Monday, December 15, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Victory or Shite: or both?

Saw w/ my 2 eyes so no HIPAA violations: a miracle.  Man hadn't so much as stood in 2 months, and he stood and walked to end of parallel bars--whereupon he said, "Oops, I need to poop," and he shat upon the floor.

You can't depend on Depends.

Sometimes you have victory; sometimes you have shite.

Sometimes you gots both.


Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Poem 3: (mother)

i don't dream
of my mom
as much
as i did

Can see her
Can hear her
a part of me

Will she come
when i need
her to?

No Bukowski can i
Can i become

(i hate sophomoric and trite write trash like that above ..…
Crap like that, please forgive me, Momus, minor goddess of irony--and screw you antiquity, for in my eyes see Momus as a female she be, catty as hell but beauteous--for writing like that, but that's how i feel @ this 5 am.)

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Chris Martin Says Next Coldplay Album the Last

Universe cheers and weeps in relief.

Coldplay, in midst of recording their 7th album and tentatively titled "A Head Full of Boring and Banal and Derivative Songs, had frontman Chris Martin say it will make their last album.
Coldplay may be bowing out with their next album. 
The group is in the midst of recording their seventh studio record, tentatively called A Head Full of Dreams, and according to frontman Chris Martin, it may be their last. 
“It’s our seventh thing, and the way we look at it, it’s like the last Harry Potter book or something like that,” Martin said on BBC Radio 1.

Rock and Roll Ripoffs

Friday, December 5, 2014

Best Company Ever

Abebooks: Supplies a searchable list of used books available from booksellers all ever the United States and England.  This company provides an eminently easy way to buy books that suit your fancy at absolutely affordable prices,

This allows m to indulge in buying more historical non-fiction books and indulge in my guilty pleasure of reading science fiction.

It just makes me happy to hold a book, pencil in notes when reading, and even to write in definitions of previously unknown words.

So shop at Abebooks.  Tell 'em Dan sent you.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Most Recent Books Received

Ran across the name Charles Bukowski, most recently by characters within the movie Beautiful Creatures (2013).  Even though angst ridden teenagers, these had more depth of characters than that schlock series with teams Jacob and Edward

Also knew his name as author whose works formed the basis of the movie: Barfly, a movie set in LA dive bars recognized as same as ones I'd frequented in Orlando.  Most had air handlers to remove cigarette smoke but still had enough smoke to kill a rabid wolverine and most human beings.

All of the bars had at least one mean and cynical bartender who had worked there at least 20 years, and woe unto you made them mad for then you'd die of thirst or at least fail to reach desired intoxication level.                                                                                

For even though found movie marred by Mickey Rourke's overacting--at one point, he actually sounded exactly like a cartoon character, "C'mon put up your dukes.  Put up your dukes and I'll whup ya.."--it helped me see the downsides of alcoholism, the utter squalor, Rourke's characters; rejection of an offer to give him a place in the suburbs to follow his muse to write.

Even so, some of the characteristics of Henry Chinaski, Bukowski's alter ego, made me analyze myself;; to realize I drank to self medicate, to cover failure to relate, to isolate, to consummate--all to keep a barrier between myself and others for fear of rejection.

So when I saw on Abebooks that Bukowski had a book with the title Love Is a Dog from Hell, it had to become part of my holdings.  Alas, it turned out a book of poety,, modern poetry at that, not a rhyme in sight but some wonderful views of the bones of humanity and sinews which can also snap, sometimes sans signs.

Love is a Dog from Hell and other books
Here you can also see the Bukowski reader and a larger book somewhat concealed from view: a Beatles song book, like from '66 to '71.

This seems odd since much prefer actual rock and roll bands such as the Kinks, the Who, and the early Rolling Stones, before they needed Viagra and defibrilators.  More later

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Don Quixote had his windmills.

Fate gave me an omni cycle, an infernal machine which you pedal with your arms or legs.  It has different resistance settings, andone can vary duration.

This torture device let's you work on cardio and build up strength.  Using it hurts.

Hurts, I tell you.

So try to mount and surmount it 5 times a week.

Friday, November 21, 2014

Bill the Cat for President

Bill the Cat for President, unless Hillary runs.

Black Comics

Who'd a thunk it: Black Comic Book History?

Worst Super Hero on Earth

Florida Man.  Who knew all of the exploits of ubiquitous Florida Man?  Why, some of his more cringe worthy deeds may have gotten recounted here under my Stupid Crook News category, but this humble blogger never connected the dots and thought to reveal the existence of Florida Man.

The sheer magnitude and range of the exploits of Florida Man boggle the mind.   I bow down to his sidekick, the chronicler of all these wondrous feats.

Florida Man forever!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Bill the Cat Sez "Aack!"

