The Last Post of 2016

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To say that this year was not a tough year, would be an understatement.  

At least, for me, it probably was the worst year I ever had or close to it.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly for the first half of the year, then it seemed everything went wrong.

First, my computer became the victim of a bad Windows 10 update, which made me having to start from scratch.

After I got that pretty much solved, I became technically blind in my left eye and not much better in my right.

The healing process has been long and hard, but hopefully in January, it will be pretty much over.

Beyond those issues, 2016 also saw a number of longtime friends decide to become former friends for reasons unknown to me.  However, with one of those friends, I know it was them just being a jerk for not accepting my opinion on a political topic.

It seems that anger dominated the political process this year as it was less about who you voted for rather who you voted against.  I found myself a couple of times showing anger against some of the candidates even going as far as writing emails to my own party criticizing their choice of candidate.  Ironically, the more times that I responded to their email donation unsubscribe list, the more of them I received.  Eventually, it appeared that they blocked my email address as I noticed that my later emails bounced back to me despite that I was still receiving contribution emails from them.

In the end neither candidate deserved to win as we now see that the swamp that should be drained is now being loaded with billionaire alligators.  So much for supporting the little guy.

I suspect that the next 4 years will be great for the rich while the dwindling middle class continues to suffer.  I don’t expect to see my own situation to improve over the next year as my health still seems to waining somewhat.

This brings me to the ongoing continuation of this blog.  I plan on alternating writing for this blog and my newly renamed “Retail Land” on alternating weeks.

At least that is my plan for now, however there may be times when one blog may go for a couple of weeks without a post.  The reason for that is that sometimes I just don’t have a good topic for that blog for that week.  Hopefully, that does not happen often and that I remain healthy enough to write for both blogs.

For now, I am using the WordPress mobile app to write my blogs and it seems to get better all the time.  I recommend this app for those who want to do mobile blogging.

Finally, I want to briefly discuss this holiday season.  As some of you may know, I don’t really celebrate this time of year nor do I say any holiday greetings to anyone.  I started doing that many years ago as I felt that it was inappropriate to do so.  

This year it seems that people are more ignorant and rude more than ever in public.  Add to this that many sales associates are uncooperative and it leads to a very unhappy holiday season and many angry people.  Combine this with the ongoing political anger and nobody seems happy anymore.

Overall, I feel that 2017 will become another so-so year as much of the anger will last for several months.

Now what is ahead for the new year.

First up is my annual crystal ball look back and forward.  I will then go into highlighting my Florida trip from last year.  Along the way, I also expect to see a major upgrade to the Spectrum (former Time Warner Cable) system.  I will report on that when it becomes available in my area.  Some areas may already have it so maybe it might be more refined by the time I get it.  As far as any other topic goes, that will be a surprise.  As always, things can change as events warrant.

For now, this is all I have.  It you wish to contact me, you can do so through Facebook, Twitter, or email.  I will usually respond within a few hours.

Until then, I will return in January.

What We Can Learn From Robin WIlliams Death

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It has been about 2 weeks since Robin Williams died.

 

The way he was treated in the media one would think that he was some sort of God.

 

Well, in a way, he was.

 

He was able to do it all.

 

He did comedy, drama, singing, dancing, everything that one could ever imagine and then some.

 

So it was so sad when it was announced that he had died.

 

At first, many people on social media sites thought that it was some sort of hoax.

 

However, that was quickly replaced with the sad fact that it was true.

 

It was almost immediate about the speculation on how he died.

 

However, when it was announced that he committed suicide, questions were raised on the reason or reasons why.

 

What got me angry was when it was released a basic step-by-step way of how he committed suicide.  Certainly this should never have been detailed because it would make some people think it was the “right way” to die.

 

After what seemed like endless celebrities and endless coverage of almost every movie and every show he ever was featured in, social media sites like Twitter was cyberbullying Williams’ daughter.

 

This led to Twitter to making changes to its policies on what can be posted.  Apparently it takes a celebrity death to change its bullying policy after thousands have been bullied by social media sites like Twitter.  However, I heard of no policy changes in Facebook.

