Today was our first anniversary. Missy and I are heading to Costa Rica tomorrow. I am so in love with that woman.
Filed my taxes; getting a refund. Had fun at SXSW. Had fun visiting The Boyz in Nashville. Still have a job. Golden Birthday is coming up next month. Choir is still awesome. Decided to go home for Xmas for the first time in four years; made my mom do that squeal she does when she’s excited.
Indignation doesn’t work for most whites, because having remained sanguine about, silent during, indeed often supportive of so much injustice over the years in this country–the theft of native land and genocide of indigenous persons, and the enslavement of Africans being only two of the best examples–we are just a bit late to get into the game of moral rectitude. And once we enter it, our efforts at righteousness tend to fail the test of sincerity.
But here we are, in 2008, fuming at the words of Pastor Jeremiah Wright, of Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago–occasionally Barack Obama’s pastor, and the man whom Obama credits with having brought him to Christianity–for merely reminding us of those evils about which we have remained so quiet, so dismissive, so unconcerned. It is not the crime that bothers us, but the remembrance of it, the unwillingness to let it go–these last words being the first ones uttered by most whites it seems whenever anyone, least of all an ‘angry black man’ like Jeremiah Wright, foists upon us the bill of particulars for several centuries of white supremacy…
We were shocked to learn that black people actually believed that a white cop who was a documented racist might frame a black man; and we’re shocked to learn that lots of black folks still perceive the U.S. as a racist nation–we’re literally stunned that people who say they experience discrimination regularly (and who have the social science research to back them up) actually think that those experiences and that data might actually say something about the nation in which they reside. Imagine.
Major trends: 1. News is shifting from being a product — today’s newspaper, Web site or newscast — to becoming a service — how can you help me, even empower me? 2. A news organization and a news Web site are no longer final destinations. 3. The prospects for user-created content, once thought possibly central to the next era of journalism, for now appear more limited, even among “citizen” sites and blogs. 4. Increasingly, the newsroom is perceived as the more innovative and experimental part of the news industry. 5. The agenda of the American news media continues to narrow, not broaden. 6. Madison Avenue, rather than pushing change, appears to be having trouble keeping up with it.
When you order online from Chipotle, this shows up on the confirmation screen. Also, they neglected to charge me for guacamole. Score! Unfortunately, they also put rice in it which I did not want. Do you know hard it is to pick around rice?
1. Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the next three sentences.
5. Tag five people.
I started to do this at work. The only thing on my desk at work that’s over 123 pages and not confidential is Validation Fundamentals and page 123 is actually an outline with no complete sentences in it so Lucky You.
Nearly a week later: They’ve brought in a polka band to play in the dining room of the “Mexican”-themed restaurant at Le Royale. Outside, on the pool deck, though the bar is unattended, where the bottles were they keep the radio cranked up to drown out the sounds of bombing–so as not to scare the kiddies. These days, we wake up to molar-vibrating percussions and go to sleep to distant thunder.
Some shit was going down in Beirut.
Tagged: 1. Do 2. It 3. If 4. You 5. Want (Has everyone else done this already? I think so.)