Sometimes U Just Need 2 Call Out Sick

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There are events that define our times.  Most people can remember where they were when Kennedy, and King were shot.  But do you know where most people were when Hendrix played Star Bangled Banner at Woodstock?  They were at work.

In 1969 a half-million people attended Woodstock from August 15th through the 17th.  However, on Monday, August 18th 470,000 of them went 2 work (or 2 school) and missed the performance that has come to define Woodstock itself – Hendrix’s Star Bangled Banner.

That day Hendrix played for more than two hours including a rare encore performance to an almost empty crowd.  If you were one of the 470,000 who left early to go to work you simply missed the greatest guitar player in history, playing histories greatest concert.  Can’t get it back.

Oh say can you see 470,000 people kicking themselves in their butts for going 2 work.  Sometimes u just need 2 call out sick.

The San Francisco Homeless

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Video Transcript

In April 2016 my wife and I visited San Francisco.

I expected to go there and eat some good food, drink a little wine in Napa, and take some photographs of the golden gate bridge.

But what I didn’t expect to see in downtown San Francisco…thousands of people living on the streets

Everywhere I went there was the smell of mariuana, and urine. And there were even places where I saw human fecies on the ground.

Now I’m from Phila and yet this was shocking to me then you know it’s bad.

I stopped and talked to a number of people as I photographed them. I was curious how they ended up on the streets.

I felt a deep sense of sadness for the human condition and was often reminded of what Jesus said in Mt 26 that we would always have the poor among us but I found myself wondering…why?

I saw young and old, black, white, red, and brown, living on the streets. And the situation is getting worse. According to a report on the San Francisco government website the number of homeless people living on the streets grew by 7% between 2005 and 2015.

There are nearly seven thousand people living on the streets of San Francisco and the number is ballooning. And it’s not that the government is not making effort to eradicate the problem.

As the morning rush hour begins and people hit the streets heading to work, the homeless get to work also moving there shelters, panhandling, and walking the streets.

You’d be afraid of a lot of these people, and I admit at first I was. But I stopped and talked to them. Even the ones that seemed crazy. And I discovered that their just people some of them with very sad stories. The amazing thing…they stopped being crazy long enough to talk with me…share their story, or ask me for a dollar.

This young man stopped posed for the picture and told be he ended up on the streets because his family dropped him off in San Francisco to duck a warrant for his arrest in a neighboring town. After sharing that with me he went back to acting crazy.

Bigfoot, UFO’s, Sandra Bland, and Police Brutality

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Twenty years ago, before everyone carried a smart phone equipped with a HD camera there were Big Foot and UFO sittings everywhere.  Although the visual evidence of their existence was sketchy at best, and in many cases proven to be a hoax mass numbers of people still believed (X Files anyone, or maybe the Six Million Dollar Man).

Now that almost everyone is carrying HD cameras, everywhere, every minute of the day we can’t find Big Foot, Yeti, Nessi, or spot an actual UFO.  But for some reason we do seem to catch a tremendous amount of police brutality and all types of civil rights violations.  And despite the overwhelming visual evidence some people still refuse to believe.

A little something Something to make you go…hmm! Sandra Bland is just the latest person, whose unfortunate interaction with a Texas police officer proves what many Americans already know about what happens when the paths of minorities and some police (NOT ALL) crash.  It’s unfortunate, and it saddens me to know that this post will likely serve this blog as evergreen content for a long time to come.

Has Google Found The Loch Ness Monster?

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You know, I’ve often wondered with so many cameras in so many peoples hands these days why there are no UFO sightings anymore.  And, why can’t we seem to get quality footage of Big Foot, or a Yeti.  I’m a X Files type of guy and just like Fox Mulder I want to believe.  Seems that Google want’s to believe as well so they put their Google Maps camera to the task of picking up a Nessie sighting.

Word Up

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Way back in the day, in the hood, if your brother (or sister) said something profound that you could attest to you replied with….Word Up!…or just Word!  Then of course there was Word To The Motha! – which signified it was really profound, and you really dug it.  Ok, now that I’ve chased that rabbit down it’s hole here’s the thing I really want to get to.

For as long as I can recall I’ve loved words.  During my four years of high school I learned a new word every day.  I kept sheets of paper taped to my bedroom rodney goldston marketing speakerdoor with each word, the date I’d learned it, and a checkmark when I used it in a sentence or writing.  Even now, nearly 30 years later the dictionary widget on my MacBook gets used 3 or 4 times daily.

Words  move us, shape us, make us laugh, make us cry, make us dance, encourage us, motivate us, incite us, and inform us.  Words are the vehicles in which ideas travel.  You might not have a politicians access, or the funds of a venture capitalist, but you do have the same words available to you.  The same keyboard to type them on, and the same access to the internet to spread your words.

At first you might not choose the best words to convey your point, or your text might be typo laden (as mine often is), you may even write words you are not living up to just yet.  Don’t be overly concerned with it.  The important thing is to choose words that matter, that make a difference, that move, and inspire us to higher ground.  Fix the typo’s latter, and strive towards them as you go.

Something To Make You Go Hmm! In 1776 Thomas Jefferson, while still a slave owner, penned the immortal declaration “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights…” Two centuries later we still don’t always get it right, but the words themselves provide the compass that helps us to determine if we’re moving in the right direction.

So go ahead and W-O-R-D Up!

Bonus

Something Else To Make You Go Hmm! One of the best, and most powerful use of words is to use them to challenge us to live up to other words.  “I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, “We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal.” I have a dream…”  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.