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old baggage

30 December 2004

shopping, shipping, wrapping, and work

Tick-tock, tick-tock, down winds the clock. Yes, amazingly enough the holidays come but once a year. What was that? You don't have time? Time is a luxury m'dear, and Santa waits for no one!

Long past are the days of hustling through over-eager crowds, racing through the boutiques and department stores just to end up in a struggle with the little ol' blue-haired lady for that one last item on your list. There is no more of that budget draining, taking precious hours off of work to shop, wrap, and ship. We have all been overwhelmed with the desperate feeling that there simply is not enough time in a sixty to eighty hour workweek to fuss with the holidays!

If you haven't mastered integrating your career and the holidays by now, it's time to get moving! Just like Santa, technology waits for no one either! Today, we can all turn on our computers at home or at work, and with a few clicks of the button, eliminate the woes of shopping, wrapping and shipping in just a few minutes! Online merchants offer it all. Not only can you find your gift, but also you have so many more options to choose from. Forget about the drab ties and silk hankies - tis the season to put more thought into your gifts and know the thought behind the gratitude and plastic smile is grateful for your gracious effort!

If you still insist on going the old-fashioned route, then by all means, please do! Most corporate whores have the luxury a prominent or local shipping firm set up shop at their firm for the holidays. Simply bring your gifts in before work and pick them up afterwards - wrapped, tagged, bagged, and when necessary, shipped anywhere in the world, too! No additional wear on your Italian leather footwear, and no risk of having some overzealous brat bump into you, spilling hot cider over your four digit power suit.

Personally, I still prefer to go the old fashioned route. Sometimes I wonder how I make it through the holiday season with my sanity in tact, but I do. I wrap up most of my shopping early and rarely make an appearance the day after Thanksgiving to shop. Sales or no sales, buy one get two free, I just don't care! No do I care to have some crazed broad physically knocking me out of their maniacal drive to shove as much crap into their basket, as is possible in the shortest amount of time to beat the hour-long wait in line is just so not my scene! Did I mention I've been so tempted to stick my foot out on occasion, just to slow their pace and snicker to myself! I think there is too much bitch in me to be cut loose on one of those gargantuan sale days. Whether Wally-world or the big M, these mindless twits are everywhere - a deal is a deal and it sucks the common sense out of every shopper out there!

Tis the season to adore your loved ones, make the most of it!

Happy Holidays!

"corporate whoredom" - date of publication: 11.10.2004 - bfp media publication archive


scrawled by BTude a.k.a. GlassHoppah @ Thursday, December 30, 2004
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holiday giving: bell ringer aversion

Year after year, the sound of dropping coins echo at the entrance to your favorite department store. It's that time of the season when doorstop charities are on the prowl, ringing their incessant bells. As if the clangs of the tin bells aren't enough to divert you to another entrance, the wave of guilt washing over your psyche will.

Mind you, I'm not averse to dropping my hard-earned coin in the kettle or even a few soundless dollars, but like many others my generous nature simply cannot afford to keep their kitty full throughout the season. It's time that charities boost their campaigns into something in tune with reality and modern times.

Most individuals, families and corporations generously donate throughout the year in some capacity. Mine happens to be as an active volunteer. I give dozens and on occasion hundreds of hours of my personal time and professional expertise to non-profit organizations across the country - and so do a lot of folks. Why isn't that enough? I don't have, nor do I necessarily want to provide cash, especially during the holiday season!

Don't get me wrong. It is evident I do more than my share to contribute to my community but I have grown tiresome of the "duck and hide the eyes" routine when I am trying to show my appreciation, affection, and love with family and friends, who sometimes suffer at the lack of spare time in my life through the remainder of the year.

There are better ways to achieve the desired monetary campaign results without insulting those who have already contributed. Realistically, people in this day and age no longer carry cash, thus no coin for the kettle. Modern society has come to rely on technology for most financial transactions. Donations can be made with the click of a mouse and the funds in the organization's bank account within a day. Of course, there is still always the tried and true; write a check and drop it in the mail. Since lick it and stick it stamps are no longer the norm, the bad aftertaste makes the process much more simplified.

