Monthly Archives: November 2012

I LOVE DRAMA….SAID, NO ONE EVER!

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I’m sitting at Stacey Q’s house with TiffyCanoe, getting ready to have a drink and a few more laughs before heading home to my boring, quiet life in my sad little apartment with Eyeore. NOT! I love my apartment, I love my boys, I love Eyeore, I love my weekday boredom being the 2000’s version of June Cleaver. Mostly right now, I LOVE my friends. I have been taking in stories, complaints, thoughts and solutions about drama. Family drama, friend drama, work drama, stranger drama, and of course your own personal innermost never tell anyone drama.

We all have drama despite how much we “hate it”. Every time we bitch about someone, we create it. Every time we fight with someone, we create it. Every time we can’t make up our damn minds, we have it. We decide to have sex with someone, yep just invited it in.  May as well just get used to it, embrace it and start saying that we LOVE it.

I heard TiffyCanoe tell a family drama story a little while ago that made me laugh so hard and double snort that I actually wished I had been part of her family that day.   It was like a National Lampoon movie script and if the day ever comes that I am cruising down the aisle for the 4th time to the sounds of “Smack my Bitch Up”, I will definitely give a chuckle to the memory.

Drama involving your own children has got to be the worst, regardless of their age but the older they get the harder it is because you have to face the inevitable “I have to let them go and do it on their own” scenario. When we are young, I don’t think that we realize some of the things our own parents thought about and had to face but as our children grow up, we start to realize how difficult it must have been for them sometimes. It is hard to give good substantial advice, have them look at you like you are a complete moron and then walk away knowing they won’t listen to a word you say at this moment in time and that they will wind up hurting, just like you did all those years ago. Trial and error and our own individual journey, all we can do is try to give them the tools they will need and then sit back and watch. Girl, you know who you are, yes I am talking to you, take a deep breath  and TRY not to worry too much, she will be okay. It’s just going to take a while.

This last week I have been thinking a lot about some super ancient drama that I feel like I need to address and I think that it deserves to be done in a public forum because this person deserves that. When I was very young, barely 18, I had a friend. She was a very good friend that I had known forever it seemed and we had played together as kids, hung out together as teens, when she moved south I even went to go visit her family there. I started “dating” this man and we decided to get married. He had already started the process of separating me from all of my friends and family that he could. He was/is still a total narcissist. One day I was talking about visiting her again and he tells me something that he knows will throw me off and keep me from talking to her. Deep down I knew it couldn’t be true but he had me believing everything he said, so I never spoke with her again until about a year ago. I thought of her many, many times over the years and thanks to Facebook we found each other. I always thought about how badly it sucked for it to be like this but never really put much thought in to how she must have felt personally.  She was very close to my family and apparently she came to my house one day shortly after all this and my grandmother told her that I didn’t want to talk to her anymore because of what she did, when she never did anything. I am sure she was confused and hurt and to have to hear this from my grandma, a woman that she respected and cared about must have been the worst. I am sorry for this my friend, I can’t even express how much. I, angry pumpkin, cannot find the right word, “worst” was the best I could do and that’s like a 2 on a scale of 1-10. My heart sinks that grandma is not here for me to stand in front of her and tell her what an idiot I am, I did have a talk with her though. I think I may be mostly sorry that I took away from you that last little bit of time that she had to play rummy. Thank you for being such an awesome person that you “get it”.

Happily brought to you by Angry Pumpkin the Drama Queen.

GO SELL IT OFF THE MOUNTAIN?

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So, I was about halfway done with a post about drama and its origins, etc. when I found out tonight that my whole city had erupted in to drama on steroids. I live in Riverside, CA. I was born here and have lived the majority of my life here with the exception of a few small periods of time. My grandparents moved to this city in August of 1962 and proceeded to raise their family here. My oldest son attended the same high school that my mother and her siblings did. It is a block away from my home and I am amazed each time I drive or walk by because it contains so much history, not only to my family but to this city as well. I like to think that I know a lot about Riverside and I find it fascinating while others are happy that they have “escaped”. I could ramble on with what I know HOWEVER; tonight we are going to focus on one thing, Mount Rubidoux.

Mount Rubidoux is situated downtown overlooking the century plus old cemetery and some wonderful old homes. I would love to live down there but I don’t. I do however enjoy going that way on occasion to marvel in our history.  It is after all OUR history, personal and public.

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In 1905, Frank Miller, keeper of the Mission Inn, also in downtown Riverside, purchased 117 acres of land on Mount Rubidoux. In February 1907 the road leading up one side and down the other, was completed. Two months later in April, Bishop Conatay, dedicated the Serra Cross, located at the mountains top. The original cross was made of wooden logs stained dark brown and the replacement which was placed in 1963 due to vandalism of the original, is made of wire and concrete. The original cross can be found in the atrium in front of the St. Francis Chapel at the Mission Inn. Every year they hold Easter sunrise services at the cross. The very first was held in 1909.  I have never been but I hear it is beautiful at that time of day with the sun peeking out from the east. There are many plaques along the road commemorating different things, giving everyone small glimpses of the events that have occurred there.  The majority of the plaques were put up before Frank Millers death in 1935.

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In 1955, Frank Miller Hutchings, grandson of Frank Miller, met with the city of Riverside in order to deed the mountain to the city for public use. Apparently there was a contractual stipulation with the city that stated if the cross was ever removed then the city was to return the mountain to any living members of the Miller family. Sounds somewhat foolproof right? Guess again. Apparently these sorts of contracts automatically expire 30 years after inception and an attempt to renew said contract needs to be made. Well, I don’t know the whole story but it looks like the city took no steps to do that so in 1985 the contract was no longer valid.

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There are rumors of tunnels leading from the mountain down to the Mission Inn and a couple of other places, supposedly for the purpose of smuggling liquor to the Inn and Victoria Country Club during prohibition. There are caves hidden by boulders, various monuments and at one time even goats living on the mountain. There is also quite a variety of plant life around as you walk the mountain. There was a time, years ago, that you could drive your car up to the top. That is no longer allowed so it must be walked which is difficult for many as it is a steep road in many places. Many have sought solace here when depressed and just plain tired of life’s ups and downs. Most have said how much better they have felt after speaking with someone along the way or just taking in the natural beauty above the city. Several have not felt relief and have taken their lives with the mountain as their instrument of help in doing so.

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Here is where the drama steps in. I learned yesterday evening that there was a city council meeting being held to discuss the removal and sale of the Serra Cross from the top of Mount Rubidoux. The starting bid would be $10,000.00.  It seems that the Inland Empire Atheists decided that since they don’t want it and are offended by it, they would raise hell and make lawsuit threats in order to have it removed citing separation of church and state. Okay yea great, I get that but what about the historical factor here?  What about the feeling that it gives Riverside natives to see that familiar site at the mountains top? I personally am a non-believer, sorry if you don’t agree with that or like it but it is who I am. I am not offended by that cross, I am awe struck by it. I think that it is amazing, that generations before us placed things upon this mountain that meant something to them. I think openly when it comes to the beliefs of others and I know and support that one day my children may believe in a manner that I don’t. That to me means that this cross may have an even greater importance to them. How dare you try and deny them their history and potential religious convictions. I don’t understand how one small group of obviously selfish people can have the power to make this happen. It is morally wrong for those individuals to try to take this away when it does NOT belong to only them. If I worshipped the sun and you weren’t allowed to go out in to the sunlight, would that offend you? Would you find a way to squelch my joy to satisfy your own selfish wants? It is wrong and I am pissed off. I don’t recall receiving a call from the Atheists asking my non-believing opinion on the matter. Do you think it’s because they knew I would tell them to go anywhere they believe is bad, possibly Wal-Mart? I didn’t receive a voting card. Have these people lived their entire lives here? Is their history here, like mine? Why do they have more of a say than I? Don’t answer, I get the whole church and state thing but that was supposedly originally created to keep state out of church, not vice versa. There were several suggestions made at the meeting such as handing over care to the Friends of Mount Rubidoux organization or commissioning statues to be placed alongside the cross to represent other faiths, etc. I pose this question…what statue would the Atheists have there?  Based on some of the things I have read being slung back and forth between the two teams, I would have to guess they would have something made and placed that would offend everyone as much as that cross seems to offend some of them.

All sorts of crap is flying about religion and the rights of those that don’t partake. The word “offend” is being used quite a bit. Funny thing is that I have NEVER been offended by that cross and of all the times I have been up there next to it, it has never once tried to convert me. Neither has anyone else that has stood by it, taking in the sight. I know things change over time; I see it every day when I drive through the city. Some I like, some I don’t and some just make me shake my head in disbelief.  If they take this cross away from where it belongs, I think it would be like removing a small piece of everyone that belongs to this city.

