Monthly Archives: October 2011

halloween downtown


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“Loyalty to petrified opinion never broke a chain or freed a human soul.”
 - Mark Twain 

official renewal


although it didn’t occur to me that i would have to make this commitment in october , i am renewing the vow i made in 2010 not to complain about the cold.  instead, i offer you this view from my window:

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and i would like to add just one thing this october 29th;  it is also thundering.

Whatever we are waiting for – peace of mind, contentment, grace, the inner awareness of simple abundance – it will surely come to us, but only when we are ready to receive it with an open and grateful heart.”
  Sarah Ban Breathnach

town unconscious


the headlines reads “Town Under Siege” in the ny post today, but i may have called it “Town Unconscious.”

in zanesville ohio someone  opened the animal cages & outside gate at a wild animal preserve, so naturally the animals took advantage of the opportunity and went out to explore the town.   many of the village people freaked out when they saw the lions, tigers and bears wandering about doing nothing more than one might expect –   having a little lunch & checking out the scenery.

so the town official’s response was to form an army and go on a killing spree.  one would assume that when there is a wildlife preserve in town, there are also tranquilizing guns around somewhere, right?    was killing the only option they could think of?

from the post:  “Officers armed with assault rifles patrolled Zanesville Wednesday morning, a day after police killed dozens of animals that escaped from a wild-animal preserve, and where the owner’s body later was found.” . . .
“Close to 30 of the 48 animals were shot and killed on Tuesday.”
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“Until he extends his circle of compassion to include all living things, man will not himself find peace.”
 Albert Schweitzer

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worst job in america – and beyond


i used to think being a toll booth collector had to be the worst job in the universe; standing inside a small booth sniffing exhaust fumes all day long. that was before i saw the guy riding in the mini  two foot wide cart on the side rails of the holland tunnel.   can you even imagine being jammed into a cart narrower than your shoulders and riding the side rails through all the car exhaust inside of the holland tunnel everyday?

but which would be worse – being the tunnel cart driver or sitting in a port-a-potty with windows all day long?   seriously – there’s a job like that.

on the corner of 51st and 2nd avenue there is a vacant lot where building construction has been halted for at least 3 years due to a fatal accident involving a crane and 7 deaths.  you can read about it here.   apparently this empty lot now must be guarded.  since it’s just an empty lot, there was no ‘office’ space for a guard, no lunch room, water fountain or even a rest room. the sidewalk outside of the empty lot is covered by scaffolding and is home to a port-a-potty with windows!   all day long and throughout the night, in that port-a-potty sits a guard.

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i have a number of unanswered questions about this situation.  i’ve listed them along with additional commentary here.*

“ I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a life.”
 - Maya Angelou

A fire argues?


it’s possible that the only reason you clicked on this post today is because the headline seems incredibly absurd  -   “A fire argues?”

i would have done the same thing.

there is a reason and it has to do with making a few dollars – which has become quite important considering my current state of unemployment.  although it’s a simple thing, it would be long & complicated and a bit boring to explain in a blog post so let’s just leave it at ‘strange’.

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“When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro.”
 Hunter S. Thompson

amazing!


watch til the end!

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“In general, humans have long pictured themselves as separate from nature, but one of the lessons that we repeatedly learn when we study animal behavior is that animals are much more like us than we ever imagined, and we are much more like them than we had thought.”
 -  Michael Noonan

something wonderful


“Being the richest man in the cemetery doesn’t matter to me … Going to bed saying we’ve done something wonderful … that’s what matters to me.”
~Steve Jobs

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