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After Irma Update

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Hi guys,

Hurricane Irma passed over Antigua and Barbuda late Tuesday night into Wednesday morning. My family and I are safe and for the most part so are most of the people on my island, Antigua. We had a bit of flooding, some downed posts, and power lines, and damage to some structures but for the most part, those of us on Antigua got off pretty light all things considered. The Public Utilities Authority has been working literally day and night to get us back to a workable state and we are all grateful for that. As of now, some areas are still without service and some services are still spotty.

On the other hand, and a far darker and more tragic note, our sister island is wrecked. Completely devastated by the passage of Irma. No home, school, public building, or natural landmark has been left untouched, and with Jose threatening to hit, people had to evacuate to Antigua. It is a wonder and a blessing that there wasn’t much loss of life, and we all mourn as a nation for the life lost to Irma.

In light of this, we’ve been occupied on Antigua with the evacuation and relief of Barbuda’s community with Hurrican Jose threatening the islands. The Red Cross and other agencies, as well as private citizens, have been working to get supplies, emergency housing, and anything else imaginable for our people.

The #HelpBarbuda efforts have been going since hours after Irma passed,  The gentlemen of the Ticketing app have taken up the cause to foster and track donations from home as well as friends and family abroad. You can click the hash tag above or click the link following directly:

https://ticketingevents.co/helpbarbuda/

to see how far they have gotten, or to lend any aid you can.

We are still under a Tropical storm watch for Hurricane Jose, but in all hopes, it will continue to shift northwards into the ocean so that no more damage is done to the rest of the Islands in the chain, or anywhere else for that matter.

That’s all from me now guys. Thank you to those of you who reached out upon hearing Irma was heading my way. It means so much to me and my family to have so many people out there thinking about us and sending those positive thoughts. Thank you again, and I hope you are all safe and well. See you again when I can.

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Due to technical difficulty, there will be no Photo-Fiction Challenge this week. For some reason, my pictures refuse to load, but I will continue to work on the issue in hopes of returning the challenge next week.

 

Impulses

So here I am heading into my Saturday chemistry class and pass an antique crystal wine set complete with tray for $20 dollars at a yard sale. Its the cutest thing of life so I buy it. 

Now I’ve got it I realize, what am I gonna do with an antique wine set with decanter and tray? Made of very breakable crystal? With my Kids? 

…Sigh..but its still the cutest thing ever.

Photo-Fiction #86

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Can you tell a story in 300 words? Here’s the challenge.

Write a fictional piece of no more than 300 words based on this picture. You pick your poison, poetry or story. Please don’t forget to, mention this post in yours, and link back here i.e. include a link to this post in your post on your blog, so we can check out your work. Happy writing guys, have fun, I look forward to reading what you all come up with.

Don’t have a blog but still want to submit a story? Do you have an interesting picture you would like to see our participants write on? Contact me at randomauthormich@gmail.com and submit. I look forward to hearing from you.

Stories or pieces submitted in the way much contain the Authors Name and a short bio in the body of the email.

Check out the response this week by clicking on the link below. Be sure to leave your comments/Likes/shares of appreciation.

Sreeblogs: The girl in the mask

Leaking Ink: Masquerade

Only the lonely?

You know it’s a funny thing. It’s funny how little things can have big effects. It’s funny how an overheard…ummm…intentionally overheard comment or statement can be grounds for rudeness in environments where comradery is supposed to be an all around goal. One would think in an environment of openness and shared interest, an environment populated by adults, things like ease dropping, and gossiping, and childish grudges wouldn’t be a thing.

One would be wrong. One would be that way because it would seem that this type of tryst with immaturity would be the thing office politics are made of.

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Oh no, come on don’t give me that look. You and I both know what I’m talking about. If we haven’t done it we’ve watched it. We’ve heard it.

The tales of the staff ‘friendly’, you know that one gal or guy on staff who has known most of the staff in a biblical sense. Or we’ve watched the resident brown noser, with their head so far up the bosses posterior that you can smell, on their breath, the bosses last meal, after digestion. Oh how about that one staff member desperately clawing their way to power, or is it notoriety, not by doing their job but by faking a sense of superiority til someone higher up notices and gives them a position they will inevitable fail at and then entertain the rest of us with their decent into bitterness.

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Oh yes she did. She actually keeps a stash of microwave popcorn in her desk, for when she is bored enough to look up at one or more of these creatures for entertainment. My question is why though?

Why do people in the already stressful confines of the work environment seek to set up. play by, and inevitably cause chaos, because of a set of social rules that should have gone out when we threw our caps after high school. When we were young and entitled to a certain level of idiocy because of our age, underdeveloped brains, and raging hormones?

At this point it’s rather silly if you think about it right? So why play it?

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I mean bad and bad enough to engage in a little water cooler intrigue, but to allow it to cloud behaviors and interactions when we should be at our utmost professional should be a crime. Right?

One would think so, but for the norm in a lot of work places one would think themselves wrong. Truth be told I think one would be right. One would be right to be point where ones rightness would be ridiculously plain. So why do people do it?

It isn’t for any actual reward. I mean those who win positions this way don’t generally thrive in them. Inter office conflicts only end in reprimand and nobody wins there. Maybe a sense of superiority of some kind? Well maybe that, but how often have you walked into a shop and been rewarded for your haughtiness?

I mean if George R.R. Martin was writing our lives then I would get it, but he doesn’t, thank sweet baby Jesus, so why?

Wanna hear what I think? I think its a thing of lonely folks. Folks who’s social landscape is almost completely the workplace, people with nothing other than the court drama to get them up in the morning. It’s sad really, that the lonely should seek to entertain themselves this way.

And when you think of it that way, it makes it all the harder to be mad about it, or annoyed by it. Hell, it’s even hard to be amused by it. But if you think of it that way, it make you appreciate that you can’t be counted among that number. Makes you thankful and mindful to avoid it where you can, and hold your head above it when it spills over onto you.

So that is may random thought, first one I’ve let myself write down in a lone time. Thanks for letting me ramble all over your screen guys. Love you.