Once you have lost trust from a person, it is almost impossible to get it back. There are numerous people who betray people who really care about them, then they have lost something precious. Couples do it all the time to each other. On Facebook videos the characters think nothing of cheating, lying, and betraying their partners. Once they blow it, then can’t fix it. The old saying, “You can’t change the past,” is quite true. You can make amends, but it still doesn’t change anything. People who are too trusting end up with problems. They believe in people and they are always let down. They could be, for example, the contractor who is making repairs in your home. He may say things that lead you to believe things are much worse. However, if you get another opinion, you may realize the first person is wrong. For example, my family has used the same heating and air conditioning company for years. We never lost trust in them as we were sure they were doing a good job. The reality is that they were mistreating us. Their original installation was put in backwards. The ducting is falling apart and they put a hole in the roof. All these years of believing them has now shown my family they were untruthful. I have totally lost trust in their firm. Now I need to find a company that is truthful and guarantees everything and replaces the entire unit. In the Good Gus series, I never allowed the parents to lose trust in their children. The series is online at Kindle, with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has everyone who has lost trust in each other. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Everyday on Facebook people post and tell others “Don’t give up.” They are nice sayings but the pandemic has taken its toll on the world. Not to mention, violence is cropping up heavily in the United States and a few European countries. Large numbers of people have lost their jobs and have no idea when they will be employed again. Many businesses have closed resulting in fewer positions available. Looking for work is not easy. Many of the positions available are for lower pay because the companies know individuals are desperate. It is wrong as there is inflation and everyone has the same bills to pay every month. Employers should really try to think it through and remember what it was like when they might have been struggling. All you see on the internet are people who can’t go on and are acting out their aggression on other individuals. Just the other day, a woman was killed over road rage while she was on an anniversary getaway with her husband. I am sure people are telling him ‘don’t give up.’ Life isn’t easy but if we dwell on everything that is wrong, nothing right will ever happen. There are videos all the time on Facebook about men and occasionally women, leaving their families. The person left behind always tells themselves, “Don’t give up.” They make a plan and have the determination to make it without their partner. In the Good Gus series there were never any stories where people gave up. The point of the series is to remind children if something goes wrong, there is always a solution. The books are available online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online for your reading pleasure at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Life is like a boomerang. Sometimes what you do comes back to you. There is an old saying, “What goes around, comes around.” For the most part it is true. There are people in life that appear as if everything is perfect. They seem to be able to do anything to anyone and there is never any recourse to them. However, things return in a negative way like a boomerang. For example, if a person cheats another person, they may think they are getting away with it. However, once they think they are clear, they become cocky. Then they continue cheating others until one person finally stands up to them and puts a stop to it. They may file a lawsuit, call the police or a government agency. Then the boomerang comes to them. For some individuals it comes in a big way. There are people who wish to get revenge but it’s never worth it. The same is true if you do things. They will come back to you. Sometimes it returns quickly and other times it can takes years. The point of all this is that it is better to do the right thing. That has always been the theme in all of the Good Gus series which is available on Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has many characters who end up receiving the boomerang effect. It can be read online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
Many discount stores and online shops are overcharging us on a daily basis. I saw an article today that cited Amazon was overcharging. It may be possible. If you are shopping online you need to do comparisons to find the best deal. For example, if you use nutritional supplements, you really need to shop around. You also need to check out which products are not filled with additional substances and are as pure as you believe they should be. I have a few sources and I price shop to make sure overcharging is not happening. Another example is credit card fees. For business I have noticed steady increases. They seem to be targeting small businesses. In the beginning my rate was two and one half percent. I have had very few chargebacks over the years and yet my rate is now five percent. The banks are definitely overcharging small business. Also, when you think about it even the discount stores that claim great deals are not always the case. Now that most people work at home, the delivery of products we went to the store for has increased dramatically. You would think that the prices would drop. However, there seems to be a distinct increase even though their sales have increased dramatically. Only time will tell how this all plays out. In the Good Gus series, overcharging existed but not to the extent of today. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” can be easily found online as the weather continues to wreak havoc across various parts of the world. It is on these fine websites: 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, Playster and Tolino.
