Thursday, October 14, 2010
Dumpster jockey gets driven
It was fun being broke and hopefully brilliant-- until what was left of the money died.
So I'm out here beside a supermarket dumpster that they have now sealed because they knew that old moth-eaten Ivan would be there one day holding vigil over the opening that had spewed out all the stale- dated steaks that had somehow escaped the whee-thump! of the automatic compacting process.
No longer can I stand beside the big dumpters and catch my steaks like the late pitcher/outfielder Satchel Paige.
They sealed it with hard rubber and one of the employees of Metro came out to tell me, "If you keep poking inside that machine, you're going to lose a hand."
Migod, I knew that Newmarket was now full of unemployed former camel jockeys, but what is this--the Middle East? Lose a hand?
I am a pilferer, not a thief. I usually poke the open hole in the dumpster with a stick...You can hear the rustle of the plastic as you snag a day-old T-bone. I am trying to avoid losing a hand. I am a stick man...Maybe that's how I got to be the way I am in the first place. Stick anybody. Sure peed off the poor ole lady.
Kicked out like a dog."Out, damn Spot!"
And now virtually kicked out of the Metro Dumpster area.
Rejection--even at this-- failure. Pain.
Migod, I'm going the have to hitchhike to Aurora, the next town south of here, where they have an open dumpster.
And along the highway, the cigarette trees.
What's poor hobo to do?
"Trailers for sale or rent.
"Rooms to let fifty cents..."
"I'm a man of means
and by all means
King of the road."
Ah, old Roger Miller.
And this morning, to paraphrase an old Hemingway book title,
"The Bum Also Rises."
I'm off to Aurora this morning.
The early bird gets the worm.
...Or I might get the worm from all that dumpters fare.
Ah what the hell. I seem to have the immune system of a starfish.
"You been chewing on rocks?" asks the dentist.
"Nah. Just a tough roast.
"They were so much more tender when I got them from the Dumpster in Newmarket.
"There just ain't no quality control any more."
To which, Tom Pearson adds:
You Are Invited! ..........Calling all Musicians and Performance / Artists!!
Oct 17 is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty - a day recognized by the United Nations and marked through events held world-wide on that day giving a voice to those in poverty.
York Region has been hosting an event since 2005, most recently at Fairy Lake Park in Newmarket where a mobile stage is brought onsite to the stone amphitheatre and used for the purposes of communicating messages to end poverty.
The event opens at 1pm with free hot food in an atmosphere of drumming and info tents followed by various speakers, including those with lived experience - using an "Open Mic" to voice their concerns. The event runs until 7PM.
At 5PM musicians & performance artists are invited on-stage, with "plug-n-play"for acoustical players and CD play capabilities available. Musicians and performance / spoken word artists are encouraged to create / perform original works that touch on the theme or pieces that reflect it. This is a growing and potentially door opening venue for original artists particularly.The event's design also lends itself naturallyl for "street performers" to set up along Fairy Lake's path and we encourage artists who do so to donate half the proceeds with the organizing group - Poverty Action for Change Coalition (PACC) to help defer event costs.
Thus far 2010's Int Day Showcase features Singer / Guitar/ Composer Glenn Marais - soon to be performing a concert in Africa - as well as Fred Joly, Brenda Bakos, Rappers Krhyme Syndicate, & Hip Hopper' Testament" - who are leading the way in creating an exciting new annual venue for artists to showcase original works - and at the same time help keep the message -to end poverty now- alive beyond the day through them.
If you have an original piece or would like to perform something that reflects the theme onstage contact the talent coordinator at email@example.com by Oct 7 2010.
Organizer, International Day for the Eradication of Poverty Day , York Region.
To which I reply,
What, you didn't ask for me by name, God's chosen?
I'm the bum with the fastest mouth in town! I am always talking about the poverty of the artist.
Anyway, I'll be there!