Thursday, Mar. 25, 2004 - 10:26 p.m.
Cost of the War in Iraq
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Bouncy Checks and Chewy Premises
Egads. Can you believe I have had the FIRST ever check bounce in my career of illustration and cartooning... twelve years plus... and it was a $300 check from .... tahdah.... THE STATE OF WASHINGTON!! Yup, a US governmental agency... their educational branch... to reproduce one of my drawings in a state-wide standardized exam.
Doesn't that just take the cake.
It is a nasty thing, since of course it is MY credibility with my bank that gets fucked around if I give them checks and the checks are worth less than the actual paper they are printed on. Kind of like putting fake twenties someone has passed me into my deposit envelope.
AGH. I will phone them tomorrow. I dunno. What do I do? Ask for them to send a bank transfer? A postal order? A registered check? Funny way to deal with a state government eh.
In other news, I am still exhausted. Or again. I dunno. I feel draggy, but not down or depressed. Sort of like I would like to sit on a bed, couch or other, leaning into cushions and staring at something completely inane like the flames of a campfire. Or the swirling waters of a river or rapids. Or clouds in the sky. Funnily enough this is the one mood in which I don't mind being stoned, since my head is not trying to think, nor my body to do anything skillful. I think it is no coincidence that my body feels draggy AND my nose is rather clogged and my eyes heavy. Probably another virus going around that I have but am successfully fighting off. gll. But it is NOT an inspiring state to dance flamenco in. hehe.
Hey, I have been mentioned in the free newsweekly twice in two weeks. Last week, they briefly mentioned that I had "another of my caustic comic book" launched on Monday, which was cool. It would have been better if they spoke about it in more than one sentence and didn't mispell dyke as "dike". hehe.
This week, they published my letter to the editor, about a cover piece three weeks ago. The Journal de Montreal had done a week long exposé of racism here in Quebec by having one of their white reporters get some sophisticated makeup artist to turn him "black". Yeah it is an iffy premise, but at the same time, for one whole week, racism was the cover topic of the most-read paper in a huge city. The same reporter compared how he was treated as a "black" man and as a white man in the same stores, job applications, bars etc... he wore the same clothes etc when he returned as his white self, so that the racial look would be the sole variables.
The cover article in the free news weekly was written by a black man who said he found this blackface to be the same as minstrels making fun of blacks years ago, and that it was offensive to the extreme. And that there were enough black people saying there is racism, why do they need some white guy to say so. The newsweekly writer basically didn't do any journalism research, any testing, fieldwork, etc, just gave his opinions that the Journal de Montreal writer was icky and looking to make a name for himself. He DID interview the Journal de Montreal writer, but then tore apart his replies, which actually weren't that bad. Anyhowz, I understand the black writer's discomfort but still wish he could've come up with something other than his personal opinions... esp since it was touted on the cover as "Exploring the racial makeup of discrimination"... and the letters afterwards were all like "yeah, that Journal de Montreal writer was really racist" and "yeah, the money spent on his makeup could've been sent to a black community center" (as if that would make white landlords less racist or expose the problem to a mostly white bluecollar readership). Anyways, here's my letter they published. We'll see what the reaction is. :
Hello, I was disappointed to discover that Scott C's cover story in March 4th Mirror did not "explore the racial makeup of discrimination in Montreal" as the cover proclaimed, but consisted rather of Scott's interview with Journal de Mtl reporter Stéphane Alarie and his personal reactions to Mr. Alarie's race experiment. Scott C's article includes such good investigative journalism as: "I bet there are ...." and "there's no way a man with a thousand dollars worh of shoe polish on his face could really grapple with this stuff", as if wearing makeup interferes with someone's intellectual capacities.
Well, there ya go. You haven't read the articles in either paper, but hopefully some of the points ring true anyways.
Well, that's it for right now. zzz. I just realized it is my brother's birthday and if I don't call soon it will be over. Tah! BTW what a great horoscope today. Does not bode well for what people will think of that letter to the editor! eep!
Here is my horoscope for Thursday, March 25:
2:21 am Hey, I should mention that the reason I KNEW that the newsweekly had printed my letter is cuz this morning some crackpot left a message on my answering machine: "hey, are you the one who wrote the article in the paper? It was a beautiful article! Civil rights is a waste of time, you need to have human rights before you can get some civil rights. I didn't know there was good people like you out here, so there's still hope." And he left his name and phone number and wanted to send me a fax. Sometimes there are drawbacks to having your letter published in the paper, and people looking up your name in the phone book. Jeepers. Anyhowz, it is nice he thinks so nicely of me, but I am not calling him back. Wierdo alert! But yeah, that's how I knew my letter was published in the paper today.
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Goodbye Michael. May your next life be kinder to you. - Thursday, Jun. 25, 2009
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