Anniston / Oxford, The Problems Needs To Come To A End


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Anniston, Anniston, Anniston, why do you keep shooting yourself in the foot?  Since city officials including the mayor Vaughn Stewart and the city council knows me, because I endorsed them when they ran, I am going to talk about some problems.  I hope you listen, because seeing Anniston being rundown is getting old, and embarrassing!  Before I get started, I invite you to read my presentation called “How To Turn The Anniston / Oxford Area Around.”  I also invite you to see my “The Problems In East / Northeast Alabama” infographic.  It should not take a genius to figure out that Anniston / Oxford is in deep trouble.

Anniston, I have been documenting troubles in this town for a while now.  Since I have been unemployed for over three years, and have been rejected over 1,200 times.  I feel like I have document the troubles in this metro area, because I know there are other people who have been unemployed for a long time in this area too.  And me and many other people are getting tired of seeing this metro area being one of the worst in America, it should not be like this!

For example, I have been documenting stray dogs running around in the area.  And for a metro area this size, there should be animal control!

And I have also been documenting the multiple small businesses in Anniston and Oxford that have closed down.  It is unacceptable to see this many businesses close down, and it’s not all Obama’s fault.

I have also been documenting the road problems in Anniston.  From broken sensors at traffic lights that has taken two years to get fixed.  To one of the worst re-paint jobs on a local city street.  People perceive that Anniston and Oxford are lazy.  So if we are lazy, who would want to move here?

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I even parodied the problems in Anniston / Oxford with my parody music video called “Kryptonite Is My Weakness.”  Take a look!

So my question to people who lead in Anniston, Oxford, Calhoun County, and other places in this area, is this?  Why are we one of the worst metro areas in America?  Why do we have one of the worst unemployment rates in America?  Why do we have a sizable homeless population who have given up hope?  Why are businesses closing down left and right?  And why are businesses avoiding this area and instead going to Birmingham and Atlanta?  We have seen multiple businesses from Atlanta or Birmingham skip this area, and go further down the road.

And while Anniston is cutting back and laying off some people, why is the city hiring just two people, who makes more than most city employees?  Just this week, they announced a new policy where employees can not talk to the media like me, without first talking to a city head?  This sounds like the city is trying to hide something?  I know the public information officer who was hired by the city says it is something different.  But if the general public can talk to any city employee about anything, but has to keep quiet to people who work at the Anniston Star, TV 24, Geek Alabama, and other media places, I feel like this is censorship, and many other people agree with me.

I feel like Anniston, Oxford, Calhoun County, and other cities, needs to quit the backroom deals, quit the arguing, quit the laziness, quit the “good ole boy” system, and get up and do something!  Jobs and economic growth is not going to just come to you, you need to get out there and recruit, which takes money.  Here’s an idea, how about you abandon plans to spend money adding bike lanes, and instead take that money to go out and recruit, that would be a great move!

Mostly all places here in Anniston from the local TV station, small businesses, organizations, and other places, continues to want me to help them out, promote their business or events, or do something good for them, without getting any pay.  In most other places in America, I would have gotten some payment to pay for gas and other expenses.  But some people here in Anniston / Oxford wants to be lazy.  Here is something to consider, the only type of business doing well in this area is the car dealerships.  Most of the commercials on radio and TV, plus the online ads you see in the Anniston Star, are mostly car ads.  If the car dealerships were not attracting people from Atlanta and Birmingham, every TV and radio station would be greatly reduced!

It sounds like the only move left for me is to leave Anniston and Calhoun County for good.  Many folks from people who follow me on social media, fellow bloggers, and others have told me that I need to leave.  In fact, I have more supporters in Atlanta and Birmingham, than what I have in Anniston / Oxford.  I have been stabbed in the back too many times from people here in Anniston / Oxford, it may be time to ride into the sunset.  But I will not leave until I find something, that is for sure.  I did the move out into a better economy before, only to get burned.  So, the people who say I need to move to North Dakota, it won’t happen until I land a job, and a place to live.  Thanks for reading this Friday night rant, peace!

