November 2 and The Need for Change

:: I am a Canadian living on my home soil, but many of my friends and family are Americans living in the USA, and will be voting in the upcoming election. One of my good friends, Cindi T in California, has written a disturbing, passionate, heartfelt plea for a change in government in America on November 2nd, 2004. The rest of the world may see Americas as myopic, unable to see past their own borders. After you read “Our Growing Unease“, you will see that this is not always the case:

I’ve tried not to pay attention to government, trusting that the people seated there are good people and have good intentions, even if they don’t agree with my beliefs. I no longer believe this. This is no longer a simple philosophical difference; the future of our country and of our very way of life depend on things changing. We can no longer simply hope that they do; we have to make it happen.

:: In today’s NY Times is a short piece revealing that Kerry and Dubya are related – 9th cousins, twice removed. Good grief.

Reuters announces James Spader wins for Without A Trace - oops!

:: There was a weird ending to the Emmys, which finished about five minutes ago. The Sopranos won for Best Dramatic Series, and after David Chase finished his acceptance speech, James Gandolfini interrupted the closing music to add something, but the producers cut him off, to his dismay. Meanwhile, James Spader won an Emmy for Best Actor in a Dramatic Series for his work on The Practice; Reuters confused him with Anthony LaPaglia, however, by announcing that he won for Without a Trace.

5 Responses to “November 2 and The Need for Change”

  1. Geoff Says:

    Hey R: I was standing outside of the Shrine auditorium earlier today. LAPD had shut down a number of blocks around the auditorium by 8 am, and there were literally hundreds of police cars and two choppers circling in the air until I left at 2 pm. Hollywood meets real war zone — but as long as your free…

    L.A. has a weird vibe. Artificial happiness and the most bizarre sense of self. The symposium at USC was definitely worth the journey, but I’m happy to be back in the great white north.

    PS – Wireless in airports rocks (as he posts from Calgary, so close but yet so far)!

  2. randy Says:

    Cool stuff. When I was in LA in 2002 for SLA, we were in a hotel close to the Staples Center. The Lakers won the NBA Championship (in New Jersey), but fans were streaming out of the Staples Center after watching it on big screens inside. I counted 9 helicopters in the sky, and hundreds of heavily armed police. A strange place, for sure.

    Glad to have you back.

  3. Garth Danielson Says:

    You should try living down here among these bungholes. The printer in my shop did not know what Neocons were, and he votes for them. Admittedly he has nearly no brain power. Once he was reading an aticle I had given him about global warming and he remarked about a comment in the article. I had explain to him that you have to take the words before the comma and the words after the comma and combine the two to get what the writer was saying.

  4. cindi Says:

    Thanks, Randy for your post.

    I was just leaving LA the day of the Lakers championship in 2002, and I escaped the square of freeways that loops downtown just in time: there was some sort of “wreck” that had all of the freeways in and out of downtown completely shut down. Traffic was frozen in place for hours. It was really suspicious. What city but Hollywood could stage traffic problems that would keep would-be rioters away from Staples that night? Creepy.

    Living near L.A. is truly a surreal experience. You suddenly recognize the landscape or buildings in nearly every commercial and many movies (not to mention pieces of crap like Fear Factor). To be among 10,000 of your closest friends at a mall or drive two hours to a museum is nothing. It’s impossible to win radio contests or get concert tickets, but if you wait in line long enough, you can watch the most famous TV stars make sitcoms. Every single newscast is just like Access Hollywood or Entertainment Tonight. Weather forecasts are fairly nonexistant, so we’re all shocked and appalled when it dares to rain. Helicopters are seen more frequently in the skies than stars (and if they are circling, the suspect might be armed). The best universities sit right next to the worst public schools. The Pacific ocean is freezing cold, even if the sun is hot and the sand is powdery-soft. We are a bunch of pacifist liberals, but there are military bases and defense contractors flanking the whole basin. Literally everything is for sale in L.A., but hundreds of phonebooks and nearly zero adequate internet guides mean that word-of-mouth is still the best way to find a reputable shop or service. It’s a huge, empty city filled with everything you could possibly want.

  5. Garth Danielson Says:

    I was in LA once. My favorite memory was going to The Chinese Theatre and hearing all the clicking of cameras. I thought that people from Kodak etc could go there and feel good. It was cool to see the people’s feet prints in the concrete also. The Rocky and Bullwinkle store was a treat, we got to meet Jay Wards wife.

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