Remember when I wrote a post about how Influenza was such a beautiful word? How it rolls sweetly off the tongue and all that tosh? Well guess what? I was WRONG! It’s an ugly, expensive word, and maybe I should also tell you that somewhere out there a wealthy doctor is just waiting to charge you $400 just to tell you that you have it. Influenza that is. And not even fix you, just tell you. $400. What is wrong with this picture?
HEALTH CARE REFORM NOW!!!
I really think I might be turning into a socialist. If I weren’t so Christian… although, I don’t understand the necessary correlation between socialism and atheism. After all, wasn’t Jesus a bit of a socialist himself? And anyway, who cares if the cost of gasoline is skyrocketing when we can all ride our bicycles around and get into better shape and kill two birds with a single stone? Which reminds me to remind you, the reader, to boycott the gas pumps on May 15th and stick it to big oil!!!
Apparently the boycott–just another in a long string of unsuccessful millions of gas boycotts–is being spread around via Myspace, which might just be the most effective vehicle for activism these days. But anyway, I heard about this particular boycott during an acidental viewing of the local “news” (any viewing of the local “news” can only be explained as an accident. No offense to the local “news.”) and the guy reporting the story was named Owen Jensen and I can’t believe I’m writing this, but he was a breath of fresh air in the world of stiflingly formulaic reporting. It seemed like he just threw the script out the window and spoke to the TV audience like we were his friends. And maybe it was just because he shares the first name, but he reminded me more than a little bit of Owen Wilson, minus the broken nose and the cowboy hat.
And speaking of original reporting, I forgot to mention that my band (The Art Table) and my art were featured in a news story by the independent online news site Green Bay Confidential. The story is here: http://greenbayconfidential.blogspot.com/2007/04/interview-with-green-bay-mayor-tom.html We’re on the second video clip, starting about halfway through.