This is my first day. Let’s see if I remember the instructions. Put ALL clothing I plan to wear, in the Bio chamber, close the door and press the red button. After about five minutes, when the door unlocks, open the door and remove the clothing. Hmm, they’re a little warm, but dry. My shoes, however, are very warm, but also dry. I notice a slightly sweet smell that wasn’t there before. I wonder if I’ll have the same scent.

Time for the next step. Press the green button, and completely naked, enter the chamber. Shut the door, position myself in the center of the chamber and shut my eyes. For about ten seconds, nothing. Tempted to open one eye, I remember Terri’s stern warning. “DO NOT OPEN YOUR EYES UNTIL YOU HEAR FIVE BEEPS AND THE DOOR UNLOCK”. I looked around at the other five recruits, hoping one of them would ask the question that was burning a hole through my brain, trying to get to my mouth. It seemed only a  tenth of a second before my lips parted, that I heard it. “What happens if I DO open them”? It was exactly what I …wait…did I actually say it? Terri gave me my answer. Two quick, purposeful steps, and Terri’s nose was an inch from the kid’s. Terri’s not big, but she’s scary. She has a nose and eyes like a bird of prey. “Each of you are allowed one violation; and that was yours, Gomez! You will not question an order or instruction. But just so your violation wasn’t  in vain, here is the answer to your question. If you are dumb enough to open them before time, that will count as two violations and will immediately terminate your contract. If you are wondering how we would know; It will be because the whites of your eyes will have become dark red, which would be something pretty hard to miss.”

(To be continued)

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Cigarettes or Bullets

Just curious; Has the cost of a bullet increased as much as the cost of a cigarette? A 9mm bullet will cost you between 21 and 23 cents. A Newport will cost between 30 and 35 cents. Hummm…what’s wrong with this picture?

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A letter to average white America

A letter to average white America 

I was just listening to one of your beloved right-wing talk show hosts. He was ranting about the decision of lawmakers in Philadelphia, to hand out condoms to sexually active eleven year old boys. He went on and on about how a lack of discipline and education was the root cause of this activity. He ended his rant with, “These children need discipline, not condoms. They need to be educated and I am a firm believer in education”.

I got to thinking; this guy (who claims to speak for the majority of you) was probably in favor of all the cuts that have crippled public education over the years; and now he is a “firm believer in education”. He was fine with taking Wood Shop, Music, and Art, out of schools, but he’s a “firm believer in education”. He probably also believes it is OK for parents to be arrested, when little Johnny shows up in school with a welt on his behind, from a sorely needed, good old fashioned spanking (which is now called child abuse),  and now he asks, “Where’s the discipline”.

He happily collected his shareholder earnings as corporations (aided by Washington tax incentives) sent millions of jobs over-seas, then votes against extending unemployment benefits or increasing the minimum wage.

And YOU, the average white American, continually send the same old, rich, white guys back to Washington and expect things to change (or do you?). Reality check; they are rich and comfortable. Their kids go to private schools that cost more than most of you make in a year. They have the best healthcare and auto insurance packages and do not pay for either. Oh, they’ll throw you a bone now and then, so you’ll re-elect them, but even if you don’t, they’ve got a sweet pension due them after only one term in office.

You let Bush steal two elections; lie to get into a war that killed four thousand young Americans (and maimed thousands more) and over half of you still think he was a better President than Obama. You whine and complain about the cost of health care and then call Obama a communist when he tries to do something about it. If this president where white, he’d be the apple of your eye; but you can’t get past the color of his skin.


Your judicial system is racist, your police are racist thugs, your priests are pedophiles, and your politicians are arrogant, greedy and corrupt. You poor, silly white folks; with your KKK and your Tea party. When are you going to wake up and realize who your real enemy is?


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You will find me

You will find me somewhere between winter’s frown and summer’s smile…

I will be that first drop of rain that gently kisses the back of your hand.

Listen to the wind rustling through the trees, and you will hear me whisper your name.

I will watch over you…

I will wait for you…

And when you close your loving eyes there…and open them here…

You will find me.

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Many yesterdays – few tomorrows

I’ll be 68 this year…that’s 2 away from 70. Where has the time gone? I’m from a time when everything was made of metal and you flagged down the horse-drawn Ice wagon for a 25 cent block of ice for your ice box. Milk was left on your door step and doctors made house calls. A pack of cigarettes was a quarter and a gallon of gas was 32 cents. I sat at my Great Grand Mother’s feet and listened to “The Shadow” and “Amos and Andy”. We were the first on our block to have a TV…a DuPont in a beautiful dark wood cabinet with doors that closed to hide that little 16 inch black and white screen. I remember trips to the corner drug store that had a tube tester. I was so proud the first time I was given that task. And that drug store also had hamburgers and milkshakes the likes of which I’ve not tasted since.   

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