Political Exile Sucks...
I don't want to hear it; I really don't. And please, spare me the "I told you so"s. My white flag has risen above the smoldering ruins on my lone pathetic single non-poli-rant. I've capitulated to the vortex... I feel like Pacino in Godfather 3 ("... Just when I thought I was out,... they pull me back in....")... clenched fists and everything.
In our last episode our caped (yours truly) crusader was planning a 2-month boycott of anything having to do with politics (at least as to themes having to do with election-end of things). Some of you were pretty prophetic in your comments. Politics is everywhere. It permeates from the pop and culture worlds all the way to the business and Washington centers of gravity. Even the first launch in my post-politik planetoid was filled with indirect political nuances, full-on political comments referring to recent events,.... heck, my posting even pulled a decades-old (it seems) pissing contest between Daddio and Kevronius into my freakin' orbit... Yep, slingin' mouth-ful o' mortars from San Francisco to the Ozarks and back again.... ~just lovely~...
So now that I am doing away with that dumb-ass declaration, let me give you a bit of what I've been thinking about lately...
Observation 1: Eveybody is still pissed, that's the good news, so nothing new there. I keep wondering to whom the rants are directed towards, their own brethren?, their own choir?, ...themselves?. But now that I have had 8 days of detox I can just read, smile and roar in my best Jackie Gleason-like yuks. Its amazing how fast your humor comes back if you get away for a spell. The one thing I would really did, really appreciate, is anyone creative enough to come up with a different angle of anti-Bush rants.... or maybe a different take. You know what I mean?... some real juicy-non-acidic way to make me go "hmmmmm, THAT is different". But its all the same: "Look what Bush did now!", "Just when you think you have seen it all.....", "How can this administration not be impeached", "Another example of the vile corruption of His Emperor, Herr Bush"....... (ahhh... it's so good to be swimming amongst the vermin-talk again, can you smell me from there?)
Observation 2: I found myself agreeing with many a liberal rant. I'm not kiddin'. Not because I had a blood transfusion during my brief exile, or because of a mind-meld from the local Democratic party office,.. but because there are some very, VERY good writers out there in the left commuter lanes that have found that magical touch of expressing their ideas "in a language that we can easily understand" (thanks to Malcolm X for the para-phrased quote). One gets use to bopping around the usual suspects of blogs for entertainment and mental dueling; and all of us being "usual suspects" I should humbly and respectfully salute us all. But ever so often, BAM!; you just find a nugget of a blogger who really gets it; who really understands the paradox of what Marshall McLuhan said when he uttered "The medium is the message". Its easy to write with piss and vinegar. It takes basic writing skills (5th grade-level or just grunts for that matter), a pc with minimum RAM, a topic that really gets your nipples to DEFCON 5 perkiness, and you're good to go! No editor to guide you, and no moral compass to correct your deviances of logic or otherwise. But that -even in it's best example-, is clinically lazy in its end result. You may get a short term rise to your psycho-vent, or 12 quick comments within 15 minutes that gums up your ego, but in the end, its just that, a piss and vinegar rant that may or may not do anything other than having the effects of a cigarette after sex (if you smoke that is..). Having a blog is like having a car. The fact that you own one does not mean you know how to maintain the damn thing; much less drive it. Then again, the Federalist Papers were full of piss and vinegar (albeit a nicer bouquet) so my comment does not condemn this practice or marginalize the authors of such styles..., I only offer my sole view on the action.
.... I will share my newly found mental-plankton in a future "my favorite blogs part 2".
Observation 3: The posting ideas you get from staying away from politics is really amazing. Everybody should try it. Here is a brief example of the 6 I have in various stages of completion:
1) A piece on Goya, famous Spanish painter (and my Dad's favorite).
2) Another on the Monaco Principality and why its so "quaint"
3) A take on TV culture,... and why I think it has hosed us all.
4) The differences between being a "boob man" of a "butt man" (I know, its sophomoric but I can't be held accountable for my own morass, can I?) and why it reflects on our own parenting.
5) A delectable list of the stupidest blogs you may ever get to see,... and why they are so cool.
6) Why men are so phony when it comes to the way they show love (ok, not ALL men....)
Coda: Let me finish on a serious note (shocking). I started my new job as a senior manager for a large non-profit organization that provides both rental and affordable housing opportunities for the poor, transitional families, ex-convicts and the homeless. We also provide special finance programs to purchase homes we build ourselves in depravated areas...., I have to admit I thought long about making this move. I was doing very well working in market-rate construction/consulting companies for years. My last interview with this new company was the clincher. A politically conservative Manager (admittedly so) and his liberal-as-Jane Fonda co-manager looked at me in the eye and said: ~~"We have found a way to merge a brand of self-reliance and responsibility compassion, with the usual littany of entitlement grants available to everybody in the business. We've made it do-able, efficient and non-political. We've done with private business and government grants what government itself doesn't dare do,... what do you say?"~~ Imagine that, I thought....I said yes.
This libertarian man is going to work on the noblest thing I've ever done. I have no clue if my views on life will change or whether my credo will be shattered to smithereens once the reality of life at the disenfranchised level looks at me in the eye.... but I really feel good about this. I hope I am not disappointed at the changes to come....