Sunday, April 30, 2006

Isn't it interesting to watch the Bush administration avoid admitting where conservative policies have failed spectacularly?

Elections mean freedom, and freedom is good. Well, unless Hamas is elected. Then it's bad.

Free markets are good. Unless Exxon makes record profits. Then it's bad.

The theory goes something like this; profits for business means more capital for those business to make even more money. Business, in seeking to maximize return for investors, will use that money to make more money and this is done by building larger production facilities, purchasing more efficient technology and hiring more workers.

  supplies bought
manpower sought
+ buildings built
more employment
So a windfall for big business MUST be a windfall for Joe Average. Right?

A conservative demanding such a tax is a repudiation of conservative policy. Big oil made trillions in record profits because conservative economic policy worked exactly like it's supposed to.

Friday, April 28, 2006

Nick: [yelling at dog] Hey, don't lick your balls!
Kathy: [looking at Nick]
Me: Well why the hell not? If you could lick your own balls, you would too!
Kathy: That's right! [long pause, looks at Nick] But don't try it. ... At least not here.

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Lucy was 7 and wore a head of blue barettes
City born, into this world with no knowledge and no regrets
Had a piece of yellow chalk with which she'd draw upon the street
The many faces of the various locals that she would meet

There was Joshua, age 10
Bully of the block
Who always took her milk money at the morning bus stop

There was Mrs. Crabtree, and her poodle
She always gave a wave and holler on her weekly trip
Down to the bingo parlor

And she drew
Men, women, kids, sunsets, clouds
And she drew
Skyscrapers, fruit stands, cities, towns

Always said hello to passers-by
They'd ask her why she passed her time
Attachin lines to concrete
But she would only smile

Now all the other children living in or near her building
Ran around like tyrants, soaking up the open fire hydrants
They would say
Hey little Lucy, wanna come jump double dutch?
Lucy would pause, look, grin and say
I'm busy, thank you much

Well, well, one year passed
And believe it or not
She covered every last inch of the entire sidewalk,
And she stopped-
Lucy, after all this, you're just giving in today??
She said:
I'm not giving in, I'm finished, and walked away

1 2 3
That's the speed of the seed
That's the speed of the need
You can dream a little dream
Or you can live a little dream
I'd rather live it
Cuz dreamers always chase
But never get it

Now Lucy was 37, and introverted somewhat
Basement apartment in the same building she grew up in
She traded in her blue barettes for long locks held up with a clip
Traded in her yellow chalk for charcoal sticks

And she drew
Little bobby who would come to sweep the porch
And she drew
The mailman, delivered everyday at 4

Lucy had very little contact with the folks outside her cubicle day
But she found it suitable, and she liked it that way

She had a man now: Rico, similar, hermit
They would only see each other once or twice a week on purpose
They appreciated space and Rico was an artist too
So they'd connect on saturdays to share the pictures that they drew

Now every month or so, she'd get a knock upon the front door
Just one of the neighbors,
Actin' nice, although she was a strange girl, really
Say, Lucy, wanna join me for some lunch??
Lucy would smile and say
I'm busy, thank you much

And they would make a weird face the second the door shut
And run and tell their friends how truly crazy Lucy was
And Lucy knew what people thought but didn't care
Cuz while they spread their rumors through the street
She'd paint another masterpiece

1 2 3
That's the speed of the seed
That's the speed of the need
You can dream a little dream
Or you can live a little dream
I'd rather live it
Cuz dreamers always chase
But never get it

Lucy was 87, upon her death bed
At the senior home, where she had previously checked in
Traded in the locks and clips for a head rest
Traded in the charcoal sticks for arthritis, it had to happen

And she drew no more, just sat and watched the dawn
Had a television in the room that she'd never turned on
Lucy pinned up a life worth's of pictures on the wall
And sat and smiled, looked each one over, just to laugh at it all

Now Rico, he had passed 'bout 5 years back
So the visiting hours pulled in a big flock o' nothin'
She'd never spoken once throughout the spanning of her life
Until the day she leaned forward, grinned and pulled the nurse aside
And she said:

Look, I've never had a dream in my life
Because a dream is what you wanna do, but still haven't pursued
I knew what I wanted and did it till it was done
So I've been the dream that I wanted to be since day one!

Well! The nurse jumped back,
She'd never heard Lucy even talk,
'Specially words like that
She walked over to the door, and pulled it closed behind
Then Lucy blew a kiss to each one of her pictures
And she died.

1 2 3
That's the speed of the seed
That's the speed of the need
You can dream a little dream
Or you can live a little dream
I'd rather live it
Cuz dreamers always chase
But never get it

     - Æsop Rock ("No Regrets")

Saturday, April 22, 2006

est. 2003
officer: Did you flash him?
me: Flash? ... No.

This exchange still warms my heart.

Kim, when we gonna go swimming again!? I'm sure your parents miss my stimulating dinner conversation... =D

Thursday, April 20, 2006

What a lousy day to be sans herb.

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Well here's a bright spot.

2005 Federal Return: $  814
2005 State Return: $ 187
Total: $1,001

Car? Maybe...