Beachcombing

By: 
Jay Beeler

What bugs you? We all have a few things in our lives that bug us because they defy common sense or are irritating. Here are most of my pet peeves, in no particular order or priority:

  • People who refuse to wear a mask to stop the coronavirus. If you want to commit suicide, don’t kill others around you.
  • Airlines that treat passengers like sardines by cramming as many seats as possible into every cabin. There needs to be a law.
  • Motorcyclists who blast their exhaust/radios loud enough to be heard a block away as well as my sixth-floor office, overlooking PCH at Anaheim Street.
  • LB Transit for establishing driver rest zones in right curb lanes at major intersections, thereby blocking traffic. The two that I encounter regularly are at Pacific Coast Highway, westbound at Cherry Avenue and Bellflower Boulevard northbound at Stearns Street.
  • Mercury Insurance Company, that arbitrarily jacks up our mileage driven. This year they increased by wife’s car – which is seldom driven since she no longer drives – from 1,000 miles to 4,000 miles. My car’s mileage was increased from 7,000 to 8,000 by Mercury, even though the pandemic meant that lesser than 6,000 miles were driven. How difficult would it be to send a two-way postcard to policy holders asking for the annual mileage information? Mercury’s CEO, Gabriel Tirador, should be thrown in jail with the key thrown away for this ongoing criminal conduct.
  • Mercury Insurance Company for its failure to compensate us to replace the bedroom parquet floors damaged by a leaking water heater. They dragged their feet for six months to the point where we had to lay down less-expensive carpet in preparation for guests at a family wedding. Mercury Insurance should be banned from operating in California and fined excessively for this criminal conduct. DO NOT BUY MERCURY INSURANCE! DO NOT SUPPORT THESE CRIMINALS.
  • The US Postal Service, which annually loses billions because they continue door-to-door delivery service versus setting up neighborhood kiosks with letter boxes and facilities for packages. Costs associated with operating the kiosks could be borne by other package delivery services wanting to participate and cut their labor costs as well.
  • Software companies that sell you their product and then constantly pitch you thereafter with pop-ups regarding upgrades. Ditto that for time-consuming malware pop-ups from other companies that will never get my business.
  • The Long Beach Fire Department, which used to do an excellent job of sending us news releases and photos relating to major fires and accidents. Now we (and you, the reader) get nothing. Someone needs to be re-assigned to a job they are more qualified to handle.
  • Anyone who wants to erase history because our forefathers were racist or engaged in conduct that would be offensive today. My high school team symbol was an Indian and my college’s mascot is a prospector (a shark named Elbee sucks). My allegiance will not change regardless of what idiot is in charge of these institutions. Congratulations to Trader Joes for not buckling under to these clowns by changing product names like Trader Jose or Trader Mings.
  • Long Beach subcontractors who dig holes in our streets, then fail to replace the asphalt to be even with the street. Clark Street between Atherton and Stearns on the east side was a washboard from prior, shoddy work. Most recently it was torn up for months and that contractor did an excellent asphalt replacement job. Freeman Avenue south of Anaheim Street (next to F&M Bank) is the worst street we encounter on a regular basis.
  • Los Altos residents who complain about the occasional fighter jets doing landings at LGB, demonstrating their ignorance of exactly why this is the land of the free and brave. Please take your anti-America and anti-military ass to a land far, far away.
  • Anyone running for elective office who has never signed the front side of a paycheck. If elected, they create laws like the gig law, AB 5, that close businesses or chase them out of state.
     

Humor Time

The IRS returned a tax return to a man in New Jersey after he apparently answered one of the questions incorrectly. In response to question 23: “Do you have anyone dependent on you?” The man wrote: “2.1 million illegal immigrants, 1.1 million crack-heads, 4.4 million unemployable scroungers, 80,000 criminals in over 85 prisons, plus 650 idiots in Washington and the entire group that call themselves politicians.”

On the returned form, someone at the IRS had attached a Post-it Note beside the question with an arrow and the words: “Your response to question 23 is unacceptable.”

The man sent it back to the IRS with his response on the bottom of the Post-it Note: “Who did I leave out?”

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