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Sunday Discussion: Reflections On Nathan Young’s 28th Birthday


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This is the 3,367th post on Geek Alabama, and I have put a lot of pride in every Geek Alabama post I have written.  I have written thousands of posts, taken thousands of pictures, and taken hundreds of videos.  And now, I walk several miles around each day to go to a wi-fi source like a library.  While walking, I have to dodge some drivers who yell cuss words at me, honk their car horns, and even swerve towards me.  This sounds like a not so glamorous life, but let me explain.

Since getting fired from my last job in July 2011, I decided to try something different, and this blog was born.  While writing, I have also been searching for a career, and while I talk about my job search and life struggles.  I have somehow made some people question my decisions and wonder why I am still integrated into mainstream society and not placed into a place where different people go, like a group home. To those people who think I should be placed into a program for people who are severely disabled, you need to get a different outlook on life.  If I was severely disabled, I would not be able to take video of high school events.

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Or take footage of severe weather events.

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Or get to interview Kid President, that was a great thing I did!

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You see, even though I am disabled.  Somehow, some people think they can take advantage of people who don’t deserve to make a living, because they are disabled.  I helped a local TV station in East Alabama set up their social media, without pay.  I took pictures of some events in Anniston, and they said they would pay me, but they never did.  I replied to people who wanted me to review or talk about their things, not to be contacted back.  And the bad hits keep on coming.  My gut feeling says part of the problem is the area where I live at.  And in Anniston/Oxford, the economy is super bad, like South Park bad!

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For example, I have told several people via e-mails, social media, and in person to not open a small business in Calhoun County.  Because the success rate for a new small business in Calhoun County is almost at 0%.  Over the past few years, many new small businesses have opened, then closed down a few months later.  And yes, to send a message to leaders in this county, I often talk about small businesses that have closed down in this county.

If you need a another example about how lazy people can be in Calhoun County, I look at the local streets and roads, which the local governments have to maintain.  Here is Coleman Road, which is maintained by both Oxford and Anniston.  On the Oxford side, the city is lazy for not painting road lines where they are needed.  This is a problem on many streets in Oxford.

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And in Anniston, they repaint the lines on the road, but they are very lazy in the way they repaint the road with crooked lines and bad paint quality.

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And now with the declining populations and tax money, the city of Anniston is about to eliminate more city positions, but it did not stop them from hiring someone who claims to bring in jobs and retail, in my words, good luck with that!  If the city and county is too broke to provide animal services and pick up stray dogs that are roaming around the apartment complex where I live, the city should not have hired someone who claims to bring “economic development.”  And yes, I have taken to social media to highlight the stray animal problem in this town too.

And then I want to talk about how people who lead in Calhoun County are trying to bring the county back, by promoting eco-tourism?  Like that is going to work.  So, the city of Anniston is about to cut a big number of jobs, while spending money painting bike lanes onto the streets?  And other organizations like the chamber is putting out commercials promoting things not in Calhoun County like the Talladega Superspeedway.  Hey, money spent at Talladega benefits Talladega County, not Calhoun County.

And the icing on the cake is when I made this presentation called How To Turn The Anniston / Oxford Area Around.  Yeah, many people who run things in this country did not like me calling them out about why this area is one of the worst economies in the United States, I call this a badge of honor on my part!

So, what is my next move while I am finishing this article in the middle of the night behind a laundry mat so I can use the free wi-fi and not be noticed?  I don’t know!  You see, I know that what I do right now, write on my own website, will not make me hardly any money.  I do get some money from the ads you see on this site every few months, but that is it.  I have been criss-crossing across Alabama and the southeast trying to find a job career.  I have been to many job fairs, and have hundreds of copies of my resume in my apartment.  I have also filled out just about every online job application you can find, with nothing to show for it but rejection e-mails and phone calls.  In fact, I am up to my 1,215th job rejection, and yes I do keep track of it at home.

