September 8th by Pablo Neruda

September 8, 2010

September 8th

Today, this day was a brimming cup,
today, this day was the immense wave,
today, it was all the earth.

Today the stormy sea
lifted us in a kiss
so high that we trembled
in a lightning flash
and, tied, we went down
to sink without untwining.

Today our bodies became vast,
they grew to the edge of the world
and rolled melting
into a single drop
of wax or meteor.

Between you and me a new door opened
and someone, still faceless,
was waiting for us there.

Better in Espanol…

8 de septiembre

Hoy, este día fue una copa plena,

hoy, este día fue la inmensa ola,
hoy, fue toda la tierra.

Hoy el mar tempestuoso
nos levantó en un beso
tan alto que temblamos
a la luz de un relámpago
y, atados, descendimos
a sumergirnos sin desenlazamos.

Hoy nuestros cuerpos se hicieron extensos,
crecieron hasta el límite del mundo
y rodaron fundiéndose
en una sola gota
de cera o meteoro.

Entre tú y yo se abrió una nueva puerta
y alguien, sin rostro aún,
allí nos esperaba.

After a long weekend and trying to recuperate and ponder my feelings… I picked up Pablo Neruda’s The Captain’s Verses today after months of collecting dirt on my bookshelf. The first page I opened to was the poem “September 8th”. Needless to say it was a sign that not only is today the title but this  man is a genius and his works of art are the only words that can truly help me organize my thoughts and feeling. Long live Pablo Neruda, I remember you today and everyday in my HEART!

To learn more about the Nobel Prize winning Chilean Poet go here.

I try to blend in. Wherever I go I take the time to observe how others around me are behaving and if appropriately respond accordingly. But some people do not. Or they just like to tell bad stories. You make the call?

A friend of the 2 old crew loves to tell stories of how “hard” he responds to situations where he has to walk past people of color in what he percieves as less than desirable neighbors. Let me explain…

The first time, he told the story of how while walking through San Leandro on his way to a buddy’s pad he noticed a few “Mexican” punk kids hanging out on a corner. As if, fearing for his life he shouted out to the youths “Yo I’m strapped!”. I can’t begin to even tell you how stupid that would be wherever you are or whomever you are speaking to. The next time while traveling late to pick him up from newly renovated downtown Hayward he tells me he is being watched by some (once again) “Mexican” thugs, and that I should hurry. And, this last time he tells the story of how he ran out of gas in Oakland and while walking to a station he “stiffened-up” when he saw some “black” crack heads because he feared for his safety. Turned out these guys helped him get a gas can and find a gas station.

In all three stories, lets call him Mr. Snipes, makes it a point to mention the (lack of better word) race of the individuals. Mr. Snipes also describes all three situations as “life threatening”. And in at least two of the three he goes out of his way to speak to those he perceives as a threat. Keep in mind that Mr. Snipes is not from Beverly Hills. Far from it if you can believe. And keep in mind that all three neighborhoods are not Lebanon. In fact, far from it. Nor does Mr. Snipes tell stories like these about his own neighborhood which is not Greenwich Connecticut, once again far from it.

So my question is how does one tell him gently that “We don’t talk like that around here”? That the people of the Bay Area pride themselves on being as PC as possible when speaking about sensitive subject matter. And that, as one 2old crew member, put it “No is trying to shake you down for the 2 crumbled 1 dollar bills and half a Vicodin in your pocket”. Well, I tried but failed. No such luck. Mr. Snipes stormed off in a huff with charges of me calling him a racist.

Well, I’ll try again. The Bay area is a very unique place. I know this b/c much like the rest of the 2 old crew we have lived in many other parts of the country yet are from the Bay. Part of the charm of the Bay is how tolerant it is of other peoples and cultures. Not only do people go out of their way to not include race or origin in stories they tell unless absolutely necessary or out of a comedic value or b/c some “REAL SH-T” went down, but the local press (Chronicle News, SF Gate) does the same. Call it our own little heaven on earth. Why go out of our way to point out facts that are not relevant, scientifically disproven, or just plain wrong and insensitive. We know that Big Doodoo can happen anywhere and with anyone.  Threatening situations are never perceived b/c of the racial make up or the neighborhood. I think this is what bummed me out about Mr. Snipes’s story. His stories were built around the assumed threat he felt b/c of the neighborhood and race he encountered.

In New York and back East it’s a different story and down South more of the same… But in the Bay, we just don’t talk like that.

California has been infiltrated by loud mouth Richy’s before but I’m a litle nervous about this Richy Rich named Meg Whitman. Partly because she is rich but also because she is really rich. Hell, she has already spent 100s of Million’s of dollars to win her party’s nomination for the Governorship. Now, she has set her sights on winning the outright general election against Jerry Brown and plans to used the same tactics. That is; spend lots of money, then say something stupid then spend more, say more stupid crap she knows nothing about and spend more then repeat.

For the first few months I’ve overestimated the California electorate because I didn’t see how Meg could stay in the race. Yet her tactics have been paying off. Well, to some extent. But more than I could muster.

