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I’m Tracy Au and I have graduated from the Professional Writing program from university. I am an aspiring screenwriter, so this blog is used to promote my writing and attract people who will hire me to write for your TV show or movie. I write a lot about writing, TV, movies, jokes, and my daily life and opinions. I have another blog promoting my TV project at www.thevertexfighter.blogspot.com.

Monday, August 8, 2016

soldier's funny comeback/ inmates help guard

Jun. 27, 2016 Soldier's funny comeback:

According to a recent post on the website Reddit, a member of the U.S. Army decided to get cheeky when he was denied leave to attend a baby shower.


It features before and after photos of a form requesting leave. In the first image, the reason for request listed on the form is “baby shower.” Those words have been crossed out in red pen, and the phrase, “Men don’t attend baby showers” has been added. Apparently the specialist’s superior was displeased with his desire to attend an event traditionally frequented only by women.

So the specialist made a second request, and tailored it to the tastes of his CO, who apparently is fond of antiquated gender stereotypes. The reason for leave on the second image is written as follows:

“Going home to the Appalachian mountains to drink whiskey, wrestle bears, and shoot lots of guns. I also plan to grow out a beard, chop down 100 trees with my axe and eat 10lbs of thick cut bacon with my wife, whom I plan to have lots of unprotected sex with, because I am a man and that’s just what we do. Football.”

No word yet on whether the request was approved — or if the request was actually ever submitted to a CO — but with more than eight million views on Imgur, its author can rest assured his handy work gave the world a few chuckles.

Comments:

Dick Dasterdly -yesterday
As a former member of the RCN I can say that this type of request is not uncommon in fact there have been some absolute classics. Perhaps one day if I find the time I will write them out. It would be a best seller for sure.

For example, we had an XO [second in command] who had an unwritten policy that if defaulters [charged members of the crew] who had non-serious offenses could make him laugh than the charges would be dropped. So, a master seaman was charged for being adrift [navy slang for AWOL] and up he goes up on defaulters [Kangaroo court] Well the master seaman was asked what excuse he had for being adrift. " Well sir, I was up plenty early so I would be on time as I take that seriously, so I am walking down the road in proper military fashion when my glasses fall off, so I bent down to pick them up and a truck parks on my hand and there I was for 6 hours until I was released, but I didn't go to sick bay as my only thought was the safety and welfare of the ship so even though I was in serious pain I nonetheless put the ship before my own health"
Case dismissed.



Jun. 29, 2016 "Colour me Zen": I cut out this article by Natathalie Atkinson in the Globe and Mail on Feb. 12, 2015.  It talks about how coloring is relaxing for adults.  It's fun and you unplug.  It doesn't cost a lot of money and the artwork doesn't take up a lot of space.

I haven't bought any coloring books.


Jul. 1, 2016 'Fat' comment on store receipt angers Edmonton shopper:

“Fat” is a cruel label that Edmonton shopper Camilla Glowacki never wanted to see in writing. 

Glowacki is now speaking out, saying that she was “body shamed” by a store clerk earlier this week.

“I’ve been called fat, but not from a store,” she said.

“It just makes me think, ‘Is that what everybody thinks when they look at me? Do they hear me or do they just see how I look?’

"I was so embarrassed." 

Glowacki was shopping for presents for her daughter’s fourth birthday Monday afternoon at accessories store Ardene in Edmonton’s Northgate Centre.

“I stood there and started reading it, and the cashier ripped it out my hand. And she crumpled it up really hard into a tiny little ball, and threw it in the garbage,” said Glowacki.


Jul. 6, 2016 "Even zombies can lead us to God": I cut out this article by Bill Anderson in the Edmonton Journal on Apr. 25, 2015.  It's on Pressreader so I have to type it up.

"They (zombies) confront us with the fact that life is a profound mystery not explained by materialism.  They express our feelings of being trapped in a ceaseless cycle of hopeless meaningless.  They represent the apocalypse of our pain and suffering in the world.  They communicate our desire for something more to life than 9 to 5 and certain death.  Zombies are a dead end that spur us on to search for hope, purpose and a future (faith).  


