No Good Deed Goes Unpunished

The other day, I found a very nice mobile phone laying on the ground in a parking lot in south Akron. I picked it up thinking, “Wow, this is a nice phone!” and I’ll admit my first thought was to keep it to use, or sell it. I took the phone to a place where they sell phones where I know the guy who works there…it needed charged up, and I wanted him to tell me what it was worth and etc. I decided that I should do the right thing, and get ahold of the person who lost the phone and tell them I have it, and they can have it back….karma right? The guy at the store agreed with me and said it was a nice thing to do. He looked on the phone after it was charged and found an alternative number for who he assumed owned it, and let me call them using his store telephone. The young lady sounded glad she had located her phone, and we exchanged numbers, and arranged to meet at a local place for me to give it back to her. When she arrived, she didn’t even park in a parking spot, and just sat there in front of the place with her emergency flashers on and I had to run out to her truck to meet her. Her boyfriend (I assume) was the person I talked to, and she was on her other cell phone and never got off the phone the whole time I stood there. Her boyfriend said thanx, and he gave me a 5 dollar bill and they took off.

The next day, I get a call back from the girl, and she starts asking me questions like “While you had the phone, was it ever out of your possession?” and I told her just at the store where I took it to charge it up. She then told me that someone had stolen her flash card out of the phone that has 1000’s of pictures on it. I said it surely wasn’t me who took anything, I was the guy who told her I found her phone….why would I do that? I would have just kept the phone, right? She had already reported the phone stolen, and she started making vague threats about going after who stole her flash-card with the police, and then asked me where the store was and if I would meet her there to talk about the situation the next day… OH BOY!!! Later that night I went with a good friend that to see a couple really good bands that our friends play in, and we kinda tied one on and had a great time!

The next day …while very hungover, I get a call from them saying they are at the store, and I need to come down there..! I went to the place, and the girl was in the back room watching the store security video, and telling me to just wait for her to finish watching it…and her boyfriend was saying it was either me or “someone” who stole her flash card…and he doesn’t want to see it end up on the internet! (there must be some good stuff on that card! lol) I told her I was not going to just sit there and wait for her, I had things to do…and then she said “I’m still watching this video, and I have already caught you in 3 lies, so you just wait!” At this point, I exclaim, “Fuck you guys!” and promptly walk out of the store! I could see it was only going to get much worse from there, as I was getting pretty pissed off and ready to start saying stupid things….which could be used against me later….I was SO outta there!

About a half hour later, a policeman is knocking at my door..(that is ALWAYS FUN!) and I know the guy because he also does security in my apartment building. He says, “Ok…let me hear your take of the story..” I explained the whole story above, and reiterated, “Why would I have even called them, If I was going to steal something out of their phone? Do I look like that much of an idiot?”. He asked me few more questions about the scenario, and said I was not in any trouble and left. Now THIS is a fun way to spend a hangover!

I know the dude in the store and I seriously doubt he stole the flash card, because he is a really good guy, and he doesn’t seem like that type of a person at all. Also, he let me call her from his store… why would he implicate himself that way? It just does NOT add up! My theory: It seemed that the “boyfriend” was using her phone by the way he acted…and I am guessing that there is some kind of dysfunctional, domestic BS going on…and HE stole the damned flash card, and is trying to blame it on someone else!

The moral of this story, if there is one, is…
Do the right thing…even if the people you are trying to help out don’t appreciate it. THAT is when it’s hard to do the right thing! I have learned that the things that come easy….usually lead me into trouble. The right things to do usually are a total pain in the ASS, and it seems that if you just get them over with, they were not quite such a pain in the ass ..once done. The golden rule…”Do onto others as you wish to be done to you” …I have found I like myself a lot better when I follow this rule. At least I know I’m at least TRYING to not be just another one of “those assholes” out there walking around in the world!


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Founder’s Day at Mayflower Manor

This morning I went downstairs, and there were a bunch of Harley Davidsons parked out front, some bikers, and lot of other people standing waiting to be let in the building at the security door. I didn’t realize today is Founder’s Day and was totally surprised! I did read up on the history of this building which opened as the “Mayflower Hotel” in 1931. It was a top of the line 5-star hotel where movie stars and wealthy people would stay, and it must have been quite beautiful in it’s day!

This is where a famous phone call from Bill W. got him connected with “Doctor Bob”, and led to the founding of AA!

*That’s where they find a pay phone marking the spot where Bill Wilson — better known simply as “Bill W.” — made his fateful phone call in 1935, when the Mayflower was a hotel with a cocktail lounge.

“I’m a rum hound from New York, and I need help,” a desperate Bill W. said into the phone as he stared at the doors to the bar, fighting the urge to quench his destructive thirst.

The stranger on the other end of the phone was Henrietta Seiberling, the woman who would bring Bill W. and Dr. Robert Smith — a.k.a. “Dr. Bob” — together.

