Friday, October 22, 2021

Stop the World I want to get off.

 



With all that is going on in the world the state of my mental health has been suffering. The constant bombardment of articles about Covid and how we are all going to die if we don't do this or that is relentless as it is futile.

I saw my GP who offered medication, counselling and the obligatory "only you can change your thought process". All of which I have done before with minimal success. I know what to do, I know all about different techniques, they just don't seem to resonate with me.

If I could stop the world I would get off for a while but I can't so I didn't, well not literally. 

I did do it in my head and took time to think about why I get so worked up over things I have no control over.

I am old school and the old school doesn't fit in well with today's society.

I was taught how to think not what to think I value honesty and integrity and my word is my bond. I have the skill of using common sense which appears to have been lost over the years. My expectations/standards in regards to everyday life are high and I have always been accountable for my actions and hence my conflict. I am trying to fit into a world that has become foreign to me and I fear I will lose myself.

So in my mind, I stop the world and get off, remind myself of all the good traits I have (that are tried and tested) realise that just because I live in a forever changing world I don't have to conform nor change I merely have to go along for the ride on this ship of fools.

Author

Steve Boddey


Wednesday, October 6, 2021

I can't wear a mask.



When Covid first came along I thought the NZ Government did a good job initially however somewhere along the line the wheels fell off and the Government fell into the land of Nod.

I can't wear a mask for medical reasons and those reasons are between my GP and me. I should not have to explain or justify it to anyone else but alas I cannot go anywhere without the stigma of ridicule and finger-pointing. So I stay home and become frustrated and irritated with life and the world we live in.

Not anymore! 

The Ministry of Health website Mask Exemption information is a complete joke. It has/had a PDF to download (an A4 size)  I am exempt from wearing a face-covering that anyone can print out. A more professional thing to do was/is to have your GP authorise the Ministry of  Health to supply a Mask Exemption Card with your name on it. All you need then is some ID if asked.

The one place I didn't expect to be harassed about not wearing a mask, is the hospital and by harassed I mean constantly being told by the charge nurse they had no knowledge of any Mask Exemption Card even when I produce it. I had left my GPs exemption letter at home and ended up catching a cab home to get it all while my wife was on a heart monitor.
We had come to the hospital via ambulance (whose staff had no problem with me not wearing a mask).

I made a complaint and although apologetic they claim to be following the procedure/policies of the Health Board who had no knowledge of Mask Exemption.
I find that very hard to believe as my GP  had given me a mask exemption letter, my local butcher was aware of the mask exemption card and I didn't have to cancel my optometrist appointment as they too were aware of mask exemptions.

This experience has triggered my memories of bullying in the workplace which resulted in my inability to work. So now I relive those times over and over and yes I am seeking help but due to lock-down that is a few weeks away.

I have a Mask Exemption card and my GPs letter of exemption which I now carry in my wallet and if I want to go somewhere I call ahead and ask if it is ok to come.
I shouldn't have to go through this and I  dread to go think how many other people have similar experiences.

Author
Steve Boddey






Thursday, April 1, 2021

Fuck being offended.

 



When people are offended they want someone to come in and say “Stop That”
There are some people I might wish to offend.
So the idea you have to be protected from uncomfortable emotion is one I absolutely do not subscribe to.
If people can’t control their own emotions, they have started trying to control other people’s behaviour.
When you are around super sensitive people (snowflakes) you cannot relax or be spontaneous because you have no idea what will upset them next.
Political correctness has gone from being a good idea to the point where any form of criticism of any individual or group can be labelled cruel.
If you start saying “Oh we mustn’t offend them!” then as far as I am concerned you’re living in (George Orwell’s) 1984.


Saturday, September 26, 2020

Trump vs Anti-Trump


This sums up a conversation with anyone that hates or disagrees with POTUS. One can never have a sensible, honest nor responsible discussion without being called out for all those big words they come up with. 



