Archive | May 2013

“Why the Hell Not?”

Back in 2006 Kinky Friedman ran for governor of the great state of Texas, he did not win, hell he barely even showed. But I think what he did was more important. He made people think. Now thinking for one’s self nowadays is not really what our “establishment” wants. Lately we have reporters, interviewing other freaking reporters about the issues of the day. We have a huge industry I call infotainment with Rush Limbaugh and Sean Hannity running the lead. Our news is 24/7/365, no breaks no chance for reporters to even complete ant kind of background checks on the stories they are covering. They through out conjecture and theories and, lets face it, Bullshit from all over the place hoping that something comes close to the truth. And then not really caring if it is true as long as
it earns them ratings and sponsors.

Information is spoon-fed to people and they tend to follow without thought.

Think about how bad politics have gotten. As a nation we are so apathetic about our political system that we barely even bother to show up to vote for the president, and if it is not a major event like a national election we don’t show up. Hells bells people men and women throughout the history of this country have laid down their lives so that we the damn people can have our say and we have become too lazy to give a damn.
We take what we are fed and wait until the next episode of survivor or American idol. Damn we care more about who gets voted off the island than we care about who gets voted into office.

Now when Kinky ran he truly wanted to become governor of Texas and I would have loved to see it happen. Not because I am a Texan but because once in a while it is good to see the two-party system we have trapped ourselves in get shaken up. Damn anymore the only real difference between the parties seems to be what color tie they were wearing.

When Jessie Ventura won in Minnesota it was because they had more people turn out to vote than in any election before or since. Was that because they all wanted to get on the idea wagon of Ventura, well some did but most just wanted to elect a governor that could body slam the governor of Wisconsin. Who doesn’t want a bonified badass in charge?

Kinky was not going to body slam anyone. The only thing Kinky slams is shots of Jamison’s or Man in Black tequila. But he had some damn fine ideas about how the state of Texas should be run.

Personally I would love to see him run every cycle for governor of Texas, as an Independent. Hell I would like to see him start working with other independents in other states that have the same type of star power and common sense charisma he has. Lets piss off the pundents. Lets make people break away from American Idol for a few weeks and actually pay attention to what the hell is going on locally in their state. Lets find away to break the chains of apathy. Seriously they are not that strong we just have not wanted to test them for fear of missing out on who is going to give the best cha-cha on dancing with the stars.

From the bottom of my somewhat jaded political heart I say Run Kinky Run give the country a reason to pay attention and maybe, just maybe, start a revolution of ideas for a change.
Like the campaign said “Why the Hell Not?”

Two years ago today

Hard to believe it was two years ago today that an F5 tornado swept away damn near a third of Joplin, MO.
That day was a Sunday, a lazy day in May and for me a rare day off. I was actually just waking up from a nap when I got the call that there was a tornado heading toward our office, our office that I had my sales team in. All I could think about was getting there. I jumped in my car, at the protests of my wife, and sped to the call center. And I mean sped. As I got close there was debris falling from the sky around me. I was literally dodging tree limbs and building debris as I got to the call center.

The storm had literally ripped the back end of the building off. Due to it being a Sunday the only team there was mine. If it had been a Monday or Saturday the center would have been packed and we would have had some major injuries. As it was no one was hurt, scared as hell, but not hurt.

As I walked into the building I was assaulted with the sound of our alarm systems going off. I sent everyone home to check on their families and started making phone calls to the building owner and my other bosses. The building was a loss. We spent the rest of the night trying to salvage what we could from the equipment. And we ended up having to stand guard from looters. Crazy.

I will never forget I had one of my team members come in crying. She had lost everything in the storm, her home, her car, and all her belongings. She came in and saw the building and said “Oh God I have lost everything, please don’t tell me I have lost my job too.”

At that moment all I could do was tell her we would rebuild and it would be fine. I am very thankful the owners did not make a liar out of me. I knew several folks who were not so lucky.
In the mean time we shared guard duty until we had been able to get all the salvageable equipment out of the building. I was able to contact most of my people through Facebook and truly became thankful for the way social networking helped us find folks we thought we had lost.

In the aftermath of that storm I saw the best of my fellow man. And I saw some of the worst. Aside from the looting we had all kinds of fraud and some price gouging. We all dealt with loss from homes, to friends. The city of Joplin lost landmarks that had stood for years. It was, and is still strange to drive by places that look so different. But the town survived and the people are stronger.

Over time we will rebuild, I work someplace else but not a day goes by I do not think about those people and that day. Surreal does not touch it, frightening was in there but the word that I think describes that day best was confusion. It does not matter how much you think you have prepared for a disaster you are not. We got through it. Joplin is still getting through it.

And Moore, with help and prayer from all corners will get through as well. I think the main reason we all make it through the storms in life is because we are too damn stubborn to call it quits. That is probably one of our most endearing qualities.