Jul. 11, 2016 Inmates help guard:

The inmates managed to bust out of their locked cell, despite the possibility that guards would arrive with guns drawn for fear the inmates might have taken the sick guard's firearm and keys.

The ruckus was loud enough to get the attention of guards a floor above. Once they realized what was happening, one of them started CPR on the guard, who had no pulse.

As the guard returned to life, the inmates saw their risky move pay off. "He's a good man," Kelton said of the guard.

The guard is expected back to work next week. As WFAA notes, the cell the inmates broke out of has since been reinforced. 

Comments:

Chris G 12 hours ago

Just because they are there for possible crimes doesn't mean they are bad people, they have made some bad choices in life.

My opinion: That's some good news.


Jul. 15, 2016 "Germany honours resistance fighters, 60 yrs past due": I cut out this article by Hannah Cleaver in the Edmonton Journal on Jun. 25, 2005:

Vilified 'Edelweiss Pirates' are hailed as resistance heroes. Hannah Cleaver reports
A group of rebellious teenagers who formed a resistance network against the Nazis are being honoured after almost 60 years of neglect by the German authorities, who considered them no better than common criminals.

The Edelweiss Pirates, as they were known, were working class teenagers from western Germany who fought the Hitler Youth and helped resistance groups, risking imprisonment and death.

The Gestapo declared the group criminals in the 1940s, a tag which was allowed to remain for 60 years.
Six of their number were executed by the Gestapo and some have been honoured by Yad Vashem, the Israeli Holocaust memorial, for hiding Jews from Nazi persecution.

Tomorrow a small group of surviving Edelweiss Pirates will perform some of their songs on stage in Cologne, alongside local musicians at a festival which coincides with last week's official recognition of the group as resistance fighters.

"We were from the working classes, that is the main reason why we have only now been recognised," said Gertrud Koch, 81, who still goes by her Edelweiss codename of Mucki. "After the war there were no judges in Germany so the old Nazi judges were used and they upheld the criminalisation of what we did and who we were."

As a teenager Mrs Koch wanted to train as a Montessori teacher, but the kindergarten was closed by the Nazis.

She spent nine months in a Gestapo jail, was repeatedly beaten and was once thrown down stairs, breaking her arm.

The efforts of the White Roses, a similar, but much smaller group based at Munich University who were executed for distributing resistance leaflets, have been celebrated since shortly after the war.

But it has taken until now for the Edelweiss Pirates, who are thought to have numbered more than 5,000, to be recognised.

They not only produced and distributed leaflets, and wrote anti-war graffiti, they also took on groups of Hitler Youth in street battles and stole food, supplies and even some explosives to supply small local adult resistance groups.

Groups from different areas would meet in the countryside, to swap information gained from illegally listening to the BBC world service, or to plan leaflet drops in each other's towns so the local police would not recognise them - but also to sing songs and indulge in relationships, an aspect of teenage life frowned upon by the strictly segregated Hitler Youth and the League of German Girls.

To British ears the name edelweiss inevitably recalls The Sound of Music, but the pirates were often children of communist families or from rough backgrounds, far from the lifestyle of the aristocratic Von Trapps in the film. Many had seen their parents arrested and even murdered for their communist views.

Mrs Koch remembers her family hiding a Jewish musician in their allotment garden from 1938 to 1939. "We hid Julio Gossler, the music director of the Cologne conservatoire. We took him food there for about a year and a half," she said.

She was also involved with distributing leaflets urging German soldiers to put down their weapons and come home to the families that needed them.

She and Jean Juelich, 76, another former Edelweiss Pirate, have spearheaded the fight to have the group recognised as resistance fighters.

Mr Juelich, who will be also be performing at tomorrow's festival along with rap and reggae bands which have created new versions of Edelweiss Pirate songs, said he was still angry that it took Germany so long to honour his group.