 

And just when things started to quiet down, we get news that Williams was suffering early stages of Parkinson’s.  This is the same disease that Michael J. Fox has had for many years and has maintained a fairly good life despite the day-to-day struggles with the disease.

 

Of course this brings up the whole idea that suicide was a path of hopelessness while struggling with the earliest signs of the disease.

 

It seems apparent that Williams could not handle the possibility of not having proper use of his arms, legs, voice, head and all his other vital parts that he uses so prominently in his acts.  More than likely he felt that the disease was more of a death sentence and didn’t want to spend the rest of his life struggling with it.

 

This makes it seem that anybody who has any disease no matter what it is should commit suicide as the only way out is ending it all.  I know that Williams struggled with drugs and alcohol over the years which make me wonder if he was really in his right mind at the time of his suicide.

 

After knowing a couple of people who have committed suicide, I can say first hand that some people do feel a moment of desperation even when there are better answers out there.  It is sad that sometimes these people never reach out for help or sometimes just don’t feel they really need the help.

 

I don’t really consider this a wrong thing, but a stupid one that leaves those that cared about them wondering if they were part of the problem.  Again, I know this first hand and I think about my loss frequently even though it was over 20 years ago.

 

Overall, the world has lost a wonderful talented person with so many movies, TV shows, specials and other endeavors that he did have a very complete life.

 

It is unfortunate that Lauren Bacall who died just a couple of days later barely even got mentioned in the media who had a much longer career and was very popular years ago.  But then again, that is the problem.  She just didn’t connect with people of the current generation as Williams connected with the last 2 or 3 generations.

 

So now the big question that is probably on everybody’s mind at this point is:

What is my favorite Robin Williams’ show, movie, etc.?

 

Well, you may be surprised that it is one that I never saw discussed in any of the tributes of him, but is probably considered one of his least known or liked by the general public.

 

My movie of choice of his is “RV”.  I think this was a very funny movie and I highly recommend it.  It is a quirky movie, but it is a great family movie.

 

Now, Robin can make that road trip forever in his legacy of great shows (and the not so great ones).

 

 

Bad or Worse

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Writer’s note:  This week’s post is being presented in all my blogs as I feel that the information is important enough to be told to all audiences.

 

All right class.

 

This week’s word is bad.

 

It is such a simple 3 letter word.

 

However its meaning is quite vast.

 

It could mean defective.  It could mean evil.  It could mean awful.  It could mean any number of things.

 

Back in the 1980’s Michael Jackson sang about “being bad”.

 

Back then, Jessica Rabbit stated that “she wasn’t bad, she was drawn that way”.

 

Last weekend on Facebook, a friend of mine stated that they thought they were a “bad person” because they had no father figure in her life and she was going to spend Father’s Day with her daughter.

 

To me, this is certainly not the making of a “bad person”, but to some people they like to jump to conclusions with little or no evidence.  I will get back to that in a bit.

 

But first, let me rewind time back to last Wednesday, June 11.  That day everything seemed normal as I had just put my weekly blog posts online and was done for the day.  I decided to do my normal checking in on my ex Tanya on Facebook as I normally do.  Granted I had never friended her nor did really ever intend to, but I am still curious about her post-wedding life.  For those who read my open letter to her a couple of weeks ago would realize that she still holds a special place with me despite being married to someone else.  There seemed to be nothing new on her page or her husband’s, as I regularly checked his too after they got engaged.

 

So I closed down and called it a day.

 

Then came Thursday June 12 and well let’s just say something was very wrong.

 

My first thing that I normally do is check my Twitter account.  I usually check to see if I have any new followers or lost any old ones.  I had noticed that a couple of people who I had followed seemed to have disappeared.

 

So just for the heck of it, I checked Tanya’s profile and noticed that she had 1 less followers.  Granted, she has never tweeted anything so following her may seem counterproductive.  When I checked her list of followers, I noticed that I (yes, me) was no longer a follower of hers.

I had wondered what happened.

 

So I decided to try to re-follow her.

 

Apparently that was NOT going to happen as she appeared to have blocked me on Twitter.  I, then decided to check her husband’s account as well.  Even though I never followed him, I was blocked there as well when I tried to follow him.

