What Happened to the YMCA? | Integrity, What is It? | Review

I used to be a fan of the YMCA; I was a member for years. Do you remember the 1978 song  by the Village People? “YMCA . . . YMCA . . .”

When I joined the YMCA in Florida around the year 2003, they assured me that the aerobics room was available to members as long as there wasn’t a class, or any other activity, in session. All members were welcomed to practice their stuff there. I used it regularly to dance.

When in 2006 I moved to San Diego from Texas (where I also used the aerobics room at the Y) I transferred my membership to the Mission Valley YMCA, where I also used the aerobics room until recently; until this lady (director?) came into the room, saw me dancing, and informed the employee in charge that I wasn’t allowed to use the room “unless there was an instructor present”; that was their policy.

To be honest, this happened once before at the La Jolla location, also in San Diego. At that location the woman was so rude and unprofessional when asking me to leave, that I wrote a letter to the director complaining, and explaining that the woman in question could be in need of professional help; she seemed to be psychologically disturbed in her unwarranted threatening behavior. Nothing was done other than the director explaining that it was a policy that they had to reconsider, and (to make it more puzzling) it had nothing to do with their liability because when a member joins the YMCA he signs a form exonerating the organization if an accident happens.

I also spoke to a member of the board of directors about the matter to no avail. But I did not worry about it because I stopped using that location due to losing a job I had in the area. But when the problem resurfaced again at the Mission Valley location I decided to cancel my membership and go elsewhere. And that’s when I noticed a complete lack of integrity.

Integrity means honesty. But it has a special connotation; it refers also to wholesomeness. It refers to parts integrating with each other. In other words, you don’t say something today and then deny that you said it a couple of days later. That is a lack of integrity. I am explaining this here so that if the YMCA comes in contact with this post they can learn what integrity is. After all, integrity is one of the things they are supposed to teach their young members.

Anyway, when I went to the office last month to cancel my membership, they offered me a less expensive membership assuming that money was the cause. But I explained that the reason for cancellation was not money but the fact that I wasn’t allowed to use the aerobics room. They proceeded then to cancel my membership and I left.

But it occurred to me after I left that since it took a month for them to cancel a membership (due to the fact that they were collecting directly from the bank, and needed to do the paperwork and submit the cancellation) maybe I could reduce my last month payment by downgrading my membership for the last month. I called them, talked to the same person, and he said that there was no problem. I stressed that the cancellation should still be effective at the end of the agreed time. They said there was no problem, the process wouldn’t interfere with my cancellation, but I had to go back to the office and fill another form. I did. And again I stressed that the cancellation was still to be effective on the due date. He agreed.

Are you guessing where this is going? Next month, when I checked my account they had withdrawn the regular fee. I went back to the office and talked to the same person again. He said he would check to see where the mistake was. He did. And with a straight face he called his boss. They said that the last form I had filled had enrolled me on the lower rate program, but it wouldn’t be effective until the following month.

I looked at them in disbelief. They both knew that I had canceled and why. They said again that what I had done was change my membership. I looked at both of them, told them that they weren’t being honest, and to please cancel my membership. There was nothing else to say really; they lacked integrity. I had to fill another cancellation form.

The names of any of the characters above are irrelevant; they represent the organization. And I ask you, how is the YMCA going to instill integrity in their members when they themselves don’t have any? How are they going to develop strong kids, strong families and strong communities? You know something else, I was a member at the Mission Valley location close to four years, and some staff members I never saw give a smile . . . to anyone.

I should have canceled that membership a long time ago.

Mahatma Gandhi once said referring to Christians . . . “They are so unlike the Christ”. Isn’t that true?

 

 

Why the World Needs WikiLeaks | Julian Assange

I found this video about WikiLeaks on TED.com.

Considering the power that the corporate state wields over our government  and the media at the moment (we are not a democracy anymore), WikiLeads deserves our support. Julian Assange is doing his job; most of our media is controlled by private interests. Check it out:

March for Human Rights | Julian Assange | Freedom of the Press?

March for human rights (12/11/2010) ended successfully at Hoover High in City Heights, SD CA.

Arrival

This poster got me to thinking that not only in Viet Nam we need freedom of speech.  Julian Assange  is still in jail. And Ms. Hillary Rhodam Clinton who a few months back was criticizing China for not allowing freedom of the press is now condemning Assange for exposing criminal actions for which no one has been charged. Is there freedom of the press in America? Democracy? Where are we heading?  New World Order

One of these young ladies will be Miss Vietnam.

Viet Tan: To overcome dictatorship and establish democracy in Vietnam.

“Viet Tan engages in actions that empower the Vietnamese people. Specifically, we seek to roll back existing restrictions against two basic human rights: freedom of expression and freedom of association and assembly. These freedoms enable a civil society.”

Trinh Le, the event organizer, at my table.

Beautiful lady perusing my book, A vagabond in Mexico. It throws some light in the immigration problem.

Breakdancing

Support Ron Paul!

Old Town, San Diego CA| Adobe Hacienda, 170 Years Old

Old Town State Historic Park, the flavor of old Mexico.

Restaurants with Mariachis, the Estudillo House (Now a Museum) “one of the oldest surviving examples of Spanish architecture in California” – Wikipedia. It is a 170-year-old adobe house.

The Stagecoach, the Hotel . . .

Fountain

Patio

A Room

She is not cooking today.

The Stagecoach

Hotel

War! What good is it for? | Bring back our Troops! | Collateral Murder

“Update: On July 6, 2010, Private Bradley Manning, a 22 year old intelligence analyst with the United States Army in Baghdad, was charged with disclosing this video (after allegedly speaking to an unfaithful journalist). The whistleblower behind the Pentagon Papers, Daniel Ellsberg, has called Mr. Manning a ‘hero’. He is currently imprisoned in Kuwait. The Apache crew and those behind the cover up depicted in the video have yet to be charged. To assist Private Manning, please see bradleymanning.org.

5th April 2010 10:44 EST WikiLeaks has released a classified US military video depicting the indiscriminate slaying of over a dozen people in the Iraqi suburb of New Baghdad — including two Reuters news staff.

Reuters has been trying to obtain the video through the Freedom of Information Act, without success since the time of the attack. The video, shot from an Apache helicopter gun-sight, clearly shows the unprovoked slaying of a wounded Reuters employee and his rescuers. Two young children involved in the rescue were also seriously wounded.”

I could not get access to the video in You Tube, too many restrictions. But you should be able to see it following the link below. what is shown here is not uncommon practice in any war, but the media is controlled by the ones profiting from war, so we never see it.  http://www.collateralmurder.com/

Walmart’s Damage to the Economy | The Corporate Giants | Ultimate Outcasts

In Heather’s blog I found a great example of how Corporate America works, together with the Federal Reserve System (Privately owned Central Bank) that lives of our debt and our taxes. Excerpts and links below.

“Amid the capitalist glory I witnessed at Walmart as a child, I was unaware that something that seemed so right could have been so wrong.”

“In my opinion, welfare reform looks more like Walmart reform. The greatest beneficiaries of public assistance are now capitalists in favor of higher dividends who publicly denounce socialism while secretly reaping it’s rewards. Walmart managed to increase it’s productivity by gaining more workers while tax-paying Americans continued to foot their employee’s bills.”

“American Moms are unwitting participants in America’s economic race to the bottom when they walk into a business that offers one Mom “Everyday Low Prices” and another Mom ”Everyday Low Wages”.

To see the complete article click: Mama Capitalists

Heather’s blog: Heather

Please check video below also:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7757684583209015812&hl=en&emb=1#docid=6076118677860424204

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