Sunday, July 18, 2010

New Course of Studies

Hello everyone, welcome to my reallyreallife. I have decided......I am going to Law school with my son..................... so we can tag team the racists. It will not be a tag and release program.

Watch me now!

I am coming for those who decided to challenge me! They have made a horrible decision...........for them. A good decision for me on 2 counts.


Friday, July 16, 2010

It Is On !

Hello everyone, welcome to my reallyreallife. So much too talk about but first........

It is on like popcorn. The bastards at kaplan have made a terrible mistake and the battle has begun. Because I attended the so called university they wanted to suspend my protected do not do that to a soldier and think all will be well. Ginger the horse, Charles the dick and John the bitch will remember my name forever. If you recall, I wrote about the terrible service at kaplan in my 1st or 2nd blog post. They suck, so now they can suck! They thought I would go away but like the Hebrews leaving Egypt, I will be leaving kaplan loaded with enough gold to build my own idol. But, I will build no idols with my gold. I want kaplan and all who side with it. A friend of kaplan is now my enemy.

The well was what....I am interested in the proper clean up of the gulf and it's fisheries.

My wife said I have to change my upcoming topic of Why I am so misunderstood to...."why no one like me" Well I can tell you why people do not like me: So many reasons. It will not be because I am a liar or a thief or a cheat or a sneak or because I will stand up anytime, anyplace in front of anyone for what is right, I am fearless, I am courageious, I am dependable, I am trustworthy....lawyers on phone gotta go



Monday, July 12, 2010

Now that I have indeed "vented".......

Hello everyone, once again hello, hello and hello. Now that I have the kaplan issue behind me I am moving on to a new topic. But before I do, I want to say I am disappointed that none of the classmates in my writing class, other than one person, had anything to contribute to the topic. Somehow, I thought they would have found the situation questionable not only as it related to my situation but to their overall situation as students at this company. They are not a school, they are a company. But, whatever.

I have always loved music, always! When I grew up the music had meaning and purpose. Well, my favorite band of all time, old school band that is, was Earth, Wind & Fire. They always sang of hope and tomorrow, peace and love, it was a consistent message that I was fortunate to have as they filled in some gaps in my life at the time. There was not a lot of hope and tomorrow, nor peace and love. Earth, Wind & Fire brought these important ingredients to my life.

"All About Love" is a song that exhorts one to make some beauty if there was none where one was. I still live this today. Wherever I go I know there is unhappiness and misery as well as disappointment and race and all the other things that occur in life to cause us to perhaps become "bad" people or lonely people. Fortunately for me I had a source of hope in this band. Do you have a source that is unlimited in it's ability to sustain you through the ups and downs, the peaks and valley's of life? I do. It is not of me. It is The One that indwells me.

So, I am happy, not bitter, still me, still confident, feelings ain't hurt,and going further than ever. Pastor Hagee always says you do not know there is a better job available until you lose the one you have. Same thing applies to schools and universities. See there, Good News already. I can accomplish at another university what the kaplan company had no respect for.


Friday, July 9, 2010 The socialist movement at kaplan university

Hello again we go again on the subject of my dismissal from kaplan (they ain't even worth the capital letters anymore), Here is a link that is reflective of what I had to say in my discussion post. Kaplan is upset because I said at the university what people are saying at a site devoted to kaplan complaints. Again, can you say 1 800 SUE KAPLAN? One woman says she is 20,000 dollars in debt with no degree because half her shit was invalid. She had a degree that she paid for that was worthless! If you attend kaplan university go to this website and see what past and present students have to say about the university you pay money to attend. kaplan university is a fraud, a sham, a disgrace to education and the educational process, they are untrustworthy, they are liars, they are cheats , they are thieves and they are sneaks. I have been dismissed By a moron in some capacity at this university because I dared to speak about what is written on this website in public, at kaplan. Ginger Cameron is the woman who has her patties all in a bunch because I told her not to contact me in the manner that she did. I never said "fuck her" or anything in any kaplan communications I had. I did not threaten anyone, I did not curse anyone, I was respectful to everyone as long as they were also respectful. However, if you cross me, I might have to talk about you. Ask the people who know me and have spoken to me. They will tell you what kaplan says is an out and out lie as it concerns me and the Morris they know. The only person who can speak ill of me Is John E. Long, the so called professor. Punk ass! Running to the women...on 2 separate occasions. apparently not man enough to handle me verbally. ............. Punk ass.

And this moron Charles Hooker, he ain't no leader. He is contemptible! I would not follow him to anything that required more than .28 intelligence. How you gonna "dismiss" me, the customer who spends money and goes into debt so that you can exist. Now I am going to be "profane" and "disrespectful" and "unprofessional" and "vent" my "frustration" and be "scholarly" (Which means to have "profound insight on a particular subject".....maybe Charlie should retire? He sounds like a dopey ****"", that is inappropriate. That, is "conduct unbecoming" ! That, is disrespectful because I owe you nothing Charles Hooker. I pay your employers to provide a service, not for you or any other kaplan employee to tell me what you "feel" is appropriate. This, is the kind of man and person I am. I do not hide behind templates and vague reference. I speak specifics?. Where, Charles Hooker, are you specifics? Where, Ginger Cameron iare your specifics? You both accuse but neither shows evidence to anyone. You just say and it is so? Not in my reallyrealife ! They just "say" what they "think" is the truth and it is so? What country are these assholes living in? Forget that what year are they living in? This is why I stayed out of universities for so long...fear of becoming a robot. Just going along with everything, now, I don't know how to handle my kids cause they did not "teach" it at the university. I bet the animals they own and the children they have do not listen to them. Yet, they want me to submit to them.. I say "**** you". THese two could work for BP..that is how fucked up they are and they would have a smile on their faces as they lie and say there is no significant damage. This is what a dean at kaplan did. The bitch out and out lied and then recanted and tried to explain her lie. Yet, she want an extraordinary amount of respect. Not the respect I give respectful people, extraordinary respect.

I will work with the due diligence you refused to show me and see that your sorry ass organization is shut the fuck down. More disrespect for your ass ! You wanna be the Jim and Tammy Faye of universities....well , "yippee Ki yeah mother*********", it's on your momma............... ON, her knees.

KAPLAN STUDENTS..,.. just became aware of the site i have linked you to. if i had known of this information prior to enrolling i would never, never, never associated myself with...........



Do not let them use you. Stand up. Speak up. Ask. Question. Demand answers. Demand a thorough account. Keep asking questions......don't settle for "waht they said". Demand Better. Demand the Best. This is your money! If these bastards are crooked, lets stop their asses in their tracks. UNITED AGAINST kaplan CAUSE THEY SUCK AND THEY ARE DECEITFUL, LYING ASS CRROKS.

This is my experience, what's yours?

Kenichi Wa kaplan bitches !


And to the reallyreal............. Peace.