 

Ok, this is not good.  Not good at all.

 

So then I decided to go to my Facebook account.

 

I did a search on her and her page did not come up.  I tried typing in the URL that would lead directly to her page and got a “page not found” message.  I then repeated the same thing with her husband and received the same result.

 

At this point, I decided to log into my alternative Facebook account where I am not under my name, and low and behold BOTH of their Facebook accounts were there in all their glory.

 

So now it was quite apparent.

 

I was blocked not only by her, but by her husband as well, somebody who has never met me, seen me, or know anything about me at all.

 

So here I was blocked on both Facebook and Twitter by both of them with no real justification.

 

At this point, I was shocked and wrote a quick post on Facebook stating that feeling.

 

Before I get into the response to that, let me just say that I really don’t know what made Tanya to block me.  The only thing I would think is that somehow she might have gotten wind of my open letter and somehow might have been offended or angered by it.  While I don’t believe that I said anything offensive, she decided that it was best to slam the door on me on as much social media as possible.  To add her husband to this blocking made me think that she must be angrier at me for reasons unknown to me.  In some ways, I really wish I could turn back the clock and apologize to her for everything that went wrong even though it wasn’t totally my fault.

 

Now for the response on Facebook I received.

 

First I am going to call this female responder Janie as to protect her identity.

 

Janie and I had gone to high school together and really were never that close, however like many others from high school she friended me on Facebook about a year or so ago.

 

Janie usually spoke her mind and while sometimes mean-spirited, she was rarely ever offensive.  That was until this most current posting, which did bother me somewhat.

 

While her remarks are only 5 lines long, they speak volumes on feelings that really should not exist at all.  In one recent message to me, she stated that she “was not my enemy”.  I will leave it up to you, dear readers to decide the fate of that statement.

 

So here we go:

 

Her first sentence is “I’m sorry to know how depressed you are”.  I see nothing wrong with that statement at all.

 

Sentence 2 is “No one deserves to feel that way”.  So far nothing wrong with that statement either.

 

Sentence 3 is “I’m sure you are a bad person.”  Just as the train was rolling smoothly down the tracks we now have this huge derailment.  Honestly, where does this sentence follow the first 2 especially when she said just a few weeks earlier that she was “not my enemy”?  This sounds like a HUGE contradiction to me.  What does she mean by a bad person?  Maybe the next sentence might give us a clue.

 

Sentence 4 is “After just having read some of your last blogs, I think your view of the world is rather narrow.”  Ok, you have read only SOME of my blogs and you think I am a bad person because of it?  Of course, Janie doesn’t say which blogs she finds me narrow-minded on, therefore her theory falls flat with zero proof.

 

Sentence 5 is “Have you had a thorough medical check up?”  Now unless Janie has a medical degree, this statement is way out-of-place and certainly uncalled for.  However, let me set the record straight, mentally I am absolutely fine, physically walking and standing is an issue and has been since before I lost my job over 5 years ago.  Beyond that nothing about my health should even be discussed.

 

Sentence 6 is “Are you (sic) parents aware of how you’re feeling?”  Is she serious?  I am well over 21 and this just goes beyond absurd.  Again this statement holds no value as Janie doesn’t hold a medical degree so it is not her place to make type of diagnosis.

 

Finally, sentence 7 is “I believe there are ways to hear (sic) yourself so that you can feel better.”  What does this even mean?  It makes no sense whatsoever.

 

Overall, I was quite offended by Janie’s posting.  However, I decided not to either unfriend or block her as I feel that would really be the wrong thing to do.  I feel that I have a lot to say that would benefit her as would fellow readers.  Unfortunately, none of the sentences that Janie stated followed any of the others.  No proof of any problems were given, which presented a non-existent case on her behalf.

 

It is ironic that some of the same things that Janie brought up were some of the same conversations that I used to have with Tanya during her employment with me.  However, in Tanya’s case, she talked more of her own problems and how we had similar problems and how we could solve our problems together.

 

Yet, in the end, Tanya ended up blocking me from her existence and turned her back on me.  Hopefully, Janie doesn’t end up the same way.  I think she is smarter than that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enough About Me, Let’s Talk About Me

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Last week, I celebrated my birthday.

