The Mundling Zone

Thoughts, rants, and raves from the desk of Michelle Mundling

Sunday, March 27, 2005

Fake Friends

I loathe people like this.

These are the kind of people who treat you one way when they're alone with you, but treat you differently when other people are around. They make fun of you behind your back, make fun of you when others are present, then act like a very good friend when you're the only one around. If they're in a position superior to you, whether as a family member, boss, landlord, God forbid if you openly disagree with an opinion of theirs, or if you say or do anything to make them believe you are making them look bad!!!

People like that are not trustworthy.

I've known several people like that in my lifetime. I've just realized this weekend that I'm having to deal with yet another one. I'm going to call this person Danielle. What's bad is that I trusted Danielle to be honest with me. I trusted her to be fair, open-minded, and respectful of my feelings and opinions like I have of her opinions and feelings, even if I disagreed with them. You know, do unto others as you would have them do unto you. Danielle professes to be a Christian -- regularly attending church, paying her tithes, studying the bible -- but is a little too quick to lecture people. I'd like to tell Danielle to shut her mouth until she removes the splinters in her eyes and apologize to those who she has hurt, starting with me. I'm not holding my breath, though. She isn't the kind of person to apologize. I have been loyal to Danielle for years and have not betrayed her. Can she say the same about herself? After her behavior toward me for the last five months, the answer to that question is a blatant "no."

I kept giving her the benefit of the doubt, despite what some other people have told me about her: people that went to school with her, people who have befriended her in the past, people who used to work with her at one time or another. The thing that really gets me is when she thinks no one can give her any attitude, but she's quick to give attitude to anyone else who disturbs her version of right and wrong. I keep asking myself what in the world have I done to end up on her sh!t list.

Despite everything, I need to pray for myself to remain above the pettiness of her behavior. I need to pray for Danielle to see the error of her ways and change them before she angers the wrong person and has to deal with the ugly backlash of retaliation.

Meanwhile, I'm keeping my distance from Danielle.

Wednesday, March 09, 2005

Poem: Visible Christian

This poem has been moved to http://www.mundlingzone.org/2005/03/visible-christian.html

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

Cool Blog Alert: FormerlyROSIE

Rosie O'Donnell has her own blog (a Blogger blog, no doubt!). It's refreshing to get past the celebrity garbage and read something personal, heartfelt, and human by that person. She seems to be a real person and not a stuck-up egotistical fake.

I remember seeing her on the O'Reilly Factor. She got a lot of my respect after that interview. O'Reilly can be very intimidating, but I think she handled herself very well on the show. Just my humble opinion.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Hands Off My Lock!

I know this is petty, but I've got to share this.

I go to the YMCA three to four times a week to use the weights and for water aerobics. I put my belongings into a locker and use a combination lock to keep my stuff from getting stolen and/or plundered through.

I set it to a particular number when I leave the locker room. When I come back, it is never, I mean NEVER, where I set it when I get back. It's not just a couple of digits ... I mean it's overtly obvious someone has been messing with it. What is it about the lock that someone just has to play with it or try to figure out the combination? Geez!!

I learn more about human nature every day. :-(

Sunday, March 06, 2005

When A Web Site Steals Another Site's Content

Parsimonious.org is a web site that offers objects and skins for the games The Sims and The Sims 2. The webmistress makes her creations available to visitors free of charge. She also makes it very clear that her site's content is not to be redistributed on another site without her permission.

This was posted on Parsimonious.org this morning:

"It has come to our attention that this site, Sims-fr, has uploaded a huge number of our skins without our permission. The owner claims that french people are too stupid to cope with the navigation of our site therefore it is necessary for him to distribute our items. I have emailed him and his web-host repeatedly to complain but so far neither have been inclined to take any action."

I've visited the alleged offending web site. It seems I have to be a member to view and download the objects and skins from it. Supposedly, "french people are too stupid to use the navigation on the Parsimonious site," but yet signing up is required to navigate Sims-fr.com? Sorry, that wouldn't fly with me. The navigation of Parsimonious.org is not hard. In addition, if what Parsimonious claims is true, the web host of Sims-fr.com is risking civil litigation because it has been made aware of the situation but has yet to do anything to correct the situation. That would make it an accessory to the crime by inaction.

The webmistress of Parsimonious.org has a lot of talent. I'd hate to see her get fed up and shut down her site because of situations in which her content is being stolen and displayed by other web sites.

I'm just expressing an opinion here, but if what Parsimonious.org claims is true, then Sims-fr.com is in the wrong and should be ashamed.

Update 3/8/2005: The post from Parsimonious pertaining to Sims-fr is no longer on the web site.

Saturday, March 05, 2005

Soup using Zatarain's Black Beans and Rice

I finally got a picture of a bowl of soup using Zatarain's Black Beans and Rice mix.



This is what I do to create the soup that my family thoroughly enjoys:

1 box Zatarain's Black Beans and Rice
1 family-sized can Campbell's Tomato Soup
1 1/2 cups frozen mixed vegetables
1 1/2 cups to 2 cups meat of choice*
1 tsp garlic powder
2 tbsp minced onion

Add all ingredients to 3 quart pot. Take empty tomato soup can and add two more cans of water to pot. Stir until thoroughly mixed. Turn burner to medium and allow mixture to bubble, stirring occasionally. Turn burner to low and let simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Makes 6-8 servings.

*I've used ground beef, ground pork sausage, diced smoked sausage and stew meat. They all have worked well with this recipe.

Friday, March 04, 2005

Killed Another CD Burner

Another CD-RW drive bit the dust. It's only been my third burner since I bought my computer back in November 2001. I didn't like being without my computer, so I was hesitant to take my computer to a shop. I probably could have replaced it myself, but I honestly don't have the time nor the energy to do it right now at this point in my life.

Luckily, many posters of the Green Screen have used the services and knowledge of Eric Roundtree to work on their computers, and they have had nothing but glowing remarks about his work. He offered to help, so I decided to take him up on it. Not only did he do the job in less than two hours, he also increased my computer's memory from 384 MB to 512 MB. The icing on the cake is that he charged less for the burner, memory, and labor than Radio Shack charged to replace the burner on the same computer back in April 2003.

Eric runs Prinux LLC. Anyone who lives in the Waycross area should look him up as he did great work on my computer and charged less than other places I've patronized.

Thank you, Eric.