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Signs

As I was walking to work today (note: Saturday. Work. C'mon, bitch with me, here) I saw two signs I liked.

The first, a placard in the entry window of a groovy new condo in the 'hood:

YOU ARE HERE
HERE YOU ARE
ARE YOU HERE?

The second, spray painted on a Southern Pacific boxcar on a freight train passing along the East Bank Esplanade:

REAL EYES
REALIZE
REAL LIES

And finally, because the only way I can do the data-intensive work I've gotta do between now and Thanksgiving is to plug into music and disappear (hence, Saturday at the office), I am digging into the CD archives.

Today I happened on Don Henley's "End of the Innocence," an old fave of mine from 1989. And you know what? Don's Reagan-era rants are relevant again. Or still. Listen to this:

Quoting from the scriptures with patriotic tears
We got the same old men with the same old fears

Standing at attention, wrapped in stars and stripes
They hear the phantom drummers and the nonexistent pipes

These days the buck stops nowhere, no one takes the blame
But evil is still evil In anybody's name

If dirt were dollars
We'd all be in the black


Gonna go home and fill out my ballot this evening.

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executrix
Nov. 1st, 2008 09:01 pm (UTC)
Considering that I'm supposed to turn in an edit of an 1800-page book "the first week in November" and I'm SOOOO not finished...not all that sympathetic to your data deadlines.

Perpetually applicable song lyric: From Leonard Cohen's "Anthem"

I can stand no more
With the faceless crowds
While the killers in high places say their prayers out loud
They have summoned, they have summoned up a
thundercloud--
They're gonna hear from me!
emeraldsedai
Nov. 1st, 2008 10:05 pm (UTC)
Leonard Cohen FTW.

And I said "bitch with me" as opposed to "weep for me," because I know I'm far from the only person out there putting in extra hours. Hell, everyone I know is workin' overtime these days, and not necessarily getting paid any extra for it either.

Sorry you're up against a hot deadline.

This icon is as close as I can get to a representation of one of my favorite Cohen songs, "Bird on the Wire." Guess we're all trying in our way to be free.
executrix
Nov. 1st, 2008 10:09 pm (UTC)

Everybody knows that the boat is leaking,
Everybody knows that the captain lied.
Everybody's got that sinking feeling,
Like their father or their dog just died.
Everybody knows the fight is fixed,
The poor stay poor and the rich get rich.
That's how it goes. Everybody knows!


Well, maybe not forever (but bearing in mind that "a politician who is notably better than the opposition is nevertheless still a politician...")
emeraldsedai
Nov. 2nd, 2008 02:41 am (UTC)
Yeah. Some days I manage to squelch that certainty and think that Obama might make a difference. Not often. Still...lesser of evils and all.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 2nd, 2008 02:42 am (UTC)
And your icon wins. I knew I'd seen that line around here somewhere lately.

Good juxtaposition of ideas, as nearly all your icons are.
executrix
Nov. 2nd, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
thanks! If I ever learn to photoshop worth a damn, I'd be dangerous.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 2nd, 2008 03:07 am (UTC)
Scary thought!
roseambr
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:28 pm (UTC)
OK, you covered a great deal in a few quotes and signs, lady! First, Please, please get that ballot filled out and in! We can't feel bad about where the counrty is going if we didn't bother to participate in the decision. I know, it's probably false hope that any of our votes really matter, but still, it's better than doing nothing.

There, my rant is over...

I love the sign about "You are here". What a great message for remembering to live in the NOW. Don't worry about the future, even if that future is only a few weeks out, like deadlines at work. Just do your best today, feel good about it and let tomorrow take care of itself when it arrives. Sounds like a fun walk to the office, even if it is not where you wanted to be. My sympathy and understanding are with you even if you didn't ask for it. Hope you get to stay home on Sunday and rest.
emeraldsedai
Nov. 2nd, 2008 04:35 pm (UTC)
Actually, I had such a productive day yesterday--walked the four miles to the office, got a whole bunch of good work done while I was there, then had a targeted and effective IKEA run with Hel--that I feel quite energized.

I do have to go back in today, but I don't mind much. The type of work I have to do is kind of fun if nobody's interrupting.

And by the way, this energy level doesn't seem to be adrenaline-fueled stressbasket stuff. Just a sense of enthusiasm and awareness. So, go BodyTalk and Paraliminals!
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