Hitler Mustache

September 30, 2009

I’ll be honest.  It’s been hard getting back into work.  Especially because I haven’t worked in two months, I’ve been sleeping in the living room the past few nights and I know that there are slow forces at work leading my life into a new direction.  I might be doing different work in 3 years.  I might be still doing English teaching part-time but also involved in another career.  I’m still not right on the right time and simple things seem a bit daunting but then they work out exactly as planned more or less and so I’m getting back on my feet.

I received two new photographs of mine printed onto canvas and I”m really excited about it because I’m going to do my next photo exhibitions with the photos printed like this.  I’m especially excited that the digitized negative is enough to do it.  THAT means that my next camera will be a good digital SLR.  The might be a  purchase next year but first I want to get a new laptop when I’m home at Christmas time.  3 years will have passed since I got this toshiba beaut i got her but I fear that technology has moved rather quickly the past 3 years and I could keep this laptop at home and the other could be a more mobile laptop or vice versa.

I have yet to write any material in The Newropean since early August.  I’m feeling the official end of a period of time today and tomorrow being October 1st, the beginning of the 4th quarter in America, I’m going to consider it a day to get started with some plans again.  I have gone to the gym twice and the good weather will ensure I’ll go jogging tomorrow.  With regards to the Newropean, I’ve almost got the story under control but I have to send it in a distinct direction next and I want to make sure I know how I want to portray that before and I just had an idea. I have a basic outline how i want the story to go and so maybe i can practice and write out a scene on the list, even if it’s not the next scene, just to see how the tone in a chapter or two should sound.

And then I have a class with retired people and I have to try and explain to them why people in America would protest with signs of Obama with a Hitler mustache because he has a healthcare plan to help working Americans.


Getting it together

July 3, 2009

23 days until I am on a plane to California for the summer baby!  I got a pizza in the oven, was just at the fitness studio, went by the Jos Fritz to get my photos from the exhibition and also was at L’egere cafe for a large coffee and to work on my novel.  I was working on the scene at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, Palestine.  This is not too difficult to write in a way because a lot of it more or less happened.  The tricky part is having the protagonist’s attitude come through the words rather than just mine.  Remember, the majority of the character, plot, and scenes are fiction.  They did not happen to me.  There are stories in it that are real, only because some stories are good as fiction or non-fiction.  The part of the book in Israel has a chance to be poignant for several reasons.  First, the character has been living in Germany many years and is having difficulty staying in Germany.  He is Jewish but does not practice it.  The connection that Germany and Israel have, or rather what binds them is about as intense as any other nation’s except for the United States.  The history of the Jews laid bare, as he tries to make sense of the injustice that a small-minded bureaucracy has caused against the greater story of the relative peace in the world at the beginning of the 21st century.  Iraq and Afghanistan notwithstanding (and I know but they are very much part of the world scene), the freedom of movement and of opportunity that enlightening individuals of this century are unparallelled.  True, some people throughout the ages have been able to transcend whatever caste-like categorization a society had but the real story is about all of those who could transcend but nonetheless were snuffed out, killed senselessly, imprisoned, or a host of other undignified endings to people who really could exist and take advantage of the moment, of that time.

So, coming back to my point, the protagonist’s trip to Israel is a codifying experience, in terms of suddenly being in the position of knowing how lucky he is, all things considered, of being able to put things into perspective as they’re happening.  That’s what this character is about, and that ability is what’s going to accelerate the story once he returns to Germany to deal with The Situation.  Or so that’s my plan.

First effects of the staggering economy

December 10, 2008

A company I teach at told me that they can’t afford me until maybe next October.  It’s unfortunate but it’s not the end of the world.  The company is making cuts and of course I am one of the first things to be cut but when you think about it in another way, I only cost the company 560 euros/month which isn’t much.  But let’s think about this for a second.

