Hank, do you feel that to be normal behavior? Mental illness is nothing to be ashamed of either, a large percentage of out population deal with various conditions (likely myself included)
Bold moves...but like the investigator said: Everyone gets caught eventually. And with getting caught is paying back every dollar that was given to her erroneously. I don't think we should make getting benefits more difficult for everyone because of the incredibly small percentage of fraudsters like this woman.
Also, who let this woman borrow her baby?
@phizzi - Where are you getting she is bipolar? The same court records that have kept a serial identify thief out of jail? Or are you the type of liberal that has an excuse ready for everyone that fucks their own life up?
@Hank, you mean besides a diagnosis of bipolar and some evidence that she slips between realities pretty readily, not to mention problems holding down a stable "normal" job? This person really clearly needs help, and her existence is not simply a symptom of some lax or overworked state agencies, but also of a systemic problem with both treatment and recognition of mental illness in the state of Oregon.
@The Showstopper - Why, exactly, does it transpire that Gangstabitch Catalya needs mental help? It sounds like she has her shit together pretty well, mentally, though she perhaps lives by a different moral code than that to which you are accustomed.
Wow, this has to be the most ignorant person written about in this paper since The Great Sunnyside Window Massacre of October 2008
Good piece, but not surprising to me. It is shockingly easy to trick the state, or buy fake greed cards, ID's, DHS cards etc. This person should be receiving mental help, not that it would prevent this but there are clear issues
"Lewis, it would transpire, had stolen the card."
YUCK EDIT THAT SHIT SON
i wish the world government would drop a chemical from the stratosphere that would sterilize a generation of the population. this would ease so much strife and pollution. eventually we could get back to makin' bacon but why not take a break for awhile?
Interesting article Erik. Thanks for posting! I'm excited for the genre to expand. It's been a life-long favorite, so it's encouraging that we may get -good- movies out of the genre in the next few years.
I also think that while WoW is losing users (1.5m user drop in 2012), those folk are seeking out other fantasy products to scratch that itch. I've ran into a lot of former WoW players in the last 2 years that are relentlessly pursuing gaming, writing and other properties in the Fantasy genre.
I work for a linen company in Wilsonville called LinenTablecloth.com. We sell all the table linens - including chair covers - for way cheaper than renting. We're constantly having sales as well, which makes it even better. You should check out the site at www.linentablecloth.com
Oh, and did I mention that you could just sell them when you're done using them on ebay or craigslist & get at least half of your money back? You can.
Good luck & congratulations on your wedding!
I love that $1 Ninja Turtles-themed cake toppers survived your process of weeding out all things tacky.
I'm getting married in September. When I got engaged, we printed out a list of things that people usually do for weddings, and crossed off everything that sounded tacky. There wasn't much left to fuss with afterwards. I avoided Pinterest like the plague, bought a dress on consignment, and my fiancee managed to find Ninja Turtles-themed cake toppers at a swap meet for a whopping $1 each.
I don't care about the rest of 'em, I just want to have a good time with my nearest and dearest, and I'm pretty sure we can do that without going broke.
Married 17 years. We eloped.
All this crap you are writing about strikes me as obscene and unromantic.
At least you are not making people trek to Hawaii though. That is the complete worst: making people spend their vacation time to bask in the glory of your love.
Suggestion #1: order a gay cake in Gresham. You end up with a free cake.
Suggestion #2: contest time! One lucky Blogtown winner gets invited to Alex's wedding.
I got married last summer and had four months to plan it. Insisted on making my own cake, which turned out great--if there are any home baker brides or grooms to be who'd like to give it a try, The Cake Bible is an excellent resource. I also recommend The Party Place for rentals. They didn't even MENTION crap like chair covers, and they were totally reliable.
I can also highly recommend Catering at Its Best--not only were they friendly and reasonably priced, and did a walkthrough with us and helped us choose what rentals we wanted (with no BS), but the food was awesome and I did not have to manage them or do anything during the wedding--they handled it all. And they made us a gift basket of goodies and wine to have AFTER the ceremony, when we were exhausted and hungry. :)
I am quite disappointed not to be invited to this mid-range cake and naked chairs soiree.
Cake tasting was my favorite part of wedding planning -- I've been married for 23 years this summer and my husband still brings up how much fun that was at least once a year. To be honest, I don't think your problem is actually wedding planning or the wedding industry...I think maybe you just might suck at picking vendors to test drive. Which is OK because it's not a major life skill (plus it gave you some fodder for this article). But you might want to keep that in mind and outsource the vendor research should you ever be put in charge of planning any other parties.
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