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journalWelcome to my online journal. I'm Alex Mead. For many years people called me AMPro --so much so that it seemed like my name. More recently, a lot of people on the internet have come to know me as green.earth.al and in show biz...My Rap Name is Alex. Whatever name I'm known by, I still seem to have the same opinions and convictions, I still like to write and make public my introspection and try to say something that will provoke some thoughts and help people see the world in new and helpful ways.
April 2008
Water + Rates + Cameras
this journal entry posted on April.26.2008

Dirty Water

If you would have told me in 1978 that in 30 years the tap water was going to become "too dirty to drink" and that everyone would eagerly fork over a dollar for a bottle of water, I would never have believed you.

Annual Percentage Rates

If you would have told me in 1988 that some day I would be paying more than 29% APR on credit cards, I would never have believed you. Back then my mother was helping me establish good credit and explaining to me about credit cards, and how you NEVER EVER want to get in trouble on your credit cards because the credit card companies will gouge you for 15% interest per year. She made that sound like a very awful thing, so I wanted to never have that happen, but at least that was as bad as it could possibly get. She explained that that was the most they were allowed to charge by law, and besides they wouldn't be able to get anyone to pay any higher APRs than that anyway. My mother was very, very smart. Genius. But I guess she underestimated what they'd be able to accomplish in 20 years.

Police Cameras

If you'd have told me in 1998 that in 10 years we would all start to have police spy cameras going up in our cities I would have looked at you skeptically, but if you'd have told me that our general attitude toward this reduction of privacy would be "Well, hey man, we need those cameras to make sure we behave." I would have thought you were on crack. Did I get to vote on this? I'm pretty sure I would have voted that I don't need a police spy camera to make sure that I behave.


and PS: if anyone would have told me in 2004 that Brian Higgins was going to help them charge me crazy APRs and help constrict bankruptcy and help make my credit records available to all these creditors I would have never voted for him. Not even on the Working Families Party line.

Heather + BTVs + Job
this journal entry posted on April.14.2008

General Life Update Time:

Heather - is awesome. Still. She has a new job which seems to be a much better job. Better pay, better benefit options, shorter hours, fewer dead birds and all that. I'm very lucky to have her in my life. She has taught me a lot about life. A lot of the philosophy that I get credited with having actually comes from her. We make a really awesome team.

BTVs - are awesome! We had to retool a little bit as we lost a few band members. But the new BTVs that have stepped in are really great and the band just keeps rolling along. The most recent Dance Alive was really, really fun (even though it was upstairs in the oppressive heat, where no food & drink were allowed, and we were all crammed into a tiny space. There were many kids dancing, and lots of really great music. And all the new music we're working on is quite awesome as well.

My job - is not awesome. It used to be. But they are working around the clock trying to figure out how to make it suck. I keep finding myself working longer and longer hours --which I'm not a fan of. And probably the worst part about it is is that I can't really say "they" are making my job suck because the reality of it is "we" are making my job suck. I am the instrument of ever increasing suckiness. They're like "Alex, next week we'd like to make it so the job sucks a bit more by giving all the workers these extra tasks to do with no additional pay. What do you think about that?" And I'll be like "I think that totally sucks." and they'll be like "Great. So we'll start the new changes on Monday, thanks for your compliance in this matter." I mean I am grateful that it used to be such a cool job that even all of the changes thus far have only made it no longer awesome. My job doesn't really suck relative to the jobs of most of the people I know. But I have to say it is getting there little by little.

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