I am proud of most of the entries I have written, and even the feuds I have had. As my mother used to say this (meaning her household rules) is not a democracy. What she said was law. I feel the same way about the blog. It is not fair, but hey, life ain't fair either.
I got a really interesting email from someone who told me how he had been following the blog since its inception and that he thought it had lost its steam. He liked it much more when there is a lot of drama. Basically, if the blog is not going to keep shit stirred up, he thought it was time for me to close it down. He thought it was beneath me and my talents to keep it up. I wrote back with one sentence. Why do you keep reading it if it is boring? No response.
It is really funny how things have changed. Even good friends of mine now preface comments with, "now I don't want to read about this on the blog, but ... ." For those that think I write too much, you should hear all the things that I DON'T write about. That would really curl your hair.
Before I would write about little things that happened, little gossips that were going around. I have since stopped. Because even if I write about it with the pure intentions, it somehow (through some comments and such) gets turned around and taken in a different direction. I can't really write things I want to because when I do EVERYONE thinks that I'm talking about them and their particular situation. Can't win for losing.
There are several items that I would like to comment on, but I won't. If I step away from the computer for several hours when I right about "controversial" topics, there are 30 comments when I get back. I have learned my lesson.
The name Monaga.com was registered on May 24, 2001. Very nice date and I don't I have thought about it since. Then my site went down. After checking my credit card, I saw that the hosting bill was paid. I then sent a very stern email to my new hosting company wanting to know what the fuck the problem was (but much nicer). Well, it seems that my domain name expired on May 24, 2006. As my first web designer registered the name for me and I can't find him (if anyone knows Laheem Jordan, tell him to call me), I now have to jump through hoops to get my site registered again, because I am not Laheem Jordan. Lesson, don't let anyone register your website for you, do it yourself!!!!!!
One more thing, I got a great email from another client who was fighting with Avis rental cars. He was here in February, for DIH2, and rented a car with no problem. When he got back to the States he noticed an extra charge on his credit card. Now, I have heard of others having problems with other rental companies. But what I'm talking about has nothing to do with rental cars in particular, but any company that is franchised with headquarters in the U.S. Anytime you have a problem and you complain about it when you get back home, they tell you that they have no control over that office, because it is independently owned and operated. In a word, that is BULLSHIT. If that were the case you could open a McDonald's and design the interior the way you want, or make any kind of sandwhich. Long story short, you have to fight and write many emails and letters about what is going on. If you are in the right and persistent you will prevail. Those that follow the blog will remember the problem some travellers had when staying at the Clarion Hotel. The same corporate bullshit was spewed that they had no control, yada, yada, yada. Well, they did have control and finally got their shit together. I guess I said all this to say, don't take any shit.
Byron has finally updated his blog. Go check it out.
Today was a holiday here, Corpus Christi. Most stores are closed and many people are celebrating a special mass with the Cardinal.