Monday, December 10, 2018

OVERHEARD FROM CONVERSATIONS IN NEW YORK CITY TODAY, AS IMAGINED BY A FORMER RESIDENT OF MASSACHUSETTS WHO CURRENTLY RESIDES IN TEXAS



---"Everyone in my office is betting on how many more days it will be before Trump resigns. Whoever guesses right is going to earn at least $10,000 from this one, since our betting pool this time has attracted a lot more interest than we get for NFL games. I'm assuming this is legal, but I should check with my attorney to make sure that the FBI won't try to arrest whoever wins the winner-take-all prize on this one."



---"Trump will go down in history as the U.S. president who lasted in the Oval Office for the fourth-shortest time period. The guy who won first place for briefest tenure in the White House was President Harrison, and he died of natural causes a month after he got inaugurated. The other revolving-door presidents we've had were Zachary Taylor and James Garfield, the latter of whom was assassinated. I can almost imagine a special portrait of Donald Trump shaking hands with Presidents Harrison, Taylor, and Garfield, and enjoying a good laugh together with each of them as they all stand in front of the White House reflecting on their historic brevity in the Oval Office."

---"We won't have to worry about any street here being re-named Trump Boulevard. Trump's infamy does not deserve public recognition. Maybe in Manhattan, Kansas, where he was admired, there will be a street getting re-named 'Trump the Martyr Boulevard'' or 'St. Donald Boulevard'. But not here, not anywhere in the Manhattan that we all know and love."

---"Everything Trump did during his brief tenure in the White House was below par. Since he is obsessed with golf, maybe he regards that as yet another statement of great praise for himself."

---"Your comment about a proposed St. Donald Boulevard somewhere in the Midwest raises a question. Was there, in fact, a saint of the Catholic Church named Donald? I don't remember any Saint Donald, so when our soon-to-be-ousted chief of state claims that he was martyred by the news media, his fanatical fans will try to get him praised as a great Christian martyr."


---"As egomaniacal as Donald Trump is, after he resigns he'll immediately contact the Guinness Book of World Records to find out how many first-ever achievements he can claim. One of those achievements will be Most Total Number of Lies told by a U.S. President during his first two years in the White House. That might well earn him recognition in the book of world records."

---"If you as a Christian believe that all liars go to hell, you can always hope that Donald Trump will be able to afford a first-rate chauffeur in a very fancy limousine to drive Donald to his expected destination. Basking in luxury as his last and final hurrah, you might say."

---"Think of all the former staff members for President Trump who will proudly declare during a job interview somewhere that they got fired by Trump for insubordination. Trump's 'you're fired' declaration will be the only professional reference they need to prove that they are well-qualified and very honorable. They might even wear an 'I was Fired by Donald Trump!' button on their jacket as their leading credential at the job interview."


Sunday, December 9, 2018

TRAVIS COUNTY PRECINCT 2 COMMISSIONER BRIGID SHEA, A DEMOCRAT, ON DECEMBER 6, 2018, RECEIVES A POLITELY-WORDED PUBLIC-INFORMATION REQUEST FROM MYSELF, AUSTIN RESIDENT JOHN KEVIN McMILLAN --- I BEING A FORMER CONSTITUENT OF COMMISSIONER SHEA WHO MYSELF RESIDED IN PRECINCT 2 EARLIER THIS CENTURY.


