Archive for January, 2010

What to do…

Posted in Uncategorized on 28 January 2010 by jason

My upstairs neighbor beats his girlfriend.

This is a fact. They’ve both denied it to the police several times, but I’ve heard it.

Since the police won’t do anything about it, I was about 30 seconds from breaking down their door yesterday and taking care of the problem myself. By the time I was up there, though, he had stopped hitting her, and so instead of protecting her, I would have just been retaliating.

On the advice of a friend, I left a note on the door to the building that read:

To the guy upstairs who hits his girlfriend:

We can all hear you. We know you do it. We’ve called the police, but she always denies it. Just so you know, if it ever happens again, we’re coming up there. We fucking mean it.

Signed: EVERYONE.

NEVER. AGAIN.

Today, the note was gone, but the only neighbor who wouyld have seen it at that hour was my downstairs neighbor. So, my only other able-bodied neighbor would rather sit back and let it happen than get involved. This is why the crime problem is so bad in our neighborhood and in our building. No one cares enough to do anything.

So, the dilemma is: do I go up and do something about it next time? Some of my friends say I should, and some say that I’ll just get myself killed. Honestly, I figure if I try anything, the girlfriend will jump to his defense, and I will be outnumbered. Plus, I’ll end up going to jail from breaking & entering and assault. Some friends say that I can’t help her until she helps herself. I feel like if I don’t do anything, I’m just as guilty as he is.

Anyway, thoughts? Advice?

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Back to work!

Posted in Exercise, Writing on 13 January 2010 by jason

Well, a new semester begins. I’m back at work (and with an internet connection!) so I hope to be here more often than I have been last month. However, just because I’ve been away from the blog doesn’t mean that I haven’t been blogging.

My friend Jayson completely redesigned To Eleven, and we’ve been posting stuff once a day or more there. If you’re not reading that blog, why don’t you go ahead and take a look at it. I’ll wait.

No, seriously…take a look at it.

It’s kind of a weird thing…Jayson and I started the blog just to talk about music, but we’ve found links to our blog on various other web sites, and Jayson found someone who cited our blog in their post, which is hella weird.

So that’s what I’ve been up to. besides that, though, I’ve been finishing up some short stories (“Things I Learned from my Father,” “Rich Girl,”), and I’ve been taking mental notes for two other stories I plan to write (which may end up being novel-length projects. GASP!).

I’ve also been working out more often. Did you get your tickets? Because these pythons are SICK! I think that’s how that saying goes.

Into the Next…

Posted in beer, Holidays on 3 January 2010 by jason

Well, it’s a new year. I can not tell you how happy I am to say that.

The year 2009 basically sucked. My relationship fell apart, so I had to break up with my girlfriend of 3 years, I found out that my mom has cancer, and on the 30th, the girl who was my new girlfriend, and then just a girl I was dating, became the girl I used to date. Other shitty stuff happened, too, but that’s the highlight reel.

So, anyone make any resolutions? I forgot about last year’s “develop a super-power,” so I’m reinstating that one. Also, I’m doing “spend less money on alcohol.” Note that this does not necessarily mean “drink less.” Also, I’m going to try not to get too attached to people this year. I need a break from that shit. I’m a sensitive guy, though, so I am going to have a hard time with this one. Even more so than the “develop a super-power” thing.

Anyway, I’m looking forward to a better year than the last one. Goodbye, 2009. Please drink some bleach on your way out.