Wednesday, August 30, 2006


Yesterday I went to the King Tut exhibit at the museum of Science and Industry. What a bust. $25 dollars to see National Geographic 3-D animations of what the tomb might have looked like. A small figure of a mummy and lots of dark lighting and odd "Egyptian" primitive music. with a few jars that held insides.

Tut ruled Egypt from age 9-19 (he was mysteriously cut down in his youth). His predecessor did away with all the gods and consolidated all worship into one Deity, the Sun. According to the exhibit this was not very popular. Tut brought back the old pantheon.

There is also speculation that Tut married one of Queen Nefertiti's daughters. Hot stuff.

While going through the exhibit I couldn't help thinking about how much money I just spent and the fact that I haven't: ruled a nation, resurrected Gods, visited the O.M. (Original Memphis), married a Pharaoh or even dated a King...and I'm well past 19.

Dinner Party

men chatting
(Tito Puente and the King of Egypt)

Sunday, August 27, 2006

the YWCA says that one of the best ways to fight racism is to buy or do business with minority owned businesses.

Friday, August 25, 2006

I just got a check in the mail from my mom. Suddenly I have this feeling that I want to be in an abusive relationship. Imagine waiting the 10 more days for my job to finish and then getting a black eye from a boyfriend. Where did I get a feeling like this? Is it healthy like Adam Sandler in Punch Drunk Love?

I think it is because I got a check in the mail.

Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Day After

A made for TV movie from 1983 about a small town in Kansas getting hit by nuclear war heads. Pretty boring in the lead up/first hour. Clues given to the nuclear annihilation by radio and TV broadcasts playing in the background. This part was lame because it sounded exactly the same as what I hear now on the radio, thank god our enemies don't have a lot of nuclear war heads?

basically everyone gets sick and dies. Looks terrible because all their hair falls out. A few minor love interests and character developments. The best is a young Steven Guttenberg (main character in Police Academy) as a college student who finds himself linked to a family who reluctantly lets him stay in their basement/fall out shelter.

Why did I rent this? Maybe I secretly hope for a big change in the way things work here, so I won't have to look for a job anymore, etc. But if a small town in Kansas is bombed I don't even want to think about Chicago. Every time I go to work down town I imagine a terrorist attack.

Wednesday, August 23, 2006

woman and bike

this is an odd video..kind of long. cool to see that she is ONE with her bike. and reason #12 I should have a fixed gear so I can start doing tricks like this.


Wednesday, August 16, 2006

I recently bought a pack of cigarettes and have met with much outside resistance. While it seems generally accepted for some people to smoke isn't like crack, where you find out a new friend does it and then have second thoughts about continuing to hang out with said addict. Several non-smokers remain friends with people who smoke.

Being friends with someone who is about to start smoking is a little bit more objectionable. People feel they can weigh in on the subject and tell the new smoker: they're stupid to start; cigarettes are filthy; I think you burned your hair trying to light that cigarette; you smell disgusting; you look like a fool, etc.

My body has also objected. Historically I've had weak lungs, childhood asthma, bi-annual bouts with bronchitis, and most recently 5 days in a hospital for a collapsed lung. Aside from lungs I feel my normally low blood pressure rising.

I put cigarettes up there with pleasureable activities like drinking coffee, eating something with frosting, doing yoga, or drinking whiskey. Smoking is pleasurable, relaxing and makes me feel light headed. I guess I will quite.

pall mall's slogan: "wherever particular people congregate" since 1899

Tuesday, August 15, 2006


1. I think a lot, A LOT of people use this as birthcontrol (I can think of 6 of my good friends right now)
2. it is free
3. it doesn't require planning (like gathering supplies)
4. no one thinks they have stds: white, upper class, hetero males don't get the hivs, so as long as we fuck them we're okay
5. does pre-cum (the clear dew) have sperm in it?
-sex ed in 7th grade said yes
-the internet says no
6. you can take the morning after pill 5 days after intercourse!
-that is way more than just one day
7. some men can't keep it hard when they touch the rubber
8. birthcontrol is too futuristic
10. sluts

**I recommend abstinence**

--please feel comment on what you think about birthcontrol

Symbionese Liberation Army/P.Hearst

The word "Symbionese" comes from the biological term symbiosis , the interdependence of different species. It suggests the union of classes and races.

