Review: Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapid Fire (Cherry MX Speed)

Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapid Fire

Roughly 7 months ago I bought a Corsair K70 RGB MK.2 Rapidfire with Cherry MX Speed switches, as a replacement for the original Strafe RGB keyboard, which featured the Cherry MX Silent switches, after half dozen keys stopped working suddenly. The following is my views on the K70 MK.2 after 7 months of use.

First, the look and feel, in all honesty, with the much cheaper Strafe RGB MK.2 having almost the exact look as the K70 RGB MK.2, I feel it kind cheapens the more expensive K70 RGB MK.2 model. Anyway, like the original K70 RGB, it has a solid aluminum plate with the keys raised above the plate for easy cleaning, using something like a can of compressed air. It’s a typical Corsair product, well constructed and feels solid to the touch with the usual array of media, windows lock and LED brightness keys and volume roller.

Sadly, in use, I have been very disappointed with the $170 + tax keyboard. I hated the feel of the Cherry MX speed switches, I should have immediately returned it to Best Buy, but I thought, I just need to get used to the new switches. But, sadly, seven months on, I still hate the switches. Maybe it’s just me, but the lighter actuation force results in a lot more typing errors and adds nothing for gaming in my opinion.

Like all Corsair RGB peripherals, the RGB’s on the K70 RGB MK.2 cannot produce true white, it’s more like an aqua blue. Further, after four months of use, select RGB’s started to malfunction, notably, on the M, C and control keys, which have a slight red, or green hue to them, despite being set to white in iCue.

Despite how solid the K70 MK.2 feels, there are clearly some issues, such as the keyboard randomly stopping working, the lights are on, but no-one is home, key presses result in no input being sent to my PC. Even rebooting the computer does not work, after a reboot, the backlighting does not come back on, the keyboard appears to be dead. After some fiddling, swapping of USB ports, I got it to work again, bizarrely, once it’s working again, I switch back to the original USB 3.0 ports and it works just fine.

That is until it happens again weeks later, it’s completely random, I’ve never been doing the same thing twice when it happens. Initially, when it happened, I thought the USB ports being used were at fault, but it still happened when different USB ports were being used, and the peripherals that are now plugged into the USB ports that were originally used by the K70 MK.2 have worked flawlessly, not a single issue.

The bottom line for me, the K70 RGB MK.2 fails miserably for my use case, 85% typing. For $170, I’d expect better, I rate the original Strafe RGB higher than the K70 RGB MK.2 Rapid Fire, despite feeling cheaper, more plasticky, the Strafe RGB was a better keyboard to use. This experience has really soured my view of Corsair keyboards, that I will more than likely buy another brand of keyboard, something with solid white backlighting, I don’t care about RGB rainbow puke functionality on a keyboard. The only reason I bought an RGB keyboard is that I didn’t want blue or red backlighting, no white from Corsair.

I’m Waving The White Flag, I Surrender

I'm Waving The White Flag, I Surrender

I have written a lot about the issues the wife and I have been having with our, now 14-year-old son’s behavior and school grades issues. We had been trying to incentivize him to do better in school, to improve his grades, to do the work and hand it in, by basically, holding his video game time hostage.

Initially, if he brought home D’s and F’s, no game time until those grades were restored to all C’s and above. But after almost five months of no video games, we switched it up with a grade based game time reward, A through C grades earned time, D & F grades subtracted time. Initially, this seemed to be working, one F immediately turned into a B, but by the end of the week, his grades had slumped again.

And the slump in grades was caused by missing assignments, he either did not do the work or didn’t hand it in, I suspect it’s the former. The two F grades he currently has is because, from the start of the semester, he received several zero scores for not doing the work. We have requested that he bring the work home, as he gets an extra 24 hours as mandated in his IEP, to get it completed and handed in.

The standard response from him when we ask where the work is; he says, “I forgot”, which is his standard response for everything, like chores we ask him to do, “oh, I forgot” is his response. We know there’s nothing wrong with his memory, he never forgets about anything he likes or benefits him.

He claims the reason his grades are so bad is that we put too much pressure on him, or that societal pressures stop him from asking for help with his school work. And my personal favorite excuse, “Don’t you know I am autistic?”, which just indicates how smart he is, to try to use his diagnosis as a reason for his failings, and an extension of that is his claim of himself being “not as smart as we think he is”.

