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[ Thursday, March 25, 2004 ]


American Dream

I've got today off, and it is cloudy, but a beautiful warm spring day. Shout out to Idea, I did ten miles as a run, walk, run. I was listening to my MP3 player and I have the theme song to the TV show American Dream, titled "Generation" on there. As I listened to the lyrics I felt shame and anger, not the hope and pride of the artist who sang it. If you aren't familiar, here it is:

You're comin' up like a flower
You're comin' up through the cracks
That live 'round here
Everybody knows we have no fear
This is my generation
'Cause we just want to dance all night
Live inside the spark of life
This might be the only time around
We wanna know the face of freedom
We wanna make a place where we can learn to love
Build a world that we can be proud of
This is my generation

I'm a year away from 50. My generation is thinking about retirement. Well at least we didn't blow the whole place up, yet. I think I'm going to cry.

David Blaine [12:26 PM]


Screwing the whole world to make a point.

The "Today Show" reported that construction is behind schedule for the Athens Olympics, which will be held this August. A decision has been made to scrap the roof planned for the swimming pool, and other buildings are also behind their construction schedule. One reason? Security. Compared to the last summer Olympics in Australia, the security costs for Greece are expected to be tripple. That's sweet. While athletes from around the world are getting short changed, terrorists from their home countries are trying to kill attendees. It all seems so pathetic, it hardly seems worthwhile to have the competition.

David Blaine [9:01 AM]

[ Wednesday, March 24, 2004 ]


The Power of Dispair

Yesterday I surfed blogs looking for insight into the middle east situation, the killing of Yassin. First it seemed stupid, stiring up a hornets nest. Secondly it seemed perhaps calculated to keep things in a state of flux, to provoke attacks in order to continue fighting. Thirdly I came accross this post, which made too much sense. Allison writes about the state of dispair among the common people in Israel. She is a wife and mother, not a politician or soldier. I suggest you read it, and also all the comments. As Allison says, and I'm paraphrasing, We leave them alone and they kill us, we fight them and they kill us, with a wall they kill us and without a wall they kill us. It can't get any worse.
To me that last part, it cant get any worse, that is dispair. One commentor likened it to the reaction of passengers on flight 93 on 9-11. When they realized they were going to be killed no matter what, they took matters into their own hands.
Of course Palistinians must feel the same way, the average person, not the radical terrorists. So how do we get the politics and extremisim out of both sides? How can we support the Israelis and Palistinians enough that they will drive away the hate mongers on both sides? That is the million dollar question, which has no answer at the moment.

David Blaine [8:25 AM]

[ Tuesday, March 23, 2004 ]


Two Wrongs will make a Bloody Mess

Israel's killing of Sheik Ahmed Yassin should stir things up quite a bit in the middle east, and around the world. Although the U.S. denies prior knowledge of the attack, Hamas has vowed revenge around the world including strikes threatened against Israel and the U.S. By most accounts outside of Palistine, Sheik Ahmed Yassin was evil incarnate, however it would seem foolish to think that by murdering the quadrapalegic religious leader of the Palistinians, that you would stop the terrorist violence he spawned.

David Blaine [8:14 AM]



This past weekend my wife and I went away to participate in a murder mystery weekend. The resort housed and fed us, and we analyzed the skits, searched the suspects rooms, interviewed the actors, and eventually, with the help of the other 6 team members, solved all 4 crimes and won first place. We had never done anything like this before, nor had any of our team members. We beat nine other teams, including some with previous experience. Also included was a horse drawn wagon ride out to dinner at a log cabin in the woods where they prepared a 6 course gourmet meal, on a wood stove. This was a Christmas gift from the employees at my wife's store. It wasn't relaxing, we were on the go the whole weekend, but it was fun, especially when we won! Our prize was a gift certificate to come back for an additional nights stay some time. I can tell you that after running around like the proverbial chicken with his head cut off, I have a new respect for real detectives. It's not like on television.

David Blaine [7:58 AM]