Welcome to Survivor Newark edition. We're on Day 2, with minimal blood loss.
A friendly billboard reading "HELP WANTED: STOP THE NEWARK KILLINGS" welcomed me to the city.
I recall being upset when they changed the slogan on West Virginia's greeting signs from "Wild and Wonderful" to "Open for Business." But this...I mean really, what is a billboard going to do to solve the problem? Apparently the ad campaign is sponsored by the local teachers union...so if the intent is to encourage teachers because there's a link between the violence and insufficient educations, I suppose it makes some sense. Although anything that deep on a highway sign is not only unlikely, it's also nearly as unnerving as the TRUTH fish eating DARWIN fish that I'm seeing everywhere these days. How did I get this bitter and cynical?
(has anyone else read "The Handmaid's Tale" does anyone else find the scenario eerily familiar?)
Am I the only one getting the impression that this country's infrastructure is collapsing? My Mom feels that part of the problem is a lack of a push for public transport (cause while the automotive industry may have some lobbying power, Amtrak...well...yeeeeh...), part politicians trying to make compromises between engineers on projects such as levies that keep New Orleans from flooding and bridges, and of course, education.
at this point can we even turn it around?
mmmm...politics, the other white meat.
That being said, my pad is awesome, and quite close to NYC (got a lovely view of the skyline from my room in fact.) I'm enjoying the big-assed bed, the massive newly built apartment, and the other perks of graduate living.