The Rotten Beef Blog

Rotten Beef….What's Eating You?

  • Oct 25

    It never fails to amaze me how much of an asshole people who claim to be your “friends” really are! Take for instance the current economic state our country is in. I’m sure there are others out there, like myself, who have been out of work for some extended period of time. And I’m sure that at least a few of your “friends” have said to you at least one time or another, “Hey, I know what your are going through. If you ever need anything, let me know and I’ll be glad to do my best to help you out.”

    YOU know what I am going through?? I’ve been out of work for over TWO FUCKING YEARS! YOU go to your job everyday and collect your paycheck at the end of the week. My unemployment ran out long ago! YOU are able to pay your bills every month without worrying which medication you will have to stop taking to keep the roof over your family’s head. So don’t tell me YOU know how I feel.

    Oh, and as for the “If you ever need anything, let me know and I’ll be glad to do my best to help you out.” I NEED A JOB! When I told you what my skills and qualifications are and that I am open to do anything for a paycheck to help support my family, that didn’t mean for you to turn your back and completely act like I never existed. You said you were a friend, act like one.

    You may not know of any jobs right now, but don’t ignore my calls or emails just because I am out of work. Just because I can’t afford to go out to eat at a fancy restaurant, why can’t we have a get together at one of our places?

    Money helps move things in this world, but it should have no bearing on friendship! Now I know who the real friends are!

  • Aug 4

    This monster called facebook has to be STOPPED!  Where is the line between REALITY and VIRTUAL REALITY drawn?

    Take for example what happened to me recently. I am by no means Mr. Popularity but my “friend” list on Facebook had grown close to 500 people. It got to the point the “friend” requests were coming from stranger and stranger people. I rarely get on and when I do I was having trouble finding my real friends to communicate with. So I posted that if I haven’t heard from you in a while or you have not answered my Facebook messages, I was going to thin my “friend” list dramatically. True to my word, those I have not heard from were cut.

    One of those “friends” happen to be a real-life friend I met in high school. I sent this friend at least 2 or 3 FB messages but they never responded. They continued to post on FB just not return my messages. 3 days after the cut was made, they finally realized they were not on my list. WHOA! Did all hell break loose.

    This friend was so upset that they blocked me from seeing them online, blocked my email address and sent me a nasty text telling me how hurtful “I” was and never to call again.

    WTF?! So if I go and remove my parents, siblings, children or cousins from my Facebook “friends” list they should never talk to me again?

    HELLO people! Facebook is a “virtual” friend list! Friends can still chat on the phone, write letters or email. We don’t have to be online buddies too to know we care about each other. Grow up and get a life!!

  • May 4

    The weather is starting to warm up throughout most of the country. With that comes Summer time fun. Time to be outdoors and maybe splash in the pool or take walks in the cooler parts of the day or night. Speaking of which, something I could never figure out (especially in the warmer regions of the country) is how people can sit in their garage with family or friends and actually enjoy it.

    I’ve noticed this before and it struck me as kind of odd, but I seem to be seeing it more and more. People sitting in their garages. Inviting over the neighbors. Smoking some cigarettes, drinking some beer and sharing some jokes. I have no problem with this and I think everyone has a right to relax in the manner of which they choose. But this isn’t just stepping out to smoke a quick cigarette. They have progressed from having lawn furniture in the garage to bringing in (or out) full length sofas, love seats, recliners, television sets, even going so far as to maybe carpet or linoleum tile the floor of the garage.

    Hey I’m all for keeping a smoke-free home, I’m just not a hot weather fan. Which by the way, I have seen some fans in these garages too, but they were just the little 12″ oscillating kind.

    Is this a family tradition? Is it some part of a specific culture or regional upbringing? I am not sure. But if these people enjoy it, that’s fine by me.

    I say, Bring on the A/C!!

  • Mar 14

    I recently signed up for one of these social networking websites. Automatically I started searching for friends and then college buddies. I searched for co-workers and then I decided I would look for old high school friends.

    Now I know there is a very good probability that the girls from long ago have probably gotten new names from marriage, but the guys names more than likely would be the same. Amazingly enough, I couldn’t find any! It appeared to me as if they all just disappeared.

    I’m pretty sure I’m not the only computer literate person from my class, but the only one who signs up on these sites? I’ve checked the “school” networking sites and have found a few people on there, but those sites are too expensive when you have a whole bunch of free ones out there.

    It’s also understandable that people grow up, have families, jobs and other things to occupy their time. Don’t you wonder about what ever happened to that good friend from high school? I know I have more than once.

    Just a random thought running through my head today.

    Blog ya later.

  • Nov 19

    So I’m talking with a friend the other day and they say “What are you gonna do for Thanksgiving?” I told them I was volunteering at a homeless shelter to help feed people who are down on their luck and in need of some help. So what does my friend say, “ha ha, you’re kidding right?” NO, I’m not!

