A library needs to be a library Part 2



So here I am right this very minute at a local library.  Its rainy outside and that has discouraged a lot of people from coming here today. You would think that for once this would indeed be peaceful place to study or chill.

Yeah right!!

There is the man across from me that decides to carry on an entire conversation concerning a youth’s sports team.  He goes on and on and on much unlike a love song.  And while it’s nice that he believes the children are our future, at the same time there is a time and a place for everything.

I wonder where I could have read that?

Well, maybe there is nothing to tell him that such a thing is inappropriate?  Nope sorry to burst that bubble but I have no choice. People just don’t read.

At the entrance of the library, there is a sign that asks for no cell-phone usage once within the library. Not that you should need to be told that because this is again a library.  With that being the case apparently uncommon sense would say that if you have a call for whatever reason that you take it into the hallway.  That way you can get done what needs to be done without disturbing others unnecessarily.  Just one of the many ways that people are self-centered in today’s world.


If only this was an isolated event. It’s really not. It happens all the time.  Just a few weeks ago upstairs in the children’s floor was a child that just kept screaming her head off. It was absolutely crazy how her parent/s did nothing about it.  Again, why that is considered acceptable inside a library is beyond me but goodness it was soooooo annoying.   Keep in mind that some highly intelligent multi-cellular organism had the idea of making the children’s floor open in such a way that if a kid is merely being a kid in the case of maybe a moment or two of excitement and saying something pretty loudly. That’s one thing, but this was something different.  Do I blame the child?  Nope. I blame the parents for not teaching their child that such behavior isn’t cool.


At this point you are probably going to say that because I don’t have children that I don’t understand.  To be honest, it is the parents that don’t understand .  They don’t understand that what you do now with your child has an enormous impact as to what kind of person they are to become in the future.  So if you spoil them or don’t give them the recreational outlet that they need then more and more self-absorbed jerks will be created.

As if we need any more of those.

Oh and here’s one last thing: A library is not your house or a hotel room.  It is a public place, so if you need nap-time please go home and get some rest.  I am pretty sure that your bed would be a lot more comfortable anyway.

Lady, yes you over there. I really could take a picture of you for all posterity. But I will not give you the rudeness that you are giving to others as well as myself but lets keep it real. I really do not need to hear your snoring because again a library needs to be a library.








Milk is bad for me

Like most people I grew up drinking milk.  As a child I was given a cup of milk at virtually every meal by my grandmother.  She absolutely insisted on it despite the fact I was already full from the food.

Years later I was sixteen years old and I would often go to McDonalds and get the super-sized Strawberry milk shake. Who knew that very soon there wouldn’t be super-sized anything at McDonald’s besides their prices.

Thanks to people who weren’t encouraged to have self-control but we’re pandered to, knowing full well that it wasn’t really solving the problem.

It also wasn’t long afterwards that I would get terrible gas after drinking milkshakes. This i actually experienced recently while out with family. I was already having a bad day thanks to serious moron and so I went ahead and got what I thought was a smoothie but was actually a strawberry milkshake. Well, it tasted good too bad it made me feel the opposite of the popular song by James Brown.

And I feeeel bad, I knew it was bad”.

So bad in fact, for a while there I thought I was going to puke so I made a dash to the bathroom.

Thankfully, I was able to avoid that unpleasantness of puking and went back to the table. At the same time, I was unwilling to take any chances so I boxed my food up.

Needless to say, I won’t be doing that again anytime soon.

In fact, I will stick to my Cashew, Oat, Rice, Flax and may even try Sunflower seed milk soon as well. Believe me, it feels a whole lot better for me to do so.

So grateful for Sarah

You know it really cracked me up that some people were upset about the codename of linux mint 17.3 being Sarah. Seriously, people. You really have nothing better to do with your lives than to complain about something like that? Come on now.

It’s just a codename.

Besides, Sarah in the Bible was a good woman. Hard-working and sure knew how to stand by her man. The type of woman I want by my side when things get scary so if anything it should be seen as a good thing to be named after her. So while, I know that wasn’t in mind at the time I think it is most appropriate just the same.

