Wednesday, August 31, 2005

NOT A BIG EASY SOLUTION .

IF YOU HAVE NOT READ MY PREVIOUS POST, DO SO NOW . THIS IS A CONTINUATION.


LIKE MOST PEOPLE, THE PEOPLE OF NEW ORLEANS HAVE GREAT PRIDE IN THEIR CITY. A VERY OLD CITY RICH WITH HISTORY AND CULTURE . THIS DEEP AFFECTION FOR THEIR HOME, COUPLED WITH MAN'S (AT LEAST AMERICA'S) NOT TO BE BEAT ATTITUDE IS GOING TO MAKE MY SOLUTION AT FIRST SEEM CRAZY. IT DID TO ME BUT THE MORE I THOUGHT ABOUT IT THE MORE SENSE IT MADE.

THERE IS ONLY ONE WAY TO INSURE THAT THIS NEVER HAPPENS AGAIN. DO NOT REBUILD NEW ORLEANS OR AT LEAST NOT ENTIRELY. THERE ARE TWO AREAS IN NEW ORLEANS THAT ARE VITAL TO OUR NATION . WE SHOULD NOT SPEND BILLIONS OF DOLLARS TO HALF WAY SECURE THE ENTIRE CITY WITH BETTER LEVEES. THE MONEY SHOULD BE SPENT TO PROTECT THE PORT OF NEW ORLEANS AND THE TERMINALS THAT RECEIVE THE OIL AND GAS FROM THE GULF.

THE HARDEST STEP TO THIS SOLUTION IS TAKING PLACE RIGHT NOW. THE CITY IS BEING EVACUATED. MANY PEOPLE WILL SIMPLY NOT RETURN. THEY WILL FIND NEW LIVES ON HIGHER GROUND. THOSE THAT WANT TO RETURN WILL BE FORCED TO STAY OUT FOR A VERY LONG TIME . THESE TWO FACTORS WILL MAKE THIS IDEA MORE ACCEPTABLE AND THUS MORE DOABLE.

THE REST OF THE AREA ,AFTER EVERYTHING ELSE IS DEMOLISHED AND ALL REUSABLE MATERIAL SAVED CAN PARTIALLY BE RECLAIMED BY NATURE CREATING A LARGE WILDLIFE HABITAT AS WELL AS A BUFFER ZONE TO HELP PROTECT AGAINST FUTURE STORMS . I BELIEVE A NEW ENTERTAINMENT DISTRICT COULD BE ESTABLISHED. THOSE WANTING TO OWN AND OPERATE SUCH BUSINESSES SHOULD DO IT AT THEIR OWN RISK. NO FEDERAL MONEY TO REBUILD THEM IN THE FUTURE!!
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NEW RESIDENTIAL AREAS COULD BE BUILT NORTH TOWARDS THE AIRPORT AWAY FROM THE LAKE ON HIGHER GROUND. CONSTRUCTION FROM SCRATCH COULD BE DONE MORE EFFICIENTLY WITH BETTER END RESULTS THAN TRYING TO REPAIR EVERYTHING IN THE CITY.

WE HAVE MOVED TOWNS BEFORE. MANY SMALL TOWNS WERE MOVED AFTER THE MASSIVE MISSISSIPPI RIVER FLOODS TWENTY YEARS AGO. I KNOW THIS WOULD BE ON A MUCH LARGER SCALE BUT POSSIBLE. REMEMBER, IF NEW ORLEANS DID NOT ALREADY EXIST NO ONE WOULD ALLOW IT TO BE BUILT NOW.

OF COURSE IT WILL BE REBUILT, AND YOU KNOW THE REST OF THE STORY.

MOTHER NATURE ONE, MAN ZERO

LIKE MANY, I'VE WATCHED THE TRAGEDY UNFOLD ALONG THE GULF COAST. IT'S HARD TO IMAGINE WHAT THE CONDITIONS MUST BE LIKE AND HOW ALL THOSE PEOPLE ARE FEELING ABOUT THIS DISASTER. ALL OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS SHOULD GO TO THESE PEOPLE AS OUR NATION COMES TO THEIR AIDE.

