I promise one day the hospital strike will end and you won’t have to hear anymore from me on that score! Until then, I’ll keep blogging, sharing on FB, and bringing them Boxes o’ Joe. Right now we have other ingrates to talk about, yep more cheapass sonsabitches that aren’t even in control of a corporation. Seems Cheapness has risen to Epidemic Levels!
I put 2 novels and 1 short story up on my site to read FREE until December 31st.
That was nice of me, wasn’t it?
Yes, actually it was.
MANY people have come in and sat right down and read right through all of them.
That was nice of them, wasn’t it?
Not one could be bothered to say anything along the lines of ‘thank you’ or even ‘hey, I was here!’ Nope.
However, many other people can definitely email me asking…and in many instances telling…me that want it FREE NOW…SEND IT TO ME!
That’s right, that’s what I’m here to say; Fuck you.
Reasons are far and wide as to why I should simply send these people copies of my work rather than having them read it online but they haven’t changed since my fanfiction days. Nope, seems more things change the more they stay the same. Except ‘way back then’ e-readers hadn’t even been invented…guess I was ahead of curve on that one…so asking people to READ ONLINE was a fairly new concept to them and they balked at it big time. I never once gave in and I don’t intend to now. Actually especially not now when Kindle and Nook and all of those lovely gadgets are so darn popular and I’m not really asking them to do anything different from reading their Kindle. I’m just not going to give them their own copies.
“I can’t finish it by the 31st. Send it to me.”
Tough. Read faster.
“I’m BLIND! Send it to me.”
HUH? Why is someone else going to read it to you? If so, is there a reason that person can’t sit at the computer and read aloud?
“I NEED a PDF copy. Send it to me.”
Oh, why is that? To wit I never received an answer. I don’t suppose it could be so that person could put it up a pirate site? No, certainly not.
“I’ve SAVED ALL the pages but they’re BLANK! What did I do wrong? I NEED TO PRINT THIS and it won’t PRINT either! SEND IT TO ME!”
Sweetheart, they’re blank because that’s the way the pages are encoded. It can ONLY be read ON the site no matter how hard to try. No, it won’t print either because it can ONLY be read ON the site. Sorry. (Not really)
“My back hurts. I can’t sit at the computer ALL DAY! I want to read it on my Kindle. Send it to me.”
Is it a Kindle Fire by any chance? If so, go for it. You can read those books just fine on your Fire in your comfy chair. It also works perfectly on ANY mobile device; phone, tablet, laptop…ALL of them.
My favorite; “I read all of the stories online but the others AREN’T FREE! Why not? SEND THEM TO ME so I can find out how it ends.”
No. BTW, no you didn’t read them online but I noticed you tried downloading the pages….how’d the go for you?
You’ll notice there isn’t a ‘would you be so kind as to…’ or even a ‘please’ in those requests anywhere cuz none of them said anything like that. If you’re gonna panhandle for books the least you can do is be contrite about it.
If you can’t do that much your choices are simple; Read it ONLINE like an adult OR…BUY a COPY!
You have 22 days left before your only option is going to be the second one.
Ahhhh….I feel a little better now.
The following editorial appeared in “The Day” paper today:
Great care despite union disruption
By NICOLE PORTER
Publication: The Day
Published 12/09/2013 12:00 AM
Updated 12/06/2013 05:38 PM
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Members of the Lawrence + Memorial Hospital Nursing Leadership Team work hard every day to ensure the well being of both the patients and the employees at our hospital. Throughout our careers, both as staff nurses as well as in leadership, we have all made and continue to make our patients, their care and their recovery our top priority. We are nurses because it is our calling, and we are happy that L+M provides a safe, professional environment in which we can answer that calling and help people.
Unfortunately, we can no longer sit by silently while the care of our patients is questioned by the striking RN/LPN/Tech union leadership.
You may have heard union leaders level charges against the hospital and make attacks against the staff who continue to care for L+M’s patients. What you have not heard about are the unprofessional behaviors by union protestors that are occurring every day towards patients, visitors, and those of us who are in the hospital caring for your friends and loved ones.
Drums beating outside that keep patients awake.
Loud shouting through bullhorns at all hours.
Union protestors taunting, intimidating and threatening our visitors and colleagues.
Swearing and other disruptive behavior aimed at employees and visitors coming into the hospital.
Staff members being warned by union leaders that they will experience an “unpleasant work environment” if they cross the picket line.
These reprehensible tactics may be intended to intimidate our staff; unfortunately, they also create a stressful situation for our patients and visitors.
If there is a silver lining in this experience, it is that we now have a new appreciation for what we have in this hospital. We have been working side by side with amazing nurses and techs who are caring for and protecting our patients during this time and we are eternally grateful for them. We are also learning about innovative treatments in use across the country that can help us improve the care L+M provides. We continue to have our focus on our patients and their cherished family and friends, whom we hold in the highest regard.
We are proud of our years of combined service to L+M and its patients. Nurses take an oath to practice our profession faithfully and devote ourselves to the welfare of those in our care. The wonderful professionals who remain at L+M Hospital are fulfilling their oaths each and every day on our units, and our patients tell us about the outstanding care they are receiving. We hope for a quick resolution and support our senior leadership team because we are 100 percent confident they have our patients and our staff members’ best interest in mind.
When our regular staff return, we will continue the healing process and will be an even better hospital because of what we have been through.