We can discount the idea that he isn’t as smart as we think he is; every teacher from 5th through 9th grades has said that he is very smart but lacks motivation. And, that getting him motivated is near impossible unless a subject interests him, he will put in the minimal amount of effort possible.

We try to talk to him, to motivate him, and he just stands there with a look of disgust on his face, because we continue trying to push him to be better than he allows himself to be. He says he wants to study video game development at Full Sail University, but won’t put in the effort to get the grades he’ll need to get there, Full Sail is not a local Kansas college that accepts just anyone with a lowly high school diploma.

So, I have come to the realization that trying to motivate him is a waste of my time and stress quota. So I have told him, he can play all the video games he wants, and won’t say a word about his school grades until the end of the school year. Using his own words, if we leave him alone, he will do better in school. I know this is not true, but I am calling his bluff. He’s 14 years old, he can make his own life decisions.

Trying to force the issue isn’t working, I’ll let him have his way and see if anything changes. he needs to come to the realization that he is only hurting himself, I cannot help him unless he wants to be helped.

I hope that I am wrong and leaving him alone for 3 months will yield results, and we’ll see his grades improve. I don’t know if we are doing the right thing, but trying to motivate him with a reward system has made zero difference, the more we push, the more he rebels and his grades fall through the floor.

Trump’s Fake National Emergency At The US’ Southern Border

On Friday morning in the Rose Garden at The White House, President Donald J. Trump declared a national emergency at the United States southern border to build his monument to racism at the US/Mexico border; making the taxpayers, US taxpayers that is, not Mexican taxpayers, pay for it.

But of course, Trump is an idiot, kept talking, giving lawyers all the legal ammunition they need to sucessfully sue, making this national emergency declaration null and void. The orange one said, and I quote “I could do the wall over a longer period of time, I didn’t need to do this, but I’d rather do it much faster”, continuing “I don’t have to do this for the election, I’ve done a lot of wall, for the election, 2020″. But do remember that he is a very stable genius, and like a smart person, that last bit is sarcasm, btw.

How anyone, after the above statements, could say that this is not an abuse of power is beyond me. There is much national crisis’ in the United States that could be described as a national emergency, the southern border is not one of them, which Trump admitted with his “I didn’t need to do this” statement.

Trump even recognized that he will be sued because of this emergency declaration, saying “We will have a national emergency, and then we will be sued, and then they will sue us in the ninth circuit, even though it shouldn’t be there, and we will possibly get a bad ruling, and then we’ll get another bad ruling, and then we’ll end up in the supreme court…” And it goes on and on, the Cheeto N’ Chief literally does not know when to STFU! Trump’s lawyers must be furiously facepalming throughout this speech, while the ACLU lawyers are putting their feet up while trump hands them all the evidence they need to sue.

Trump uses “alternative facts” to further his fear narrative to justify his costly and ineffective wall when the reality is that immigrant apprehensions at the border are down to a near 20 year low, the majority of those immigrants are families, women, and children from Central American countries like Honduras, El Salvador and Guatemala seeking asylum, trying to escape gangs, violence and abject poverty, not terrorists, not MS-13 and gang members. While the vast majority of illegal drugs come through legal entry points in private vehicles, this is according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency.

Of course, this fake national emergency came about because Trump could not get Congress to give him the almost 6 billion dollars he wanted to build his signature wall, screwing over 800,00 federal workers in the process. which is extremely ironic, given his tweet criticizing Barack Obama; on Nov 20, 2014

Trump’s tweet reads, in case it gets removed, “Repubs must not allow Pres Obama to subvert the Constitution of the US for his own benefit & because he is unable to negotiate w/ Congress”. There is literally a tweet in the past from the president, for every occasion to prove Trump’s hypocrisy.

Finally, what president decides to immediately jet off to play golf at the time of national emergency?

Dear Twitter, Double Standard Much?

Twitter restricted my account for using a common idiom in reference to Donald J. Trump's fake national emergency.

This afternoon, I logged into Twitter on my phone to tweet and I was greeted with the above message claiming I have violated Twitter’s rules, by using a common idiom, tweeting “Give @realDonaldTrump enough rope, eventually he will hang himself. #NationalEmergency”, not threatening anyone. I never called for anyone to hang Donald J. Trump, nor threatened to hang the Cheeto N’ Chief myself.