IN AN EARLIER BLOG ENTITLED"GLOBAL KILLER" I STATED THAT "IT'S NOT IF A LARGE OBJECT FROM SPACE WILL STRIKE THE EARTH BUT WHEN WILL IT HAPPEN.
WE ARE WITNESSING ANOTHER EVENT THAT EVERYBODY KNEW WOULD HAPPEN WE JUST DIDN'T KNOW WHEN. NEW ORLEANS A LARGE METRO AREA TWELVE TO TWENTY FIVE FEET BELOW SEA LEVEL ON THE COAST BETWEEN THE LAKE AND THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER ALL HELD BACK BY MAN MADE LEVEE'S IN THE CENTER OF THE MOST HURRICANE PRONE AREA ON THE PLANET. WHAT WAS MAN THINKING??

AS SOON AS WATER STOPS RISING MAN WILL EMBARK ON ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF IT'S ARROGANCE. THE CITY WILL BE DRAINED, ALL THE DEBRIS WILL BE SHOVELED UP, ROADS, HOUSES, SCHOOLS, WALLMARTS ETC.. WILL BE REBUILT AND WE WILL ALLOW THE CITIZENS AND TOURIST TO REENTER THIS MAN MADE DEATH TRAP,
BIG CELEBRATIONS WILL FOLLOW. CAN YOU IMAGINE THE FIRST POST KATRINA MAUDI GRAS.

THEN ONE DAY A LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL QUIETLY MOVE OFF THE WESTERN COAST OF CENTRAL AFRICA. THE WEATHER CHANNEL WILL MAKE MENTION AND SAY " WE WILL KEEP AN EYE ON THIS". THE STORM WILL MOVE SLOWLY ACROSS THE ATLANTIC AND GAIN STRENGTH AS IT ENCOUNTERS THE WARM WATERS OF THE EASTERN CARIBBEAN. BY THIS TIME IT WILL BE A MINIMAL HURRICANE , IT WILL ENTER THE GULF OF MEXICO WITH IT'S REAL WARM WATERS. THE STORM WILL QUICKLY BUILD AND WITHOUT TOO MUCH WARNING WILL TAKE A RIGHT TURN AND HEAD DIRECTLY FOR THE NEW BIG EASY. BUT UNLIKE KATRINA WHO SLIGHTLY MOVED EAST AT THE LAST SECOND THIS STORM WILL MAKE A DIRECT HIT MAKING THE CURRENT SITUATION SEEM MILD.

TENS OF THOUSANDS , IF NOT, HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS DEAD , ALL DROWNED IN A BOWL WHILE THE REST OF US WATCH ON CNN.

STAY TUNED MY RADICAL SOLUTION WILL SOON FOLLOW.

Saturday, August 27, 2005

BORDERING ON INSANITY

WITH THE EXCEPTION OF SOME CANDLE OR LANTERN LIT WINDOWS AND LARGER BUILDINGS POWERED BY THEIR OWN GENERATORS JOHN STARED MOSTLY OUT INTO DARKNESS. THE BLACKOUTS HAD BECOME MORE FREQUENT, ESPECIALLY WHEN IT WAS HOT AND THIS HAD BEEN A VERY HOT SUMMER.

FORTUNATELY, TONIGHT THERE WAS A COOL BREEZE WHICH MADE THE LACK OF POWER AT LEAST TOLERABLE. AS HE SAT BY THE LARGE OPEN WINDOWS HE REMEMBERED THE FIRST TIME HE SAW THAT INCREDIBLE VIEW. IT WAS THAT VIEW THAT SOLD HIM ON THE HOUSE , AND HE HAD CALLED IT HOME FOR THE LAST TWENTY YEARS.