Sarah gave me something that I have wanted to use since 2013…..Wobbly windows!!!

Wobbly Windows!! Hooray!!!

Yes, so now I can go straight outta Compton and into Compiz. I think it’s a much nicer place anyway.

It also doesn’t hurt that 17.3 Sarah solves a problem I have been having for years but just didn’t know what it was called. Actually, I still don’t know what it’s called but at least now it’s explained better here .

Now if you are concerned about the changes Clem has spoken of to come in Linux Mint 18 then that makes more sense. Reason I say that is that likely for many of us we came as refugees from Ubuntu and honestly are afraid of Linux Mint doing what was done with Ubuntu when it brought out Unity.

Just the same it does give me much comfort to know that if I truly don’t like the changes that are to come then I can just click my mouse and have everything just like I want it. This is something that gives me more confidence in Clem and the rest of the team.  They, unlike some people who I will leave nameless…..


Remember when Ubuntu started using Unity as its desktop environment?  I sure do.   In fact I will be so bold as to say that Linux Mint 18 will cause more unity than that mess that has the audacity that is called Unity.  I hated that so much it caused me to leave Ubuntu and come to the warm arms of Linux Mint.  If you want to read more about that see what I wrote about it at the time.

Again it was anything but unifying.




mintCast 232 – Minty Bits

I really liked this one




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Stop chewing the cud

You ever been upset about something, it really, really bothers you but for some reason, you don’t speak up about it?

So have I.

It’s annoying isn’t it? You see the person or persons on a regular basis but it always seems like a bad time to approach the subject.  The problem gets worse and worse because they keep on doing the same thing over and over and over again that bothers you.

It gets so bad that eventually you completely spaz out on folks because you feel like you just can’t take it any more.Sure, you have “expressed yourself”, but because you didn’t “do it good”, you just made a complete idiot of yourself and now you feel bad about it.  How could you be so heartless?Was your problem solved? Nope.  In fact, you just made it worse because now feelings are hurt.  Yes, that’s right you just hurt the people you love, all because you chose to chew the cud.Yes, you ruminated over a problem that very likely could have been addressed sooner.  Much like a cow or a rabbit ruminate after they eat a meal.  They regurgitate the fermented food and then they chew it all over again. For them this is a good thing for it helps them to digest their hard to digest foodFor us humans, this is not a good idea to do because of what ends up happening as illustrated above.  In other words the problem has piled up and finally there is that straw that breaks the camels back.  Honestly, there shouldn’t have been anything on the camel’s back to begin with.  We are the ones that chose to allow it to be loaded up in the first place whether it’s because were feeling intimidated or otherwise.  As a result, the problem got worse and no better.  So what to do? Have honest conversations with the people you care about so that you can understand where each one is coming from.  Don’t be petty, but if something is really upsetting you, then  it is best to take them aside and let them know.  Once you do that, at least then they know how you feel and can make the necessary adjustments.  If not, then you may have to re-evaluate how much if any time you will decide to continue spending with them. Of course, this depends on just how serious the issue is in the first place. So when it comes to chewing the cud:Cut it out!!Thank you Uncle Joey.

Digging Into a Columbia Road Architectural Mystery


Park View, D.C.

The houses from 589 (right) to 597 (left) Columbia Road predate the subdivision and date to the 19th century. The houses from 589 (right) to 597 (left) Columbia Road predate the subdivision and date to the 19th century.

Back in September 2011 I mapped out the neighborhood by sorting through the original building permits to see when houses were built and who built them. There were a few addresses where building permits didn’t exist, which suggested that they were old, and the houses that are on the lots are, indeed old. Yet, when those parcels were developed as part of the neighborhood all the houses around them have permits. To start digging a little deeper into some of these permit-less houses,  I decided to investigate the houses at 589-597 Columbia Road. I’m far from finished in this research, but think what I’ve found so far is interesting enough to share.

591/593 Columbia Road, along with the duplex building to the west, were permitted to move to their current locations in December 1910. 591/593 Columbia Road, along with the duplex building to the west, were permitted to move to their current locations…

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