Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Feeling Human

Lately I had an influx of work which led to a nice generous paycheck from my favorite client. Because this paycheck was so substantial it allowed me to do some things that I have been putting off for a very long time.

One of those things is to replace my old office chair that I used to use while doing my freelance work and studying or doing homework for my classes. Two birthdays ago I had asked for help to buy a good desk chair that was wide enough and sturdy enough for me and that was also comfortable enough because I spend a lot of time working or studying, I had had an old chair I got when my dad purchased his new one and it didn't fit me properly the arms hurt my thighs and being that it wasn't built for someone of my size it didn't take long for it to break. I had showed my parents the chair that I had found that would fit, and be sturdy enough for me. The chair was from an online plus size living company and I knew it was made for a fat person. My parents instead presented me with a cheap office chair that they had removed the arms from.  I was appreciative of the thought behind it but my heart also dropped because I knew it wouldn't be long before it would break and of course it would be all my fault. It did indeed end up breaking and for a few months I didn't tell anyone becauseI knew what the reaction would be.

So with the extra income I had I ordered the chair that I had pointed out two years ago. When it came in my dad helped me to put it together and then I got to sit in it for the first time. Oh my word I can not tell you the feeling I got when I sat in a chair that didn't hurt me. It was wide enough that the arms didn't crush my thighs in fact I even have a bit of room between my thighs and the arms of the chair, and it feels solid and sturdy. I almost started crying,  yes crying over a silly chair. All I could think is that it makes me feel human.

It is such a small thing really, to be able to sit in a chair you aren't afraid to break and that doesn't cause you pain when you sit in it. That small thing however made me feel normal, rather than being yet another painful reminder of how this world isn't made for someone of my size. That alone made the expense of it worthwhile.

Let me tell you it isn't enabling a fat person to provide them with things made for them. It doesn't make us think oh yippee now I can gain even more weight. Furthermore by depriving us of basic things, like chairs for crying out loud, that does not motivate or inspire us to make ourselves smaller. In fact by making things to small for a vast majority of the population, and then punishing, shaming, or penalizing them for not fitting into said things only leaves us feeling like worthless sub-humans and makes the problem work.

Having a desk chair that doesn't leave lasting impressions on my body and that I can trust to hold up actually makes me feel better about myself and allows me to be a productive human being. It removes a few of the thousands of messages telling me how ugly, awful, gross, disgusting, unhealthy, and worthless I am and gives me just a little relief from all of that. It helps me feel human and that is priceless!

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Massage Online Professor Complaints

Okay well if it wasn't so pathetic and disturbing this could all be rather humorous. A few days ago I received 8 emails within a half an hour period of time, 7 of them notifications about comments posted on my last blog post on the awful experience that my friend and I have had with Massage Online Professor and Karen Zaharatos. The other email was from Karen Zaharatos threatening me with a lawsuit along with a very long and in my opinion completely ridiculous incoherent ranting (to sum it up in a nutshell... you have been warned, blah, blah, blah,  whistleblowers, blah, blah, blah, nonsense, lies, and baseless accusations) 

That was the first email I read and it had me giggling because it was all so completely ridiculous. Then I started to read all of the comments that she left on my blog post and each one of the 7 made me laugh a little bit more. The first one started out with basically the same babbling that was in Karen Zaharatos "warning" (AKA threatening) email to me. In the end it accused me of slander and get this.... extortion. HA HA! Oh that is priceless!!

The second one came, apparently, right after Karen Zaharatos found out that on my blog I moderate all comments and so of course her first comment wasn't showing up. Here is where it gets even more funny, in that second comment she chose to threaten me AGAIN. She told me that I had better publish her comments or she would.. get this... sue me for unfair business practices.  HA HA HA HA! 

The following comments were bizarre ramblings, and of course more baseless accusations. All this along with copying and pasting my personal info along with other peoples information who they had decided were my friends and yet who I don't even know lol. Priceless huh?