IT WAS THE SUMMER OF 2005 AND JOHN, A SUCCESSFUL SOFTWARE DESIGNER, WAS ABOUT TO REALIZE A LIFE LONG DREAM. HE WAS PURCHASING A HOUSE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS. BECAUSE THE HOME WAS BEING SHOWN AND SOLD BY THE OWNER HE HAD TO SUBDUE HIS EXCITEMENT WHEN HE LOOKED OUT THOSE WINDOWS. HE KNEW THIS WAS THE ONE BUT HE WANTED THE BEST PRICE. AFTER A WEEK OR SO OF NEGOTIATING THE DEAL WAS DONE AND EXACTLY SIX WEEKS LATER HE SPENT HIS FIRST NIGHT IN HIS NEW HOME. JOHN SPENT THAT HIGHT MOSTLY GAZING OUT THOSE WINDOWS AT THE WORLD BELOW. TEN'S OF THOUSANDS OF LIGHTS, HOUSE LIGHTS STREET LIGHTS, HEAD LIGHTS ALL TWINKLING AS IF HE WERE GAZING UPINTO TO THE STAR FILLED NIGHT.

AS QUICKLY AS HE HAD BEGUN TO REMEMBER THE PAST HIS MIND REFOCUSED ON HIS PRESENT SITUATION, JOHN WAS FORTUNATE,HE HAD MADE A GREAT LIVING BETWEEN 2000 AND 2015 AND HE HAD BEEN WISE WITH HIS MONEY AND BECAUSE OF THIS HE ENJOYED A BETTER THAN AVERAGE LIFE STYLE. BUT LIFE IN 2025 CALIFORNIA WAS CHALLENGING AND GETTING HARDER EVERYDAY.

OVER THE PAST TWENTY YEARS THE POPULATION OF CALIFORNIA , ESPECIALLY THE LARGE URBAN AREAS, HAD GROW TREMENDOUSLY. LOS ANGELES, A METROPOLITAN AREA OF TEN MILLION IN 2005 HAD SWOLLEN TO AN OUT OF CONTROLL CITY OF TWENTY MILLION. THIS PROBLEM WAS NOT CONFINED TO JUST CALIFORNIA. MAJOR METRO AREAS ALL OVER WERE EXPERIENCING THE SAME KIND OF PROBLEMS.

THE ENORMOUS POPULATION GROWTH COMPLETELY OVERWHELMED EVEN THE BEST RUN LOCAL GOVERNMENTS. CITIES AND TOWNS TURNED TO THE GOVENORS AND THE GOVERNORS TURNED TOWARD THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, BUT DECADES OF POLITITIANS UNWILLINGNESS TO ADDRESS A GROWING PROBLEM ALMOST MADE THE TASK NOW IMPOSSIBLE. THOUSANDS UPON THOUSANDS OF IMMIGRANTS HAD BEEN STREAMING ACROSS OUR BORDERS FOR DECADES FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD. THE VAST MAJORITY FROM MEXICO AND POINTS SOUTH ALL TRYING TO FLEE THE CORRUPT MILITARY DICTATORSHIPS THAT MANY CENTRAL AND SOUTH AMERICAN COUNTRIES HAD BECOME. THE WAVES OF NEW ARRIVALS CREATED MORE DEMAND OF EVERYTHING. MORE PEOPLE MEANT MORE HOUSING, MORE SCHOOLS, MORE FOOD, MORE WATER, MORE CRIME, MORE EVERYTHING AND TONIGHT MORE ELECTRICITY.

SO ON THIS HOT SUMMER NIGHT IN CALIFORNIA IN 2025 JOHN QUIETLY SAT LOOKING OUT THOSE WINDOWS WONDERING WHEN THE SECURITY AND COMFORT THAT ELECTRICITY PROVIDED WOULD RETURN.

SOUNDS LIKE THE START OF A BOOK. MAYBE A FICTION OR SC-FI THRILLER....... OR PERHAPS JUST A GLIMPSE OF OUR FUTURE.


