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Stupid Is As Stupid Does

I know times are tight and many businesses are still struggling to find and keep employees. Especially pizzerias.

The local pizzeria in my town recently had a sign outside their establishment to entice respective employees. The sign read: NOW HIRING PEOPLE THAT SHOW UP.

Considering this place is nothing special, and I know from their Facebook posts that they always have trouble keeping employees, among many other issues, I thought this was kind of rude. You are, after all, hiring people, probably mainly under 21 years of age, probably many working for the first time, to work in a hot shop making pizzas and whatever. You’re paying them minimum wage. They’re probably required to work on Friday and Saturday nights, when most of them would want to be out socializing with their friends. So of course they’re not going to show up. Every time you go in to this pizza place, there’s all kinds of new people working there.

Now a pizza place in Ohio has gone one up on our local pizzeria. They have posted a sign outside their business that reads: NOW HIRING NON-STUPID PEOPLE. And they claim so many customers find it amusing. But in the article I read, I didn’t read about the influx of employees they have recently hired with their great sign. With an attitude like that, what stupid or non-stupid person would want to work for you? What stupid or non-stupid person would want to order from your establishment? Do you consider disabled people stupid?

Could you imagine a respective business advertising for employees in this manner? Imagine the backlash if any insurance company advertised for employees in this way. Or a law firm. Or a grocery store. My understanding is that this pizzeria has gotten a lot of negative feedback. Rightfully so.

Maybe the reason they keep getting “stupid” people to work for them is because they are a stupid employer. They don’t interview well, don’t ask the right questions, don’t treat employees well. There’s probably a shitload of reasons why they keep hiring “stupid” employees. The “stupid” starts at the top. And that is the person doing the hiring. If they want non-stupid people to work for them, they need to stop being stupid themselves.

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Still Missing: Brittany Tee

It’s been about a month-and-a-half since this young woman disappeared from Brookfield, Massachusetts. In that time not much has been said regarding the search for this person, other than her face being posted all over the general area and a few Facebook pages being created.

In reading said Facebook pages, I’ve come to discover that people, no matter how “helpful” they may feel they are, they really aren’t anything but just curious about a person that most of them don’t even know. I don’t even know her but in doing some simple searching I’ve learned more about her than most of the people on the Facebook page know. Which has led to many of my own personal theories. Just like many on the Facebook page have.

I learned through a Facebook page (not THE Facebook page for Brittany, but another one) that Brittany was in a ten-year relationship with a guy and they broke it off in 2018 (allegedly she left him for his best friend, according to a comment on his Facebook page) and he left the area at that time. I know this was five years ago and I’m sure in that time she had many boyfriends. And their breakup probably has nothing to do with her disappearance. Or does it in some way?

I learned through a newspaper article that Brittany worked at the liquor store so many say she worked at. Yes, she worked there. As a manager. For three years. And had left that job eight months before her disappearance. Again, that may or may not have anything to do with her disappearance.

I know in reading through many of the posts and comments on the Facebook page that many feel/know there was an intervention the day before she disappeared. Per a newspaper article she allegedly did spend time with her mother and sister the day before she disappeared so it is quite possible there was an intervention. Although the family has denied this. But that is understandable. Who wants to admit their loved one has an addiction problem and there was an intervention? Speaking of interventions I know for a fact that most interventions do not go well. After all, a bunch of people involved in the addict’s life are butting in and telling them/making them do something they have no desire to do. Of course there would be conflict.

Which leads to my next theory and the theory of many: that she left on her own. Because she was angry. I can guarantee the reason she left her house on a Tuesday in January at 8:30 in the evening is because she got into a fight/disagreement with someone she was living with. Whether that was the “boyfriend” or any of the other alleged people who live in the house (or maybe all of them), who knows? But if I had gotten into a fight with someone at 8:30 in the evening and felt like everyone was after me to change my ways, I’d probably head out the door too.

Many ask why she didn’t take her car. Per many articles, I guess the car is a piece of shit and doesn’t run well or maybe wasn’t running at all. Then again, if you are upset and maybe even intoxicated in some way, is taking a car for a drive the best decision? I’ve also read her car is a white Jeep but in the pictures I saw of the police searching a car (assuming it’s hers), the car was not a white Jeep. So maybe the car in that picture was not her car.

I’ve heard many discrepancies about the phone. We know she had a phone and supposedly she had it with her. Some things I’ve read say she left her SIM card behind (which if anyone doesn’t want to be found is something they would do). Then again, her phone allegedly “pinged” near the state police barracks in town. I’m not a phone expert but I don’t know of a phone that will “ping” without a SIM card. So if she had removed her original SIM card, maybe she replaced it with another one. Who knows?