From: John McMillan


To: comm2@traviscountytx.gov ; Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea ; Texas Legal legal-aid service (2015) ; Governor's Office of Texas Open Records Administrator ; Gina Hinojosa ; Kirk Watson ; margaret.moore@traviscountytx.gov ; Austin Mayor Steve Adler ; CountyAttorneyDavidEscamilla ; Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt ; Gerald Daugherty ; Public Information ; statesman ; City of Austin Interim City Attorney Anne Morgan ; Sociology Prof. Jim Nolan (West Va. University) ; Austin City Council Member Ann Kitchen (2016) ; Don Zimmerman District 6 Northwest Austin ; District 8 ; district9@austintexas.gov ; Austin City Council Member Delia Garza (2015) ; FBI Dallas Bureau ; Texas Rangers Division of DPS ; David Maxwell ; APD Officer James Turner ; U.S. Department of Homeland Security ; christopher.gaines@austintexas.gov ; Mike King ; APD Officer Dean Tran ; justin.newsom@austintexas.gov ; Austin Police Dept. Asst. Chief Troy Gay ; rey.arellano@austintexas.gov ; spencer.cronk@austintexas.gov ; josephine.salas@austintexas.gov ; Joyful Heart Foundation for Rape Victims ; Texas DPS Office of General Counsel ; Texasadvocacyproject Info ; Office for Victims of Crime (U.S. DOJ) ; Dayna Blazey ; sally.hernandez@traviscountytx.gov ; National Crime Victim Law Institute (Lewis & Clark Law School Portland Oregon) ; State Comptroller Criminal Investigations Division Chief Martin Cano ; Christian Hawley ; StateRep.DonnaHoward ; rocky.reeves@austintexas.gov ; Dawnna Dukes ; Williamson County (TX) Attorney (2016) ; Williamson County Sheriff Chody (2018) ; shawn.dick@wilco.org ; info@txsheriffs.org ; zpatton@governing.com ; Crime Report Ed. Stephen Handelman (2016) ; Travis County Auditor Nicki Riley (2016) ; Bnaibrith Info ; Travis County Criminal Justice/Public Safety Director ; Human Rights Law Society (U of Chicago) ; Texas Observer Editors ; Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion (2017) ; margaret.gomez@traviscountytx.gov ; Wind River Crossing GM Ann Coker ; Austin City Auditor QA Coordinator (2016) ; State Rep. Eddie Rodriguez (Austin area) ; Robert Nichols ; Gary Elkins ; Garnet F. Coleman ; Drew Springer ; joe.moody@house.texas.gov ; Todd Hunter ; Kyle Biedermann ; Victoria Neave
Cc: Miami Herald Letters To Editor ; smccown@law.utexas.edu ; ACC President Richard Rhodes ; TRA General Counsel Kenneth Besserman ; TBPP General Counsel Bettie Wells ; Texas Tribune Editor In Chief Evan Smith ; Harvard Club of Austin 2017 ; Texas Association Against Sexual Assault Atty Kaiser 2016 ; Texas Apartment Association ; Attorney General of Louisiana ; Travis County Intergovernmental Relations Coordinator Eckstein ; Travis County Sheriff Law Enforcement Assoc. (2016) ; Sherri Fleming ; Leslie DeGraffenried ; ACLU ; Austin Chronicle Editors ; Unknown National ; Outback Asst Mgr Nick Burton ; Harvard Kennedy School Carr Center for Human Rights Policy ; Texas Department of Health and Human Services Ombudsman ; Louisiana Foundation Against Sexual Assault ; Cedar Park (TX) Police (2016) ; Federal Law Enf. Officers Assn ; DMN Austin Bureau Reporter Robert Garrett ; National Association of Social Workers ; Trevor Glynn ; Leander Police Chief Minton ; Austin Regional Crime and Terrorism Intelligence Center ; U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Devlpt (TX regional office) ; Courtney Anderson

Sent: Thursday, December 6, 2018, 10:08:18 PM CST


Subject: Revised new 12-6-18 PIR to Comm Shea that replaces what I sent you earlier today


To: Precinct 2 Travis County Commissioner
Brigid Shea,
Travis County Government,
700 Lavaca,
Suite 2.700
Austin, TX 78701
Office Phone: (512) 854-9222
Email address: Comm2@traviscountytx.gov

December 6, 2018


Dear Travis County Commissioner Shea,


Please disregard the public-information request that I e-mailed to you earlier today---a public-information request from me that I have since edited and corrected.

This (below) is the newly edited and revised and only current Texas Open Records request to you from myself.


Commissioner Shea, I seek to obtain from you a copy of any and all written communications, including e-mail communications, that at any time since 9 a.m. January 1, 2015, were each typed or written or handwritten or generated or received or sent or mailed or e-mailed or FAXed or forwarded by yourself, Precinct 2 Travis County Commissioner Brigid Shea, or by any staff member whom you directly supervise in your county government office, and that, in each and every such case, referred at least once in any manner to myself, John Kevin McMillan of northwest Austin.


EXCLUDED from the scope of this public-information request are any and all written communications that were exclusively and solely written by myself, John Kevin McMillan of northwest Austin.

I previously resided in your precinct, Travis County precinct 2, during an applicable period when I resided as an official rent-paying tenant at a large apartment complex, Wind River Crossing, at 11411 Research Boulevard in northwest Austin.

I find in my e-mail correspondence computer-system records, for instance, that on February 5, 2015, I posed the following e-mail public-policy question to both you and Travis County Judge Sarah Eckhardt (a question, I might add, for which I apparently did not receive any reply note from you in your capacity during that time period as my duly-elected official county commissioner representative on the Travis County Commissioners Court):