Hello again everyone. Here is the follow up to my most recent post of the last hour or so. It is official, I have been dismissed from Kaplan University. According to Charles Hooker,Academic Program director in an e mail dated today. He said "students are obligated to conduct themselves in a professional manner". Everyone at Kaplan keeps saying unprofessional and frustrated and all these other words to characterize me but they have yet to show specifics of unprofessionalism, they just keep talking about it.

He says that "students are to conduct themselves with honor and respect", that is a laugh because prior to this instance, I addressed in a prior post of how the dean had out and out lied to me that she conducted and "investigation". She subsequently admitted the only thing she had was an a copy of a post I made on the discussion board, that the professor had given her. Prior to this she swore she conducted an investigation. I asked her. "where did you get your training as an investigator because you have to speak with all parties involved to fully and completely conduct an investigation. This is the kind of speech that Kaplan University finds offense, obscene, inappropriate, unprofessional. It is again, not a conduct issue but one of speech. Speech that is not profane, just disagreeable to the tyrants and dictators at this university.

He says my behavior "caused a disruption", what behavior? Again, no specifics just a bunch of vague assertions that have no basis in fact. Can you say 1 800 SUE KAPLAN? How can my speech about my experience, that I stand behind as truth be disruptive. The inmates are running the asylum ! This was all about getting to submit to unauthorized authority and powers. I will speak the truth regardless of how any one feels about it. Beside, I do not know it is offensive until I say it. Falls under free speech and now Kaplan University has made more than 1 attempt to violate my right to speech. The only thing I did wrong was to name Kaplan University as the source of my displeasure and now the battle must commence.

Sadly there were some who responded to the discussion post and acknowledge the understood and went/thru/go thru that kind of treatment also. WIll they be disciplined? Will they be threatened with expulsion also? As a matter of fact I told the dean in my response to her communication that I would speak to those classmate to see whether they have had any problems as it relates to these circumstances...another reason to lock me out/expel me, to keep the other slaves in line. Again, they think I work for them.

Again, I want to hear from you guys while I prepare for the battle with the dictators at Kaplan. Can everyone understand now the initial frustration that I spoke to in the discussion post, behavior by a business was the topic of discussion for the class.

Stupididy or Insanity?...Extra, Extra...Read all About It

Hello everyone, welcome again to my reallyreallife. I named this blog reallyreallife because I live a really real life. Controversy, controversy, controversy, what a world we live in. For those who know me and the person I am know that I always stand up for what is right. Always. Anytime, anyplace in front of anybody, whatever needs to be done. Someone might say, "what is right?". Everyone is born knowing what is right and what is some degree but, the basics, do not kill, do not steal, etc, we are born knowing them. I hope all of you would agree with that statement.

So here I am at Kaplan University and doing very, very, well. I am proud of myself as I have exceeded my expectations. Well let me tell of an ongoing incident with the university. This is my personal business and I can share it in any forum I chose and I stand by the accuracy of all accounts.

My degree program is entitled Medical Office Management. I am currently taking that particular class at this moment. The class had an assignment that called for us to outline a time where we had bookkeeping, management style problems with that business, would we and why would we and would we continue to do business with that company. As always, I posted more than the required amount of discussion board posts. I do more than is required in all of my classes. The records speak for themselves.

I posted of a particular company whose employees have hung up on me, for no reason other than not knowing the answer to your questions. Or the fact that none of the information they give is orderly or proven to be accurate. I identified this business as Kaplan University. I told the story because it is true and pertained to the topic at hand. The professor sent a response on the discussion board, not to me personally, but publicly defending Kaplan as though I had spoken against him and all that he loves. He was offended.

The professor apparently gave the post I made to a Dean who contacted me. A standard template that did not apply to anything she contacted me about. What I took from the contact was a displeasure that I had identified Kaplan. I also took away a sense that she felt I was using the discussion board to "vent" my "frustration". This was not the case at all It was and is my story. I can tell it truthfully and accurately without the dean of a place of higher learning being so offended by it. She said it was "not a post to see among a group of scholars". There was a group of students there, I did not see any scholars. A scholar is "a person with profound knowledge of a subject". Again there were no scholars present.

So, what is she upset about? I was under the impression that I was among other adults who pay Kaplan University to provide a service or product. It is unfortunate she has now decided to block me from accessing Kaplan University. She says, "I have been warned of my conduct" previously. Is this a conduct issue or is this an "inappropriate post" issue. Hell, is it 2 issues? Conduct? telling my story of my dealings with the school that I do business with as a paying customer is now an issue of conduct? Apparently the dean sees me as an employee, not as a customer.

Yes there was a incident, with this same professor about another post we had when he was John and I was Morris. Then he wanted it to be professor student and I was not having it. He may have taken it personally. He is the only student professor I have had a problem with in my time at the university. I do well and excel but, the dean says I have a conduct issue...what to do, what to do.

I guess had I been more contrite and apologetic over my post she would have pleased,,,the problem with that premise is I am not on the earth to please her, nor her, me. So, I do not feel "bad" because there is nothing inapppropriate, disrespectful, untrue, malicious, having intent to do anything reason I said it, stand by what I said as the truth. Period Now Kaplan says this 2 time dean lister and 1 time invitee to the honor roll in 4 terms is unworthy of continuing to be a customer there? This is the kind of outline that my post was all about. There has been no regard for the customer as a contact to clarify or assist. The contact she sent me, the topic was "CONDUCT CONCERN" she must be really angry, don't you agree. Is that an appropriate way for anyone to contact someone for the first time? Is that professional. Her approach, her tone and the level of respect she brought is what is inappropriate about the situation. I am not a scholar or a dean, but I would not make initial contact with someone in such a manner. It has an air of superiority to it I think. It is also not diplomatic in any sense of the word. You cannot contact me in such a manner, when I am paying your employer for a service and disrespect me and threaten me because I told a personal and true story. I thought I was at a university but, it sounds like I am at 3rd grade in some public school. "Don't say that Morris, that's not nice, time out for you" What the hell is is going on here with these people. That is a rhetorical question, I got this.

Okay, I got it now...from the subject line the topic is as I said "CONDUCT CONCERN", so that means at Kaplan University if someone does not like what you have to say they can silence you with threats of expulsion, like I work for them? I do not know what version of America they practice at Kaplan University but is not the version I know or support. They should be ashamed of themselves for beginning this process, making a mountain out of a molehill. If the dean does not like what I have to say about any subject that is not my problem. She does not get authority over me and what I say. Especially when I am a paying customer! Somebody is crazy and it ain't me. I will not give Kaplan or allow Kaplan to exert that kind of authority in my life, regardless of title.

I am a Son, a diplomat, redeemed, payed for, cleansed, awaiting the redemption, favored, exalted, Princely, eternal and whole lot of other things, all of them similarly wonderful. I know who I am and titles do not move me. I have titles, through Christ Jesus. Proper respects gets a warm welcome, everytime. I am not nervous or anxious, I'll take on a title, I aint scared. Censorship at a university, where are we 1938 Germany? Poland, 1943. The USSR in 1963? Are the troops defending her right to decide if what I say is appropriate lacking, vulgarity, profanity, etc? I think they are there defending my right to speak, damn her ability to decide. What are they gonna say now saying what I say in this forum? I get kicked out of the blogsphere? She wants authority I cannot give and now she deems me disrespectful, the nerve. Bring it on sister.

