I just watched Hans Gruber fall from the Nakatomi tower. 😉
I just realized how long it’s been since I posted anything here. I knew it had been a while – a several months maybe? – but it’s more like two and a half years!
It’s amazing how fast time can fly by when you aren’t paying attention to it, and I rarely do anymore. Modern-day life has allowed me to basically ignore the clock. I haven’t worn a wristwatch for about a dozen years, since is a clock everywhere I go anyway – hell, I carry a smartphone, just like everyone else. If I do want to know the time of day it’s easy enough to find out. The cable DVR freed me from the slavery of the TV schedule, allowing me to watch my favorite shows when it’s convenient to me, and I never have to worry about missing the new ones. Thanks to the Internet and the type of work I do, I don’t have to worry about punching a time clock or keeping to a set schedule, although ironically I still tend to follow a 9-5 day.
But even more it is the passage of days, weeks and months that slip right by me. There is relatively little difference between my work days and days off; either way I spend most of my days parked in my recliner with the laptop in front of me. I’ve become a hermit, and rarely leave the house anymore.
I’ve kind of withdrawn online to a great extent as well. I haven’t done squat on ThreeStooges.net in ages, outside of having to deal with the occasional asshole hacker. (I really need to get back to work on that.) Most of my online activity has been confined to expressing my contempt for the American police state on Facebook.
I hope to get myself doing more again this year, including getting back to posting here more often. Time will tell if I can stick to that. 😉
I am on Tumblr every day (hey – there’s a lot of gay porn out there!) and have been since early March of last year. One of the first things I saw on Tumblr is the following image of a “Missing” poster for a Massachusetts teen:
I have seen this image re-blogged on Tumblr many dozens of times, but that is just the postings I happened to stumble across. This particular image has been “Liked” and or re-blogged on Tumblr over 91,000 times. Now I am sure that every single one of those people did so because they are nice, caring people who think they are doing something to help. It is great that so many people are compassionate, but wouldn’t it be nice if they actually bothered to think about what they are about to do?
When I first saw the poster I was inclined to re-blog it too, naturally. But unlike my fellow Tumblr bloggers, I actually wanted to know what had happened to the boy, since he had disappeared a year and a half before I saw the poster. So I did what I would think should be an obvious thing to do; a quick Google search before re-blogging. While the following image is a screenshot I just took this morning, it is essentially the same thing I saw in March 2013:
It took a fraction of a second to learn that Matthew was not missing anymore, and in fact had returned home the next day.
My point is simple. Instead of just settling for the appearance of compassion, why not take a few moments to check on something like this rather than re-blogging it like a brain-dead zombie?
< / end of rant> 😉
I came across some pictures in Shorpy a while ago of downtown Buffalo taken in the early days of the 20th century. I made Buffalo my “home town” after I got out of the Army in 1975. These pictures grabbed my attention, since I was so familiar with the buildings in them. Take, for example, this picture of Lafayette Square, in the heart of downtown Buffalo:
The building in the background on the right is the Brisbane Building. My first job after the Army was working at the Citibank branch office located there on the ground floor of the Main Street side. (That’s Main Street in the foreground. ) The building to the left of the Brisbane, in the center background, is the Hotel Lafayette. I lived in a room there for about a year, in the mid-80s. I believe the cool building on the left was the old downtown Buffalo Library, but I’m not sure. The library had a modern style building there, built in the 1960s, by the time I lived in Buffalo. I spent many, many hours in that library. 🙂
Here is how the square looks these days:
Next up is St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, which is just a couple of blocks south of Lafayette Square. When I lived there in the early 1980s, my wife and I went through Confirmation at St. Paul’s, and later had our civil marriage blessed by one of the priests, who had become a friend of ours. (I did try to make the marriage work.)
Here is St. Paul’s today:
Finally, Buffalo Savings Bank, a few blocks north of Lafayette Square. I worked as a printing press operator here in the late 70s-early 80s. The dome is literally covered in gold leaf.
That is my biggest complaint with “public education.” They don’t teach children to think at all, but to just memorize the approved “facts” given to them. That is why so many Americans today are completely lost and helpless when presented with a situation outside of what they’ve been taught.
Parents – stop abandoning your responsibility to educate your children and turning them over to strangers!