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Amusings (Randyjw; March 12, 2019)



I have so many issues – –

They’re called:

other people!!!



I’ve been receiving food stamps, fortunately, and unfortunately, for some time now – – both when I was “working poor,” with a roof over my head, and now, when I’m homeless. The allotment works out to approximately six US dollars (USD), per day. It’s difficult, but do-able, to manage the budget for the longer-term, if one has the means to store, via cabinets and a refrigerator, and prepare, via oven/stovetop/fire, the items purchased. Perishability, portability, distance to food sources/resources, mobility, seasonal availability, and dietary considerations involving lifestyle or medical concerns also play huge roles in determining which selections a homeless person might choose.


Food which is sold hot, such as in a restaurant or a fast-food outlet, is not allowed to be purchased via food stamps. Due to this, and reasons stated above, options become somewhat restrictive and limiting. Frozen food is permitted. Hot, prepared food items which have been cooled to sell as refrigerated are also permitted, though usually quite cost-prohibitive. In some instances whereby the means to heat frozen items at its selling location permits, then such items are also allowed. In this way, I’m able to invariably treat myself to the occasional pizza, etc. I’ve done so, it’s good, and the leftovers, because you have to buy it whole, and  aren’t allowed to purchase by the slice, seemingly are able to keep for the next day or so without too much spoilage (but, don’t do as I say, because there is a chance of the development of toxin formation).


So, recently I didn’t make it to a charitable gathering (whether faith-group or individually-aided, as many people and families seek to provide food and other comforts to the homeless [thank you!], also), so I decided to get frozen pizza; dinner al fresco a la curbside, and not proud to be, but, be, I am.


So forgive my laughter, although I’m glad to still find humor in such situations, and for such a time as this, but, when I opened the box, and I had seen that it had been cut into exceedingly numerous, thin, triangular slices (too thin to remove without breaking in half), it sent me into peals of laughter. This way, there was plenty “more” to spare. Each time I opened the box, and started to try to count exactly how many actual slices had been cut, I’d start laughing again, and would lose track of the total. It made my day. It kept me going for about one-half hour (and the grand total was sixteen).


Now, some people might be mad at me for laughing – – call me “cruel;” “heartless.” I don’t see it as thus, though. Whatever creature comforts I may have lived with were obtained through the continual hard work of devoted parents. Independently, although I’ve also worked long and hard in various capacities, whether with world renown companies or in relative obscurity, the wages were simply on the low end and it was always a struggle. I’ve personally been pretty poor, have gotten by with no vehicle for many, many years, now, and have been homeless in what will, not long from now, amount to two consecutive years.


I have often, lately, been too tired as I move about from location to location and toting my fifty-plus pounds of belongings with me, such that by the time I should be once more heading out to attend any scheduled church dinners, I’ve been depleted of energy and don’t attend. It’s a vicious cycle, for you need the nutritional value of the food provided, in order to be able to call on the energy in reserve, it provides. It is for these moments, or when there are few or no church dinners (like on weekends, etc.), when food stamps are a practical necessity. And, most people who receive a disability check or have other non-wage incomes receive only a token amount; some people do not even receive food stamps. Others, still, “game” the system for all they can get, I hate to say. There will probably be many mad to read what I’ve written – – whether be it for the pizza, the excess, the US largesse, the lack of food in other countries, and other reasons.


I don’t knock the fact that I’m blessed to live in a free, prosperous and relatively considerate society which takes these factors into concern and provides such means for our population’s needy to possibly secure such assistance, ehen they’ve fallen by the wayside. The costs of doing so is distributed amongst the people, as a whole, each state determining its own specific rules regarding the same, with the overall federal government budget assisting states in helping to fund many of its societal programs, as well.


I’m also glad that the United States, through its individual people, are helping to supply a great deal of humanitarian assistance to the rest of the world, via food, medicine, medical equipment and supplies, development of agrarian, industrial, business and economic opportunities, and the sharing of professional expertise through many avenues. I don’t take any of these things for granted. I don’t think others should do so, either. It’s up to you to be the judge – – but, I hope you’d at least do so after trying on homelessness for two years; I’d be happy for you that you could still find it within to laugh.



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Originally Created: March 1, 2016

Updated: July 10, 2019

I was inspired to create this post based on a quote found on a fellow WordPress blogger’s website. Her quote was so profound, I think it should become a world-wide statement. Perhaps you’ll help me achieve that for her and share with others. I’ll add to it when I find further inspiring quotes.


