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Why private businesses should NOT opt-in to providing restrooms to the general public in #DowntownMinneapolis…

Well, the city isn’t just asking Downtown Minneapolis businesses but all Minneapolis based businesses to let the public and/or non paying customers to use their bathrooms.

And it’s a TERRIBLE idea…

Having a place to doing bathroom business and it being scarce isn’t something new.

I remember this being an issue 35 years ago, when as a teen I’d take the bus and come to Downtown Minneapolis to go to Dayton’s, the Skyway, City Center being in awe of the city, growing up in the northwestern suburbs. But knowing then, of what very few places you could go to the bathroom, once you got to downtown.

As a poor disabled person who wasn’t always that way, as someone who currently does activism for the disabled and homeless, I can’t be on board with businesses such as restaurants or any private business, that I frequent in Minneapolis, letting the public access restrooms, at this point.

The reason why is it’s a public safety hazard potentially to customers and the businesses  who put money in the city’s economy.

Customers don’t need that as a hassle when they arrive to their final destination whether it be a shop, restaurant, or any kind of business.

And businesses don’t need that as a potential deterrent and additional expense.

As others have chimed in, the City of Minneapolis and/or the DID can provide port-a -potties (which mark my words, won’t be just used for the reasons, provided) like they are now planning and see how much that improves reduction of frequency of public excrement.

It’s easier to just to try and stop this from even starting, then to to start it and stop this initiative, as far as trying to guilt businesses, where a majority of them do something to help people who are less fortunate.

I get that quite a few may not care or worry about getting asked for money, (or it doesn’t happen often, to some) if not sex and drugs on site, at your destination in Minneapolis.

I though, CARE a lot. I don’t like being harassed for all that stuff, either by myself or on  occasion when with another, when going somewhere Downtown or anywhere else in Minneapolis, and it happens all the time.

I’d especially hate it and  thinking others might too, if you make an effort to go somewhere, whether or not you pay for parking and arrive at that destination, of having to worry about at a place, of potentially being harassed there, too.

And the chances of you getting harassed for money, sex or drugs is a lot higher than you witnessing a public excrement by someone, although I’ve seen evidence, multiple times and multiple places, since I’ve moved to Downtown Minneapolis, even where there was close access to a public bathroom.

So, if you feel the way I do, this blog is for YOU…

And if you can’t relate to any of this, more power to ya.

Note: Anything that isn’t constructive will NOT be published…

“Perspective is in the eye, experiences and the mind of the beholder”…


(no copyright infringement intended with above image which I don’t own)

Trigger Warnings/Disclaimers: This blog is INTENDED to do activism for causes I care about and with no intention to harm or offend anyone, that I might not agree without what they say or how they go about doing something.

That being said, while some of today’s events, necessitate my saying this, my opinions are my own and aren’t of any organization or entity that I do activism for.

No profanity and this shouldn’t be very long.


It’s cold out. And while I can say, hey, as a complex disabled activist, that I don’t feel good and I’m exhausted from the sensory overload that living so close to the Super Bowl that’s now over and other than needing some major traffic control, in my neighborhood hopefully people will get to their destinations, safely, I’m grateful of what’s good in my life and fully aware of my privileges.

What made the news both locally and nationally, that I know of, was that certain groups decided several weeks ago, at least to protest the Super Bowl for different reasons.

I could and would NEVER tell any group of people, that their voices should NOT be heard.

Especially, in where I’m not a minority, I could never do any kind of activism that would do oppression, exploitation and brutality of another, properly like they are doing.

And I’m glad that they are making their voices heard.

I will say this and this is someone who had more of an issue personally, due to my own disability sets, of not being thrilled about the Super Bowl, that it wasn’t my place to judge those who love it and/or could afford to go to it.

I could see that that courage and perspective, depends on what side you can be of an issue and the need to make a point.

The problem with bigoty and bias, is enormous, still, I’m not saying it doesn’t exist, because it does.

Minneapolis is a sanctuary city. We have a Mayor, City Council and Chief of Police, who care enormously about oppression, bigotry and making sure that Minneapolis stays and grows even more into a thriving, safe and vital place for all it’s residents, employees and visitors.

