“I couldn't live a week without a private library
- indeed, I'd part with all my furniture and squat and sleep on the floor
before I'd let go of the 1500 or so books I possess.” ― H.P. Lovecraft

Whistling In The Graveyard: January 30, 2005

Friday, February 04, 2005

I was gonna bitch about my life a little bit, but Brian sent me something that pissed me right the hell off.

Teens' kindness backfires when neighbor wins suit

Denver Post
Feb. 4, 2005 12:00 AM

DURANGO, Colo. - Two teenage girls trying to perform an act of kindness for their neighbors ended up being slapped with a medical bill for $900 after one neighbor suffered an anxiety attack when they knocked on her door at 10:30 at night delivering homemade cookies.

The incident began July 31 when the girls, Taylor Ostergaard, 17, and Lindsey Jo Zellitti, 18, decided to skip a dance and stay home and bake cookies for their neighbors.

The deliveries consisted of a half dozen chocolate chip and sugar cookies accompanied by big hearts cut out of red or pink construction paper with the message: "Have a great night." The notes were signed, "Love, The T and L Club," code for Taylor and Lindsey.

But at one of the nine scattered rural homes south of Durango where they delivered cookies that night, a 49-year-old woman, Wanita Renea Young, said she was at her rural home south of Durango around 10:30 p.m. when she said saw "shadowy figures" outside the house banging repeatedly on her door. She yelled, "Who's there?" but no one answered, and the figures ran away. She became so terrified by the knocks on her door around 10:30 p.m. that she called the sheriff's department. Deputies determined that no crime had been committed.

Frightened, she spent the night at her sister's home, then went to the hospital emergency room the next day after suffering a severe anxiety attack she thought might be a heart attack.

The teenagers' families offered to pay Young's medical bills, but she declined and sued, saying their apologies were not sincere and were not offered in person.

Judge Doug Walker on Thursday awarded Young almost $900 to recoup her medical bills.

The girls declined comment after the ruling. Taylor's mother said the girl "cried and cried."

"She felt she was being punished for doing something nice," Jill Ostergaard said.

Young said the teenagers showed "very poor judgment"

"The victory wasn't sweet," Young said. "I just hope the girls learned a lesson."

The teens said they did not answer when the woman called out because they wanted the treats to be a surprise.

See? This is what's fucking wrong with this country.

Two kids go out of their way to do something nice for others and they get sued.

What the FUCK?

It's bad enough that some cunt with sand in her dried up old husk of a vagina sued two kids for bringing her cookies, but she fucking won?

What the FUCK?

Do you have any idea what I'd do if I found two teenage girls standing on my doorstep with a basket of cookies?

OK, do you have any idea what I would do after I changed my shorts?

You can bet your ass there wouldn't be any lawsuits involved. At least, none filed by me.

But I'm trying to understand this. Wanita Renea Young gets a knock on her door at 10:30. OK, that might startle one. So she calls the police who "determined that no crime had been committed". This means they showed up at the house and, presumably, found the cookies with the construction paper hearts and a well wishing message.

So she has an anxiety attack over it? Huh? OK, even if she did have to go to the hospital, which I doubt was necessary, the parents of the kids offered to pay for it, which was more than they should have been expected to do.

So the bitch sues them?

Taylor Ostergaard and Lindsey Jo Zellitti, I presume you have access to the internet, if you perchance to read this I just want to say you're good kids who got punished because some people are just worthless.

Wanita Young? If you can read this, I hope you die. I hope you choke on a fucking Peperidge Farm cookie and just as youre about to choke to death you fall into a running woodchipper and goddamn die. And I'll say that about anyone that diminishes the chances of teenage girls showing up on my doorstep with a basket of cookies.

Wednesday, February 02, 2005

Jay and I went to the class tonight.

I was expecting it to cost $170, but it only cost $155. So that kicked ass.

It looks like something that I could master relatively easily. I honestly believe that after a week or two of practice I could jump right into it. I was expecting a 6 to 8 week class, more than enough time to get the idea.

Problem is it's a 14 week class.

Three and a half fucking months. I've got to find a way to keep my bills paid for the next three and a half months while I take the class, then I have to get hired somewhere, get set up, and THEN work long enough to get my first paycheck.

But after that everything should be peachy-fucking-keen.

Stay tuned. It should be a fun ride.

Monday, January 31, 2005

So, Medicaid still hasn't contacted the DHHR, but they have requested more information from the doctor that did my physical.

You remember, the one that didn't actually look at the hernia.

This could be good or bad. Guess it's a good thing I'm so goddamn centered isn't it?

Tomorrow night I'm going to one of the local high schools to look into taking a medical transcriptioning night course. If it works out like I think it might then I might be able to work at home and make some decent cash.

Even if the job doesn't work out I'm going to call a local congresswoman about my Medicaid problem. I'd planned on doing that today, but it didn't happen. Maybe tomorrow.

So tonight I have to drive out to my Mom's place to get a check to pay for the transcriptioning class. That'll be fun since I'm beginning to relapse on that sinus/eye infection I had a while back.

But I still feel alright, everything is still turned on, and if nothing else my artwork has been getting a lot of polishing.

Which brings me to some really good news. Yesterday I talked to none other than Zombie herself. She too has gone through some rough shit lately, but she assures me she's making a return to the internet and with her will come new Lil' Zombie strips!

Unfortunately CIM seems to be down right now, but keep checking. If nothing else you can find the three 'lost' Halloween strips which got posted right before the site went down.

Sunday, January 30, 2005