My apartment building has been the site of major street reconstruction and infrastructure upgrade. Someone down the street had natural gas installed in their home, so a new line, or updated line, had to go in, where they discovered that the sewer line needed to be upgraded as well.
Unfortunately, the sewer line runs directly under my apartment building, and I live on the first floor. I am happy for those guys that have jobs, I just wish they didn’t have to be at it so early!
I woke up and heard noise outside the window and saw the bucket of the back-hoe loader lift up, like the imagined maw of a Tyrannosaurus-Rex. It was a very surreal and scary experience, and made me infinitely grateful that those beasts no longer roam the Earth. I was a bit worried about my window being accidentally smashed, so I moved away from the window after taking a few snapshots:
One of the upsides, and something I have written about before, is my serendipitous/mystical heart sightings/gifts. The construction crew is done on the right side of the house, and now they’re working on the left side. I looked out the right-hand side window this morning to see this embedded in the ground below:
Driving over the rise of the hill, I saw the fingernail moon, enveloped in an orange-reddish hue. The hot, weighted air made the moon seem to shimmer, and I gazed at it for several minutes, wishing for time to stand still.
America is such a screwed-up country, and I don’t know who or what is ‘right’, but we’re wildly out of balance. If you read comments under any political statement on the web, what people say about their fellow citizens is so harsh. Can’t afford medical insurance? – then you should die. There are people who utter and write that kind of uncompassionate tripe, whether they believe it or not. Would they say that about their parents, or their children? If they would, then they are psychotic and should be medicated and/or institutionalized.
We can’t afford care for all, or food for all, or housing for all – under the current system. I don’t agree with philosophies that rule from the top down. Theocracy is totalitarian rule, and is usually more repressive/regressive than other forms of governance. I’d rather be ruled by an atheist dictator than one who purports to follow the orders of some unverifiable/unknowable ‘god’. There is no Utopia. All forms of governance are fraught with missteps and corruption. I like the idea of a council with elected members – all of whom have a publicly funded budget for their campaigns, and that’s it. Now that we have a plutocracy where funding comes from undisclosed sources in an organization, political influence can now be, and probably is, from outside the United States as well as from multi-billion dollar corporations.
Mitt Romney and the Republican party want to make the poor poorer by taking away programs that barely help them, as well as making them pay more tax, while greatly reducing, if not eliminating, taxes on the wealthy.
Eventually, the people will revolt as poverty increases in the United States to the level of third world countries, if it’s not there already. Pockets of the citizenry are doing what they can to keep rights for the labor class – and while unions need reforming and more flexibility – they are also important to keep rapacious business practices at bay.
I remember hearing that while I’m preaching to the choir, even the choir needs practice.
One of my favorite pilgrimages in this area is the, Bridge of Flowers, in Shelburne Falls. I’ve gone there at least once a summer every year I’ve lived in this area. One could go each week, perhaps each day, and see something different growing or blooming. It’s lovely to be there on warm, sunny days, but it’s just as sweet to walk over the bridge in the rain.
Sunflowers are another of my favored summer plants, and I took this picture at the last apartment I lived in a couple of years ago: