Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Monday, October 29, 2012
her mind trying to make pictures out
of the colors that were shining in.
The sounds swam around her head,
looking for a place to rest awhile,
as she sat in the corner, numb,
with her brains in hand and smiled.
Sunday, October 28, 2012
My grandfather succumbed to Alzheimer's disease, and my mother is beginning to have issues with Dementia. As for myself, I'm finding that I struggle to remember things from time to time. Scary, but a reality.
Medical science is a long way from finding a solution, if there truly is one. I bring all of this up, not to bring people down, but to remind folks to make the most of life, make joyful memories, even those that will be forgotten, and to let people age with the dignity and grace they deserve.
A little love and respect goes a long way.
Saturday, October 27, 2012
not knowing how to read the signs,
confirm your fears,
blast across the years,
caught with a bottle,
you've been condemned,
fired through many a yesterday
My day job is in accounting for a small government department, which is a part of a larger municipal organization.
My current computer which runs Windows XP with Office 2003 is functional but dying, which you can kind of tell by the black duct tape holding it together, was supposed to be replaced with a like kind Dell (don't get me started on that) running Windows XP and Office 2007.
Not much of an upgrade, I know. So, a new machine was ordered by our IT Department in December of 2010, and arrived the following January 2011.
This "new" computer then sat in my cubicle from January 2011 unto the beginning of October 2012. It never got installed. Why? Because I insisted that my scanner (crucial equipment) and fax modem be installed. I've been more or less paperless for more than a decade in my work area (we have no physical storage) and I love the convenience digital documents.
So, this October, the computer got picked up by the IT Department from my area to be "imaged" and brought back and installed. A week went by and no word on how things were going. On week two I got a phone call about the Scanner and Fax options I was requesting (I want a machine that matches the capabilities of my current machine), and after lots of back and forth they said they'd work on it. But not until after lecturing me about asking for old technology, and I could not help but laugh at that, pointing out that they were installing old technology with my "new" two plus year old computer.
So, three weeks (on top of the 20 plus months already mentioned) have gone by and no computer has been installed.
If folks have any doubts about government inefficiency, they shouldn't. I've seen it first hand from the inside for more than 25 years. It's bad and getting worse. People should be much more outraged than they are. Unless government modernizes in a cost effective manner it won't be able to serve the public, and as much of it should be outsourced as possible. This will require breaking some of the union stranglehold on government.
To sum up this rather long post, my "new" computer will probably end up getting installed by 2013 (government does very little work during the last two months of the year because of the holidays).
I thoght it would be interesting to compare what's been developed during my two year wait to have an antique installed, and I'll use Apple as an example, so here we go:
iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPhone 5, iPad 2, 3, 4, and iPad mini, iOS5, iOS6, new Apple TV, two versions of OSX, new Mac Mini, new mac books, new iMac.... You get the idea.
Hell, even Microsoft upgraded their OS to Windows 8 and came out with the Surface tablet, not to mention newer versions of Office.
So, yes, tech development is speeding up, and government is falling further and further behind and never shall the two meet.
Government is failing at an accelerating rate.
Friday, October 26, 2012
feeding themselves on patronizing screams
sitting on alters next to queens
pounding on the head's of court jesters
destroying the king's throne and crowning
him with tar and feathers
gossip house for the insane
chatting about nuns snorting cocaine
avoiding the snow plows,
chasing dairy trucks,
mistaking them for milk cows...
Well, you woke up to an opera
with your head between the rocks
and your feet in the clouds...
The straight jacket is in the closet now
and your family in the grave...
everyone you knew lost their heads
to the king...
after his elaborate coronation...
but the bishop saved your life
when he let the church bell ring...
Now stuck in crowded slums,
with your favorite sluts...
who'd would like to see you die
and fed to buzzards,
or to toil the earth,
feeding on lizards...
Thursday, October 25, 2012
bottles in the making... day after day. The happiness
they once brought, now just clouds through which
she could barely see.
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Give them explanations and though their questions can't all be answered, maybe you can tell them enough to keep them satisfied. And if not that, at least enough to keep them stupefied.
You put them here and their curiosity is too great to be denied.
Monday, October 22, 2012
leave behind the anger,
leave behind the fear...
take yourself away from the cause...
now's the time to speak.
They're offering an option cluase
on tranquility for only $100 a year,
apply now and receive a free
autographed picture of the lone ranger...
hurry, just sign your name
and the rest is their responsibility...
Sunday, October 21, 2012
going the opposite directtion
as all the rest
knowing that long term plans
are not my quest
having fun with the stumbling
blocks that ruin the plans
of so many
yet they question me as
to why I don't have any
"what about the future"
they always say
as they toil away
waiting for the
and I just smile
with my reply
"I live for today"
Saturday, October 20, 2012
Friday, October 19, 2012
Thursday, October 18, 2012
If there is a way to turn things around, it has to start with taking a long hard look at ourselves, and changing who we've become to who we want to be.
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Monday, October 15, 2012
that makes me happy
fouled into depression
this isn't progress,
I'll have to take comics
with my tea...
and start the day
on a different note
when in need of a quote