after completing the mammoth 2.5 hour sit-down w/the onion, the dunn's employees began closing shop. an astronomy group (really?) grabbed their belongings and started to head out. one remained. he had a 1 quart jug of orange juice*, and was promising to "be just a second." after my new friend rod excused himself to the men's room, i stood waiting by the door. the interview had ended rather abruptly with the closing ceremonies, and i thought i'd shake a hand and say thanks for the time.
orange juice:(standing at the door) hey, do you have a ride?
me:um, no, i ... i took the bus, thank you though.
orange juice:why are you thanking me, i'm the one looking for a ride.
somewhat dumbfounded, i realized in his awkwardly phrased query "ride" meant "car", and by asking if i had one, he was asking ME for a ride ... not if I needed one; which in retrospect, makes much more sense.
orange juice:hey, you got a ride?
rod:(returning from the men's room) no, i live on the other side of the park.
orange juice:oh, i'm looking for a ride home.
rod:no, i live on the other side of the park.
orange juice:where are you going? i need a ride home.
me:to the bus, man, damn.
orange juice:oh, cuz i'm...
me:looking for a ride home, yes, we've established that. i took the bus.
orange juice:cuz i can't (unintelligible gibberish for a sentence and a half), motherfuckin' ride HOME.
i arrived a few minutes early for a scheduled interview with a fellow from the onion av club. we'd never met, so every person in the place was potentially "rod". a man walked in, looked right at me, fetched a very small coffee, then sat opposite me in a leather chair.
me:are you rod?
not rod:yeah, hey. i know you from somewhere. where do i know you from?
“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.”—
for @pinswithfury | whenever i need a little uplift, i hit this. standing there after a very long day, enduring the worst kind of asshole concert-goers i’ve ever encountered, hours and hours on our feet … my best friend next to me … “come on now soldier field, sing your heart out”. happy chills every time.
“The American myth that the United States promotes democracy and acts for the interests of others is false. It has acted to overthrow democratically elected governments in Iran, Indonesia, Chile and Guatemala. In just this century it has supported coups or attempted coups in Venezuela, Haiti and Honduras. In Honduras it officially opposed the coup but did not enact the financial restrictions that would have brought the coup to an end. It has acted in still other countries to either stop elections or to make sure that they are fraudulent. Included is the slaughter of millions and millions of people either by the military itself or its proxies. This also God does not forget. In the United States itself, on the national level, the campaign finance system is one of great corruption. Corporations and other powerful interests can literally buy people in congress and a president through massive campaign donations. What is best for the majority of people is thwarted so the interests of the powerful can be served. This has led to the reality of massive poverty in this country and the degradation of millions. It is a system of legal bribery.”—
“Republican Senate nominee Christine O’Donnell of Delaware said in a 2006 debate that China was plotting to take over America and claimed to have classified information about the country that she couldn’t divulge.
She said China had a ‘carefully thought out and strategic plan to take over America’ and accused one opponent of appeasement for suggesting that the two countries were economically dependent and should find a way to be allies.
‘That doesn’t work,’ she said. ‘There’s much I want to say. I wish I wasn’t privy to some of the classified information that I am privy to.’
‘A country that forces women to have abortions and mandates that you can only have one child and will not allow you the freedom to read the Bible, you think they can be our friend?’ she asked. ‘We have to look at our history and realize that if they pretend to be our friend it’s because they’ve got something up their sleeve.’”
I’ll stop posting about Christine O’Donnell when she stops being crazy.
but it’s totally cool to let them fund our wars and own us financially. i cannot think of one reason why the GOP ever wins an election aside from our wanton stupidity.