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Saturday, August 31, 2013

First New Blog on my Brand New MacBook Pro

I am pleased to announce that I am no longer computerless. This past week, I purchased a brand new MacBook Pro. Thus far I am very pleased with my purchase. My keyboard lights up. My entire music library is now transferred over. But the feature I am most excited about is the audio input plugin. Because of this magically plug, I will be able to record my radio shows and podcasts all on a single computer.  The days of me lugging two computers around are gone.

But I must admit. I was a little sad closing my old computers up for the final time and removing their hard drives. It was on these old computers that I completed my undergraduate communications and history projects, my graduate program course work, recorded hundreds of radio shows, and listened to some great undiscovered music.  Some terrific experiences and memories. But it was time to move on and upgrade. I was beginning to lose the ability to watch videos.

So now that I'm running 100% again technology wise, it is time for me to re-embrace my blog writing. August I wrote short blogs, just to make sure I would have postings, but now I shall refocus on longer, more in depth pieces. In September I plan to write a post about Batman Returns and how it is vastly underrated, a possible new short story, and some other things. 

You've been warned.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Underrated Batman Movie...Batman Returns

I'm still without a computer, so I'll keep this short. However a very underrated Batman movie is Batman Returns. It has a great look. Three great villains. And a solid story.

Friday, August 16, 2013

Lack of Updates

Hi all,
I apologize for the lack of updates here. My trustworthy companion of the last 5 years, my Macbook has departed from me. There was a slight issue of the battery expanding and interfering with the mouse track pad, and my rolling over the power cable and severing it.

So I will be purchasing a brand new Macbook pro in the coming days. I hope to be able to make my goal of 4 updates a month.

Friday, August 9, 2013

It Could Happen to You

It was nothing out of the ordinary, what our protagonist was planning to do. It was an usually cool and comfortable summer evening. Stunning in fact, and far too nice to stay indoors. So he contacted a friend and they made plans. Just a quick dinner on Chicago's north side. Something he had done at least 100 times before. And every time, nothing out of the ordinary ever happened. Until this night. For what happened this night was an event small in action, but large in consequence.

It was rush hour and traffic was heavy. He was stopped at a stoplight, located at Ashland and Fullerton. Just a few more minutes, the light would change and he would be on his way. He loved this part of Chicago and was always intrigued by it. He saw this portion as a sort of a gateway to the "high fidelity/well to do" neighborhoods of Chicago's north side.

While sitting at the light, he noticed something that surprised him. It was a homeless women, walking in between cars, asking people for spare change. It wasn't the fact of seeing a homeless person that surprised, but seeing a homeless person in this area of the north side, is what caught him off guard. Her face was weathered by the elements and yet there was a quiet dignity about her. She held her head up, making sure she made eye contact with all of the drivers she spoke with.

The protagonist reached for his wallet, and took out a couple of dollars. He called the women over to his car. As he handed her the money, she held onto his hand firmly but gently. She looked at him, and said "People always assume that this will never happen to them. But we're people too.We just had a harder time of it. Thank you for your kindness."

And with that, she walked away. The encounter only lasted a few seconds, but those few seconds profoundly impacted our protagonist. For days he re-lived this simple encounter over and over again in his mind. And one thing kept coming to the forefront. We don't see the humanity of homeless people. Instead we see them as burdens and problems.

He would put the television on and hear talking heads discuss how "America is a Christian nation". They call  themselves Christians, yet they don't follow Christ he thought. He would read the paper and see how Congress wanted to cut funding to food stamps...again.She was right, we assume that homelessness would never happen to them. We truly don't recognize the humanity of the homeless.

But all hope wasn't lost. For he realized that he had received a gift from this homeless women. It was the reminder to see the humanity of the homeless. That with every encounter with the homeless, there is a story. And that story is important. From then on, he vowed never to forget this valuable lesson he had received.