I was enjoying a cup of java at an outdoor cafe, taking in the chirping birds and the lone shrub that stood as a beacon of hope along the vast expanse of concrete sidewalk.
As I observed the passersby, my mood gradually soured. I tried and tried to see only the good in every person, and not project any burrowing hint of my own negativity. But after watching the fourth person cavalierly flick their cigarette butt to the ground, I became disheartened.
Disheartened not only at the seeming unconsciousness of the "butt flickers" but also at the larger implications of such sleepwalking through life.... Read More
The sun rises over the dirty streets of the row like forgotten wino hungover from a weekend of debauchery.
Shopping carts rattle along, collecting the recycled remains of the weekend of binge and purge excess that is Skid Row. Tents are folded up, new lines are formed for chow, and all over buses come to drop off the homeless who maanaged to escape from the Nickel for the night. Life is returning on a Monday morning, but all along the gutters there are signs that the weekend is a parade of gluttony and excess to those who wander these streets.
Styrofoam trays filled with congealed rice, discarded... Read More
Yesterday as I was sitting on the couch, knowing I needed to write, something crept into me. It was fear. Fear of succeeding, fear of not succeeding, fear of not being good enough, and fear that nothing good will ever come; that Iâ€™m working in vain. Fear.
Iâ€™ve never felt it so strongly before. I guess cause Iâ€™m so close I could almost taste it.
It can be paralyzing, but fear is also one of the best motivators. It made me spring right off the couch, yell â€œFuck that!â€™ and defiantly turn on my lap top and get into it.
It was amazing what flowed out. Truly great stuff and before I knew... Read More
After the tragic passing of Anna Nicole Smith and her son under less than conspiratorial circumstances, the media world has be ravaged with a virtual plague of front page news articles that is only now waning in the setting sun of a new week. It reminds one of an Alaskan winter when the sun refuses to set, but bores into the psyches of those
forced to endure it. But, along the lines of the Mrs. Smith, no one has asked the question that has constantly been gnawing ferociously at the back of my mind like some ravenous femur monkey on heroin withdrawal: who cares?
I don't mean to come across... Read More
Last week on CNN I saw that New York State Senator Carl Kruger wants to introduce legislation to ban the use of handheld devices (i.e. iPods, Blackberries, cell phones, etc.) on city streets. He cites the danger users face as they absentmindedly listen to an iPod or talk on a cell phone and walk straight into moving traffic. He mentioned there have already been three deaths in his Brooklyn district since September and in one instant bystanders screamed, â€œlook outâ€ but to no avail. Kruger wants offenders to be fined $100 for this transgression. "Government has an obligation to protect... Read More
As someone who doesnâ€™t get to the movies often, I make sure I make it worthwhile when I do venture out to the theater. After hearing countless people tell me that I absolutely had to see this movie, I decided to check it out. I looked at the website and was amazed at what I saw. Even after all that build-up, I still loved the movie. I donâ€™t use the words breathtaking or original lightly, but they can both be used to describe what is defiantly one of the best movies of the year, Panâ€™s Labyrinth. This hauntingly beautiful gothic fairy tale intertwines fantasy with reality in a way that leaves... Read More
I donâ€™t care about global warming. There. I said it. I donâ€™t care. I donâ€™t want to hear anything more about it. Iâ€™m done. And no, Iâ€™m not going to quote experts that say that global warming isnâ€™t happening or that itâ€™s not the fault of humans. Actually, I am not going to quote any experts at all. The argument has been framed wrong. There are scientists and documentaries on one side and scientists and documentaries on the other side. Global warming and climate change has turned into the â€œhe said, she saidâ€ issue of the new millennium. Itâ€™s like a trial with no witnesses and... Read More