I have a friend who tells an antidote about children. They have a room. In the room they put the child from each family who is the oldest. In the middle of the room is a piece of paper with some instructions on it. The oldest children will pick it up, delegate and execute the instructions. Then they put all the middle children in the room. They pick up the paper and talk about who would like to do what and be sure that every one is happy. The youngest will leave the piece of paper on the floor, never even picking it up. Iâ€™m an oldest child. I see what can be and wonder why not? I went to MacWorld in 1995 and saw how that technology could be applied to the title business. They still havenâ€™t caught up to my thinking thirteen years ago. Iâ€™ve called myself an expediter in the past. My thinking is such that I want tasks executed in the most judicious fashion. Systems for the sake of systems aggravate me. To me, â€œThatâ€™s the way weâ€™ve always done itâ€… that’s fightin’ words. When I see a wrong, I want to make it right. I will not go quietly.
History shows us what happens when people do nothing. The Germans knew what Hitler was doing was wrong, theyâ€™re not amoral. Yet they became so when they said nothing. They followed like sheep. Now forevermore, their hands remain bloodstained by their inaction. In Guyana, it was apparent that Jim Jones had lost his mind. The people blindly followed. They drank the Kool-aid. Game over. Iâ€™m not the drink the Kool-aid sort. Sorry. Iâ€™m the hold your feet to the fire sort. I want to right wrongs. I want be better every single time. Mediocre is not in my vocabulary. Thatâ€™s why I hold 23 State and World Records. Thats how I got to the Rugby Nationals, and thatâ€™s why I win. Thatâ€™s what makes me good. I cannot drink the Kool-aid. Through out history people have followed, blindly lock-stepped with corrupt leadership.Â I cannot.
In this country today, our government isn’t leading anything. The country is run by corporations. They have taken the place of dictators and monarchs. So when the corporation says it’s only okay to think a certain way, you’d better get your shiny boots in line with everyone else. Critical thinking isn’t crushed by the government, it’s crushed by the corporate gods we serve. Corporations tell us every day how to think. CNN told us how to feel throughout 9/11. They even had a banner telling us it was time for closure. I’m sure that was quite helpful for the blocks and blocks of New Jersey wives who’s husbands were never coming home again. Fox bills themselves as a news station and they’re really a propaganda station. At least MSNBC doesn’t call Countdown a news show, it’s not. If a corporation gets a little too far on the edge, they get a boycott or a picket or one of those stupid online petitions that nobody that matters pays attention to. They answer only to their shareholders. Very few answer to their employees. Howard Schultz’s return to the helm assures that at Starbucks. He’s one of those CEO’s I respect. He’s true to the product, the people and the process. The oil companies, on the other hand, probably high fived each other after their Congressional appearance last month. I’m sure that was followed by guffaws and words to the effect of “I can’t believe they bought that load of shit”.Â We can engineer a solution. We just have to want to. Big oil doesn’t want it, so we’re not working on it, and our youth is getting blown up in some godforsaken hellhole so some of us can enjoy our God given right as Americans to take more from this earth than we give back.
But what really pisses me off the most is that these artificial entities demanding loyalty while giving none. I got another call from one of the giants who is out of work, looking for a lead or an in.Â I didn’t have one this time.Â In our business they have us where they want us. Almost everyone I know has taken a 40% cut in pay in the last two years, if they’re working at all. They piss on our legs and tell us it’s raining. In a year or so when the market comes roaring back, and no one has recouped any of the 40% that was taken away, they’ll all go and cut their deals. They’ll cut those deals for their families. And the corporate gods will weep and curse the lack of loyalty. Loyalty is like respect. It cannot be demanded, it must be won. You cannot will a seed to grow and you cannot impose your desire for respect or loyalty on another. You must earn it. As I have been saying all along, business is cyclical. While it’s currently cycling downward, it will recover. Have you earned your loyalty today?
Continuing in the rant mode
How in the hell do you manage to do this? Dolphyngyrl knew this would make me see red. And neither rain, nor snow nor cyclists minding their own freaking business? Are you kidding me? On the upside, I just bought a new road bike. Tonight. Like two hours ago. It’s last year’s version of this. Mine’s red. The guy did all sorts of upgrades to the components and shit and if I had bought the right pedals tonight, I’d be riding in the morning. Next question: Return the pedals or buy shoes that fit them…
And for our stupid file
Last night I rubbed my right eye and thought I knocked the contact up into the back of my eyeball. So I spent about an hour trying to get it out of my skull before I snotted it out through my sinuses. No dice. So I went to bed, got up this morning and searched some more. Gave up, took out the left eye, put it in a contact case and carried it with me all day so if the right one rolled back down I could take off my glasses and wear my contacts. I swear to God it feels like something is in there. So tonight I get home, make some dinner, since I live alone, I take it to the living room to watch some Keith Olbermann and have dinner and there on the coffee table is the contact. Yeah, I re-hydrated it and it’s being disinfected as we speak.