My blog contains a large number of posts. A few are included in various other publications, or as attached stories and chronicles in my emails; many more are found on loose leaves, while some are written carelessly in margins and blank spaces of my notebooks. Of the last sort most are nonsense, now often unintelligible even when legible, or half-remembered fragments. Enjoy responsibly.

Monday, May 29, 2006

Entry for May 29, 2006

I haven’t been to one of those warehouse clubs in awhile and I was amazed to see everything that had changed since my last visit. Where there was a once good deal in almost everything is now either cheaper, lower quality versions of good quality merchandise sold elsewhere or stuff sold in such bulk that you fail to realize that it’s the same price as other stores who don’t require such large purchases. The only truly good bargains were milk, gas, and tires. Everything else broke down to the same cost per ounce, serving and article as the same things in smaller packages or quantities at other stores that don’t require a membership and a human-drawn oxcart to buy a box of cereal.

So the question I posed to myself when I was leaving empty handed was, “Did something change or was I just caught up in the ‘it’s bigger therefore it’s better’ hype?”. And of that, I do not know. It is my hope that over the last couple of years the market has adjusted a bit and the prices are now fairly identical across the board. But in all reality, I probably just never did the math. Either way, I will not be returning to any membership based club unless my yearly intake of milk, gas, and tires increases to a level high enough so offset the savings with the $35 yearly membership fee.

Friday, May 19, 2006

Wasn't that commandment an option?

I was reading the news this morning and came across an article about Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice receiving an honorary degree from Jesuit Boston College University this week and that struck me as kind of odd. I mean, here is a school steeped in religious doctrine and they are honoring someone who now holds the position for the continued war and subsequent justification of such war in Iraq.

Now I’m not religious in any way, but I know that "Thou shall not murder" or “לֹא תִרְצַחis probably open to all sorts of interpretation such as, "Sure, but what if we think that they might, maybe one day harm us? Wouldn't even Jesus kill all of them in the name of pre-emptive justice?" I mean, suuuure if you want to get technical about it (like the church) murder and killing people is wrong. But why not shower these people who killed in our name as heroes now that the war has been justified through the finding of Weapons of.... Osama... The connection between al-Qaeda and... ....ok, so there was no real justification to killing all of those people. But still, who the hell wants to admit they were wrong. It's not like Jesus ever taught humility.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Lincoln: "Public opinion in this country is everything"

This morning I am angry on the behalf of the Republicans. I am not a Republican, nor would I gleefully side with today’s average elected Democrat – although I would probably agree with more historical Democrat agenda then the Republicans. That being said, I am very upset on behalf of the voting Republicans. What the fuck happened to the elected Republican leaders values, beliefs and responsibility? The president's approval rating is hovering around 30% and the leaders in the House and Senate are surely not much higher. And here it is at another election year and instead of running on smaller government, fewer taxes/debt, and more states rights they’ve had to drag up loser issues like flag burning and gay marriage, again. This is so insulting that I feel for the Republican voters out there.

Arthur Gordon once said "Some people confuse acceptance with apathy, but there's all the difference in the world. Apathy fails to distinguish between what can and what cannot be helped; acceptance makes that distinction. Apathy paralyzes the will-to-action; acceptance frees it by relieving it of impossible burdens.” This is where I believe that most Republican voters have gone. They’ve learned to accept the fact that their team will stay in charge as long as they also accept the fact that some changes in their core principles will have to evaporate into memory.

What they are left with is a country that has spent more money then ever before, created a climate of ever-weakening states rights, more intrusion from our national government and a slow dissolve of our Checks and Balances. This is not what they believed that they were voting for and this saddens me. It’s one thing to back a candidate knowing that there is no way that they can deliver on all of their campaign promise – but it’s another to back a candidate only to find out that they are going to do the exact opposite of what they said AND to simultaneously realize that this person is your only party option.