 

You probably didn’t know it either.

 

In fact, out of my nearly 800 Facebook friends, I received a paltry 10 birthday wishes.

 

Now, I don’t know if I should really be angry about this or just frustrated at this.

 

What bothers me is that some people who had given me wishes in the past were nowhere to be found this year.  I don’t know if they were angry at me because I never recognized their birthday or they were just self-absorbed in themselves.

 

Yes, I said that.

 

People have been so self-absorbed with themselves that they can’t get out of their own way.

 

I like to call these people “self-centered” as they care only about themselves.

 

I have seen a lot of that lately.

 

Now before I begin some of you may consider that I was that way with my last post, when I wrote an open letter to my now-married now-I-guess-ex-girlfriend.  In some ways, I have to agree to that, but those of you who know me would know that I really am not this way in real life.

 

Now onto my real life examples of the self-centered people:

 

Example 1:

 

Most everyone on Facebook is self-centered.  Whether you make a post about your new baby, your body building techniques, or what you are having for dinner, you are telling me things that I really don’t care about.  The biggest offenders of this are the so-called “celebrity” friends that I have that post endless pictures of them and have no social interaction with anyone.  Certainly, narcissism is alive on Facebook.

 

 

Example 2:

 

In the last few weeks, a former high school class member graduated from a local adult education school and received their GED.  What is disturbing about this is that the person wanted to participate in the city’s graduation ceremonies to make it look like they were a real graduate.  This person was encouraging the fellow former class members to contact the superintendent to have the policy altered to allow for the person to attend the regular ceremonies.  This person said that they will go to the media if he doesn’t get his way.  Personally, I am outraged over this as I don’t believe that any policy should ever be changed just to satisfy one person.  Of course, I would not post it in the Facebook group’s page as it would definitely get deleted very quickly.

 

Example 3:

 

Too many times lately, people have not been paying attention when either entering or leaving a particular doorway.  It don’t matter what doorway, it could be any doorway.  The fact that people don’t realize that somebody is behind them and either don’t look or don’t care to look so the door goes flying into my face.  I see this almost everywhere I go that doesn’t have automatic doors.  Are people who self-centered that they don’t care of what they are doing?

 

Example 4:

 

Yes, we know that you should not text and drive.  However, what about the reverse?  Lately, I have seen a lot of people using their little cellphones and NOT looking where they are going sometimes walking right out in traffic causing people like me to slam on their brakes to avoid hitting them.  As I mentioned in a previous post, this sort of thing of not paying attention while walking causes problems, some causing injury.  I think that these people should stop being so self-centered and put down their phones and pay attention to their surroundings especially when walking in traffic.

 

Example 5:

 

Last Sunday, I posted on Facebook that I was experiencing the saddest day of my life.  Only 4 of my friends inquired what was wrong and a fifth liked this status (seriously liking a sad status, do these people even pay attention to what is written?).  When I explained what was wrong, NONE of them commented any further or showed any sympathy to my distress.  Apparently, they were all self-centered to care.  Ironically out of these 4 people, only 2 gave me birthday wishes a couple of days earlier.  Again, I am not angry just disgusted by the lack of respect of my friends.  This is self-centered behavior at its finest.

 

 

Overall, I hope that these examples have brought to light the fact that people have become more and more self-centered and less social to others.  People have become more self-absorbed and show absolutely no emotion or feelings to others under any circumstance.

 

I believe this has to change or our society is doomed to be a bunch of self-centered people.  I would like to think that I am wrong about that.

 

 

 

An Open Letter to Tanya Lee H.

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Writer’s note:  I am writing this week’s post to all my blogs as I feel that it is important not only to me, but also to those who have those long unanswered questions about me.  Some of the information presented here may be offensive to some people.  Reader discretion is advised.

 

Dear Tanya Lee H.:

 

In 11 days on May 25, 2014, you will be getting married in some place called Diamond Bar, California.

 

The bad news is that it is not to me.

 

The worse news is that I feel that it is a HUGE mistake.