Then I was told that Karen Zaharatos / Massage Online Professor also posted my name, address, phone number, and other personal information on their Facebook Fan Page. As they did that they also declared that I had hacked them and basically called me a cyber terrorist. Y'all, sometimes all a person can do when faced with so little common sense is shake your head and laugh, and believe me that is what I have been doing. 

Anyway today I once again was notified that there was a comment on this blog and guess who it was....  Ha ha, yup Karen Zaharatos at it again with more threats and insanity. Telling me that I was being criminally investigated for slander as well as for threatening Massage Online Professor and it's owner Karen Zaharatos. Once again that had me laughing, so please let me explain why this is so hilarious. 

At the end of her first email to me Karen Zaharatos told me to tell the truth, and though I HAVE told the truth in all of this, I want to take the time to speak even more truth.

First off, this is MY blog, it is MY site, MY words, and speaks about MY experiences in life. Being that it is MINE, I get to choose which comments I do and do not post. Yes people have freedom of speech, and yes they can comment on my blog, but in the end because this is MY blog, I am the boss of who else gets to speak on it and I REFUSE to allow bullies a platform in which to spew even more putrid crap. I have seen Karen Zaharatos and Massage Online Professor use intimidation and threats to silence other people and I will not give them the ability to do it here. 

Karen Zaharatos and Massage Online Professor have accused me of being a hacker, scammer, spy, extortionist and blackmailer to name just a few things. Now, I would like to say, if people are going to hurl such strong accusations it would be great if they actually knew what the accusations meant. Extortion and blackmail mean that you are commiting "a criminal offense of unlawfully obtaining money, property, or services from a person, entity, or institution, through coercion. Please would someone tell me how that could possibly apply to me since I have asked, nor demanded anything from Massage Online Professor, shoot I haven't ever even talked or written to Karen Zaharatos and Massage Online Professor much less try to get something from them. Scamming refers to a fraudulent business practice or the use of deceit to profit from someone. Being that I am not a business that doesn't fit, and once again I am not profiting in anyway from any of this so umm  nope that doesn't work either. The funny thing is those could actually apply to Massage Online Professor and its actions that I have observed from in the past few weeks. As for spy... for crying out loud what kind of secret or confidential information could I possibly get from simply reading Massage Online Professors PUBLIC Facebook page. Guh, the dumb, it burns!!! Lastly lets talk about the other accusation that Karen Zaharatos and Massage Online Professor like to throw at pretty much everyone, that is of me being a hacker. I am guessing you don't mean someone who "who makes innovative customizations or combinations of retail electronic and computer equipment" but rather "someone who accesses a computer system by circumventing its security system." Either way though neither of them apply to this either, liking a PUBLIC facebook page is not hacking. So yes every single accusation is a complete lie and makes me think that MOP has no clue at all what any of them mean. 

Moving on, threatening me with a lawsuit for unfair business practices is just really ignorant because even the most unobservant reader would know right away that this is NOT a business. Seriously as I covered before this is MY personal bog on My personal site. Like I said before the one with the unfair business practices seems to be Massage Online Professor, as they have story after story on their own web page and fan page about how they have mistreated and messed with their customers. 

Also suing me for slander is another ridiculous threat for at least two reasons, firstly because it refers to things being SPOKEN not written or published, but mainly because I have not lied AT ALL. Everything has been the truth and my opinion. 

So here is the deal, threats and cyber bullying behavior won't work on me. I have done NOTHING wrong. All I have done is like a Facebook page and post the truth about my experience with this seemingly dishonest company on my own site, in the hopes that it will save more people from getting hurt by MOP.

Now I apologize to my regular readers for posting about this yet again as it has nothing to do with what I usually talk about on here. I don't really want to derail my normal topics for this company and so I have been tossing the idea around of starting up a Massage Online Professor Complaints blog or Facebook page where other victims of Massage Online Professor can share their stories and so that people can make a more informed decision about which school they want to go with. Speaking the truth is never wrong and more people need to hear it.