Saturday, March 01, 2008

Oh, Hello!

Ever have one of those moments where something just doesn't feel quite right?

Well, that's the feeling that I had as I was walking out the door to head to dinner on the 25th of Feb.

My eyes caught what was a synchroness harmony of headlight dancing down the pothole filled street known as Moody Ave. Like a scene from a movie they approached in a perfectly choreography, while my gut said "oh shit", my mind tried to convince itself that this could be something more innocent, more logical. Like a funeral precession from the corner church.

3 seconds later I learned that my gut was correct; I can now see that this was a convoy of minivans approaching and as they began so slow down as they approached my neighbors house (not quite in front of ours yet), side doors opened and men came rushing out from all sides wielding huge back shields labeled "Police".

At the moment we are standing on our sidewalk wondering, go back in? stay and watch? or go to dinner? Lisa asks with a soft & quivery voice to a group of men perched to launch out from the side of front van, "can we go?"

Someone looks over, but nothing is said as a group of 10-15 men run up the sidewalk across the street, as they make their way to the house in question, the group of police hiding behind the van next to us just out and storm the gate and porch of the house.

Lisa and I decide to jump into the car and get out of dodge. As we start to pull away, we only heard, "Open up, Police!", "Police!, Police!" and heard the ram as they banged in the door.

It was interesting to say the least, something Lisa and I fully expected to witness living in the fan with all the crap that always went on around us, but to see it here was a little different. We like everyone else knew that the the person was up to no good, but it was what it was and no one bothered each other, so there was almost like a "checks & balance" system installed on the block. Meaning, while you knew they were up to no good, so did everyone else and therefore nothing else that was "no good" would really happen in the area.

Anyhow, we came home around 10:30 that night to find a very quite street and as for house across the street, all the lights were on and a huge hole in their front door. ,but no one was home.

It's been about 2 weeks now and all is ubber quiet...

Monday, February 25, 2008

My action word for the day, well more or less for the way I will spend money in the future is Ethical consumerism.

Ethical consumerism per Wiki. is the buying things that are made ethically. Generally, this means without harm to or exploitation of humans, animals or the natural environment. This can take on the following forms:[1]
Positive buying — favoring ethical products, and businesses that operate on principles based primarily on benefit for the greater good rather than self-interest, allowing for business self-interest only for the perpetuation of doing general good outside of self.
Moral boycott — negative purchasing and company-based purchasing.

Seeing how so much of the corporate activity these days seems to be surrounded by UnEthical situations, I find that it's becoming increasingly more important for me to vote with my dollar &/OR my Legal Vote itself. Like the movements of change during the late 60's and 70's, I really think that we are going to see a major shakeup within our culture again within the next 5-10 years.