From: John McMillan

To: "sarah.eckhardt@traviscountytx.gov" ; "brigid.shea@traviscountytx.gov"
"public.information@texasattorneygeneral.gov" ; "gregory.lucas@texasattorneygeneral.gov" ; "crimevictims@oag.state.tx.us" ; "crimevictims@texasattorneygeneral.gov" ; "dorothy.browne@house.state.tx.us" ; "publicrecords@governor.state.tx.us" ; "egrants@governor.state.tx.us" ; "john.whitmire@senate.state.tx.us" ; "debbie.riddle@house.state.tx.us" ; "donna.howard@house.state.tx.us" ; "scott.daigle@house.state.tx.us" ; "sheridan@tamhsc.edu" ; "info@rainn.org" ; "rgipprich@taasa.org" ; "info@joyfulheartfoundation.org" ; "ncvli@lclark.edu" ; "webmaster@ncvc.org" ; "kirk.watson@senate.state.tx.us" ; "dawnna.dukes@house.state.tx.us" ; "celia.israel@house.state.tx.us" ; "elliott.naishtat@house.state.tx.us" ; "paul.workman@house.state.tx.us" ; "charles.schwertner@senate.state.tx.us" ; "tony.dale@house.state.tx.us" ; "private.sector@dhs.gov" ; "dldpdwebcontent@dallascityhall.com" ; "webmaster@dallascounty.org" ; "ac.gonzalez@dallascityhall.com" ; "jduty@wilco.org" ; "jameswilson@wilco.org" ; "greg.hamilton@traviscountytx.gov" ; "deece.eckstein@traviscountytx.gov" ; "roger.jefferies@traviscountytx.gov" ; "randreucci@sunsetvalley.org" ; "dayna.blazey@traviscountytx.gov" ; "60m@cbsnews.com" <60m cbsnews.com="">; "officemanager@austinpolice.com" ; "steve.adler@austintexas.gov" ; "nancy.cardenas@austintexas.gov" ; "janet.jackson@austintexas.gov" ; "president@whitehouse.gov" ; "rangers@dps.texas.gov" ; "contact@hhsc.state.tx.us" ; "fleoa@fleoa.org" ; "evening@cbsnews.com" ; "trent.pool@austintexas.gov" ; "joe.petronis@austintexas.gov" ; "leslie.pool@austintexas.gov" ; "greg.casar@austintexas.gov" ; "news@statesman.com" ; "sherri.fleming@traviscountytx.gov" ; "marc.ott@austintexas.gov" ; "otis.latin@austintexas.gov" ; "carlos.rivera@austintexas.gov" ; "jason.hadavi@austintexas.gov" ; "window@cpa.state.tx.us" ; "ogc.webmaster@dps.texas.gov" ; "dhobbs@wilco.org" ; "david.escamilla@traviscountytx.gov" ; "nbusch@austin.utexas.edu" ; "asracusin@keyetv.com" ; "kathie.tovo@austintexas.gov" ; "viewpoints@chron.com" ; "choppe@dallasnews.com" ; "rtgarrett@dallasnews.com" ; "editors@texasobserver.org" ; "michelle.hunter@texasbar.com" ; "news@kut.org"


Sent: Thursday, February 5, 2015, 1:27:17 AM CST


Subject: 2-5-15 follow-up question for County Judge Eckhardt and Commissioner Shea
Feb. 5, 2015

Dear Travis County Judge Eckhardt and Travis County Commissioner Shea in Austin, Texas,



I received legal documentation this calendar year from the Attorney General of Texas that the City of Austin, the Austin Police Department, and the Attorney General of Texas did each officially approve the Dec. 22, 2011, doctor-ordered DNA-swabs rape-evidence forensic exam that was performed on myself as the cited rape victim by a female forensic nurse inside the ER of St. David's near UT-Austin in the early morning hours of Dec. 22, 2011.


I had been officially admitted into the ER of that hospital in connection with that patient visit of mine late on the night of Dec. 21, 2011, and the forensic exam on me actually began after midnight, during the early morning hours of Dec. 22, 2011.



The official APD-designated alleged-rape crime case number in connection with that emergency-room-doctor-approved rape-evidence forensic DNA-swabs exam on myself is: 11-3550615.


The signed official application by the Austin Police Department seeking financial compensation from the Attorney General of Texas for the expenses paid by the City of Austin for that rape exam on myself---a copy of that application having been provided to me last month by that state agency in Austin---contains a blank space for "Prosecutor's Case Number (if known)".


Would either of you very influential Travis County Government officials be willing to accept from me a FAX of the multi-page legal documentation from the Attorney General on all of this, including a photocopy of the check to St. David's from the City of Austin that was co-signed by City Manager Marc Ott, and an official factual statement from the Attorney General in Austin about the check approved by the Attorney General of Texas as financial compensation to the City of Austin and APD for that late December 2011 forensic rape-evidence exam on myself?


I am posing this question to each of you Travis County Government officials because I find it very surprising---and very disappointing, I might add---that there has apparently been no dialogue of any type between the Travis County District Attorney's Office and the Austin Police Department in which the DA's Office ever at any time stated or in any way indicated to Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo or any other APD official, or to any APD sex-crimes investigator, that District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg looks forward to receiving or would like to receive as soon as possible an official report from APD containing any and all official lab results from the cited APD-approved, City of Austin-approved, and Attorney General-approved forensic medical rape-evidence exam on myself of late December 2011.


Thank you in advance for your very helpful reply letter to me on this,


from a gainfully employed, dependably civil and law-abiding and honest and vigilant, permanently-alcohol-free and teetotaling and never-previously-addicted, permanently and completely marijuana-free (ever since the late fall of 1984) and never-previously-addicted, illicit-drug-free on a lifelong-basis in regard to cocaine or methamphetamines or heroin or any other illicit drug aside from marijuana per se; longtime-celibate-by-choice (I have been completely celibate, without ANY sexual contact or ANY intimate physical contact between myself and any other human being, or any animal or beast, for that matter, throughout any and all of my own conscious or waking hours, regardless of where I was situated or where I traveled to or visited or was stationed, ever since and including the day when I moved into my current top-floor, vaulted-ceiling rental apartment unit at Wind River Crossing in January 2002), facially-cleanshaven (no beard, no mustache, no goatee, etc.), lifelong-tattoo-less, clean-talking (no profanity in my everyday conversations with others), and lifelong-tobacco-free, single adult white male constituent of each of you in northwest Austin.

I might add with polite emphasis that I myself do NOT have any criminal-conviction record. I take pride in having previously worked full-time in Austin for three different respective law-enforcement agencies of the State Government of Texas: the Texas Department of Public Safety, the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles, and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


My home address: 11411 Research Boulevard, Wind River Crossing (a Westdale-owned and Westdale-managed apartment complex, with Westdale being headquartered in Dallas), Building 3, Apartment 325, Austin, Texas, 78759.
My home phone: (512) 342-2295.
My Blog: http://www.johnkevinmcmillan.blogspot.com
________________________
You must be very aware, Commissioner Shea, that during the most recent approximately four-year period, I have written to you and sent e-mails to you on dozens of occasions at an apparently-correct official Travis County Government e-mail address for you ("brigid.shea@traviscountytx.gov"), about public-policy-related issues, including law-enforcement-related issues and crime-deterrence-related issues and home-security issues.


My legal name is John Kevin McMillan. I was born on April 27, 1957, at Lincoln, Nebraska.


I have resided in Austin proper on a continuous and uninterrupted basis ever since mid-March 1997.


I am the founder and only current approved member of a new and non-Christian and implicitly-deistic, non-praying, rational-goals-focused "Honor Society" religion --- a religion on behalf of which I delivered several televised speeches on community access television here in Austin around the turn of the century.


That anti-drinking-alcohol, anti-tobacco, anti-marijuana, anti-illicit-drugs, anti-facial-hair-minded, anti-tattoos, anti-anonymous-communications-minded, anti-fraudulent-communications, anti-fraudulent or injurious medical services, anti-thought-control-projects, anti-stalking, anti-rape-minded, anti-personal-injury-crimes-minded, anti-noise-pollution-minded, fully-independent religion of mine is the "Progressive Prohibitionist Religion"---a new religion with very stringent membership-eligibility guidelines.


Numerous Travis County residents have stated to me that they dislike or intensely dislike or do not respect my one-member Progressive Prohibitionist Religion, and that they do not regard it as being an actual religion. When I resided at Wind River Crossing Apartments, for instance, one anonymous writer posted a profane denunciation of me and my religion in the primary outdoor tenant-mailboxes area for that apartment complex. I did promptly inform the Austin Police Department about that allegedly slanderous item, which directly referred to either me or my one-member non-Christian religion as allegedly being "bat-shit (sic) crazy (sic)".

During the multi-year time period applicable to this public information request, I myself resided as an official rent-paying tenant or official rent-paying occupant at the following apartment units or hotel rooms:


---Wind River Crossing Apartments, 11411 Research Boulevard, Building 3, Apt. 325, Austin, Texas, 78759. I resided in that particular apartment unit from January 2002 until July 29, 2015, when my lease to reside there as an official rent-paying tenant expired after the management team gave prior notice earlier in 2015 that it had chosen not to renew that lease for me and my one total official roommate at that time.

---Crossland Economy Studios, 12621 Hymeadow, Apt. 133, Austin, Texas, 78729. I officially resided as a rent-paying tenant at this particular Extended Stay America hotel and efficiency apartments facility in Williamson County, Texas (a facility situated in far northwest Austin, with the Austin Police Department having law-enforcement jurisdiction at that location), from July 29, 2015, until late September 2015.

---Village Oaks Apartments, 10926 Jollyville Road, Building 9, Apt. 902, Austin, Texas, 78759, from late September 2015 until early September 2017.


---Village Oaks Apartments, 10926 Jollyville Road, Building 16, Apartment 1609, Austin, Texas, 78759, ever since early September 2017, including at present.

I hope to hear from you soon in response to this public-information request from myself.

Incidentally, please let me know as soon as possible if you sense that you might have to charge me more than $20 in administrative fees you expect to incur from processing this public-information request from myself.

Sincerely and Best Wishes,

John Kevin McMillan, a former resident of the Boston area of Massachusetts who is myself a certified direct descendant of the Rev. William Brewster---the great Puritan religious leader who served as Head Chaplain on the Mayflower and, later, as a leading adviser to British Plymouth Colony Governor William Bradford in what is now the U.S. Commonwealth or state of Massachusetts.

My current home address: Village Oaks Apts. (a northwest-Austin apartment complex reportedly owned and managed, respectively, by two distinct and separate highly-regarded for-profit corporations that are both headquartered at the same street address in Newton, Mass.), 10926 Jollyville Rd., Apt. 1609, Austin, Texas, 78759.
Home phone: (512) 342-2295.
My Blog: John Kevin McMillan: A 21st Century Conservative Left-Wing Agenda

REPUBLICAN U.S. SENATOR KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON OF TEXAS ON MARCH 27, 2003, MAILS SIGNED OFFICIAL REPLY LETTER TO ME, THANKING ME FOR CONCERNS OF MINE I HAD SHARED WITH HER ABOUT PORNOGRAPHIC ITEMS ON THE INTERNET


"KAY BAILEY HUTCHISON
"TEXAS
"United States Senate
"WASHINGTON, D.C. 20510-4304


"COMMITTEES:

"APPROPRIATIONS

"COMMERCE, SCIENCE AND TRANSPORTATION

"RULES AND ADMINISTRATION

"VETERANS' AFFAIRS


"March 27, 2003


"Mr. John K. McMillan
"11411 Research Boulevard, Apt. 325
"Austin, Texas 78759

"Dear Mr. McMillan:

"Thank you for contacting me regarding pornographic material on the Internet. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.

"The Internet has become a powerful resource for education, entertainment, and a vast source of information. It has also introduced many challenges. With a simple click of a mouse, individuals can access an incredible amount and variety of material, including pornography.

"There are many ideas and suggestions as to how to address these concerns. One possibility is that Internet domains (.com, .gov, .org) of pornographic sites be changed to .xxx, for example, to signal such material is contained on the site. This change would make it easier for Internet users to filter out unwanted pornographic material and give parents more tools to protect their children.

"Representative Mike Pence of Indiana has introduced H.R. 939, the Truth in Domain Names Act, which would make it illegal to use false or misleading domain names to attract children to Internet sites not appropriate for minors. Should H.R. 939 be considered by the full Senate, you may be certain I will keep your views in mind. Addressing the problem of Internet pornography is of utmost importance, and I look forward to reviewing proposals that would help combat this problem.

"I appreciate hearing from you and hope you will not hesitate to keep in touch on any issue of concern to you.

"Sincerely,
(Signature)
"Kay Bailey Hutchison
"KBH:ns"

Saturday, December 8, 2018

URGENT NEED FOR GREATER PROMOTION OF AWARD-WINNING G-RATED AND PG-RATED HOLLYWOOD MOVIES

As exhilarating and liberating and enlightening and optimism-inducing as it can be to watch a G-rated movie or PG-rated movie in which the characters actually verbalize non-profane language on a consistent basis, and are non-violent, I am hopeful that my one-member (myself, only) "Progressive Prohibitionist Religion" will eventually assist in the development of a new website that exclusively profiles each of the award-winning G-rated and PG-rated Hollywood movies that actually have socially redeeming value to them.

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

THE SURPRISING EMERGENCE OF AN 'UNKNOWN REGION' ACCOUNTING THIS MONTH FOR THE THIRD LARGEST NUMBER OF READERS OF MY BLOGS AT THIS WEBSITE, WITH STATISTICAL DOCUMENTATION ON THIS PROVIDED TO ME ONLINE TONIGHT BY MY FIRST-RATE GOOGLE PERSONAL BLOGSITE STATISTICS-GENERATING SYSTEM; AND ONLINE STATISTICS FROM GOOGLE TONIGHT ALSO INDICATE THAT RUSSIAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN READERS THIS MONTH JOINTLY ACCOUNTED FOR MORE THAN HALF OF THE PERSONS READING MY PERSONAL BLOGS


