Wednesday, March 19, 2008

My Two Cents

How is it that I don't want to do my writing for work, and all I want to do this morning is blog? Maybe I can write this off as a warm-up for the real writing to come later today...

I watched the video of Barak's speech yesterday on race in America. Words mean everything and absolutely nothing when it comes to politics, but whatever the outcome of the election, the man is an amazing orator. Maybe it's just the novelty of a politician who can pronounce all the words in his speech for once, who knows. To this thought, B., ever the incendiary, replied, "Yeah, so was Hitler." To which, belatedly, I reply, "And so was Bobby Kennedy." He went on to say that someone on NPR had worried that we "aren't allowed to say anything bad about him." There's plenty of room to criticize all three of the candidates, people just have to talk about real differences on the issues and not dismiss them based on sexist, racist, or even ageist attitudes that are so easy to throw out when we're too lazy to dig into the root of a problem.
Again, regardless of the outcome, it's a pretty exciting to live in a time in America when both a woman and a minority can be serious candidates for President. I cynically tend to believe that politicians can't really change anything and the best they can do is not make things worse, but I have to admit, the current state of affairs makes me hopeful.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

A Change of Scenery

I just turned in my resignation letter...or something less dramatic (whatever you want to call the letter you give your landlord saying you aren't going to renew your lease). It felt good. I have hated this apartment pretty much since I set foot in it. And, I hate the management here almost as much. Yet, last year when the lease ran out, I was too lazy to pack up my many and varied belongings and schlep them somewhere new. No longer. I will pack, lift, and haul as many heavy boxes as necessary to get the hell out of here come May 30th.

And I'm done with the CWE...The area seems to be getting worse instead of better. No, I'm ready to sell out for the likes of Clayton or Brentwood. I want hardwood floors and a balcony/back porch. I want a second bedroom so I can have an actual home office. I definitely want a dishwasher and a washer/dryer combo. I want to trash my dumpy couches and get new furniture. I want to have room for a dresser and a dining room table. And, hope against hope, I'd love a yard in which to play with a puppy.

So long, hood...I'm ready to move on up to the west side.

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