I am 30 now and I am still trying to fit the pieces of making a difference, making money and having fun. My work right now is so short sighted. I was checking out Goldman Sachs trying to figure out if there's a place for me in the firm. They are definitely movers and shakers.
It is apparent television is an addiction for me. If the television is on, I can not perform any tasks. I found myself unable to even fit a spoon into my mouth if the tube is on. NO matter the show: Spongebob to C-Span gets my undivided attention. Why am I so easily focused on television, but books I have to make a whole community group to focus. I have to turn off the computer, television, cellphone and post it on FB.
I found myself avoiding even glancing toward the blank screen. This is the only way I could wash jeans and dry clothes. I even was able to practice numbers w/ Sebastian. He had trouble w/ 7,8, and 9 of all numbers. However, now that I think about it, these numbers get the least of attention.
I am still trying to get East Point Reading Hour up and running. One organization up. Building Health in Georgia and The Arlen Campaign are all suffering. While in the shower I was thinking about sending a letter of interest to Northside re: facility management. 12 minutes until the Daily Show. My hot chocolate is sour and lukewarm.
After these past 2 years, I think I have almost given up on politics as a force of change. I don't actually believe it any more. The change must come from individuals at the very local level. I don't believe Progressives can ever replicate the grassroots/top heaviness of the Tea Party movement. The movement is so full of illogical holes that Progressives like myself can not begin to understand their popularity. What we may see as nativism, they see as patriotism. What they may see as love of heritage, we may see as blatant racism. After canvassing and engaging for Gore, Kerry, Obama and then Roy Barnes for Governor, I think the Tea Party surge has me whipped.
Instead, I will focus on bettering my community not through the political process, but simply through engaging my neighbors.
I was born in Khao-I-Dang, Thailand and emigrated from Thailand to the US in 1981. My earliest and happiest childhood memory is playing w/ my friends in Over-the-Rhine (OTR), Cincinnati. I believe in cities and will work to make them fantasic places.