(EDITOR'S NOTE: IT REMAINS UNCLEAR WHICH NATION, IF ANY, ACCOUNTS FOR THE 'UNKNOWN REGION' CATEGORY CURRENTLY BEING CITED ONLINE TO ME BY MY FIRST-RATE GOOGLE BLOGSITE SERVICE.
IT'S ALSO NOTEWORTHY THAT RUSSIAN AND EASTERN EUROPEAN READERS DURING THE MOST RECENT MONTH-LONG PERIOD HAVE TOGETHER ACCOUNTED FOR 1,449 OF THE 2,594 TOTAL READERS OF MY PERSONAL BLOG. 
THIS GREATER INTEREST IN MY BLOG-WRITING EFFORTS BY RUSSIANS AND EASTERN EUROPEANS IS OCCURRING DESPITE THE FACT THAT I MYSELF AM AN AMERICAN CITIZEN OF ENGLISH, SCOTTISH, AND GERMAN ANCESTRY; AND IN MY ENTIRE LIFE TO DATE, I HAVE NEVER ONCE VISITED ANY EASTERN EUROPEAN NATION OR RUSSIA ON ANY OCCASION; NOR HAVE I EVER ONCE TRAVELED TO ANY FOREIGN NATION OTHER THAN MEXICO. 
THE ONLY FOREIGN LANGUAGES I CAN SPEAK AND WRITE ARE SPANISH AND FRENCH, THOUGH I HAVE PURSUED SOME INFORMAL STUDY OF THE GERMAN AND SWEDISH LANGUAGES ON MY OWN DURING MY LEISURETIME. --- jkm)

Russia: 1155

United States: 886

Unknown Region: 151

Ukraine: 143

Poland: 121



France: 42

Romania: 30

Brazil: 28

Germany: 21

Spain: 17

Monday, December 3, 2018

CONVERSATIONS TODAY IN NEW YORK CITY, AS IMAGINED BY A FORMER RESIDENT OF THE NORTHEASTERN UNITED STATES



---"The best part of the manuscript for a book that she submitted to me was the preface. After that, everything went downhill. Maybe I should send her a reply note, asking her to please make the rest of her manuscript as first-rate as her preface was."


--"Sheila told me that the day she could not recall the number of the public school she had graduated from here was the very first time she identified herself as a pre-Alzheimer's case. Oddly enough, when they eventually took Sheila to a nursing home on Long Island, she had the presence of mind to ask for a room with the same number on it as the public school she had graduated from in Brooklyn. It was very important for her to embrace that school number, even though she had long since forgotten what that number was. So a special arrangement was made to identify that school number and then post it on the front door to her room inside her nursing home. Sheila graduated into dementia with the dignity of a diploma in her hand, you might say."

---"My apartment unit is so tiny that even a toy poodle would be yelping for more room. I could be charged with cruelty toward animals if I buy a toy poodle and then subject her to my 50-square-foot apartment unit. What do you recommend that I do? Should I buy a pair of finches in a tiny cage, then hope they won't notice the fact that it's only 50-square-feet in my total apartment unit? I would hate to sense that even my finches were upset with me for providing them with too little scenery to look at from inside their cage."

---"It surprises me that you don't know the name of any of the top specialists for treatment of claustrophobia. There should be dozens of therapists for claustrophobes here in New York. Every time I enter the subway, I immediately know what the term 'elbow room only' is all about. Two of every three New Yorkers, if surveyed, would state that they are significantly claustrophobic here."


---"I don't like the term 'claustrophobia'. It implies an UNJUSTIFIABLE fear of having too little space. If you are standing on a subway and the guy next to you is breathing down your neck with a scorpion tattoo on his upper chest, it is VERY justifiable to exhibit fear of excessive proximity to him in that situation! I wish I could buy a special 'You are standing too close to me, so move or I'll call NYPD and report you!' sign that I could hold in my hands and thrust toward him whenever that space-hoarder tries to sting me with his scorpion-like proximity in the future!"

---"One of the reasons I make a point of scrubbing my elbows very thoroughly with body wash whenever I take a shower is that when I get on the subway, I always sense that some eligible bachelor is glancing at my elbows. That's about all he can ever see of me inside the subway car, so I want my elbows to be as attractive and pleasantly-scented as possible. Having nice elbows is my intro, you might say. From there, he might get closer and notice that I have beautiful eyes. So it's my elbows and my eyes that could land me a date, if I play my cards right on the subway."

---"It is virtually impossible to file a sexual harassment claim against anyone when you walk on the sidewalks of Manhattan. Many of the men here have a habit of rubbing up against you, especially if you are wearing a skirt, and if you object to their conduct, they reply that it was 'physically impossible' for them to avoid having bodily contact with you, since the sidewalks of New York are always densely packed with pedestrian traffic, and a nearby pedestrian was in the fact the one who shoved him toward your own body on the sidewalk. He was at the mercy of the mob, he says. It's obvious from his facial expression and tone of voice that he's a flagrant liar, but I can't prove it so it's like he's a serial lady molester who never gets officially charged with anything---and he even has the audacity to tell me that since we bumped into each other quite by accident, maybe this was God's way of asking him to ask me out on a date. I had all I could do to avoid slapping him in public after he said that to me! Whenever I write a best-selling book entitled 'A Complete History of Chutzpah in New York', I plan to profile that guy in my first chapter."

