Saturday Book Read w/ Sharine Jones: Ch. 3 Confused and Delusional Part 3


Reflections of A Woman’s Indiscretions

This book is dedicated to my mother Elena, grandmothers Josephine & Evril, & to all the Ladies in my life – Strong women I have seen Prevail no matter the circumstances or challenges.

Previously…

February 2005

20131102-145624.jpg        I opened the long rectangular box and found a gold tennis bracelet lined with small diamonds. I was absolutely in awe that I quickly forgot all the ugly things he ever did to me up to this point. Perhaps, that was his plan. He was charming and intelligent, after all. Either way, that night was hands down one of the best I have ever shared with Slimm. There was no arguing or fighting; we were at peace. 
      But the crazy thing was, even though Slimm gave me a night of bliss, I could not stop thinking of Blu. I did not know if it was a feeling of guilt or if I was missing him–or maybe it was the fact that our wedding anniversary was coming within the week–but bottom line I was confused and I didn’t know what to make of my feelings; especially, since Blu had moved on as well – he had a new girlfriend.
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March 2005

Today was my cousin Christine’s 21st birthday. Slimm, myself, my friend Ori, my sister Ashley, Jimmy (Slimm’s homeboy) and his wife Laura, all decided to celebrate her birthday at Jillian’s–a bowling alley and bar/lounge in Hollywood. And when we arrived, all fun broke loose.

Rapper 50 Cent’s song, “Just a Lil Bit” was bumping through the loud speakers and Ori and I were just dancing, while Slimm and his boy were conversing; Ashley, Christine, and Laura were at the bar. All of us were just having a good time:  the drinks kept coming; we owned a couple of shots; we bowled; and we talked shit. It was a fun night. After a couple hours, we were lit and decided to call it a night–but without grabbing some food first.

We exited the back door because upstairs was too loud and obnoxious. And once we did, I came across a long series of stairs that was directed towards the floor. While I was proceeding down the stairs, I suddenly tripped and lost my balance. But just when I was about to bite it on the stairs, Slimm reached out and grabbed me by his strong arm. I then started to crack up jokingly; I was faded, tipsy, and laughing. All of us were happy drunks , but that would soon change.

Once we made it to the cars, Slimm and Ashley took the steering wheels for the night: Laura, Jimmy, and I rolled with Slimm, while Christine and Ori rode with Ashley. Once my group got into our car, we waited for Ashley because she needed to follow us to the restaurant; we were waiting at southbound of Caheunga Blvd. Once we saw her car move toward us (with her headlights off), without a moment’s notice, the police swooped up right behind her their flashing lights–they pulled her over for making a left onto a residential street.

“Ah shit! They’re pullin’ her over cause her lights was off,” Slimm said as he got out of the car to see what was going on.

We followed Slimm around the corner where my sister was detained. She was out of the car along with Christine and Ori who were standing on the sidewalk with worried expressions on their faces. “If only she remembered to put her lights on, were my thoughts–especially after she failed the field sobriety test. Reflecting back, maybe this whole ordeal was to prevent something bad from happening.But when the officer put his handcuffs on my sister Ashley, I then became belligerent.

I turned to Slimm and said, “Please talk to them! Get my sister out of this!

Clearly I was intoxicated–“What could Slimm do to help Ashley?” All I knew was that he had a good mouth piece, and he could always get out of complicated situations. So I thought (in my drunken state) he could get my sister released. But then the officer put my sister in the back seat of the police car.

Crying, I screamed at Slimm: “You’re no help!”

I knew that he wouldn’t hit me with the law standing right there in his face, but the look in his eyes was so obvious, even to his boy Jimmy. Jimmy quickly intervened and said, “Man, she’s drunk, just let her talk.”

Slimm turned and walked away from me; he went to the police officer to talk about my sister’s car. In the end, the police decided not to impound Ashley’s car, but they still took Ashley into custody. We waited for her boyfriend to pick up her car, and at that point Christine left with him and Ori left with us.

The drive home was silent. No one said a word and I was knocked out instantly. I woke up at Del Taco’s drive-thru just as our order was ready. Slimm handed me the bag of food, but I was still drunk and pissed off at him. So I belligerently took the food out of the bag, and threw it in his face. Ori, who was sitting in the back seat, watched silently with unbelief. Slimm didn’t make a move and he continued to drive.

*For the record, that really isn’t my style. I consider myself a sweetheart; and someone who loves hard. But with experience I’ve learned when someone hurts my heart regularly, and makes it hard, I can be a mean bitch. For the first time I realized that I was adopting Slimm’s behavior. Back then I didn’t know it, but when people or relationships start to bring you out of character in a negative way, it’s probably a sign to let go. Love is supposed to bring out good qualities, not ugly ones. When you start misbehaving like the person you are with then it’s all bad. No one wins…it’s a lose-lose situation.

He pulled up on Don Lorenzo Drive where my car was parked. Ori jumped out of the rental truck and thanked him for the ride.

Me, I didn’t say a word. I jumped down from the truck and proceeded to walk to my car. Then out out of nowhere, I felt a swift kick of a size 12 foot shoe to my ass and I immediately fell to the ground on my behind; I broke my heel from my boot in the process. I was speechless. I had no idea that Slimm was right behind me when he did this to me. Slimm then rushed back to his truck, got in, and sped away.

Ori ran over saying,  “Oh my god. Sharine, are you okay?” with concern in her voice.

I’m alright,” I said, as I was fighting back my tears. I was angry–more than anything I was mortified. He knew how to humiliate me, that was certain.

Alcohol has the power to make a person bold and stupid – that’s what I know. I got up off of my ass and I limped to my car. With Ori as my passenger, I sped right behind him–flying down La Brea. I didn’t know what I was thinking or trying to prove but I was angry, embarrassed, and humiliated. But seriously, “What was I going to do, if I caught up with him?”

It was a blessing in disguise when I lost control of my car and ran into the curb just outside of Popeye’s Chicken. Lucky for me and Ori, it wasn’t through Popeye’s! Looking back at it now, I can shake my head and laugh. But right then and there it was far from amusing because I broke the right side suspension of my car. If I had lost control of my car, then I probably would have made a bad situation into a much worse situation.

As a result from this event, I lost my car for two weeks because of repairs. So I had no choice but to take public transportation to work, and depend on Blu to pick me up where I was slacking with the kids. I didn’t see or speak to Slimm for over a week and again I thought about our “good times,” which ultimately lead me to call him.

Our separation was short lived and another episode would be in the works sooner or later.

STAY TUNED NEXT WEEK TO READ ANOTHER THRILLING CHAPTER OF SHARINE’S NEW BOOK

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Week In Review


Talk Tuesdays: Prince in the City at UR Business Network

Weekly Political Report: The Minimum Wage Hike Paradox

ThrowBack Thursdays: My Interview w/ Mike Brady, Founder and Producer of Income Opportunity Expo

Networking: My First Ever Radio Interview; I’m on Podcast!; Prince in the News: UR Business Network Story; Saturday Breakfast w/ Manos Koundourakis

Weekly Spiritual Digest: Give Him Praise! Praise to The Lord!

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20140218-133630.jpgOn Tuesday, I will be airing my first ever Radio Talk Show called “Prince in the City” at UR Business Network. So please join me at 1 PM to me hear me speak and talk on headline news, a political editorial, self-improvement talks, a bible verse, and of course, people!

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Weekly Political Report: The Minimum Wage Hike Paradox


Every week I write a political issue that affects YOU and the World AROUND YOU.

This week’s Weekly Political Report: The Minimum Wage Hike Paradox

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After two weeks of implementing the minimum wage hike into law, a law which requires federal contractors to pay their employees $10.10 per hour instead of $7.25, a recent report came out, from the Congressional Budget Office (a non-partisan government agency), saying that the executive order, signed by President Obama to lift 900,000 Americans out of poverty, might actually kill 500,000 jobs simultaneously by 2016–the probability of this happening are two-thirds.

So how can a legislation that lifts 900,000 people out of poverty somehow kills 500,000 jobs in the process? CBO explains,

“…because more workers would see their wages rise; the change in their wages would be greater; [and, CBO expects,] employment would be more responsive to a minimum-wage increase that was larger and was subsequently adjusted for inflation”

…After reaching $10.10 in 2016, the minimum wage would be adjusted annually for inflation as measured by the consumer price index.”

So I guess the best explanation for this paradox is inflation–and how the consumer price index will measure that in the years to come.

