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Shalom all:

It’s been a little while since I’ve posted something that originates in my own cranium, and I think I could come up with enough worthy happenings for an entry. Where to start …

Last night, I ate better than i have in a while. Ray and I went to Ryan’s, which, for those of you who read my journal from overseas, is a local steak house, and we ate from their buffet. We went with Bob, (otherwise known as Homer, as in Homer Simpson). Bob is useful to a degree, but he has this really annoyingly huge problem when it comes to the business of others. He, being a Seventh-Day Adventist, likes to tell me, a Jewess, how to practice Judaism. Rich. In case you’re wondering how this is relevant to your life: If you belong to any other Christian group than the Seventh-Day Adventist Collective, (otherwise known as the Seventh-Day Adventist Church), you’re automatically evil, associated with Rome, (Rome=”The Great Whore of Babylon mentioned in Revelation 17), thus making your beliefs and practices inferior to his own. This applies especially to those of us who are J-Witnesses. If you’re disabled in anyway, this automatically implies that you had a bad childhood, and that you are not nearly as capable as the average, everyday individual. Once again, rich. But, here’s the clincher: According to Bob, people like myself, who happen to have what in most cases proves to be a very insignificant problem of blindness, have an obligation to work for free in order to establish a favorable reputation, due to the fact that “blind people don’t have a good reputation”, thus I must do my part to fix that agregious problem. Right. He’s also been known to make comments to the effect that persons who undergo any sort of abuse bring it on themselves, and that anyone who advocates the death penalty for crimes like rape is sick, and that the Oklahoma City bombing was a good thing. If it weren’t for the fact that the man has his uses, namely free food, I’d have nothing to do with him. But enough about him. On to better things. The meal was great, and I thought I was going to have to ask for carry-out service: The kind where they carry me out of the restaurant because I’ve eaten too much, thus making walking out a near impossibility.

And now, on to the subject of this entry. Lately, I find that a lot of completely simple solutions to problems that prove themselves to be at least mildly annoying occur to me a lot slower than they used to. Here’s an example: When I visit Ray at his apartment, I use a dial-up connection to access the ‘Net. For anyone interested, the fastest connection I’ve gotten is 33, and the slowest 21.6. Anyway, I’ve been moving the craptop (craptop is the affectionate name I’ve given to my laptop) back and forth from the room where I’m sleeping to his living room. I just bought a new battery for the craptop recently, but I don’t keep in in the machine in order to keep it from getting fubarred, thus rendering it useless. Consequently, every time I’ve moved the craptop, i’ve been disconnectiong its power supply from the electrical outlet. And then, this morning, it finally occurred to me to simply put the pattery in during the transfer, thus avoiding the loss of power, having to restart the machine, and having to reconnect to the ‘Net. What a novel concept! I intend to find out the source of the common-sense leak, and repair the situation.

Given that I’ve just spent the last thirty minutes, (give or take some on either side), writing the current treatise, I’ll end it here. Stay tuned, and thanks for reading.

Amanda Jayne Rush
Rachel bat Avraham Avinu v’Sarah Emanu


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  • I’m glad the trip is going well. Some random questions that I’m very interested in but which have nothing to do with your entry… How’s the transportation in your area? How are you getting from place to place? Any interesting/annoying experiences that you care to relate?

  • Haha…this Homer fellow sounds like a total buffoon. I’m not sure how you can keep from laughing in his face. :P..yeah, I know, I’m an arsehole.

    Ryan’s…yeah, I’m not overseas, but we don’t have that in Cannuckistan either, and in fact I believe it only exists around your area. My wife’s grandmother and aunt both work at the one in Goldsboro, and I agree, the food is pretty good, although a good bit of it is actually instant shit (the mashed potatoes, for instance, ugh). However, the key thing with places like that is to know what to avoid…once you’ve narrowed it down to what they actually can do right, you’re set for a rather good and not too expensive meal.

  • Whilst meeting Ray down in NC, I also had the esteemed pleasure of meeting up with Homer. Another thing he believes in, a blind person should not couple with another blind person for life. If two blind people got together and decided to marry, or whatever, they’re both going to be more dependent on others, where-as if a blind person does the right thing and marry’s a sighted person, then the blind person will have someone to take care of them forever and always.
    Yet, on the other hand, regarding his so-called Christian beliefs, or whatever, it’s okay for a blind person to enjoy such things as premarital or extra-marital sex, and such that is considered sinful in God’s eyes, because we poor blind folks have it bad enough as it is, so it’s okay for us to enjoy our sins more than it is for others?
    I will say this though, in his defense. He may be an annoying pain in the rear, but, think he does have a good heart, and that at times, his heart is in the right place at times. And, like Amanda has said, he has his uses.
    All we can do is just pray that one day, this poor misguided lamb will one day see the light, even if it may mean truly facing the dark. Amen?

  • Apparently the one in your town is better than the one in my town. I wouldn’t touch anything served by Ryan’s with a ten foot fork!!

    Anyway, your friend “Homer” sounds like some of the people I hang out with….

    Oh, and to answer a question you previously asked me, I live in Florence, AL.

    Tim

  • heh…well, I’ll keep my inherent scorn of religion out of here. The notion of two blind people coupling being “wrong” is an interesting one..usually I hear other variants of this that make a bit more logical sense, even though I don’t much agree with them. Two reasons I could think of off the top of my head are that it further stereotypes the blind as an isolationist group, something which my first girlfriend’s parents were very adamant about preventing, and that, if two blind people with possible genetic conditions mate and produce offspring, said offspring are much more likely to be blind themselves (and this, of course, is highly undesirable). On the other hand, a blind person could be perceived as a burden on a sighted individual by others, whereas two blindies together are usually perceived as being “cute”, and “made for each other”. SO really, it can work both ways. It shouldn’t really affect one’s choice of partner, obviously, but I suppose it inevtiably does sometimes.

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