Seems like yesterday it was Halloween, and the day before that I was at home for my friends Jared and Betsy's wedding. Well, it's been two months and in 3 1/2 hours, I am waking up to do the drive to the big OC. Yeah, you might remember it from a month ago when the Angels took the World Series from my new stomping grounds. Back to Huntington Beach. I've got Dennis who lives in LA that I've got to drop off, and Willie, who just lives down the street from me. 6 hours and I'm home. See whoever in 12 hours!
So, it's been a very terrible past couple of days. Pity poor me. For anyone that could care:
1. My car broke down.
2. When my car was originally towed across the Bay Bridge, the tow truck left me by 7th and Harrison in SOMA. Getting in and out of my car, I noticed that I kept stepping in something. That something just so happened to be human fecal matter. So long Chuck Taylors. (One good thing came out of this: DJ gave me a ride on his motorcycle via the 280 Freeway back to my dorm. Thanks DJ.)
3. I've been sick for a week.
4. I didn't get to finish my in-class mid-term in my Newswriting class. I'm only dreading how I did.
5. My car is being fixed for $850 and that's just to get it running. If I fixed everything, it would cost $1200. Ahh, the joys of owning a car.
6. I don't have $850 to spend on my car. I really don't have $1200 to spend on my car.
As you can see, I've got to find a happy place, and soon.
On a good note: I had a great time Saturday night. Pizza, Hedwig and Two Smoking Barrels. Thanks.
Xoverboard is a site that I've seen through Tom Tomorrow's site. Recently, X found an article that had a 'story within a story' and what a story it is. It's a definite read. It's about a dog and his masters.
Two things sparked my interest today, both dealing with two ends of the media:
1. A commercial in the 'War Against Drugs' campaign that the government is promoting. And...
2. An editorial in the New York Times by Bob Herbert called 'Behind The Smile.'
#1. Maybe you've seen the ad, maybe you haven't; So here is a little run down of the commercial:
Two kids are sitting in what looks like a parents office in some white-bread middle class part of the US. One sits behind a desk, looking slightly bored. The other boy, with his back to the camera, lounges in a plush chair, with a bong in hand. Smoke raises from the bong and lingers in the room, as both boys waste time in what seems like an after school bong-smoking session.
As the two kids get 'stoned,' (as those hip little kids like to say) the one with the bong in his hand says stupid things like "Hey, your sisters really hot." (But if she looks anything like her sibling behind the desk in the commercial, you might think otherwise.)
Then, for some strange reason, the kid with the 'hot' sister, the one thats sitting behind the desk, pulls out a gun from the drawer, as if he just found it. Then, obviously thinking that guns are toys, (because all teens think guns are fun things to play with) the boy behind the desk points the gun at the kid with the 'water pipe' and the darned thing 'accidentally' goes off. Fade out. Cut to next commercial.
Correct me if I'm wrong (which I have been before), but is this commercial alluding that pot inhibits the ability of ones motor skills, and therefore, stupid things like gun related accidents are a result of snooping, pot-smoking, bastard-children with nothing better to do with their spare time?
My question is: what about having a stinking loaded weapon in your friggen' house? Isn't that a bad idea too? I would think that a loaded weapon is a lot more dangerous than two kids smoking pot. But then, I don't like weapons and hand guns and weapons grade plutonium and missle defense and unilateral action and regime change and etc.
So, from my understanding, this new campaign is kind of saying 'Pot=bad,' "Loaded Handgun in your house=OK." You've got to be kidding me. Just like the "Drugs=Terrorism" campaign of last year, are these people that are creating these adverts just oblivious?
And that brings up a somthing else: "Drugs=Terrorism." The CIA is one of the largest terrorist organizations that I've ever heard of. Ever hear of the Iran-Contra scandal? The CIA gave South American drug suppliers access through our borders to sell drugs to the inner city during that little episode. That drug was called "Crack Cocaine" and it caused a lot of problems during the 80's, also known as the Reagan and "Elder" Bush years.
Gosh, "Terrorism=Illegal US Government CIA operations in Third World Countries?" Maybe that should have been at the end of all of the commercials. Maybe a little truth in advertising doesn't hurt. Or how about "Tax dollars=CIA Terrorism." That might get people thinking a little bit.
Nevermind the second thing I was going to bring up, I think I have enough here today. Go and read it. It's the NYTimes editorial from 11/11 by Bob Herbert called "Behind the Smile." It's a good one.