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I rocked at Jeopardy tonight. Even nailed the final Jeopardy question. Rock of Gibraltar.
Shall we do a little politics?
First up, the alleged war between FOX and the White House. Here’s my take: FOX lies egregiously and irresponsibly. Consistently. They are shameless propagandists. Therefore, they lose. This President or any other has every right to neglect them, ignore them or even cast the occasional aspersion their way. FOX is full of shit and any thinking, attentive American knows it. It’s Obama’s prerogative. It’s just that simple. I kinda like that he’s dismissing them while saying he’s not losing any sleep over it.
Um, looks like the public option is alive once again. Harry Reid says as much. He told us yesterday he has the votes. Turns out he probably doesn’t. Olympia Snowe is blanching, or posturing as though she will, as I can’t imagine her blanching any more. That bitch is pale. Translucent. Then there’s Lieberman. Benedict Fliptop. The little droopy eyed cartoon jowled prick announced he’d get behind a Republican filibuster on the public option. You know he’s a former Democrat, now an Independent, allowed to retain his chairmanship of the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs by virtue of tacit agreement between he and Mr. Reid that he would play ball on domestic policy. Just so happens he’s the junior Senator from Connecticut, the finest and most luxurious mall in the country for health insurance corporations. He’s taken over a million bucks in the last five years from the medical plutocracy.
Without even a conversation, not so much as a memo, Benedict Fliptop should be stripped of his chairmanship and barred from even caucusing with the Democrats. This should happen yesterday. He should be made to eat peanut butter and jelly on the steps or dine with his stinky Republican abominogs. If possible, he should be ejected from his DC residence, have his single payer health care revoked and be issued a shopping cart, a hoodie and fingerless gloves, maybe a few cans of Sterno. This fucker needs to understand that it’s politicians like him what cause unrest. His own goddamn state favors a public option by some 68%. What an asshole.
Let the asshat obstructionists filibuster if the Democrats can’t get their house in order enough to vote for cloture. Force their hand and make them embarrass themselves and their party on C-Span. Mr. Reid, you boxed. You’re tough. I know because you signed and inscribed your book for me at the respectful behest of my mother. Bring in the cots, order pizza and throw Senate decorum out the goddamn window, at the same time throw tomatoes and rotten fruit. Roll up your sleeves Harry, get a nurse for the elderly members. Make the Republicans actually filibuster. This is one one of the most important issues of our time. Popcorn and porn for the junior members and Geritol, sponge baths and plasma for the senior ones. Do I need to remind you that what happens here is not at your convenience but quite possibly at our abrupt financial inconvenience and physical well being?
I joke but I’m serious. If it comes down to it and the Republicans aren’t forced onto the floor for days and weeks to read from their favorite children’s books, we will be justifiably far beyond angry. Shame them. Make them pay for attempting to prevent what every citizen of the richest country in history deserves. For five fucking percent of our defense budget this would be a done deal. Get this done. How long did you want to be Senate majority leader anyway? This is a cruel joke. The debate is for and by the stupid.
If we can pay for these ridiculous wars we can pay for the health and welfare of our people and that’s right out of my mothers mouth. The very first campaign I ever worked in was for you as Lt. Governor, I think I was seven and you were a “Goldust Twin” along with Dick Bryan. You simply must do everything you can and give this everything you have, or I will campaign against you next year.
Let’s talk about the war. You know, that one in Afghanistan where more of our men and women have been killed this year than any of the other seven? The one Darth Cheney has the prunes to accuse Obama of “dithering” over. The one he and Dumbya dithered over for seven years and ultimately bequeathed this mess of way too much technicolor that mother Cheney made for us? Darth Cheney has my vote for most evil, most ineffective, most dishonest and most destructive President never elected in the 21st century. The epoch is young but we should pray he prevails.
My money is on him and I can only hope it’s how history judges him and his little dog too.
I have to tell you I don’t envy our President. He inherited a shitstorm of clusterfucks. The electorate is flirting with disappointment. The village folk grow restless. The goddamn unscrupulous Republicans are pouncing on anything that moves even if it’s in the throes of death. They’re stockpiling pitchforks and fagots (no, like torches). I admit my own handful of discouragements.
We would do well to remember however, that a mess this size took eight long years to manufacture and the public was complicit for at least five or six. Most of you have just woken up and are still rubbing the shit dust from your eyes. We may not be all about a rose garden economically but the entire worldwide system is no longer staring into the mouth of the dragon and withering from it’s breath. Jobs is what we need but jobs is always the last to appear. It’s dicey yet, but we are closer to some modicum of meaningful healthcare reform than we have ever, ever been in an effort nearly a century old. Troops are coming out of Iraq and he’s doing his damnedest to figure out Afghanistan. There is legitimate effort in Gitmo and I’m not sure we’re done torturing or wiretapping but I know we’re up to far less of it these days. He’s reaffirmed his promises to the the Gay, Lesbian and Transgender community and I believe he will follow through.