---"I would like to find out whether any of the best criminal defense attorneys in Manhattan are using the Claustrophobia Defense on behalf of their client in a court of law. If I were a juror, I would NEVER agree with the defense attorney who claims that the throng of humanity on the sidewalk had triggered a claustrophobic hysteria by the male defendant in which he suddenly and inexplicably grabbed the breasts of a lady walking near him. That, to me, is complete and utter nonsense, so I as a juror would vote 'Guilty' on a defendant using that type of flimsy 'The mob did it' excuse for molestation of a female pedestrian. As for the temporary insanity plea that the defense attorney might make on behalf of his lady-molesting client, I as a juror would turn a deaf ear to that attorney's absurd claim."

---"I don't claim that the New Yorkers I chat with in the teahouse scene here are better overall as human beings than the ones you encounter in the nightclub scene. But I can say for sure that the ones I run into are more likely to be sober, at least. I myself prefer to meet a new person when they're sober, since it's easier to have an actual conversation with them when they offer comments that are actually intelligible. I'm not saying 'intelligent', but 'intelligible'. When people get drunk, their words get slurred and it's impossible for me to follow what they are trying to say to me. If they aren't drunk, I can get a better sense of whether they have good reasoning skills. I want to make sure that anyone I agree to date exhibits good reasoning skills before I would even think of going out with them."

---"Do you know of any energy-efficient church here in New York? I find this tragically ironic. The churches are under heavy pressure to offer super-high ceilings, since that presumably points church-goers' focus toward where God is presumably situated in the sky. But the reality is that the electricity bills are UNGODLY that those churches incur from that architectural outreach to their cited deity!"

---"Whenever I write a Yelp review, I feel a bit like a dog that's barking so loudly that someone will declare me to be a public nuisance. I tend to turn my reviews into tirades against the business I evaluate. I guess it's just my Italian heritage. I write with lots of passion, and I  love to write with passionate disdain! It gives me a chance to sneer in public without anyone calling me rude."

---"The least that New York could do is offer an annual Best of John Lennon's Songs Concert on his birthday or the day he got assasinated here. I'm not sure which day would be more appropriate. Maybe they could have an annual musical tribute to John Lennon on BOTH of those days."

---"If I were Mayor of New York, I would insist on each month honoring each and every neighborhood of this city where no murder occurred in the most recent 30-day period. That would highlight the theme that 'you are on the right track, let's hope you can keep get honored next month, too, for no reported murders in your neighborhood.'"

----"I don't know of any city in the U.S. where a higher percentage of the residents are accustomed to standing up for hours on end when they attend a party. This means that New Yorkers who have the best posture are the ones most likely to land a date when they attend a party. Naturally the other party-goers are attracted to the ones with the best posture at the party, since everyone has all night to observe and evaluate whether other party-goers have good posture when they stand and chat or stand and sip a drink or stand and nibble on snacks. If the party-goer being evaluated doesn't have good posture, the other party-goers understandably worry that he or she might turn into a hunchback if they get married to him or her. No one wants to get married to a hunchback."


---"I find it surprising that even though I'm an expert in my field, our state's legislators have never once invited me to testify before a subcommittee hearing in Albany, much less a committee hearing in Albany. Now that, to me, is proof of corruption in our state government: the fact that no legislator in Albany has directly contacted me and and invited me to testify upstate before a committee or subcommittee."

---"Fred is so ignorant about our state that he routinely refers to Albany as Albania. I have to explain to Fred that Albany is our state capital upstate, while Albania is the place in Eastern Europe where you go to hide from the rest of the world---assuming the Albanians will even let you into their country. Alabania is a good hide-out place if you want to be ignored by every other nation on this entire planet, with the possible exception of China, since Albania and China have always been friendly to each other. And the capital of Albania is definitely not Albany. I don't know what the capital of Albania is, that's how obscure Albania is."

---"To me, living along an 'avenue' sounds a lot more impressive than living along a 'street'. It's a lot more elegant and stylish to live along an avenue. But I don't have the money to live along Fifth Avenue, the avenue I always think of as being our city's most famous thoroughfare. So which of the avenues of New York offer the most affordable rental units? I plan to limit my apartment search to apartment complexes and condo units situated along an avenue. It's a subtle distinction to make, but this is part of what identifies me as a New Yorker with a strong sense of discernment. And I love the idea of mailing out party invitations that cite my address along an elegant avenue here. It is very difficult to say 'no' to a party invitation if you sense that it will be an upwardly mobile type of very classy event, as my parties along whichever avenue it will be, will definitely be."

