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Meme about how nerdy I actually am not. [Jan. 17th, 2006|06:44 pm]
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(no subject) [Jan. 15th, 2006|02:01 am]
Last night, on the way home from work, I passed an altercation. A woman had just been hit by a man who was with a buddy or 2. She was squatting with her hands over her head, screaming "why'd you hit me? Why'd you hit me?" He kept responding, with a clenched fist at his waist, arm cocked for what seemed like another blow, "I told you last week! I told you last week!"
Likean ass, like a city dweller who's become too calous to care, I kept on riding, trying to figure out what to do. I slowed down a bit, stopped on a nearby curb, muttered "that's fucked up" to myself, and went home. Like an ass.
It has been a long day at work, sure, but it felt so wrong to just leave. It was so wrong. I think of myself as more than that, as somebody who would step in, or at least call out or call the cops. But I left, feeling powerless.

I moped around all night before going to bed. Jennifer was out to dinner until 12. When she got home, it wasn't long before we went to bed.

At 5:30AM, right south of our building, I heard 9 gunshots. I woke up right away and knew they were very close. I jumped up, put on my glasses, and looked out onto the empty street below. I watched for about 1.5 minutes before I hearing another 2 gunshots.
I was confused, because I wasn't quite sure where the gunshots were coming from. I watched and watched and heard nothing. I heard our new, white neighbor's door opened, and I suddenly feared that something had happened to her. I ran to my door to look out the peephole and saw her door wide open. I ran to the front of the apartment to look down and see if somebody besides her came out, worrying it had been her who was shot. I heard the door close and sighed with relief.
Soon, 2 cop cars zoomed up and began patrolling, and then the morning traffic really started up and I went to bed.
I still don't know what happened, but it has been troubling me all day.

In this neighborhood, it means that the gentrifiers moving in have a reason to have the cops come in, and the cops have a reason to harrass the brown and black folks, and then those folks will slowly start to lose the community, in the intangible sense, they've built here, and then the gentrification will be that much easier.

What a day it was yesterday.
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(no subject) [Dec. 20th, 2005|11:59 pm]
Hooray for the workers in New York! What an effective strike. $1 million a day in fines? Meh. Its nothing compared with the political power shown by this strike. They're not just showing their importance to the city but to the entire world, because it isn't just New York being affected.
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(no subject) [Dec. 13th, 2005|08:02 am]
For perhaps the first time, the Terminator has actually killed a man! I wonder how he feels.
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Veganism and shoes [Dec. 12th, 2005|01:34 am]
I'm vegan because I want to live my life with the least amount of negative impact on the world as possible. So, as an anti-capitalist with a strong anti-corporate bent and a strong pro-labor belief, what should I do for new shoes? I haven't bought shoes since I became vegan, and since I didn't throw anything away, I still have my leather shoes. However, I don't know if I'd rather have leather shoes or shoes from a sweat-shop. I'd like neither, but I can't imagine getting these. The best example of a "nice" shoe is the Black Spot, but they're $69.95, and that's a lot of money. There are always New Balance shoes, but they doen't quite fit right on me, as my right foot is half an inch smaller than the left. I already own some, in fact, and don't need more running shoes because I don't run.
The other thing is that fake-leather shoes give me migraine headaches. Its odd, but true. As a child, I'd get horrific headaches when I'd get fake-leather shoes as the things would make my feet sweat way too much and dehydrate me.
I may just stick with my New Balance shoes when these other ones wear out totally. But man, what a hassle to try to "live progressively." I wouldn't expect it to be easy, by any means, but you can wish, can't you?
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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2005|06:04 pm]
I only fell off my bike once in the mile between the train and my house! I felt proud. I should note that I only rode about half-way, but that's a lot in 5 inches of snow!
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(no subject) [Dec. 8th, 2005|08:02 am]
I am sick. My head is packed full with snot. And I can't empty it.
I missed work on Tuesday (wooo!) and went yesterday. I wish I could not go today. But I think I'd be fine to go if I could just empty my head.

I had this weird dream where I was in the movie Into the Blue (which I never saw) and that Jessica Alba was Jennifer Lopez. It did get a little porny, but then it also got disturbing. The big mean boss (of the beach where the whole dream took place) sent a dog after me. A Rottweiler. It had a chain around its neck, and I managed to wrap that around the dogs neck and then its lower jaw. One of the dogs teeth broke and I woke up like "ew, that must have hurt!"
Oh how I wish it was the weekend!
Did I mention my new bike? Its a beautiful thing, but... the seatpost is stuck. I'm going to have to take it back to Working Bikes, and hopefully they can fix it. If not, I'll switch it for another one.
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(no subject) [Dec. 2nd, 2005|08:12 am]
Here's my plan: I am going to start a writing group (or at least find one). The hard part here is finding people who want to be in it. A writing group of 1 isn't all that fun or productive.
Any takers?
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(no subject) [Nov. 30th, 2005|08:11 am]
Work is boring.
I decided I'm done with my bike zine, but dammit I haven't tried to start compiling it. And the video games! Oh the games. Dragon Quest is sucking away my time, as is Space Rangers 2. They're all just too fun!
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(no subject) [Nov. 20th, 2005|12:47 pm]
Add me to the list of those fallen to the lure of Netflix. Where else could I get Beyond Thunderdome on DVD? And Fitzcaralldo?
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