Royal Pains 2015


OK, I cannot really say too much about the new season after just one episode. Nor can I make any predictions. Actually, in the past, when I tried to make predictions about any television show (including Lost), I would discover that 99 times out of 100 I was completely wrong.

So here are my thoughts about where this new season might go, after just one episode:

Paige and Evan got a false pregnancy alarm (though I could not figure out how taking three tests with positive results could turn out so wrong). It made them realize, though, that they both want a baby. So, are we going to have a baby this season, or is one of them going to discover they cannot conceive/make a baby.

Is Divya going to lose her child, or will she marry Raj and keep it? Or marry someone else? Are we going to see next week the injured fellow turn up two blocks away, and the ambulance will discover him? Or will it all happen where nobody gets the proof of what Divya was telling the police? Also, I am having trouble believing the police would just arrest her and take her child away without listening to her. I mean surely she carries some proof of her helping the skateboarder – used bandages or something.

Is Boris really going to sell the hospital out to the Chinese? Why would the Chinese want a small hospital in the Hamptons. Was the listing of the cast that included Jill Flint on the FB page, an old posting not brought up to date, or is Jill coming back to save the day? And what will that do for Hank’s love life?

Is the 52 Party lady going to be an on-going character, and are we going to see a lot more about Parkinson’s, or will she just disappear from the storyline?

An interesting beginning to a new season, full of possible story-lines, but no clue as to where it is going to take us this year. Also, I do not know if this is the last season, or if there is one more after this. I’ve seen both in comments on their FB page.

What do you think?

Carol Stepp
Austin, TX

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Time Warner Cable afterword


I have made a deal with TWC. It made me step back a bit, and perhaps not so pleased because so far as I can tell, helps only me, but I have had some fellow residents not so happy I brought the subject up.

So I am getting my box, and have signed up as a customer, but promised no credit check will be done, and I will get five years free service (once I fill out the paperwork about the Medicaid that backs up my Medicare). I told the woman I spoke to that as soon as I get my box up and running (and getting the channels I should be getting), I will notify the Federal Trade Commission that I withdraw my complaint.

Not my first choice, but probably my best choice.

Just letting you all know.

Carol Stepp
Austin, TX

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Middle Aged Christian White Men, and their Women


Reblogged this on carolstepphttps://carolstepp.wordpress.com/2015/04/24/middle-aged-angry-white-men-2/ and commented:

This blog seems to be getting a lot of new readings lately, so I thought I would reblog it and add some thoughts. Because there is so much idiocy coming along with it now. The things men are trying to tell us about how women’s inner workings are, replacing hymens, swallowing cameras in the hope they will go into our wombs and take pictures, wondering why a woman does not have to have a DNA test to prove a baby is hers, the body being able to ignore rape and not get pregnant because of it.

And women are falling in with these men and saying lots of crazy things about women being subject to the men. And men saying women wouldn’t have so many problems with wages if they would just find a husband. Hey, fellows, I had two, and they did nothing for me, not even when I had a couple of children. Oh yeah, got tired of their cheating on me as well.

And now these middle aged angry white men are trying to shove their own religious beliefs on the rest of us. The women are quite as bad. So here is what is going to happen, unless we stop what is happening. These Republican conservative talichristians are going to maybe get close to their wishes of dominionism. When, or if, that happens, we are going to have Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventists (hey, there is the answer to the insurance problem), Mormons, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc. etc. etc., and not leaving out the Catholic church, all arguing about which denomination should have the power. So here is my answer to solving this.

Get your own Civil War (there is that oxymoron again) going, you who somehow think guns and religion work well together, and start shooting one another. Get all the gun-toters involved, and have a real shoot-out. I, along with my friends who think this is utterly ridiculous, will step back into a safe place. Then when you have all killed one another off, we sane and compassionate folks will come out and take this country back to the glorious place it was intended to be.

Waiting for your rapture? I hope it comes soon so you call all rise up into the sky and leave us who are sane to fix the earth. Including saving it from the trash most of you have made out of it.

added this 24th day of April 2015.

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Middle-Aged Angry White Men


carolstepp:

This blog seems to be getting a lot of new readings lately, so I thought I would reblog it and add some thoughts. Because there is so much idiocy coming along with it now. The things men are trying to tell us about how women’s inner workings are, replacing hymens, swallowing cameras in the hope they will go into our wombs and take pictures, wondering why a woman does not have to have a DNA test to prove a baby is hers, the body being able to ignore rape and not get pregnant because of it.

And women are falling in with these men and saying lots of crazy things about women being subject to the men. And men saying women wouldn’t have so many problems with wages if they would just find a husband. Hey, fellows, I had two, and they did nothing for me, not even when I had a couple of children. Oh yeah, got tired of their cheating on me as well.