 

Of course, you could say that I am jealous that it is not me that you are marrying.

 

However, after stalking your future husband’s Twitter and Facebook accounts, it appears that this guy is nothing but a self-centered jerk.  I am basing this solely on what I have read and seen online of this guy.  I feel that this wedding is more of a matter of social convenience rather than the true love that we (yes, us) could and should have had.

 

Let me now rewind the story back a few years ago when we first met.

 

I had been working with your brother Rob for a few years when you started working as a cashier at Staples.  During your employment with Staples, we talked all the time when we weren’t busy.

 

We learned a lot about each other.  So much so that I felt like we belonged together.  I thought that possibly that you felt the same way.

 

But something bothered me.

 

There were some things that you said to me that disturbed me.  While I don’t want to mention them here, I internally questioned your social stability.

 

After having been through other toxic relationships in the past, I was personally scared of what life would be like if we were alone together on a date or something like that.  I really wanted to be with you, but felt that working together would violate company policy and I think you felt the same way.

 

Then the day came.

 

You decided to quit the company.  I dreaded this day ever since I learned it was going to happen.  I was bothered that I was losing my best friend and confidant.

 

It was on that last night together that you hugged me and gave me your telephone number.

 

This was actually 2 firsts.  Nobody had ever hugged me before.  Don’t laugh – it is true.  The funny thing was I finally felt loved for the first time in my life.

 

The second first was that Tanya gave me her telephone number.  Again nobody has ever given me their number before much less a female.

 

However, and it was a big however, was she said to me “call me if you want”.  These words became etched in my head like as if she really was interested, but may not be interested.

 

To say I was confused by this would be an understatement.  I was actually set back as if she was pushing me away while at the same time wanting me.

 

Then the worse thing happened.  I lost her phone number.  Make that I misplaced it and it got cleanly washed away.

 

So I could not call her.  The phone number was not in the book and I had no way of reaching her.  All of a sudden my life turned to crap.

 

For weeks, I was hoping that you would return back to Staples so that we could talk about getting together.

 

But it didn’t happen.

 

Disappointment was mounting.

 

Then one Tuesday, while at the mall, I saw you at the late Waldenbooks store sitting on one of the benches looking at a book with a female friend.  I tried hard not to be seen by you as I did not want to embarrass you or your friend.

 

Luckily, I was able to leave the store without being seen.

 

About a half-hour later, my luck ran out.  I was at Best Buy with my mother shopping and you were alone and noticed me.  I remember I was looking at “The Mummy” DVDs and you focused your radar on me.

 

This is where everything went wrong.  You asked me why I didn’t call you.  I tried to be diplomatic in my conversation with you especially since I had my mother with me and she did not know about you.  I tried to tell you that I wanted to talk later someplace alone.  It appeared that you wanted none of that.

 

Then you stormed off out of the store.

 

At this point, I had a choice.  I could leave my mother in the store alone (mistake) or I could chase after you and talk to you right then and there (possibly a bigger mistake).  I decided to choose the former.

 

Sadly, at this point, I never saw you ever again.  Over the next couple of weeks, I continued to spindle downward with no bottom in site.

 

Then it happened.

 

I was driving home one night from work and I was listening to the radio.  This song came on the radio that struck me like lightning.

 

The song was “So Yesterday” by a girl named Hilary Duff.  Suddenly, this song related to what happened between me and Tanya.  This song wedged in my head so much that I could not shake it.  The more I heard it over the next couple of days, the more I related to it.

 

At this point, I decided to learn more about this Hilary Duff girl.  I found out that she was the star of a popular Disney Channel show “Lizzie McGuire”.  I decided to watch an episode just to get a feeling for what this girl was really like.

 

Then it happened.

 

I was hooked on Hilary.  Like a druggie, I could not get enough Duff.  I bought CDs, DVDs, magazines, books and anything else with her in it.

 

I was obsessed.  It became so bad that I asked Best Buy if I could have a large poster of her when they were finished using it.  I did the same at f.y.e. with a poster they had as well.   I also asked there if I could have the “Lizzie McGuire Movie” video display when they were done with it.  They allowed me to have it.

