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(Edit note - Although my dad's face looks yellowish in this picture, it turns out that the digital still camera I am using apparently has "gone yellow" a couple of times when it is first turned on. It was also the afternoon when I took that picture and the light coming in was bouncing off of some creme colored blinds. In other words, my dads actual skin tone still looked "normal" to my eye when I took that picture but the picture shows up as yellowish on his face.)
My Chase Bank Protest, Day-8, was spent watching over my ill father who is under home hospice care. I could not leave him today, even under the care of anyone else, because he has a persistent hiccup and he is not able to down any liquids. When I protest, my dad is waiting for me to come home and be with him for the few days he has left.
My Dad has been a tough man his whole life. Friendly, but with his own earnest set of beliefs. One of my Dad's beliefs has been, "Keep your word". In this past year, many people didn't keep their word to my Dad. The local dentist who never made his top denture right and then tried to charge another 500 dollar lab fee.
The dental Insurance program for seniors in California is another example of how seniors are ripped off by offering such an attractive plan, that the dentists will upsell seniors with unnecessary work, or not do the work at all.
Even Rite Aid doesn't honor their 20% off first Tuesday of the month for seniors at all of their stores. I witnessed all of this disrespecting of my dad as I took him and my mother to all of their appointments and their store visits as well.
But before this past year, my dad lived a very full life. Even after he retired my dad had his victory garden that he started while still working, and then flourished the garden even more when he retired. Dad would send dried figs to our relatives in other states (and his dried figs are delicacies).
One year mom and dad grew ample tomatoes from our own California backyard so that we could can and have tomato sauce all year long. Orange trees that gave enough for orange juice for most of the year. Artichokes, Swiss Chard, lettuce, Fava Beans, cucumbers, eggplant, all of this on less than a 1/5th of an acre, did I mention the lemon, grapefruit, tangerine, parsimmons, and even Chedro grafted onto an existing lemon tree. A nirvana of fruit trees all on a 1/5th of an acre.
There are tens of thousands of stories turned tragedy because of what the credit card companies are doing. How many of them will actually be told by the media?
Chase Banks arrogance in thinking they can unilaterally change terms while giving their customers no choice motivates me to stop them before they infect other corporate giants into thinking they too can be way above the law. My Dad's prostate cancer has taken over his body, meanwhile Chase's banking actions are taking over the lives of hundreds of thousands of people, stealing their time as they try and pay Chase money that Chase does not need, and money that they are illegally demanding.
Every day I have to choose, do I apportion some of my precious time spent with my father towards my Chase Protest, or do I not protest, not even for an hour a day, so that I can be with my father all of his remaining time.
Thanks Chase, thanks for being every bit as evil as the cancer that runs through my dads body.
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