And now these middle aged angry white men are trying to shove their own religious beliefs on the rest of us. The women are quite as bad. So here is what is going to happen, unless we stop what is happening. These Republican conservative talichristians are going to maybe get close to their wishes of dominionism. When, or if, that happens, we are going to have Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, Church of Christ, Seventh Day Adventists (hey, there is the answer to the insurance problem), Mormons, Pentecostals, Lutherans, Episcopalians, etc. etc. etc., and not leaving out the Catholic church, all arguing about which denomination should have the power. So here is my answer to solving this.

Get your own Civil War (there is that oxymoron again) going, you who somehow think guns and religion work well together, and start shooting one another. Get all the gun-toters involved, and have a real shoot-out. I, along with my friends who think this is utterly ridiculous, will step back into a safe place. Then when you have all killed one another off, we sane and compassionate folks will come out and take this country back to the glorious place it was intended to be.

Waiting for your rapture? I hope it comes soon so you call all rise up into the sky and leave us who are sane to fix the earth. Including saving it from the trash most of you have made out of it.

added this 24th day of April 2015.

All of my posts are eligible for copying and posting, as long as words are not changed, and I am given credit.

Originally posted on carolstepp:

You know, we live in a world of chaos, with people running around trying to frighten us out of our lives, and gun lovers wanting unrestricted use of all kinds of machines used specifically to kill people, and men and women beating on one another, and anger everywhere, as groups of people try to make everyone else to love the values they , want.

This causes a lot of turmoil in everyone’s life, and hatred stress and just plain old anger. And the angriest of all are the middle-aged white men.

There is a reason for this. For centuries, men have had the most power. In ancient times, women had equal power, in the home, in battle, in owning land. Then men in early Medieval times started putting women in lower classes, imprisoning them in the homes, taking care of the cooking, cleaning, and children. This lasted for many years…

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Time Warner Cable


Well, the big suits at another corporate world have done it again. They sat around and talked about how they could squeeze more money out of their watchers. And decided to go all digital. But, and this is a big but, not everyone can get their channels, even though we have cable in our apartments.

It goes like this. I live in city-assisted housing. We get standard cable. It is in my lease. And I pay $8 a month for it. I pay that with my rent. Now this is a good deal because I’m certain HACA pays a lot more in their contract than all of their many residents pay in at the great rate. This does not include the premium channels, or a lot of sports channels, but it is good enough for me. I spend most of my time on TCM or other movie channels, the news not being all that great these days.

So back in the fall of 2014, I got a letter from TWC telling me I can get a free cable box to attach to my television to be sure my cable keeps coming to me. Eventually I would have to start paying for the box, at a rate of $4 or $5 a month, but that would be from 2-5 years off. At the age of 74, and retired, I don’t worry about things that will happen in the future because I live for today. Later on, I kept getting the same type of letter telling me something just a little bit different, always addressed to apartment resident, and then my apartment number, and a number assigned to me.

So I called the number given right away, only to discover that because it is a non-personal account, that I can get it, but I have to sign up with Time Warner Cable, a personal account, that I would not get charged on right away. Yeah, right, what could go wrong with that. I do not want a personal account with Time Warner Cable; I have had one (about 20 years ago), and I got charged more money than I signed up for, and I never paid that bill, figuring I did not owe them, and my credit was already pretty bad. I suspect if I got a personal account with them, they would dig up that old bill, and tell me I would have to pay them the $60+ before I could get my free box. I don’t want to reopen that hassle.

Instead, I went out on January 3, 2015, and bought myself a brand new Sharp, 32″, 1080p, HD, digital/analog television set. I needed a new TV set anyway, and I was assured by several people who know electronics, including the clerk in the store, that I would not need to get the box. Then I heard from some people who said I would need the box anyway, so I got on TWC’s website, and had an IM conversation with three, count them, three people who told me that since I was already getting digital and analog, I would not need a box.

I was told this would all come to pass on April 15, two days ago.

Yesterday, I turned on my TV about nine o’clock last night, and voila, no cable television. Or perhaps I should rephrase that, cable for the regular networks, one Spanish-language, one channel for Discovery (not the good one), and El Rey (and El Rey has already disappeared). Not even a TWC channel. Here’s the kicker; I have a schedule for the digital stations, and every single one of them has the old analog channel number, except, of course, the channels I can pick up, which still have digital numbers. So Tuesday I had 82 digital channels and 49 analog channels (which only have messages about how to “get your channel back”), and I could probably get those channels if I disconnected the cable, at their analog channels. So say ABC is channel 24. But I can’t get 24. What would I have to do to get ABC without cable? I don’t know, maybe the old channel 3. (This is Austin, TX – you may have a totally different channel number.) Or maybe there is no such thing as an analog channel any longer at all.

And last night I ran a channel scan, and as of then, I now have 9 digital channels, and still have 49 analog channels, but no picture on any of them.

