Archive for December, 2008

Am I wrong for asking??

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on December 17, 2008 by klysha

This is about to be a really politically incorrect post. I mean no disrespect to anyone of any race but inquiring minds want to know. Can someone please explain to me how people of certain races get certain industries on lock? For example, in the DC metro area and some of the other major metro areas around the country Ethiopians have the parking lot attendant game locked down! How does this happen??? When is the last time you saw a white or even a non -African black person collecting fees at a parking lot?

When is the last time your parking attendant looked like this?

When is the last time your parking attendant looked like this?

Is there some requirement that in order to get a permit to run a parking lot that you be from east Africa? And they take their parking attendant duties seriously! There is no hook up with these people. Try talking one of them into cutting you a deal because you will only be parked for 10 minutes and see how far you get. They must also have a connection in the airport employment circuit because they run pretty deep at Dulles airport too. And we all know that the Asians have the nail care and black beauty product game on lock. I think that’s the case in every city. When is the last time you saw a black janitor in the city? We all know who has that game on lock. Here’s a hint. They have construction help and landscaping on lock as well.* The gas station game has been dominated by people of Arabic descent for years. They had a hold on the cab industry too for a while but Africans have been taking over. And strangely enough African cab drivers picked up some of the same habits that Arabic cab drivers have had for years…i.e. not picking up black people. I remember trying to catch a cab with a boyfriend years ago unsuccessfully for the longest until a kind white dude who witnessed our frustration and stepped out and hailed one for us. A cab stopped for him within 2 minutes. The driver was African, and he was pissed! Do Africans not realize that they too are black???

These are just a few of the more visible industries that I have noticed an unusually high percentage of workers of the same race. I know there are some others and I know I’m not the only one who noticed this. I just want some answers. I mean I might want to own a parking lot one day. Will I have to marry an Ethiopian? Do I have to lie on my application for a permit and say I’m Ethiopian? I’ve been asked by a number of Ethiopians whether I’m one of them so maybe I’d have a shot. Hit me up if you know the answer. However, if you want to blast me for my political incorrectness please save yourself some energy and don’t bother.  

* Okay I might be lumping people of multiple nationalities together here. El Salvadorians, Mexicans, etc but it’s not like I can tell the difference so sue me.


The Magic of Christmas

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on December 7, 2008 by klysha

Am I the only one who, upon reaching adulthood, noticed that the holiday season lost most of the magic it used to have back when we were kids? When I was a kid all I had to do was sit back and wait for Santa. Christmas couldn’t get here fast enough. Now there’s no Santa, and it seems like Christmas is a bullet train heading straight for me and I have yet to do my part in making Christmas magic.

During the holidays I feel like I need to learn how to knit homemade snowflakes, bake a dozen ginger cookies, volunteer at the local charity kitchen and buy gifts for everyone I know all at the same time. My brain is overloaded with messages about how to create the perfect holiday experience. And unfortunately most of the messages I get are in direct conflict with one another. It’s no wonder people get stressed out during the holidays.

And then there’s the shopping. In this jacked up economy Christmas shopping has become less an act of generosity to the one’s we love the most and more of a bloodsport as evidenced by the 3 Black Friday casualties. I suspect that as December 25th draws nearer people will become more fervent in their quests to make their loved ones dreams come true. Afterall Christmas just ain’t Christmas until someone punches someone in the face for the last Nintendo Wii. The consumerism, and the stress is out of control.

And with the planet it peril it’s no longer in vogue to run up your light bill with a traffic stopping Christmas display. Even gift wrapping paper has been called out as a symbol of gross wastefulness, not to mention the mounds of shopping bags that ultimately end up in a toxic non-biodegradable stew in the ocean. Did everyone remember to carry a reusable shopping bag to the mall with them this year?

Are all those lights energy efficient????

Are all those lights energy efficient????

In these trying times Christmas just isn’t the same anymore! It’s high time for us to remember that Christmas isn’t about gifts, or recovering from a yearlong sales slump, or hand knitted christmas stockings, or even about who has the biggest bobbing reindeer in their front lawn. No, Christmas is actually supposed to be a huge birthday party for Jesus. And in his honor we’re supposed to act more like him by showing love for our fellow man. And of course Jesus would want you to use recycled wrapping paper, and energy efficient lights on the 10 foot cross in your front lawn. And I’m almost certain Jesus wouldn’t want you to pay full price for your new Christmas sweater in this economy so go ahead and use that 20% off coupon to Filene’s Basement and get yourself something nice. You’ve been good all year! Now go make some Christmas magic!