A Tale of Two Cities

August 21, 2016

I work in North Saint Louis City and I live in one of its suburbs, Saint Charles. These are two starkly different places and I have an anecdote for each that may seem as unrelated but I believe they can be connected.

North Saint Louis City is a colossal shit hole. It is run down buildings and broken roads; littered with trash, crime, and hopelessness. I have always known this area to be in such disrepair but my experience with it was limited to driving through it to a baseball game or to get something to eat in the relative haven that is Downtown. It was more or less kept out of sight and out of mind.

For the last several years I have worked in a dilapidated warehouse building on the edge of Saint Louis City not far from the now infamous city of Ferguson. This building is one of many reminders of what this area used to be. It once was a bustling factory in an active industrial area, surrounded by modest homes. Now much of the area is derelict and covered in garbage.

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Interstate 70 at Union and Kings Highway, July 28, 1961

I am not a person that litters and at times I will even go as far as to pick up other people’s trash. Given my propensity to not be a slob when I am at work I find myself not caring and even contributing to the filth. The Broken Window Theory states that a broken window left broken signals the lack of care and will lead to more broken windows. This theory goes on to expound that disorderly conduct in vandalism or neglect can lead to greater crime and lawlessness. This theory rings true for the Saint Louis metropolitan area.

My reaction to being in such an environment is small but I only work there. I currently spend much of my time in Saint Louis but it is not my home. I imagine what it must be like to live in this environment. If I came home to this every day; what kind of person would I be? Growing up in a place where buildings are falling apart and trash is everywhere must have a great effect. Left to perpetuate, what does this do to a community? I think we see this play out in cities across the country.

Where I live is a pretty nice area. I have lived in Saint Charles County all of life and within about a 3 mile radius for all but a year of that. It is a nice community. The schools are good, the roads are well kept and clean, and most things are improved over time. No place is perfect. Despite any issues I have with it; I like my home town.

Very recently some graffiti has been put on an overpass not far from my apartment. I appreciate artistic talent and like to think I have some of my own but I find graffiti to be absolutely disgusting. I know this is not the first graffiti to appear in my town but I find this graffiti particularly glaring. I hate it.

I feel connected to Saint Charles. I feel responsible for this place and when I see something like graffiti on a near by overpass it bothers me and I want to do something about it. This is my home and I should be a good steward to it. I have given thought to if I could possibly remove or paint over it myself. If only someone would have caught whomever made the graffiti before it happened. I fear that if left on that overpass the graffiti will invite more vandalism; that at some point the Broken Window Theory will emanate around this overpass.

I have been lucky enough to live in a place that people before me kept clean and orderly. This environment gave me the freedom to pursue things of my own interest. I think that facilitating living conditions similar to what I have enjoyed is essential for society to prosper. It is morally reprehensible that we allow cities like Saint Louis fester in such terrible conditions for decades on end.

It does not matter how it started. Something must be done about the disaster of our cities. It is time we stop pointing fingers and begin taking actions. Our country has become more divided in my lifetime. Tension is rising and things are getting worse everyday. I don’t feel we can afford for things to get much worse. Unfortunately, I don’t know what should be done. I want to start somewhere but damn it that overpass is too high for me to reach.


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Anime Shows That I Have Watched And Like and Anime Shows That I Have Not Watched But Think I Would Like

July 22, 2015

Baccano!
Cardcaptor Sakura
Corpse Princess
Cowboy Bebop
Darker Than Black
Denno Coil
Dragon Ball
Durarara!!
Eden of the East
FLCL
Fractale
Fruits Basket
Fullmetal Alchemist
Ghost in the Shell
Gunbuster
Gunbuster 2
Gurren Lagann
Now and Then, Here and There
Initial D
Kaiba
Kemonozume
Kino’s Journey
Kyousougiga
Kids on the Slope
Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi
The Melancholy of Haruhi Suzumiya
Mushi-shi
Natuto
Naruto Shippuden
Neon Genesis Evangelion
Ouran High School Host Club
Panty and Stocking with Garterbelt
Ping Pong
Pokemon
ROD TV
Samurai 7
Soul Eater
Space Brothers
Steins;Gate
The Tatami Galaxy
Toradora!
Trigun
World Conquest Zvezda Plot
Yu-Gi-Oh

List Of Shows That I Want To Watch

Ano Hi Mita Hana no Namae wo Bokutachi wa Mada Shiranai
Ao Haru Ride
Attack on Titan
Barakamon
Bodacious Space Pirates
Chaika -The Coffin Princess-
Day Break Illusion
The Disappearance of Nagato Yuki-chan
Fairy Tail
Gatchaman Crowds
Gintama
Hamatora
Hitsugi no Chaika
Hyouka
Joshiraku
KanColle
Katanagatari
Kyoukai no Kanata
Kill la Kill
Kimi ni Todoke
Mekakucity Actors
Monogatari
Mononoke
Nanatsu no Taizai
Nichijou
Ninja Slayer
Nisekoi
Nobunagun
Non Non Biyori
Noragami
Occult Academy
Princess Jellyfish
Punch Line
Robotics;Notes
The Rolling Girls
Sabagebu!
Samurai Flamenco
Sanzoku no Musume Ronja
Silver Spoon
Soul Eater Not!
Space Dandy
Time of Eve
The World God Only Knows
Tsuritama
Uchouten Kazoku *
Working!!
World Trigger
Yozakura Quartet: Hana no Uta


Songs That I Have Bawled My Eyes Out To

June 7, 2015

Better Than Ezra – Desperately Wanting

Third Eye Blind – Motorcycle Drive By

The Postal Service – Nothing Better

Relient K – I Celebrate The Day

Rufus Wainwright – Hallelujah

Lost – Life & Death

Stars – In Out Bedroom After The War

Sky Ferreira – Sad Dreams

The entire Dashboard Confessional – The Swiss Army Romance and The Place You Have Come To Fear The Most albums.


A Message to a Friend on Immigration and Dreamers

May 27, 2014

A while ago, in a response to a video I posted, you asked me about “dreamers” and I forgot to responds to you with my opinion. I am sorry. you deserve an answer and here it is.
It is a shame that we cannot enforce our existing laws to prevent situation like that from happing. Young children and their parents should never be allowed to stay here without coming in the proper way. Because we failed to enforce existing law; that girl in the video, like many others, grows up in America, feels she is American, and more or less acts as American. For children in this situation, who are now adults; we should give them the opportunity to stay and be legal Americans.

In this country we don’t make people responsible for their family’s decisions. People should be treated as individuals. As for her family members who knowingly came here illegally and any minors involved; they should be sent to where the came. We should start to enforce our borders and laws to keep this kind of situation from happening. We also should be looking at our existing immigration laws and seeing what can be done to improve them so that our needs as a country can be fulfilled in lawful ways.

I also want to express that I do not support blanket amnesty. I am willing to make exceptions for some in situations where individuals were brought here under someone else’s will and are now adults. There was a time not much more than a year ago when I did reluctantly support amnesty as a bargaining tool for decisive changes in immigration. The Boston Bombing changed that for me. The idea that Dzhokhar Tsarnaev could come here and become a citizen with out getting flagged by any of his contacts made me question what amnesty could do to us. I get that it’s a different kind of situation but if we just make everyone here illegally, free to stay and be a citizen; who in that group of 11-20 million people want to do harm to this nation?


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