Archive for June, 2009

Trespass Without Warning
June 22, 2009

There was the time, not long ago, when I was working for Carnival Cruise Lines, and had an attack of insomnia, accompanied by an urge to get a taco at Taco Bell. It was around eleven at night, I think. I rode my bike up to the window, and the manager was very upset. I wasn’t allowed to do that. So I waited at the entrance to the driveway, hoping to persuade somebody to buy a taco for me. When that happened, the customer was turned down on the basis that he shouldn’t be helping me!

Soon a cop arrived in his squad car. We got into a pleasant conversation during which another squad car arrived. The second cop was furious from the moment he arrived. He made me lean against the car, informed me that I was under arrest for having refused to leave after being ordered to (which never happened), and arrested me. In jail, many of the contents of my wallet were stolen, most worrisomely, my pass to the port of Miami. I was scheduled to work, tuning pianos, on the following morning at the port, but wound up spending the entire weekend and Monday in jail. I called an acquaintance lawyer, who advised me to plead no contest and pay the court costs, about $110. I did, and almost got fired, and I’m sure a guilty verdict went into a permanent police file.

My mistreatment in jail is another story, but it’s something anybody who’s been to the Miami-Dade County Jail knows about already. Abuse is normal.

When I told a Quaker friend who’d worked many years in a clerical job at police headquarters that I thought innocent people (awaiting trial) shouldn’t be treated as if they were being punished, he said that if I knew who those people were, I’d agree they ought to be punished! Later, he changed his mind, but it indicated to me that the attitude that certain people ought to be punished just for existing was widespread among Miami police.

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Reviewing the Situation
June 22, 2009

I’m revising my attitude towards Godly Mathew and his campaign. It occurs to me that I’ve been abused so often and consistently that I’ve accepted a diagnosis of natural-born victim. I’ve been abused almost every time I entered any sort of institution, and nearly every time I encountered authorities. I’ve come to recognize suffering as something I frequently experience. Like the theme of a poem, victimhood is the color of my life.

If Godly Mathew can make a dent in the systemic sadism present in the mental health arena, more power to him!

Sign the papers
June 18, 2009

That guy (“Godly Mathew” – He says his first name is “Godly” and his last name is spelled with a single t.) says he was coerced to sign papers in the ambulance.

That reminds me. I went to Cedars Hospital in Miami once because I was concerned about ringing in my ears. I was told to sign very long papers, in no uncertain terms. Since I didn’t have my reading glasses, I said I couldn’t read them. They said they’d read them, but only if I agreed in advance to sign them! They detained me overnight, and in the morning a psychiatrist apologized for the mistreatment and said he’d forget about the tinnitus if he were me; it happens all the time. I was especially concerned about it, because it was coming on more often than usual, and I hoped to resume my work as a piano tuner someday.

It should be a link
June 18, 2009

I should have inserted a link: FH Abuse, but I didn’t know how, and I can’t change it.

Abuse in Friends Hospital
June 18, 2009

Take a look at http://fhabuse.org/ . The website creator thinks he was abused at Friends Hospital in Philadelphia. It appears to me he’s deluded.

Newline
June 18, 2009

All I wanted to do was separate the two paragraphs in “Why not murder?”, which I published below a few minutes ago.

Can’t update
June 18, 2009

When I’ve edited a previous post, I can’t find any way to save the changes! There’s no button on the editing page labeled “Publish” or “Save”. It’s very, very frustrating!

Why not murder?
June 18, 2009

I used to have breakfast twice a week with Judge Hoeveler, the highest-ranking judge in South Florida (I think). Once I asked him, “Why, do you think, most people don’t break the law most of the time?” I was astonished at his reply, that they’d get caught.
I’m about to hear a show about people in Kosovo who realized they were in such circumstances that they could get away with murder. I wonder whether they decided to do it.

The Dollar
June 18, 2009

Look how somebody reacted to a recent story about the upsurge of violence in Juarez:

Tim R (Mr__Obvious) wrote:

Why are people surprised? When the dollar is held above all else in the world’s most-powerful country, what else?

Sunday, June 07, 2009 4:20:29 PM

I don’t understand such an attitude. The dollar is a pretty decent currency. It’s better than the peso, it doesn’t depreciate so much over time. Is this guy against currency in general? What would he substitute for it? Is he against people wanting wealth? That’s a natural, unavoidable tendency. Maybe he thinks people are not generous enough with their money, but Americans are among the most charitable in the world. When I lived in Mexico, I couldn’t stop wondering what was wrong, but I never did come up with any answers. I think corruption is not just widespread, it’s taken as inevitable. Unless that attitude changes, Mexico can never get out of the rut it’s in. And I doubt it’ll change in my lifetime.

Monopolizing Washington
June 18, 2009

Everybody knows George Preston Marshall, my mother’s father, got the pro football ball rolling and owned the Redskins for a long time, till the day he died. But not so many remember him for monopolizing the laundry industry in Washington. He wound up owning 57 laundries and getting the moniker “Wet Wash Marshall” because he insisted, when all the other laundries were washing clothes and sending them back wet, for the customers to hang up on clotheslines, to dry, press, and fold them, ready to be put in drawers. He must have had some incredible business skills besides his flair for show business!