Lately I’ve been telling friends that Jerry should just dismiss everything she says as stupid. Then move on with intelligent discussion on how he and his family is gonna once again fix California after popular ex-actor Republican Governors ( Reagan & Schwarzenegger ) screwed the state up.

Today Jerry Brown listened to me…

State candidates connect to voters at forum

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jerry Brown dismissed Republican Meg Whitman’s criticism of his nomination of Supreme Court Justice Rose Bird as the words of a candidate who didn’t vote and “took no interest” in the governing of California until recently.

“For a woman to talk about things in California – apparently not only did she didn’t live here; she took no interest in California,” Brown told reporters Saturday after an appearance at a San Francisco faith-based forum. “What was Mrs. Whitman doing in the election when Rose Bird was confirmed in 1978? Was she around?”

Whitman, in an opinion piece that appeared last week, lambasted Brown for his appointment of Bird, who served as California chief justice from 1977 to 1987; she was later voted out by voters who objected to her anti-capital punishment views.

Whitman’s observations were “unworthy of discussion,” Brown said.

Finally Brown, keep it up.

One of the comments made me laugh because it was so true…

One of the burdens of age is the knowledge of history lived: I can remember what living in California was like when Brown and his father led California. Life was great, Meg. Please don’t remind me anymore of what Jerry Brown did for California. As I recall, he drove something like a Plymouth Valient, lived in an apartment instead of the Governors mansion Reagan built, the economy was great, UC was cheap, new campuses, new freeways and new canals were opening up each year. Thanx NativeSon46.

Next Jerry needs to explain to the voters that Ebay is onenthe most evil tech companies in Silicon Valley. Namely trying to push out my boy Craig and his list by the worst of tactics then lie about it. Steve would say Ebay are a bunch a Rat Finks.

How come I am the last to hear about this…???

Mr. Waterworld may hold key to saving the Gulf. Read more.

For 15 years, Kevin Costner has been overseeing the construction of oil separation machines to prepare for the possibility of another disaster of the magnitude of the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill.

Disturbed by the effects of the Valdez spill in Alaska, Mr. Costner bought the nascent technology from the government in 1995 and put $24 million of his own money into developing it for the private sector.

“Kevin saw the Exxon Valdez spill, and as a fisherman and an environmentalist, it just stuck in his craw, the fact that we didn’t have separation technology,” said John Houghtaling, Mr. Costner’s lawyer and business partner as chief executive with Ocean Therapy Solutions, which developed the technology.

Mr. Costner’s brother, Dan, is a scientist who worked on the project and was also in New Orleans this week.

On Wednesday, BP’s chief operating officer, Doug Suttles, said that the company had approved six of Ocean Therapy’s 32 machines for testing. All boast centrifuge processing technology — giant vacuum-like machines that suck oil from water, separate the oil, store it in a tanker and send the water, 99.9 percent purified, back into the gulf.

Now I get Waterworld. J.K.

Way to put your money where your mouth is Kevin. Instead of Bentleys, Diamonds, and Baby Mamas Kevin went to work. To the tune of $24 million I hope it works. And for all you haters out there I don’t want to hear anything bad about this guy again.  BTW, don’t ever play a pick-up hoops game with KC. Dude can ball.

E’s song of the day

May 25, 2010

Break-ups are hard.  When two people have spent enough time together to justify a break-up, it means something unique, shared by two people is ending.  Making that transition can be scary.  Who will ever love me again?” we ask ourselves.  “How can I possibly find something as special as the connection I was so optimistic about at first?”  As we age, however, we learn that life is a series of cyclic processes and, hence, as long as we continue to participate in the world as social beings, our odds are actually not too horrible.  The problem is obviously overcoming those fears and doubts that make us insecure about opening up to others.  I had a very recent break-up that was tough on me for a variety of reasons (which I won’t get into too specifically here).  I guess the best that one can hope for from a break-up is the ability to recognize that the end of a relationship is not in any way an invalidation of one’s own self worth.  Obviously this is easier said than done, but in a perfect world…

Today’s jam is actually one that was on my queue weeks ago because I simply like the song, but seems justifiably fitting today.  The line “every new beginning comes from some other beginning’s end” seems particularly inspirational in times such as these.  Semisonic – Closing Time….

E’s song of the day

May 21, 2010

Now that I’m done repping albums from 2009 it’s time to get back to my usual song of the day posts.   I heard this song a couple of days ago in a mix cd that was in my car and I knew it had to be in this segment.  This dude is a bad-ass.  I feel like there aren’t really any musicians these days that are really cool like Billy Idol was.  Today’s jam: Billy Idol – Eyes Without A Face.  Enjoy….