The first time I heard of dine and dash was on a “That’s 70’s Show.” I was shocked that people actually did that. Apparently, it is quite popular today. It’s now gone high tech. Small restaurants that have remained open with take away are failing due to this high tech dine and dash. The cheaters are placing orders and then disputing the charges. They are lying about their orders and not doing it immediately but waiting until the card has cleared for the restaurant. Then, they go back and dispute it and the shop owner is out of luck. They are also using stolen credit cards to steal as well. I think that the banks need to watch for this. I recently had a charge for a TV service on my Mae Charles. I knew exactly where I was the day they did this charge and I was no where near my home. Of course, I had to dispute it. What makes people believe that cheating and stealing is acceptable? Is it a joke to them? How would they feel if the situation was reversed? Would they do it to their own families? No one can really understand the criminal mind. I only know that the dine and dash affects businesses because they have lost the cost of the food, the time and electricity or gas cooking it, the packaging, the staff, the cost of the credit card fees and more. The perpetrators may think this is a joke, but it’s really not funny. In the Good Gus series it was impossible for dine and dash. Plus, the citizens would never do that to their neighbors. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
Over the years hoarding has become well known. If you watch any of the home shows of the couples who flip homes, your mind will be shocked at the messes people leave and the amount of items they are hoarding. I think the worst part is that it is all junk. It is shocking how filthy the homes are including the bugs and specifically the amount of roaches that are having a party there. I often wonder if there is a stove or refrigerator that works if they donate to charity. Whomever cleans these messes should be given a great rate of pay. I know people were hoarding bath tissue and cleaning supplies last year. However, this year the companies have increased their stock and there are no shortages. I, of course, stocked up over the summer. I saw a Facebook video about an older woman who lived alone in an apartment for over twenty years. Over time her life deteriorated as well as her apartment. There was a neighbor who tried to make friends with her but she was unfriendly. One day as the woman was walking back from the grocery, she slipped and fell. The neighbor was outside and saw her. She helped her into her apartment which was filthy. There was dirt everywhere. She helped the woman onto a disgusting chair and began talking to her. The woman explained that over time she couldn’t meet her bills. There was even expired food in the refrigerator. The neighbor asked if she could help. The woman agreed. She cleaned up the entire apartment, bought food and posted on social media. The response was overwhelming financially so she helped the woman pay her bills up to date and bought new furniture. She was hoarding but only because she was unwell and was ashamed. In the Good Gus series there was not enough of anything for a person to be hoarding as they ate all food and there were no refrigerators. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has one or two chapters with older hoarding individuals. It was a nightmare for the successor trustee to clean up. The book can help pass through this terrible weather. It is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
Everyday I receive emails of online scams. It starts off usually with your account has been suspended. They then proceed to claim that you did something and unless you call immediately you will have serious issues. If you look up above to the sender you will see it is not a legitimate company by their email. The online scams have one goal in mind, that is to steal any and all money you have. It’s not just your account has been suspended, they also claim unusual activity or someone suspicious signed into your account. They want you to call or at least email your credit card, social security, or in Europe your PPN or TTN numbers which are similar so they can find a method to steal from you. Whatever happened to doing a good job and working? It almost seems as if it has gone out of style. The worst part is that the people who have been furloughed have little income and cannot afford to succumb to these dirty tactics. When people received their stimulus from the U.S. government, the online scams increased over one thousand percent. This next round groups are ready to take the money. Even Wall Street is hoping for investments once people receive the stimulus. When you see these emails, don’t allow yourself to be scammed. Be careful which is what we all need to be forever. In the Good Gus series there were no online scams as there was no technology. The series is online at Kindle with a few books on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
We are all do food shopping. Many of the people around the globe, due to COVID, are extremely careful with each purchase they make. They buy the basics for food shopping and pass by all of the expensive items. I saw a story on the internet I couldn’t resist writing about. It involved a military man, still on active duty, who was food shopping at a large discount chain store in the United States. He had a list and carefully chose his items so he could remain on budget. He has two children and a wife so he was food shopping for a family of four. When he approached the register line to pay, the person ahead of him was purchasing shrimp, lobster and other expensive delicacies. You can check it out on the internet. Food shopping is now a chore for many people. The choices are endless but not their budgets. I have been in groceries in Europe and the United States. There are entire rows for pet foods and sundry products. We should all appreciate the wide selections of food available to us. There are many countries who are not that fortunate. In the Good Gus series food shopping consisted of going to your garden or trading with other families. The books are available online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” has various characters who tend to stay on a budget even after they received their inheritance. The book is online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
The stock market in every country has its ups and downs. In the United States it is currently quite volatile. I have watched stocks soar to unbelievable heights only to drop the following day. Lately it seems to be taking that route. Take Game Stop, for example. They are closing stores as people are not going out and are buying online. Yesterday the stock soared and then this morning is was half it’s value. It recovered somewhat but not completely. It appears to be a real game. The people in the know in the stock market are buying low, selling high, short selling, etc. Retail would love to come back. Many countries are complaining about the lockdowns and are even rioting. People cannot buy food or pay their bills. Yet, there are individuals making tremendous amounts of money in the stock market. I saw a CEO today on CNBC who said that the stock market is in favor of the stimulus checks because people will make investments directly into the stock market in the hopes of becoming wealthy. Nothing is easy in life and there is no real get rich quick schemes. Most people unless they pay a substantial amount of money to a financial advisor will become rich by guessing at the stock market. It’s better to invest in yourself then s rather listen to a few people who have an agenda to make themselves rich rather than you. There was no stock market during the Good Gus era. The books are online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is also online for the adults reading enjoyment at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.
All of a sudden I have begun to notice the media, including emails to me, of misconstruing words. It’s a new commonality. For example, today I received an email that started off, “Now that Trump has been evicted.” Why are people doing this? The man did leave but he didn’t receive an eviction notice. Many landlords are trying to evict their tenants for nonpayment. I can understand as they need and want their money, but using threats and pretending not to know the law is blatant misconstruing words for their personal advantage. The laws are clear but people try to go around them. Unfortunately, many of the individuals have been let go, laid off, businesses have closed, and yet they are still trying. They aren’t misconstruing words, just trying to pay their bills. Many individuals now, at least in the United States, if they never purchased a home, will be able to use a fifteen thousand dollar credit towards their down payment. This will make a difference for those who are working. I saw a short video of a dad and his daughter. She was going on a date and the father had already met the young man. He knew in an instant he was not suitable for his daughter. He argued with her and sent her to her room. His wife showed him a video which pointed out that he needed to trust his daughter and let her go. He had a conversation with her and she left for her date only to return in five minutes. She quickly saw what her father saw when her date said he was going to get a little sugar that night. She somehow managed to cover his face in sugar and rushed back to her home. Her father was right. The young man was misconstruing words and the dad could clearly see he was a jerk. In the Good Gus series, everything was plain everyday vocabulary with no underlying or hidden meanings. The books are online at Kindle with a few on Nook and Waterstones. “Misplaced Trust” is a plethora of misconstruing words by the characters. It’s easy to spot. The book is available online at 24 Symbols, Apple, Nook, Kindle, Kobo, Page Foundry, Playster, Scribd and Tolino.