Saturday, January 07, 2012

A need to make things work

There must still be a great number of these type of old Deco picture houses around the planet it always baffles me that with all the style they possess I don't hear about any of them prospering. Sure they still operate but it seems that they're always on the brink of closure. Seems a shame ...

The Astor theatre is one in my neighborhood that fits the above description. The Astor is a well respected fixture but I run into many that have never been in it. We all ( citizens of Melbourne ) Drive , Walk & Tram past it daily but never go in. I have a desire to see it work ... I want to take it apart like the tape recorders, tv's and microphones I opened as a child. I do have a desire to make things work, could be why I have such a hard time letting go when they don't I'll either have to find a way to let go easier or... Find a way to make EVERYTHING work! - Posted using BlogPress from my iPad

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

Take Me Away!

Theres always a lot of talk about what we deserve...
or don't deserve
much "damn... I didn't deserve that" or
"What did I do to deserve this?"
But I think the real point lies in the idea that for some reason we tend to believe that the universe (for lack of a better term) has some interest in what happens to us.
I mean does the universe still sob over the fate of the dinosaurs?
Does it ponder still over the fates of the many we have all lost?
If I trip and fall in the path of an oncoming tram will the universe, god, buddha or the tooth fairy send a card to my mom to say " That was just fucked up what happened to your boy... we all regret it and hope you get over it soon."
I think not.
The fact is that in the grand scheme none of us matter much ... and that's ok.
Because we never did.
I wonder when mankind got the idea that we are the lynch pin of the universe?
Sure for a long time we believed we were the centre of it all but that was pure ignorance now that we know much better what do we do?
Will we finally kill off the gods that have shackled us since we invented them?
Maybe make some real progress?
It seems unlikely that we will
There will always be one group waiting for the return of this one or some event that will return us to our long lost & forgotten former glory.
In fact we have just lived through the latest rapture when the true believers were to be reunited with that long absent christian god... son of god?
Member of the holy trinity?
I can never be sure
but it came and past us by like a speeding car on a motorway.
I suppose the true believers were really disappointed
For my part I have always thought it a wild idea that the very entity that preaches non judgement , bloke peace would have the sack to condemn a very large segment of mankind to eternal servitude in the pits of hell.
I mean surely Jesus is one of the world's great pushovers ...
I mean a bit of " Jesus I have sinned", "I knew not what I did!"
"I'm on the path now!"
I mean if you believe it ( and I dare say you would if faced with the rapture) surely the big guy would let you in like a favorable door guy outside of 54.
"come on... get in before someone sees ya!" he'd say and you in the party, so whats to worry?
"And Jesus ?"
"Can I borrow the car ... & $20 ?"
"Sure" he'd say "now get in there you little scamp"

If you were a sinner
like myself
Even if I was sent down
just the fact that there was a satan and hell means that the opposite must be true so even while burning in hells everlasting fire I've gotta be happy for gods in his heaven with my family & friends and all is right in the world.
So take me away!
Its all good!

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Friday, March 04, 2011

The Negro travelers' Green Book Guide to Travel & Vacations

It is quite shocking to me that I have never heard of "The Negro travellers' Green Book Guide to travel & vacations" If you are as unaware as I was I'll let you know what it's all about ...
This, I can only imagine, indispensable book points a safe route to travel in segregated America, it lists hotels, gas stations tailors, restaurants that would serve blacks in those dark days of segregation, so that if you were fortunate enough to be able to travel it could give you at least some hope of surviving America as it was then.
This book must have been a must have for every band traveling Jim Crow America so every tour manager, bus driver, booking agent & more MUST have known about it and it was a published for 30 years ... let me say that again 30 YEARS! and yet it is not common knowledge how can this be ?
Now, hear me clearly I'm not saying that it should be known to simply point out another injustice inflicted upon blacks that is a valid point to be sure but let's take a look at the other points that might make this an incredibly interesting topic for radio, television, and print ( and not only during black history month)
1. somehow in 1936 Victor H. Green found a way to compile and get published the first edition!
2. This book WITHOUT DOUBT saved countless lives by pointing a safe route of travel
3. It was printed for THIRTY YEARS!
4. Victor Green used his contacts in the postal service to compile his list of safe havens for the African American Traveler.
5. It was printed for THIRTY YEARS!

Printed on its cover were the words: Carry your "Green Book" with you, You may need it.
It must have been widely known & widely used so ... what happened?
Why did the knowledge of this book and Victor H. Green fade away into the mists of time?
The answer may not be as obvious as you think... after all in this case the bulk of the information was and is being held in "the community", my own mother, who lived through those times and spent some part of her life in the south must have come across it not to mention uncles, aunts Grandparents, friends, relatives...
so ...
I ask again...
What happened?
Why are there so many blank spots in the history of Black Americans?
Once we didn't know there were cowboys, and what happened to the free blacks we see from time to time in photographs of the 1800's ?
There has never been any doubt that there are uncountable omissions in the telling of the story of America...
I am beginning to think that it just may be access and use of the internet that will bring many of these obscured stories to light... wouldn't that be something?
Tales of Abolitionists, Librarians, shopkeepers, Travelers, Settlers...
What would happen if we (and I mean the all inclusive "WE" of humankind) could uncover the lost stories and complete the history?
Lets hope we find out soon.
Because it's been too long coming

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Clues ... Where can I buy one?

