The Corporate Attitude…

… A Craigslist venture as an example.

I have just moved to a small town in Ohio and have been busying myself with little self improving projects. I’ve been working on a bicycle that had so few parts left that I decided to try to make it into a “Single Speed” model from its original 10-speed configuration.( A “Single Speed” is the removal of all the multiple gears on the front and rear / pedals and back axle and making the bike a two sprocket vehicle, just like one’s first bicycle. ) An exercise that would give me EXERCISE. To do this I had to find the proper “DONOR” parts so I began my search via CRAIGSLIST. I figured that since the starter frame was of the era of the 1980’s that the “best” fit would be from something of that time of style and engineering.

After about three days of “soft scrubbing” the central Ohio area of the list I came across an advertisement for a Huffy 10 speed men’s bicycle for the sum of TEN dollars. The photo was Warhol-esque, in the fact that the advertiser had not taken the proffered item from the storage hooks in the ceiling, so the bike was up-side down in the ad.

At this I’ll regress a bit into a short, observative history of my area of childhood “growth”. Worthington, Ohio is named for Governor Thomas Worthington, (1803), and my family was part of many of the “little” histories that make for a “tan” version of a “John-boy” storyline. Worthington was a small town, but the kids that I grew up with “had” or came into MONEY. The Nicklaus clan was in contact with two generations of us, Jack/ “Puge”, the young BASKETBALL star turned GOLF ICON, was on the county all-star team with an Uncle. Jack’s niece was in a class, or two with me. ( Linda) These folks, of the “old sector” were DOWN TO EARTH, AND “COLOR” Blind. As developers began to expand the boundaries of the city’s population the families that purchased those “satellite” abodes, the “Better” ones sat around a golf course. And that’s where this story re-connects…

Barb Hill, ( This IS her REAL name.), had been living in such a “satellite”, the bicycle was ridden by her, now, grown son. The woman was moving in a very short time and had to lighten her moving load, thus she listed the two-wheeled time capsule on Craig’s “web-store”. I called Mrs.,(?), Hill and asked her some cursory questions about the “floating” bicycle, as we’d come to an agreement that I DID wish to obtain the item, she GAVE ME HER ADDRESS,(!!!), and asked that I arrive around the time of THREE O’CLOCK, ( post meridian ! ), since she had “some errands” to do. Now, as an example, to get from the house I grew up in to Mrs. (?), Hill’s satellite it would take over fifteen minutes, and that’s the SAME VILLAGE ! The town I’m traveling from is over forty minutes away from Columbus, Ohio’s most southern incorporation. My friend and I take the trip to WORTHINGTON HILLS, a “burb” OF a “burb”, FOUR counties of gasoline away.Now, since I’ve moved 45 minutes from the city of Columbus, Ohio I wanted to make sure that there’d be no futilities for my EFFORT by asking the “seller” to contact me via my cell, to re-affirm the “sales’ agreement”. The event never occurred and as we rolled into the cul-de-sac, AT THE PROPER TIME, a “mature” woman was standing talking to a man, with “familiarity’s” ease. When I inquired as to her being the owner of the advertised item she told me that the man she was talking with “HAD JUST PURCHASED IT”… an “I just farted”, excuse me ending her apologetic expression.

I called her and told her that I hope that someone doesn’t treat her in such a manner in any of her future dealings.

This is so much a mirror of how America has treated the world, we’ve made too many PROMISES for goods and services that aren’t being delivered on… homes, stocks, our rights. If we cheat one another for the small stuff, what is the “BIG” stuff worth ?

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Our Lesson

It’s been close to a month since the Whistle Pigs of Ohio and Pennsylvania, ( Chuck and Phil.), were visited by their shadows. And as I take my daily stroll I pass by the many trees preparing to grace the coming season with their own rebirths from a cold hibernation. For the last few weeks I’ve looked up to the assorted fingers reaching down to my eye level to tease me with their promices of beauty and foods.