You can’t always govern with the President you’d want, you have to govern with the President you have. I for one am still absolutely confident we picked the very best man. There is not a doubt in my mind.
Drinks for my friends.
I’m a little weary of politics. What say we do something a little different?
You have no choice you fucks. Ha!
I saw a woman today I haven’t seen for more than twenty years. I remember her as being somewhat meek and a little mild. She worked for me back in the day. In my food service management period. I was a teenage fast food restaurant manager Werewolf. Pre-law. Pre-med. Pre famous record producer. Post cartoon character. Her husband worked for me as well. He was always a sneaky little shit. Slow eyed and devious. I never trusted him and suspected him of abusing her. Saw him at Costco the other day. I have the absolute luxury of not being recognized in my hometown. Looked right at him while he pushed his cart with same sociopathic countenance he always wore when he assumed he was anonymous. The gift of anonymity works both ways. I haven’t lived here for nearly a quarter century.
Nobody knows who I am.
The Sunday afternoon dining at Costco is pretty goddamn something. I’m not sure exactly what, but there were samples at the end of each and every isle. Soups, pastas, pizzas and sausages. Weird dumb people everywhere but the vittles were all up in my periphery. I left satiated and thoroughly entertained. Mother bought giant portions of things she required like double A batteries and Marie Calendar chicken Pot Pies. I purchased six months at least of hair conditioner, thirty pounds of cat litter and some decent wine.
I see people I know all the time but choose not to talk to them.
I’ve been here in Nevada for too long but not long enough. My father fell from a ladder, broke six ribs and a shoulder and is recovering slow but steady. I’m back to pursuing the business I came to pursue. Had a very good day today. The finance manager of the Washoe Indian Tribe returned my call to say he’s very interested in giving me a crack at the credit card processing for all four of their retail smoke shops.
I feel as though I’m in a state of suspended animation. Time seems to pass so quickly here without a lot happening. Carson City Nevada just may be the strangest place in the universe for me. Despite any amount of anything, it’s indescribably weird. People tend to be friendly but ugly. Nice but dentally challenged. The ugliest woman I’ve ever seen in my life works at the closest convenience store that carries American Spirit Ultra Lights. Festooned with moles, blemishes, boils and a rather manly crop of whiskers, she is the most physically repulsive woman I’ve ever seen.
Ever. Poor woman. Sheezus she’s ugly.
We’ve spoken. She’s very nice. But holy shit, she may as well be the Elephant Woman.
The youth in this town are nearly invisible. I never see the 16 to 25 crowd. I don’t get out much because I’m still somewhat fiscally challenged and in lockdown mode. Keeping my head down and working the phones.
I’ve gone two months without a haircut and pot and I’m rapidly advancing towards an early eighties Jew fro. I’m not particularly susceptible to vanity but a man does not want to look an unkempt fool. Keeping my nose and ear hair in check.
I wanted to look her in the eye. Brenda. She had no idea who I was.
Same woman has been cutting my hair in LA for almost a quarter century. From short to half way to my waist and back again. We grew up together. Her name is Suzanne and I adore her. We are very good friends. She understands my misshapen head and unruly kinky, copious and curly prodigiousness.
So now it’s Brenda. She worked for me. She has blossomed. The truth is, I fooled around with just about all the girls who worked for me. I think actually, every single one of them. A few of them, I wrote their high school papers and they brought me breakfast. That was the deal. I ended up with more than breakfast. I crashed a car with one of them. End over end off the side of a cliff. We shared way more than breakfast too. I loved them all in one way or another.
I wanted to look her in the eye. Brenda.
I drove by the 70 x 24 foot trailer on the corner of Viking and Nye that I grew up in. In my early teens we built a 25 x 40 foot addition on to it with a garage. Property lines and zoning codes dictated that I’d lose my bedroom window but I gained a built in bookcase and my own bathroom. We put a solid mahogany custom pool table and a wet bar in the giant room that was built “hell for stout” according to my father. He constructed a massive two level deck behind it and sunk a twelve seat, kidney shaped hot tub in the middle of the lower level.
I could play my drums all night without disturbing my parents or sister.
No cable television but life was good.
The lot itself was a quarter acre and we all worked hard maintaining it. My parents hated the weed choked portion that belonged to the city so we tore down the fences and cultivated lawn up to the road. My mother had beautiful roses and desert shrubs. Multiple trees including a crab apple front and center with a rock garden at it’s base. Elaborate sidewalks all poured by my father with our infant foot prints and a front deck carpeted in astroturf, with an awning and siding to match the trailer that ran almost the entire seventy foot front built by my father. Two driveways, one off either street, one leading to the garage.
