Why do people seem so fascinated with changing the world? You can't watch a TV program, sit though movie previews, or leaf through a magazine with coming upon someone or something urging us to change the world. I try to live a decent life. Heck, I'm 42 and I've never gone to jail once. It's been easy. Never been arrested. FULL DISCLOSURE: I was kicked out a of a dorm on the University of Wisconsin campus but all (ok, most) of those charges were trumped up.
It's no secret that the world has plenty of problems, but show me a time that the world didn't have plenty of trouble and that would be a first. It's always been a snakepit and always will be a snakepit. All of us "pitching in" won't do a damn thing for the big picture. Me, I recycle every other week. All my newspapers, glass, and plastic bottles go into their pretty bins and every other Friday I take them to the curb. I don't feel special about it, but I think it's an easy way to at least do something nice.
How do I try and change the world? Obviously, I don't, but I try to make my little corner of it a nicer place to be. I'm very nice to my always understanding wife. I walk my dog every day. I call my parents once a week, sometimes twice. I try to take care of myself so I'm not a burden on the already over-burdened health care system. I keep the noise down at night. I buy things that I can afford. I make my mortgage payment every month. I keep the house clean. I wash my car after it rains. I visit the casinos to contribute to the local economy. I don't use profanity in public (exception: Packers games). And when the day is done, I try and do it all again tomorrow.
Ok, so that wasn't exactly the Crash Davis "What do you believe in?" speech from Bull Durham, but I'm guessing the first draft of that wasn't as smooth as the end product either. Making the world a better place is bloodsport. We make it better by killing those who want to kill us, not by using a supposedly more energy efficient light bulb.
Anyway, I'm trying to spiff up the website a little bit, adding some color and some tasty bits about yours truly. I'm also trying to put some ads on it, so if you see some stuff along the side, don't be afraid. I'm not going to put a porn worm in your hard drive (frisky!), but if I can make cents for sense, that would be a beautiful thing.
I'm going to see "Sex and The City" with my wife this weekend, so more on that to come. I may even type it in pink.