Archive for November, 2009

Black Friday

Posted in Bikes, Culture, My Brains, Politics, Uncategorized with tags , , on November 27, 2009 by A.

I had to get up at about 4 the fuck am today. The store was opening at 8am and I had to be there at 6am to count out the tills. Yeah, I’m a bean counter. Auditor, I count the money. It is a lot harder than you think. Specially if your brains are wired for the right side not the left. And it takes some time to count out $1000 in one dollar bills. And when I got my coffee break, this old dude who fucking lives at K-bros says, “What? the busiest day of the year and your not working?” Asshole. “If I wasn’t working I’d be home in bed dude.”

But I’m lucky. Some stores opened at 5 am. Some opened the doors at midnight.

We had some kids in tents out front overnight. No matter what the time, people showed up.

Fucking insane. What does that say about a culture? When some one will get their ass to a store at 5 am for $5 pj’s (Target) or half off a returned item? Or toasters for $3.

And how does a business make a profit, or even break even on that? They often do it by paying trash wages, not giving health insurance. And by buying the cheapest whatever slave made, (child labor, prisoner labor, forced labor, no bathroom break workers), shipped in boats using the cheapest fuel the dirtiest fuel, with slave sailors.  And they count on the herd instinct. If they just get you in the store you will buy something, just because every one else is.  I’m lucky that the store I work at works hard to be clean. But way use that herd instinct. Remember, your only as good as your gear. 

Can’t these go shopping at 5 fucking am people see they are both being taken advantage of and participating in the destruction of the planet? Retailers taping into some primal urge to be first. To get the best piece of meat. To beat the rest of the swarm.

But if you wonder why the earth is burning, why the waters fouled, so many people left behind that they eat out of garbage dumps. Take a good fucking look at what you have in your house. Why do you need that do-hicky, that thing-a-bob? Have many shoes do you really need? I could do the same. How many tubes of paint do I need? But I wore a jacket that is almost 20 years old today. It still does the job I want it to do. I hate shopping for clothes. I will wear and repair the same pair of pants for years. It’s one of the reasons I wear mostly black clothes. Even if faded, black goes with black. I’ll wear shoes to no tread left so worn that my feet will hurt. And I’ve never owned a car. 

Although this afternoon I kinda wish I did. It was a tense icy ride home, when I have to leave the ranch it will get tenser. Because I will probably live farther away from work. I don’t want to get more than a mile away. 

So you go shop, go get the cheapest. I hope you feel good about it. But take a look at where that thing was made. Think about who made it, did they eat today? Will they eat tomorrow? Did they pee in their pants, on the line, because there’s no break for them.

Yeah, Black Friday.



Posted in ANHC, Bikes, Daily Draw with tags , , on November 18, 2009 by A.

I rode to the clinic today. Yeah, fucking cold. And I’m one of those that goes “Cold? Bring it on.” It was below zero down in Chester Creek. I used toe warmers,

and I got a new pair of lobster gloves. I’ve been wanting a pair of these for a while. But as always I’m most proud of not freezing my piercings. Been there done that and it fucking hurts. Felt it in my knees, it is colder when I rode home. And I was really hungry. I guess I could have kept riding to Carrs and  gotten something ‘healthy’ No way, I stopped off at Tommy’s!  Slipping my spare hat over the box holding my burger and fries, I hauled ass home. It’s only half a mile, but the fries where almost cool. The burger rocked. Does any one know why fries don’t taste as good cold?

Cold and I have blankets over the front door. I have one between the kitchen and front room. When I hit the sheets I have one in the hallway. I’m going to have a huge gas bill next month. Which is nothing next to what Steve and Johanna have been going though. The pipes in the cabin have froze and been thawed, froze and thawed, over and over again this week. I think they are ready to lose it. No fun when you have to walk next door to pee or take a shit. 

Between art ideas. But here’s a daily draw.


Posted in ANHC, Daily Draw with tags , on November 16, 2009 by A.

Yeah, that’s me alright. Get that way when it starts getting dark out. Go to work in the dark and come home in the dark. I might see the sun for 15 minutes on a break. Days off are a little better. It can still fuck with my head.

Yeah, looking for a center. Did this one in the waiting room of the clinic. I wasn’t feeling so great.  

Some day I’m going to get my shit together on this blog.

Snippets of Spenard.

Posted in Culture, The Hood with tags , on November 6, 2009 by A.

Here are two snippets of life in Spenard.

I was in the check out line at Carrs. I get up to the cashier and she asks “How is going today?” Told her it was great till the old dude in front of me cut loose with a fart. “Like where’s that cilantro?” She lost it, said I had made her day.

Spenard being Spenard we have our share of ‘characters’. There’s been ‘Sweaty’.  He wore a heavy overcoat all year-round, with a dish towel draped over his neck. To mop up the sweat. And ‘Beltless’ he would come into the store with his ass totally exposed. And of course Spenard icon Floyd. RIP dude, hope you get all the spare change you want.

Today coming back from lunch, I find there is a woman in the entryway of the store who could be any where between 35 to 50. It’s hard to tell because she never stops talking. Talking to some unseen person. Loudly. She knows the names of any and all celebrity types from the 70’s, and is telling that unseen person all about them. I got a ghost of a smile out of her today when I asked her to tell me about Truman Capote. “Drinking wine with Elizabeth Taylor at the Oscars.” But she was in an angry mood and got defensive immediately after. I wish I could tape her when she’s happier. She can be as entertaining as the stars she talks about.

Day o Dead apologies

Posted in Day of the Dead with tags , on November 5, 2009 by A.

Thank you to all the folks who came out to the Day of the Dead shows this last weekend. I wish I could have been there. But I got sick and couldn’t be very far from a toilet.  Any thing else is TMI. But just so you know, I kept busy. Heres a small part of a langer  Mandala. That I hope to have finished soon

Bright skullI also passed right by the 200th post. Yay!  Going to bring back the daily draw. I hope.