"Death to the fascist insect that preys on the life of the people."

when she was arrested and asked her occupation she said "urban guerrilla".
Made tapes on reel to reels denouncing her parents and her fiancee who she said had shown themselves to be racist-class'est-ageist-pigs. She was 19 years old.

much love for white girls who are kidnapped and raped and then join armies

for all the sistas

Friday, August 11, 2006

Al Sharpton

today on the radio I heard an interview with Al Sharpton. Why do I love him so much?
he compared the media to electricity.
He said it could be a powerful tool and help us run things like lights, electronics, heating and cooling systems, etc in our homes and cities.
or it can blow things up and burn them down, like lightening.

I also think he looks a lot like my dad.

Thoughts While Listening to the Morning News

1. I cried when I heard that a family of 5 in Beruit was sleeping on a boardwalk. Israel had been nice enough to flier their neighborhood warning the wrath of God was about to rain down on them...the family also had a heads up because an aparment building was bombed the day before killing 41 people. Everyone is sleeping in parks and schools. Maybe it is because I've been working at summer camps but I imagine having 3 kids and making them sleep on the sidewalk, trying to tell the little ones it is no big deal...we're just camping.
2. I'm glad we are rich and had dectectives on our side who stopped a plot to crash 15 planes into the USA...god that kind of attack would have been scary, even thought I probably would have been fine, just lost cell phone reception for half a day. Too bad Beruit has to deal with being bombed all the time while people watch.
3. Wait a minute. While listening to the news I completely forgot the whole innocent until proven guilty shtick. Everyone just assumed that these arrested men/women were about to do it. My dad just represented an Islamic teacher in Virginia who was put in prison for playing paint ball, I mean being a terrorist. My dad had the hardest time because everyone assumes anyone who is arrested is guilty. love my government (feeling Safe) hate my government (when I realize it is just for the upper christians).
4. Just watched Baddasss the making of Sweet Sweetback's Badasss Song. Melvin VanPeebles didn't have enough money to do advertising for his he got this brilliant idea to make a soundtrack. Playing the soundtrack on the radio would be like advertising. Snakes and Planes and THE 9/11 movie are about to come out. The movie companies are the opposite of Van Peebles. They have so much money. What if they staged the whole terrorist plot/arrest/media blitz as a way of promoting their movie? hats off to the big men.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

who's in the picture?

he told me there was talk that his dad had been a coke dealer somewhere in the desert. unsustantiated claims. but he did dress well.

Saturday, August 05, 2006

I think I went to a party with these


a video

I thought I was bbqing with them, but then I realized they live in Brazil
why do people from brazil and chicago look the same?

best truck. parked outside the currency exchange on 61st and Kedzi. click for further detail.

Wednesday, August 02, 2006

Buster Keaton, Named by Houdini

what is it abou this guy?
So subtle and delicate
as he gets smashed by
trains and cannon balls.
The charm of being
too stupid to be afraid.
all his art in his face and lifting train tracks

Tuesday, August 01, 2006

A: would you like to trade back massages?
S: uh
S: NO.

A: your room is messy, just like mine. and our hair is like the same. and your ass, it is big.
S: oh. That is cool we're so similar.
S: no, I'm not Italian. I guess you don't seem that skinny.

so the night progressed. I wasn't even drunk. Just kind of missing the smell of man/boy and skin and someone elses' sweat.

S: sure. that's so nice you have a crush on me.

then we got it half-on, and then he left to take a shower across the street.