Archive for January, 2010

Pop Culture President

January 15, 2010

Here’s another oldie from just about a year ago. 44 % approval rating now last I checked and he’s just getting started.

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I am honestly at a loss. Family members , friends who I trust and respect, most of Chicago…All are in a religious fervor about what is about to happen on Tuesday. All for a man who basically looks great on a magazine cover but lacks substance and experience. Just bumper sticker rhetoric. I can only hope that I’m wrong about all this, but I don’t think so. Out of all the people I am thinking of who worship this guy, I can’t think of any who are as versed in presidential history as I am. I think I’ve said all I can say about it since having come from a cult, I know that once something is ingrained in someone, something drastic has to happen to be knocked back into consciousness . I’m just going to hope I’m wrong to the extent that what’s about to happen does not effect me and my family directly.

You see, despite being financially tight to be sure in the past couple of years , I have been able to finance a car with zero down, landed a job with a huge salary increase, and have absolutely no risk of losing my house. Why ? Because I know that the only person you can rely on is yourself and hard work, focus, and smart decisions are the only way a person can get ahead in this country. Well, not the only way. Apparently, the voting public decided that the government will save them and look to Mr. Obama as the Moses to lead them to the promised land.

At this point, all I can do is sit back and watch as Rome burns since I don’t have a fiddle…

That Guy Revisited

January 10, 2010

I’ve decided to repost a few old blogs from the My Space page. Why? Well for one thing, I’ve been dry lately. I guess no news is good news since most of what I used to write about was my anguish and frustration. I have very little of that at present. (Some, but nothing I can’t handle.) For another thing, I thought I’d recycle some material so that my new friends and some rediscovered old ones can benefit from my “Wisdom.” Here goes, from October 2008.

I never wanted to be “That guy”.

That guy is the guy who has a mortgage, children, car payments, you know, responsibilities. Real life… Granted, everyone has responsibilities at one level or another, but then there are those I see on TV that makes me wonder “How in the hell did they get a job like that ?!?” Two examples come to mind; Andrew Zimmern and the host of Antiques Roadshow. Andrew Zimmern is the host of Bizarre Foods. He introduces himself as a writer, a chef, and a world traveller. His job is to travel all over the world and eat local cuisine. Yes, he does eat some things that would give the average person pause, but that’s the point. It’s theatre. Still, I have done some basic research and haven’t been able to find any impressive credentials that would cause this guy to have a network pay untold thousands of dollars to finance a career as a professional global eater.

Then there is the host of Antiques Roadshow, Mark Walberg. Mr. Walberg’s credentials seem to be based as a professional host. He’s hosted sports shows, home improvement shows, reality shows (none of which I’ve heard of.) How do you start in this ? How do you become a professional “TV Personality” ? But I digress. I’m certainly not interested in becoming neither a professional personality nor a professional eater. Although the world that both these men are in greatly interest me. Bringing it closer to home, I have expressed my desire to work in antiques or the culinary world. Just can’t seem to be able to figure out how to go about it.

At this point in my life, I thought I would be something special, something different. I see a lot of people a lot younger than I who are a success at doing something they love be it writing, music, cooking. I had a certain level of success at the first two back in the day, but as I get older, it’s becoming more apparent that in the pursuit of the “American Dream”, I’m just going to end up being that guy…

I’m rambling…What I’m trying to get at here is I am trying to make adjustments to my life so I can find some contentment and peace. Trying to do everything I can think of (and hoping that I stumble across a solution that I haven’t thought of yet.) . All while trying to be patient which was never one of my strong suits. I’m a bit old to be trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up…