Scratchie\’s World

School Done!!! Other stuff in life to write about now….

Bloggers Link and other stuff

Well, we had our little link up on Wednesday night and a good time was had by all I would think. We missed a few of those especially the ladies but it went well none the less. My main objective was to meet Kami with whom I have been chatting with online for quite a while. No disappointment there. She is indeed a very beautiful person. Her personality is contagious. Her aunt who accompanied her is quite interesting and I am happy to have met them in person FINALLY. Gela is certainly a fun person. Full of life and a personality that draws you to her. Francis is a character of laughter. I won’t try to call all the names lest I forget someone but save to say they were a great group of Caribbean people. Talk and laughter ranged from travelling, to blogging to you name it we talked about it. The venue was nice but a little taxing on the pockets but we’ll live. I can safely say that KFC it is not.
Well you know how my blog goes at this time of the year….school takes over my life and until exams are over you don’t see me. That cycle continues I’m sorry to say. This summer we are cramming 14 weeks worth of work into 10 weeks. And cramming in this case is an understatement. I had 2 presentations this week and after many sleepless nights (and I am being very literal here) they were both made last night. I think they went well but only the lecturers will know for certain. I can safely say “relief”. I haven’t done as well as I would have liked this summer. I was ill for quite a bit of the time and I know that the poor old body is saying, quite emphatically I might add, that I need to slow down a bit. I actually was on sick leave for a while so my grades suffered. I haven’t failed anything but I certainly won’t be the head of the class in these courses. I did receive good grades in the latter part of the courses but I don’t know if it will be enough for my covetted “A’s”. Can’t make blood out of stone can we….
I am to be reassigned next week so I am not sure where I will be or if I will have access but all in due course.
Well the old car is acting up again. Nothing serious but I long for the day when i can get a new one. That seems to just get further and further away. My son starts college in August and fees have to be paid so no resources for any new car now. The plan was to get one after I finish in 2007 but that may have to wait a little longer. Oh well. Whatever will be will be.
Cable and Wireless is trying my last nerve. I think I may have to finally get rid of them and resort to using only their home service (and I am considering getting rid of that too in favour of cell phones. It makes no sense having the phones and service if you can’t access them. All I get when I call the office is a 15 minute hold some elevator music and promises to address the matter which usually amount to naught. Tired of the crap!! I think they may be over-extending themselves in the shadow of the fear of Flow. Whatever they are doing is only serving to term people off. Short term lock in to a contract with poor service = long term lost customers. Learn from your cellular experience C&W.
Other than that I am getting ready for my semester finals which will run from next week till 14 August so if you don’t see me you know why.
In closing, this blogger says thank you and pays credit to a fantastic Jamaican who lived her life for the things she thought were important to us as a people…Jamaican, Trinidadian, Bajan, Vincentian, Caribbean people all. Miss Lou, walk good and Rest in Peace. Clap har!!!!!!!!!
Have a great weekend all.

July 28, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 14 Comments

Idle Chatter

I saw someone’s MSN name this week and it said that in a few years Italy’s win at the recently concluded World Cup will be forgotten but Zidane’s head butting will be remembered forever. I won’t pass any judgement on the man since I don’t know what would drive his actions in this direction. I have not walked in his moccasin, as my old English teacher would have said.

The NBC news this morning showed the many games and video clips that have been made surrounding this incident. It make you wonder how so many people have so much idle time on their hands.

Then again I called this an idle chatter post so I guess I am a part of that group too….

July 13, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 10 Comments

Suffering in Silence

I can’t help but feel distressed every morning when I pass the American Embassy here in Kingston. Jamaican’s have a saying that “If yuh want good yuh nose haffi run” roughly translated that if you want something in life you must be prepared to work/undergo stress for it.
The Embassy is located on a major thoroughfare and each morning those persons who have “appointments” are made to stand outside on the sidewalk until they are allowed inside. I find this a most demeaning and inhumane way of dealing with people, especially in their own country, all for the sake of an opportunity to live, visit or work somewhere else where things may seem better. I just see it as torture. I have no problem with operating a system but you would think that somewhere as advanced as the US Embassy could come up with a better way of dealing with applicants.
I have not addressed the issue of the roaring business opportunities that have been created surrounding the rules that one must abide with when visiting the Embassy. There are cellphone holders and baggage handlers and……….

I know there isn’t any immediate solution that can be put in place but really now…….this has been going on for decades and it really not good for us as a modern society.

July 5, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 13 Comments

A Bit of Lite Humour

My Dad Is A Father
A little boy got on the bus, sat next to a man reading a book, and noticed he had his collar on backwards.
The little boy asked why he wore his collar that way.
The man, who was a priest, said, ” I am a Father.”
The little boy replied, “My Daddy doesn’t wear his collar like that.”
The priest looked up from his book and answered, “I am the Father of many.”
The boy said, “My Dad has 4 boys, 4 girls and two grandchildren and he doesn’t wear his collar that way.”
The priest, getting impatient, said, “I am the Father of hundreds” and went back to reading his book.
The little boy sat quietly thinking for a while, then leaned over and said,
“Maybe you should wear your pants backwards instead of your collar.”

July 3, 2006 Posted by | Uncategorized | 7 Comments