Many assume she was heading to the liquor store. She left her house allegedly at 8:30 p.m. The liquor store closes at 9:00 p.m. Would she have made it there in time? And who would she have seen/been meeting there? And if she did see anyone there, have they said anything about it? Because there’s been nothing said in regards to that.

Many say she was so close with her family and this going off is so unlike her. Yet so many families do not know the ins and outs of everyone’s lives. Many do not know of “secret” friends someone may have, especially if they have an addiction problem. In fact, families are often the last to know about any kind of secrecy their loved one may have.

I have many theories:

  1. The D.A. initially told everyone to check their sheds and barns. Have any of the homeless camps been checked? There are numerous homeless people living in the woods in Spencer. Even homeless camps in Worcester should be checked.
  2. I still wonder about the dumpsters. Were they checked?
  3. I know many have brought up hospitals/addiction centers. And yes, HIPAA will stand in these instances.
  4. If she is alive and wants to be found, she will make herself found
  5. If she is alive and doesn’t want to be found, she will do everything in her power to never be found
  6. If she’s dead she may or may not be found.
  7. I don’t know, and it’s never been mentioned, if she had any money or credit cards with her. If she did, it helps the “leaving on her own” theory. Then again, even if she didn’t, with the right friends you can make “leaving on your own” happen just as easily.

As much as the posters may be helpful, Brittany has such a plain and ordinary face, it may actually be difficult to find her. For instance, within the past month I have seen at least three women that could have passed for Brittany. I have a close friend that resembles her greatly and she has been stopped by a few people to question if she is Brittany. I know someone who swears they had Brittany as a customer in her store a few weeks after she disappeared and she was going to say something but she didn’t because the customer had an earring in her nose. We don’t see an earring in Brittany’s nose in those pictures.

Which brings up another subject nobody has mentioned: If Brittany Tee is indeed alive and does not want to be found, who says she has not altered her appearance in some way? We are all looking for a brown-haired blue-eyed woman. Do we know if she had any piercings? Tattoos? If not, who says she doesn’t have them now? Her hair is long. Maybe she had it cut. Dyed it black/blonde/red/purple. Is wearing glasses. There are many, many different ways she could have altered her appearance by now, people. Assuming, of course, she is alive and doesn’t want to be found.

Also, we know she left wearing a hoodie, black coat, jeans and work boots. Do you honestly think she is still wearing those same items of clothing by now? If she is indeed alive. Shit no. And come June, if she is indeed alive and walking about, do you think she’s going to be wearing a black winter coat, jeans and boots? For fuck’s sake, NO! TIME TO START THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX PEOPLE! ASSUMING SHE IS ALIVE!

And I got thinking the other day: what if I was in a store and thought I saw her (which is exactly what happened to me at Walmart the other day). What am I supposed to do? Go up to her and ask if she’s Brittany Tee? Like she’s going to tell me, especially if she doesn’t want to be found. And say it was her. Who says she wouldn’t run off? At that time do I call the tip line and tell them “hey, I think I just saw Brittany Tee at store XYZ. Better hurry up down here and get her”.

She may have even changed her name by now. Her entire identity. Who knows? Assuming she is still alive. And doesn’t want to be found. For all we know people see her every day and because they’ve become so accustomed to seeing her face plastered all over the place, they just walk on by. Because it really couldn’t be her after all.

One final theory: assuming she is still alive, she may be afraid/embarrassed to reveal herself. After all, the police have been searching for her, have questioned everyone she has ever known and her picture is all over the general region and beyond. Who would want to come out of hiding to be faced with nothing but scrutiny and interrogations?

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Number 199

Hopefully this will be the last time I have to post this. Because Tom Fucking Brady said today that he has now retired “for good”. A whole year to the day after he originally “officially” retired. And then 40 days later changed his mind. One losing season (his first ever) and a divorce later, and here we are. Posting this again for real this time, Tommy baby.

Tom Brady retired from football today. Not that anyone was shocked by the “official” announcement, as we all surmised it on Saturday.

To think we knew Tom when he was nothing but a wet-behind-the-ears 24-year-old with a beat-up blue pickup truck who couldn’t dance his way around a Duck boat.

Thanks for the heart-wrenching and often heart-stopping moments, the many championships and the memories. Even if Tom doesn’t care to remember or acknowledge New England in his retirement speech, New England will always remember and acknowledge him.

Although he went from a humble QB who had to quickly learn his way around the NFL field to a cocky, sometimes selfish QB who thought nothing was good enough and felt he could let his teammates know it if he didn’t like what they did, nobody can argue that Tom will go down in history as the best QB of all time.

