For all my conflictedness, I am pretty open to change. I, in fact embrace some change with a zest that is both shocking to the imagination and the pocketbook. As I mentioned in a recent post, I have a tendency to shop on days that I am stuck at home and decided our house needed yet one more ultra thin TV. I totally embrace the idea, that with modern technology you can carry your TV from room to room (if you ever were so inclined) thanks to wireless cable boxes.
So I got rid of the last of these:
And got another one of these:
One could say that there was a day that most homes had one TV with just a few channels and we got by.
True, but then technology came along and taunted us with cable hookups in every room and 500 channels available. Of course, 500 channels didn’t give us nearly enough to choose from so we had to add “ON DEMAND”. Doesn’t that sound like you have POWER. I demand you to bring me a movie that I feel like watching..RIGHT NOW!!!
Soooo…..back to my original thought. Change can be embraced…yes, I love my techy phone, I like texting you whenever I have something to say and I luuuuvvvvvv the Internet. Oh yeah! OXOXOXOXO
But every once in a while a change comes my way that just pisses me off. A change that (in my humble opinion) is not a well thought out change.
Thought Number One: Not All Changes are for the Good
Last week a new ordinance came to our area that I think is a huge misstep. But, frankly, I don’t think the local ordinance-makers particularly care what I think. Do they care that while giving rights to some they are making others feel vulnerable?
As most of you know…I live in Olathe, KS. That is a suburb of Kansas City, KS. and the next door neighbor to Overland Park, Kansas. My home is located fairly close to the Overland Park city border. You might even say it is within shooting distance. Why does any of this matter, you ask?
Here is a little excerpt from an article from the Kansas City Star.
The Overland Park City Council on Monday approved an ordinance allowing legal gun owners to openly carry their weapons in public — provided the gun is in a holster with the safety engaged and in their immediate control at all times.
The new law follows a Kansas attorney general opinion that cities may not completely prohibit open carry of a loaded firearm while on public property.
The new law allows open carry in places such as sidewalks, parks and buildings that don’t have signs prohibiting firearms.
Councilman Paul Lyons was the only one to vote against open carry.
“Overland Park is one of the safest cities in the nation, so there is no reason for someone to be openly carrying around a gun for protection,” Lyons said. “The only reason someone would want to show off a gun is to intimidate people, and that’s not the image we want our city to project.”
Now you might ask me why I am being Ms. Crabby Pants about this. I am the same person that said, that while I don’t presently own a gun, I am not against Castle Laws. I am not against gun ownership. I am for gun rights within the realm of being used by a trained individual that follows all the guidelines.
This is the part I am not OK with. I am not OK with being in the line at the Walmart with any yahoo that wants to carry his Glock around. I am going to feel insecure. How do I know you aren’t a time-bomb just waiting to get in a “pissing match “because the checkout chick is rude to you.
Yes, I am still wearing my Crabby Pants!
Thought Number Two: Don’t Be Making Changes Unless You Think About It and Work Out the Possible Repercussions.
It isn’t just about the fact “anyone can carry their gun and thereby scaring the shit out of me” that has my Ms. Crabby Pants persona coming forward. Over and over again we hear about changes that have sparked controversy or problems. Is there a week that goes by that something isn’t being apologized for or recalled. Drugs that are supposed to help but end up hurting. Products were were told would improve our lives but give us problems.
Just this week the Apple people are telling us that the new mapping system on the IPhone 5 doesn’t work and perhaps you should go back to using Google Maps. OOPSIE, who was the Apple genius that didn’t discover that until after a few million people stood in line “upgrading”.
So just a heads up from Ms. Crabby Pants…I am totally game to buy all manner of neat innovative stuff and I will even follow the new rules that come down the pike every other day but let’s not be making changes just for the sake of making changes. Either make it better or smarter or leave it the hell alone.