Thursday, September 22, 2005

I think venues should NOT be able to prohibit people from bringing in plastic water bottles. This is an extreme violation of my civil liberties! Now how am I supposed to get bent this Saturday at SBC!?

Sunday, September 11, 2005

9/11/2005

Today is 9/11. I awoke today thinking back to that awful morning four years ago. I didn't have TV, so my first knowledge was listening to morning radio while getting ready for work. I recall being so utterly baffled, and not fully comprehending what it was I was hearing. What do they mean the second tower has fallen!? I remember myself, and my co-workers, huddled around the office radio, not believing our ears. It's when I went home to my mom's for lunch, and watched the horror on TV, did I understand what was happening. I am still haunted by visions of people jumping from 80 stories high. I cannot imagine the chaos, fear and emotion surrounding those who experienced that awful tragedy. I feel that every single American was affected by the events of 9/11. For every tear I shed, however, I also felt extreme joy and gratitude for the bountiful blessings I experience everyday in my life. I realized how important it is to remember to love my family and friends a little better, and to make sure they know just how much they mean to me. I learned how important it is to give something back to my fellow man, and to make sure that I leave this world a little better than I found it - no matter how insignificant my gestures may seem in the grand scheme of things. This is all we can do. To Michael Jackson's credit, he hit the nail on the head when he said to start with the "man in the mirror". The world will not be a better place solely because of one human's efforts. It's what each of us do on a personal level, affecting our immediate circles, that will ultimately have the largest impact globally. You simply never know what hand life will deal you next. No one is safe from tragedy or disaster.

As I sit here, reflecting, I do not like the spot America is in. I am furious at our leader. I feel like he has lied to me, and continues to lie to me everytime he speaks. I believe he has used the tragedy of 9/11 to feed his ego, and he's abused his power to get get us into this war. I don't believe his true agenda has anything to do with 9/11, terrorism or our thinly veiled attempt to bring freedom and democracy to the people of Iraq. Who is he kidding anyway? Their civilization has existed this way for thousands of years. I believe that all he wants is oil. And it MAKES ME SICK knowing young men and women are DYING for it. It MAKES ME SICK knowing there are numerous social problems that desperately need to be addressed right here in the good ol' US of A - and they simply are not.

Our former First Lady, Barbara Bush, was discussing, last week, that she heard people were so impressed with Texas' hospitality in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. She then added, "And so many of the people in the arena here, you know, were underprivileged anyway, so this - this is working very well for them." WHAT THE FUCK DID YOU JUST SAY!? and WHO THE FUCK DO YOU THINK YOU ARE!? If there is one thing I know in my heart of hearts, is that the devastation of Hurricane Katrina isn't working out very well for anyone.

I am thoroughly disgusted with the Bush Family. Their "golden boy" is certainly on the fast-track, proving himself to be the least humanitarian president this nation has ever seen. And I am so sorry that the Bush Family matriarch is such a fucking ignorant piece of shit that she could utter such a statement. I am scared that George W will finish out the remainder of this term with an attitude of a man who has nothing to lose. I have a feeling of hopelessness, a lack of faith, in our next leader, whoever he may be. I mean, he's already got his work cut out for him, don't ya think!?

Now - MORE THAN EVER - humans need to share their loving kindness, compassion and generosity with one another. We must stop simply looking out for ourselves and our own, but look toward every human as a member of our own family. We must take the time to enjoy what's most important in our lives, so that we never have to live with regret. On this anniversary of the 9/11 tragedy, I will turn off the TV, as to not be saturated with media images - and I will spend my day telling those I love how much they mean to me. I will continue to make decisions that better my community and beautify my surroundings. I do this with the hope that each and every one of you do the same. Maybe our children will enjoy a more peaceful world. Love to you all...