For those who have not accepted Christ. There are titles and benefits and powers and authority and nothing but good, good, stuff. What? You gotta see to believe?.........okay then........... open your eyes ! That's the side I side with, that's just me. To each his own. But you miss out on a lot of benefits, I'm sorry

I want to know what you think about this issue. I love the opportunity to speak and share with all who find time to look in on my reallyreallife.

Oh yeah, this all comes at the end of the term where I currently have a 92 grade in my writing class and a 75 in my management class. The professor is such a dick, other than that I wouild have a 90 there also. But not to worry, the final for his class was easy and by the time I finished with it's simpleness, I wou;ld have been at an 80 or better anyway. Could this be motivation for these actions? I have yet to see more than 1 black man in any of these classes at Kaplan Univeristy and I have been there for 4 terms lasting 8 weeks each. They have never met anyone like me and they are confused.....................but they better get unconfused and be quick about it. I will not have this woman interfering in my success cause her probably likely racist ass don't like what the black man got to say and the black man aint showing the proper respect and, the black man better submit to me and, and, and.......................what is her problem? Anyone need a TYLENOL?

Now, after all that, I'm supposed to give her super respect........ absolutely not. Not under those terms. I am the customer and I will not be silenced. Her displeasure is not my problem because there is nothing offensive to be displeased about.


Thursday, July 8, 2010

Is Television your Friend?

Hello again everyone. This is my reallyreallife.

I am wondering about the television. When it initially became the medium that it has grown into today, television's purpose was to inform and educate. Nothing else, period. That was it's sole purpose. I liked television better in the old days, when it went off at a certain time. In those days people got 8 hours sleep and came to work refreshed and eager. Contrast those days with today's television watcher and it is no wonder it is hard to get good help.

Television does not really inform and educate anymore. It entertains. In America entertainment, successful entertainment, pays well. There is nothing more successful in the entertainment field like television, especially cable television. The medium is so successful that they can charge hundreds of millions of dollars to show a commercial lasting a few seconds. Even Oprah has a television network. The medium has a great deal of influence on a person whether one knows it or not.

Because it's purpose has changed from informer/educator, the question becomes, how should it be defined today? I have an answer to what it has become. It has become a friend. Yes, television is a friend to most people. The reason, I think these reality shows are so successful is because people are at home with their friend television and not out in real life with a real friend. Who really has real friends nowadays? Our friends are on facebook. They are not at our homes and we are not at their homes. We are at home with our new friend television. Better to watch others live and try to succeed than to do it ourselves.

Some will say Morris, why do you say this is true. There are approximately 300 million people in this country. If the top five shows in a particular time slot have a total of 40 to fifty million people watching at any given time, you can't be out and about with friends. Remember, we stay in touch with virtually, not in reality. I think we have this whole "reality" thing backwards. The reality show has now become our reality. These people have become our friends and we can't wait to see them next week. So, if 40 to 50 million are watching at any given time, let's assume the same number of people are at work. Well, were at work. Let's say now that the same number of people within the country are asleep and the soldiers are off to faraway places so we can continue to enjoy our "reality...just those numbers alone means a lot of unreal reality going on. Do you have real friends or "reality" friends?

I have real friends that I see and touch and hear and break bread with, I go visit them, they visit me. This is my definition of a friend. Any number of "friends", does not compare to "a friend"

I could go on...and on and on if I want to but, .....I was just wondering. This is after all my reallyreallife.


Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Thank You

Hello everyone. I just want to take a moment and say thank you to those of you who regularly read about my reallyreallife. I am very appreciative that you find what I have to say of interest and I sincerely thank you for coming. I am always seeking to be better for myself as well as you.

You know I have to end with one of my favorite words. Peace.

Future topics:

Why Prince is the premiere entertainer today!

Why am I so misunderstodd.

The reasons I am so misunderstood

America: Recovering or in it's Demise?

What is so important about Jerusalem?

Prescriptions for some.....illegals for others: Why the Discrepancies?

Organic or formulated

Does anyone really like me?

Why free radio sucks!

How much does your vote cost?

I got a vault of blogs and, "I don't write em down".

Does anyone know where that quote is from?

No prizes

What if There Were Tests?

Hello everyone, welcome to my reallyreallife. I am sitting here trying to control my laughter as I consider today's topic. The question of the day is, What if there were tests. I met a man at the supermarket recently and I have not been able to stop thinking about our conversation. It began with cordial acknowledgment and talk of 4th of July festivities.

At some point in the conversation he told of being with his grandchildren. I asked how many grandchildren he had and he said, after long thought, that he did not know. Lacking words, I asked how many children he had. He stumbled further and finally said "I always forget how many kids I have". Let me stop laughing. I again fumbled for words and said "Wow, that many?" He said in a soft voice, "it's not a lot, I just can never remember how many there are".

What if there were a test you had to take to become a parent? How many people would pass it? What if it were like the GED test, you know, "make up a few years in a few hours"? In your reallyreallife have you ever met someone and questioned their ability to parent? You know the one, mean in the supermarket, child out of control, you know what I'm talking about. So I began to compare it to a standard test an adult has to take, like for a driver's licenses for instance. You can obtain a drivers license and not be a driver per Se. In other words such a person can get in a vehicle like a BMW and drive it like they are afraid but, have a license.

My question again is "what if there were a test". How many people do you know who you think would fail or pass such a test? And, is there more on the pass or fail side? I was just thinking.


Friday, June 25, 2010

Education and State Lotteries

Hello everyone, welcome again, this is my reallyreallife. So much in the news.........BP say's they worked with the government to establish the 29 billion dollar fund for the gulf.............didn't Obama call them to D>C> and say, this is the deal? Approximately 1 year ago Michael Jackson died but fans can take solace in the fact that they will be listening to his music for another generation after the deal Sony struck with the Jackson family. A new album this year and up to 12 more to come. I'd like to pay off some bills but, I don't want to die to do it. There's more but that is enough "in the news".

The state of New York, my home state, is laying off 100,000 teachers. I thought they were already 100,000 short. Shameful, but the good news is that test scores are up. Let me get this straight, they are doing better on test scores with fewer teachers? This is amazing. Let's get those scores a little higher and release more teachers. New York may be on to something for other states to follow. I mean, all those decades of failing schools as well as scores and suddenly, after a reduction in the number of teachers, the scores go up significantly. However, It was recently noted that there have been school districts manipulating scores for various reasons so I am a pessimist on this this.

Here is the thing that I do not understand about New York and the other state's that have a lottery system. A little background....................every state that has a lottery system got it on the premise that the majority of the proceeds would go to education. Every one them. Yet, all lottery states have school systems that are struggling financially. My question is....if the state is financing through taxes the education system, why isn't the supplemental money from the lotteries picking up the slack? In hard times, more people play the I've heard.

