I had to do it! I had to create a blog so you and I could gripe about all of "The Crap" that we encounter everyday in our lives. Believe me, there is plenty! You can now come to this blog to Gripe because you have the right to do so. Over time, we will Gripe about topics ranging from sports to politics to just about all of the garbage that happens around us. When you Gripe, you can add your name or not. It's your right! You can vent any way you want. Use foul language if you are angry enough to and if you are offended, just Gripe It! Hell, we have been banned from Facebook twice! You can Gripe about people, places and things. The only thing I ask is if you are going to Gripe about someone and you use their name, make sure you have the facts straight. Otherwise they will sue your and my ass off! It's your RIGHT TO GRIPE! You can respond to one of our Gripes or you can lay down your own Gripe. It's easy. To post your own Gripe just email it to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will get it on. You can also become an official "Griper". All you need to do is "Sign Up" and create an account. IT'S FREE! So, don't sit back and take it, just GRIPE IT!
Why is it every time it snows the people of Northeast Pa get stupid? They jump into their cars and storm the grocery stores for bead and milk. It's even a running joke around the valley that when snow is in the forecast bread and milk shelves will be empty. I have friends that work in grocery stores and they dread a forecast for snow, even if its for a dusting to an inch. They know that people will bombard the stores for the NEPA staple of life, bread and milk. Wake the hell up people, you are not going to starve. It's not 1910! Speaking of jumping in their cars, when it snows, the people of NEPA get stupid behind the wheels of their cars. On my way to work today I was dropping my sister-in-law off at work and pulled over for less that 20 seconds to dump her out the passenger side. By the way, she does not like to drive in the snow and that may sum up this entire Gripe. However, during that brief period of time, numerous people honked horns and swerved along side of me to pass like Jimmie Johnson passing for the lead. Of course as they pass you get the death stare because you may have made them wait for a nano second. When I was ready to pull out, I couldn't because none of the ignorant bastards would stop to let me go. I say, shove that horn where the sun don't shine because if I get out of this car.... I should be more forgiving because they all must have been hurrying to get bread and milk.
I read in yesterday's Times Leader that Wilkes-Barre's new Inter-Model Center is almost complete. Part of this transportation hub will be ready to go in March with the remainder being finished in April or May. The price tag for this Inter-Commodel Center as I call it will be $28,000,000. Yes, $28,000,000! One of the reported highlights for this beast will be 752 new parking slots for the throngs of people who flock to Wilkes-Barre everyday. HA, are you kidding me! The only people who come to Wilkes-Barre are the people who work downtown and the folks who frequent the multitude of clubs and bars that are plastering the Main Streets. After dark, the place is a ghost town except for the bars and Movies 14. The people who go to the movies or the Kirby Center, watch the flick or show and then bolt to their cars in fear afterwords. of course, you always have the square scum that hangs out deterring normal folks from coming after dark. I guess they add to the attraction, like a carnival of misfits. This Inter-Commodel Center will also have spots for buses and taxi cabs as well. It now appears that the drug dealers who come from New York and Philly will have a central location to spearhead their drug trafficking. I guess my big question is, do we really need this thing? Maybe? However, I can think of several better things to do with $28,000,000 including paving some of our streets. The main roads that will take you to the Inter-Commodel Center, Coal St and Wilkes-Barre Blvd are atrocious. When you drive on them you think you are on the lunar surface. The pot holes swallow cars up daily. Its not the aliens taking all those missing people, it's the potholes! Don't get me wrong, once the downtown or should I say if the downtown is revived then maybe we may need an Inter-Model Center. It appears that so far we have made some progress. Right now when I look into my crystal ball I see this expensive transportation hub with no one visiting downtown Wilkes-Barre. The words 28 million dollar albatross immediately comes to mind.
Last night I was at my son's soccer game in Scranton and the referee gave a yellow card to a player on his team for a trip. I vocally protested the call from the stands because there were many many trip fouls throughout the 4 games that they played but no yellow cards issued. I yelled "OH, that's not a yellow card"! Much to my dismay, some fat bastard sitting behind me started to complain to me that it was a hard trip and the player deserved a yellow card. My first thought was, who the hell are you and shut the hell up. Why do the people of NEPA always have to get their two cents in where it doesn't belong. You could be out talking to friends and BAM, some idiot you don't even know joins into the conversation with his or her opinion. I say, "Shut The Hell Up"! We don't care what you think. Keep your pie hole closed because the stench that you are going to spew does not matter to me. I have always said that the masses are idiots and what they have to say in most cases doesn't matter. It seems wherever you go there is some neanderthal grunting and clicking their useless opinion where its not wanted. For all this clown in the stands knew, I could have been a maniac who would wait for him outside with a tire iron to crush his skull in and believe me I wanted to. Of course, this does not deter the NEPA people from tossing their chunks of useless opinions on us. For some reason they just seem compelled to get their nonsensical tripe in when we don't want it. I say people of NEPA, know your role and shut the hell up!
When it comes to sensationalizing the weather, Channel 16 is by far #1. They are on top of the polls, far ahead of Channel 28 and others, somewhat like Florida was for most of the year in the college football polls. Yesterday our forecast for most of the day was 1 to 3 inches of snow from a monster storm that has dumped record snow falls in many of the states south of Pennsylvania. No big deal for us right? Well, wrongo beaver breath! I turned on Channel 16 at 6 pm to watch the news and BAM, I thought the forecast had changed to an all out blizzard. They were interviewing people in the grocery stores asking them if they are stocking up for the Superbowl on Friday because of the big snowstorm that was going to dump on us Friday night into Saturday morning. Are you kidding me. They had film of people with packed grocery carts moving through the isles and made it seem like they were stocking up for Armageddon. One lady they interviewed had a grocery cart packed to the gills with what appeared to be items you would pick up during your normal week of shopping. I did notice however that she had a large amount of waffles. Last time I checked waffles were not a Superbowl or snowstorm favorite? I immediately thought that the forecast had changed. My mind started to swim with thoughts of 8 inches or more of snow by the way Channel 16 was covering the story. Of course I should have known better. They are the reigning champs in panicking our local senior citizens into storming the stores for bread and milk. Sometimes I wonder if they get a kickback on the sales of these two items when there is a threat of a dusting to an inch of snow. They often will have reporters up on Interstate 81 prowling the roadside to report what plan PennDot may have if we get a little snow. Of course we all know what PennDot's plan is. Lay down some brine and then watch the snow fall. Once it is over we will get to the roads eventually. Anyway, back to 16. I could go on and on about PennDot. So, I waited until our long time weather amigo Tom Clark came on and guess what? His forecast was for 1 to 3 inches of snow. I thought you bastards. You get everybody all fired up and then lay the 1 to 3 hammer on us. I can't take this anymore! A forecast with this small amount of snow should be a walk in the park for people in Northeastern Pennsylvania. We usually get it several times throughout a normal winter. Oh, by the way, as I sit here at 8:55 am on Saturday morning I can peer out my back window and I see that we got absolutely nothing! Zip, Zilch, Nada flake on the ground. Way to go, you got everybody in a panic and blew the forecast as well. I am done with Channel 16. From now on I will go to online web sites like weatherchannel.com, and NOAA.com for my weather. As for my bread and milk, I'm all out. I didn't fall for the Channel 16 hype. DID YOU?
I was driving past the Hotel Sterling this past week and noticed that someone paved the part of River Street right next to the hotel. This new black top is right where they have it blocked off to traffic. ARE YOU FREAKIN' KIDDING ME! They pave the part of the road where no one can go! They need to pave W. Market St right by the Guard building. I hit that pot hole the other day and lost a nut.
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