So this fall as the average Republican listens to his elected leaders talk about the knowingly dead issues of gay marriage amendments, flag burning and obscenity legislation they will also have to ponder whether or not it’s better to sit this election out in the name of what is best for the country. Because let’s face it, as rare as it is finding a fiscally conservative Republican walking the halls of the House or Senate, it’s equally rare to find one of these representatives that believes that their core isn’t stupid and accepting enough to take their crap election year politics sales pitches – and that is a sad state of affairs for all of us.

Friday, May 12, 2006

Nothing is more Nouveau Riche then a BMW

First of all, a few disclaimers: I understand that we live in a time of plenty in this country. I understand that those generations that came before you worked hard so that you could have the “best” things in life. And yes, I understand that you now want the “best” things in life. Now that that has been said, let’s move on.

Secondly, for those of you that don’t know, Nouveau Riche is a French term, usually derogatory, to describe persons who acquire wealth within their generation, and spend it conspicuously. The implication is that, being of lower- or middle-class origin, these individuals lack the taste to properly use wealth. Frankly, I could care less about your pedigree and overall elegance as long as you can carry yourself in a respectful manner – which very few of our recent generation seem to be able to do.

The warning:

Stop it, just stop it. You aren’t fooling anyone. You are not part of the mega-rich and you are not “old money”. Old money won’t speak to you; old money doesn’t like you. To them, you are nothing more then a snotnosed little brat with a maxed out credit card and no class. The only time Prada, BMW, Gucci, Rolex… will bring you respect is when you are dealing with another Nouveau Riche child. And yes, I’m talking to you.

But I digress to explain.

Old money has been here for a long time and is very comfortable in its daily rituals. It doesn’t feel the need to flash “bling”. It knows that it has money and doesn’t aim to buy the “best” of everything. Instead, it buys what it likes and doesn’t think another thing of it. It’s only the Nouveau Riche who would ever seek out that which someone else has deemed the “best” as the actual “best” and flaunt in lieu of class. What you buy, wear, travel in and display does not make you cool or add in any meaningful way to your level of standing in society. So when you try to act rich your lack of urbanity shines through and you appear, to everyone who is not your lesser, as someone who has a little bit of money and spends it on shiny things to amuse their little mind.

And now I’ll regress.

My parents did a wonderful job of instilling a sense of self-pride and refinement in me at a very young age. I value respect, civility and real substance over impressing you. I do not feel the need to buy things to increase my standing or pretend that I was not born into a different class then I was. And for that I thank them and hope that your own children see through your parade of distractions to the substance and class that still lurk down deep in your soul.

Tuesday, May 09, 2006

So the shit has hit the fan, and I'm glad

Alright, so Kela has finally received her marching orders and they are sending us Saginaw, Michigan for 76 months for her clinical rotations. The good news is that we now have a plan; the bad news is that the plan sucks. We now have 12 weeks to work our asses off in the Atlanta
area and raise $14,000 so that we can relocated across the country (again) to complete Kela's medical education. So from here on out I will be working as many hours as possible as a prostitute, day laborer and indentured servant. Kela will be back (again) at her Grandfather's doctors office shlepping in the
same job that she did in high school. Those of you willing to donate to the 'Pay For Kela's School Fund'; can send money through PayPal:

Sunday, May 07, 2006

Two roads diverged in a yellow wood

“Remember what Bilbo used to say: It's a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don't keep your feet, there's no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

I’ve come to the conclusion, during the course of my short life, that he who dares nothing, need hope for nothing. I see my path, but I don't know where it leads. Not knowing where I'm going is what inspires me to travel it. And now that paths lie ahead of me in directions of varying adventures I see only the future in each bearing. I have the same fears, concerns and worries as always accompanies any first step – but a nervous need for adventure and success that will not let me pause. It is on new paths where you learn who you are and where you are heading. I can only hope that this next path reveals enough to keep my feet beneath me. Now is the time to plan, pack and progress – movement is afoot.

Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Entry for May 03, 2006

Boredom is an insult to the imagination.