It was a beautiful blooming yard in the summer. Flowers, roses and trees all celebrating. Often a race car being wrenched on in the driveway without a garage. Men drinking Olympia or Hamm’s beer, thick and muscular tanned arms waving arc welder torches and spark spraying grinders while the sun made rainbows in pools of water and petroleum collecting on the sun baked asphalt. The women sitting on the front deck smoking long feminine cigarettes wearing beehives and hornrims , flipping through Avon catalogs sipping mixed drinks and moving in and out while tending to the inevitably late Sunday supper. Us kids playing and running in sprinklers, away from bees, perfecting a makeshift slip and slide fashioned from construction site visqueen. Craigmont grape, black cherry and cream Soda, barbecued potato chips and the constant sound of a sliding screen door smacking closed and sliding open.
Watermelons and cantaloupe…………tater tots and ketchup……….
Flies in the hot kitchen despite collective effort. Corn on the cob and potato salad. Jello concoctions and vinegary bean dishes with awful flavor and texture. I will never comprehend “three bean salad”. It is vomit. I’ll bet it’s worse going down than coming up. Who eats that shit? Old people with atrophied taste buds and dumb hicks who can’t know better.
Seriously, fuck me. I’d rather sip from a bedpan. Nastiness.
Moving right along.
Steaks, hamburgers and hot dogs. Fruit salads with throat blocking coconut shreds, Cool Whip and mandarin orange slices tasting of tin. Delicious homemade cobblers, pies and ice cream. Yes, homemade ice cream. Huckleberry and lemon-vanilla you bitches.
Alive and thriving. A real neighborhood with real neighbors. A community. A village. Safety and security.
Winter holidays were just as festive, somewhat more decorous and far more elaborately decorated. At one time my mother had an entire outside structure devoted exclusively and extensively to storage of holiday decorations. She was raised with ten brothers and sisters. Birthdays were never a big deal but holidays, Christmas in particular, were huge, in her childhood and mine. She made sure.
I think what I’m doing here, is writing a love letter to my mother. Everyday for the past week, she’s been in the 38 foot home away from home, cleaning. I’ve watched her clean every wheel, every window, apply wood wax to every wooden surface and take clean rags to every blind. She’s dusted, mopped, vacuumed and wiped every surface accessible. Her plan is to rent an industrial shampooer tomorrow for the carpets. She is a house on fire.
She then comes in every single night and prepares a balanced meal for my father and I.
I help as much as I can.
She is a fart in a whirlwind.
She sets things for the meal in motion and then we sit outside and play with the the black canine tripod, throw her toys across the lawn, giver her treats, have a smoke and a drink or two and eagerly talk about nothing or things very important. I find myself getting impatient for her to join me on the patio. I’ve learned to make our drinks and just wait until she’s ready.
My mother always has something else to do.
I help with cleanup in the kitchen every night. I wipe up and dry and put away and collect and wrap and stash.
Then I stun her with my prowess at Jeopardy. We seriously discuss my appearing as a contestant. “Goddamn you” she tells me because I’m good at it. I’m really thinking I should look into it.
I wonder, wonder, wonder. My mother is so bright and perceptive. Such an active and adroit mind. What does she think about while keeping herself so busy? It can’t be the singular curse of an overactive mind because mine never stops and I’m a relatively lazy bastard. She’s a thinker. I know she is. I know she’s churning. I’m going to ask her about it.
So anyway, I found myself over on that side of town the other day, my spirits were buoyed a little by the beauty of the day. A high desert Indian summer. I’d been warned but wasn’t prepared for what I saw. No lawn. No growth. No greenery. Grey and black. Decay and rot. The slow and insidious violence of absolute neglect. Like beauty and spirit and air had been sucked out. Trees angry and twisted and dying. Rotting crab apples littering where lushness used to be. A sagging roof, curtains askew and windows like blank crazy eyes. Like a horror movie. I still dream there. I hope what I saw does not go that far into my twilight.
It hurt my soul. It took my breath. I thought about me and my sister’s impressions in the sidewalk my father made. I intend to save those. I will get them. I will knock on that door and pay the man whatever he wants to lose that part of his sidewalk. I will do this before I leave this town. All the magic is gone. All that we did and built has been erased by apathy. Everything is still intact in our hearts and minds and spirits. What we did and who we are is still complete and golden and thriving.
Lonely is the night.
Drinks for my friends.
Here I am in Carson City Nevada.
Back on the grid. Internet access achieved. Kinda proud, as I’m a bit of a luddite.