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Some people have criticized me for being mostly negative, and I am sorry if I make your day not so good when I post something negative on this website or on my social media pages.  When mostly everyone you contact rejects you on things ranging from my disability, the way I act, my job history, what I cover, my size, or anything else, you are going to have a negative attitude.  When you were just about to land a volunteer opportunity in Birmingham to work with kids, but got turned down at the last minute, you are going to feel let down.  When a job offer comes through and you think you will be hired, then they call you back telling you not to come, you are going to feel let down.  When people call the police on you because you are walking on the side of the road, you are going to feel let down.  When people at the apartment complex you live at spy on you because you are different, you are going to feel let down, and I could repeat this over and over again, this is not funemployment!

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Face the facts, if you were in my shoes currently, you are going to feel depressed.  If you were in my shoes, you would feel some no positive emotions and mostly think about negative thoughts.  I know, I have seen the stories and social media posts telling you that you need to “think positive.”  But when you are rejected time and time again, all of your positive thoughts will sail like on the Titantic, when you look forward to seeing your positive thoughts hit that iceberg and sink into the ocean.  I would like to make my comparison to someone famous who just passed away.

As you know, Robin Williams committed suicide right around my birthday.  He battled depression and other issues throughout his life, and sadly he could not overcome his emotions.  We will never know what caused Robin Williams to take his own life, but I bet you something bad happened and he thought there was nothing he could do.  When people are rejected time and time again from everything from job rejections, volunteer rejections, love life rejections, and anything else, that person who was rejected will probably do something not so good.

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Some people rejected might commit suicide, some people rejected might commit a crime and go to jail, some people rejected might turn to drugs or alcohol, and yes, some people rejected might give up hope in America and travel to join terrorist groups, like ISIS.  People who are rejected from society time and time again will eventually do something to try to turn around their luck, and quit hitting all the Whammies like on Press Your Luck.  Since I draw some cool road drawings, let me show you a visual example.  Imagine if this is a go-kart track, and while everyone else gets to keep riding the cool track, you have to go to the corral and get out of the go-kart and feel depressed while you sit on the sidelines while everyone else is enjoying the go-karts.  This has been my situation for the past three years.

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Other people have said to me time and time again that God has a plan for you, and when someone says that, I think to myself “it won’t happen”, or I would not be unemployed for three years now with some people in the area thinking I am a weirdo who should be placed into a group home.  Yeah, one person on social media thinks I should go to a group home, and that no one will hire me on their team because of me having high functioning autism.  Let’s get this straight, yes I have Asperger’s Syndrome, and there are other people with the same disability who are in a great life with a good career and family life.  In my opinion, I think the people in Alabama who thinks people who are different and needs to be away from mainstream society; needs to get the real facts and change their opinions.  In other words, grow up!

I want to feature this piece of paper which is important in my life.  This paper is a test where you pick your favorite colors to reveal your best career field.  Guess what is the top career field, creative!  I guess it makes sense since I am one of the top bloggers/media people in Alabama and America, who is also unemployed.  I am friends with many other bloggers and writers, and I often have new bloggers or writers get some advice from me!  I find it weird that I am this popular, but remain in the unemployment line.  Other people I know have gotten jobs at a TV station, newspaper, or website, and have less experience than me, this does not make any sense!

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For now, I will continue to write, take photos, take videos, review things, and do interviews.  Even if some folks in Alabama and other places thinks all weirdos should be locked away and separated from mainstream society.  And I will continue to job search, and keep growing the job rejection number I keep in my apartment.  So, for the 3,368th time, I am embedding my visual resume with close to 10,000 views now.

And here is my two visual resume infographics.

Every night when I go to bed, I think about what it would be like with a career and income so I can talk about the people who are doing great things in Alabama and the southeast, interview the people with great things coming up, take awesome photos and videos of events, review new small businesses, and much much more!  I wish people here in Alabama and the southeast were more tolerant to people who are different, and would not spy on or call the police on people who are different.  Yes, I do think Asperger’s Syndrome and Autism is facing a PR nightmare, because some people think they are not real disabilities.  But for me, my Asperger’s makes me who I am, and you can not force me to change, end of story!  I can do something, but I need someone to give me that shot!