In the state of North Carolina in the late 90's into the early 00's, a camera system was put in place "for safety". To keep people from running red lights primarily. Running the red light would photograph your plate and send the offender a ticket. It came to be revealed that the vast majority of the proceeds went to the company operating the camera. However, there was a law in place that said a certain percentage of all proceeds were to go to the city/county. Needless to say, safety went out the window because the company that operated the cameras decided it's goal was profit, not safety. Rather than make less off the contract because the profit were to be inverted, the city/county getting the percentage the company had been receiving. Naturally the cameras were no longer operated and as far as I know there has never been another attempt to replace these "safety devices" As a matter of fact proceeds from alcohol sales go to the North Carolina education system...they have no money for teachers either. Is there a pattern here?

Could these state's be running a similar scam with the lottery in your state? Could this be one of the reasons your state is laying of teachers.....because or profit and greed? Duh, this is America. Everything is about money.I did not create the system, I just live within it.

Everyone should be aware of where the proceeds from lottery sales go, even if you do not play. Your representatives should give a full account of how much is made and where it is. We must hold the people charged with the oversight of our tax dollars to be more accountable and open with the finance books. There are thieves among us. Most of them, we voted for.

I live a full and reallyreallife.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Father's Day in the City of Chicago, Just Another Day

Hello everyone. 52 shot. 8 dead. 3 days. This was fathers day weekend in Chicago. This is so tragic. The victims are black as well as the perpetrators. My people, My people. I touched on this issue as it regards me personally in a previous post. No love, no peace in the black communities of Chicago. Today is Tuesday and I am just finding out about this. 52 shot in a 3 day period and it barely makes the nightly news. Land of the free? Home of the brave? Land of the armed! Home of the scared!

The sickening aspect of this situation is that these men are surely fathers. Each to more than 1 I am sure. The victims and perpetrators both. What are we doing? Where have we gone wrong.

If any of the so called "black leaders", Jesse, Al and them were any kinda of real leaders, they would have spent the past 3 decades or so leading, no developing catchy phrases to distract from their lack of substance. If black people had any "leadership" we would not find ourselves where we are in Chicago. Jesse is in Chicago, Obama, came from Chicago, Louis Farrakhan is from Chicago. Where is the leadership of these native born men of this city? Why are we still involved in this culture of death and destruction that has no end in sight with the current "leadership" we have now. As a matter of fact, I have yet to even hear a sound bite from any of them denouncing this behavior and condemning it in the strongest and clearest language possible. This is all they should be talking about, period.

There is nothing that I see as more important of the African American/Black agenda than a cessation of this violence in our communities and we need black men to step up and lead the fight. I realize pimping from the pulpit is popular in our communities but the time has come to rid ourselves of the pimps and the pushers and the thugs. Even the ho gotta go!

We have glorified thuggish behavior and whoreish behavior for too long now. It is time to let it go.

Look at all the money made from rap................let me back up a minute. Rap was about fun, jokes, violence, no niggas, no ho's, no bitches, no fights, no guns, no death. Well less death. Hip hop came and brought these things to our communities and we act like they did us a favor by "keeping it real". Like Chris Rock said........"real dumb." Instead of placing our focus on our reading and our children's reading, we are teaching them to be cool and wear the latest thing with somebodies name on it. Our priorities need adjusting and we have to do it ourselves. We cannot and should not have been waiting for anyone to do it for us.

Here is a good example..............why beg ABC, CBS, Fox, etc to put on quality black programming that reflects positively on us when we do not even do it on our own BET network. We have some nerve. Now I guess Tyler Perry has to save black entertainment with his studio in Atlanta. another black "savior".

Speaking of a savior, why are we still looking for some one person to lead us? Why can't we regulate ourselves without a leader/spokesperson? I realize we are the only ones to not come to this country voluntarily, I realize we are the only ones who were not allowed to keep our language, our culture, our heritage, our dignity or most importantly, our freedom. Everyone else came to this country with their culture, language, heritage and everything intact. We were completely broken off to the point where it is not uncommon for an African American says he hates Africans. We have lost our minds.

We need to stop blaming others for our problems by recognizing what they are and taking the appropriate steps to alleviate them. If white people shot 52 black folk in 3 days there would be riots in the streets. Why are we silent now.

This is my reallyreallife............full of controversy. The truth hurts but it will set you free!


I am on the verge of inviting my family to the blog. This could cause a lot of time to be spent responding to the blab/blog responses. It will be fun of course but will I be able to put in the required time. This thing may become time consuming and I don't mind I will just have to better manage my time to respond and still write quality posts. I need an assistant already!

What do I do? I want them to read my stuff but adding them will be a task for me. I guess over the next several days as word gets out it is gonna be fun here at myreallyreallife.

It is time to open the door and let the people in. I just made that up............I think.

The American Work Force

Hello everyone, welcome again to my really real life. The American work force is in very bad shape. They are overworked, highly stressed and woefully under appreciated. There used to be a time when the attendant said, "thanks for coming, have a great day." Now it is on a sign as you leave. Too busy to say thanks for spending your hard earned money with us. Used to be a time when the employees were eager to assist in any way they could. Now they talk on the phone while you feel it impolite to interrupt them. I interrupt.

What happened? Could it be all those layoffs that resulted in some many employees doing the work of two or three people? Could it be that ancient law that most states employ, the one that says you can be fired for any reason.............. including no reason at all? That sounds to me like a law with a purpose. What is the purpose you ask? To keep order. To prevent organizing. To prevent workers for advocating for their rights. To insure that any "troublemakers" could be swiftly removed while affording no sufficient recourse. And, as if all that was not enough, it's number 1 purpose is to intimidate or threaten. If I hear another person tell me "I don't want to lose my job", if they think for themselves I will................................I don't know, something. It won't be pretty!

Here is a an example of people refusing to think for themselves. I go into the gas station to pay for gas because I was getting a cigar, I give the lady my credit card and she asks for ID. I did not have my wallet. Just my keys and the credit card. All I need. Remember what I said,.....all I need. I tell the girl I do not have my wallet and she says I cannot make the purchase. I begin to tell her she is in error and she quickly interrupts to advise me this is what her manager said. I told her, just because your manager said something does not mean he knows what he is talking about or makes anything he says legal.

Here are the facts: She tried to tell me it was the law..well if that were the case every merchant would do it. It does not say on the card issued that I must present ID. It says it is not valid unless signed, nothing else. If there were to be a problem, that would then be between the card issuer and the store. And of course my favorite one which was that I can go outside, slide this card in the gas machine and fill my tank up, no ID required. Parents give their children credit cards all the time to shop with and trust me I have not seen anyone get tasked for ID. That it is a selective process is my ultimate point. I am known for occasionally coming out for quick stops with no wallet, however, I know my driver license number, my library card number, all my credit card numbers and expiration dates. If I get pulled over for speeding for example, all I have to do is give the officer my license number and he can pull me up and I can verify everything in his records. Actually,I am slipping on the credit numbers due to lack of use.

After asking for the manager, who, not surprisingly, was not there, I went to the station across the street and did the exact transaction I went into the previous station to do with no problems. I love America!

