Saturday, October 26, 2013

Nine Thousand Floors


Ours is a competitive culture. We’re programmed from the start to accumulate, to ascend. It’s a race to the top for ownership and authority, and a steep descent when the contestants lose balance and grip.

The company that grows too quickly and bankrupts itself. The overexposed, teetering superstar who falls from spotlight to darkness. The lottery winner who blows through the prize so ravenously that she lands in more debt than she started with. The insatiable politician who uses countless others as expendable footholds in his career climb, finally plummeting the entire rock face under the weight of scandal.

Gravity is kinder to the temperate.

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Saturday, October 19, 2013

Cute Fuzzy Electro


You have to be careful with cute. Beneath the adorable layer waits a contrasting, injurious quality that can bite you in the ass, jab you in the eye, or vice versa.

Play with the wrong kitten long enough, and you’ll have the Band-Aids to show for it. Investigate further to discover it was that precious little darling at the birthday party who pushed a nail into your piece of cake. 

Reach for the rose, grab on to the thorns.

Aw…

ZAP!

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Saturday, October 12, 2013

Bridge Masonry


Human endeavor is loaded with consequential un-intentions. Penicillin only came to light after a Scottish scientist forgot to put a lid on a Petri dish.  Selenium runoff from mining helped two-headed fish make their debut.  You think anyone envisioned hot dog mac and cheese? That happened when a mom needed something quick and fattening to shut her kids up. And, as it turns out, milk crates make even better space organizers for college dorms.

The impact of such fortuity is positive or negative depending on the context.  In this case, I imagine the construction crew were quite concerned upon realizing they accidentally built a tunnel monster.

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Saturday, October 5, 2013

Alligator Cancer Egg


Celebrity and affliction draw the most attention.

"Hey, aren't you that guy from that movie about that thing?" 

"I'm sorryI don't mean to prybut how did you lose your... ?"

It's no wonder spotlight leads to crankiness. Reading a sandwich board takes only a second, but walking around wearing the thing is an ongoing endeavor. 

Now beat it, kid.

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