Thursday, December 02, 2010

Hitachi and Caterpillar chomping my brain



Mentally blocked.

Can't set word to screen.

And all his while, they are blockbusting my neighbourhood.
Just next door, where the venerable and much-used hockey arena had been, there is now a huge hole, and all around, the edges of the pit, there is a tall Tyrannosaurus Rex of a Hitachi backhoe, nodding and nodding on its treads, scooping out the once- rich earth and loading onto a truck, itself squat, low-slung and dinosaur-like. Stegasaurus on wheels. Or steroids.
Who cares if two hundred years of history are being scooped up, a pioneer grave or two, the coffins of the once richest among them still encased in concrete, the poorer just brown bones...To Toronto for those ancient cadavers, to the forensic unit. We must build, baby, build!

The same story pretty well all though North America, and certainly England and Europe.

Blockbusting and block scooping. HITACHI and CATERPILLAR lumbering around like Tiger tanks in a trap. No more Irish ditchdiggers. Backhoes and front-end loaders, Italians like grenadiers following the machines, as the cement truck pours out new sidewalks, whether they are need or not.The white-hatted straw boss is impatient, the "grunts" egged on... get those freshly-poured abutments cut to size as soon as dry. They dry super-fast, because of the calcium carbide.
Soon the screech of concrete-cutting diamond saws.
"You did it wrong, Giuseppe! Got to get some sealer!"

And while they are blockbusting, I am mentally blocked.

No longer the boy wonder at university, where I imagined myself as a craftsman, very much a builder of edifices in words, but the words have come tumblind down, and I now work in clacking electronics, into a machine, and where the words go, nobody knows.

And yet with all those servos, I am mentally blocked.

Somehow screwed in the head, like an idiot...Or maybe idiot-savant.One-note artist. Good at one thing only, and as for the rest, an idiot.
One smart cynic at the Toronto Star telling me, "Artists? Look around at the mental hospital, at the patients' art...Exactly like Van Gogh. He was a crazy bastard too."

And yet crazy man can't put a blog together today.

Post Modern times. A policeman with no whistle. A fireman with no hose. All implement replaced.

All that has gone before is shit. Build, baby, build!

They are excavating my neighbourhood. Two hundred years of history. They have taken away my wonderful arena to put in a Wal Mart.

They are mining my brain.
I swear I hear things.

Perhaps the cry of a dinosaur.

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12 comments:

Charles Gramlich said...

If only the dinosaur you hear was a T Rex and was eating the people putting up the Walmart.

Anonymous said...

For Immediate Release Wed Dec 1 2010 - Editorial
ISARC interfaith coalition is releasing their Ontario – wide social audit –
Persistent Poverty, Voices from the Margins, Wed December 1st 2010 at 10:30 AM at Toronto’s Queen’s Park media centre. The Interfaith Social Assistance Reform Coalition (ISARC) was born out of the hope that together a coalition of faith groups could contribute to new public policies based upon greater justice and dignity for Ontarians marginalized by poverty. They have been conducting social audits for 20 years with 2010 marking the 1st time York Region was included. The process includes hearing directly from those in poverty, front-line workers and politicians with everything recorded

York Region included for 1st time in 20 year History of Social Audit
York Region’s Tom Pearson who is the Chairman of the Poverty Action for Change Coalition the region’s grass roots voice acted as Co-convenor alongside The York Region Food Network’s Yvonne Kelly - both also authoring York Region’s social audit entitled, Behind The Masks, Testimonials from those marginalized by income released this past September. York, long considered a prosperous region, made a significant contribution to ISARC’s Ontario audit Persistent Poverty, Voices from the Margins and the finding’s address the “myth” that poverty and low income issues are not concerns and issues there.

States Mr. Pearson, “Historically speaking this is significant for York Region, but more importantly York Region typically has very little data, so to now have these important up to date sources can prove invaluable to those who make policy and decisions in regards to low income targeted initiatives. It’s like handing them a map of what’s working and what isn’t and all they need now do is sift through and act in accordance with the directions the audits tell them – without guessing or experimenting with peoples lives and livelihoods. We are very excited by the potential of such unique and useful reports and glad we could make it as “user friendly” as possible a process for our marginalized York Region participants”.

Mr. Pearson as well as ISARC’s Executive Director Brice Balmer, Susan Eagle & Murray Macadam will address media & make statements.
The group will also attend Minister (of Children & Youth services) Broten’s office the same day at 1:30pm for the provincial government’s mid-term poverty report. www.isarc.ca for more.

--Submitted by Tom Pearson

ivan@creativewritng.ca said...

Charles,

I sure appreciate the time taken from administering final exams at your college and commenting here.

Yes. Maybe heritage-gobblers should themselves be eaten.

