(BE BACK LATER, I’M BLIND WITH MY EYES DILATED, FROM EYE DOCTOR)
(PORTRAIT OF ARABIC OR BEDOUIN WOMAN, OFF THE WEB)
HERE COMES MY 19TH NERVOUS SINUS ALLERGIES, INFECTION, EAR JUNK:
IT is hot summer in Eugene and Lane county; the Willamette Valley mixes grass seed burning, SMOG from all traffic, and allergies. I fight the allergy attack and lose. I gotta go to drop in clinic with bloody nose, pain,,headaches, dizzeness, and gooey infected ear. Summer in the Valley of Sickness really hates me.Finally, I admit I am sick, (crap)Ugh! Is it worth it to live in the Valley? but if you live here, just TRY to sell a house or land on River Road. You might sell it for pennies. –or possibly rent it out to U. of O. students who compete foe cheaper housing here; its expensive in Eugene.The drop in clinic knows me by sight, I am a favorite client of damns sinus. This time, there’s “something going around.”
Besides, all the horrific pre-election parade of horror is really rattling me; I hear people say, they hate both candidates, and they really hate and no longer trust either party. –All of it is just abuse and conning of the public and tax-payers. I understand that.I read and hear so many complaints that people hate the govt/. and hate their politicians.None trusts them any more.Wow—all the under current of anger, frustration, hate and bad feelings of extreme kinds. Some are sure the election will be RIGGED—AND its happened before.
Why vote when voting no longer has power?
We avoid whats going on,and pursue our daily lives, but the ghost of ISIS gives us insecurity at night.
WHO WILL BE ABLE TO MAKE THE USA SAFE FROM THE WW3 AND TERRORISM FILLING THE WORLD?
In the mean time, before the real war gets here, we run into the myth about “the Utopia of the 50’s.”To tell the truth,not everyone was able to live in a swanky, suburban home—have a good job and do what people tried to do,then,”Keep Up With the Jones.”If the Jones, neighbor, buys a new car,you have to keep up by buying one too.If they have their kitchen remodeled, you have to spend the money to remodel yours too.Keeping Up with the Jones was an important activity.Being middle-class was important.
The CONFORMITY of the 50’s was so pervasive MAD MAGAZINE was born to make fun of it.–Various good artists and cartoonists satirized Madison Avenue Ad Men,and advertising. The 50’s were a matter of “dress alike ” LATER)in the same, current fashion; do grilling in the back yard like your neighbors do; have the popular food everyone makes, do the same hobbies that fashion tells your friends to do;THINK LIKE your neighbors and friends do; and most of all, THINK, TALK, AND ACT, BEHAVE, and have the same VALUES EVERYONE ELSE DOES.”
DON’T BE DIFFERENT.” Very different people could become outcasts, say, if your family was poor, and not in the same financial, social class. –or they were scientists and “readers, people who read a lot.instead of watching tv, and are brainy,” were too darn different. Even Disney made fun of scientists and inventors by making “The Absent-minded Inventor” and “The shaggy Dog.”Inventors and scientists were made to LAUGH AT, and not take seriously. They were FREAKS.–Their kids were too smart–and being too smart in school, as a kid made you a “freak” to laugh at.—not a socially-ok person at all.Girls or women who were SMART, BRAINY, ect. were not popular or date material.. It was BAD to be the smart one in school. You were an OUTCAST. –A freak.Unless you hung out with other brainy kids, you were alone.
This anti-intellegence thing of the conformist 50’s was serious.Smart people were considered BEATNIKS,often, and they had their own social group.Even if some qualities of the beatnik were ahead of their time, like writing very different books, espousing different society morals, expression, and thinking and discovering things ahead of their time, which can be a good thing for society, it was still not deemed Ok” by the general conformist community.
Gay people really had to hide it.—or go way underground to be among like persons.DIVERSITY was NOT OK. If you immigrated to America, you were expected to “homoganize yerself.”–become like real Americans.Stop being Yugoslavian! —learn to cook and eat American dishes. Don’t be SO ITALIAN! Go to baseball games, cheer for a team, enjoy football games, and enjoy AMERICAN SPORTS. Ditto MONEY AND MATERIALISM.Being financially successful was an absolute, necessary quality. It was REALLY AMERICAN to make MONEY.–being poor was considered your fault, and morally wrong. And ANTI-MATERIALISTIC
STILL, life was young in the 50’s; many people had jobs—not like now.We we were not subject to terrorism yet; so what if the 50’s were moneygrubbing? NOBODY likes being poor.Don’t blame the 50’s in America, blame the human race.We want security from hunger, a roof over our heads,and medicine when we’re sick. Even the poor hate the poor,its no way to live. In this savage dimension, survive and don’t die is the last word, and we most of our lives follow that.Make money, eat,work, congratulate ourselves on being only an animal after all. How much truth or beauty, or thought can an animal find, when he’s too busy grubbing in the forest for his next meal?
(Sandraminadotty, sick again in Eugene OR in the Valley of Sickness. –but God and my genes will heal it,until I get too old to mend.. 🙂