This has got to be illegal. I am thinking anti-trust because TWC sure antied my trust in them, which wasn’t much to begin with. I’m not sure how it would work, but if I wanted to pay for my own cable, I would not buy it from TWC.

Still, I have a lease which says I should get free cable through HACA (with the minor charge included in my rent), but I cannot get cable now because TWC wants me to have a box. I paid good money, real cash, for a new television that I was assured by numerous people would work without a little box. I can get the box “free” (yeah, right, and how long will that last), but I have to have a personal account with the company before I can get one.

So my solution to this, temporary perhaps, is to write this blog, which will show up on my Facebook page, which is public, and send it to them by email. And I’ll look up anti-trust and send it to them. And anyone else I can find to send it to. I may even send it to HACA.

I love my apartment, and have no desire to move. I know HACA is in new negotiations with TWC for a new contract, and have been told that once that contract is made final, we residents will have to pay a little more money since TWC is likely to charge HACA more for the contract to provide all of its residents with “free” cable. I have no problem with that – I just look at it as a subcharge for the convenience.

Hey, I did this with my bank several years ago, and sent it to them, and it solved all my problems with them. They do not like bad publicity.

I could call them, but I would get some poor phone person who has nothing to do with this, and my getting angry with that person would only give him/her grief s/he does not deserve. It is not that person’s fault, and they would not have anyone “big” enough to give my telephone call to.

So that is how it sits at this moment. We shall see if I can take on another big corporation and win.

Carol Stepp
Austin, TX

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Staying low


Lately I have been staying off the computer a lot because there is so much stupidity going on in politics, and in talichristians.

The Texas School Board has approved a new history textbook for the students proclaiming that Moses was one of the founding fathers, and was the writer of the Ten Commandments, which were where the Constitution came from. No, I am not kidding. And sadly, several of the adjoining states use Texas schoolbooks. These are the people who believe the Earth is only 6000 years old, and claim to be able to prove it by the bible. What ignorance.

Then there are those who believe horrible weather is caused by homosexuals. How stupid is that? Are they trying to tell me that blizzards in the Northeast, Hurricane Katrina, the San Francisco earthquake, Mount Hood blowing up as a renewed volcano – and all other events like these – are caused by homosexuals? Like they, and God/dess, are willing to kill the good, compassionate folk, and innocent children, just because s/he is mad at a relatively few people? I’m sorry, I don’t believe in a God/dess that would be that cruel.

Then we’ve got this anti-Obama congress that is still trying to annul the ACA, aka Obamacare. And 47 treasonous (yes, I believe they are, by the Constitution, Article III, Section 3) senators trying to rule this land (yes, I mean rule).

It is all so foolish, and does not bode well for the United States of America.

Well, if these people have their way, you must be getting ready for two events. One is that while the US has never been gutted in a war, other than the Civil War where we gutted ourselves, and if we go to another big war, we won’t get off so easily. There are those who would say the US would never be hit by a bomb, but I say we are not as protected as we were in the past.

Second, if this country were to come anywhere near being ruled by religious factions, you can expect another internal war. Because Christianity was originally Catholic, and the many protestant factions will all believe theirs is the only right religion. So you will see warring between the Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterian, Episcopalian, Mormon, Lutheran, Pentecosts, Seventh Day Adventists, and all the rest of the sub-sects of all of these different Protestant religions, as they all start trying to decide which of these religions must be the official religion of the United States of America.

Anyway, I expect to stay hunkered down in my spot of the earth, and continue to live with love and compassion for all my fellow human beings. And the animals, fish, and birds, and nature in all its glory. I know what my priorities are.

Carol Stepp
Austin, TX

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Family


In the past couple of weeks, my biological family has started coming together.  I have now located another granddaughter, the daughter of my eldest daughter, who is now deceased.  So I am going to use this venue to try and find my second daughter, if, of course, she wants to be found.

Tracey Elayne Stepp (changed to Tracey Elaine Partin by her adoptive family) was born on February 25 at Sunrise Hospital in Las Vegas NV (I am leaving out the birth year purposely against stolen identity possibilities).  Just say it was sometime in the hippie years.  The last known location I had for her was Hawaii.  That information is old.

Tracey, if you get this, the family discovered, and all talking to one another on an IM on Facebook, would love to get you involved, if you want to be.  Since I don’t know how your life turned out, but I expect it was happy, you may not want to get involved.

You might remember your sister Marcy since you were two and she was five when I decided to give you up (I was an alcoholic, and I wanted you kids to have a better life).  You also have another sister originally named Stacey, but who name was changed by her adoptive parents.

If you are curious about your former life, before the Partins, you can find me on Facebook under the name Carol Stepp.  We would love to hear from you, but no pressure.

Carol Stepp
Austin, TX

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