Its a LESSON we should practice.

It's a LESSON we should practice.

The graphic above is that of the Paw Paw tree, (…’way down yonder in the Paw Paw patch.’), a tree that produces a fruit that has MORE PROTEIN than ANY other on earth, and is indigenous TO the United States (of America.). The problem of its continued existence is that due to this country’s deforestations, ( read “PROGRESS”), it is disappearing from us, (it must have indirect Sunlight, live UNDER the canopy of ‘others’ for its proliferation and food production).

I write this, as an observative lesson

to what is happening in this world TODAY, every thing that happens in the world around us has been done, in one form or another, since man-“kind” found out that there were others like him/ she/ IT out here. But as we grew to “think” that WE were the ultimate animal/ entity placed on this orb we forgot that EVERYTHING has a time and place for its existence to be correct on this plane.

Now, back to the original paragraph’s thought. I’ve walked some new streets, away from the tiny, micro-patches of grass and trees that folks in large cities embrace as NATURE. It may be a daunting proposition for us to live a life, that we have been taught to believe, with all mayhem leading a gruesome dance that the world’s people have been learning by force, but if we take the LESSON of NATURE we KNOW that there IS A SEASON as long as this planet is intact.

Looking at the spindly fingers reaching down to our heights I’ve tried to observe the “new stubble” sprouting from their knuckles, the trees, consistently whispering the WHEN of the “season’s” start to commence. Ever growing, but holding back just enough to present their best, in timing, each and everything that isn’t HUMAN, has REMEMBERED the knowledge key that gets THEM through the next incarnation of “LIFE”. The one thing that NATURE does though is produce more… for that “JUST IN CASE” scenario that IS LIFE. NATURE does NOT allow the wrong “survival”, if it’s destructive, without the purpose of providing the renewal for the next in line, ( fire, tsunami, earthquake, etc.). When that which has used its “proper” time and purpose has done so IT IS GOOD. Leaves provide the tree’s food and when their mission’s done they know to drop back to their roots and feed them with the vitamins of their carcass.( As should every “good” C.E.O. or corporate “president”. OR… POLITICIAN !)

So, if we are to get away from the situation that we’re in today we must begin to build an ADDED VALUE of saving our MONIES and NATURAL RESOURCES, therefore rendering the ECONOMIC HITMAN,[Their sight\’s on the U.S., (us), economy.], out of THEIR job. And in doing this we might enjoy beautiful and fruit filled Springs… and Summers with Alaskan Pumpkin sized fruit to a harvesting for our children… as well as ourselves.

In observation of the fruited planes.

In observation of the "fruited planes".

To: YOUR Health

As one of the rear guard to the “Baby-Boom” procession, now leaving the world’s population, my EMPLOYER PROVIDED HEALTH INSURANCE still makes me carefully choose what parts I wish to maintain. I, seriously, have sympathy for the folks who are WITHOUT help from ANY entity to live a life with the ability to do so freely, (To breath, walk, grasp,etc.). In 2007 there were more than Forty Million of us that COULDN’T “GET SICK”, [Stay healthy, no matter what.], now, as we’re in 2009, our citizens’ health coverage is still LACKING/ LAGGING that of “LESSER” of the major industrialized nations. [It’s ‘RANK’, by position and availability.]. Then you have the “numbers” by the sad tool of ‘money and race‘,[Nobody is \”healthy\.]

Then there is the factor of our new President, [\”Franklin Delano Obama\”], with his ambitious agenda of making this nation “WELL”. [Force feeding the \”ACQUIRED\” tastes.] Approval of the things that we have been “accustomed to”, but haven’t had to know how it was obtained is proving to be a problem for some, [The RUSH to judgement.].

What it will take to get America healthy will have to take many avenues of “attack”, and as we should know by now not all “attacks” are detrimental.

the beauty of good health.

the beauty of good health.