I AM TAKING A STANCE THAT MANY PEOPLE WILL FIND OFFENSIVE BUT A STANCE THAT I BELIEVE MUST BE TAKEN. LIKE MANY PROBLEMS THAT HAS FACED AMERICA BEFORE , IMIGRATION AND IT'S EFFECTS MUST BE REAVALUATED.


I KNOW THIS STANCE IS NOT POPULAR AND I COULD EASILY BE BRANDED A RACIST OR CHARACTERIZED AS SOMEONE WITH LITTLE COMPASSION FOR THOSE LESS FORTUNATE THAN ME. REGARDLESS OF YOUR CONCLUSIONS ABOUT THIS BLOG OR IT'S CREATOR I WANT TO PUT FORTH SOME THOUGHTS AND IDEAS FOR IT'S READERS TO EXAMINE.

I BELIEVE THE ABOVE STORY IS INEVITABLE UNLESS WE START TO BRING SANITY TO OUR BORDERS.

WHEN THE FIRST IMMIGRANTS BEGAN ARRIVING SEVERAL HUNDRED YEARS AGO THEY FOUND THE STORIES THE EARLIER EXPLORERS HAD TOLD TO BE TRUE. THIS NEW LAND WAS NOT ONLY BEAUTIFUL BUT SEEMED TO BE RICH IN RESOURCES. THESE EARLY AMERICANA MUST HAVE DONE A GOOD JOB IN DESCRIBING THIS NEW PLACE BECAUSE WITHOUT THE USE OF CAMERAS OR COMPUTERS THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE RISKED THEIR LIVES TRAVELING ACROSS THE OCEAN TO GET HERE. WHAT STARTED OUT AS SMALL COLONIES OF PEOPLE QUICKLY GREW INTO A FLOOD OF PEOPLE ALL EAGER TO MAKE AMERICA THEIR NEW HOME.

AS THE POPULATION GREW SO DID THE DEMANDS FOR MATERIALS TO BUILD THE HOUSES,CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS NECESSARY TO ACCOMMODATE ALL THE NEW ARRIVALS. WITHOUT MUCH THOUGHT VAST AREAS OF FORREST WERE CLEAR CUT TO PROVIDE THE LUMBER . NO ONE LOOKED TOO MUCH TOWARD THE FUTURE AFTER ALL THERE WAS SO MANY TREES. THEY BELIEVED THEY WOULD NEVER RUN OUT. AT THE SAME TIME WASTE ,BOTH HUMAN AND EARLY INDUSTRIAL,WERE SIMPLY DUMPED INTO RIVERS AND STREAMS QUICKLY SPOILING WATER SUPPLIES FOR THE NEW LARGE TOWNS OF THE NORTHEAST.

THESE PROBLEMS COULD NOT BE IGNORED FOREVER AND LAWS WERE PASSED TO INSURE THE FUTURE OF TIMBER AND CLEAN WATER. AMERICAS HISTORY IS FULL OF EXAMPLES OF HOW WE HAVE HAD TO REEXAMINE THINGS WE ONCE TOOK FOR GRANTED OR SIMPLY GAVE LITTLE THOUGHT.

LIKE MANY TIMES BEFORE, OUR NATION FACES ANOTHER GREAT PROBLEM THAT LEFT UNADDRESSED COULD RUIN OUR FUTURE....ENERGY. TO CONTINUE , WE MUST FIND ALTERNATIVES AND PRACTICE REAL CONSERVATION. THIS IS NOT SOMTHING WE CAN SIMPLY DEBATE.

JUST LIKE THE USE OF TIMBER,WATER OR FUEL WE MUST COME TO THE REALIZATION THAT WE CAN NOT HAVE UNLIMITED GROWTH OF PEOPLE. I BELIEVE EVEN THOSE THAT WILL DISAGREE WITH ME MUST ADMIT WE CAN'T TAKE IN EVERYBODY .

