1.30.2011

next step

The building behind us in this picture is being looted.  The one (not shown) across the street is on fire.

I have no idea how this family is, since there is no Internet or cell phone service right now.

Egypt was the first non-Western country I ever set foot in.  And by that I mean the first poor one.

Yes, I have been in impoverished places in America.  Yes, I have been in all-windows-boarded-up and random-things-on-fire stretches of the South side of Chicago, sketchy as hell areas of New Orleans, public schools where kids have to bring their own toilet paper to bathrooms that seem to never get cleaned.

It. Is not. The same. As an entire city of people who don't get enough to eat.

The more I learn about the world beyond the US, the more I feel it was insanely, insanely unfair and lucky for me to have been born here and to have never known anything else.  Unfair in a way that I feel I owe at least some portion of my life to others who weren't.

By the way, this excellent article here mentions a man being beaten in the alley beside Hardee's.  You know, Hardee's.  The one in the photo in my previous post.

1.26.2011

notes from the sidelines

Several years ago I went to Egypt with my cousin to visit her family who lives there.   Her girl cousins waited up for us the night we arrived in Cairo, giddy with excitement. We asked where they wanted to take us. They took us to an Egyptian Hardees.
spot the 6 foot tall american!
Later we were taken in by a family who owed my cousin's dad a favor of some sort, and repaid it by hiring a private tour guide, chartering sailboats for leisurely trips up the Nile and arranging for chauffeured cars to take us through Cairo, showing us important mosques and museums.

Then they took us to their beach house outside of Alexandria.  The water was electric blue.
the water shames the sky.

And there were their servants (different from the ones they had in Cairo) who lived at their beach house.
you are already in love with that boy.

Those two, plus a cute baby, plus a grown woman, lived in what we would call a cinderblock storage shed behind the house.  I was there for 3 days before I realized that.  

I bought some candy and a toy for that boy.  As I was leaving I realized that he had to give it to the family (the boss's) kids.  He couldn't keep it for his own.  This really messed with me.   I was furious-to-the-point-of-tears while saying goodbye and thanking the hosts who had been so, so, SO generous to me.  

My cousin's mother tried to make me see reason.  They were a good family to work for. I guess I just hated that they had to work so hard, and that things were set up the way they were.  That kid didn't go to school, he never would. That girl gave me an elaborately printed prayer card even though she didn't know how to read. 

I wonder how old that boy is, and if he still has that expression, and if he is protesting in the streets of Egypt right now, and if these protests will lead anywhere, and if his life will ever get better, and if he'll be able to keep things for his own. 


1.05.2011

dear future:


Will I ever, EVER look this horrible and this confident at the same time?

also, do I want to?

1.04.2011

"The cow, which had already been shot at least once with a .22 caliber pistol, wasn't going down without a fight."

Well, cousins.  Another big ($10k +) gig I was up for, called back for, second call-backed for, didn't get.


Strangely enough, I found this article comforting when I came across it today. 

'Unkillable' cow puts elderly man in hospital
Bovine withstands bullets, truck ramming after attack on rancher.

Comforting? Nay. Encouraging.

(Don't worry about the elderly man for a minute.  Focus on that unkillable cow.)

SHOT SEVERAL TIMES IN THE FACE, says the article. RAMMED WITH A TRUCK, says the article.  UNKILLABLE.

Damn.

Cow. Can I just say? Way to keep going.

I have an audition for a soy milk commercial tomorrow, another audition for a play I don't think I even want to do, and I do believe I'm feeling a little unkillable myself
 

moment of getting real:
I wish this poor rancher (who is 70 years old, so this is very serious) a very speedy recovery.  They had to CareFlight him out of there and his condition is listed as critical.  It's a wacky news story for me, but a horrible nightmare for that poor family. I truly hope he and his wife are okay.

how to get back into writing.

don't worry about writing something good.
start with just writing something. 

good will show up later.