    What the hell is so funny about wanting to do good for others in the world? I’ll tell you what isn’t funny, it’s this rotten fucken society who could give two shits about anybody except themselves! People these days just want for ME, ME, ME. If I can’t win the lottery to make a sizeable donation to my favorite charity, I’ll donate some of my TIME. Maybe if people thought more about others and less about how they can capitalize on others, the world may start to be a better place.

    Happy Thanksgiving to the truly “thankful” people out there!

  • May 2

    Man, did I wake up on the wrong side of the bed today…or did I? Maybe it’s the right side for once.

    I think I am finally starting to see people as they really are. Society as a whole has changed and it really sucks!  People have become so self-centered that today’s society seems deplorable. Making every excuse NOT to return your phone  calls, emails or letters. Those that know me personally, know I am a very easy going guy who is always willing to help someone out. When I do help, I never expect anything in return. I am just happy helping others.

    Let’s start with family, the people you gather with during the holidays to share laughs and rejoice together. During the  rest of the year, where are they? I’ll tell you where my family is, involved with their own lives and jobs (which I have no problem with). But, I have called and emailed numerous times to say hi, how are you etc. When do I hear back? When their computer is having problems or their car is broke down. (I am a certified computer tech and mechanic by the way, which would explain the calls) Do I help? Of course, they are my family! But the one time I do miss an important family deal (someone winning an award or in the hospital for tonsils, etc.) then I really hear about it!

    How about friends? Same story, call to say hi, how are you etc. When do I hear back? If I’m lucky 3 maybe 4 weeks later.  Not so much for help with their cars or computers, but just to say, “Oh I got your message but I have been soooo busy!” Busy my ass. In the past I’ve worked 60 hours weeks AND went to school FULL TIME AND still had time to hang with friends! So I know busy. How about when they say, I’ll call you or let’s go out for a drink or let’s do lunch, maybe check out a movie or how about we do some fishing this weekend? All misleading promises. OK, I understand people have jobs, family etc, so do I! But what if you ARE family or have been close friends for years? Should I understand? Yes. Can I? Not really. Myspace friends are different, most people I know on here are real life friends or co-workers even business acquaintances. So when they don’t respond I can understand because I am in contact with them on a regular basis and know what they are up to. Especially the ones with 500 or more friends, I can understand their lack or delay of response. The ones I have met recently, well I guess that’s what defines true character. Even if they don’t have time to sit down and write a long (or even semi-long message) they still leave comments. Oh bless those comments! Please don’t take offense; I do respect all people until they give reason not to. A job with access to the internet all day is much different than a doctor in surgery, you get the point.

    How about the people you apply to for employment? There was a time (a few short years ago) that when I sent out a resume, I would get a rejection letter. Yes I said “rejection” letter. Why do I seem content about that? Because my interest in  their company was “acknowledged”. Hell, they even sent standard FORM letters! Nowadays, people are so damn lazy they can’t even hit the stinking “reply” button to say thanks, we got your resume, we’ll keep it on file! WTF?

    And don’t get me started on the classified ads. I’ve advertised furniture, computers, bicycles, doesn’t matter what I was selling, those lame ass people who call to say they are “very interested” get directions to your place and tell you they  will be over in 30 minutes, never show. Not even a call as a “COURTESY” to say, sorry I changed my mind.

    Do I sound jaded? Yes, probably because I am. Should I be? Probably not, it’s human nature. But I am man enough to tell someone when I am  really busy, can’t make it or just not in the mood. Have I used excuses before? Yes (only on my consistent regulars who have no clue what blogs or Myspace are). I’ll tell you why too, there is an old saying that goes: “A plumber always has leaky pipes.” Meaning, if you’ve had as many computer, home repair or car questions as I have had, you’d get a bit tired and eventually find an excuse now and then to get time to keep your own house in order. I’ve contradicted myself there, but for good reason. I guess if I had  to pick one of my biggest faults, I’d say it was that I am always willing to help family and friends, never leaving time  for me to complete my projects. The one time I do want to do something for myself, I’ve gotten the guilt trip. If someone is truly being a big bother to me, I will tell them I’m taking time for myself and they need to find another way to  resolve their issue. I don’t give BS excuses about work, family, church (and I’m not knocking people for their religious beliefs) or school.

    I think the thing that really bothers me most is when someone can’t even have the respectability to stand up and say  “sorry, not today”. I don’t think people realize it actually hurts more to lie and string someone along than to just tell them outright you can’t (or don’t want to) do it. People expect you to find out all there is to know about them and your  friendship/relationship by osmosis.

    I’ve ranted enough. This is probably one of the longest (if not longest) blogs from me you will ever see. Just had to get this off my chest. I’ll probably never change and always be the same friendly easy going helpful guy I am, but that’s just me.