On A.S.S. (or, Acute Selfishness Syndrome)


Screen Shot 2014-06-11 at 9.46.32 AM Do you put your dirty feet up on the seats? A.S.S.

Today I’d like to talk about an important issue that affects us all. A growing epidemic that causes the needless suffering of millions of Americans every year. It’s called Acute Selfishness Syndrome.

Acute Selfishness Syndrome, or A.S.S., is a condition marked by low self-awareness, in which otherwise normal people temporarily seem to lose track of reality, and enter an alternate consciousness in which they believe they are the only people in the world. While in this state they are likely to exhibit any number of public nuisance behaviors that a person of normal sanity and awareness would consider inappropriate or obnoxious.

Acute Selfishness Syndrome Effects Sufferers (A.S.S.E.S.) come in all forms. Perhaps the most common way that people show their A.S.S. is talking loudly on cellphones in confined public spaces. In these instances, the A.S.S. individual appears to believe he or…

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Can’t Keep Everything

When we are born, we have nothing.  When we die, we have nothing.  In-between, we collect stuff.

Before we can verbalize, we still show possessiveness.  If someone takes away a toy, we cry.  We try to grab it back.  We want our stuff.

Can you imagine the size of home, or warehouse, we would need to store everything that we collect from birth until death?  Simply put, we can’t keep everything.

We try.  We graduate from our crib to a room.  From our room to a dorm room.  From our dorm room to an apartment to a starter house to a family house to a larger family house.  All the while, we are collecting more stuff.

The stuff that we don’t use all the time gets stored in a closet, the garage, the basement, the attic, our parents house, a storage shed, or the ultimate in possessiveness , a storage unit.

Many of these items are forgotten.  Out of sight, out of mind.  Why do we keep them?  We might need them!  Sometime.  Maybe.

All items are either NEEDS or WANTS.  You can WANT a certain type of NEED but it is still a NEED.  You never truly NEED a certain type of WANT.

Since we truly can’t keep everything, there are times when we must dispose of items by varying methods; we can sell, give, donate, trash, or simply walk away.  Walking away combines the donate/trash categories – the finder will either keep them or throw them away.  If they keep them, they may turn around and sell them, use them, or store them.

Of course, dying is a sort of walking away; perhaps not by choice but the outcome is still the same.  Stuff that needs a place to be.

As I am sitting here I am surrounded by stuff.  Some stuff I need.  Some stuff I want.  Honestly, most of it is stuff that I want.

If I were to live in the size of building to store the items I truly need, my home would be very small.

Our needs are few; our wants are many.

My needs are few; my wants are many.

My needs are few; my wants are few.

My needs are few; I want for nothing.

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The Death of…………….

     One of my childhood heroes died this week.  Davy Jones of The Monkees died at age 66 on February 29, 2012.  His passing has saddened me more than I would have thought it could.

     I have four childhood heroes:  Davy Jones, Donny Osmond, Robin (of the 60’s tv series) and Spock.  I realized that two of my heroes are real people and two are characters played by actors but those are my heroes, none the less. 

     Each in the group became popular in the mid to late sixties when I was a child.  I watched them on television or played their records.  In the case of Davy and Donny, I was able to do both.  

     My Grandma Van, my maternal grandmother, was into music.  She preferred the ‘big band’ sound, but she appreciated that I had my own taste in music.  She gave me my very first Donny Osmond album and the portable record player.  

     This portable record player was a classic turntable housed in a sort of heavy plastic suitcase type of carrying case.  It had a pebbled texture and was a very light blue color.  I loved that thing!  Most often I used it out in the attached garage that had been converted into, what was known at that time, as a ‘rec’ room.  Since we were out of the house, but still protected from the elements, my friend Sherry Barden and I could listen to records just as loud as we liked without bothering our parents.  

     Sherry was more of a Beatles fan and I was more of the Monkees fan; we sang and danced to each other’s favorite songs without a care in the world. 

     As often happens, bands break up.  The Monkees fell victim to that fate with the unfortunate timing of my joining the Monkees Fan Club.  I received a large club magazine.  A couple months later I received a postcard with a picture of only three of the boys.  The final postcard had a picture of Mickey and Davy and the sad words that the fan club was being disbanded.  

     I remember how sad I was.  No more Monkees?  It’s just not right. 

     No more Davy?  It’s just not right. 


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It’s been awhile………..

A lot has happened since my initial blog.  It really shouldn’t be called a blog; it was merely a greeting.  I haven’t written because I didn’t know what I wanted to write about.  What could I say that anyone would want to read about?  Well, I’ve got an idea.

Over the past couple of months I had experiences in retail stores that I’ve felt compelled to contact the corporate offices about.  I might be a sort of ‘retail snob’.  I had worked retain for over 30 years so I’ve ‘seen it all’.  Done some of it too!  Because of my previous employment experience, I believe that I’m a sort of expert at not only being a retail employee/slave, but also at being a customer.  I think I’ll share some of those experiences and who knows?  Maybe I’ll think of something else to write about.

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I plan to start posting more often now. Check back soon.

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