Monday, July 25, 2016

Last Week at Orsay

I did not visit the Louvre; I can only imagine the sea of phones in front of the little Mona Lisa!

Lawrence Weschler wrote a book about Robert Irwin called Seeing is Forgetting the Name of the thing One Sees, these days one might just write a book called Seeing is Forgetting to Look Altogether...

Friday, July 22, 2016

A Provincial Reading of Half Truths

Hallo blog, long time no write about overheard conversations in the locker room of our local pool.  Not that I haven’t gotten pissed off in general mind you, it’s just that I have not had the desire to relive those moments in written words; but today’s overheard conversation is still rattling around in my over-tired brain that has not fully accepted the fact that two days ago it was in Paris and now it is back to the provinces where once upon a time I felt at home but in my old(er) age no longer have the patience for, so here goes:  

Today, as I started peeling off my bathing suit in the shower, I heard the voice of A, a very sweet woman from other shores, say to B, a not so sweet woman from these here parts, “I saw a documentary about Brazil yesterday, it was awful!  It was about… what are those people who live on the hills called?”  …. My mind is silently screaming, “favelados” and I am thinking, “Here we go again, all the clich├ęs and sensationalist unbalanced bullshit that the media likes to dole out.”  And I am cursing, “Goddamn it Brazil, couldn’t you just have been satisfied with having the Copa (World Cup)?!  You barely pulled that one out of your ass and you just had to have the hubris to bribe your way into having the Olympics too!?”  It’s been a long time since I have been to that beautiful land, but I was born and raised in it and to see it fail so miserably saddens me profoundly.

Back to the shower…  

While A is trying to remember the Brazilian word for slum, B, who apparently has hosted a Brazilian student in her house at some point, says, “Yes, Brazil is in a world of hurt.  Now, that’s socialism for you!”  At which point I no longer can contain myself and say from behind my shower curtain, “Brazil is not socialist.”  “What are they?” she asks.  I respond with, “They are capitalists like us, they just have a very corrupt government.”  I refrain from saying, “It’s just that their government is even more corrupt than ours.”  I also refrain from saying, “Norway is a socialist country and they don’t seem to be in a world of hurt, you do the math.” 

B did not respond to the world shattering news I had just delivered from behind my shower curtain; and while A kept talking about open sewers in the favelas, B kept on spouting about how even rich Brazilians don’t have central heating or air-conditioning, all the while assuming it to be one more national failure instead of questioning why it is that so few people have either.  In a place where it never freezes and where opening the windows pretty much cools you off, people might not need climate controls.... Granted, climate change is affecting temperature extremes all over the world and it is indeed very cold in parts of Brazil this year; if this continues, residential construction practices will catch up to the changes, commercial ones already have, and people will eventually have air and heat because, contrary to popular American belief, not all Brazilians live in favelas, no matter how the media is spinning it at the moment….

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

The Future

Amazon warehouse

My husband uses CNBC as the de facto background sound of our home life, so for a week now I’ve been hearing news of the demise of retail businesses because people are doing their shopping on Amazon.  Today, again, numbers for companies were spouted out and the numbers for Target were terrible.  Upon hearing this, my husband started his usual diatribe against the store, something like, “Yeah, they used to have nice stuff now they’re just eh.”  I retorted with the fact that they still had nice stuff tucked between the mountains of average crap, but like all retail, they are being killed by Amazon; in fact I just got an email from Amazon telling me that I will get free 2-day shipping on any electronic item I buy from “IT”.

All of a sudden I had a clear vision of our not so distant future landscape.  Picture miles of our derelict infrastructure dotted with the empty shells of the warehouses where we presently consume our high margin goods made in China.  These will become the roofs under which a great portion of the population who no longer can find decent, let alone meaningful, employment will seek shelter while they shoot up the free heroin doled out by the government.  The heroin will be paid for by the revenue from taxes paid by a tiny middle class, the members of which will look like giant blobs of flesh* attached to computer terminals, making their purchases on line from Amazon, whose warehouses will be manned by robots and whose goods will be delivered by drones. Brave New World indeed, though Huxley’s was clean, orderly and pleasant compared to what I see will be ours.  

Mark my words.

*  I confess this part of the vision was aided by an episode of South Park in which the kids got addicted to a video game and turned into giant disgusting blobs of flesh whose bodily needs were attended to by their mothers.  On South Park it was hilarious.

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Obama goes to Riyadh to tell them what's what.

Anyone who happens to improbably fall on my blog because they were searching for the word "Obama" knows I am not a fan of the man as president.  President Obama is an abysmal president/manager/CEO of THIS particular country, The US of A as it was designed and the way it developed historically.  However, as bad an executive as I think he is, I just can’t help it, I more often than not agree with his impulses...

Monday, March 21, 2016

Lost in the Supermarket

While waiting to pay for my bag of onions, I  got saved!  

So many miracles!

Friday, February 26, 2016


Image result for chris christie endorsing trump

Chris Chritie's endorsement of Donald Trump just confirms his lack of good judgement...  ...though he might just be vying for the vice president slot, after all he is sneaky and impulsive...