Wednesday, December 2, 2015

More Than One Cause At A Time

November 15, 2015

I saw this meme today and it is perfect following the support shown Parisians after the terrorist attacks. Turns out there was another terrorist attack in Beirut two days before Paris and while I didn't see anything about it I resent people posting that BlackFolks* who support Paris are somehow betraying themselves, their history, their people and THE struggle. 

I did not see any coverage on the Beirut terrorist attack and that is saying something because I am a news junkie. An undeniable truth: People, countries, governments and news organizations do prioritize the value of lives. A fact. But that will not dictate how I express myself. 

It is cowardice and bullying for anyone to imply that compassion is limited to only people who look like you, talk like you, believe like you and agree with you. Compassion is sympathetic pity and concern for the sufferings or misfortunes of others.  Look it up. 

Let's all do as our heart tells us and leave others to do as their heart tells them.

Meme:  What if I told you BlackPeople can care about Paris, the University of Missouri, HBCUs, Syria, Racial Equality, Nigeria, Police Brutality, Education, the 2016 Election all at the same time, without losing our 'Black Card.' It's not a damn contest. --Unknown

*My word.

I Don't Want a Vente Mocha Shakalaboom Anything from Starbucks

December 2, 2015

Why did I just leave Starbucks in Stamford Connecticut @ Exit 6 in a semi-pissed off state? Well I'll tell you.

I don't speak Starbucks so I foolishly thought good old American English with a Northeast dialect would see me through this second foray into Starbucksland. WRONG!

I asked for a large hot chocolate with whipped cream. He said vente mocha? I informed him I did not speak Starbucks and repeated Large Hot Chocolate with whipped cream. He said blah, blah, blah. I said yes. 

The price was higher than my last visit so I asked, 'Is this a large hot chocolate with whipped cream?' Mr. Headphone order taker comes over and wants to spend the next few minutes telling me I ok'd his understanding of my order. I bantered for a few seconds before cutting him off at the knees by stating loudly I ordered hot chocolate and again I don't speak Starbucks. I was amazed that he seemed more concerned with proving that I ok'd his Starbucks jibberish than getting me my hot chocolate.

Back to Donut Delight where small, medium and large are suffice to order a drink with my non-vente-white-squirt-of-caramel-shakalaboom talking self can be served quickly at a much cheaper price.