(A LATE MOM’S DAY CARD, TO CAROLYN, LISA, SUSIE, AND SANDI, AND SASS, AND MY BIRTH-MOM, WHO WERE WONDERFUL MOMS TO ME!–LOCAL ARTIST IN OREGON,SOLD ME THIS GREETING CARD ART)
(I am sorry, I forgot to add, Happy-mom’s day, to my late dad, who was like a Jewish– Chinese mother to us. but don’t ask me to explain that. It was accurate.)
we all tend to forget our mothers,unless we never had one, or else if we did have one, we blame all our problems on our mom. This particularly is true if your mom was the dominant personality in the family and made all the decisions and did the discipline. That would count for my dad. My dad was the bad guy, but he was also the biggest mother of them all. He took my mom’s place, when she couldn’t do it which was a lot of the time especially when we were born.
so how am I going to segue into the schizophrenia of Eugene Oregon? Easy. To a lot of people, Eugene is like a big or small mother who is very liberal with you. She gives you all kinds of breaks, even though she doesn’t have much money, she tries hard to help the underdog more than the over dog. That means, watch out if you’re middle class, you won’t get very much attention in Eugene.
I was born in Eugene Oregon and I’m a native. I did spend a lot of my adult life, in another state just so I could make a living. If I stayed here, I would’ve been broke all the time. Or I would’ve been running around in a lumber mill or chopping down trees – or being unemployed. Like now. So, the best defense against unemployment, is to not be where it is. That has always been Oregon.
that’s pretty schizophrenic, right when you look down at it. There are a lot of people in Eugene, and in Oregon who would like to have the lumber industry come back alive. It is not that there are no trees being chopped down, in Oregon it’s just that they get shipped automatically straight to the coast to China. We don’t get any of the work from the lumber industry.
some of the biggest owners of big private lumber, are the very politicians who run Eugene and Lane County, and Oregon.it’s very very schizophrenic! How can it be, that such a very liberal, Democratic, town and state, is run by people who decide not to give Oregonians jobs, while they ship all their logs to another country instead?that’s what they call a dichotomy I guess. And I don’t even know what the word means but it sure sounds like one.
Eugene particularly can’t make up its mind on major issues. For example, all the liberals, democratic, supposedly want everybody to have jobs. But, the County and the city take a lot of trouble to make such restrictive laws, that business can’t be created here, or survive here, and no business wants to come here.
how are you supposed to get jobs with out any business or industry? The only answer to that is to work for the government.any government! The state, the county the city or the feds. They rarely fire you, and they hide the incompetency of anybody who works for them. I know this from experience, because I worked for the state of California at one time. It was flaky. I was flaky.
the fed government is decidedly flaky. So flaky, it’s like a well-made pie–crust, coming apart in little pieces, much to a pie eaters delight (government employees and politicians) but the people who can’t get to eat the pie (taxpayers) get stuck with just a black cup of coffee.
I am getting distracted into politics which I don’t want to do,today.I only wanted to talk about the schizophrenia of Eugene. Take for example, that Eugene really wants (part of us) to have the company Whole Foods move here.it’s been argued that this company is a good employer, good wages, and very positive .
. On the other hand, we have the “only homegrown will do” – citizens here, who despise anything that doesn’t come from Eugene or Oregon. It’s very strange because these same people often also support Africa, and people in other countries,and even illegal aliens here, before they support the United States, as far as business. You see them getting on their computers, and ordering something that is “fair trade” from somewhere else. Okay, it’s fair. Is it really fair to us?
That is the very liberal Eugene schizophrenia that goes on here all the time. Another example, is the Civic Stadium. A lot of people have decided that it costs us too much, it’s too old dilapidated, and we should sell it because we need the money. On the other hand we have the very sentimental, nostalgic people, who want to keep it as an antique.they are presently trying to come up with quite a few million dollars, so they can buy it out right.WHY? Because the city and County can’t financially afford to keep it.
Somebody else has to buy it, like an antique collector.
every time you look at the news of Eugene, or look at the newspaper, you realize there’s a lot of schizophrenia here going around. For example I looked at the front of the paper today, and it said “gifted sisters realize dreams”. There is a big photo of two sisters, smiling, who are Latino in origin. Right from high school, they got a Bill and Melinda Gates foundation full college education. That really is great. I agree.
Where were Bill and Melinda Gates, and their foundation, when my sister and I were trying to go to college, here in Eugene, and our parents were filthy POOR? They were probably glutting themselves on Microsoft. they were screwing up all our software. And they were stealing major computer software, from Macintosh. No wonder they’re filthy rich. I would be too!
it just proves that, if you’re only a small thief, you better forget it. Only the big thieves prosper.once you are rich, you can go around being a nice guy to everybody small.
one of the sisters said that her dad worked really hard, six days a week, and that reminded me of my dad. He would work several different jobs. Although in Eugene, that still doesn’t make you middle-class. The girl says, the kind of mentality they learned in Mexico, was “you have to stand up for yourself, make something of yourself, because no one’s going to do it for you.”that sounds like my families motto also.
Well, somebody else is sending them to college.In my sisters and my case, it was our dad who had to send us to college, at the University of Oregon, and the two of us worked in the Strawberry Fields, BlackBerry fields, and green bean fields, during the summer. we worked in the canning factory, during college .we needed to, otherwise we didn’t get new clothes. I did get on the Dean’s list, once, in college, and I got a small scholarship. That helped.and we had to live at home. Otherwise, we wouldn’t have been able to afford it.
