Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Bus Crackers - Section VI


 Winston Falling

"Wave goodbye and bow," Winston said to himself as he anchored his worn-through-the-sole sneakers onto the bike pedal posts. He raced into the moonlight without a care forgetting the day, forgetting that it was night. He left his troubles outside his home in the dumpster. His only hope was that the garbage man would come as early in the morning as possible, so the stench would not waft back in through the bedroom windows desperately in need of proper molding. Out flew the drafty windows as the stars seemed to bounce rays light off of his sweat like a disco ball. Out with the madness of yesteryear and seething disappointment of, "Every fucking day." Winston pedaled faster. The posts of the pedals were all that remained of Winston's cheap bicycle, and in that moment he forgot that the bolts on the end were digging into the bottoms of his feet. Faster and faster through red light and green. He felt as though smoke trailed behind the bicycle like a turbo-charged drag racer intent on crashing through the continuum.

Bang.

Winston's front tire pops loudly and sputters gently for an instant as Winston attempts to brace himself. The post cuts into Winston foot as the bike's momentum heaves Winston through the air. Flying through the air Winston embraces the escape and quickly crashes into the concrete. He curses loudly while rolling on the ground. Eventually, he stands up bleeding and kicks the bike.

He decides he would rather swim to the ocean anyway. Winston sets sail.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Vote: More Than a President, Just Vote

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I was going to post about an exciting event that will be taking place in the near future, but that will have to wait until tomorrow. 

Today, is voting day and it seems as though a final push to urge people to vote is more important than a short plug for an event that takes place almost two weeks from now. 

Regardless of the fence, democrat, republican, indifferent, or otherwise, please, go out and vote.

Even those who feel as though an individual vote holds little to no importance, or yield to a rationale about how not voting will help tear down the despised infrastructure while talking about intellectual laziness, should still get out and vote. I've heard it all before, and it seems as though the real rationalized laziness comes in the form of sloppy intellectualism and the need to always rebel. Can't say I disagree with the rebellion, but unfortunately despite conflicts and disagreements with the electoral college, or "the two party system," not voting simply does nothing. The justification for not voting reeks of 16-year-old-punk-rock kids, who steal their mom's pain pills and hang outside gas stations while pontificating worldly change, only to be 35, drowning in anti-depressants, and eventually withering away into a system worse off than when they formulated their naive perception of voting.

Voting may or may not be a citizen's highest form of civic duty, but not voting is simply trying to prove a point to someone the point has already been proven to. You!

If a person's convictions and ideals were able to be set in motion with telepathy there would be no need for voting. Non-voters spend more time promoting apathetic action than it would take for them to vote five times then go stand in the early voting lines of Florida and vote again. Yes, I did mean apathy. The not-so-silent protest of non voting suggests a desire to see positive change in the world, but there seems to be some confusion with how to bring about that positive change. Voting. That's all "the man" gives us. Voting.

While a boiling-over discontent wags an angry finger at a lack of more options in presidential candidates, apathy spreads to all the other issues that voters vote on today. Today, marks the day to vote for or against Sheriff Joe, Supreme Court officials, California votes on the death penalty, Oklahoma could end affirmative action in the state, there's recreational marijuana initiatives (if that's you're thing,) Massachusetts is voting on euthanasia today, and I could continue on like this until I write into oblivion and miss my own shot to vote.

Honestly, voting has turned into the type of talking point I tend to not discuss much. Yet, tongue biting gets old, and it has become apparent that today voting is the only topic I should discuss. Editorial-opinion ramblings posted to an individual's social networks for 500 close friends to ignore has yet to stimulate economic growth. Angrily promoting a non-vote for six months before an election has yet to alter America's democratic procedures. Protests and picket signs sound good in theory but generally send mixed messages to the powers that be. Those important messages can only be clarified and demanded by voting.

Two offerings sway the American government. Votes and money. I personally lack the appropriate funds, and something tells me, the people righteously discontent with politics, politicians, and the voting structure are the exact people the government does not want to vote.

Just vote.

- Jofrin