3 Things

1.  Although the Anaheim Hills (“canyon#2 fire) is only 20-25 minutes away from me, neither my home or my work is in any jeopardy.  (other than horrible air quality.)  My younger daughter’s best friend was evacuated last night.  Almost everyone knows someone who’s had to evacuate, because it’s so close.  It’s so sad.  And the Northern CA fires are MUCH worse.  So much devastation.  😦

2.  I had to throw out my Cashmere Mist perfume last night.  It’s my go-to fall/winter scent.  But it was created by Donna Karan, and that woman has royally pissed me off, with her support of Harvey Weinstein and worse yet, saying that ‘women ask for it’ (being sexually harassed or worse) because of the way some of them dress.  Holy shit, really?  From the woman who has made many of the most revealing evening gowns of all time?

Look, I have been in sexually harassing work environments at three different jobs, from the age of 16 up.  (sure, none in the past 20 years or so, but still.)  Is this a ‘trigger’ (such a stupid phrase, so belittling)…subject for me? Darned right it is.  Whether I was being locked in a freezer at a restaurant I worked at by men who openly said sexual shit to me (at the age of 16!), or cornered in a back office by my boss with him trying to grope me (next job, at 18!), or had my back and shoulders continually massaged by a boss if I wore one perfume, but not if I wore another…yeah, I know what it’s like to have men come on to me in a work setting completely inappropriately. But that was in a time when it was my word against men’s word, and well, back then, it would’ve gotten me no where except fired or harassed even further, so I kept my mouth shut because that’s what we women did.

So for this rich, entitled bitch to throw out these comments pissed me off enough to have me run upstairs, take the perfume out of the medicine chest, and throw it ceremoniously in the trash.

I’ll go out at lunch to look for a new winter scent.  😦

3.  Mike Ditka is an ass.  His comments last night:

Former NFL tight end and head coach Mike Ditka said Monday “there has been no (racial) oppression in the last 100 years that I know of” and said current football players should “respect the game” by saving protests for after the game rather than during the national anthem.

Ditka made the comments before the Monday Night Football contest between the Minnesota Vikings and Chicago Bears during an interview with Jim Gray of Westwood One (via Des Bieler of the Washington Post).
“Is this the stage for this?” he said. “If you want to protest, or whatever you want to protest, you’ve got a right to do that. But I think you’re a professional athlete. You have an obligation to the game
“Yes. I don’t care who you are, or how much money you make, if you don’t respect our country, you shouldn’t be in this country playing football,” he said. “Go to another country and play football. If you had to go to somewhere else and try to play this sport, you wouldn’t have a job.
“If you can’t respect the flag and this country, then you don’t respect what this is all about, so I would say: Adios.”
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What does it take for these damned entitled/rich white men to GET IT?  Or the GOP?  Telling us WHEN and WHERE we can protest…isn’t freedom at all?  It’s the antithesis of freedom.  
And don’t even get me started on the ‘no oppression in the last 100 years.’  My God how can you live that deep in denial?  Let alone, isn’t he, by his very COMMENTS, trying to OPPRESS?  No self awareness at ALL.
Okay, I’m done being riled up for the day.  I love the smell of napalm in the morning.  (LOL)

35 thoughts on “3 Things

  1. Margaret (Peggy or Peg too)

    OR THE GOP? that is nothing but fat white men.

    I think we can all agree Ditka is a dick. I am not a fan of football on any damn level. But what are these neanderthals thinking? Have they never read a book? Are their heads so far up their arses that they don't see and understand others plights? What a royal A-hole and that is what I think the mentally of football and the GOP is filled with.
    So domestic abuse is fine – we ignore that pesky item and let them play. Killing dogs – we ignore it all and they can play, he paid his dues and he makes money for me. They kill people (allegedly) and until jail we'll let them play. WTF? arrests, no problem let 'em play because they make me money. But heaven forbid they protest the racial inequality and the killing of our black and brown brothers for usually no reason as unpatriotic. Sorry Gwen, you got me fired up there.

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  2. Arkansas Patti

    Kerplunk! There goes my DKNY Delicious Night in the trash. Thanks for the heads up. Totally agree with you on Ditka and the right to protest. These times are hard but at least it allows us to see who the jerks are.

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  3. Lynda

    I was wondering how you were being affected by the fires – it looks terrible and so sad. I don't really wear perfume maybe a tiny dash if on a night out – everyone around me is too sensitive to it.

    I had the same workplace issues that you had in my younger days and yes, sure times were different but what this creep Weinstein did is in another league. My God men thought they were entitled back then!

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  4. Jean R.

    Those fires are terrible! My heart aches for those effected.

    That comment about no oppression in the last 100 years— How can anyone be so blind and low educated! I guess we really DO still need black history month in this country.

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  5. Silver Willow

    I wish that the GOP was only fat white men. Sadly, not. Young, old, male, female; GOP has it all. 😦

    I agree with everything else you say. All of the above though; I think a large part of the blame goes to the strong Player's Union. (as if anyone making multiple millions of dollars a year should need a union…)

    Sorry I got YOU fired up. :: hugs ::

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  6. Jeanie

    If I wore perfume and wore that, I'd pitch it, too. Mike Ditka and the NFL head… everyone must stand. OK. Stand. And give them the raised fist like the Olympic athletes did back in the late 60s. There's more than one way around this playground.

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  7. Blondie's Journal

    The one and only thing about this Weinstein deal is that not only are women speaking out on his perverted behavior, but men as well. I hope all of the celebrities can be the “voices” to make men turn around and think. And I hope ALL women learn from this, I was a victim in my twenties, and I would go ballistic if my daughters were harassed in any way. Let this be the path for men to think about and follow when their sexual and misplaced urges take over. There will be no excuses.

    Jane

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  8. Blondie's Journal

    The one and only thing about this Weinstein deal is that not only are women speaking out on his perverted behavior, but men as well. I hope all of the celebrities can be the “voices” to make men turn around and think. And I hope ALL women learn from this, I was a victim in my twenties, and I would go ballistic if my daughters were harassed in any way. Let this be the path for men to think about and follow when their sexual and misplaced urges take over. There will be no excuses. Jane

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  9. Sharon Anck

    Good for you! I'm with you all the way! Like you, I was harassed many times in my early career and back in those days, there wasn't much you could do about it. In fact, at one job, it was the head of Human Resources that did the harassing. I'm with you on the NFL too. In fact, if I went to any football games (which I don't) I'd stay in my seat during the nation anthem as a show of support.

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  10. Jono

    Yes, but tell me how you REALLY feel. You mean women haven't been treated properly since (and before)they got the vote? And blacks (et. al.)have been treated fairly since the Civil War (War of Northern Aggression)? As a white male, but an anchor baby, I live a privileged life. It is an accident of birth. I can't believe these people can't understand any other point of view or not see what is painfully obvious. All I can do is apologize for the idiots out there and try to convince them to change their ways and call them on their idiocy.

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  11. Silver Willow

    It always pleases me when I can work that sentence into my life, although I don't particularly like getting riled up early in the morning, that sentence almost makes it worth it. LOL

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  12. Kay

    We have a friend right now who is also not being evacuated yet, but the fires were 17 miles away two days ago. I'm with you on all counts too.

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  13. joared

    Hope your friends are unaffected by the fire as they get it more under control. I’m a little late to the railing but you really told it like it is. Had more than my share of all that sexual stuff in the work place and knew of too many others who did also. Guess Karan back-tracked some of her words.

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  14. Silver Willow

    Donna Karan only tried to cover her faux pas. She said her real mind, in her initial statements. Anything after that was damage control. And thanks, re friends in the fire. 🙂

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