March 26th, 2006

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Anti-War Song -- Ganked from thescreamregime

When you see this, post an anti-war song in your journal...

Masters of War
by Bob Dylan
1963


Come you masters of war
You that build all the guns
You that build the death planes
You that build the big bombs
You that hide behind walls
You that hide behind desks
I just want you to know
I can see through your masks

You that never done nothin'
But build to destroy
You play with my world
Like it's your little toy
You put a gun in my hand
And you hide from my eyes
And you turn and run farther
When the fast bullets fly

Like Judas of old
You lie and deceive
A world war can be won
You want me to believe
But I see through your eyes
And I see through your brain
Like I see through the water
That runs down my drain

You fasten the triggers
For the others to fire
Then you set back and watch
When the death count gets higher
You hide in your mansion
As young people's blood
Flows out of their bodies
And is buried in the mud

You've thrown the worst fear
That can ever be hurled
Fear to bring children
Into the world
For threatening my baby
Unborn and unnamed
You ain't worth the blood
That runs in your veins

How much do I know
To talk out of turn
You might say that I'm young
You might say I'm unlearned
But there's one thing I know
Though I'm younger than you
Even Jesus would never
Forgive what you do

Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money you made
Will never buy back your soul

And I hope that you die
And your death'll come soon
I will follow your casket
In the pale afternoon
And I'll watch while you're lowered
Down to your deathbed
And I'll stand o'er your grave
'Til I'm sure that you're dead

And you can HEAR the first couple of stanzas on the BobDylan.com web site.
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The weekend

Aside from the unfortunate demise of my bird, this was a pretty good weekend.

Friday night I went over Caleb's, watched Cat People.

Saturday I went out for coffee, went shopping and got nice stuff; last night I saw a good movie on Sci Fi.

Today did, yes, include a funeral for the bird, but it also included Outworlder Writer's Group, then hanging out with Amanda all afternoon. We went to Zocalo in Midtown for lunch, dropped by Outwrite, went up to Virginia-Highland, went to a tag sale, and grocery-shopped at Publix on Ponce. A fab way to spend an afternoon, IMO!

Due to the fact that basically did NOT work myself very hard this weekend, I am still massively backed up as far as emails, Metro girl work, entering receipts, etc., but tomorrow is another day. This wasy my first weekend actually at home after a workweek -- last weekend we went to Chicago -- and I just felt like slacking off, honestly.
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Friday Five

This one was pretty interesting...

1) Of the various cultures, ethnicities or nationalities you belong to, which most strongly do you consider yourself?

German and English. Also, speaking regionally, New Englandish. I might even toss in New Yorker as well, as that's a culture too, and to the extent there is a queer culture, that too. For a long time I thought I looked and acted very, very German but when I went to England, I realized that I look and act super English as well.

2) Is there a culture you cannot claim heritage from but which you feel quite close to?

Jewish. My mom's family is German and although the family wasn't Jewish, she grew up in a mostly Jewish neighborhod in Bronx, NY, and it brought a lot of strong cultural ties -- besides the ones already there, inherent between German and Jewish -- into her life and my life as well. My Dad is a total WASP and yet he also brought in Jewish influences, from NYC and as general culture of the 40s and 50s, when the influence was huge.

Many of my favorite foods are Jewish and I think latkes are basically one of the world's most perfect foods, when made right. My mom also acts like a "Jewish mother" at times, especially on the advice and "folk medicine" side of things.

In adition to all this, I have done a lot of my own reading on Judaism, history of the Jews, Jewish culture, the Holocaust, famous and talent Jewish people (who are LEGION) that I am overall just very, very deeply impressed. By all rights, it is an utter miracle there are any Jews alive in the world, since even without the Holocaust they as a people have faced terrible odds for centuries upon centuries, and one has to be in awe.

3) What's one language you wish you knew fluently?

Spanish.

4) If you could move anywhere in the world and be guaranteed a job, etc., where would you go?

I have too many answers for this! Um, inside the States, I'd say Chicago or Vermont, as a small town like Bennington. Outside the States, Cologne, Germany, or maybe somewhere in England, although maybe more of a smaller city rather than London.

5) If you had a time machine, and could witness any one event without altering or disturbing it, what would you want to see?

There a millions upon millions of moments I could choose (like Hitler's death, German tribes sacking Rome, etc.) but right now I'm thinking it would be awesome if I could go back and see my maternal grandfather and his family -- he was one of 16 kids, raised by a mom who ran a seaside tavern while dad was at sea -- and how they made it through the day back in, say, 1912, when Opa would have been 13.