I could say as an “armchair” activist, that I DO enormously care about homelessness issues, and I do volunteer work for it, as well as try to bring attention to the cause, locally.

I also know because I do that, lots of rich of people are to the credit of why affordable housing, gets built and remains funded, not just by tax dollars, but because of their donations.

But NO ONE can say that. Because I made a brief comment about being upset that the protest shut down a major intersection so close to the hospital, earlier this evening right in front of my building and was concerned for any patients needing access to HCMC.

And got accused of being a racist by a social media peer.

The protest that went on in Minneapolis this afternoon and this evening, ended up after it got dark, right in front of my apartment building. It shut down a road, that first responders need access to, to get to the local 1 trauma center/county hospital, that’s 2 blocks behind me.

Taking a stand against people who happened to afford to go to the Super Bowl, but had to take the light rail, probably didn’t change their mind for the better, when it came to the issues that the activists were rallying against.

It didn’t effect those who were super rich who could take limos to the stadium and the parties that are so close to where I live, nor do I feel those people should be punished, because they are wealthy.

I can say I can see others perspectives and try to understand them, even though I will NEVER know of their adversity and admire their courage.

But I also admire the courage of our Minneapolis first responders, police, firefighters, EMTs and 911 operators and have enormous gratitude for them, too.

It’s NOT  an either/or situation.

I don’t think it’s a conflict of interest, nor am I being unempathetic, racist or elitist (I’m a poor disabled activist)  to try and point out though, if people aren’t empathetic to your cause, they aren’t going to be, when you try to inflict duress to try to gain empathy to one’s cause, that it probably won’t advance it.

It will make others resent it, I don’t think anyone who’s prone to not having empathy, can get shamed or inconvenienced into thinking any  differently.

And I think it can be perceived by them, that if you can’t respect who they are, they might, even as misguided on their part, not to try to understand the oppressed and disadvantaged, when it appears that hypocrisy is in place, as it’s not being done with a dialogue on different sides trying hard to see the other’s perspective in a constructive way.

To me and again, I get where I have some privilege, such as in color, I won’t ever know of the daily bigotry and bias that other’s suffer. But to try and punish indiscriminately others, to me, just doesn’t makes sense and makes me sad, because I want to advance those causes, not diminish them.

I don’t sugarcoat things, I am incapable of that.

I’m also incapable of saying silent, when I could see that it’s a good thing that no one was harmed, in a protest, that used up valuable resources, because it’s intention was to interrupt some percieved slight of people, were all they were doing , was  attending an event that gets global recognition.

So I will say this, from my perspective. I wish the protest would have just been contained in one area.

Not in many areas of Downtown Minneapolis, where it had to burden first responders in any way. Prevent poor employed people, from possibly getting to work among other issues, but I’m glad no one was hurt.

Not where it could make anyone who was inconvenienced, such as Super Bowl attendees who took light rail transit, who where it might not be known, how much or how little they feel about those who are at risk, oppressed and disadvantaged and how much or how little they do about it.

Saying this doesn’t make me a bias, bigoted, unempathetic and uninformed jerk.

To either those who are oppressed and/or disadvantaged who I do care about and strongly believe in their voices, care deeply about their suffering, even if I can respectfully disagree in their actions, because of the reasons, I above state.

Nor, do I feel bad to  say positively or supportively, for those who have the means and desire to attend expensive events, make them out as  bad people, because it DOES NOT, just because they either were born with having more advantages or they worked in a way that was advantageous to them, financially.

And bringing up that “52” managed to raise a LOT of money for charities for people in need. Including the homeless and the hungry.

Peace to all.

Note: Blog published while still 2-4-2018 in Minneapolis, MN.

The local peep’s pre #SBLII show…


(photo credit and countdown clock courtesy of Myself)

Trigger Warnings/Disclaimers; This blog is not about football. There’s no activism (although one might able to figure out a reason or 2, why I’m an activist). If profanity or having a sense of humor about things that one’s (mine!) own issues, are offensive, please do not read.