I do not even think the girl was understanding what I said in regard to using the card at the pump. I guess she said that new work saying..........."whatever."

How does the American worker come to work? tired, drunk, hungover, high, lazy, with personal problems, with emotional problems, with attitude-especially in the service industries, fed up, lackadaisical, lackluster, nervous, fearful, uncaring, complaining, wishing it were Friday. No wonder the service we get lacks any resemblance to service. Just give me your money, here is your change, whatever.

You know what I hate though? When you are in a business and the employee should know you need help but unless there is a commission involved, they act like they do not see you. They might have to do something and what worker wants to do something? Most want to do nothing. They want a no show job. Get paid, don't even show up. Or show up and do as little as possible. Or just enough to stay on the payroll. I hate lazy!

I can't blame them though. Doing the work of more than one with no significant pay raise or bonus in years. A pay raise is supposed to change your standard of living. Pennies an hour pay increases change nothing but the attitude of the worker. It causes them to say, "whatever" and truthfully, I cannot be mad at them.

Friday, June 18, 2010


Hello everyone, welcome again to my reallyreallife. I am so glad that you take time to read this blog/blab. I blog, I blab, I complain, I appreciate, I recognize, I stand up for, I stand against, I speak my mind, I say what I think, I say what I mean, I mean what I say, I am who I am, I know what I know, I love what I love, I hate what I hate, I give what I give, I'm glad that I give.

I wont be brought, blackmailed or bribed. I will stand up, I will do what is right, all the time, anyplace, for all to see. If I find myself to be incorrect at least I took a stand. At least I stand up for something, at least I'm not content, at least I don't think I'm the best, at least I know truth, at least I know me, at least I know friends, at least I know love, at least I've cried, because I loved. I could go on but I will stop and say what I came to say...............

I started this blog as part of an assignment from my writing professor Barbara Campbell-Hall. Mrs. Campbell-Hall made the first comment to my blog. Unfortunately, I have been remiss in reading and responding to comments in response to my writing. I apologize to everyone and will continue to do better. Subsequently I just read today the first comment to my blog.

I set out with a goal to write from a different perspective and be interesting so that people would find interest in what I am writing. In fact I said something to the effect of trying to be a wanna be writer. Fortunately, today I read my the first response to my initial posting at reallyreallife.

It was from professor Campbell_hall who said I was not a wanna be writer, I am a writer.

I was astonished. What I set as my goal was accomplished and confirmed by my writing professor. I am blessed to have received her kind words and support.

Therefore, I want to say to everyone who reads this blog or tells someone about this blog, thank you. I will not be satisfied to be a writer. I want to set a new goal today. To become a better writer. A better writer for my own growth and a better writer so that you, the ones who take the time to read this, will always get the best I can, every time.

Oh, oh, oh....................................another goal I set was to get ten "followers." My wife should have been my first follower but she lives me so, why bother. Well today she surprised me in a conversation about Dwayne Wade of the Miami Heat. She was talking about his five....I was not getting it............public school. Then I understood that she was saying that although she was not my first, she would be my tenth...which is better than Dwayne's 5. I love her forever and ever, and ever. Thank you baby..............your are, was and always will be number 1! (why am I so arrogant?) I'm not, I'm kind, I'm supportive,........... and all the different people I am that make up me............Morris.

Gotta end with one of my favorite things, an important part of my reallyrealife,


Thursday, June 17, 2010

Hello everyone welcome to another edition of my reallyreallife. I am going to blog/blab today about something I wrote in response to a response. Someone responded to what I wrote, I responded to them and now I am going to further address the topic in my response. Are you with me? Let's go..............

I concurred with a statement that Obama was not qualified to be President of the United States. I want to expand on my original comment.

The first thing I will say about Barack Obama being President is this: I can trace the family tree of every man who has become President of this great land. Nixon, Bush, Roosevelt, Kennedy, Clinton, etc to their families arrival to this land. Where did Obama come from? What do we know about him? Who are his brothers, who are his sisters, etc. We know nothing about this man. We cannot trace him back 4 or 5 generations. That is un American.

In fact, some of his immediate family, his brother for instance, is living in a third world country. That does not speak to allegiance to this country. If your immediate family is living in a third world country, you are not much of an American cause your family should have been here for generations. If you cannot trace your ancestry for a couple generations at least you are not an American.

Alexander Hamilton, a great contributor to our republic, the man responsible for the clause in the constitution that says a President must be a U.S. citizen, would not have been able and would not be able to be President. We can trace the family history of Alexander Hamilton to it's beginning. Where did Barack Obama come from?

This man, as President, has said the United States is no longer a Christian nation and refused to wear a flag lapel during his campaign. Why? He has no allegiance to this country. He is a usurper. I miss George Bush. At least you knew where he was coming from. At least they were staunch allies of Israel. Obama refuses to do what every administration has done since Israel was established by proclamation in May of 1948 and that is to bee respectful and supportive. I also do not like him breaking tradition. We all know the only reason the state of Israel has not been driven into the sea is because of the United States. This is why we are labeled in some quarters as Satan and little Satan, because we have supported these people in their defense of their right to exist.

Make no mistake. The hostilities in the Middle east are about the destruction of Israel and nothing else will bring peace to this region.

But............back to the President. I also do not like him going around the world apologizing and bowing before other heads of state. This is not presidential. I find it disrespectful to me as a soldier that my leader, my commander in chief is bowing and scraping. I find it offensive, personally. I also find it unprecedented in the conduct of commanders in chiefs.

Because of this administration we have the government in the car business, the mortgage business, the health you see where this is going? Total control...and with that smooth way of talking he will deceive many. White people will not turn on him until he completely destroys them financially. By the way, he and his cronies want control of that too. They will get it while America watches American Idol and the like. We will be overcome and it will be to late.

When the pension and retirement funds of white people are completely destroyed... worthless will the white people who voted out of some guilt of our fathers nonsense, that's right. Winning the Iowa caucus set the Obama train on it's course and led the way to his presidency.

Do I dislike the president? The question should be do I love America. And how much do I love it.

This is my reallyreallife

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Hello everyone, welcome again to my reallyreallife. You guys know I started this blog as part of a college writing requirement and the professor told us to write. Write anything she said, whatever is on your mind or any emotions you have or had...just write she said. Well, I have found myself to be writing my reallyreallife more than required. It is fun I like the platform and I enjoy it. Maybe I can get a book or movie deal like the woman who did the book Julie/Julia, the book from which the wonderful movie starring Meyrl Streep was created.

Let me share with everyone what I have experienced over the past several days. To make a long story short.....................I sent a response to an individual as part of an assignment. I was expecting the individual to show me by example and leadership how to contain an unpleasant situation. The expected outcome did not occur. The individual for some reason shared my project with someone else. The individual never contacted me to get clarification about my contact and in fact never found it necessary to respond to the complaint itself.

I am the type of man that if there is any problem I will express that and if there is any ambiguity about the information I need, I will ask the appropriate follow up questions. This is common sense that everyone I know practices.

