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You’re damned if you do…

In Essays, The Daily Drool on April 24, 2010 at 10:24 am

Alright, time for another Volcano post… because now the blame game begins.

Look, I’m all about pro-active discussion “What did we do right?  What could we have done better?”  But inevitably, whenever a disaster strikes, what happens is that everyone starts blaming everyone else and nothing productive comes of it.

In this AP article:

Virgin Atlantic founder Richard Branson (A true capitalist) has labeled as unnecessary the Europe-wide ban on flights prompted by concerns the volcanic ash could cause problems with airliner engines.

“A blanket ban of the whole of Europe was not the right decision,” Branson said. “Planes have to put up with sandstorms in Africa, the engines are designed to put up with a lot more than existed.”

I imagine, had they NOT instituted a Europe-wide band and had there been any problems, Mr. Branson would still be pointing those angry fingers but with very different words.

Because people are the masters of “Blame”-  we love to shell it out and hate to have it shelled out upon us.

Think about it… when’s the last time you found yourself the guilty party?  Did you accept the blame or shirk it?  Try to justify it with some long-winded rationalization?  Do you ever find yourself issuing an “Well, I’m sorry, but-”

Why is it so hard to stand in front of a catastrophe and accept responsibility?

Why is equally difficult to stand before something terrible, something beyond human blame, and not have someone to burn at the stake?

Because we are obsessed with and terrified by power- the power we have, the power we want, and the power that eludes us.

The world will continue turning, that volcano will continue burning, and the airliners will try to wring as much money out of this as they possibly can.  The EU will stand behind their decision to close the skies (and they SHOULD), and weary travelers the world over will pay the price as the bickering and blaming goes on and on and on…

Heart Stoppers and Time Suckers

In The Daily Drool on December 3, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Alright, let’s explore a little thing happening in my world right now called the “CRAP I DON’T UNDERSTAND OR HAVE TIME FOR” file and it keeps insisting on rearing it’s ugly little head.

First there was the ticket SNAFU colorfully documented here on Tuesday.  Now it’s the damn LA City Fire Department and my old UCLA insurance duking it out over the prior’s late filing for a 1 mile lift they gave to me and my sprained, swolen, un-walkable ankle in May of 2008.   (remember this?)

I’m seriously considering just NOT opening my mail anymore…  and maybe moving to Alaska.

After a few phone calls, it seems that this sort of thing (late filing) happens often, and  I shouldn’t be worried about it because the LACFD and the Insurance Company are going to duke it out between them (whew)  But my blood pressure is seriously tired of these scary envelopes with hefty threatening fines inside.

And I don’t have time for these phone calls and panic attacks.

It amazes me how damn busy I can be and still not really (technically) even employed.  I’ve got a few gigs here and there keeping me in bologna and cheese, but every time I open one of these heart-stoppers I have visions of me on the street with a Big-Gulp cup begging for change.

(sigh)

It’s time for some GOOD news, oh Gods of Finance.  GOOD.