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  •  But isn't it a damn shame (34+ / 0-)

    that you have to anticipate and prepare for such things, and the only reason being that you're not white?

    World gone mad.

    •  Yep, this is white privilege. Since when has any (15+ / 0-)

      all-white couple ever had to show their closing docs to the neighbors to prove that they own the place?  Since when has an all-white couple been welcomed to the neighborhood at gun point?

      •  I was welcomed into a new neighborhood (5+ / 0-)

        with cookies.  I am white and the (middle to lower class) neighborhood was white.
          I just can't imagine the often stressful situations that exist, just because of the color of a person's skin, in this country.

        Mother Teresa: "If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other."

        by Amber6541 on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 04:19:47 PM PDT

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      •  My white neighbors threw us a welcoming party (4+ / 0-)

        before we even closed.  We never even changed the locks because we assumed the previous owner gave us all the keys as is required by law.  We did install an alarm system for when we're on vacation, for direct line to fire/police depts. and for insurance deductions.  

        Let's see how long before someone from the 2nd amendment crowd comes to warn me about home invasions...

        Would we be so happy to have a military that dwarfs all others combined if it was a line item deduction on our paychecks next to FICA."

        by Back In Blue on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 04:21:34 PM PDT

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        •  Locks (8+ / 0-)

          Always change the locks.  The previous owner may not have been aware of extra sets.  It's also a great opportunity to upgrade your locks to one's that can't be bumped.

          •  Kos's link system (2+ / 0-)
            Recommended by:
            blueoasis, KenBee

            is a little screwy at times, yours is returning a "not found" page. This is the article you wanted.

            Sorry, I was kinda fretting over sounding insulting, since i in no way mean to. Im having a nervous day. But ultimately decided it would be best to at the very least warn ya: the system for posting links is a bit..unwieldy to say the least.

            (this was originally like three paragraphs of me explaining. I need to calm down, damnable weather headache.)

            I always wondered what kind of person could do such a thing. But now that I see you, I think I understand. There’s just nothing inside you. Nothing at all. You’re pathetic and sad and empty.

            by kamrom on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 06:34:56 PM PDT

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            •  Hi Kamrom (0+ / 0-)

              Hi....
              I am sorry you are having a frustrating day.  I get those a lot too, especially in the last year.  I would never intentionally want to make someone’s life harder.   Lately, I feel like everyone is against me and I am defending myself against the world too…Kinda a David and Goliath thing.  I never use to get upset or show any form of intolerance at computer glitches or any daily frustrations…..But, because no one has bothered to talk to me, to tell me what is going on or just be there?  Me against the world…kind of thing!  I never know if someone intentionally making (trying) to make everything I do harder so they can laugh and mock at me.  It is very hard to be in my position….Never knowing, the things that go wrong around you…are they the attempts for someone else’s amusement at my expense?     Because from my view that is what this world is all about!  There just so many daily experiences that change when there is a lack of trust and you feel like everyone in the universe is against you for purposes of entertainment …..so, if this commit is towards me…and you are my guardian for the day…..Guardian’s from the past have been very brutal and disruptive…especially when such as my printer doesn’t work all of a sudden and I have 20 minutes to scan something or I won’t get paid for another month (when I am out of money)….just little things like that…so, please help us to understand each other…when there are no words spoken for over a year…and from my view….I see no one either!   I am sorry if I added any extra exasperation to your life….It would sure help us both…If someone would talk to me…Don’t you think?  Then I could trust you…and know you are there for protection and not disruption and laughter.

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              Hi Kamrom
              I am sorry you are having a frustrating day.  I get those a lot too, especially in the last year.  I would never intentionally want to make someone’s life harder.   Lately, I feel like everyone is against me and I am defending myself against the world too…Kinda a David and Goliath thing.  I never use to get upset or show any form of intolerance at computer glitches or any daily frustrations…..But, because no one has bothered to talk to me, to tell me what is going on or just be there?  Me against the world…kind of thing!  I never know if someone intentionally making (trying) to make everything I do harder so they can laugh and mock at me.  It is very hard to be in my position….Never knowing, the things that go wrong around you…are they the attempts for someone else’s amusement at my expense?     Because from my view that is what this world is all about!  There just so many daily experiences that change when there is a lack of trust and you feel like everyone in the universe is against you for purposes of entertainment …..so, if this commit is towards me…and you are my guardian for the day…..Guardian’s from the past have been very brutal and disruptive…especially when such as my printer doesn’t work all of a sudden and I have 20 minutes to scan something or I won’t get paid for another month (when I am out of money)….just little things like that…so, please help us to understand each other…when there are no words spoken for over a year…and from my view….I see no one either!   I am sorry if I added any extra exasperation to your life….It would sure help us both…If someone would talk to me…Don’t you think?  Then I could trust you…and know you are there for protection and not disruption and laughter.

      •  My Black neighbor asked me to "help" him break in (15+ / 0-)

        . . . to his own house when he forgot his key and got locked out. We went over to a window that had a fan in it and he was trying to jiggle it loose.

        I offered to run inside my house and get a tool that I thought might help, and he quickly said, "No! Don't leave. I need you here in case anyone drives by and sees me breaking in!"

        I'm White. So I just stood there. That's how I helped.

        And he's a Republican!?

        "Jersey_Boy" was taken.

        by New Jersey Boy on Sun Apr 22, 2012 at 05:58:50 PM PDT

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