Tuesday, January 1, 2013
Let's Hope 13 is Lucky
So to mark a year that I wish was never was, I have come up with a Top 12 list. Part year end review, part resolutions, it marks the moments in the year that are promises to move onward and forward. We should always aspire to do such in all of our lives regardless of the year or the number.
1. Avoid the word "Green" Thanks to the most poorly written law of last year, Marijuana is legal in Washington State and (hopefully my future State home, Colorado). I cannot comment on Colorado but when I realized what a good idea wrapped in bad law I had flashbacks to another one that I have mixed feelings about - Affordable Care Act aka "Obamacare."
Because green is now another euphemism for MJ, Ganja, Mary Jane or whatever the kids today say, I have had hundreds of calls asking if they can "find their right shade of green." Add to that the irony that my business number begins with 420. You have no idea. New business, new year and green is just a color in my closet.
Green in the industry is like many words, it's overused and its meaning has been Greenwashed. So this baby is out with the green water.
2. Social Media and Apps. This is another overused form of nonsense that I have never really got but I tried I really did. The obsession with both have people unable to walk the streets without a phone in their hand and they are not talking on it but to it. Try a real conversation. And the other is the overwhelming need to find ways of more subliminal advertising buried within some faux concept or idea. I think there is enough advertising and stuff to buy but apparently having it utterly in every way and aspect in your life is not enough. The same people who have the arrogant audacity to say to me they don't watch TV its nothing but ads carries a phone that is what? Nothing but ads. Good luck with it.
3. Move. I need to move. Starting now by moving on.
4. Keep standing. After what happened to me this year I have never been more determined to remain standing. The idea of being taken to the horror that was Harborview on a stretcher ever again is enough for me to welcome the idea of becoming a Vampire to ensure this.
5. War on Women. It's not. It is a war on the "Poors". And women are largely in that category, along with Minorities, Immigrants and Gays, there is a fear by the another vaguely designated group called the "white establishment" that they are becoming increasingly irrelevant. Well I have been there, done that, read the book, seen the movie and bought the t-shirt. Anyone who has lived through the 60s, 70s and 80s have seen all of the above attacked, marginalized and still come out fighting. There is safety if not power in numbers. Come together, right now, you and me.
I never want to see this Sandra Fluke person on TV again, btw. This girl, a student at a very prestigious law school, has the audacity to claim insult because a fat blowhard, Rush Limbaugh, called her a slut. Lady my mother used to say "sticks and stones will break your bones, but names will never hurt you."
I have never heard such outrage and again why I am distancing myself from Social Moronia because another woman claimed the same outrage over a man who was her "cyber" boyfriend. You have got to be kidding me.
Both women share two things in common. They were insulted by men whom they had never met and they are both attention whores. Yes I called them names too! Honestly this is insane to think that being called a name is akin to what women who have been in abusive relationships, harmed by parents, caregivers or raped and assaulted physically.
If the young woman in India who died "last year" been so lucky. If the women and girls killed in Afghanistan had been so lucky killed for going to school. If health care aids in Pakistan who are trying to save lives by giving children in their communities life saving drugs been so lucky. Even I as I still try to resolve what happened to me that fateful night of February 8, still think I am lucky to be alive to allow me the opportunity to resolve it.
So when I see such absurdity by women who attach themselves to this via their tangential connection to some idiot who called them names, I cannot support this notion of a war on women. We are a much larger community and we need to see our struggles in relation to those around us. We are in this together. When separate we are weaker, together we are stronger.
The writer Junot Diaz was on Moyers and Co. and he makes salient points about this need to self identify is a reason to self isolate and in turn not find company and support with those are the same but "different." The show link is here. Watch and listen. Two things in the Polaroid Nation are tough to do but give it a try.
That is my top 5 Resolutions for now. I think having resolve is why I still stand. I have given myself an "A" for effort for I have done this mostly "alone" in "anger" but I am still "alive."