The reason I am so angry and defiant is because President Trump consistently posts hateful, racist and misogynist tweets, yet, no action is taken by Twitter, and given that he is the President, his words carry much more weight than a private individual, acting as a true call to action for his sheep-like base. You just have to look at the actions of his base against the press, most recently at Trump’s rally in El Paso, TX.

The first thing Twitter tries to get you to do is accept that you have done something wrong by deleting the alleged infringing tweet. Of course, I immediately rejected that offer. I refuse to allow Twitter to publicly shame me by showing that I have accepted their arbitrary ruling that I have infringed their rules.

Twitter trying to get me to accept their ruling by deleting my tweet, and allow myself to be publicly shamed.

My response to Twitter is;

“Donald Trump consistently writes hateful, misogynistic and racist tweets, yet Twitter has chosen to restrict my account due to my use of a common idiom suggesting that Donald Trump will cause his own downfall. I request that you review this action and restore my account to full functionality.”

My response to Twitter's accusation.

At this point in writing this blog, I realized that Twitter actually penalizes you more for daring to defend yourself by not simply accepting their determination. Before I lodged my dispute, I was able to still read Twitter, but not tweet, nor retweet other people. Now, after the dispute, my only option is to delete the tweet and accept the alleged wrongdoing to be able to continue to read tweets; which is stupid, it’s not like I cannot get a free Email account and sign up for a new Twitter account, not that I would bother.

Further investigation reveals that Twitter has hidden the tweet on my timeline that allegedly breaches their terms and conditions, so, why even ask for me to delete? They have censored me as well as blocking my access while I am disputing the legitimacy of Twitter’s claims of infringement of their rules.

Yes, I know all this is laid out in Twitter’s Enforcement Options. Keep reading….

This is a clear double standard on behalf of Twitter. As a private company, they can dictate their own terms and conditions of use, and that would be fine if they were consistent. I have been openly threatened by Trump supporters on Twitter, yet Twitter did jack-shit about that. Not to mention Trump’s own tweets calling his base to action in regard to the press, calling them the enemy of the people, which led to violence against the press, to which, Trump responded by doubling down on Twitter.

I might well be risking my six-year-old Twitter account by taking this action, but it’s worth it, as I never perpetrated what Twitter claimed I have done. I will be updating this post as my appeal develops, if their human reviewers uphold the automated system determination, then I don’t want to be part of something that has such hypocritical double standards, allowing people with influence, such as the president, to post whatever they want while regular users with little to no influence, like me, get penalized.

Finally, as I was writing this write-up; my son said, “why don’t you just delete the tweet?”, my response to him was “I have done nothing wrong, why should I accept blame for something I did not do?” An innocent person should never accept responsibility for an action they did not take. And frankly, it’s Twitter, it’s not important enough for me to acknowledge their accusation of wrongdoing and accept the public shame.

Update [Feb, 23 2019, 19:06]: It’s been a full week with no response from Twitter, so I have decided to click the ‘remove’ button and accept the shame of using a common idiom in reference to the US’ hate & fear president. It really isn’t worth holding out on principle, I’ll post my response to Twitter here and link to it from my Twitter timeline, to set the record straight, in response to Twitter’s accusations.

A Mixed Bag Life Update III

Life Update

It’s time for another life update, and indeed it is another mixed bag. There is some good news, bad news, and annoyances, which are probably not that interesting, but it’s my blog and I’ll write if I want to.

Let’s start with the good news, my wife, Erin has started a new job after a period of unemployment, due to the reasons outlined here. And unlike her previous jobs in property management. she has taken a job in a service coordinator type of role, still working at a property, which will remain unnamed, unless they screw her over like many of her previous employers, including the company I currently work for.

Assuming this job works out for Erin, this should ease our financial woes and mounting credit card debt. Speaking of which, we received the last of our tax documents today, so we can file our taxes this weekend, let’s see how Trump’s ‘tax reform’ effects our refund, normally, we get around a $7,000 refund, which will put a significant dent in our debts. Will this amount rise or fall with the new tax rules?

Back in December, I wrote about how our son is failing in high school and how he is unwilling to put in the work to correct his failing grades. Well, it has gotten worse, he currently has three F’s and one D, one month into his third semester. The rule we had been applying is, bring home D’s or F’s and there are no video games. Unfortunately, this rule has meant he has not played video games since September 2018.

I posted in frustration on Facebook and a friend of our’s suggested that our son has given up, and she is probably right, given the evidence. So, in light of this, we have formulated a plan to try to re-motivate him to improve his grades, his grades literally dictate how much daily game time he is permitted.

It works like this, each grade earns or forfeits game time, see as follows.

  • A = add 30 minutes
  • B = add 20 minutes
  • C = add 10 minutes
  • D = minus 10 minutes
  • F = minus 30 minutes

There are 9 graded classes each day, which means there are a possible 4 1/2 hours on the table, daily. However, due to his current poor grades, he will earn only 50 minutes. We’re hoping that as his efforts are directly rewarded with game time, he will work to change those F’s and D’s into grades that earn time, not take away time. Only time will tell, but we’re hoping this will change his attitude to school work.

Finally, there’s some work-related stuff, of which you can read an example of here, which is extremely frustrating. But, I have to learn that if my employer does not want to take full advantage of my skills and knowledge, so be it. I get paid the same regardless of how much work I put in. I just find it extremely hard to see people doing the wrong thing because they did not consult me, the person they hired as an expert.

Update [Feb, 3 2019, 23:49]: We went ahead and filed our taxes and we were surprised to see a refund of $8,300, a pleasant surprise of course. This amount will help to pay off the majority of our credit card debt, saving us significant interest payments across half dozen cards. And with Erin’s new job adding about $1,100 per month to the coffers, we should be financially stable and me far less stressed.

But, What Do I Know? 2019 Edition!

But, What Do I Know?

The company I currently work for hired me as a digital marketing specialist, however, they tend to not include me in marketing discussions, which really truly baffles me. Why hire someone who specializes in digital marketing, if you are not going to take advantage of said marketing specialist’s knowledge?

The latest issue concerns a promotion for a poorly performing property. To which the head of property management wants to run a special, offering a sliding scale rent which reduces from $390 to $300 for six months before ramping back up to $390 over the next six months, which raises the deposit from $200 to $390 to take advantage of the special. It’s confusing for everyone and a freaking accounting nightmare.

My reasons for disagreeing with this strategy are as follows. The special which we were running previously, was $200 deposit with the second month, i.e. first full month being rent free, a saving of $390. If the previous special wasn’t working, how could the new special work? The new special reduces savings to $220, taking into account, the higher $390 deposit, an increase of $190 over the standard deposit.

The head of property management also wants to word the special with very limited information, attempting to force potential residents to call to get information on the special. Which, in my opinion, doesn’t work, in the Internet age, more people want to Email or use live chat, not call. And with so much competition in the area we operate in, people will move on, rather than call to get further information.

Right now, in the rental home market, we are just coming out of the holiday’s slump, which runs from Thanksgiving through to mid-January. Statistically, leads drop off considerably during this time, this coupled with an unusually high amount of evictions has caused the current situation of high vacancy. In addition, despite more than 100 leads this month, many applicants have not qualified for a lease.

I had previously addressed this issue of not including the marketing guy with management before, an apology was issued to me, things got batter for a little while, and now we are back to where we started. So, I am just going to run what they want me to run, and move on, if they want to pay me a significant chunk of change for grunt work, so be it. I’m done getting upset about something I have no control over.

UPDATE [Feb, 12 2019, 15:27]: I have been proven correct again, the special,, outlined above, which I was 100% against, has been scrapped and we have returned to the previous special. How many times do I have to be vindicated before the powers that be seek my opinion before going off half cocked?

Trump’s Government Shutdown 2018/19

Trump's Government Shutdown

As the government shutdown enters its 30th day and 800,000 federal employees face a financial crisis, President Donald Trump, Senate leader Mitch McConnel, and House speaker, Nancy Pelosi are playing political games, while still getting paid, unlike the rank and file federal workers, who are facing financial ruin, if this shutdown continues, while working unpaid, because their job is considered essential.

Clearly, these ‘elected representatives’ don’t give a f**k about every day American workers. The fact that they excluded themselves from the shutdown, to continue to get their $174,000+ salaries while the government is shut down, tells you everything you need to know about their solidarity with workers.

