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One Man's Journey Into The Mind Of America
|"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." - John Rogers |
Tuesday, July, 19, 2011
A few weeks ago I wrote NY Senator Greg Ball (better known as "Senator Twitter") regarding his NO vote on civil rights last June. Apparently, no surprise to anyone who knows him, his vote was up for sale. He would have voted YES if the National Republican Committee would guarantee that Dick Cheney would come and campaign for him. I wish I was making this up but it is what it is and the Senator has not only made a mockery of the NY State Senate but once again, of himself.
The Senator did not reply to my note. Instead, a staffer, Krista Gobins, invited me to become part of an advisory council on the environment. I laughed so hard I almost passed out! But I did think about it, in between wiping the tears and catching my breath, and decided it was the worst possible thing I could have ever done. So, I'm voting NO on Senator Twitter's flaccid invite to be part of his political propaganda machine. However, if he would like a date, I'm 5 minutes away from a shower and 15 minutes away from my car! Think of all the fun we could have on Capasso's farm....
From time to time we all have those "head slap" moments when some things we've 'known' our entire lives becomes suddenly obvious. It's like when you first learned that the Marine Corps was not a "corpse" (which happened to me at about 43,), that the world was not in black and white before the advent of color television, that this nation was founded on the premise that the rich shouldn't have to pay taxes at all, that Hugh Hefner and Joan Rivers and are actually still alive and that Paul McCartney once played in a band called "The Beatles".
Here Are Some Things I Have Noticed:
If you send this along or steal individual lines from it and it's not properly credited, your home will be invaded by bedbugs, your dog will get fleas, you'll get endless robocalls from questionable Republican candidates, your children will hang with the wrong crowd and the building inspector will find that one little thing you never got approved when your house was being built.
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Lastly, last winter I was so poor that I figured if I were frugal I could get several meals out of the dog. My camping gear was in the car and I was on my way to points unknown leaving everything I owned behind. Somehow though I got through all that but the idea of staying here at the Asylum is no longer a satisfactory one.
Those who known my landlords will fully understand. Those who do not know them cannot begin to reckon the psychological complexities and unhappy, odd surprises that are the norm and that I've lasted here this long speaks more about my lack of self-esteem than anything else. But those days are over.
So I'm looking to replicate what I have here, (without the active indifference from the landlord), elsewhere in the Hudson Valley.
My needs are simple: I need to be able to piss off the back deck in the morning, the dog needs to be able to leave the house at will and roam, I need a sunny spot for a vegetable garden and, if you don't mind, I'd prefer not to hear the joyous sound of the neighbor's children screaming in the yard nor their son's stereo playing WPDF at ten AM on Sunday morning while he works on his quad.
If you know a place let me know - soon. The charm of this place has most definitely come to an end.
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