I currently “only” have now 4-5 jobs: the university here in town, a business university 90 minutes away, a one-hour class with lawyers and also another class through the university but paid by another company and two classes at the Student Services building.  Until today at 3pm, I had two other jobs but they are companies and it’s not sure that they will hire me again.

This looks like it should worry me but it doesn’t right now.  There is always more work out there.  Some company work could dry up because of the economy but it’s gonna be okay.  True, if I happened to have children and a mortgage payment I would feel a bit worried about it but that’s not the case.

This does have a silver lining.  I have the first chapter of my new novel finished and it’s something I want to work on more next year.  Having Tuesday and Wednesdays afternoon free to myself could have me spending a couple of hours working on it.  I want to have it finished by the summer of 2009 and try and send it to some publishers by the end of the year.  I also plan on having another photo exhibition in the spring and perhaps even putting together a photography book by the end of next year.  As long as I’m not too lazy (or travelling too much, hahahaha), I could get those things done.  They could become a new direction for me.  The novel has potential and I look forward to getting my voice onto paper.

All right, I’m going to go back being lazy but I just wanted to let you know that I’m chilling in the hammock while Rome burns… 🙂

Citizen’s Arrest

October 22, 2008

A woman in San Francisco yesterday tried to make a citizen’s arrest of Karl Rove at a political discussion with hundreds of people in attendance.  She was unsuccessful and then ushered off but it makes me think how little I’m doing about the things I feel strongly about.  She claimed it was for treason which is probably not the thing I would try and arrest him for.  That would be for politicization of the Justice Department, and well, now that I think about it, it’s hard to know what he should be arrested for.  This is a man who is the antithesis of what “Real America” is about.  He has allowed his political party to be more important than the country.  He has sent the American political process to a new low, and not to mention what could be his greatest crime, the outing of a CIA agent, Valerie Plame.  It’s a contentious topic with both sides with different opinions but I think that history will show that Karl Rove, Dick Cheney and Scooter Libby actively tried to discredit someone by declassifying information on the fly and spending taxpayer dollars to ruin someone whose job it was to stop nuclear proliferation in the Middle East, arguably one of the most important jobs within the American Intelligence community.

On a lighter note, the weather was crap today, and it was hard getting out of bed.  I had a new class that normally has 4-5 students and today had 9 and I was not ready for so many students.  Then I had a class with some lawyers and we discussed the election and the cases they’re working on.  Then I had to take a train to the next town and had two classes there, nice people, mellow atmosphere, free coffee, okay copy machine, good pay.  It’s a good job to have.

I’m now chilling in the hammock and could do some writing tonight but I’m so happy to be in the hammock and listening to Howard Stern, I guess I’ll just do this for at least another hour or two, read some news and then read in bed before crashing out.  I have been pretty good about writing lately, have written about 15 typed pages worth so far, still working on the first day. The university starts tomorrow, it’s a big day for me.

5 pages

October 9, 2008

I’m not sure if I mentioned that I’d starting writing a new novel. Probably I have. Did I tell you I started the novel with the word ‘fuck’? I don’t know, I thought that gave it a modern twist.

I wrote 5 more pages today, mostly dealing with the protagonist teacher getting through a boring beginner english class and musings on the English and German languages. I know, I know, it sounds like I’d need pictures of naked chicks to make that sound interesting, I don’t think it’ll be that inaccesible, even to my mentally, uh-slower friends, heeeeeelllllllllllloooooo to you my friends.

Sorry for assuming that more than one of you was mentally slower, just going by the numbers of probability.

The internet tubes

October 8, 2008

I’m sure I don’t use the internet to the fullest extent possible. I’m not even sure that I would want to but there are some things that make it the best thing in the world. I’m referring to getting music from the Internet and getting it into your computer or even just headphones with very little effort and just some time.

Right now I’m listening to a My Morning Jacket show from Chicago 2005 that sounds pristine. I used to have to send blank tapes to people and wait a couple of weeks to get some new live music or I’d make a copy onto tape of some live show I had. The shit was time-consuming but there was a slightly human aspect to it. Now it’s just attaching to a newly formed nipple of information and suck at will.