Seiberling introduced Bill W. to Dr. Bob on May 13, 1935. Dr. Bob was also being consumed by alcoholism and she had been asking God how she might help him. She saw Bill W.’s phone call as an answer to her prayer. Perhaps these two men could find strength in each other.

* From Akron Beacon Journal ~ Ref:

Alcoholics Anonymous has been saving and restoring lives, and also giving courage and hope to many people ever since it’s founding in 1935, and the Mayflower Hotel is a part of that legacy. Next year I plan on being prepared for founder’s day. I did manage to meet quite a few of our visitors, and even played my guitar in the Main lobby, and had people singing along and also playing my guitar. There was even a gentleman who was from Russia, and he asked if he could play my guitar, and of course I let him….and he sang “Haleluia” and a couple songs in Russian!

I had a great time hanging out, playing my guitar, singing and talking with all these wonderful people! I’m actually quite proud to be living here in the historic Mayflower Manor, where such a great program was put in motion from a simple telephone call!

Hopefully, I will still be living here, and It will still BE the Mayflower next year…..


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Mayflower Manor Resident’s Council Meeting

Good morning Akron, and points beyond!

The Mayflower Manor Resident’s Council had it’s regular monthly meeting last night, and here are some highlights: (Please be aware this is my blog, commentary, and my thoughts….not necessarily the views of everyone in the council.)

It was a pretty good meeting in spite of a special guest that was supposed to attend, but never showed up. It was someone who is going to run as city council for Ward 5 (the Downtown Akron area) in the upcoming September City Council election. I hope whatever made them not show up, was not because some emergency happened. 😐

I spoke about my plans for our new web-site, and also about how I think that the City of Akron buying our building is not the only reason that the Resident’s Council is here, and my plans to set up a computer (or computers if I could get donated ones) for anyone who is interested to learn how to use the computer to access the internet to research, apply for help, medications, and find help cutting through the red-tape of our current “health care system” …(I really think it is made overly complicated on purpose).

I actually enjoy helping people who are willing to make an effort to learn, and I have been in “Information Technology” for a long time, and have even studied how the “Global Village” is shaping, and changing our very society. It truly is an amazing tool, and many people are actually afraid of it because they just don’t understand it. Knowledge truly IS empowerment! Anyone who doesn’t understand that to simply be able go to “Google”, do a search, and actually find the answer to ANY question truly a gift from God!.. then you are missing out on a LOT! People in general seem to fear what they don’t understand….I am here to make the little light bulbs go on above your heads! I am here to help you SLAY your dragons, and learn to take hold of your own wheel, and DRIVE! I have many years in this field, and I would even like to teach a class once weekly or so for anyone who would like to learn! This is what I do, and also why I am here, folks… I care about all of you, and want to help you make you own life better!

Our Council Chair-person, Miss Bobo, spoke about the people who by their own actions, are endangering their chance at any aid in the relocation that is proposed. She discussed the importance of knowing your rights and responsibilities as a tenant in the building, and how playing by the rules is very important if you want to be included in the relocation process. Our responsibility of the Resident’s council is the welfare of everyone in the building, and if there are people bringing trouble, problems, or a “bad element” into our community…we would rather not have them living here! Nothing personal, everyone has problems…but some people don’t even try to solve their own problems… and those people can bring down a whole neighborhood in the process. Being a total nerd and Star Trek fan, I will quote Mr. Spock here, and say:
“The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few.”

She also spoke about how all of the tenants should start taking an inventory of all the things we currently have here, and what we will be willing to accept when the city tells us our choices of a future place to live. We need to get our ducks in a row, and be ready for them when (if, actually) they come knocking. It was also brought up that a new place will no longer have a “Resident’s Council” representing them, and I thought that was an excellent point!

I also met the rest of the council members, and plan or working with all of them from here on out to make this the best possible community of neighbors and even friends, living here in the historic Mayflower Manor!

I don’t know why, but when I was younger I always just wanted to get out of Akron…thinking that my “happiness” was out there, somewhere ELSE….waiting for me to “discover” it….funny thing…after I would get out there, time and again, I would still miss this old, historic, and very interesting town.. and the great friends and family I have here. Now, I am here living right down-town… and have I have finally discovered “home” is where the heart is! And now that I have stopped running and chasing, I have settled down, and walk in the park….and that little bluebird…just landed on my shoulder! I am smiling, and also….tired of running….and I realize that I really do love my home town of Akron, and the wonderful people here!

I am now ready to pay back the “Karma Gods”. I feel I owe so much to those who have helped me out in the past. Now that I can stand on my own two feet, I am ready to give back to the greater good, to realize that there is a bigger picture, something much greater than just “me”….and I’m ready, and even thankful, to offer of myself freely for the good of others. I hope that somehow, I am inspiring someone else out there, because I am very tired of the cold and lonely place we humans are making of this world, and I will fight against the “powers that be” that are bringing us down! I believe we humans are capable of so much more, and even more…I dream it is actually POSSIBLE!

It’s NEVER too late, folks! 😎

I will close with an Ethiopian proverb:

“If spiders unite, they can tie down a lion.”


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