 

At this point, it seemed that I was completely obsessed with Hilary, even going to the point of carrying the lyrics of “So Yesterday” in my pocket and reading them when I was depressed.

 

I was also joining as many online groups as I could from Yahoo to feed my desire for pictures, comments or anything else related to Hilary.

 

It would be obvious at this point I was not only obsessed, but crazy about her.  Some online groups shunned people like me for being “too old” for being a fan.  I told them that real fans came in all ages.  Certainly, I was not alone in my beliefs.

 

Then the big one happened.

 

Lizzie McGuire was done, but my obsession was not.

 

I had to find a new outlet for social relief.

 

So I started watching other Disney shows at the time such as “Suite Life of Zack and Cody”, “Hannah Montana” and “Wizards of Waverly Place” among others.  I quickly became obsessed with these shows as well.

 

I would buy as many of the teen magazines as I possibly could every month even though I was really too old for them.  It became apparent that I needed an intervention.

 

Before that would happen, I started watching shows on Nickelodeon as the shows on Disney Channel became stale.  Once again, my obsession with kid and teen shows grew.

 

At this point, much of my thoughts had turned away from Tanya.  However, one day while on the old MySpace, I decided to friend her out of the blue.  It appeared she either rejected me or ignored me.  At this point, I also noticed that she was living somewhere in the Midwest.  This bothered me as it seemed she wanted nothing to with me at all anymore.

 

So with no future with Tanya and no intervention, I was further encouraged with my admiration for people like Hilary over the remainder of time that I remained employed at Staples.

 

After leaving Staples, I decided that I was finally going to join the new social media revolution.  I signed up for Facebook and Twitter.  Quickly some of my old work colleagues friended me on Facebook and soon I would be using Twitter extensively as well.

 

Then I decided one day to look up Tanya on Facebook and Twitter.  I noticed on Facebook that she had since moved to Sherman Oaks California.  On Twitter, she had an account, but she has never tweeted.  I am only one of four of her followers.  I wonder if she knows that I am following her there even though she has never tweeted anything.  I also noticed that another one of her followers was a guy named Dave V.

 

So I decided to investigate him.  What I saw I didn’t like.  Then I did more and more reading about him, the less I liked.

 

This brings us up to the last couple of months.  I decided to Google Tanya’s name and I found out that she was engaged to this Dave guy.  Imagine the fact that I was completely heartbroken beyond belief.

 

So she moved 3,000 miles away to get away from me and then get engaged to someone else.  It appeared that my chances with her were over.

 

However, I still needed an output for my emotions.  So, a few months after starting my anti-Staples blog, I decided to start a new blog discussing virtually any other topic.  Ironically, many of those postings have been about teen shows just to help me cope with my social loss.  I know that many people have always been confused why I discuss these types of shows more than adult shows, but now I hopefully have cleared up the method behind my madness.  It is just my way of producing my own intervention or something like it.

 

Overall, Tanya’s wedding will not have my blessing under any circumstances.  I feel that I was shortchanged in this relationship as she refused to listen to me that I really wanted her, but I could not contact her because she was not found in the phonebook or any other method.  I don’t feel that I was to be to blame for this relationship failure, but a huge misunderstanding between 2 people.

 

Lastly, I still have those posters of Hilary on my living room wall and the “Lizzie McGuire” is still in my bedroom filled with all those teen books and video tapes from back in the day.

 

Tanya, you may be so yesterday, but I still wish that you would be really part of my tomorrow.

 

I am hoping someday you will get to read this and know that I still really care about you despite being so far away.  I wish I could right the wrongs of the past.

 

Sincerely,

 

Louis Brown

(your best friend from Staples)

 

Google+ Not a Plus

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As I mentioned in the past, I have had much problem when using Gmail.

 

To refresh your memory, I keep getting email that doesn’t belong to me.

 

Not just an occasional email, but at least one or two per day.

 

It seems that I am always cancelling some Twitter account, a Facebook account, or some adult web site.  Sometimes I even get emails from persons exposing personal information not intended for me.

 

Certainly anybody should be bothered by this.

 

After all, in the wrong hands, identity theft could not only happen but run rampant.

