Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Monday, November 23, 2009
Only Sarah Palin fans scare me more then Sarah Palin.
Interviewer: “What are some of your problems with czars?”
Interviewee: “I’m an American. We don’t have czars in America.”
(We have had czars since Franklin Roosevelt’s administration in the 1930s)
Saturday, November 21, 2009
I just put the finishing touches on what I believe is some of my best work. Please have a look and comment.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
I just found out that one of my rabbits died. Its weird how suprising and hard death can be. One minute your eating a mediocre chicken pot pie, and the next your entire family is huddles around a dead rabbit, who has been the source of so many great memories.
We first got cottontail in April 2002, but she was born January 15th 2002. Traveling up to Sabastabol was an adventure in itself, and I still vividly remember seeing the boy on the side of the road riding a lama. Then once we arrive at the "rabbit ladies" house she lays out a row of seemingly identical rabbits. My sister, having an outgoing spirit herself, of course chooses the first rabbit to bolt from the line, and that rabbit was cottontail. Heading home from the breader, we stop at an old 50's style dinner. Walking over to the car while our food is being prepared, I sit with the rabbit in the car. Obviously scared by its change in surroundings, I try to comfort cottontail by petting her, and that was the first close meaningful interaction I would have with a pet. Once we get home, my family immediately disregards the breaders recommendation of keeping the rabbit in the cage for the first 2 weeks, we base this decision of the fact that animals should never be in cages. Letting cottontail out of the cage, she bolts across our living room, kicking her back legs to the side in a sign of pure happiness. As a kid who always wanted a puppy, I finally had some kind of pet.
However, having a rabbit is hard, and cottontail did not make things easier. I always wanted a pet that I would take on walks, play catch with, and cuddle with at night, yet cottontail was having none of that. This rabbit was freethinking, violent, and wasen't about to take anyones shit. Attempting to hold her when she didnt want to resulting in a good thrashing, and I have a myriad of scars to go along with the stories. Cottontail also escaped multiple times. Finding her in such places as a fireplace, between my sisters bed and the wall, inside the walls of our house, under the playhouse, and my backyard in general. Yet, despite the wonders of the outside world, cottontail would always return for food and a warm hay box. I almost forget to mention her undefeated fighting record; she killed a snake and scared off a cat...thats what I call hardcore.
Around the 3rd year we had cottontail, we got her a companion rabbit, Floppy. These two at first were petrified of each other, but soon became my personal symbol of true love in the world. These two never left each others side, taking great care of each other in the process. When I heard cottontail had died, I wasn't shocked in the least, to learn that floppy had been standing outside their house, keeping constant guard over his fallen companion.
In the end, cottontail was the best pet you could have asked for. She had a unique way of showing love, but she definitely showed it. Be it cleaning floppys fur or letting you pet her, she had a subtle soft side. It's heartwarming that a small thing like a rabbit dying can cause a human to reflect on their own mortality, but cottontail has done just that. I would be lying to you if I didn't say that while writing this, the memory of cottontail had led me to deeply reflect on the time I have left on this planet. So as I say goodbye to an old friend, I just have to say that we love you cottontail, and the world will not be the same without its ninja bunny.
Today the 13th of November 2009, we buried you next to the play house. I scratched you behind the ears for the last time, your favorite spot. It always calmed you down. I hope you felt it somehow.
Thursday, November 5, 2009
For all V for Vendetta fans today is and always will be the 5th of November, but for me this day now holds even more of a special place in my heart. It is the day that for the first time in history SI Water Polo qualified for CCS. Congrats guys, we did it!
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Election day isn't even over, and I'm already disappointed. The USA is currently in need of great change, and I cant understand how so many people are trying to hold onto to old policy. Public healthcare is a wonderful idea, it has worked in many European countries, yet their are sections of this country that are inexplicably petrified of anything resembling a socialist policy. To all the morons our their, the government is using tax money to help cure people, that is a dam sight better then funding a pointless war in the middle east. Second, gay marriage. This is no longer a little special interest groups topic, these are peoples lives that are being fucked around on political agendas. Gay people are clearly in love, and if you personally find it reconcilable to limit other peoples love just because you don't find it right, then you are simply just an ignorant asshole. I leave you all with one final message; our population is at an historic junction, we can either change the world for the better or fail to improve by staying deep rooted in our old ways which clearly don't work in todays society (Bush Administration)...the choice is yours.
Despite the good and the bad constantly present in the world, society and to a greater extend the human soul are still fueled by hope. Some people find it in a random act of kindness, the written word, or the sound of music, but whatever form it take, it grants an individual a fleeting feeling of peace and temporarily transports them to a happier time. The point of this being that we all find peace in things, but for the most part most of these releases require context withing our own lives. However, their are a feel notable exceptions to this rule and the universal themes present in Radin's music is one of them. I am in the middle of a hectic water polo season, applying to college, and just dealing with life, but for a blissful evening I could release. Glancing around the venue I noticed how a group of a few hundread strangers were instantaneously relating over a common feeling we all share; love. This magical bond coupled with the amazing songs came together to produce a truly magical night. It is amazing to wonder how seemingly ordinary moments can become large watershed moments in a persons life, going from a night of low expectations to seemingly enlightening ones view towards the human condition. For me, last Thursday was one of those nights. Thanks Josh!