Before I left for the apartment for work this morning my dog was sitting in our dining room, staring out the window at a squirrel eating a piece of fruit on the tree outside. He was transfixed.
Which of course has little to do with anything. This entry, in honor of, among other things, a six-yer anniversary, is all about unconnected things that on the face of it have little to do with anything. So let’s get on with it.
First and foremost, last week as you may know, the ever-self-proselytizing folks at the company formally known as Apple Computers unveiled a new iPod (again) and dropped the price on their recently released iPhone. Early adopters of the later were, as was expected, more than a little irritated. In response, I’d like to refer my readers to my previous entry and specifically the parenthetical refrain within it. And say this: get over it. It always astounds me how many people buy the first model of any new gadget. As far as I’m concerned, the first round of customers are the product’s guinea pigs. Wait, people, wait. Because two things are always true of any new technology: (1) later models will almost certainly be either cheaper or vastly superior and (b) there will always be a later model.
(Yeah, I know that was point 1 and point b. It’s one of those entries!)
Moving rapidly along: Dana and I had the honor and the privilege of attending a Big Fat Gay Wedding over the weekend (or “qwedding” as the couple dubbed it). It was, by all accounts, an act of rebellion. Which felt pretty good, if you ask me, doing something revolutionary. We all ought to be doing more revolutionary things, I think. One of the things the couple did in conjunction with the typical guest book was to ask everyone to come up with something they would do to create a more sustainable and just society and write these things down in a book they provided. A testament to transformative change. Dana,
god love her, god I love that woman, came up with something I think we should all be doing: to treat everyone she meets with the same openness, respect, and attention that she expects people to meet her with. (I’m paraphrasing of course; how she said it was far better, but you get the idea.) It’s a wonderful sentiment if you think about it. Be attentive and respectful and compassionate toward other people? Talk about revolutionary.
Last but by no means least, it is the sixth anniversary of a tragedy today. Even though my calendar calls it Patriot Day, I’m going to call it the beginning of the Dark Times. The start of six years of the slow and steady stripping away of our civil liberties in pursuit of imaginary enemies. Six years of man-sized safes and the exploitation of the poor and working class so a few old white men could make a few extra million dollars. But I don’t want to dwell on all that. I’m going to take a cue from the Big Gay Wedding and do my best to meet these Dark Times with a spirit of openness, of community, and above all Love. Because that’s the antidote.
So, on today of all days, go out and make something beautiful.