HELLO HELLO happy day it is a lovely week and a lovely hot september.
I’m sure a bit ago I mentioned the fire damage to the building with my favorite corner cafe…. well they are back
and I’m finally returning to my 7-8am tea time at the Downbeat but I can’t help to be in awe of myself.. me, the hater of morning and sunlight… then again I am reminded that for MANY years I was the guy on the other side of the counter…. I
drove down spring garden in the already humid morning hours to open FeeWee’s on 3rd and Fairmont before NO LIBS was even awake. I wrapped the muffins and made fucking HOT coffee in the Philly heat…. and all that time I wanted to be on the other side.. I want to come shuffling in half awake and ponder my order, then sit and read whatever I could get my hands on.. later looking better and heading off to a day. I had “relationships” with so many people I saw DAILY but only between those morning hours… after 10 am, it was only the artists, and the unemployed that came shuffling in…
now i shuffle.
things of notability
1- are you aware of couchsurfing.com – you find a couch to sleep on while traveling the US or world in return for promising
to eventually offer your couch back. HOW FABULOUS!
2- today celebrates the 50th anniversary of the first publish of ON THE ROAD.
3- below i’m going to post some of nytimes book review for THE WORLD WITHOUT US, an in depth look at the aftermath of our potential disappearance…. GET READY:::::
With no one left to run the pumps, New York’s subway tunnels would fill with water in two days. Within 20 years, Lexington Avenue would be a river. Fire- and wind-ravaged skyscrapers would eventually fall like giant trees. Within weeks of our disappearance, the world’s 441 nuclear plants would melt down into radioactive blobs, while our petrochemical plants, “ticking time bombs” even on a normal day, would become flaming geysers spewing toxins for decades to come. Outside of these hot spots, Weisman depicts a world slowly turning back into wilderness. After about 100,000 years, carbon dioxide would return to prehuman levels. Domesticated species from cattle to carrots would revert back to their wild ancestors. And on every dehabitated continent, forests and grasslands would reclaim our farms and parking lots as animals began a slow parade back to Eden.
A million years from now, a collection of mysterious artifacts would remain to puzzle whatever alien beings might stumble upon them: the flooded tunnel under the English Channel; bank vaults full of mildewed money; obelisks warning of buried atomic waste (as current law requires) in seven long-obsolete human languages, with pictures. The faces on Mount Rushmore might provoke wonder for about 7.2 million more years. (Lincoln would probably fare better on the pre-1982 penny, cast in durable bronze.) But it’s hard to imagine an alien archaeologist finding poetry in the remote Pacific atolls awash in virtually unbiodegradable plastic bottles, bags and Q-tip shafts, or in the quadrillions of nurdles, microscopic plastic bits in the oceans — they currently outweigh all the plankton by a factor of six — that would continue to cycle uncorrupted through the guts of sea creatures until an enterprising microbe evolved to break them down.
Doomsday rhetoric aside, the fact is that nothing is likely to wipe us out completely, at least not without taking a good chunk of the rest of creation with us. (Even a virus with a 99.99 percent kill rate would still leave more than half a million naturally immune survivors who could fully repopulate the earth to current levels in a mere 50,000 years.)
LOOK AT THIS:::
Not that some people aren’t trying to take matters into their own hands. Weisman checks in with Les Knight, the founder of the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement, which advocates gradually putting our species to sleep by collective refusal to procreate. After an initial panic, we would look around and see that the world was actually getting better: “With no more resource conflicts, I doubt we’d be wasting each other’s lives in combat,” Knight says. “The last humans could enjoy their final sunsets peacefully, knowing they have returned the planet as close as possible to the Garden of Eden.”
suzy…… tell us what you think.
suzy…… fucking take a simple long weekend in la.