I wanted to beat this woman senseless after having to go up and down the steps so much today!!!

[Update – 3:13pm] Here's a link to the story as – http://www.timesleader.com/mld/timesleader/14144177.htm

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I’m bored.

By M Davies   /     Mar 17, 2006  /     The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

Day after day I sit at work and try to think of decent things to do after I finish all of my work.  I think I'm finally out of ideas.  To give you an idea of some of the stuff I already did this week to keep myself busy:  write documentation to all of the reports I do and then file into a binder, clean my entire desk, including reorganizing it, sort through all old emails looking for any requests I ignored – there were none, download various divx's I have stored on my home PC and watch them at work, play countless hours of freecell, etc etc etc.  I am out of ideas.I have even read every blog that is listed on the right and updated my myspace page.  If anyone else has any ideas on what I could do, let me know.

This week has been very interesting in local news.  Hugo Selenski was acquitted of murder charges on 2 of the 5 bodies found on his Dallas property.  He was found guilty of "abuse of a corpse" which is a sentence of 2-4 years.  He has already been in jail for 3 years, so I'm not sure if this will count toward his sentence.  I don't understand how the Luzerne County DA's (LupASS) office could have waited 3 years to go to trial and still present weak evidence.  Old Saying:  If you want to get away with murder come to Luzerne County.  At any rate, right after the verdict came through for that trial, he was re-arrested for 2 more murders for 2 other bodies found on his property.  I am not very confident that he will be convicted of anything here either. 

The Times Leader has been sold to another company and may go up for sale again.  It is rumored that the Citizen's Voice may buy out the Times Leader which will only leave one local Wilkes-Barre newspaper.  Personally, I used to be a loyal Citizen's Voice reader, but then after a while the quality of the paper (in my opinion) seriously declined.  It all started when they took the compact size Sunday Paper and made it into a long paper.  If you click the link for their website and compare it with the Times Leader, you will see by far that the Times Leader is superior.  Hey, websites count a lot for me.  Plus the Times Leader has the Police Blotter which is highly entertaining to read.  Everyone has their own personal preference, but to me, mine is the Times Leader.  If this paper goes away I will seriously cry.  Wilkes-Barre cannot become a 1 newspaper town.

Blabbity blabbity Blah.  I had another doctor's appointment this week, which was very uneventful.  Last week at my ultrasound, I found out that I am having a boy.  There are pictures posted in the gallery.  Gabby also had a doctor's appointment, she got the MMR vaccine.  She was of course ECSTATIC when this occurred. She's actually got a cold right now though.  She seemed to have developed it last night.  I don't think its a reaction to the vaccine because other kids in her daycare room have the same symptoms.  The doctor said she also has another tooth coming in which is making her extra pleasant to be around.  She coughed all night long last night.  I gave her cough medicine this morning it seems to help somewhat, but she is just not herself. 

Oh, and I might go to Vanity Fair this weekend with my Mom and Aunt if Rich lets me.  I guess I'm gonna go now because its almost time to go home. 

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Buyers Remorse

By M Davies   /     Mar 14, 2006  /     The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

I finally made the move and traded in my bug.  I had to do it, there was no way it was going to support 2 kids, a stroller and god only knows what else comfortably.  I am really, really, really, REALLY, R E A L L Y missing my bug right about now.  I am lucky I didn't start crying as I was signing it over to the dealership.  Pregnancy hormones will get you every time.

Anyway, I'm sure you are curious to know what I traded it in for.  I got a 2005 Jeep Liberty Limited.  In the past I have cursed people with SUV's for a variety of reasons; not being able to drive them, gas guzzling, etc etc etc.  I will be honest and say that I'm having a very hard time getting used to the height and width of the vehicle.  I'm sure that will go away as I drive it more and more.  I don't think I will be considered an oil addicted gas hog, because I drive five miles to work each way everyday and maybe go on the occasional road trip or shopping trip out of my way.  I bought a SUV that I felt I could handle I guess.  I have to say that as much as I love and miss the bug, that I love this jeep.  It is much higher up so I can see in places where I couldn't once before.  I also have ground clearance, which I never had in the bug.  I still miss the bug.  Tears are welling up in my eyes.  God going through changing cars has never been so difficult.  Someday I will look back at this entry and laugh.  Probably not anytime soon though.

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Meat?

By M Davies   /     Mar 10, 2006  /     NEPA, The Pre-Dooce File  /     0 Comment

Apparently if you are a Catholic, during the Lenten season you cannot eat meat.  Since I do not practice religion regularly I don't really follow this rule too closely.  Since St Patrick's Day falls on Friday this year the Irish Catholics are in an uproar because of the meat regulations.  I cannot believe I am posting this, but they have created a map to follow whether or not you are allowed to eat meat.  The church made special exceptions in some counties in PA, and most importantly you cannot cross county lines to eat meat.  How dumb.

Image courtesy of www.wnep.com.

Luckily I fall in the green/yes area.  Not like I really care either way.  Eating meat is probably the least bad thing I did this week.  So if I'm going to hell for that I guess I'm really screwed.  Maybe hell can get a bacon button installed….

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