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*HAPPY HAPPY UPDATE: The Germantown has changed their membership policies effective immediately!  All families are now included! *


I’m really angry this morning. I’ve been angry all night actually. A high school friend that I keep up with on facebook has been denied a GYM MEMBERSHIP because he, his partner and their children are not a “family” as defined by the membership application at Germantown Athletic Club (at least partially funded by taxpayer money.) Is this REALLY happening in 2013? I know lots of people who are not on board with gay marriage and legal status. Whatever. But a GYM MEMBERSHIP? Does. Not. Compute.

The worst of it is that the personnel informed my friend that they didn’t qualify for a family membership IN FRONT OF HIS CHILDREN. What a disgrace.

Last night Adam posted his frustration, offense and sadness on facebook. Many people have begun to cause a fuss on Germantown Athletic Club’s facebook page. Now the club wants to keep this quiet. What the WHAT?!?

Talk about a stupid move. Now I feel like shouting it from the rooftops that discrimination is alive and well in Germantown, TN. In addition, when I shared this information on my own facebook page, a different friend informed me that Bartlett Rec HAS THE SAME POLICY. What is wrong with people?

Please let the Germantown Athletic Club know how offensive and discriminatory their PRINTED policy on family is.

From the website
Family memberships are defined as husband, wife and children 18 years or younger for which they have custody. Additionally, full-time college students who are 24 years of age and younger may be added to a family or a couple membership at $25 per child. Verification of full-time college enrollment is required.

Samantha Boyd, Membership Sales Advisor at 901-757-7372 or sboyd@germantown-tn.gov.


Twitter: @GtownAthClub 



I’ve been sitting here staring at this empty text window for oh, about 10 minutes now. Nothing is coming to me. Is that writer’s block? Can you get writer’s block if you don’t feel qualified to call yourself a writer?

There are a million things I should be doing right now and none appeal. We have no Christmas tree up, no lights, my desk clutter is threatening to swallow me whole. Our DIY flooring project is on hold until payday. My brain wants us to do a pre-holiday clean up and organization of the house, but I can’t bring myself to get started. All I really want to do is go get my next tattoo, but that is on hold until payday as well. Does this happen to everyone? Do you get stuck in a thinking rut of all the stuff you have to accomplish but focus on the most inappropriate thing because everything else seems so out of reach?

I need a jump start. Some kind of kick in the pants to get me moving in the right direction. Maybe I just need my tattoo.

I have so many things swirling around my head to write about. Sometimes dumping it in one spot helps me clear my mind enough to move forward. There. I admitted it. So here are the posts I’d love to do, but haven’t found a way to gel into coherent thoughts. My hope is that I can put this out there for accountability purposes:

  • More kitty introductions. The world definitely needs more cat photos on the internet.
  • Further discussion of the Deep Clean Extravaganza
  • My dysfunctional extended family and the emotional blackmail and abuse that come along for the ride – there’s so much I could probably write a book. Not even kidding a little bit.
  • Crafty shits. I don’t feel like I’ve gotten my craft on all year. That makes me sad. I blame a summer heat wave and no A/C
  • Gonerfest 9 photos.
  • My awesome Shutterfly cards & super duper adorable TinyPrints return address labels (just about my only creative efforts this year)
  • Product review for an awesome pet product that I LOVE.
  • An upcoming giveaway and blog hop – stay tuned because this one is imminent.

My babe is out of town, the cats are all crying to go outside, and I’m bleeding like a stuck pig from the sharp edge of the tape gun. At least  is Monday today – I thought it was Monday all day yesterday.

But being Monday it means tomorrow is Tuesday and I have a court date for a speeding ticket that I don’t have the cash for right now in one week. THAT means I leave for Memphis in one week and a day and I am not packed nor do I have my ticket. Can you say anxiety?

Also? There are 7 litter boxes calling out to me.

Can I have a do-over?


Since childhood I’ve been VERY sensitive to certain ideals: honesty, justice and fairness are a few of the top contenders. As I have grown up and become more interested in human behavior and practices, etiquette and manners have become one of my favorite pet peeves. Now, I’m prefacing this so that this doesn’t get turned into a political statement, religious discussion or anything else other than what it is a HATE and MANNERS issue.

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I read today on my facebook feed a plea for help. A Michigan soldier was killed overseas and his funeral is to be held this weekend. His family/friends are asking for volunteers to help form a barrier wall of people so that PROTESTERS won’t have to be seen during the funeral procession and funeral. This is absolutely reprehensible to me that someone thought it was a good idea to push their agenda at the FUNERAL of another human being. I am incensed at the utter HATE and lack of human decency that has to be present to disrupt the mourning of ANYONE.

Regardless of political affiliation, religious/lack of religious persuasion or sexual orientation, in my mind, every person deserves the privacy and dignity to bury their loved ones in peace.

Since reading the initial post, some commenters are saying that this HATE group (yes, I’m calling any entity that would interfere with a FUNERAL a HATE group) often fails to show. Either way, I will put my support behind the family of the deceased and offer my help in blocking the HATE.


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If you are in West Michigan and want to help a family mourn the loss of their loved one in peace, please comment or message me for information.

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