The person then contacts me and gets off to a professional start. When I submitted my project I I introduced myself and the purpose of my contact. The person who contacted me did not start out along the lines of: Hello, I am and I am contacting you because. She started out I have been informed and based on that I am taking action against you. In fact she said, "I have investigated the complaint against you". She has subsequently recanted that statement. She know acknowledges only having read a document and in fact did not even speak to the individual whom it was originally addressed. Interesting, very interesting.

So for that past few days the person and I have been going back and forth about what was initially her interpretation of the letter that was not addressed to her and therefore taken out of context. Especially in light of the fact she never even spoke to the person who had received it. So it seems whenever she has contacted me and I responded, she has gotten angrier and angrier.

No leadership from the individual, who is by the way supposed to be teaching me and now the person going on and on about my reasonable and rightful expression of what is acceptable and what is not acceptable from my point of view. In fact, the person felt a need to remind me where I am. My response? "I know where I am". Oh I forgot to tell you,... apparently the person did not come with the attitude that I was intelligent in the first place so so I guess the possibility existed that I needed reminding.

I am so the individual and the person are upset. They are upset because the keep "interpreting" what I am saying. Neither has yet to address my initial concerns which is what got this ball rolling in the first place. We just get deeper and deeper into hostility and threats from the person while she accuses me of threatening and intimidation. I do not like to be accussed. You want to piss me off, falsely accuse me! Nothing short of an apology can heal that wound, that is how I feel personally.

Here is what is going on people. Let me give you insight into my reallyreallife. The person contacted me and thought I would submit myself to her. When this did not happen she got offended and felt a need to regain control. When that did not work she started to tell the classic lie that she is afraid of me and feels threatened and all this code word racist back in the good old days when black people knew their place and when to shut up and back down evil ass highly educated don't know nothing trying to analyze me like you know me inept ass moron. There is something that requires no interpretation. That is how I like to speak. Her is how the person is seeing the situation: I am the so and so at so and so and I do not see you as an individual see you as I see all the others who ain't even here black men who is supposed to know to submit to me when I am finished talking or I will have your ass on the work force as punishment for not knowing your place smart ass how dare you question me or challenge me student.

I am a man first, a husband and then a father, then a student. In my dealings with the person, she feels I am student first. There is the disconnect. She thinks we must be back on the plantation these are the good ole days when she speaks to me. I can even imagine her face getting red after I respond to the stupid e mails she sends. Apparently she does not understand the best way to prevent hearing what I have to say is to stop sending the e mails.

The person has blown this thing way out of proportion and I have lost all respect for the individual who's actions initiated this whole mess. Oh, there are not a lot of black men who are my peers. So naturally when I show up being the arrogant individual that I am. {what some call arrogance, others call confidence"...same number of syllables. So naturally they do not know what do do. Except to be afraid, threatened, intimidated, uneasy, uncomfortable. I told the person, "that is not my problem" . The person had no regard for me so I have no regard for her. But I bet she will tell of all the black friends they have. Phony as a eight dollar bill ass heifer.

Anyway, this culminated in the person, in all her professionalism threatening to fire me like I work for them. The fact of the matter is I pay their employers to provide a service. They are accountable to me. The person thinks we will conduct business on their terms, as though I just arrived here from Cuba or something. Just glad to be here, Yes I can work 18 hours a day. Let us say for instance I am accountable to them, I have already shown by my actions I would be a great alumni member. The person and the individual need to get past my rightful and lawful expression and focus on my actions. I have been accountable and the records clearly reflect this.

This is in line with the Martin Luther King, Jr mantra about content and not color.......................or interpretation or position or title or anything else. See me for who I am and give me my proper respect at all times and don't be surprised when I don't turn tail and run from your attempts to intimidate or threaten after you have been disrespectful. That';s what the person did, coward out and not be able to face me for the reasons I stated above. But the most galling thing is that the person has already shown in ther interactions with me to be untruthful at best, I liar at worst and incapable of doing what they say they will do. I do give no great amount of respect to people with these traits. Liars do not deserve respect, especially when the lie is to designed to cause me hurt or harm. Especially when the lie is told intentianlly to harm or hurt me. You see, I was just supposed to take the persons word...I do not operate like that, now, the person is attempting to make a mountain out of a molehill instead of withdrawing from her position. I think there is deeper issue at hand here.


This has been another episode of my reallyreallife. I hope you enjoyed the ride and perhaps see things from another perspective.

As always, I close with my sincerest desire for all, it is a word we all cherish


Thursday, June 10, 2010

Wedding Anniversary

Hello everyone, welcome again to my reallyreallife. While in class yesterday, my wife was in the bedroom on the laptop. After class I went to see her but she was in the bathroom. I grabbed the laptop and she had a list titled anniversary options. Oh no, Jun 12th is our wedding anniversary. My reallyreallife was almost reallyrealbad.

Gotta go. Gotta get on the case and celebrate 5 years to the baddest woman in the whole land. When we met she was just a 21 year old beauty and now she is a 30 year old beauty. I am blessed beyond all I could have ever thought. Next year will be the 10th year together. I look forward to the remaining years.

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Hello everyone, welcome again to my reallyreallife. There is so much going on in the world but today, we will take a lighter look at the world that goes on around us.

I am a black man. Frequently I encounter people, usually white, who will take what I say and translate it into something I did not say. They usually end up with the feeling that I have an "attitude" or some other malady. My question is this, is there a secret school that you can go to and learn how to tell what a persons attitude is even if the person tells you that you are not correct? Sometimes a black man standing up for himself means he has an attitude or a problem. Oftentimes, it seems as though free speech is not for everyone unless it is in the manner that the listener deems appropriate, not the speaker. You might be thinking that I have a problem with race or ethnicity...that is not the case.

In fact some of my friends think I am too hard on white people. This is certainly not true because when I want to hear the Word of God Preached, it is usually white men I am listening to. I am a born again christian, not just a christian. What is the difference you ask? A Christan will lie, steal, cheat, kill, etc...A born again christian will not. We are not perfect, just better. Here is just one example...born again Christians do not condone abortions, Christians do.
Here I am again, full of controversy!

More controversy? okay then...I would never go to an all black church. I will go to a church that includes white, black, Spanish and everybody else. Who is at your church? The same faces as yours? Heaven is diverse so I want to interact with my brothers and sisters as we will interact in heaven. More controversy...Barack Obama will destroy this country. (to explain this from A to Z will require a lot of space. More controversy...North Carolina is the worst State in the union. Too many old school racists. I guess we gotta wait till the white hip hoppers can make some calls in order for change to come to this backwater state. Sometimes it feels like the 60's without the lynching. I love America, but as an old soldier who has travelled this country from one coast to the other, this place is the worst.

More controversy...when are black people going to stand against the violence that our young people are inflicting in our communities and on each other? If white people killed blacks at the rate we do, there would be calls for congressional investigations and riots in the streets. We have to put the black family back together. That means a mother and a father. Not a woman trying to do the job. I have seen the girls out of control girls raised by single mothers. Any wonder why the boys are so out of control? Some women can raise a boy, most cannot. Some women know how to put a foot in a young boys butt, that is why they can do it successfully.