AMERICA ,WITH ALL IT'S FAULTS AND MISTAKES STILL REMAINS THE WORLD LEADER IN GIVING. WE FEED AND PROVIDE MORE MEDICAL HELP THAN ALL OTHER NATIONS. IN ORDER FOR THIS HUGE DONATION PIPELINE TO STAY RUNNING AMERICA MUST REMAIN STRONG AND VIBRANT. WE WILL NOT BE ABLE TO HELP THE POOR NATIONS OF THE WORLD IF WE TOO BECOME POOR.

I DON'T PRETEND TO HAVE THE ANSWERS TO THIS COMPLEX PROBLEM, BUT IT MAKES SINCE TO ME THAT WE NEED GET SERIOUS AND STOP THE FLOOD OF UNCONTROLLED ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION WHILE WE COME UP WITH LONG TERM SOLUTIONS.

AMERICA WAS BUILT FROM IMMIGRANTS . ALL OF OUR ANSCESTORS BROUGHT THEIR UNIQUE LIFE AND CULTURAL HERITAGE AND BLENDED IT TOGETHER WITH OTHERS TO FORM THIS GREAT NATION. AMERICA HAS MUCH TO OFFER AND I HOPE WE WILL CONTINUE TO GROW AS A PEOPLE MADE UP OF PEOPLE FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD.

Friday, August 19, 2005

GOING! GOING! GONE!!!!!!!!!

WELL IT'S THE MIDDLE OF AUGUST, IT'S HOT, IT'S HUMID, SCHOOL ZONES ARE REACTIVATED, JERRY JONES IS TALKING ABOUT SOCKS AND JOCKS AND THE TEXAS RANGERS CHANCES OF HAVING A WINNING SEASON HAVE FADED FASTER THAN ASHLEY SIMPSON'S CAREER.

I'M A SPORTS FAN (NOT A NUT) WHO HAS BEEN WATCHING THE RANGERS EVER SINCE THEY ARRIVED FROM WASHINGTON THIRTY THREE YEARS AGO. WHEN THEY FIRST ARRIVED EXPECTATIONS WERE NOT VERY HIGH . THE RANGERS WERE ESTABLISHED WHEN THE WASHINGTON SENATORS FOLDED AND RELOCATED IN TEXAS. MOST REASONABLE FANS FIGURED IT WOULD TAKE SEVERAL YEARS TO REBUILD AND BECOME A CONTENDER. THE THIRTY THIRD YEAR OF WAITING IS ABOUT OVER AS THIS SEASON QUICKLY COMES TO AN END.
INSTEAD OF WINNING OR PROVIDING MY SOLUTIONS TO THEIR FAILURE I THOUGHT I WOULD EXAMINE WHY SO MANY PEOPLE LIKE ME, STILL REMAIN LOYAL FANS.