Okay, so everyone around me, kinda thinks I lost my fucking mind, when it’s come to not liking having a Super Bowl (i.e. 52) so close to me.

So I thought in the name of good humor, from someone who does serious activism, might be a refreshing change for a blog.

I thought the best way to do this was to “interview” myself.

Here’s what this looks like….

1. Will I be watching the game?

No, I’m watching people try to get to the game. Outside my window cause it’s sunny (I’m like literally allergic to the sun) and super cold out. And I don’t like crowds of people, which is NOT a good combination for a person who lives in 4 1/2 blocks away from where a Super Bowl is taking place, who also doesn’t like ANY noise but realizes her own irration with that.

2. Will I be going to ANY Super Bowl parties?

No, even though there’s one in my building, but see above comment about NOT liking being among a crowd of people. And noise.Not to mention the last time I went to a Super Bowl party, was exactly 26 years ago.

And exactly 8 months and 3 1/2 weeks later, I brought home, my firstborn. So while I love my children, but don’t care for Super Bowl parties, due to my social awkwardness in my advanced years (I’m 48).

3. Do you have any ideas on who might win the game?

Couldn’t care less, just want them all to get home. Safely. But get home, just the same. The players, celebrities, tourists, etc. I hope all had a great time and have great memories to think about when they are HOME.

4. What will you be eating in celebration of Super Bowl Sunday?

Apparently, it’s hard for people to understand, I’m not celebrating anything, until it’s over and everyone’s home safe. I can’t eat when nervous or stressed out. Because of the busyness in my ‘hood and my disabilities, when finding myself running out of food yesterday,  being in a lot of pain, I unfortunately had to rely on Domino’s for delivery, so I can stay holed up at home until tomorrow and the convenience store, across the street.

5. Okay then. What will you be eating in celebration that Super Bowl Sunday is OVER?

Hopefully, lots and lots of Buca (see my blog about my ideal “Super Bowl”) if there is a nice slow exodus of people, today and tomorrow. If not, then my own private “Buca Super Bowl” will hopefully happen sometime during the week.

6. What’s the big deal about the big game, are you some kinda anti-social people hater?

No, I care about people, enough to try and help them. In the privacy of my own home. But I DO  care about my privacy and my anonymity. A lot. It’s pretty hard to protect that, when there’s literally cameras being held from people all over the world.

My life initially for a decade and half, was AMAZING since the last Super Bowl was held in Minnesota. It’s not so much, now.

7. Any last minute advice for people who are watching the game or couldn’t care less about it on how to handle a painful loss?

Yeah, do unto others, like you’d like them to do unto you. Football fans are passionate, that’s great. It’s been good to see the good that’s come out of having a Super Bowl, here locally.

I don’t expect people when feeling a loss, throw a tea party. I fucking shouldn’t (and no one else) should have to worry about the throwing of  a Molotov cocktail, either.

8. Why do you swear, when it’s so super offensive to people?

To me it’s sentiment or intent , not on how people relate to one another. I’m not going to say “Bless your heart”, when I’m thinking “Go Fuck yourself”, even if it goes unexpressed. One of the things for me, that I HATE about social media, is that it encourages thoughts and behaviors and the immediate need to express them.

9. Well then, how’s the rarified air you’re breathing up in that palace, of yours, Princess?

It’s not rarified air or that I think I’m better or worse than those who LOVE social media. I have no filter most of the time and I came by that way before the digital era due to both organic AND circumstances. There’s great things about social media, I’m still on it, even though I’m thinking more and more, of either moving to the North Pole or becoming Amish, although I’d fucking die without electricity or the internet, so I’m certainly no angel, myself or without my own vices.

10. Any last thoughts you want to leave people with about Minnesota or “Minnesota Nice”?

It’s not. Just like I’m not. I’m a by-product of a native Minnesotan who married a native New Yorker and won a “where are we going to raise our kids ???” battle the first 5 years of my life. And because my mom won, this originally born in Brooklyn as been living in Minneapolis (or its suburbs) for the last 43 years. I couldn’t hack living either living in a bigger town and don’t know from life, in a tiny one.