The capital of the great state of Nevada, merely titular as the seat of power. Since the seventies or early eighties, the actual force and center of political influence has resided with indefatigable dominance in Clark county, some five hundred miles to the south, by virtue of the voracious development and a subsequent population explosion in Las Vegas.
Despite all that, Carson City remains a cracklingly political town. My sister tells me it’s all about to change. Power will return to it’s rightful place in the North.
Between nation trotting sojourns with my father in an RV better appointed and more luxurious than most apartments I’ve lived in, my retired mother still oversees vital components of the bi-annual legislature. They are somewhere between small towns in Washington state as I write this.
My sister swings a heavy municipal bat. She has big plans for this town. A media center unrivaled on either coast. Her husband, whom I’ve known since grade school, wields substantial influence with Nevada’s nearly omnipotent Gaming Control Board. Friends of the family are the wealthy, elite and intelligentsia as well as the kind, humble, ordinary and delightfully quirky.
Hello, Don Carlson, Harry Reid and the rest of you.
Not at all out of the ordinary for me to crack my hometown paper to find an article or editorial written by my uber talented and modestly ambitious sister. Just last week while having lunch in an ordinary burger palace, I enjoyed such occasion.
Their lives are impossibly full. Easy to envy. Very busy and purposeful people. Even my sister’s three children, two in college and the youngest a senior in high school, are elaborately involved.
The net effect of all this furious activity and humble accomplishment allows for me to feel distinctly and unmistakably slovenly. Sloth like. As I sit writing this from my parent’s kitchen counter, my trophy, a gold record, prominently adorns a living room wall. Not much in the scheme of things, but I’ll take what I can get, at least until I’m a famous and/or critically acclaimed writer. Or maybe head of the cheese department at Whole Foods.
Another thing that impresses the crap out of me is the depth and breadth of both my mother’s and sister’s larders. The culinary treasures in each are enough to sustain one through the apocalypse. Exotic condiments, mustards, pickles, oils and dressings of all kinds. Cheeses and sausages. Canned fruits and vegetables. Spices, soups and seasonings. Refrigerators and freezers stocked with meats and nuts, breads and more vegetables. Everything from freshly frozen hand picked huckleberries to chicken nuggets, huge sides of mammals, frozen diet meals and seafood. Sauces from barbecue, to soy ginger and sesame, vidalia onion and fig, chili, rice vinegar and raspberry pecan. Tomato paste, tomatoes chopped, tomatoes whole. Soups and pasta, raw beans and crackers.
Slim fast in a can and baby corn in a can. Microwave popcorn and Cups O’ Noodles.
Alcohol from fine wine to to cheap champagne. Malibu Rum to Creme De Menthe, blood orange liqueur, vodka, gin, whiskey and Amaretto. Soda, beers and juices.
All manner of candies and chocolates. Jams, jellies and preserves.
Farm fresh eggs from my brother in law’s chickens and home made pies from my sister’s oven. She has an herb garden and shops the farmer’s market every Saturday morning. She runs marathons. Her husband is soft spoken, brilliant and absurdly funny.
Not much substance here I know. Been away from the wheel for awhile so give me some room.
I will tell you this.
Without a public option at the center of any health care bill, all is lost. Obama will have squandered too valuable political capital for next to nothing. The only efficacious mechanism for curbing corporate insurance greed, for legitimate reform, will be missing. Without it, it will be a band-aid on a sucking chest wound. Consequences of a bill without it will be dire. All momentum and any mandate from an overwhelming majority will expire.
The ideas of hope and change will atrophy. No bill will be failure. A bad bill, without a public option, will be a stage for blame deserved, optimism smashed and the very last chance Americans will ever have at fair and equitable health care will fade to black. The best promise of this administration will be shit. Obama’s presidency, and our last best hope, will surface out past the breakers, missing a limb.
Fuck the Republicans. Take one lesson from them and get the goddamn Democrats to march in step. Marginalize the flat earthers by excluding them. I’m weary of the vagina monologue here. Tell the assholes that would terrorize their constituents with stories of “death panels” and grandma’s plug being pulled to shut the fuck up. Go to those states and wage war. Get proactive. Get medieval on their asses, with the truth.
Chuck Grassley should be invited to suck his own dick. He’ll never vote for health care reform unless he’s shamed into it. Obama needs to go to Iowa. I’m not sure what Ted Kennedy’s status is but wheel him in. Get proactive. Fight, you you pussies. More than health care is at stake here. Don’t you see it? Hope and change hinge on this.
Absent a public option will be proof that Democrats are unable to even lead a horse to water. A majority in the House and Senate will be meaningless and it will all be for nothing. Not a goddamn thing. All for naught. God will whisper in Michele Bachmann’s ear and she’ll be your next President.
You think the last eight years sucked? I’m just sayin’. It’s all about this. Right here. Right now.
Drinks for my friends.