Saturday, November 26, 2005

Just some of the things I have learnt in my year of work (a month late)

"One's philosophy is not best expressed in words, it is expressed in the choices one makes...and the choices we make are ultimately our responsibility". -Eleanor Roosevelt

~"You can set the table but you can't make someone eat"-my wise director Jim

~Suprisely people a few years younger then me really will listen to what I have to say and respect me.

~Doing casework is a lot harder then it seems

~DYFS is run really poorly and I would rather eat eggs then work there ever!

~The days you want/need to leave early (aka on time) are when the crisis' will happen

~Never work harder or want something more then a client.

~Bed bugs are the AIDS of the insect world.

~Giving a client consequences and saying no is a good thing

~Gangs are alive and well in Newark.

~Never deny an addict their bottom

~Even the toughest thug sometimes likes to watch Mrs. Doubtfire, listen to do-wop or cry.

~My knowledge of Newark and how to get from A to B has extended past the parking lot.

~I have a lot of wisdom (and I need to follow my own advice sometime)

~Even I have an inner gangsta

Monday, November 21, 2005

The holidays have gotten too "christmasy"

I've been noticing a lot this year how much Christmas is "the norm" of our culture and it really bothers me that we are being exclusive to people. For example, instead of the M&M guys meeting Santa they could be reading a book about Hannakah and say "It IS true that had enough oil to burn for 8 nights!" and then one can faint. But seriously, I just think America is hypocritical in saying all no one belief system is America's belief system because in so many ways again and again it is shown that we are a Christian country.


In another note a client of mine (who may or may not be retarded) told me tonight that since coming to our shelter (almost 3 weeks) when previously he had been locked up for 5 years (since the age of 14) he has had sex 3 times. Now I wasn't sure of this was with 3 different people or what. He proudly told me he wore condoms, but I told him that doesn't protect against all STDs and he never really told me where he knew these women from. If he's been locked up since the age of 14 I think there is a good chance he was a virgin so he must have been gung ho that he was going to have sex ASAP. Anywhich way I think that's an impressive record.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Thats what I get for trying to be friendly

Erin: Are your taking your kids out trick or treating when you get home?

Co-Worker: No we're Christians