Anonymous said...

In reference to Tom Pearson's press release (above):

Tragedy for People on Pensions

We got $3.11 extra on the Nov OAP. That will buy a loaf of bread. Even if you only eat 1 slice a day, it wont last a
whole month!! Remember this when you cast your ballot both federally and provincially – both should be coming up
soon - (just how soon ??)
As a raise last year, seniors got 2/5th of 1% on their Canada Pension and 0% on the Old Age Security. This won't even
scratch the raise in taxes that McGuinty levied, what Premier Campbell's doing in B.C with the 12% HST and other
user fees. We're "broke" & can't help our own seniors, Homeless, Veterans, Orphans, etc.????? This is so pathetically
true... in the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. Now Pakistan, the same people that will turn
around and build the I.E.D.'s that kills our troops. Also another boat load of refugees has arrived from Sri Lanka that
will get aid that should go to the CANADIAN people that have worked all their lives to make this the country it is today
Our retired seniors living on fixed income receive no aid while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds
of millions of dollars and tons of food to foreign countries. We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside
to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans. Why are so many CANADIAN citizens, and the CANADIAN
government, so star struck they won't provide for our own?

CANADA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going
without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations,
ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies. Imagine if we gave ourselves
the same support that we gave all of these other countries. I feel bad for them, but I also care about CANADA and our seniors
who developed this great country, only to be forgotten.

Sad isn't it?

It is probable up to 99% of people won't have the guts to forward this. I'm not one of them..... How about you??

A lucky man has three friends. A wise man knows who they are.


--Submitted by Eric Mercer.

Anonymous said...

In reference to Tom Pearson's press release (above):

Tragedy for People on Pensions

We got $3.11 extra on the Nov OAP. That will buy a loaf of bread. Even if you only eat 1 slice a day, it wont last a
whole month!! Remember this when you cast your ballot both federally and provincially – both should be coming up
soon - (just how soon ??)
As a raise last year, seniors got 2/5th of 1% on their Canada Pension and 0% on the Old Age Security. This won't even
scratch the raise in taxes that McGuinty levied, what Premier Campbell's doing in B.C with the 12% HST and other
user fees. We're "broke" & can't help our own seniors, Homeless, Veterans, Orphans, etc.????? This is so pathetically
true... in the last months we have provided aid to Haiti, Chile, and Turkey. Now Pakistan, the same people that will turn
around and build the I.E.D.'s that kills our troops. Also another boat load of refugees has arrived from Sri Lanka that
will get aid that should go to the CANADIAN people that have worked all their lives to make this the country it is today
Our retired seniors living on fixed income receive no aid while our government and religious organizations pour hundreds
of millions of dollars and tons of food to foreign countries. We have hundreds of adoptable children who are shoved aside
to make room for the adoption of foreign orphans. Why are so many CANADIAN citizens, and the CANADIAN
government, so star struck they won't provide for our own?

CANADA: a country where we have homeless without shelter, children going to bed without eating, elderly going
without needed meds, and mentally ill without treatment - yet we have a benefit for the people of Haiti on 12 TV stations,
ships and planes lining up with food, water, tents, clothes, bedding, doctors and medical supplies. Imagine if we gave ourselves
the same support that we gave all of these other countries. I feel bad for them, but I also care about CANADA and our seniors
who developed this great country, only to be forgotten.

Sad isn't it?

It is probable up to 99% of people won't have the guts to forward this. I'm not one of them..... How about you??

A lucky man has three friends. A wise man knows who they are.


--Submitted by Eric Mercer.

Middle Ditch said...

I think they call this thing progress

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Monique,

"Progress" indeed.
..........

I really enjoyed Epdisode 36 of your Middle Ditch series.

The animation adds a wonderful dimension to good, tight writing.
Hard to miss a beat or nuance.

I tried to put in a comment on the Middle Ditch space, but my browser bedevilled me.

Cheers.

Anonymous said...

Hi folks,

I've had to re-edit the book tour video. Please check out the new version at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YAiN5i8n0Zs.

Many thanks!
Chris
(Benjibopper)

Middle Ditch said...

Hi Ivan, thanks for the compliment. I have picked up courage (in May) and send a stitched together half an hour episode of MD to BBC Radio and you know what???? A big fat nothing. I e-mailed three times asking what had happened to the script and finally after the third had an answer. They know nothing about it even though someone signed for the delivery. What about that eh? XX

ivan@creativewriting.ca said...

Sorry to hear, Monique.

Over here,whenever the CBC rejects a script of mine they will at least give it a critique and say I need to find a producer.
Pass the buck, pass the buck.

And I silently keen,"Why do you think I sent it to you Madrechingar?"

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