"This should have happened 40 years ago," he said. "The families of those who were murdered have been denied any kind of justice until now. They were killed as criminals.''
Juergen Roters, whose office equates to chief administrator of Cologne, awarded the Edelweiss Pirates official recognition as resistance fighters last week, a move much appreciated but one which almost came too late.

"There are only five of us left in Cologne," said Mucki. "Four of the boys and me."


Jul. 16, 2016 Can you see the ghost?:


An image of a fatal highway accident in Kentucky has lead to a chilling online discussion about the existence of spirits and the afterlife.

The haunting photo was taken by Saul Vazquez, who happened to be driving by the crash in his truck earlier this week.

“I took this picture just few minutes ago from the cab of my truck…zoom in and pay attention to the shadow just off the top of the state trooper hat. All I say is I hope everyone involved is okay!!” he says in a caption of the image posted to his Facebook page.


Jul. 20, 2016: Here's a picture of kids praying for their dad's safe return as a cop.


Jul. 21, 2016 "F--- Harper" article: Do you remember I wrote about seeing a car with the words on the back of it?  Well here's an article about it in the Edmonton Journal:


Jul. 25, 2016 "The drift to the sidewalk": I found this article by Christine Woodrow in the Globe and Mail "Facts and Arguments" essay.  She has mental illness and can't work.  She talks about how she panhandled one time and felt really guilty about it.  "I felt unworthy of their generosity.  I wasn't homeless."

She may not be homeless, but she has $6 in checking account, 2 dozen eggs and 15 cans of mushroom soup.  She deserves money because she needs it. 


Jul. 28, 2016 Save your money: I found this on Yahoo about these 2 The Hills reality TV stars who spent their millions of dollars on things like clothes and going out.  Heidi says the other cast members had houses and they didn't have anything to show for it.  However, if you read the article they talk about hardly ever eating out. 


Jul. 29, 2016 Sexual harassment in taxi:

A Brampton woman says she was sexually harassed — subjected to a barrage of vulgar, explicit questions and threats — while riding in the back of a Beck Taxi.

Nicole Vance had just finished work and called a cab to her office on Adelaide Street. When it arrived she asked the driver to take her to Fort York, where she was going to meet her brother and then they were going to carry on to Brampton.

That caught the attention of the company's operations manager, Kristine Hubbard.

As soon as she saw the Facebook note Hubbard checked on the case internally and found that the driver and vehicle had both been suspended. She and Vance then spoke, and Hubbard says she told Vance that Beck would cooperate fully with police and with municipal licensing and standards (which regulates taxis), both of which are now investigating.

Big Red
Big Red6 hours ago

Sounds exactly like a bad experience that I had when living in Montreal. Started out fine, then questions got vulgar and explicit. I stopped talking and told him to do the same. He got more and more vulgar. At the time I lived in a pretty secluded area. He didn't stop in front of my house, he stopped around the corner--more out of sight. Locked the doors from the inside after I'd paid so that I couldn't get out, and then started to lunge at me. Luckily I had a psychotic episode/panick attack that seemed to freak the &?%$ out of him. He let me go, but I was afraid he would change his mind, so I rushed into my apartment without checking the cab number. I've always regretted that and worried that he might have done the same thing to someone else.

I've only taken a taxi two times since that event (which happened about seven years ago), but always get the cab number and text it to my boyfriend and a friend BEFORE I get into the car.
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    RICHARD
    RICHARD4 hours ago
    Texting the cab # is a good idea . Sad it should be done though . The idea of taking a cab was supposed to be for security as well as convenience .



My opinion: Well at least the driver got suspended.  I have ridden in taxis and it's mainly CO-OP because of easy phone number to remember: 780-425-2525.

I mainly have East- Indian guys and I talk to them, and they have never sexually harassed me.

My week:

Aug. 2, 2016 West Ed mall: I had a day off yesterday and it was probably my one day off this month.  I tried to get a day off on my birthday, Thurs. Aug. 11, but my manager at the 2nd job won't let me because she booked her vacation and she needs me to work.  I only have to work 4 hrs and I can still the whole day to have fun.