20 WAYS TO MAKE YOUR YEARS AS A HIGH SCHOOL STUDENT MORE CONFIDENCE-BOOSTING AND INTELLECTUALLY STIMULATING FOR YOU



---Invite your high school principal to a one-to-one conversation over lunch in the school cafeteria. This will offer you more insight into the challenges that the top administrator for your school faces. It will also offer you insight into the strategies that administrator pursues for helping to resolve conflicts and address major issues at your school.

One benefit from this proposed one-to-one lunch meeting is that you will find that several classmates of yours, and possibly even some teachers, will attempt to poke fun at you or express hostility toward you for having had lunch with the principal. That critical or cynical response from other students, and possibly by at least one teacher, will also serve as a valuable educational experience for you. Regardless of what THEY think of your one-to-one lunchtime meeting with the principal, you yourself believe it was a helpful dialogue experience for yourself.

---Invite your favorite teacher to a one-to-one-conversation over lunch in the school cafeteria. You will remember that meeting for the rest of your life, and it will help to inspire you in any future role that you yourself will have in teaching a skill or subject to others.

---Invite a school counselor to have lunch with you on a one-to-one basis inside your school's cafeteria. It would be a golden opportunity for you to glean insights from that school counselor about the art of listening and offering advice, and the value of identifying and pursuing law-abiding goals for yourself.

---Ask schoolmates and teachers you admire to tell you more about their favorite leisuretime hobbies and pastimes that are honorable. This might encourage to to learn more about those hobbies, and possibly also add at least one of those hobbies or pastimes to your own leisuretime activities.

You might even want to consider helping to establish a Student Hobbies Club that promotes diligence and creativity and sharing of information about hobby pursuits for as many students as possible. Those hobbies will can serve as a lifelong enhancement to your and your schoolmates' quality of life and emotional well-being. The hobbies might also suggest ideas for career pursuits for yourself. If you enjoy collecting postcards for a hobby, you might want to someday pursue a part-time career as a freelance photographer for a travel magazine.

--Keep a personal notes file in your personal computer about each of your schoolmates whom you want to get to know better. This will then give you factual information you can draw upon that will enhance your ability to pose thoughtful questions to that schoolmate and develop a more in-depth acquaintanceship or possible friendship with that schoolmate. 


---Attend a Student Council meeting at your school campus. Even if you are not a current member of your school's Student Council, taking the time to listen to the campus issues being discussed at that Student Council meeting could be thought-provoking and inspirational for you. It could also remind you to strive to be an "insider" at your own campus, rather than a mere observer of other students' extra-curricular achievements.
Attending a Student Council meeting could remind you, for instance, to keep notes for yourself about possible or emerging campus issues you have identified that you might want to present before your school's Student Council at one of their future meetings.

-----Obtain a list of honorable educational tutors that your school or school district or the Texas Education Agency state agency recommends, if any such list is available. If you sense that you lack confidence at public speaking, for instance, you could possibly (with help from your parents, if they like the idea) hire a speech tutor or ask a friendly student who excels at public speaking to help you improve your public-speaking skills during your leisuretime. You could then demonstrate to yourself and others that you had achieved progress at public-speaking, by giving a speech at one of your school's Student Council meetings.

----Show some interest in your school's cafeteria, and in your own dietary needs as a student, by asking the manager of your school's cafeteria to post full nutritional information, including in regard to saturated fats and sodium levels and protein levels and vitamins and minerals, at your school's website and also at an easy-to-find location inside or near that cafeteria.

---Find out whether your school has an official school motto, such as the "In Pursuit of Excellence" school motto of Anderson High School of the Austin Independent School District in Austin, Texas, or the "Loyal Forever" school motto of Stephen F. Austin High School of that same public school district in Austin, Texas.
A school motto can be a source of lifelong inspiration to a student and alumnus of a school, since it offers invaluable advice to a student or alumnus of a school on how to live well.
If your school has an official school motto, sponsor a creative project in which you obtain permission from your school's administration to yourself write the school motto in large easy-to-read letters on a poster display that you post to the wall at a prominent location inside your school's campus. 
Your poster might feature the following request: "What does your school motto suggest or imply to you?"
This could then suggest the possible need for a workshop or discussion group in which students have a healthy dialogue about the various ways in which their school motto serves as a daily inspiration to them in their everyday lives.

If your school does not have a current official school motto, you could organize a petition to your school's Student Council or administration in which you request permission, with help from lots of student signatures, for your school to adopt an official school motto.
Then after that petition is approved, you could invite students to submit suggestions for a proposed school motto for your school, with either Student Council or your entire student body then being invited to vote on which of those proposed school mottos they like the best. 
You might also want to present the winning school motto before a school board meeting, in order to invite alumni of your school to also state their opinion about whether they also like the proposed school motto that was approved by a vote of your Student Council or student bodfy.



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