Why am I the only man in most of my college classes. Are they dead, in jail, lazy, stupid, drug addicted? What is up with that?

I hope that there are none offended by my writing, but this is my reallyreallife. Peace!

Sunday, June 6, 2010

Hello everyone. Hello, hello, hello. I am so excited right now. Excited about basketball. The NBA Final are here and the Los Angeles Lakers are up 1 game to none with game 2 tonight in Los Angeles, California. Questions were raised after game 1 as to whether the Boston Celtics are "too old." I don't know whether they are to old, although I suspect they are. Pierce, Allen and Garnett are all at the latter stages of their careers. Rajon Rondo is the future of the Celtics, make no mistake. They will build around him, not Garnett or Pierce or Allen.

Although I initially wanted to see at least 1 new team in the finals, I am not surprised at all by the performance of Kobe Bryant. With all the talk in the NBA and among fans about Lebron James being the heir apparent to Michael Jordan, I think the conversation should focus on Lebron being the heir apparent to Kobe Bryant. If I was to start an NBA roster it would begin with Kobe Bryant, the next best thing to Michael Jordan. Kobe does all the things Michael did. He scores, he makes the difficult shot, the last minute shot, the incredible shot and the impossible shot. He plays relentless defense. You will not score 20 on Kobe.

He is consistent, just like Michael Jordan also. No other player in the league has shown his level of consistency. As a matter of fact, he has scored 30 or more points in 12 of his last 13 games in these playoffs. This is what Jordan did when it counted. He willed his team to play better and to win. Who will deny that this is what Kobe brings to the table, this is what he does. Michael Jordan is the only other player to be unanimously be identified with these traits.

For all the NBA greats, Michael Jordan stands alone. Perhaps Kobe is ready to stand next to the real King as the rightful heir. Lebron may have to play catch up. He has in his favor though a great commodity like Kobe had. Youth. The question I think is will Lebron mature as fast as Kobe. After all, Kobe did not have the expectations that Lebron had. Kobe was expected to be great but, who knew how great.

For me the real question as I enjoy this final round of basketball is how close we came to Michael and Kobe really going at it for the championship. Just as we are unlikely to see Kobe and Lebron really go at it in any meaningful basketball game. This is my reallyreallife.

Lakers in 5

Thursday, June 3, 2010

Hello everyone. Welcome to the newest installment of a really real life. I think today I will write about the horrible events unfolding in the Gulf of Mexico. We all know the situation there is devastating locally but also nationally. I love seafood. Seafood and summer are like Ben and Jerry, Abbot and Costello, Fried and Chicken, Water and Melon.

Now, BP has ruined my summer. This is as important to American history as the 9/11 attacks. The attacks affected over 3,000 people immediately, the Gulf situation affects tens of thousands immediately. There are tens of thousands of people unable to make a living, provide for their families and cannot pay their mortgages. True, the attacks affected the nation immediately. Sadly, the Gulf spill has affected the nation immediately also and like the attacks generated sweeping legislative changes, so will the Gulf spill generate those same sweeping changes.

According to Rachel Maddow of MSNBC News, the potential for BP to be fined under the Clean Water Act of 1972 over 10 billion dollars, just from what we know to have been spilled. We cannot believe anything that the BP representatives say because it is not in their best interests to tell the truth. Dang, all those wasted ethics classes that the BP executives took. The potential for a 10 billion dollar fine, plus the cost of cleanup, plus reimbursement to the people in the region whose livelihood were affected will run into the hundreds of billions.

I just hope the people we sent to represent us in Washington, DC do not let this company off the hook and after the usual donations, they sell us out leaving us to bail out this corporate giant by paying cleanup costs. This should establish a new standard, sink or swim on your own. If your company is in the business of making profit then recklessness can ruin financially ruin your company.

I am all for off shore drilling personally. I just want the appropriate standards of safety and responsibility to be in place before we allow anyone to drill. Ensure an appropriate plan of action is in place to deal with a sudden emergency. Thankfully the people at Three Mile Island had an effective plan. We require this of the nuclear industry why does the oil industry get such a break? A plan A must be established as well as a plan B and hell, half a plan C should be in place. Do you hear that sound? That is the sound of the oil lobbyists running to Washington to make their "contributions". My reallyreallife will surely be affected by BP. As a matter of fact, why have we not yet boycotted BP and all of the products they produce as an incentive to step up and do what needs to be done without further delay. We cannot let this leak to continue until August. That is insane.

Thursday, May 27, 2010

The Opening

Hello everyone, welcome to the official opening of the reallyreallife blog. Thanks to all the followers and welcome to the first time visitors. I just want to take the time to tell everyone what I will be blogging, or blabbing on. Isn't blogging blabbing and blabbing blogging? You decide.

I am going to take a moment today and tell everyone what this blog will be about. Of course it will cover my personal triumphs and failures as well as just general stuff...such as why is it hard to get good help? I may address my wife and her need for gossip and other useless chatter. You cannot win on Jeopardy with the nonsense she feeds on. I might blog about the earth speaking to us through volcanoes earthquakes and other calamities. I am sure to blog about the end of humanity if the enemies of the United States are not defeated. Do you really think there will be a space program or women's rights or gay rights or freedom of the press or independence or any other useful thing to humanity if the enemy wins? I might write of how the nation of Israel is our best and surest ally.

I might blog on why have we not called for a boycott of British Petroleum? As a matter of fact, why is there not a boycott against all BP gas and oil products in the United States? Hit a company in the pocket for best results say the instructions! I might blog about how I love to drive and can drive day and night. I can tell about my relationship with my parents or my sister. That will be a good read. I am so misunderstood. Hell, I can write about how U.S. Marines are not peacekeepers...they are ass kickers! We send Marines where the troublemakers are. Killing the troublemakers are how Marines keep the peace!. For the record, I am not nor have I been a Marine, I just know what they do. They keep the peace by eliminating our enemies. I could blog about how politics can ruin war planning while seeking to "build nations." No one "built" the United States of America, Americans built America. Therefore all nations should build themselves, be they Afghans, Iraqi, Somali, Cuban, Ugandan, or any other nation. We did it, they can do it and they must do it for themselves.

I might blog about my wonderful son. He wants to become an attorney. I lawyer is for attorney is for felonies I told him. I could also write about how he is not going to make any money in sports. I could blog about the best presidents we've had or the worst president's we've had. I could blog about why we have had no former soldier who has attained the rank of General run for president since Eisenhower. Forgive me, not run but, been taken seriously. Of course I will be blabbing/blogging. about medical topics as well

My point is, I am glad to have the ability to speak to these issues and concerns and possibly get someone to see things from a different perspective. If you are older, perhaps from a younger person's perspective. Or if you are younger, from a older person's perspective. The thing that I think is the most important piece of information about my blog is this...what will I not blog about. Will anything be off limits? The answer is a resounding no. If it is in the news or an otherwise relevant topic, I will share my opinion. I have an opinion, you have an opinion. Ultimately nine is no better than yours nor yours better than mine. In the big, big picture, you and I do not really matter. We would like to think we are but the reality is that we are not. We are not the movers and the shakers. We are not the money men and women and we wield no significant political clout individually. The only difference between you and I is that I have this space to speak perhaps a little louder than you. WTFE.

