I see in the news that they have arrested a woman for paying $400,000 to get her non-soccer playing son into UCLA on a soccer scholarship. I guess someone has to pay for those multi-level carparks and all that avocado toast at the CO-OP.
When I was planning for college they offered me $140 a semester and I didn’t even play soccer. How could I refuse? Of course in terms of today’s dollars this seems a paltry sum but back then it was more than enough to sway my decision.
A poem by Allen Ginsberg, Braniff Air, Denver—Dallas, December 3, 1974
Oil brown smog over Denver Oil red dung colored smoke level to level across the horizon blue tainted sky above Oil car smog gasoline hazing red Denver's day December bare trees sticking up from housetop streets Plane lands rumbling, planes rise over radar wheels, black smoke drifts wobbly from tailfins Oil millions of cars speeding the cracked plains Oil from Texas, Bahrain, Venezuela Mexico Oil that turns General Motors revs up Ford lights up General Electric, oil that crackles thru International Business Machine computers charges dynamos for ITT sparks Western Electric runs thru Amer Telephone & Telegraph wires Oil that flows thru Exxon New Jersey hoses, rings in Mobile gas tank cranks, rumbles Chrysler engines shoots thru Texaco pipelines, blackens ocean from broken Gulf tankers spills onto Santa Barbara beaches from Stand of California derricks offshore.
The dangers of the fire swamp are the flame spurt, the lightning sand, the Internet wormholes, and the dreaded Rodents Of Unusual Size (ROUS). Leslie has demonstrated the most effective way to avoid three of these dangers but no one has a viable way of avoiding Internet wormholes short of tossing your computer (or Smart Phone) into the Well at the World’s End.
I personally fall into what should be an easily avoidable wormhole in two seemingly innocent ways. The first is when I go to YouTube to catch up on the four or five video podcasts I follow and enjoy. Unfortunately the folks at Google tempt me with dozens of related or semi-related videos that seem to promise arcane knowledge of digital watches or at least a few minutes of entertainment ranging from mild humor to sexual enticement. My favorites tend to involve food porn (especially street food, down and dirty), classic rock covers played on obscure asian instruments, and videos displaying the my favorite comedian-du-jour (Lewis Black rocks!). I also still insist on watching the How-To video whenever I need to restring my ukulele.