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I am officially passionately pissed, so much so that I even created a twitter account yesterday so that I could get tweets from the meeting. I swore that I would never twitter.

City council decided to hold off any voting until January in order to give residents time to gather information, form ideas and ask legal questions. My intention is to be at that next meeting and to try and keep up to date on anything happening with it. Seriously though, if the cross offends you then don’t go there. You live in southern California, there are at least, oh I don’t know, 10,000 other places you could go that might make you happier.

ONE THINGS FOR SURE….LOVE STINKS

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This blog we are going to get down and dirty so I am adding a disclaimer. **ANYONE  related to me, especially MOM, you may want to think twice or 3 times about reading further because this could end up totally innocent or totally not, I don’t know yet.**  Ha, so there you have it, the choice is now yours!

This post, well, as you can see from the title is about love. Good love, bad love, here love, there love, up love, down love, where the F**K is my love, LOVE! Love is addictive, fun, sad and a pain in the ass. Why do we crave it so and then cry over it. It’s stupid, we must be stupid. How do you control your heart or emotions or your mind for that matter? Why do we make mental lists of what we want and need and then when we finally find someone with all those qualities, at least 98% of them, do we decide to throw them to the curb because they drink hot sauce out of the little cup. I mean really? My BFF HiHi says that I have to decide what I can live with and what I can’t. I don’t know what those things are, they are case by case as you know and no man has passed (as of yet). Instead of a sign that says, “take a number and wait your turn” it should say, “ don’t bother taking a number, take me on a date, make me happy and then go away because in 3 days I won’t be answering your texts anyways”! Whoo, that’s a mouthful or sign full I suppose. Why is that? Trust issues? Boredom? They aren’t good enough? I’m not good enough? After 4 years maybe I just don’t want your S**T in my house. Anyone, anyone? Bueller. Bueller?

I am a self-proclaimed over thinker. I admit it and can’t control it. I don’t know how to stop my thought process; I don’t know how to meditate. I have been trying by order of the therapist but thus far have been unsuccessful.  I am the person next to you in yoga class with racing thoughts figuring out exactly which path to take home to get the most done.  I am a nitpicker. What can I say; I am getting old and set in my CDO ways. I like things my way and cringe at the thought of having to “bend” to accommodate another living in my home one day while at the same time yearning for it. I am obviously psychotic and in desperate need of a medication change. Besides love there are practical reasons for wanting a man around and no, I don’t need you to fix things, I got that covered! The help with bills, household cleaning and such, child rearing (no they don’t need another daddy but sometimes a man saying “NO” is more effective than mom saying it). I had CPS called on me by ADHD (my ex-a dick head dad) and his partner Ankles (she’s 3 feet below a C**T) during our recent court battle because they wanted to try to dig something up. Of course CPS walked in and shook their heads wondering why they were here EXCEPT for the fact that I have bipolar disorder and Riverside County apparently likes to take children away from parents with mental illness especially if there is no “partner” in the home to help out. WOW! Can you say “mail order groom”?

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When ADHD first cheated with Ankles and knocked her up and we split/divorced I wanted no part of keeping men. I wanted you all but didn’t want to keep you. I had no reason to, in my head you all sucked. In the last couple of years I have been coming out of it and I actually even had a 6 month relationship with a complete douche but I kept him around for super-secret reasons plus companionship. Now, I am trying not to run but I am a runner. I will find a reason to go and I will go. Fast. There is always a pre-cursor though. Something sets me off, something you do or say that isn’t right, doesn’t sit well with me, turns my over thinker up to high. I HAVE been making the conscious decision NOT to run though! HiHi says I need to be alone. I don’t want to be alone. The holidays are coming again and even though I can go to someone’s house if my boys are gone or even if they are here, I always have to come home…alone. It is getting depressing. I look at my friends and I am jealous. I look at aunts, parents, uncles, exes and well, woe is me. Eyeore and I, ha-ha, he is the only male that gets to sleep with me on a regular basis! Go Eyeore! These things I know. I am not unattractive, I am not unintelligent (this surprises a lot of people), I am funny and fun to be around and I am passionate and caring. I know that even if I am turned in to a zombie during the apocolypse I will still be attractive (picture provided). Some man out there will be very happy when he finds me. So will I.

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Grandpa told me recently, “You will know when you are in love”. I believe him. Now I just wait, like with the worms.