I’m not “nice”. Whether Minnesota is or not, is something that’s extremely subjective. I am kind and empathetic, but whiny and snarky. Sometimes it’s a great combination in a person, sometimes it’s a disaster, all of which I am.

But not all Minnesotans, transplanted or born and raised are the same. I drink pop, I hate hotdish, beer, donuts, cheese curds and the Minnesota State Fair, so I’ve got to end this blog now and find somewhere else out of state to move, asap, because I just fucking committed “Minnesota Blasphemy”.

So later gators, stay safe and warm if you’re in my hood and hopefully calmer heads will prevail both during and after the Super Bowl.

(Editorial Note: I didn’t realize due to being both distracted and a disabled blogger, that I switched between asking the questions in my “interview” with my self in both first and second person. Until 2 minutes AFTER I fucking published this blog.

Hopefully if anyone reads this, well, if that’s the worst they can come up with, given the fact I’m a medically, mentally and cognitively disabled blogger, as well as a non thin person with a love of carbs, I guess whatever happens, happens and I’m not going to try and edit anything more, other than what’s been edited from the time of original publication, that was needed to best understand intent, which was to be funny and slightly cynical about some way not funny things that I find, both personally and as an activist……)

Safety advice for visitors of #SBLII activities from a local peep….


(above pic credit, taken on my block, by me, from my $40 smartphone 1-28-18)

Trigger Warnings/Disclaimers: I’m an activist, not a clinically trained professional in medical or mental health issues, nor trained in law enforcement/security.

Cold enough for ya? Those 4 words are common here, in the #BoldNorth, from locals, whether they are natives or not (I’m a transplant over 40+ years, born in NYC)

But, I’ve resided in Downtown Minneapolis for the last 5 years.

As the last, but still a lot of major festivities to take place here in Downtown Minneapolis (I know there’s activities all over the Twin Cities)  I’m choosing to help with advice for those who will be visiting my neighborhood, whether it be the concerts and parties in Downtown Minneapolis tonight and tomorrow, and before and after and including the Super Bowl, tomorrow.

Here’s some GREAT advice on how to stay and be safe for the remainder of the weekend:

1. Dress warmly for the weather. It’s a warmup for those of us who are local, but with the snow today and the super cold that will be coming back tonight and it will be super cold tomorrow, for the rest of the events before and after the big game.

And unfortunately, it can be a matter of minutes, to exposed skin in super cold,for frostbite to set in.

Try to prevent that by dressing warm, know the signs or ask for help, if you’re not sure.

2. Allot a LOT of time, to get to your destination, whether or not you’re already staying in Downtown Minneapolis, whether you’re driving, taking transit or walking.

3. Respect traffic laws, and be patient, courteous and present and focusing your concentration without distractions, whether you’re in a vehicle or on foot while getting to your destination.

There will be traffic snarls. And because of the cold, it’s tempting, when walking to one’s destination, to try to run a traffic light, whether in a vehicle or on foot.


With all the planning and resources allocated for keeping people safe, use common sense, be patient and courteous with concentrating on safety of yourself and others, when traveling to your destination by focusing on that and nothing else.

It’s better to arrive late to a destination, than to be the cause of yourself or an innocent other/s, who could be injured, if not killed, because of being in a hurry, impatience and/or being distracted and/or impaired.

(editorial note/update : PLEASE DO NOT BLOCK AN INTERSECTION, in hopes to get to your destination, faster, because traffic is slow or stopped. I didn’t think I’d have to spell this out, when stating the above. One should NEVER do this. But doing this near U.S. Bank stadium could hinder emergency first responders who need to get to or bring back patients to the level 1 trauma center next to the stadium with potential of consequences that could be fatal to someone, on Super Bowl Sunday)

4. There is safety in numbers and staying safe, by keeping your valued humans and your valuables, close to you. Keep your phones, keys and money on different parts of your person and vary that up, within your group.

5. Have fun!!! But please don’t get so inebriated and/or distracted or ill tempered, that  you’re risking your safety and health and/or that of others.

Hope this helps EVERYONE to have a safe and super fun time here in Minneapolis!!!

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