Wednesday, July 7, 2010


Entrance of Apartment
View from One of the Rooms
View Outside Bedroom Window
Looking Out from Top of Apartment
Side-View of Apartment
Sheep Grazing in a Field by Apartment
My Bedroom
My Bed
Main Road Outside of Apartment
Main Road Outside of Apartment
Living Room

Dining Room

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Waste of Money

A Sugarless World

Robots skate down rails with metallic armor.
A hunchback with weathered skin reaps weeds coming out of concrete cracks.
Monorails roll through the city of Ann Arbor. 
Five gangsters lie handcuffed on their backs.

A group of young college girls dressed in titanium, oblivious to the dangers.
Awake! A sad young man holds onto his cross.
Weird men with choreographed movements patrol the streets like Power Rangers. 
Taken advantage of, the pretty brunette answers to her boss. 

Thirteen tourists take a shuttle to the moon.
A homeless man in Central Park has found a better way to see the stars. 
The People of New will be coming soon.
The only places left for cockroaches are transparent jars.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

The U.nited S.creen A.ctors (guild)

Last week, Brad Pitt visited Capitol Hill and left congressional members swooning like seventh graders at a Jonas Brothers concert. Pitt's mission was to meet with lawmakers and find ways to rebuild New Orleans, but his main objective was quickly and easily forgotten (maybe next time New Orleans, sorry). The Chicago Tribune noted that "Entire offices were drained of their female employees--and quite a few male aides--who suddenly appeared in the Senate's doorway to see if they could catch a glimpse of him." As Brad Pitt spoke, Nancy Pelosi stared at him intently, her mind clearly in a far away galaxy with pina coladas, swim trunks, and fireworks dominating the terrain. She has the same look on her face every time she stands next to President Obama. Afterwards, she stated that meeting Pitt provided her with "bragging rights to my children and my grandchildren--a real treat for me as well." Yeah, you might as well tell generations and generations of Pelosi's about that one. Forget the fact that you were selected as the House Speaker--you met Brad Pitt and you are going to tell the whole world that you got to shake his hand and gawk at him!

Unfortunately, with the media's help, the Obama administration has been carelessly--or carefully (you decide)--constructed to fulfill America's unhealthy obsession with Hollywood. President Obama is portrayed in the same light as George Clooney and Matt Damon. He is a celebrity with a day job. Michelle Obama is looked at as a fashion icon, while I would not be the least bit surprised if Malia and Sasha get their own show on Nickelodeon. So, what's wrong with living in the new U.S.A. (guild)? JFK and Jackie O were young, hip, and stylin' as well, and they didn't do us any harm. Well, if people find comfort in living vicariously through the people they idolize, and if they enjoy living scripted lives where reality doesn't bite, then I suppose there is no problem. It's only my problem. Shame on me.  

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Monday, February 9, 2009

Greedy Monsters

Nowadays, it seems redundant and cliché to discuss corruption within our government, major corporations, and other entities that wield significant power over most of us. Wether it be political corruption in the state of Illinois, Cabinet nominees failing to pay taxes, or CEO's running Ponzi schemes, there is enough dishonesty in the United States to make one wonder whether or not it has always been like this in the good old U.S. of A. Was "honest Abe" really that virtuous? Did John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin and the rest of the Founding Fathers partake in the rotten acts of greed and selfishness that so many individuals have presently engaged themselves in? How on earth did our President nominate an individual to his Cabinet who neglected to pay his taxes? It is worrisome, shocking, and sad all at the same time. At least it is comforting to know that our banks are using their portions of the $700 billion bailout package (funded by us taxpayers) wisely. Bank of America used their money to sponsor "the NFL Experience"-- an 850,000 square foot venue that provided all sorts of fun entertainment for Super Bowl fans. Wells Fargo was going to throw a huge party for its top employees in Las Vegas until an outrage of public criticism stopped execs from doing so--albeit very begrudgingly. 
Yesterday, Dateline NBC ran a report on CEOs, which noted that they are a completely different breed of animal than we are. It was stated that one CEO refuses to fly with a major airline because he does not want to rub shoulders with or acquire germs from other flyers. Other execs cannot bear to imagine leaving their private jets behind or having to stay in four star hotels instead of five star hotels. A few days ago, President Obama announced that all CEO's who received government aid would receive no more than $500,000 in annual compensation. That sounds like horse-bull to me. These execs will find some sort of loophole that allows them to keep receiving their $20,000,000 annual pay checks. Besides, $500,000 is still too much for the dirty execs that receive my money. I would have capped their annual pay at $50,000 a year. How long will this last? Will it get worse? Similar to what exists in so many screwed up and suffering countries, will the majority in America see more and more things controlled by an elite minority? If sin continues to exist in this world, you can bet your inflated dollar that all of these things--and so much more--will most certainly occur. May God have mercy on all of us.