*[Consumer Price Index, by definition, is an index of the variation in prices paid by typical consumers for retail goods and other items; and Inflation, by definition, is a general increase in prices and fall in the purchasing value of money.]

However, despite these facts,  Republicans and Democrats alike did not waste any time to use these findings to strengthen their bully pulpits.

“The non-partisan Congressional Budget Office confirmed yet again what we know to be true of government overreach in the marketplace: raising the minimum wage would slash jobs and harm an already fragile workforce”

–Sen. John Cornyn, the chamber’s second-ranking Republican.

Furthermore, Republicans are saying that this increase would make it more expensive for businesses to hire; some have called for “expanding the earned income tax credit” to counterbalance the wages of the working poor.

On the other hand Democrats, such as House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, disagree with this logic; and stands firm behind the CBO’s findings of lifting 900,000 Americans out of poverty:

“No matter how the critics spin this report, the CBO made it absolutely clear: raising the minimum wage would lift almost one million Americans out of poverty, increase the pay of low-income workers by $31 billion and help build an economy that works for everyone.” –Nancy Pelosi, House Democratic Leader

President Obama has not yet to comment on this report, however, his administration did comment on how the CBO’s findings were exaggerated in terms of likely job losses; and supported their comments with verified conclusions from economists:

“CBO’s estimates of the impact of raising the minimum wage on employment does not reflect the current consensus view of economists. The bulk of academic studies have concluded that the effects on unemployment of minimum wage increases in the range now under consideration are likely to be small to nonexistent.” –Jason Furman, head of the Council of Economic Advisors.

So how does this affect YOU and the WORLD AROUND YOU?

Well, for one thing twenty-one states along with the District of Columbia have already increased their minimum wages above the federal level; and California are scheduling to lift its minimum wage to $10 by 2016. So, it’s not likely that the 21 states nor America would repeal this minimum wage hike.

Also, this report reminds us, and the world, that income inequality does exist. CBO even stated that 900,000 Americans live in poverty. That’s like the U.S. population size of Montana! Or the population size of the Fiji islands!

In my opinion, this minimum wage hike will help 900,000 Americans who are in poverty. Republicans say that it will hurt businesses from this tax hike; however, businesses that do not raise their minimum wage, or do not have higher minimum wages to begin with, will end up hurting their business overall. Higher Wages = Higher Morale = Higher Productivity. Business need to encourage their employee’s morale even if it means higher wages; that’s how businesses thrive–take Costco or Starbucks.

Their alternate plan “to expand the earned income tax credit” may sound doable, but it does not speak the common language that 90% of Americans speak:

Higher Wages = Better Living.

DISCLAIMER: THIS IS MY PERSONAL POLITICAL OPINION. FOR QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS, PLEASE GO TO MY CONTACT PAGE

Below are some facts that I pulled from www.cbo.gov. Please read and be informed.

If you wish to learn interesting facts about population sizes by state and country, follow these links: Population Size by State and Population Size by Country

And if you wish to learn more of the political story behind the Minimum Wage Hike go to Politico: “CBO: Minimum wage hike would boost earnings for over 16.5M, cost 500k jobs”
http://www.politico.com/story/2014/02/minimum-wage-hike-cbo-report-103630.html#ixzz2tnUH3FKM

The Facts from the Minimum Wage Hike

  • The increased earnings for low-wage workers resulting from the higher minimum wage would total $31 billion, by CBO’s estimate. However, those earnings would not go only to low-income families, because many low-wage workers are not members of low-income families. Just 19 percent of the $31 billion would accrue to families with earnings below the poverty threshold, whereas 29 percent would accrue to families earning more than three times the poverty threshold, CBO estimates.
  • Real income would increase, on net, by $5 billion for families whose income will be below the poverty threshold under current law, boosting their average family income by about 3 percent and moving about 900,000 people, on net, above the poverty threshold (out of the roughly 45 million people who are projected to be below that threshold under current law).
  • Once the increases and decreases in income for all workers are taken into account, overall real income would rise by $2 billion.
  • Families whose income would have been between one and three times the poverty threshold would receive, on net, $12 billion in additional real income. About $2 billion, on net, would go to families whose income would have been between three and six times the poverty threshold.
  • Real income would decrease, on net, by $17 billion for families whose income would otherwise have been six times the poverty threshold or more, lowering their average family income by 0.4 percent.

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