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Sep 13


Posted on Sunday, September 13, 2015 in My life, Whining

I’m getting to be really tired of the color orange. It’s more or less everywhere online. Is it a ‘teen’ color or is it one that people of all ages like? Personally, I put it among my three least favorite colors (brown, beige, orange), yet most people seem to prefer them.

When it comes to blog themes, it seems to me that 99 % of them all are basically white (‘clean’ – or in my words ‘yawn’), but if there’s any other color it’s usually one of the ones I hate the most.

Actually, I’m beginning to see all this as a part of a much larger picture – the way the world is always leaning towards the side I hate. I’m not going to go into details, but if things can go either way, I find that most of the time, it leans in the opposite direction of what I would wish.

It’s very discouraging, though I must add that I never expected everything to go my way. I know it’s completely unrealistic. However, it would be nice if just once in a while, *something* could turn out the way I want it.

Apr 17


Posted on Wednesday, April 17, 2013 in My life, Whining

I have had a account for years and for most of that time it’s been excellent.

However, since the site changed, I have received spam email in previously unimaginable amounts. Incidentally, I have an old upgraded account – I paid a one time fee to upgrade. This type of upgrade no longer exist. Now, I may be paranoid but I seem to detect an ulterior motive here, on the site’s part: “Don’t upgrade to one of our current account levels and be drenched in spam!”

I used to love this email account, although it didn’t have much storage space. Now I hate it. I’m going to have to let it go, even though I once paid for an upgrade. I hate that too, but I can’t stand being treated this way.

Bye, bye Fastmail. I’m sure your current owners will be glad to see me go.

Aug 19

Is it ok to be afraid of dogs?

Posted on Tuesday, August 19, 2008 in Whining

That’s a question an upset person asks in a column in one of our major Swedish daily newspapers.

I can answer that question. Sure you can, but you don’t even need to be scared or allergic to harass innocent dog owners. That right is so fundamental that it doesn’t even need to be questioned.

We (a dog-owning family since the 1970’s) really don’t recognize the situation in the question. Maybe it’s a typical big city problem?

In our family we never try to get non-dog loving people to pay attention to our babies. Far too many times we’ve run into animal haters and other intolerant people and we always prefer to stay as far away as possible from those.

This is how it really is in our towns: Seagulls and canada geese are to be shot. Store owners want to follow dog owners home and pee in their mailboxes. (By the way, our female dog would only be able to pee on this store owner’s potted plants if we lifted her up and held her above them, in which case she’d never pee at all.) People awake after seven thirty in the evening should be evicted from their homes. (I’m not talking about neighbors partying all night. Far from it. It’s more than enough if you sneak downstairs to get a glass of water, once in a while.)

A typical situation:

The dog sits down and does her business. (This is a pleasant, friendly pet dog, not a pit bull type). You stand around patiently waiting, your little black plastic bag in your hand. Suddenly a concerned citizen pops up out of the blue yelling that we have to pick up after our dog. What do they think the bag is for? Or are they blind? Which leads you to wonder how they were able to tell that the dog sat down at all.

One ‘helpful’ elderly woman took the opportunity to point out some of the dog’s ‘business’ just in passing, so that we wouldn’t forget even one of them, when standing hunched over, holding on to the bag.

My question is this: Is it ok for us to exist? If not, I sincerely hope we’ll find a better place to live, somewhere far away from animal haters and intolerant neighbors.


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