1. BASEBALL PROVIDES HERO'S. I KNOW THERE WILL ALWAYS BE SCANDALS WITH PLAYERS OR FANS GIVING THE GAME A BLACK EYE , BUT IT ALSO GIVES US PEOPLE TO ADMIRE. PAST GENERATIONS WERE AMAZED BY BABE RUTH, TED WILLIAMS OR HANK AARON. SOMEDAY WHEN I'M OLD AND GRAY I'LL BE ABLE TO TELL STORIES ABOUT PLAYERS I SAW PLAY LIKE NOLAN RYAN OR ALEX RODRIGUEZ.
2. BASEBALL PROVIDES UNITY. IT SEEMS THE SMALLER TECHNOLOGY MAKES THE WORLD, THE FARTHER APART IT'S INHABITANTS BECOME. IF NOTHING ELSE, BASEBALL PROVIDES COMMON GROUND FOR PEOPLE WHO MAY HAVE NOTHING ELSE IN COMMON. STRANGERS ALL CHEERING GIVING EACH OTHER HIGH FIVES. NO POLITICS, NO RELIGION JUST A FEW HOURS TO CHEER ON THE HOME TEAM.
3.BASEBALL PROVIDES WONDERFUL MOMENTS. WHO COULD FORGET THE HOME RUN OFF JOSE CANSECO'S HEAD. HOW ABOUT THE SAN DIEGO CHICKEN KICKING DIRT ON THE UMPIRE BETWEEN INNINGS. OR MORGANA THE KISSING BANDIT AND HER 54 DOUBLE D'S BOUNCING HER AWAY ON THE FIELD TO KISS A STARTLED BUT SMILING PLAYER.
4.BASEBALL PROVIDES AN UNRIVALED ATMOSPHERE. THERE'S JUST SOMETHING ABOUT BASEBALL PARKS. . THEIR BUILT MORE ROUND, SO EVEN THOUGH THEY ARE HUGE THEY SEEM COZY SOMEHOW. THE GRASS(AT LEAST THOSE THAT HAVE REAL GRASS) IS AWESOME. IT'S SO PERFECT AND SO GREEN. IT'S CUT IN A MANNER THAT ALMOST RESEMBLE CROP CIRCLES. MOST PLACES THAT ATTRACT CROWDS HAVE VENDORS BUT NONE SEEM TO COMPARE TO THOSE SPECIAL ONES SELLING HOTDOGS AT BASEBALL GAMES. THE AROMA, THE SIGHTS, THE SOUNDS IT ALL SEEMS TO BLEND INTO THIS ONE OF A KIND EXPERIENCE THAT WE CALL BASEBALL.
IT ENDED EARLY THIS YEAR SO I GUESS IT'S TIME TO PUT MY HOPES FOR RANGER GREATNESS BACK ON THE SHELF FOR ANOTHER WINTER. YOU KNOW I'VE GOT FOOTBALL SEASON, BASKETBALL AND HOCKEY( WELL MAYBE NOT HOCKEY). BUT NEXT SPRING WHEN THINGS START BLOOMING AND FRESH COOL BREEZES RULE THE DAY THE RANGERS WILL BE BACK FOR SEASON THIRTY FOUR.......I THINK IT WILL BE THE YEAR.

Saturday, August 13, 2005

TEXAS /OU WEEKEND GETS POLITICALLY CORRECTED

There's alot of talk in the world of high school, collegiet and professional sports concerning mascots and particularly those that have to do with American Indians. This is certainly not a new issue , but it seems to have picked up steam in what I think are these politically correct times.

Many years ago, the Dallas Independent School District banned all school mascot's that had to do with Indians. I had attended one such school W.H. Gaston Junior High. Our mascot was the Warriors. Looking back I never remembered thinking anything derogatory about that name,matter of fact,I remember being very proud. Now the term Warrior seems very generic. There were Viking Warriors, Roman Warriors and Polynesian Warriors. I guess our drill team called the Shyannes with their plastic fringe Indian maiden outfits topped off by a headband adorned with a blue feather kind of gave away what kind of warriors we were. I do remember how much the girls wanted to be a part of that drill team and how hard they worked just as I did playing on the football team. We thought of our mascot with a since of pride, hard work and affection. I suppose there is another side to it and names like the Washington Redskins or the Cleveland Indians will soon be banned as well.

At this point (even though your likely engrossed with my commentary and insight) your probably wondering what all this has to do with Texas/OU. Well let me tell you!

As you may know this classic football game has long been known as the Red River Shootout. Because both states developed during the time of America's western expansion it is not unreasonable to assume that phrases or words from those earlier times might still find a place in our modern society, especial describing something as harmless as a football game. When the big weekend rolled around and I read or heard that phrase it never came to my mind that people might it literally start shooting.