Starting at the beginning, President Trump refused to sign a continuing resolution, which passed the House and Senate, to keep the government open thru February. Remember, this was just before Christmas, where we heard stories of federal employees returning gifts due to the uncertainty of their pay situation, never mind, Merry Christmas federal workers, it’s more like f**k you federal workers.

Moving forward into the New Year, a new Congress was formed, the Democrats wrote and voted for a deal to reopen government, only for Senate majority leader Mitch McConnel to refuse to even allow a vote because Trump would not sign it, should it pass the Senate. Which, to say the least, is utter bullsh*t, this is supposed to be a democracy, not a dictatorship, where there’s a ‘my way or the highway’ mentality.

In the last week, we have seen Nancy Pelosi playing political games, suggesting that Trump’s state of the union address be postponed, giving it as a written statement or deliver it from the Oval Office while the government is shut down, citing security concerns, to which, Trump responded by not allowing Pelosi and a delegation of lawmakers the use of a military plane for a scheduled visit to Afghanistan.

Yesterday, President Trump gave a speech, in which he offered protections for undocumented immigrants who were brought to the US as children for 3 years, in exchange for $5.7 billion of congressional funding for his signature southern border wall. Which, the Democrats immediately rejected, Congress cannot allow Trump to take hostages to get what he wants. If the Democrats cave in now, that sends a message that the President can hold the country hostage, every time he wishes to further his agenda.

As a response to Pelosi rejection Trump’s ‘compromise’, he has put a veiled threat out there that unless he gets his border wall funding, he will deport 11 million undocumented immigrants from the United States. And now, suddenly, Senate leader McConnel is willing to have a vote on Trump’s compromise bill, knowing that if it passes the Senate, it will not pass the house, and we are back where we started 30 days ago when the government was shut down, and still no financial relief for the 800,000 federal workers.

I’m sure that Trump knows that his signature border wall will not stop the flow of drugs or immigrants. He is playing to his base, the MAGA hat wearing, ‘build the wall’ brigade. It is an absolute disgrace that the president and Congress are using people as pawns to further their own political agenda.

Who do I blame for the shutdown? President Donald J. Trump, his refusal to sign a continuing resolution to keep the government open started this disgraceful process. Trump said “I will take the mantle. I will be the one to shut it down” in reference to shutting down the government. Then days later, swiftly tried to blame the Democrats, at a time, when the Republicans ruled The White House, House, and Senate.

A final note, you know who else takes hostages? terrorists, who according to Trump are also coming in from Mexico. Sure, that makes sense, fly to South America, then travel thousands of miles to cross the southern border to enter the United States. This administration spouts lies and Trump’s base eats it up!

New Year, New Congress, Same Bullshit!

New Year, New Congress, Same Bullshit!

January 3, 2019, marked the formation of the 116th US Congress and despite all the new congresspeople who ran on a progressive platform, Medicare for all, $15/hr federal minimum wage, free college etc, only three of these ‘progressives’ voted against the Pay-Go bill that includes a budget neutral rule, which would stop any vote on bills that are not backed by a “how we will pay for it” plan of action.

The obvious answer to how we are going to fund the progressive agenda, remove all the corporate tax loopholes from the tax code, even without repealing the Republicans 2017 tax bill, that would provide hundreds of billions of dollars for progressive, dare I say socialist programs. However, we know that the Democratic leadership will not allow that to happen, as regardless of whether a congressperson has a (D) or an (R) after their name, they are all paid off by the same corporate interests, this is a stonewall fact!

Back to Pay-Go and the progressives that voted for the Democrats’ rules for the House, which included Pay-Go. If these people were true progressives, they would never have voted for such a rules package when it goes against the platform which they ran on. Only three progressive Democrats voted against the new house rules, Ro Khanna (CA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY) and Tulsi Gabbard (HI).

After voting “yes” to the rules package, Pramila Jayapal (WA) has put forward legislation to repeal Pay-Go. I believe this to be a face-saving exercise after criticism for voting for a bill that creates a massive stumbling block to progressive priorities. Once something has been incorporated into the house rules, it’s very hard to overturn. We know that Nancy Pelosi and the Democratic leadership have zero interest in the progressive agenda, despite the widespread public support for such programs as Medicare for all.

After the congressional elections, I did wonder how long it would take for the incoming class of 2019 to become corrupted. In a system where being corrupt is the norm and the only way to survive past a single term, it would be hard to turn down the money. I’m pretty sure that if Koch (I Live in Kansas) came knocking on my door offering hundreds of thousands, or even millions of dollars, I would sure as hell take the money to make my family’s life better, and I suspect that most people would do the same.

