~ This morning my husband and I were discussing how difficult it is to find good tradespeople here in North Virginia. My search for house cleaning help has been fruitless. One woman who was recommended to me seemed quite taken aback when I said the furniture needed to be moved during vacuuming. Excuse me, you mean you were just going to vacuum the center of the room? I'm not expecting anyone to move the sofa and large things like that but the dining chairs, side tables - small things - well, they need to be picked up (like the pet steps at the foot of the bed) or moved. I shall have to try the cleaning companies next, I'm at my wits end. We need help.
Point was - when we lived in Philadelphia we renovated, or should I say RE-renovated (don't ask, we were foolish first time buyers with a lousy real estate agent) a house. Philadelphia is a blue collar town and the trades people are top notch because - they are family businesses. They take pride in their skills and their place in the community. Our electrician - 3G - for 3 generations. And then we had a handyman who was so effin' phenomenal I can't even list his abilities and what he did for us - plus he and his wife became our friends.
We had a young woman help with the housework. She was self-employed and just a treasure. When we sold the house my husband found a cleaning company, one of those new-fangled green cleaning companies (which I prefer) to come in and clean the place for the new owners and that place was immaculate and spotless when they were done - everything looked brand new including all the appliances. The buyers thanked my husband profusely because that house was beyond move-in ready. Wish I could find find another Amanda or another company like that here.
~ I've become so accustomed to wearing a mask when I leave the apartment that I often forget to take it off when I'm home. I often say that I can understand, on an intellectual level, why people do things but not on an emotional level but - Not wearing a mask? I cannot understand that on ANY level. What the fuck is wrong with people? What is it about this virus that they do not get? One can only hope that what they do not get is the virus itself. Holy Crap!
~ I do not understand how anyone can support the current administration and the majority of the Republican party. How? What is it that you don't get? How much more of your future and your children's future can you watch being destroyed before the light starts to shine?
I worked in commercial/retail real estate in New York City from 1979 to 1989. I worked for an international real estate company. We were at one point the third highest grossing real estate company in the country. Oh the stories I could tell...and none of them are good. How does anyone with a conscience and with any moral code at all support this administration? How? Where are your values? Where is your awareness of basic human decency?
~ I read my latest medical summary of visit and I had to laugh. The many topics that were supposedly discussed never were. It was a cut and paste so they could bill my insurance company for these 'educational talks'. I've noticed it before and I laughed. I was also labeled 'agitated' and 'aggressive' because I expressed my anger at, and dislike for, the way I was treated and misinformed. I don't know - was that sexist? Would a man expressing his similar opinions be labeled aggressive? But yes, I guess I was aggressive. I was confrontational. I was opinionated - and in no uncertain terms.
And you know what? I don't care! Fuck 'em!