On Aug. 1 I treated it like it was my birthday and I went shopping from 10am- 5pm at West Ed mall.  The day before my manager told me that I needed to come to work tomorrow to sign some papers that were due.  So I got there by 10am.  Also since it was the 1st of the month, the accounting woman C always brings her pastries she bakes to the staff.  I had some small cinnamon buns.

Afterwards I was shopping and then I tried the Tower of London burger at the Sherlock Holmes pub.  It was big and filling, and good.  I used my gift card.

Then I got a free coffee at McDonald's with my "Buy 7 coffees, get 1 free medium coffee."  I rarely ever buy coffee there.  When I work at my restaurants, customers bring the McDonald's coffee cups in, they finish it and they don't always take off the sticker to put on the card so I do.

On the receipt it says McDonald's is hiring staff for $13/ hr.  That's a couple of bucks higher than the min. wage.  

I am all "malled out."  I hardly ever go shopping.  The last time I went on a big shopping trip was in Feb. 2016 at West Ed mall.

I went to Pottery Barn to see if there's anything I can buy there.  None, but it did make me think to ask someone else to sell my gift card too.  I thought of my cousin D.

Comedy network: I also got this channel for free preview.  I thought it was going to end by Aug. 1, but I still have that channel.  For about a week and a half, I have been watching a lot of stand up comedy.  Now I feel like I overdosed on it.

The Simpsons: MuchMusic is playing it again from the 1997 episodes.  I like those episodes from 1997 to like 2002.  I watched these so many times before.  I watched a few last week and then I had to stop.  I feel like I overdosed on it too.

Summer: This is the routine for awhile now.  I go to work, and then I go home so I can read the newspaper while I sit on my lawn chair in my backyard. 

I have been doing this since 2009.

Ben Moss: I was at WEM and I saw this jewellery store closing down.  Today I put it on my Facebook status update.  I looked it up and it turns out all their stores are closing.


Aug. 3, 2016: I told this sister and dad at dinner.  They both said that the store wasn't really good.

I looked at my Channel 4 for my Telus free preview and it's now Nickelodeon.

I was going through my channels and I found Comedy Network is Channel 500.  However, I will take a break from stand up comedy, The Simpsons, and shopping.

Breakdancing Orangutan:

"Five-year-old Dewi has stolen the show at Melbourne Zoo, by break-dancing in front of the cameras. The zoo was holding a 13th birthday party for orang-utan Malu when Dewi showed her moves."


Action movies: The month of Jan. 2016, I got a free preview of Showcase and they aired all these movies from as late as 2013.  I then recorded a lot of them and watched them on the weekends.  One movie a day on the weekend.

Now that I watched a whole bunch of them, I then overdosed on that too.  Right now I'm writing all my reviews on these movies.

Aug. 5, 2016: I see that it happened again.  I find Comedy Network on a channel, and then I don't get that channel.  Same with Bravo.

I was writing my TV and movie reviews.  I like writing them even if it's for TV and movies I don't really like.

Aug. 6, 2016 Between: I watched the show when it came out in summer 2015.  Then it got a second season and I watched it too every week.  There are only 6 episodes each season.

"When every 22-year-old or older person in a small town dies, the rest of them strive to survive."

I just rewatched the season 2 eps, but I only watched it for Ronnie (Kyle Mac from Edmonton) scenes.  Then I deleted the episodes.  It's kind of like how earlier this year I had to reread my teen magazines before I donated them.

I would say it was average.  They introduced a couple of new characters like the scientist Liam and the bad guy/ Ronnie's love interest Renee.

The season 2 finale kind of gave us a sign of where they will go next season, if they get renewed.

I read this article and I kind of have low expectations of it getting a season 3.  At least the cast and crew got paid, and the cast got more exposure for themselves and can get more work.

The writer in me is like: "Are you inspired after watching this good show?"  I haven't been inspired a lot.




Aug. 8, 2016: I just posted this on my blog/ sent this email about the Sex and the City writer Celia Walden and country singer Kacey Musgraves.  I'm not a fan of either, but the articles/ interviews were really uplifting. 



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