Give Back!!!

March 5, 2015

My Marine

…(who inadvertently caused me to read in 3 days…. the wonderful, highly recommended by the NYT…., book by David Morris “The Evil Hours”…a biography of PTSD)

and his gal are leaving April First…he has had his “troubled” brother visiting for over a week….

Monday knocked on my bedroom door…very gently…and a tad louder til I heard him…

asked in his gentle way…. if he could come in and talk….I said of Course…

in his soft spoken voice…and those extremely …Tormented Brown eyes…

which just tear me apart (makes me want to tell ALL young people NOT to enlist…to “see the world”)

they seemed More tormented than I had originally noticed when I rented to him and his gal the room ….

He said in his very soft voice….”Robby….we have decided the best thing is for us all to move back to our family’s house in New York….so I just wanted to give you notice….”

he went onto tell me what with his problems and his brothers it was the best thing….his father is either an owner or Top rep of a Big Gun Company back East…as you know his mother is like night and day from her ex husband…she is Very Liberal…and is a Lesbian….all of the 4 or is it 5 kids grew up knowing this…..and love both their parents…..

Tuesday I was drawing open my drapes (well levolors)…. about to leave for work…at 4:30 AM..

which reminds me of my Post of “Rear Window….

the latest on that is….. bottom has his drapes closed TIGHTLY every day and night…

I noticed in the downstairs bath….a HUGE bra…then later that week…

he and him and her …with the butch hair…in the living room….passing a joint ..which bottom seemed to pass on as he had his cocktail in one of those RED cups that are everywhere and are a bitch to pour a cocktail into as you never Know how much liquor you have to put in…………….

(her bathroom view for me now has Home Depot moving boxes…..not very artfully arranged tacked over the window)

But I noticed up the street…a car had just turned off its light….had parked – 3 people got out of it…I thought…are those my roommates….one guy seemed to have a fishing pole on his back…or was it a rifle……this all happened in a bit over a nanosecond….so I thought later that I had imagined the fishing pole/rifle (?)…

BUT it DID stick up so high……………..

when they first moved in I would see them every day..they do not drink…do not watch TV…they did not go out for a month…… I would get several texts from him a day…there door is shut when I go to work now…open when I get home from work…. have not heard from them since Tuesday

Today I awoke WIDE ORPHAN ANNIE (for Millennials it was a cartoon once)

earlier than usual…at 1:30…(I usually get up at 3:25 before my alarm goes off at 3:30)..

thought Oh OH….lets try to get back to that wonderful dream….where I was helping a VERY smiling baby ..braces on his teeth cross a torrid river…in Afghanistan……

well I did nod off…and awoke at exactly 3:25…and felt FABULOUS!! which doesn’t happen often….I KNEW it was going to be a Good Day…..

and it has been……

Until I  this eve mosied up the street to LaLa’s…

and noticed the wonderful old (well built in the 30’s) colonial house next door to the only McMansion built on our street that sold over a year ago for 2.9 million….

well that house that had so much charm…

it is TOTALLY GONE….

I guess they are going to build another block boring McMansion…..so 2 McMansions next to each other

I noticed on Melrose some TOO ultra white spanking new shops…..

my worst fears ARE Happening…the area will be totally Disneyfied – Gentrified before too long…..

I looked up at the old neon sign of one of the Tattoo parlors….it says Horizontally…PIERCINGS ..on one side…and next to it it says TATTOOS….

the only letter still illuminated is the “S” in Tattoos…..I love the shop as it has all of those things one would not see in a Gentrified area…like the old owner with Tats sits out smoking – sharing a brew with his purple haired gal….there is a male mannequin…with a T shirt that always says “FUCK”…wearing a black baseball cap that has the same sentiment….

I take it as a (no pun intended) …a sign of todays times….

when I moved in 16 years ago the area was “affordable”….

a lot of the area residents who could not afford to live on the Westside…well they have sold and moved on…like the crippled girl who lived next door to me…she had this wonderful – wonderful bungalow….with her Golden Lab….well she sold and this horrendous 3 story apt building was built next to me….fortunately for me taking only away 80% of my unobstructed view of the Hollywood Hills…I mean it Could have been 100%….

(an aside…am looking out my window right now and see the Full Bella Luna…makes me think of my romantic friend…Nabil)

This development made me think of my class (’64) secretary…Tom Loftus…who sent me an article about the venture he set out to do after his retirement…from the Fed Govt…”where he worked for 26 years as an adviser to members of the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission on cases in litigation…..”

He “started….the Equitable Housing Institute…out of a personal avocation to do something about the equal access to housing…” basically challenging city, state and Federal beliefs that new commercial projects are seen as producing More net revenues than housing projects….

the article quotes him as saying:

“The idea that new housing drains local budgets, it’s just ain’t so..and there are authorities going back 50, 60 years that have studied and come to THAT conclusion….”

I never knew Tom…in my small class – of 50 some odd people… at St Albans….

but I am SOO in awe of what he is doing….

we were raised by our parents right after WWII with the strong belief of giving BACK …

to people, environment, society……

my Father was totally committed to giving back… after he retired from the White House, CIA and the State Dept…

he went on to found and head the Sigurd Olson Environmental Institute in Ashland Wisconsin …(not far from Forest Lodge) …where the notion of giving BACK …to people, environment, society…WAS so Important…..

It has been my unspoken philosophy…

in one’s own way…whether it is LOUDLY or quietly ….

For the LOVE of what the Planet has given you in your short Life

Give BACK!!!!!!

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