 Literally every conversation I've had with a Trump hater about the upcoming election:

Hater:
I can't wait to get Donald Trump out of office.
Me:
Why?
Hater:
Why?!?! Don't tell me you don't think he colluded with Russia!
Me:
According to Robert Mueller's exhaustive, multi-million-dollar investigation, there was no evidence of that. But there was evidence that the Obama administration spied on him and his campaign using the FBI and falsely creating the hoax.
Hater:
Well, he said he'd repeal and replace Obamacare. What happened to that?
Me:
Well, he removed the tax penalty which removes the mandate. Congress now just has to move with its replacement. He can't do it by Executive Order. You do know Obama had very little to do with the writing of the ACA, right? Not to mention that Trump signed 4 executive orders to cut insulin and prescription drug prices significantly.
Hater:
Well, he said he'd build a wall and Mexico was gonna pay for it. Haha. What happened to that?
Me:
They've built over 260 miles of a new wall so far and he's renegotiated NAFTA costing Mexico billions of dollars that were given to them by Bill Clinton through the returning of jobs in America.
Hater:
Well, that's not them paying for it!
Me:
BILLIONS. Did you think he literally meant Mexico was gonna write a check with "Wall" in the memo?
Hater:
Well, he's buddy-buddy with Putin and Kim Jung Un.
Me:
Getting along with your adversaries is not a bad thing. Or would you prefer he antagonize them? BTW, when was the last "test missile" North Korea sent Japan's way?
Hater:
Well, he doesn't like the military! He called the dead soldiers "losers!"
Me:
You're referring to a report made from "anonymous sources" when over nine people who were with the President that has gone on record saying that it wasn't true? That doesn't send up any red flags for you? He's brought our Vets home and taken great strides and put a lot of money into fixing the VA, ask any veteran you know. Funny way to treat people you think are "losers," don't you think?
Hater:
Well, he got impeached for God's sake!
Me:
Yes, impeached by a partisan House and subsequently acquitted as there was no evidence that the President did anything wrong (no quid pro quo) in his communication with the President of Ukraine. BTW, you know Joe Biden actually admitted on national television to do that exact thing while he was in office as VP though, right?
Hater:
Well, he handled COVID horribly!
Me:
What would've you done differently?
Hater:
He didn't close the borders in time!
Me:
He announced travel restrictions on 1/31 and was called xenophobic for doing so, all the while Nancy Pelosi and Bill Deblasio were walking in Chinatown telling everyone to come on down, the water is fine.
Hater:
Well, he refused to wear a mask.
Me:
Here's a picture of him wearing a mask.
Hater:
Well, that was too far after!
Me:
After what? He had two of his experts on national TV every day giving updates and telling everyone to wear a mask?
Hater:
Well, he said everything will be fine and this will end!
Me:
Did you want him to run around screaming that the sky was falling?
Hater:
Well, listen to the way he talks! He's nasty! He's not how I want my President to sound.
Me:
Ahhh. NOW we're getting somewhere. You don't like his personality. And everything you've mentioned up until now is because you don't like his personality.
So for you, it seems personal and not about the job he's done.
So listen, if you want a President who will tell you whatever you want to hear, flip-flopping on every issue, not getting anything done his entire time while in office, but who sounds like a nice guy (even though he seems seriously impaired), then Joe Biden is definitely your man.

The census for sheep here in New Zealand also includes the 2 legged versions.
So many are so naive when it comes to our PM being so patronising and condescending they will believe whatever she says without question.

New Zealand is a nation of sheep, blindly following whatever the NZ media or government spins.





Wednesday, August 19, 2020

Dear Michael

 

I am writing this as a way of expressing how I felt and looked at my life whilst you were growing up and not being part of your earlier years. 

When one watches those programs about lost family or friends etc you often hear that saying "Not a day goes by when I don't think of them" how I wish it were true for me but no not every day but quite a few. 

You were, however, always in the back of my mind especially at family time, birthdays, Christmas and Easter. 

The five months I was with your mother two things I do not regret, having you and the life's lessons I learnt from the time I spent with her. I was a lost soul, continually searching for I have no idea what. I did try to keep in touch but that became difficult as I was told you were moving around a lot.

When you were about 6/7 years old child support suggested I should have shared custody. It was around this time I had a work injury and was in a battle with Workcover regarding the said injury. I was seeing a psychologist at the time and I mentioned the child support situation. Our thinking at the time was simply if I were to come into your life at that time the effect on you would not be the ideal one, hence I stayed in the background.

As you turned 14/15 that is the time I started thinking about you more and more. 

In January, your birthday and Australia Day (family time) February there is Valentine's day (does my boy have a girlfriend?) Along comes March to September (Footy season) and in a few of those months was your stepsisters birthday, Easter and several other family events. October there is Halloween, November is Guy Fawkes, and December another stepsisters birthday, Christmas and of course New Year's Eve and so we begin again. 

I always wondered if you were happy.

I guess I actually did think of you quite often now that I have written it down. There are many other things I want to say but cannot find the words, maybe leave it for another time.

Love Dad






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