06 March 2009

I Just Need A Moment

I've become angrier and angrier in the last eleven hours, even though I was asleep for most of it. I need a moment to explain, and hopefully get over it before I explode on an unsuspecting (and not technically deserving) Jesse.

CA DMV & DPT
I checked on my car Thursday. He was right as I left him - parked on a hill with his wheels facing the proper direction, permit properly displayed, license plate registered in the proper state, and with a $60 ticket on the windshield.

I only have one sticker on my plate, because that's what I got at the DMV. Yes, it's odd. It's so odd, I asked about it when I was there.


"[Do] I only get one sticker?" ~ our heroine
"Yes you only get one sticker." ~ person at window #17
That person let me leave the DMV improperly tagged. As soon as I calm down, I will be writing to the DMV. I will ask if that employee has any relatives working for the Department of Parking & Traffic. It smells like a racket to me. Any DPT employee has to know I can't display a sticker I don't have. That same employee must also be able to deduce I have nothing to personally gain from getting a $60 ticket.

This may mean I have to go back to the DMV. I was planning to go anyway for my license, but that was still a week or more away. Of course I can't go to the DMV today, because it's closed. California is broke remember, and state offices are closed today to save money. That also means I can't pay for my license with my tax refund, since no one knows when it will come. However I can still get ticketed through the weekend, as parking tickets come from the city. My sleep was disturbed all night.

Google
Google changed it's iGoogle designed again and added the "Home" tab. Google had done this before, and I responded by no longer using the iGoogle feature.





I strongly dislike the "Home" tab. It takes up it's own row, and pushes the rest of my widgets to the side, squeezing them and making them ugly. Also, Google tried to be helpful, but allowing me to compose email from my iGoogle. But there is no rich-text formatting, which I enjoy. So I opted to use "full Gmail." But full Gmail opens in another window, when it used to open in another tab. This may seem like a lot of nothing to you, but I had streamlined iGoogle to be as efficient as possible, as this "Home" tab screws it all up.

Chris Brown & Rihanna
Chris Brown was charged with two felonies for attacking Rihanna. It annoys me that people only care because they're famous. Domestic violence happens every single day. If you've never paid attention to domestic violence before, I'm glad it's never affected your life. But Rihanna walked away. A lot of people don't. Rihanna walked back. A lot of people do. I don't think he'll go to jail. A lot of abusers don't. This is the system. This is the reality. This is the cycle of abuse. This is not new. This is not either of them being a poor example. It's both of them following examples they've probably seen several times. It's easy for outsiders to question their problems, wonder what could possibly stress them so, debate Rihanna's self esteem issues, and dictate the standards by which those two should live. But I object to her being the poster child for awareness. She's clearly not taking a stand for other victims. She asked the court not to make Brown stay away from her. A woman who can afford to stand on her own and leave (but chooses to stay) is not the story. The story could and should be about the system, the cycle, the victims who don't get away, or the children who watch daddy beat mommy and who wonder why mommy stays. Rihanna is capable of changing her life. I care more about the people who can't.

President Obama
He's traveling again today. Spending money we don't have to watch 25 police cadets graduate. I also applaud those new officers. But I'll do it for free from San Francisco. Why hasn't the President read my argument for him to actually work from home?

I also scratched my nose so hard it started bleeding. There is a positive from today though:

Roxana Saberi
A former coworker of mine was arrested in Iran. She had been there for six years and was about to publish a book about the country. She was arrested a month ago and no one has heard from her in that time. I was originally annoyed that (while the people who actually know her were calling their representatives) the entire minority journalist population asked me to sign a petition on Facebook. Excuse me? A woman is being put through what I can only imagine to be awful and a network of journalists is only concerned enough to post something on its respective wall? Her life is at stake. Please tell me you've got more than a Facebook petition.

I wrote to Secretary of State Clinton. I also sent her a text message. She did not reply, but this morning I read Hillary is aware, and that the United States is working to at least make sure Roxana is safe. Roxana's troubles properly trivialize mine. I'm still annoyed, but I am very happy to have Hillary Clinton on the case. I think her office's efforts will apply the proper pressure. Toady they're saying Roxana should be released "soon." According to that petition, more than 2,000 people are waiting.