‘Driven out’

Gator @ 'Ratbowl'. At this time, he's probably pretty hopeful inside.

Uncharachteristically, I was watching some news today. I try to be hopeful, but it waxes & wanes. Peering at the TV, I wasn’t really that optimistic in hoping to find something new, beyond the horror that regularly wastes our planet & speeds humanity towards oblivion. I’m reminded of ‘The Samples’ song, where Sean Kelly sings, “…and the world goes half the speed, of what it takes.”

The media tried to pawn some feel-good, gobbleygook our way…but I saw behind it. Seeing old Christian women feeding soup to LA homeless amid tinsel, decorations & beaming politicians does little, to make me feel like we live in a better world. I think we need to end our pride & selfishness. That would certainly be a start.

I gave away old skate stuff to a few  kids in a nearby town. I’m broke, but they have less, it seems. They looked lost. They seemed ‘driven out’.  It was cold & windy. They were wandering the graffiti -spattered streets; cheerless. It seemed as though they lost all hope. Hope is never a bad thing to instill. A small amount of hope, can do a great deal of good.

I saw few decorations & lights in their neighborhood. I saw grime, poverty & discarded alcohol bottles. I saw refuse & reeking puddles. I saw ignorance, squallor & apathy. Concerning those kids; I hope they can move ahead. I hope a loving presence instills good in them. I hope they see the future & smile. I hope they dream good things. I hope. Thanks to Jim Goodrich, for the image & The Fixx, for the inspiration. Skate-Ozzie

“So now I’m driving in my car, I used to be able to walk this far. Now I turn on the light, I used to be able to sleep at night. I’m cooking with microwaves, to warm up food, thats not seen the soil, I’m plugged into my TV, I’m used to the lies they’re telling me…telling me…”   The Fixx.



8 thoughts on “‘Driven out’

  1. I saw my big fat gut in the mirror before skating this morning…gonna take a shower in a few minutes and am certain see it again…do something about life or deal with it is all I’m saying!!!

  2. Often, the subtle actions are the fartherest reaching…the ones others seldom forget…the ones that lift their eyes just long enough to catch the star littered sky…and then…for a moment…we inspired them to dream.

  3. we are now ready to search and destroy..and skate and create….please hit me up…ready to shred…finally….my christmas present….

    gave out cards to the homeless yesterday..handmade from kids in east oakland, inglewood and venice

  4. jay adams did time for drugs etc not murder. gator thought he was jason on the friday the 13th.he had talent.but no compassion from me

  5. Having compassion is what makes us human. Helping out where we can is our job as tenders of this planet and of our fellow man. In contemporay society the subtleties that connect us are often overlooked in favor of convenient social ignorance. Thinking good facilitates goodness. Doing good breeds goodness. Think in terms of goodness. What’s the greatest good WE could do?

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