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If you want to contact me via e-mail, do it at: NathanYoung@GeekAlabama.com

Learn more about why you should hire Nathan Young at: http://geekalabama.com/hire-nathan/

The Problem With Stray Dogs In Anniston Alabama


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I want to bring attention to you a problem in Anniston and the Golden Springs neighborhood.  You see, there are stray dogs roaming around in the area.  In the area where I live, I have seen around 10 dogs roaming around the area.  Most of the dogs are adult dogs, but I have seen a few younger dogs and puppies as well.  Here is a video from me recording two of these dogs.

So the question is this, why is the city of Anniston or Calhoun County not doing the right thing and sending animal control to try and pick up these dogs?  These dogs are staying in nearby abandoned buildings or in the nearby woods.  And every night, some of these dogs stay in the field next to the apartment complex and bark whenever someone comes out from their apartment.

At least some people actually cares about these dogs.  The owner of Sneaky Pete’s across the street from the apartment complex feeds these dogs with some dog food.  You can see the bowls of dog food in the field in front of the business.  And some people in the apartment complex or the businesses have left water and food for the dogs as well.  I am glad to see caring people like me trying to keep these dogs watered and fed in the hot Summer heat.

But these dogs are also roaming around and crossing Greenbrier Dear Road often, sometimes in front of the busy traffic.  I am surprised a dog has not been hit and killed yet.  Seeing these dogs roaming around and surviving is something you should NEVER see, especially in a big city like Anniston.  I know the city or the county does have animal control, which every city as big as Anniston should have, the question is this?  When is animal control coming out to capture these dogs and take them to the shelter where they will be safe?

Or is the city of Anniston and Calhoun County too poor to have animal control?  Yes, some people in Alabama actually do not care about their pets or animals, and I caught this at a Wal-Mart parking lot where a dog was tied up to a cart corral and standing on the hot sidewalk in 90 degree heat, shameful!

Since I do not expect to see animal control coming out to get these dogs anytime soon, I had to apologize to this poor dog, who will have to continue to defend for himself since the city of Anniston is too poor.  And yes, the city is about to conduct some major budget cuts and layoffs, wonderful!

Woodstock 5K 2014 In Anniston


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On Saturday, many people turned out for the Woodstock 5K and Kidstock 1 Mile races in Anniston.  Below are pictures and video taken by me at the event, enjoy!

Weekend Planning: Woodstock 5K / UCP Telethon 2014


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This weekend in Anniston is very big!  First off, the 2014 Woodstock 5K takes place in Anniston early Saturday morning.  The 34th annual Woodstock 5K and Kidstock 1 mile run will feature over 1000 runners running throughout the streets and historic neighborhoods in East Anniston.  This year they are proud to host the Road Runners Club of America’s Southern Region 5K Championship. Woodstock is a challenging 5K with world class start/finish lines, their famous up the hill finish on Woodstock Avenue and then a great after-race celebration with food, live music, fellowship, and vendors, in front of Anniston High School.  Learn more about the Woodstock 5K at: http://www.annistonrunners.com/woodstock5k/  Enjoy a video from the 2013 edition!

Also this weekend is the 2014 UCP Telethon!  The 56th Annual UCP Telethon will be held on Saturday, August 2nd, from 6 pm – 10 pm, and Sunday, August 3rd, from noon – 6 pm at the Anniston Meeting Center.  Don’t miss all the fun and excitement! Join them at the meeting center for their annual silent auction with some fabulous items to be auctioned. Also, they will have some great talent on-stage and great food from local restaurants at the concession stand. If you are looking for family fun and entertainment, this event is for you. The great thing about it is, all proceeds from this event will help sponsor therapeutic services and programs for children and adults with developmental disabilities in the community!

Watch the livestream of the 2014 telethon, and learn more about the UCP of East Alabama at: http://www.ecaucp.org/