For those of you with an unwavering acceptance of my musical tastes but a laziness that compels you to avoid scrolling back through previous posts to find all 17 albums repped on these pages, I thought I might just post a list of the 17 here, for your convenience.  Without further ado, again, in no particular order, my top 17 albums of 2009:

N.A.S.A – The Spirit of Apollo

Eminem – Relapse

K’Naan – Troubadour

Florence and the Machine – Lungs

Propagandhi – Supporting Caste

Raekwon – Built 4 Cuban Linx Pt. 2

Dirty Projectors – Bitte Orca

Grizzly Bear – Venkatamist

Antony & the Johnsons – The Crying Light

Fever Ray – Fever Ray

fun. – Aim & Ignite

Animal Collective – Merriweather Post Pavillion

Drake – So Far Gone

Girls – Girls

El Bronx – Mariachi El Bronx

The Big Pink – A Brief History of Love

Jay-Z – Blueprint Vol. 3

I’ve been preoccupied this last week with moving to Southern California.  Rest assured, my distance from the crew will not diminish my posting (Steve inserts joke here about how little I posted when I was living up North).  This particular post marks the final few albums in my countdown of the top albums from 2009.  As I have previously stated, the presentation of these 17 albums has been in no particular order, hence you should not necessarily assume that the albums to follow are my favorites from last year, but certainly in the top 17.

I’ll start things off with a group I became aware of after reading some little bit in Spin magazine about the impending release of this album, and Spin came clutch for me.  The world certainly agreed, as two singles from this album (the two I’ll rep today) were huge hits on the charts.  From the album Lungs, Florence and the Machine – You’ve Got The Love.  Enjoy….

This next one wasn’t quite as popular as the former, nor did it get the crazy buzz garnered by “Dog Days Are Over” (which I almost included but decided last minute that it’s almost overplayed at this point).  Florence and the Machine  – Kiss With A Fist.  Enjoy….

Next up, this odd little experimental rock crew from Brooklyn.  This was another rather random find for me, but another gem nonetheless.  This is a group that takes on a very special and unique sound that was a bit jarring at first but became quickly inviting.  Ed Droste from the band Grizzly Bear (also big-upped for having a top album of ’09) so eloquently put it:

Someone was asking me about what I was listening to and I was saying “Oh, Dirty Projectors, I love the new album,” and they were like, “Well what kind of music is it?” and I just stopped dead in my tracks and literally didn’t know how to describe it. At first I was embarrassed because I didn’t know how to describe it, but then I was like, this is what’s so amazing about a lot of music now. There are so many different things and there’s so much going on and Bitte Orca is so distinctly Dirty Projectors that I didn’t even know how to begin to describe what genre it is, you know? What would one categorize it as? So I find it hard lately to label things as indie or pop or folk or give it some sort of categorization.

From their first album on a new label (Domino) entitled Bitte Orca, Dirty Projectors – Cannibal Resource.  Enjoy….

One more because I think these fools are really fun.  Great acoustic guitar work here.  Dirty Projectors – Temecula Surprise.  Enjoy….

One more and we’ll call it a done deal for 2009.  I figured, fitting well with the musical tastes of the rest of the crew, it would be fitting to sum things up with some hip-hop.

I had a tough time picking a last hip-hop album.  Ultimately I’ve chosen Jay-Z’s Blueprint vol. 3 because there are just too many hot tracks to handle.  I’ll leave you with this simple, great track: Jay Z ft. Alicia Keys – Empire State of Mind.  Enjoy….

Pau! Right in the kisser!

Pau! Right in the kisser!

And... Pau! Right in the kisser!

Some people including Charles Barkley have lost their minds.

These are the headlines I read today…

LAKERS/SUNS: Chemistry vs. size

This one seems just plain old fashioned racist!!! If I have to explain then It doesn’t matter.

Lakers Get Hot Suns

Why are the Suns so “hot”? Because it took them 6 to get past the #6 Trail Blazers team without Brandon Roy. Or was it the sweep of the #7 AARP Spurs that were only in the semis b/c they on beat up the always ready for a early vacation Mavs? Why else would the league’s 3nd or 4th worst defensive team become a defensive giant during the playoffs?

And get this…

Five Reasons the Suns can Take down the Lakers

I say the Lakers will bi*ch slap the Suns in 4 or 5 games if Los Lagos want to end it in LA. And I don’t need 5 reasons I just need one… Kobe!!!

Why are people believing the hype surrounding the Suns? I dont get it. Lets not forget that the Lakers beat the Suns  3–1 in the regular-season series. And the one loss was on Dec. 28th when Ron Ron had a little too much Egg-Nog on X-Mas and fell down his stairs leaving him on the sidelines.  The other 3 games the Lakers won by a combined 47 points. At every position the Lakers are better except one and Kobe is still the best perimeter presence in the game.

I prefer this headline…

Sorry Phoenix, but Los Angeles Is Not San Antonio

BTW, Phil is already in their heads. haha ha

It's all about the love...

See, you don’t have to fire back with hate…they simply answer Jobs with a letter that doesn’t even need to mention the open letter from Jobs.  People are screaming about not having flash to see videos and Jobs felt that he needed to answer and take shots at Adobe.

But this is an all Love Friday, so no need to take shots at Apple.  They do it themselves…