 

The worse thing about this is that the companies that I have contacted stating this is identity theft seems not the least bit concerned that it is even an issue.

 

Have I pricked up your eyes yet to a very bad problem?

 

I should have and the worse thing about it when I contacted Google about it, all I got was an automated message pointing me to how email accounts are handled.

 

This was no help at all and I have been unable to get a REAL PERSON to answer my complaint.

 

We should all be concerned about this as anybody could be affected at any time by emails that don’t belong to them.

 

Now there is another app from Google that we should be worried about and that is Google+.

 

For those who don’t know what Google+ is, it is sort of like Facebook only on a much smaller scale.

 

However, it is on a much scarier scale.

 

While Facebook allows you to have approve friends or allow followers if you want (I don’t allow followers by the way), Google+ allows for friends and acquaintances.

 

The acquaintances better known as circles can be problematic.  These circles are Google’s version of followers.

 

While you can set up notifications to find out when somebody new puts you into their circle, you don’t have the option of deleting them from seeing your life on Google+.  It appears that the only option one has is to either add them to your circle or do nothing.

 

If you haven’t figured this out yet, this could be a MAJOR problem especially if someone puts you into circle that you don’t want to belong.  This is bothersome if someone from your past or currently is a stalker and could possible cause harm to someone.

 

Enter me.

 

Last week, I got an email notification that someone who I knew many years ago (I believe going back to early high school years) has entered me into their circle.  What is bad about this person is that this person is one who once was part of a group back in high school whose only purpose was to perform physical harm to me.

 

Yes, consider this a former bully has returned.  They may not be a bully anymore (I hope), but the mere presence of their name makes me cringe.

 

This is especially true given that their profile is somewhat offensive to me in how they present themselves.

 

But now here is the problem.

 

How can I get rid of this person that I don’t want to see what I post?

 

As far as I can tell, there is absolutely NO way to get rid of somebody or to report the person to be removed for being offensive.

 

I have not contacted Google about this because I know that I will probably get some automated message that has nothing to do with problem and would not offer a solution.

 

So for now, I try not to use Google+ very much as I don’t want this person to know much about me.  Even many years later, this person still scares me especially given that this person still lives less than 20 miles from me.

 

I hope that others take caution from this and be aware that Google+ is not a safe social site and can invite stalkers and bullies into your life.

 

Maybe at some point, Google may change their setup and allow for blocking of inappropriate people or at least the reporting of them.

 

My hope is that Google+ doesn’t become a site for bullying as the other social sites have become especially that this could be avoided there if Google changed their site.

 

For now, take caution if using Google+.

 

As for me, I have more Gmail emails to respond to.

 

Will Google ever get anything right ever?

 

Oh yeah, they do have that search thing that nobody ever uses.

2014 – Redo from Start

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Here we are at 2014.

 

Much has changed from a year ago.

 

Time Warner Cable has finally brought back the Ovation Channel after a year of being off the air.

 

However, we said a sad goodbye to SOAPNet as this channel kicked the bucket.  This channel showed reruns of soap operas, but also showed reruns of “Veronica Mars”.  Since this show is getting a big screen reboot later this year, this was a kick in the face to this niche show.

 

We also saw an updated navigator system which is a significant improvement from the old system, but still needs a lot of work to be perfect.

 

As far as the rest of the world is concerned, much has changed.  Some of which I will discuss in my next week’s posting along with a look back at last year’s predictions and dusting off the crystal ball for another year.

 

I am looking forward to getting at least 100 followers of this blog by midyear and near 200 by the end of the year.  It is optimistic but I think if the word spreads it can and will happen.

 

As we look ahead toward my 100th post, I plan on talking about what has happened in the first 99 posts with additional thoughts.  I hope that most of you will join me in my journey in what I have to say.  As always, you can email me or tweet me ideas of what you would like to see discussed in this blog.  I am always up for suggestions as sometimes it is hard to come up with new thoughts occasionally.  At least I have the next half dozen or so ideas lined up, but send me your ideas nonetheless.  I will keep them anonymous unless otherwise requested.

 

This post may be short this week, but I promise much more next time.

 

 

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