I have been going gaga over some new Ryan Adams stuff (found on archive.org) from just in the past week. You can’t imagine how close you feel to the whole world when you download a concert that had just ended 36 hours ago on the other side of the world and it is there for your perusal and or just file it away with other live shows until it’s time to listen to some new ones. It could be overkill but it’s like a huge sugar vein and it’s not that easy to stop.

A disclaimer: I am only referring to downloading live music for my own use, not studio-released material. Nor am I selling anything. It stays on my computer.

Sorry for that disclaimer. I know I’m not that interesting but with the way information is sucked on, not being interesting can still be enough to start a new FBI “assessment” of me. I know it sounds like I’m exagerrating but this


is a problem. I can’t believe I’ve “become” such a far left person, just because I care about the Constitution and rule of law.

Anyway, more good stuff about the internet there. I can have more access to information and so my curiosity and thirst levels and nearly always satified by the internet. Don’t get me wrong, I like reading and doing other stuff too, but I like feeling connected to the rest of the world, even if in brief moments.

So, now that the weekend is here 🙂 what is on tap for the rest of the day?

*I’m going to work on the 3rd installment of the new novel I’m working on, “The Newropean” or the “The Neuropean”.

*I’ve got to start on the Central America digi photo album. It’s time consuming and only later rewarding in those moments when you get someone who will look at photos for 20 minutes.

By the way, I’ve added some new links to the right, places where I get a lot of my news. Some of you might wanna check it out.

Muthafucka’s hammockin!

October 7, 2008

Sorry for my foul language, I just could find no other way to express how absolutely decadent I feel lying in my hammock and blogging with my wireless internet in my room. It’s true, I don’t have a car, a nice TV or even a nice apartment, but none of that matters (to me). I’m a relatively simple guy and apparently wireless internet and a hammock will suffice.

The McCain campaign have gone off their rockers, sorry to make an old person joke but you gotta be kidding me. In a speech yesterday, to McCain’s rhetorical question, “Who is the real Barack Obama?”, a person at the event yells out “Terrorist!”. At a Sarah Palin event, as she’s telling her parishoners that Obama is “palling around with terrorists”, someone yells out, “Kill him!”. Now I do not hold McCain or Palin responsible for what some yahoo yells out at a campaign rally but the disturbing things are threefold:

1)McCain clearly heard the guy yelling “Terrorist!”. McCain should have, in that moment, said, “Calm down, people, this is about his policies. Barack Obama is not a terrorist and you know it.”

2)McCain, with nothing left in his tank except for bile, has decided to use it. He is going to drag America through the gutter in an attempt to Hail Mary his way into the White House. Not to mention that he has been wrong about so many key issues that are crucial to America. He’s just going to say that Bill Ayers, Jeremiah Wright and Tony Rezko show that Barack Obama has poor judgement. There’s no way that McCain wants to go down that road. For every Bill Ayers and guilt by association, there is a Charles Keating who is a guilt by guilt example.

3)Sarah Palin has some answering to do on a number of issues. A vice presidential nominee is not allowed to simply not hold ONE press conference before the election. She is also not allowed to, in my opinion, run for higher office when her husband will not even honor a subpoena in a highly relevant case, namely how she deals with subordinates and dissent. And finally, she has to answer some questions about having 60,000 dollars in per diem while AT HER HOUSE and then not claiming them on her tax forms. I was wrong, there is a fourth thing. I am not one to suggest that Trig Palin, the newest of the Palin clan is not Sarah Palin’s child. But she should be more than willing to provide documentation that he is. There is no record of his birth at the hospital. We have not seen her medical records. This is all a sham. If there is no accountability, let’s just go back to continental Europe in the 1700s when the monarch had absolute power. Then at least we’d know to stop asking questions.

ps I started writing a new book last night.