I will always remember the day my husband told me that Drew Bledsoe had been taken out of the game the day before and was replaced by Tom Brady. I wasn’t really following them at that point and I asked, “Who’s Tom Brady?” and my husband replied, “He’s nothing special”. At that time he really wasn’t. Special isn’t something you are; it’s something you become. And “special” is what Tom Brady eventually became.

It’s sad that Tom forgot where he came from. He forgot draft day when team after team passed him by. When he threw things in anger because he hadn’t been selected yet. When he moped along the sidewalks of San Mateo because he hadn’t been selected yet. He forgot that the Patriots selected him at 199. He forgot he got his true chance through nothing but pure fucking luck. It’s sad that in the end he didn’t remember how he got to where he truly is. But fame can often do that to a person.

Yes, I understand the speculation of why Brady left out mentioning the team he led for 20 years and the fans who adored him for the same amount of time is because he plans to sign a one-day contract and retire as a Patriot. Whether that actually happens still needs to be seen. It still doesn’t change the fact that he didn’t even mention New England fans in his good-bye speech.

One thing Tom Brady forgot in his retirement speech was to remember that to have an ending, you need a beginning. And the 20 years he spent in New England was one hell of a long, beautiful beginning, especially for someone who only mentioned the franchise and fans he has played with for the past 24 months in his retirement speech, as if they were the team he had captained for 20 years. I feel bad for Tampa fans. They only got to experience two years of greatness, mostly on the downside. We got to experience 20 great years, mostly on the upside.

I will always be a Patriots fan. Nothing will ever change that. And although I lost respect for Tom with how he divorced himself from New England, and has acted like those 20 years never existed, I know nothing can erase what he brought to a down-and-out, never-going-anywhere franchise. For that I, and many fans, will forever be grateful.

I wish Tom Brady the best of luck in all his future endeavors and happiness always with his family.

Thanks for the memories. It’s been a hell of a ride.

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Missing: Brittany Tee

This is the first time I’ve used my blog to post about a missing person. People go missing every day but I guess this one hits more particularly because it’s so close to home and from my hometown. I figured if I can’t do anything physically, I could at least use my blog in some way to spread the word a little more.

Brookfield has always been such a humble little town. Not many people know where it is, when you tell people you’re from there they look at you like you have three heads. Not much happens there. So when something like this occurs, it’s a pretty big thing. And it brings people out of the woodwork. Like the psychic/mediums.

Now I’ve had personal experiences with mediums and I would call them more “mediums” than psychic. To me a psychic is someone who can predict the future. I don’t really feel there are people who can do that. A medium is someone who can talk to the dead. That I know is a fact and have experienced it myself. But someone on YouTube giving out “clues” as to this woman’s alleged whereabouts because they’re a “psychic” is just plain nuts. To believe anything she says is even more nuts.

As for the searches, I know a lot of people have put a lot into them, from every day citizens to dive teams and all the authorities in between. Reading all the articles regarding this case leaves more questions in many minds than answers. Too much media can lead to so much confusion, assumptions, guesses, theories, etc.

In speaking about theories, I guess you could say I have one of my own. In everything I’ve read about the searches and where the searches have taken place, i.e., the woods, backyards, bodies of water, etc., there is one thing that I have not read about being searched. I’m hoping/assuming the authorities have checked the various dumpsters in and around Brookfield. And I’m hoping/assuming they would know that said dumpsters are emptied at least once a week or bi-weekly (or I’m assuming so). And if said businesses that have said dumpsters have cameras focused on them, make sure they are checked. I’m not going to go further in on the theory, but I’m just putting that out there. Because it’s logical. And it’s something that would be time sensitive.

I do hope, for the family’s sake anyway, there soon are answers and closure of some sort.

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Review: A Man Called Otto

What can I say about “A Man Called Otto” that may not have already been said? I don’t know.

The film produced by Rita Wilson and starring her husband Tom Hanks is an emotional roller coaster ride that will leave you thinking about life.

Hanks plays Otto Anderson, an older man who is facing some of life’s biggest hurdles: losing a spouse and losing a job. On top of that he now has to deal with new annoying neighbors (Marisol and Tommy, played by Mariana Trevino and Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, respectively) when all he really wants to do is end it. Thank goodness for those new annoying neighbors.

Through the film we watch Otto’s life unfold through his younger self (played by Hanks son Truman Hanks). We watch him meet his wife Sonya (played by Rachel Keller) and the world they build together. The viewer sees the friendship he forms with his neighbors. Through all that we know that although Otto is currently an angry old man, he wasn’t always that way. He may be set in his ways, but he has his reasons. And he does care. More than he wants you to believe. The only one who truly figures him out is Marisol.

“A Man Called Otto” hits you right in the heart and holds you there for two hours. But it’s not a bad hold. It’s a good hold. One that will leave you wanting to care more and more.