After so many “progressive” congresspeople voted for something that makes pushing the progressive agenda harder, the jury is out on how progressive these new congresspeople really are. introducing legislation after the fact is not good enough, progressives need to fight for the cause from day one, as didn’t you know “progressive” is an alternative word for “communist”? a “fact” pushed by the right-wing.

Moving onto HR-1, the For The People Act, which is a bill that will supposedly take corporate money out of politics, increase ethics accountability in Congress, restore the voting rights act and eliminate gerrymandering. Which, let’s be frank, is utter bullshit, none of the incumbents want corporate money out of politics. How can a corrupt government possibly vote for a bill that would eliminate their main source of income, allowing these multi-term congresspeople to become multi-millionaires? I will be extremely happy to eat my words, should I be proven wrong, but I doubt that I will have to do so.

This bill is nothing more than lip-service to the people of America. The majority of Americans want an end to corruption in our government at the federal and local state level. Nancy Pelosi and the leadership of the Democratic party know there is no way in Hell this would pass the Republican-controlled Senate during the next two years. The objective is to make themselves look good in the eyes of voters, while not pushing for actual change in the way our government, who I remind you are public servants, is run.

I have lived in the USA for 10 years; and those 10 years has taught me that the opening line of the US constitution, “we, the people” is a fallacy in this time. Our congresspeople and senators do not, and will not ever do what is best for their constituents, because they are being paid handsomely by their corporate overlords to do their bidding, which is contradictory to what is best for the American people. The Democrats are Republican light, there is no clear line in which Democrats differ from Republicans.

Meanwhile, upto 800,000 federal workers are still working without pay or have been furloughed because of the man-child, Donald J. Trump refusing to sign any governmental funding agreement unless he gets billions of dollars for his pointless southern border wall. The orange one has even suggested using “national emergency” legislation to bypass congress to get funding for his wall. If there is a national emergency happening, ground zero is the White House, where rules and laws seemingly go to die.

Trump also went on the record, saying that the government shutdown could continue for months, or even years if the Democrats don’t fund his increasingly unpopular border wall. Federal workers can not wait for months, and definitely not years without pay, they’ll have to move onto other jobs. I find it disgraceful that congresspeople, senators and the White House have excluded themselves from the shutdown, so they still get paid, while people who cannot afford to lose a weeks pay, suffer extreme financial hardship.

Don’t believe me, check out first-hand stories from federal workers that have been furloughed or are working for free, on Twitter, #ShutdownStories, not forgetting that this is the third shutdown in a year.

We’re Mean Parents, Cause & Effect, A Life Lesson

We're Mean Parents, Cause & Effect, A Life Lesson

Christmas is over and done with, unfortunately for my 14-year-old son, he refused to make any extra effort to bring his school grades up to where they needed to be for him to be able to get the $300 Nintendo Switch and $60 game, that we bought for him this Christmas, so we had tears this Christmas.

The story is that my 14-year-old son has a D in biology and an F in English, both as a result of not getting his assignments in on time, or in the case of biology, not handing it in at all, dropping 60 points, then passed up multiple opportunities to get extra credit, which would have put him back in the high B’s, but despite multiple requests for him to bring home the work to get it completed, he refused to do so.

We told him a whole month ago what the consequence of his inaction would be. It seems he did not take us seriously and now is living the consequences. My son, as I expected, tried to use his grandmother, who we spend Christmas with, to try to guilt us into letting him play with the new Nintendo Switch. His grandmother immediately, as I expected, said “can’t he play it today as it’s Christmas”, my immediate response is “absolutely not”. This is the fourth year in a row, we have faced this situation, I’m not giving in this year, my son needs to realize he is in the big leagues of High School now, no more letting it slide.

If we continue to let it slide, we are doing our son a disservice, everything he does in school now counts towards his future. This is intended as a life lesson, he cannot just drift through life, playing video games. He needs to earn his Switch, by fulfilling his potential, instead of slacking off, claiming “I’m stupid” expecting us to give him a pass. Bottom line, in life, there’s no such thing as a free lunch, we all have to work to earn our lunch, I don’t enjoy many aspects of my job, but I do it, to secure my family’s financial security, I expect the same from my son, especially at 14 years old, he has no idea how lucky he is.