Here's a thought, wouldn't you much rather have a local band churning out your favorite holiday tunes, inspiring your generosity with pamphlets and brochures, or a simple flyer providing information on more meaningful ways to contribute, as opposed to feeling obligated to provide a donation for recipients that see little to nothing of it's benefit after the major percentage targeted to administrative overhead?

Now that you've read this far, do realize that we all should give, but more importantly, look deep into your hearts as to how best your contributions will benefit your community. I strongly believe that giving to national organizations who provide no value to your local area devalue our sense of community by way of mere deceit. If you opt to go with a national charity, make sure they are credible and that your dollars are being used for the intended purpose.

What now? Dust off your telephone book or web directories and locate your local non-profit organizations. Sit your family down and find out which organization, church or college should be the recipient of your charitable contributions. It is definitely an experience that is inspirational and satisfying, while at the same time instilling a sense of community and pride within our children.

If you are in a position to have a financial advisor, let your account manager know your wishes before they make selections on your behalf. As a reminder, not all charitable contributions are tax-deductible and you should consult a tax advisor for major contributions.

If you are not in a position to donate financially, then take this special time of year to locate a deserving organization to offer your time and professional expertise to! Select a volunteer position that fits your interests, your skills, and your schedule.

Oh, and by the way... "I've already made my contributions for the season" is a gracious escape for those who actually have.

Give wisely this holiday season and encourage others to do the same.

"guest feature" - date of publication: 11.10.2004 - bfp media publication archive


scrawled by BTude a.k.a. GlassHoppah @ Thursday, December 30, 2004
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disgruntled scholar

I am not Black (African-American, Negro), or brown, or Hispanic (Mexican, Cuban or Spaniard). I am not a Pacific Islander (Samoan, Tongan), Asian (Chinese, Japanese or otherwise) nor am I an Indian or Inuit... I am plain vanilla - White (not of Hispanic origin). That is unless you can see the layers of umpteen numbers of different tones of brown in my tan lines.

I am not transgender, lesbian, gay, homosexual, bisexual, nor am I a she-woman man-hating, feminist bitch. I am simply "female." I don't play both sides of the fence and the same side of the fence reminds me far too much of what bitches women can truly be - lesbian or not.

I have all of my limbs and carry them on a full torso in working order. I walk on my own two feet and do not require a set of wheels to be mobile. I can see fine with or without my contacts, but need a little kick in the ass to read distant street signs and chalkboards on occasion. My hearing is great, even if I feign an innocent, "huh?" when I don't want to listen. The only disability I can own up to is a bit of irreverence from time to time.

I was merely born as a unit of one - no refund, no return. There is no duplicate or triplicate of my person or psyche anywhere else in the world that emerged from a common womb.

So why is it that the available scholarships out there require me to me to be one of the above-mentioned? Just because I am a "white girl" should not mean that I am not entitled to the "perks" of educational gift-aid simply because there is nothing "wrong" with me according to today's society.

Given, I am a woman - and with that "blessing" comes the few and rare opportunities out there based on my gender alone. Aside from merit and financial-need based aid, never mind the fact that some of them require you to be a domestic violence survivor, lesbian, neo-nazi feminist or to have been disabled while committing acrobatics in a wheelchair on a tightrope at high altitude, and I really don't want to fly to the moon, I'd rather receive it on a silver platter - the moon, that is.

I don't dare mention the gaping maw in educational gift-aid for straight white males! That's another story, altogether.

After sifting through thousands upon thousands of scholarships, I have discovered approximately six; yes count them all... six potential organizations to contribute to my education. That's a truly disturbing ratio.

Before the "bitter bitch" thought takes over your thoughts, listen up... I'm not against having additional opportunities for any other group, ethnicity, or disability. I applaud the efforts of everyone out there contributing to the stability of their communities and states and of course, to our country. But did they have to discriminate against the "Average Joe or Josie" out there to do it? No. It's an obvious abuse of affirmative and equal opportunity statutes disregarded and waived from common law.

Whatever happened to equality in education?

"guest feature" - date of publication: 11.14.2004 - bfp media publication archive


scrawled by BTude a.k.a. GlassHoppah @ Thursday, December 30, 2004
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