You and I have more in common than you might think. I have red blood, you have red blood, I need deodorant, you need deodorant, I live and die, you live and die, I began as a baby from my mother, you began as a baby from your mother...though we were created by your fathers...(I guess there will be feedback on that remark.) You cannot live under water nor can I and of greater importance to my position is that you want to live as long as you can because no one wants to die.

At some point I will decide how often to do my blog. I am leaning to 3 times per week. Perhaps Sunday, Wednesday and Friday. I am after all a wanna be writer!

I will definitely blog about our wonderful universe because just looking up and seeing the heavens is a wonderful sight to behold. Go outside. Be quiet. Look up. This, is a reallyreallife.

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Hello everyone,

I hope everyone is having or have had a good day. My day has gotten off to a terrible start. A start so bad that I am compelled to vent here to you all. Maybe some of you can relate to my anger. Make no mistake, I will be venting due to anger. Let's quickly get up to speed...As some may know, I am a student. On occasion one has to contact the academic or financial departments for various reasons and today is a day that I had to contact the financial advisor of my university. For the time being I will leave the name of my university out of the story, however if you have read my initial blog, they are identified.

So, a day or two ago I spoke with the representative in the financial department who advised me that since the changes to the student loan program that the current administration has made, I would need to re sign my master promissory note. No problem, I E-signed it, bada bing. I call this morning to ensure that they have received what was required and to be proactive so that down the line there would be no "Oh, we need this or that" or the dreaded "we don't have it on file." I'm doing better than the government, while they tend to be reactive, at the federal and state level, I tend to be proactive. Why wait till things go wrong to take action. All who have had to deal with financial departments at universities know what I am talking about. You want your documents processed correctly the first time. Especially if there is grant or expense assistance involved.

So, I call. When I call the university, I am supposed to speak with military financial advisors as well as military academic advisors. I have found the attitude of the non military representatives to be uncaring. While my service was during peacetime, it is honorable service. I never feel the non military people treat the military students with any respect. This is evident in that I can always identify an individual on the non military side. Sadly today I ended up with this group on the phone. I initially spoke to Shaun. Shaun was unexcited to have a job in the economic climate we find ourselves in and apparently he found no comfort waking up today as a citizen of The United States of America. Maybe he just has no joy, you know, an ever burning source from within himself to sustain him during lean times. So, after 2 minutes of Shaun I asked and he confirmed that he was not on the military side. I expressed my desire to be transferred there and even told him why. The problem was he wanted me to give him my full SSN over a cell phone and I would not do it. That information is very important and could easily be intercepted off of a cell phone. Besides this, I did not start at the university today. I have been giving the last 4 of my SSN along with my name and other pieces of verifiable information. Now today for some unknown reason, the university has to have my full SSN even if it means giving it over an unsecured line. Identity theft is sometimes conducted by intercepting cell calls.

So, Shaun transfers me to Sholanda who is again, not on the military side, and most likely one of Shaun's peers. Sholanda was likely listening in on the call when I was doing the post call survey about the service I received today. She also most likely disconnected my from that call because the comments I made would be traceable to her via telephony. Maybe one day I will write on telephony. Anyway...

So let's recap why I am so angry, I am contacting my university to handle important financial information and the staff gives me the run around or hangs up on me purposely. I am not even being ugly to them. I just want to get my documents submitted in a timely manner. But the staff at the university that taught me ethics classes has people on it's payroll who would hang up on the most prized possession of the university, the student. Even after I told them I wanted to be transferred to military people they still refused to show respect to a soldier. I do not imagine they just treated me the way they did because the sun was out of position. They treated me this way because they are lazy, unappreciative and disrespectful to the university, it's soldier students and the nation that they served and or fought for.

The saddest thing is this is not the first time I have experienced this situation. It is shameful and reflects poorly upon the university. Those involved in such behavior should be shown the door and told "you're fired!"

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Hello everyone. My topic for today is information. Accurate information to be exact. I am currently reading, as a part of my college composition course, Academic and Professional Sources and where to find them. I am all for sources but, the news and information we receive on a daily basis is mostly opinion. For instance, my wife watches The View frequently and I hate the show. To me it is a ridiculous show. At least the hot topics portion of the show.
The problem I have personally is that none of the information we get is fact based. It is full of opinion. How many times have you watched a news program or televised discussion and almost every word is "I think", "I believe" or "I feel". This is not news but opinion. Too many times we as Americans take the opinion of others and make it the news.
If you watch the evening news the first 5 minutes is news and the remaining portion of the program is fluff. For all of our education and knowledge we seem to not know much. Watch Jay Leno, the portion where he goes out and asks people questions like "who is on the twenty dollar bill?" 9 out of ten people get this question wrong. You would think with our insatiable appetite for money and wealth we would know who is on the currency we crave, yet we do not.
Ask a person a question and oftentimes the answer will start with, "I think".
New and information have morphed into opinion. This is sad. It is sad because it is a reflection of our public education system. I say this because only in America can you graduate from high school and not be able to read the diploma they have received I say all this to say money can't buy everything and it is important to get news, not opinion. One cannot make an informed decision on the opinion of someone else. One must have access to reliable news to be able to give an informed opinion or a knowledgeable answer. As with anything else we may love or be fond of accurate news should be loved also. You cannot give an opinion about North Korea for instance if one cannot locate North Korea on a map. One cannot keep up with the workings of government if one does not know who is heading the various departments within the government.
Do you know who is on that ten dollar bill that you lied to get?

Monday, May 17, 2010

Hello everyone! Welcome to the reallyreallife blog. I will be using this forum to address various issues. Topics from the headlines, my really real life and many other subjects. I want to thank everyone in advance for reading my material. I hope to make it enjoyable, informative, fun or peaceful. Perhaps a little bit of everything on some days. Of course I want to welcome all of my classmates from Composition II Today I will touch briefly on the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

I think it is shameful that with all the combined education from the leadership at BP, Halliburton and the like, they not only did not have a verifiable plan, by verifiable, I mean one that was tested and confirmed as workable, to deal with an instance like this. They had to have know that eventually an accident would occur. Why did they not put a verifiable plan in place?

It seems that these companies, and others like them have inherited a government trait. One of reaction, never proactive. Here is a simple solution to the whole problem of future oil spills. Not only will the offending company clean up at their own cost, they will do it to federal standards and be responsible for all cost. No more clean up on the cheap.

I would also fine the offender 5 dollars per gallon of leaked oil. Considering the current cost of oil, this is a bargain. These companies will surely ensure that at 5 dollars per gallon they do not lose 50 thousand gallons in our waters. This, along with the cleanup cost will force these companies to have an effective and verifiable plan in place to deal with future events like this disaster in the Gulf.