Found on Facebook.  Have no idea who combined Bill the Cat with poetry, but good enough for me.

Slackers: Most visitors do 1 Disney park per day. Do Them All!

Slackers!  Put those gym shoes on and start running and do every ride, every park in Orlando, like these 2 young men: Shane Lindsey and Tom Tamburo.

[They started at Toy Story Mania and ended with Seven Dwarfs Mine Train. In between, Shane Lindsay and Ted Tamburo conquered 44 other rides at Walt Disney World in a single day.

Saturday was their second attempt at this challenge. Last year, they were foiled by inclement weather that closed two attractions late in the day. This year, the Toy Story ride at Disney's Hollywood Studios didn't open on time.

"We ended up an hour behind schedule from the very first ride," Lindsay said....

They had to tweak the plan to make up the lost time "two minutes at a time," Tamburo said.

"It's a lot like running a marathon while trying to do a Sudoku puzzle … and then every now and then the numbers just get jumbled up on you," Lindsay said.]  (emphasis added 'cause these guys crazy.)

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Arnold Abbott: Fighting to Feed the Poor

Mr Arnold Abbott, Ft Lauderdale, has become my new hero for feeding the homeless because many people do the same, but few face arrest and most cease and desist before incarceration.

Mr. Abbott, a World War 2 veteran, has fed homeless folks on the beach since 1991.  An ordinance passed last month effectively prevents Mr. Abbott from doing so, and the city has cited him three times since the ordinance passed.  Presumably, he faces arrest and jail time f he continues his campaign of civil disobedience.

Unlike the rest of us cowardly lions, Mr. Abbott says he will continue feeding hungry humans.

This WFTV news story quotes him as saying, ""I spent two and a half years in a combat infantry in combat in World War II. I knew what I was fighting for then, I know what I'm fighting for now."

What do you want to bet those who passed the ordinance claim to follow Jesus as Christians.  You just can't get elected if you worship Satan.  Nevertheless, the words of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Matthew say, "35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in."

Homelessness has never numbered among my problems.  It passes beyond my ken to think of living on the streets, especially as a mother with children.  Those who passed the ordinance sweem to have forgotten the recent recession, the one where otherwise hardworking people faced foreclosure and lost their homes. It dosn't sound easy.

One who lived through losing the "American Dream" courageously relates her experience below.  Please try to imagine yourself huddled with your children under a bridge on a cold winter night wondering where your next meal will come from.  Imagine rising after fitful fighting for any scrap of sleep-hungry because every scrap of food you gleaned you gave to the kids who now cling to your legs--and meeting Mr. Arnold and getting all of you fed for what seems like the first time in weeks.

Then, please sign the petition and join the campaign to feed your neighbors in need.

[It’s illegal to feed homeless people in public in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. Earlier this week 90-year-old Arnold Abbott was arrested and now faces 60 days in jail for offering food to the homeless with his church. Ft. Lauderdale police should drop the charges against Mr. Abbott and repeal the law against feeding homeless people in public.

My children and I were homeless for 6 years. It wasn’t easy, but luckily I had the kindness of strangers to lend me a hand from time to time. They would buy me meals, give me hope, sometimes stop to see how I was and it showed me that I wasn’t alone and that although I was homeless, I wasn’t invisible. It was in large part because of them that I got off of the streets and can now proudly say I have a place to call my own,  a husband and 5 beautiful children.

I remember my time on the street often. That's why I was so upset when I learned that not even a 30 minute drive from where I live, 90-year-old homeless advocate Arnold Abbott, along with two Christian ministers were arrested for violating a new Ft. Lauderdale ordinance that virtually bans public feeding of the homeless. Now Mr. Abbott and his companions each face 60 days in jail and a $500 fine! It's outrageous to think that someone’s kindness could land them in jail.

As an ex-homeless person I take every chance I get to repay the goodwill strangers afforded me. I give what I can to those in need and I teach my children treat others as they wish to be treated and that means being compassionate and understanding. I’m sure many of you do the same. Just imagine being arrested and thrown in jail for 60 days for buying a sandwich for a person in need!]

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Chinese Fortune Cookies

This fortune must come from the opposite universe Star Trek episode: "You are never bitter, deceptive, or petty."

Laughed until my sides hurt as am often better bitter; it adds a world weary cynicism and gives an edge to my satire.

Deceptive?  Hell, I start the day lying to myself and stand in good company: “Why, sometimes I've believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast,”― Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland.
My talent for deception extends to even believing contrary things, a particularly human trait often ending up in hypocrisy.

And petty?  Bob (Dylan) and me both remember every detail of everyone who put me down, and damn, the number of details keep mounting.  Why do I let those slights bother me?  Screw the offenders; damn their eyes.