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So I finally got a job – making way less than what my college degree promised. I am working at an assisted living facility which is a step up from a nursing home. Its really nice – I would gladly ship my relatives off here. I finished training last week and just finished my second day there yesterday. I worked a 12 hour shift and then a 14 hour shift. Kinda ridiculous since I am new – but hey its money.

My mom was a nurse – spent a lot of time working in nursing homes and she warned me about the men. The men can be disgusting, rude, and unpleasant to work for. I figured this wouldn’t be an issue with me because I am just “assisting” with medication.

So after my first two days, here is my initial response.

Mom, you were right. The men are terrible. First there is “Ted”. The first thing he told me was that I was “curvy” and that he liked that. Then he told me that he wished he had some Playboys to read – gross – he is in his 80s. Then the next night I went into his room and tried to get him to take his medicine. I was standing there and then he got mouthy again with me. as I went to hand him his pills he tried to cop a feel. Pissed me off. Then he kept asking if he could take pictures of me with his digital camera. He said “you probably just think i am terrible” and I told him that yes I thought he was. He then asked me if I was going to leave him all alone that night with “this” before I saw what “this” was – i left.

Another patient “Fred”. Ripped me a new one because I didnt know that one of his pills needed to be broken in half – otherwise it would get stuck in his throat. No one told me that in my training – he is still younger and looks like he is in better shape than most of the other patients. Old frail women swallow these horse pills but he cant swallow a regular sized one. How was I supposed to know? I apologized and just let his sit there and rip me. I told the nurse that he wasnt going to let me give him his meds – she came to his room with me and he acted clueless as to what they were talking about. Bastard.

Then there is “James”. We have a heavier woman on staff and he always asks her if she is pregnant. He cuts out weight loss ads for her. Really cuts her down.

So what am I as a staff member supposed to do? Sit there and take it with a smile.

They do not pay nearly enough for this job.

All of the men I wrote about are in their right minds too. I just want this to be an opportunity for me to express to you – if you ship your loved ones out to a home or living assisted facility – ask staff how your family member acts towards them – I think it would make one hell of a difference – at least to the staff member.

So I watched TMZ on TV once and came to the conclusion that the show is ran on and by some of the biggest pieces of crap out there. Paparazzi piss me off in the first place but TMZ goes out of their way to egg a person on just to get a reaction. Really if you sit around watching that garbage and you get off on it – I think you too have joined their dumbass rankings.

I just don’t understand the paparazzi in the first place – why pry into the private lives of others? What they do in their own time is their own business. People are so goddamn nosey all the time. TMZ just magnifies it all to the point of absurdity.

The photographers and the filmers that work for TMZ are nothing more than low lifes with nothing else to do than try to make a mockery of people who have accomplished something and made a name for themselves – perhaps these are they people who were picked on during their grade/high school years who never had any friends and lacked social skills – if so, it doesn’t look like anything has changed for them.

Sidetrack – So what if Jessica Simpson put on weight? Changes in weight are a natural occurrence. No, lets blow it out of proportion and send a message to the little girls all over the country that slight weight gain will turn you into a public joke.

Ugh. This was a quick rant but i’m glad I put it out there.

These people ooze my cheesmos.

So what do “Rock of Love”, “I Love New York”, “A Shot at Love”, and “Flavor of Love” have in common?

Aside from the fact that they are the pride and joy of VH1’s line ups – they are all scripted and fake. Much like every other reality tv show out there.

The other day at the gym,  two girls tried to convince me that “Laguna Beach” was real. Come on people get a little bit of common sense here. Do you really think Bret Michaels is going to find love on tv? No – that show should just be called T&A. Seriously – tv has turned to trash, that show is like softcore porn.

I know what you are thinking – if you don’t like it, turn it off; but I can’t. This fakeness is everywhere. It just sucks that our society has gone so far downhill that people actually watch these programs religiously thinking that they aren’t scripted.

Even “The Real World” is fake. It is more of an improv BUT there is a basic outline of what the producers and audience wants to see. Someone has too hookup, there has to be catty fighting, there has to be cheating, wild nights at the bar, etc. “This is the true story… of seven strangers… picked to live in a house…work together and have their lives taped… to find out what happens… when people stop being polite… and start getting real…The Real World.”

Bull.

So I was reading today – Michael Phelps was cleared by the IOC after he apologized for the bong picture incident BUT now the tough law officials in South Carolina are going to try to prosecute over it.

“Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott told The State newspaper of Columbia, S.C., that he would file charges against Phelps if he determines the swimmer smoked marijuana in the county.”

What a jackass – he is just trying to make a name for himself – get his 15 minutes. Reminds me of the old Monica Lewinsky Scandal… who honestly would save that dress and not even clean in? She got what she wanted in the long run.

In response to the last blog I wrote about Phelps I received this comment via Facebook:

“Jenny the problem is he “says” he’s anti drug… As you said he volunteered to be on the anti team… Our Olympic athletes are by no means perfect but they should represent the best… If he can get away with smoking pot why not have steroids in sports ? The line NEEDS to be drawn somewhere…
Honestly I don’t really care… I do think he’s a douchebag however… Many children look up to him as a role model (as you said) damn the media and their mixed messages !”

My response to this lame argument is:

Well ya see – the difference between pot and steroids is that steroids enhance athletic performance – pot just gives ya the munchies n giggles.

A lot of the countries that compete in the Olympics have legalized marijuana it’s not that big of a deal. Would people in Jamaica frown upon Usain Bolt for smoking? Nope. But in the States – we do because…  Read More the government deems it as illegal.

I am for the legalization all around. From my perspective – if the kid wants to smoke – whatever. If anything smoking could hinder his performance as a swimmer hurting him in the long run. I just think he has gone above and beyond anyone’s expectations in sports and maybe it just happened too fast. He has so much responsibility on his shoulders with the title that he carries I could understand how it would just be overwhelming and I could see how he would just want to break loose for awhile…

He is only 23, people make mistakes – his only mistake was getting his picture taken.

If only people would have listened to Bob Marley:
“Who are you to judge the life I live? I know I’m not perfect and I don’t live to be. But, before you start pointing fingers, make sure your hands are clean.”

So a picture of Michael Phelps smoking out of a bong surfaced and apparently it is a big deal. I guess I just don’t see it.

The man (kid) is 23 – he is living his life – he passed all of the drug tests at the Olympics – that is that. He even voluenteered to be on the anti-doping team or whatever it was called. I see how people could be upset because he is a idol/role model for many. I guess though since I am a liberal especially when it comes to the topic of pot that he is a human just like the rest of us.

He is 23, old enough to make his own decisions. I don’t understand how this could hinder his future with the Olympics. He is not is season – it is not a performance enhancing drug – it’s not really that big of a deal what he does is his own spare time. Marion Jones – this was a terrible hit to the sport of track and field – steroids are a performance enhancing drug, those are a big deal, what happened to her was unfortunate BUT in that instance – it was the right course of action.

I would love to meet the jackass that decided to take this picture in the first place.

It’s ridiculous that we elect the leaders of our country the have a history of drug usage but when one of our finest athletes goes to a party and lets loose – we hit the witch hunt trail.

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