“I am what I wasn’t then and I was not what I am now.” – Aditi Shukla, in “Relationships: Where Do They Stem From?”. Lyf & Spice; July 14, 2015: lyfandspice(dot)com


“And even with hard work most hopes and dreams won’t become true. But the chances do increment.” – Charly Priest, in “I Too Have a Cool Quote!”. Crazy Life; October 10, 2014: charlypriest.wordpress(dot)com


“The missing ingredient in a dish found lacking is love.” – Randyjw


“Life goes on n I go on..along with life.” – Jyotee (“Isolated Girl”), in personal comment to author, March 15, 2016, at: “Randy’s Recipes: Open-Faced (Or Closed) Curried Chili Sandwich”. https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com. For more Isolated Girl works, please see: jyoteeblog.wordpress(dot)com


“lover: what makes your friendship greater than my love??? girl: friendship is the reason of the smile etched at the corner of my lips when u make me cry..” – Anagha Murali, in “Friendship”. BooksCrazy Anagha: Its About Writing; April 26, 2016:



“(Your) Saying so doesn’t make it so.” – June 14, 2016 comment (partial) by Randyjw in response to blog author, Chris Nicholas’s post, “Humanism and Violence” (April 25, 2016) at The Renegade Press.com:



“On Zion: Abraham was the first Zionist.”

“On Zion (II): G-d, actually, was the first Zionist.”

– Randyjw, in “On Zion (II)”. News Notes 1; February 2, 2016:



“#1: Is being helpful the most important thing in the world?”

“#2: No, but it certainly helps!”

– Randyjw, in “Be that Help-Meet”. News Notes 1; June 26, 2016:



Impossible Peace

“How can we live in peaceful coexistence with someone, who won’t even let us live?”

– Randyjw, July 17, 2016



“Are we attuned enough to the earth to live in symbiosis with it?”

– Randyjw, in “3 Quotes For 3 Days”. News Notes 1; January 19, 2016: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/3-quotes-for-3-days/


“Are we attuned to people’s needs and feelings enough to have meaningful interactions with them?”

– Randyjw, in “3 Quotes For 3 Days”. News Notes 1; January 19, 2016: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/3-quotes-for-3-days/


“A feral cat found me and I taught her how to interact with humans. The feral cat taught me that our relationship mirrors the expectations one can have in human-to-human relations.”

– Randyjw, in “3 Quotes For 3 Days”. News Notes 1; January 19, 2016: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/01/19/3-quotes-for-3-days/


“Live like a tourist!”

– Randyjw; Comment at: “Three Unique Amsterdam Dates”. ScaleSimple.com; August 3, 2016: scalesimple.wordpress(dot)com


“We don’t think; therefore, we are not.”

– Randyjw; Comment at: “Wonderings Beyond Our World”. News Notes 1; August 26, 2016: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/06/02/wonderings-beyond-our-world/


“Events, like memories, are fleeting. Live in every very moment.”

— Randyjw; Partial comment at: “A Bride”. iaccidentlyatethewholething.com; September 12, 2016:



On: Zero

It is what it isn’t!

— Randyjw; “On: Zero (or: My Life, In Comments)”. News Notes 1; September 12, 2016: https://newsnotes1.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/on-zero-or-my-life-in-comments/

and also:

Comment; September 12, 2016, at: Palinode (soubasse) by Robert Okaji at O at the Edges;



“Like people, some recipes are forgiving; others are not.”


— Randyjw. “On: Food and Forgiveness”. News Notes 1; September 16, 2016:



“The Littlest Footstep Can Leave The Deepest Impression”


— Randyjw. “The Littlest Footstep Can Leave The Deepest Impression”. News Notes 1; December 20, 2016:



“Sometimes we only realize the gifts we have been given when they have been taken away; so we must always remember from Whom we’ve received these gifts, and to appreciate what has been given us.”

— Randyjw; December 30, 2016. Partial comment at lookforthelights….


Behold, at that time
I will deal with all them that afflict thee;
And I will save her that is lame,
And gather her that was driven away;
And I will make them to be a praise and a name,
Whose shame hath been in all the earth.


– Zephaniah 3:19; JPS, 1917.



matzati et she’ahavah nafshi


for love is as strong as death,
   its jealousy unyielding as the grave.
It burns like blazing fire,
   like a mighty flame.
Many waters cannot quench love;
   rivers cannot sweep it away.
– Excerpts, from Song of Songs, which is of Solomon. Version translation by New International Version (NIV).



The initial value of their investment, Vi, is only a few years of youth but the final value, Vf, is a life of luxury.


The Shelf Life of a Trophy Wife

(April 12, 2017 from dictionary.com)


“Outside, beyond what is right and wrong, there exists a vast field.
We will find each other there.”
– Mevlana Jelaluddin Rumi, 13th Century

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3 Quotes for 3 Days

Day One: Are we attuned enough to the earth to live in symbiosis with it?

Day Two: Are we attuned to people’s needs and feelings enough to have meaningful interactions with them?

Day Three: A feral cat found me and I taught her how to interact with humans. The feral cat taught me that our relationship mirrors the expectations one can have in human-to-human relations.

Meeting my obligations for a three-day quote challenge, but the equipment I’ve been using just doesn’t seem up to it. I hope that satisfies the rules or requirements, as no direct response was possible and the contact information disappeared.

Good luck in all your challenges out there, as well.

Update: This challenge was apparently meant for someone else.  But, I met this challenge, anyways!

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