I guess some are more sensitive than me as hard as that is to imagine. On obviously more sensitive group is SBC communication who has signed a three year deal with the schools with the right to rename this great battle(battle may be too harsh) to the RED RIVER RIVALRY.In an article in the Dallas Morning News on August11, an SBC spokesperson said the name is much better for our times and more marketable, As ABC'S John Stossel say's GIVE ME A BREAK!!! Where will all this end? Somday will we have a society like the one in the great underrated movie the Demolition Man. Will Tiger Woods not be allowed to SHOOT a five under par 67. Will you be able to SHOOT some hoops with your grandkids. I would hate to be that family that goes around the country shooting themselves out of cannons, there really out of step. Well it's time to go and I hope I have stimulated some thoughts. At least I gave it a shot.

Wednesday, August 10, 2005

middle age rocker

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. after nearly twentyfive years of not performing i'm doing something i never thought i would be doing again, playing and signing with WES NILES AND THE TEXAS SKEETERS. i really stumbled my way into this eclectic group of guys and it has proven to be very much fun. we play a wide variety of songs from stevie wonder to stevie ray vaughn and even some disco. more than just providing a fun hobby it also played a major role in a life changing event one year ago.

last july i was battling a bad upper respiratory infection . we had a gig and i felt terrible. i could not sing,. had no energy and felt like a very dull MIDDLE AGED ROCKER (and you know there's nothing worse than that.) the problem was i was a smoker. and that made getting over colds very difficult. smoking had also taken a toll on my breathing and singing . performing caused me to quit and now i feel better than ever. a genius but misunderstood word of wisdom. don't smoke!

as a MAR(middle aged rocker) my job is to try my best to make people have fun and make them forget their problems at least for three hours , or in the case of a special event like our last gig to make a wedding reception even more special than it already was. i do however, feel guilty sometimes when i find myself being entertained by the crowd of mostly MARF'S (middleaged rocker fans) trying to dance. i have a hard enough time remembering what to play and sing already and having an interperative dance performance directly in front of me makes that much harder.

it's not fair to just pick on older people. our last gig was a wedding and we had a twelve year old break dancing john travolta in front of us all night long. i'm against abortion, but he could have been an exception.

all in all this new chapter of my life is turning out to be interesting and hopefully entertaining. the skeeters,as we like to call ourselves, mostly play private function's but occasionally we play where our friends and family can come and try to dance. we will be at enchiladas on greenville just north of park lane on september the 10th at 8:oo. hope you can come i need some new people to watch.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

In the dumps

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Just south of downtown Dallas off I45 there is a vast landfill . This enormous dump is the final resting place for most of the garbage collected . Take a moment and think about what you throw away......... now in your mind think of the ten most disgusting things that most likely wind up there and then multiple that by one thousand or even ten thousand. now imagine all that stuff baking under the hot texas sun mixing together becoming this one large smelly mound . if you have never been there i highly recommend it. you can learn a lot about people , a community or even a civilization by what they throw away.

Sometimes you wind up doing things you never imagined yourself doing. i'm a perfect example; my job leads to me that vast steaming pile of dirty diapers and rotting cabbage almost everyday, some days two or three times. you may be wondering why on earth is he sharing this ?

well it has to do with my son. you see he has recently made a lot of changes in his life .he moved out of his apartment, quit his job, moved in with me and my wife, and has gone to work part time with me. i have to say i'm glad to have him and hopefully he will stay long enough for me to get him straighten out and thinking clearly. wait i'm sorry we were talking about the dump and how it relates to my son.

over the past couple of weeks he has made quite a few trips to the landfill with me not only enduring the really unique odor but also the thirty minute drive where he mostly is forced to listen to me. on one particular outing as we unloaded our junk we began noticing those around us especially those that had much worse things to unload . this conversation sort of ended as we got back into my truck with him making what i felt like was a sort of a consoling remark to me like "hey there's a lot of people that have worse jobs than you"........... my reply was quick and simple i said "yah like you , your doing the same thing i'm doing for 80% less money." so if you know my son or if you meet him be kind, lately he's in the dumps..........

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