You know … it occurs to me , after all these years that there have been so many directional clues that I have not considered along the way to here .
Maybe I'm a little slow or maybe I just lost focus for a while... or maybe , and this is the part that scares me, maybe I have a fatal flaw when it comes to women, it's not that the women I have known were bad, far from it, I have been extremely lucky to have known every one of them, but I am sure now, that as much as I would have wished it were not so, in every case we were not suited to each other.
Is it the accumulating years that lead me to believe that the ones that I did not explore fully are the very ones I may have had the best chance with? Or is it just that crazy “road not taken” thing that does it?
I would have liked to grow with someone, but it seems that is not my fate.
I have wanted that thing , that ubiquitous “spark” I think in some cases I have tried to build the spark but that can't work. Other times I have hoped that the spark would come, or that it wasn't really necessary but the truth is I have always wanted Nora Charles... you know Nick's wife... from “The Thin Man” books.... Ballsy, interrogative, gutsy, faithful. Don't get me wrong every woman I've known has had these traits even if they didn't know it, I guess it was more about the other things we both brought along.
Still.... more than anything else I have wanted a partner, a partner in truth to share it all with without fear or shame. You see …
My problem is I have seen it …
I have seen quite a few couples that have achieved that balance, kind in nature and spirit, accepting, loving.... not perfect, Hell no, not that … but considerate and considered.
As much as I love and admire these lucky couples... my envy is almost too distracting.
Yes of course I want what they have... I'd love to find my match but maybe that is not for all of us, or maybe it's just for the ones that can read the clues.

Sunday, January 23, 2011

An obese president?

Recently while watching one of the news programs from the homeland and during one of the segments on politics I began to think, as the camera panned across a room of full figured politicians... Would America ever elect an obese president? ... Again.
You may be thinking that president W.H Taft was quite a large politico but that was a long time ago and on an almost entirely different planet.  
The reality these days is for even a slightly overweight person to even run for the office is unthinkable.
There was a large form politician here in Australia that thought himself "fit" for the job of Prime Minister but for some reason he just couldn't quite get there ... eventually off he went to the political fat farm ( yeah I know there is probably not really a political fat farm but I like to think there is ) so he returns to the world of politics still a bit over the weight limit ... so no brass ring. 
Listen, for my money I say there has never been a qualified politician, they operate in a world outside the one we all live in ... and by the way, that is the major problem with modern politics.
I think that considering the way we are all obsessed with Abs,  pecs, and the appearance of fitness the chance that  any person that can't fit into the mold of this years fitness, can never rise to lead.
This may mean that because of our "form over substance" issues we may be heading down the road to times of younger & younger "leaders" I wonder how that'll work out.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Why politicians are like bad car mechanics

Just recently, I read a tweet with a link to a list of the top political leaders and it got me thinking ... how did we get here?
To my mind it is quite backwards to think of politicians as leaders, really at this point in history I hardly think this need be stated.
It is not their job to lead, to set moral guidelines, or to set the course of the nation... it is their job to listen! to listen to us, the people, it is our job to be involved & to watch carefully what they do.
This next bit sounds like a bad thing but really it's not so read carefully... We are not supposed to trust politicians! not because they are bad people but simply because they are...PEOPLE. I am not saying that you can't trust people, of course you can but you need to have a realistic assessment of their nature ( by the way... this is almost impossible the way we live today but maybe we'll get to that later) this is the reason why the story of the scorpion & the frog rings so true.
We cannot expect politicians to do the right thing of their own accord ( or anyone else for that matter) that is why there are checks an balances and there always have been, even before the constitution was written... for true.

Here is why I make the comparison that is the title of this post...

If your car breaks down and you can't fix it, its clear you know nothing about how it works, your mechanic knows this and may find it hard not to take some advantage... It's been known to happen. 


If your car breaks down and you can't fix it and you have to take it to a mechanic, you would be in a much better position if you know a bit about how the car works, now... if your mechanic is an honest, nice guy, as many are, not only does that knowledge likely indemnified against being ripped off but the brief conversation you will have, may just make a friend or at least an ally.
What I'm trying to say here is if you don't have the information, you can be sold any bill of goods by a mechanic or even a politician and in the case of the politician the lack of knowledge & involvement is exactly what makes them think that they have the right to lead and the right to make decisions in our "absence" and have no doubt we have been absent for a long while.


Monday, December 06, 2010

Film: My Name is Khan... From the epiglottis

Sometimes you hear about a movie and you want to like it for any of a number of good reasons, in my case I have never really got taken over by Bollywood films seen a few but to date ... My name is Khan had me even with the quite daggy line ... " My name is Khan ... and I am not a terrorist!" which is repeated over & over.
Don't get me wrong the film has a fantastic premise Indian man grows up close to his mother which makes his sibling jealous, mother dies, both sons end up in America ... then 9/11... lots of tension to work with there, he eventually goes on a pilgrimage to meet the president to say... " My name is Khan ... and I am not a terrorist!" even the fact that he suffers from Asperger's Syndrome could work and I can certainly see where it would make the character more acceptable to American audiences but it led to some very bizarre situations at some points, like Khan's visit to Willamina Georgia where he meets "mama" Jenny & Funny hair Joel two full blown black, southern cliches' and they all eventually suffer through an unnamed hurricane in what seems an abandoned baptist church while the congregation sings "we shall overcome". Whoo Boy! At points as strange as it sounds it reminded me a lot of Forrest Gump, Khan does repeat his mothers words of wisdom... "There are two types of people in the world, good ones & bad one's"
Listen you should definitely see it despite the flaws it's not a bad film, could've been great, but not bad.
In over 2 hours it did'nt really cover any of the many very powerful ideas but hey if you are one of the unfortunates that sat through say... hmm, Twin Peaks you could watch this easily.