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There is No Art in This Update

The pain didn't come till this morning, not a searing pain, but a dull, deep throb. I strained my trapezius, the large muscle that begins at the back of your skull and connects to your shoulder blade and the end of your upper spine. The incident in question probably occurred while attending C's overdue birthday Ikea blowout, where I reached for a seven-foot-long box containing a bright red bookcase in an overhand, pulling fashion, an unfortunate mistake. I've always been the one who carries the heaviest things.

A phone call with my father, his voice creaking up at the end of his sentences, strained: They'd better not take my pension, Kal. I gave them 35 goddamn years of my life. News of the auto bailout came in today, complete with a heroic picture of Mr. Bush announcing his "rescue plan.

My bookshelves are pitching forward, bowed in the center. This semester, I'll find the money to buy seventeen new books, stack them to the ceiling, curl up underneath, looking up.

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catintheattic
Dec. 19th, 2008 05:47 pm (UTC)
This automotive failure is so hard. People mock how pervasive the American automotive market is in our nation, but it really is a factor in so many livelihoods; especially here in Michigan. The place my mother works derives 70% of its business from the automotive industry -- fortunately it's not ALL wrapped up in GM, though Toyota, Hyundai, and Nissan are all cancelling orders at the moment -- and over the summer peaked at something like 500 employees. After today, they'll be down to 300 after their third or fourth lay-off since September. And they're looking to do another lay-off after Christmas. They were the biggest employer in this town, surpassing (I believe) even the hospital.

I'm completely torn about the automotive bail-out, however I do feel that if the banks get money, even though I highly doubt they employee more people than the auto makers, something should be done to save American industry. Of course, I also feel the big three brought this upon themselves with poor management techniques and by ignoring the future of energy for the sake of profit and cronyism. I also think it's highly hypocritical for them to ask for aid when doubtlessly those CEOs, or at least the vast majority, have backed initiatives to cut welfare aid to individuals and families.

I really despise when people try to point the finger of blame at the unions -- because wanting fair compensation when your CEOs are making 26 million yearly is SO MUCH TO ASK FOR. To me this points toward the need for new CEOs who make a very small fraction of what former CEOs have made. Bankruptcy would ensure that the CEOs were replaced, but at what cost to the people lower on the pecking order?

It's just hard, and things are going to get harder.

Look how far enthusiastic, laissez-faire capitalism and imperialism have brought us! Clearly this is a winning day for capitalism!

Obama is going to have to bring in a new New Deal to save this country, but I hope we actually LEARN something this time around -- as a nation.

I hope things turn out well for your father. Failing that, I hope your father and others like him will be willing to fight for the change this nation clearly needs.
meaning_making
Dec. 19th, 2008 05:54 pm (UTC)
word. Thank you for your thoughts. I really like hearing them and I totally agree.
catintheattic
Dec. 19th, 2008 07:32 pm (UTC)
I miss sitting in Hill House and talking about the limitless facets of life.
meaning_making
Dec. 19th, 2008 08:51 pm (UTC)
I miss talking to smart people A LOT. If you don't go to the Peace Corps, come to grad school at MSU!
catintheattic
Dec. 19th, 2008 10:53 pm (UTC)
Will you write a recommendation?

Also: I'll probably do grad school after Peace Corps or AmeriCorps, assuming I go into either.

Oh, and you might dig this community: satansstocking. It's still taking off, but it sounds promising enough.
meaning_making
Dec. 20th, 2008 02:55 pm (UTC)
Of course I'll write a recommendation! Def. let me know about the Peace Corps in regard to the money thing (what you have to pay for, etc.) Gonna check that community out now!
flavoredcat
Dec. 20th, 2008 03:23 pm (UTC)
more liz wilbur! more things!
leisaie
Dec. 28th, 2008 09:29 am (UTC)
You don't know me, except that once when I was a very baby dyke I went to Affirmations and was introduced to you & yr dreadlocks & wanted to be you when I grew up. I have no idea how I stumbled upon you here but having done so I will say that you write like a midwestern Jeanette Winterson, which is my favorite kind of Jeanette Winterson.

I am livejournal friending you out of awe & admiration for the beauty of yr words.
meaning_making
Dec. 28th, 2008 02:51 pm (UTC)
This was the nicest comment ever! I am livejournal friending you back.
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