Nicole Porter, RN, is Emergency Department nurse manager. Also contributing to this commentary were Patrica Egan, Cathy Grant, Cari Gutelius, Jeni Jarbeau, Theresa Lalonde, Nicole Porter and Melissa Swan, all nurse managers and RNs.
I only have one question; What’d the bonus check look like, ladies? I bet it was pretty hefty, huh? Better than your regular ol’ Christmas Bonus anyway.
I LIVE RIGHT ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE HOSPITAL…I have seen and heard none of what has been described above. Have I heard car horns tooting? You bet. Have I heard some cheering? You bet. Did I hear a bullhorn? No but I have been told it was used at the onset of the strike. Have I seen any pushing/shoving/intimidating going on? Nope. Not at all. In fact, if they weren’t carrying signs out there in the rain, the snow, and the cold, I’d think they were just wandering around the hospital. They have been that quiet, well behaved, and completely respectful.
So I’m going to call it as I see it; You’re all a bunch of bald faced liars creating hype, fanning the flames, and passing out bogus information in the hopes of getting any semblance of public opinion on the side of Lawrence & Memorial Hospital. Or at the very least, in the hopes of keeping the money flowing and Bruce “Sugar Daddy” Cummings happy so he’ll keep showing you favoritism. In case you need a map, Bank Street is slightly south of your current location. (Yes, I am calling YOU THAT! I am.)
As to the stressful work environment you may or may not face when the strike ends, personally I hope people walk around all day bucking out their teeth, holding their hands up like paws and making little rat noises at you for the remainder of your tenure at L&M. But that’s just me. However, if you do find it more stressful than usual just take a deep breath, look in a mirror and repeat after me; You are a Rat. You turned your back on your Brothers and Sisters when they needed you most just to cover your own ass. You did this to yourself with full knowledge and forethought. You are a rat. You deserve to be treated as such.
While that mantra won’t soothe your aching conscience it might make the rat poison that you’ve served up for yourselves a little easier for your to swallow.
I’m just going to opine for a while, don’t mind me.
You read here often enough you know I keep up on current events through the New London Patch and The Day Newspaper website…sometimes I actually read the paper because my place of business has a subscription. But reading the paper isn’t quite as much fun as reading the comments. Funny, huh? No one ever had ‘comments’ when I was younger-than-today we just had The Paper and then we talked about it face-to-face or maybe over the telephone–still attached to the wall with a cord and maybe even a rotary dialer). As I’ve said before, I often come away from the ‘comments’ wondering if we’ve all just read the same article.
Earlier this year there was The Rape that Wasn’t….my posts concerning that particular topic are:
Here’s the resolution City Fires New London Police Officer Over Leaks This is very recent which is why we’re here today.
I don’t have an account with The Day, I don’t post on their site. I ended up with an account on The Patch and I try not to use it. I do read a lot. It seems to me that some city residents are very hypocritical. They are defending the actions of this police officer and basically accusing the mayor of ‘union busting’ and in the next breath call the nurses striking at L&M “union thugs”.
Yeah, I don’t get it. I really don’t. The nurses are striking and fighting for something the hospital agreed to…their jobs. The hospital decided to do an end-run around that contract by opening up a few subsidiary companies that don’t have contracts with the union and then go ahead and outsource jobs–what should be union jobs– to their little satellite locations.
Those people are THUGS! I tell you, they’re nothing but TRASH! If they get “more pay” (which they’re not fighting for) then the cost of healthcare will go up! I hate that bullhorn! They’re soooo annoying out there in the rain and cold with their signs!
The cop leaks false information to the press then lies under oath about it several times.
He’s the subject of a witch hunt! He shouldn’t be fired if the rape never happened!
Are you kidding me?
Yes, officer McElroy was fired and rightly so. As an officer of the law he’s supposed to uphold the law not circumvent it or use the information in his possession for his own gain in trying to discredit Mayor Finizio. He certainly supposed to send it to FOX News! If you or I leaked sensitive material from our jobs we’d be shit-canned posthaste! I’m not going to speak to the second one there it’s so mind-bogglingly stupid it doesn’t deserve reply.
The nurses are now fighting for Unemployment Benefits and are lodging complains against the hospital because their health insurance was dropped as of December 1st even though they are still technically employees of Lawrence and Memorial Hospital because none of them have quit, been laid off, or outright fired.
They want everything! They’re going to ruin us all! They walked out why should they get anything!? They’re lucky to have a job!
So was officer McElroy.
I think the same can be said for Lawrence and Memorial Hospital who was kind enough to set off this firestorm lately: Executive Behind the Hospital Behind the Lock Out Are Paid A Lot (yeah, you’ve got two weeks from the date of this posting to read it before the link goes dead. Sorry.) Talk about dirty pool! They took out an AD in the PAPER and disclosed the nurse’s salaries??? WTF? You’ll notice they didn’t disclose their own. You’ll notice that someone at The Day had the stones to call out the hospital on it and say their ad was not correct. Many thanks to David Collins the author of the article!
If this was an attempt to get public opinion on the hospitals’ side, again I say, they NEED A NEW PR FIRM!
In the end, officer McElroy and Lawrence and Memorial Hospital have behaved in such a manner that they have abused their positions and shattered the trust that New Londoners placed in them.
If only our problem with Lawrence & Memorial Hospital Corporation could be taken care of easily.