Because of the change of school agenda going into 2019, my son’s grades have been reset, so he thinks that absolves him of any responsibility, which is partially our fault as, in previous years, we had been lenient and allowed for a ‘reset’ of game privileges. The last two semesters grades count toward his overall GPA, which is well below 3.0 right now. The wife and I agree that we should not even consider letting our son have his game privileges back until February 1, 2019, to make sure he has earned it, not have it given to him because of circumstance, i.e. grades being reset due to a school agenda change.

I just hope that us being mean parents, will shock him into knuckling down, having to earn his game time. Playing video games is a privilege, not a right. Some kids live in situations where having expensive video game consoles is not even an option, some parents cant even afford reduced rate meals in school, let alone $300 game consoles. As I said before, our son has no idea how lucky he is. I grew up with very little, my family was extremely poor, gifts were thin on the ground in my household at Christmas, and I didn’t complain once, it was the hand we were dealt, there’s no point crying over it, no good will come of it.

A Mixed Bag Life Update II

A Mixed Bag Life Update II

It’s been a challenging month, so here’s a second life update. In the previous life update, I talked about my wife spending a week in the hospital. This resulted in her being told that her services are no longer required, with the manager of Uptown Landing, telling the temp agency, Real Estate Personnel that my wife, Erin didn’t notify the manager that she would not be into work, due to her hospitalization, which is wholly untrue, we can prove that she did, through a chain of text messages with her former manager.

Honestly, Erin is better off out of that property, the management company currently managing Uptown Landing, Weigand Omega, from what I saw could not manage their way out of a wet paper bag. They had Erin, a certified property manager with more than a decade of experience, sitting on a sofa in a construction trailer on site, playing with her phone while waiting for people to stop by for a tour.

The manager would literally take the property cell phone with her, so my wife was not able to answer calls. Weigand Omega also did not provide my wife, leasing agent, Erin with a desk, chair or computer, so she had zero access to the resources she needed to effectively do the job she was employed to do. Instead of doing leasing tasks, Erin was sat there applying for other jobs on her phone, just to fill the time. I think I would have told them to stick their job up their collective arses for being insultingly underutilized.

There were many other issues with Uptown Landing and Weigand Omega, including their marketing being in disarray, photos that were not of the actual property, different phone numbers, and addresses on marketing in various places on the web, but I don’t want to take up any more space on this blog post.

With this loss of income, albeit, a relatively minor loss, it paid a little over $110/week after taxes, this puts a strain on our finances, creating more reliance of credit cards, especially in the run-up to Christmas.

Things were eased a little today when Erin received a $1,600 check from a real estate deal that she had been working on for more than two months with difficult clients, who wanted Erin to do their due diligence, which she couldn’t do, she cannot organize their mortgage. The whole deal took so long because the buyers had not completed the loan paperwork they need to do for the deal to finally close.

This experience inspired Erin to finally, switch real estate brokerage, from Berkshire Hathaway, who were not providing the service to Erin, that we were paying close to $1,000/yr for, to Keller Williams. Who, so far have been much better, than the former, providing much more support and training, without the condescending remarks from the broker and coach, like at Berkshire Hathaway in Wichita, Kansas.

An update on my son and his distaste for putting in the effort to get his grades to where we expect them to be, a C minimum in all grades, which is easily achievable. Conner refused to bring the work home to complete extra credit assignments and other school work, so his grades remained the same, finishing with a D in biology and F in English, which means his Nintendo Switch stays boxed up for Christmas.

3 weeks ago, we explained what would happen if he didn’t put in the extra effort to get his grades up, and now those threats will come to fruition, an empty threat is no threat at all. If he had put in the extra work to improve his grades and fallen short, we would’ve been more lenient, but he didn’t, so the consequences are upon him. At 14 years old, he has zero excuses to not knuckle down and get it done.

Finally, due to the events described in my last blog update, I have changed the way I work. I have removed my employer’s Email from my cell phone and moved all my employer’s social onto a separate account, so I no longer get constant nofications on my cell phone in my private time. And since I did this about a week ago, I’m happier, my downtime is my downtime, no more work interruptions. I like my job, for the most part, but, it needs to stop dominating my whole life with constant work Emails/notifications.