Saturday, December 24, 2005

my main grievance with humanity

I don’t care! These three words will end humanity. In this day and age of hurricanes, earthquakes and other natural disasters people seem more than willing to help those in need.
When the twin towers fell in New York millions of people all over the world united to provide help for the victims of this horrible attack. More recently when hurricane Katrina struck the gulf coast millions more rushed to aid the thousands of citizens left homeless.
There is never a shortage of caring people to help in a disaster. The time people fall short is when they are faced with things that, while horrible, are commonplace. People are drawn to the catastrophic and ignore the mundane.
I once read a story about a performance artist in New York City. He made himself up to look like he was dead. Then went onto a busy street and lay down. He lay on that street motionless for three days straight before anyone noticed he was there.
Why would any sane person do this? The artist said that he wanted to show how blind New Yorkers have become to the problems of the city.
I know what you’re thinking this was New York we live in Wyoming. There is no way something would happen like that here. Well this blindness to the plight of others is happening every day, even in Wyoming. There are pore and homeless people even in the cowboy state and John Q Public overlooks them more and more.
Locally we are so quick to jump on the bandwagon of disasters that affect people thousands of miles away, but when it comes to helping our own neighbors few step up and help.
In Powell as well in Cody there are food banks and other charitable organizations that distribute food, clothing and other essentials to needy families. These groups have there biggest success collecting food and money around the holidays, but why.
Is it that the general populous has more money at these times? I doubt it. In the recent Katrina disaster hundreds of millions of dollars were raised in an incredibly short amount of time, and this was August. So it definitely isn’t a timing thing, countless times of the year people give of themselves to help when a disaster calls for it.
More likely it is guilt that drives these holiday rushes to help. The holidays are a time of excess of most people. They’re spending hundreds if not thousands of dollars to buy gifts for friends and family. So while at the mall, with bags full of gifts, it is easy to walk by the Salvation Army bell ringers and think you have so much then pitch in a few bucks. It makes you feel better, like you did something for someone less fortunate than yourself and you did.
So why don’t people typically give at times of year other than the holidays? In my opinion, they don’t care. The rest of the year they are so focused on the big picture that they focus on what is right in front of them.
A wise man once told me don’t sweat the big things, they’ve already gotten you. Sweat the little things, they are the ones that will get you.

happy festivis


with all this merry christmas hoopla i would like to wish everyone out there a happy festivis. a list of grievances is to come.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

you know what?


neither do i.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

retail hell

so i lost my job today. got fired on some bull poop reason. at least the manager had the guts to do it herself instead of having the assistant manager. still it sucks a lot to get fired 5 days before christmas.

Friday, December 09, 2005

off to denver

well in about 7 hours i am off to denver for a much needed vacation. while there i will be taking in a game so if any one is actually reading this look for me in section 519 i'll be the one in the hat.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

oh the cold


it is so cold right now accueweather says it is 17 but i think it has to be colder than that. for the 1st time in 2 years i had to break out my winter jacket. staying in tonight to do some home work then it is off to denver for the broncos game this weekend. tell next time.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

you know what i really hate


i was driving in my car, as opposed to my invisible jet powered hover tank, and spun out on some ice. i'm fine as is the car but it made me realize as much as i love wyo i hate snow, i guess that is the price i pay for living in a state as beautiful as this.

Monday, December 05, 2005

Nametags, health care and a flying car in every garage

I am a man of great ambition. It started off small, as a child I wanted nothing more than to be President of The United States of America. I soon grew out of that small goal when I saw the cartoon “Pinky and the Brain.” I now wanted to rule the world. But as I grew older I realized that the world was not enough. I mean why have the world when you can have the universe.
It is now with great joy that I announce my candidacy for “Supreme Commander of the Universe.” As your Supreme Commander I will make some changes that I hope we can all agree will make things better for us all.
The first thing I will do is to create a new law stating that all people will be required to wear nametags. This will make the universe a kinder place. How you ask, I shall explain.
Say you’re walking down the street and you see some one, well now instead of a polite nod or a little smile. You can now say, hi Bob and Bob could reply nice to see you George. See don’t you think that that is a better world.
It has also been a theory of mine that if a criminals know your name they would be less likely to rob or hurt you. It may not pan out but hay it is worth a shot.
Second I would address the ever-increasing cost of health care. To do this I will go straight to the source – lawyers. I will out law lawyers and form tribunals of experienced health professionals to decide disputes that come form hospital mishaps.
Next I will address the shortage of doctors and nurses. To increase the amount of doctors I will provide grants to all those who wish to go into the health care profession. It can cost in excess of $100,000 to become a doc and that just isn’t right. My grant program will allow all those willing and able to follow this noble path. Lastly anyone who couldn’t pay for health care wouldn’t have to, it’s that plane and simple.
Third, the flying car! To quote Kevin Smith’s short film “The Flying Car,” “It’s times like this it occurs to me we were lied to by the ‘The Jetsons.’” That show and many others promised us we would all have flying cars by now.
It’s 2005 almost 2006. We can put a man on the moon, we have mastered the atom and we still don’t have a flying car? How can this be? Being the conspiracy junky I am (yes I have more interest than iced tea) I have to belief that the flying car exists and it is the government keeping this from the public. But when I’m the government I will release this great technology to the people, where it belongs.
Remember on Election Day a vote for McConnell isn’t just a vote for a better universe but a vote for nametags, health care and a flying car in every garage.

more pics of kenny v



this is a pic of my good friend Ken Verheeke