Jailed Over Court Fines

“Little Jake asked, “Did you hear what happened to me? I was panning in front of the pharmacy. This fat woman panhandler told me to move. Lots of people pan there. It’s not her spot, so I waved her away and said, ‘Fuck off. get out of my face. Anyone can pan here.’ That was one day. The next day when she saw me she flagged down a cop. She said that I had verbally assaulted her then stood up and kicked her in the stomach. I didn’t lay a finger on her. Now I have to go to court. Can you imagine that, a panhandler calling the cops on another panhandler. That’s just wrong.”- Court Appearances

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Who the hell thought this was a good idea? Using jail or the threat of jail to collect debts from individuals who are too poor to pay? Incarcerating individuals does not address the bigger issues of individuals sleeping in parks, their unemployment, or their level of education. I also can’t help but wonder if giving these individuals money without providing resources to help them find low income housing, employment or understand the basic fundamentals of budgeting and banking causes that cycle of homelessness to just continue.

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Real Life Rants

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I love happy mail, but sometime a rant isn’t a bad thing. Sometimes, we need to vent.Then sometimes, we just need to rant. We need to stomp our feet, form our hands into fists and scream. So, let’s rant but me first, I pulled up to my driveway  and there was water coming out the garage . Yep, a busted water heater. Fucking Murphy. I called my plumber (yes, he is on speed dial) and he was kind enough to come out and confirm my suspicions. He also provided me with measurements and info on buying a new one. I hope you don’t have to buy a new one; but if you do, this article  is extremely helpful. I also found a few rant clippings in my journal and though this would be a great time to share them.

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Rant To my little brother’s adopted mother, who promised she wouldn’t shut his siblings out of his life and now has. We did nothing to hurt our baby brother yet you deny us pictures and updates about him. Don’t judge us for our mother’s sins.

RANT To the Washington State Department of Health for the fees to renew my license as a nurse, not only a mandatory renewal fee of $76, but also a $2 “convenience” fee, a $5 Center for Nursing Surcharge fee and a $16 fee to pay for a website, so my $76 license is now a mandatory $99 renewal. That’s gouging Washington state nurses; what a racket.

 RANT AND RAVE I’m eight months pregnant and took the Light Rail during a busy rush hour. Rant to the two men who literally cut in front of me to get the designated seating for riders with disabilities, leaving me to stand! However, big rave to the young gentleman who was already sitting in the third designated seating spot, saw what the two men did and quickly got up, insisting I take his seat. I can’t tell you how much I appreciated it! Hopefully the other men took note of his impeccable manners.

RANT To the local candidate’s campaign who called my phone number 10 times within two hours Sunday. Guess who didn’t get my vote?

RANT To people who criticize others who don’t keep up their yards. Maybe they’re sick, temporarily or permanently disabled, suffering from depression, or a loved one recently passed away, or working two jobs to make ends meet. Maybe they’d like nothing more than to be able to work in their yard, but, for whatever reason, cannot. Not everyone can afford to hire someone. So, please, instead of judging, show some compassion.

What’s your rant?. Just let it out . You’ll feel better getting it out and I will feel better knowing  I am not alone.

 

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Caprese salad meets Salumi (cured meats)

I came across this great post on how to put a twist on the classic caperse salad. My first thought was were is the meat?  Then I thought  what if  caprese salad and Salumi had a summer love child, it would be this this simple stunner of a summer dish. Best served on a patio with good conversation and a nice glass Sangria or a glass of wine. Bon Appetit.

Ingredients

  • 1- 1/2 pounds best-quality ripe tomatoes
  • 8 to 12 ounces best-quality fresh mozzarella cheese, torn into bite-sized chunks
  • Fresh basil leaves
  • Best-quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • Balsamic
  • Coarse sea salt
  • Coarsely ground fresh black pepper
  • 1 Daniele Gourmet Italian Combo Pack

Directions :Arrange tomatoes slices, chunks of mozzarella, and slices of Italian meats, and basil. Repeat steps and remember to alternate Italian meats until all ingredients have been artfully arranged. Drizzle generously with balsamic, olive oil, salt, and pepper.

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Random soundbites of a Career Journal : Part 5

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“Knowing Is Not Enough, We Must Apply. Willing Is Not Enough, We Must Do” -Bruce Lee

“Life is a parade. Don’t watch it, join it.”

“A returned smile can change everything.”

“Think fast, but speak slowly”

“No one ever went broke saving money.”

“Life is hard. If you act stupid, it’s even harder.”

Wear Superman briefs when you want to feel empowered.”

“In social situations, a warm genuine smile is a good icebreaker.

“Never chase anything when wearing flip-flops unless you want to fall straight on your face.”

“Sometimes you should just move over and let your imagination take the wheel.”

“Much is revealed by the silences between words.”

“Deciding what to do and not doing it changes nothing.”

 

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Asparagus Gremolata (asparagus with herbs)

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I thought I would fancy up the title, as asparagus and herbs sounds bland. There is NOTHING bland about this dish. It deserves the “fancy” name gremolata, but don’t fear. Gremolata is nothing more than chopped herbs, classically made of lemon zest, garlic, parsley, and two garlic cloves, finely minced. However, I am a woman, with an amazing herb garden and a love of parmesan. Bon Appetit!

  • ¼ cup finely chopped tarragon
  • ¼ cup parmesan
  • 2 teaspoons finely chopped lemon zest
  • 2 pounds asparagus, trimmed
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Directions:Grate the parmesan, finely chopped the garlic, tarragon and lemon zest, and chop them together on a cutting board until well combined (This mixture is the gremolata.). Transfer to a bowl. Bring a pot of water with a slice of lemon and sprig of tarragon to a boil. Steam or boil the asparagus in the infused water until tender, four to five minutes. Remove from the heat, and toss with the gremolata. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix together the lemon juice and olive oil, and drizzle over the asparagus. Serve hot.

 

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