.I wonder what those two Latino sisters are going to do, once they do graduate from college?.are they going to have to leave the state to find work, also?. Two sets of sisters, very much alike, but in different generations, and with different outcomes.the funny thing is, my parents had always been American citizens, and nobody gave us a break like that.
one of the girls said, her parents were only recently able to gain citizenship. That means they were here, illlegally or they had green cards. Oregon is known for deciding that people who are not citizens, get all the breaks that American citizens get.then why the heck did my parents pay all those thousands of dollars of taxes all those years, and the people who get the Bill Gates foundation scholarships, have parents who didn’t even have to be citizens?That’s really schizophrenic.
Maybe my parents should have declared that they were here, illlegally or on a green card. they would not have had to pay all those taxes and then my sister and I could’ve applied very happily to something like Bill Gates foundation, and my parents would’nt have had to pay all those thousands of bucks for us to go to the University of Oregon themselves!
why didn’t we think of that?That would’ve fixed it all!don’t be a citizen of the US, you don’t have to pay all those millions of dollars to taxes, and your kids can still go to college here, on scholarships. Way to go! I wonder if Mexico has a deal like that? Probably not. You have to come here, to find this cockeyed system.Mexico is busy getting rich off of dealing drugs. Once again, the United States finishes last. So do it’s citizens.
I happen to know that the native Oregonians kids, who were born here, can’t afford to go to college, and have to do something instead, like go to beauty school or vocational school at LCC.in my day, my parents could still scrimp and save, and live like church mice, and still send us. None of the native kids can do that now.it costs too much.
My advice for native kids of Oregon is, don’t go to college here; go to another country,like Asia, or even India, and go to a comparatively good college or university, that is a lot cheaper, don’t bother giving your dollars to the U of O.don’t bother giving your taxes to the federal government and the state. You are only being a sucker if you do. (I really don’t think the University of Mexico is going to accept you. Haw Haw.– or give you a scholarship. Snicker.)
Oye, Gringo, here is the rest of the Eugene Oregon schizophrenia! Eugene residents, who decide that the way we can solve all our state money problems, is raise the gas tax. So people don’t drive at all!
Get rid of University of Oregon fossil fuel investments! You’ll lose money, but you’ll feel really good about it!
And, the most beautiful of all, idea, we should put all of the homeless people into the spare new apartments, that were made for students. (Enrollment in the University of Oregon and LCC has declined.)–that will be empty. they don’t have to pay rent, landlord’s don’t have to pay taxes, and on down the line, nobody makes any money off of it.finally, everybody loses their apartments, their buildings, and everything is foreclosed. But nobody has the money to buy except outside developers. Then we lose everything to people from the outside of Oregon.
That’s really thinking EUGENE! we don’t need money, to pay for all the homeless, we don’t need money to pay for a new single-payer system, for insurance; we don’t need money for the University of Oregon, so don’t keep fossil fuel investments! We don’t need money for rehabilitation.we don’t need money for all the frivolous parks and new City Hall’
All these things will be given to us by white fluffy angels falling from the sky, and turning into green leaves. Green bucks. Environmentalism will pay for everything that Eugene and Oregon need.nobody here, in Eugene Oregon, needs industry or business, so that we can have jobs. That is a bunch of Republican propaganda.
my favorite little bit of delightful schizophrenia, is the idea of the Eugene register guard newspaper; “nobody needs free broadcast TV in the country anymore. Everybody can just pay for cable or satellite dish, or the Internet. Nobody here is poor enough so that they have to watch commercials, just to get their networks free.NOBODY here in the United States is that POOR! not anymore! Poverty is a thing of the past in the United States!”(snicker, snicker.)
That wonderful Eugene register guard – they understand the schizophrenic logic of Eugene.they’ve used it often enough. It goes, “you do not need industry or business to make you money. It comes from fluffy white angels, out of the sky, or the government can pay for it. Everybody knows, our government is so filthy rich and successful, we can all just live off of it forever. or, just keep taxing residents in Eugene who are homeowners. Everybody knows their filthy rich too!”That is definitely a Eugene schizophrenic ideal.and it’s also president Obama’s ideal; when you need lots of money, just print up a whole bunch of it. You can PRETEND that there’s gold behind it.
For anybody who didn’t have a real mother, happy Mother’s Day anyway. Chances are, somebody had to be a good substitute mother for you, or you wouldn’t have been able to make it.even a mental hospital can be substituted. I hear they do pretty well, because they know what you need. And as for the schizophrenia of Eugene and Oregon, don’t worry about it. Reality usually takes precedence, when all the schizophrenic unreality falls apart. Meaning, sooner or later somebody has to pay the bills.and that person or persons get to take over, and then they become the boss.
“University of Oregon, don’t be fucking idiots, and get rid of all your fossil fuel investments! If it weren’t for them, none of your parents would have jobs, or paychecks, the University would be broke, and this country would look a lot like Calcutta. Calcutta was always the reigning king of poverty, corruption, danger, and white slavery.of course Eugene looks a lot like a little Calcutta, but you don’t want the U. Of O. to get like that also. Haw Haw Haw.You and your cute little glass cathedrals! “
Maybe the University of Oregon is the most schizophrenic thing in Eugene after all. 🙂
(Sandramina, trying to remain sane, and not live in glass castles, and pretend I’m Cinderella.somehow I just need reality. Unfortunately, it’s hard, because I’m living here.) 🙂