My brother Bill he works on the market
Life is an arrow and he his the target
Roger Rose is... interesting to say the very least. I discovered this yesterday while driving home to Kentucky. Somehow we got on the subject of politics and the state of affairs in our world. Roger likes to ramble on incessantly about whatever is on his mind, whether you're actively participating in the conversation or not; this I had already deduced. It's what is sometimes on his mind that is simultaneously frightening and so unintentionally funny that you don't know whether to laugh or cry. Submitted for your approval are some tidbits from our conversation yesterday.
We had gotten on the topic of war, Iraq, terrorism, etc. His conversation went off on a seemingly wild tangent about the European Union and the creation of the Euro. He began to insinuate through recollections of his own prophecy about 9/11. Apparently, he had told some acquaintance of his to watch out for an attack on our financial instituions in the new milliena, because the value of the American dollar would need to reckoned with when the European Union released the Euro in the world markets. He then tied this with the attacks on the World Trade Centers in New York.
I stopped him right there and basically summed up what he was insinuating into a simple question. I said, "So wait. You believe the attacks on September 11th were the result of a European conspiracy?"
He said, "That's exactly what I believe!"
Oh Lord. As if this wasn't bad enough, he went on to expound on theories of his surrounding the make-over of American currency and how paper money in our country is systematically tracked by serial number so that the Federal government can keep tabs on who spends money on what. He explained a rather elaborate system of how when someone removes money from a bank, they know who has what bills then when they spend it at, say, a 7-11 on a Big Gulp Slurpee and the 7-11 deposits that money in their account they know who spent money at 7-11.
I pointed out the obvious error in his logic of the cashier returning countless bills back as change to hundreds of customers a day, possibly changing hands numerous times in indivdual transactions before it ever reaches a bank again for its serial number recording. This didn't phase him... in his mind the theory is still intact.
Probably the most disturbing thing he said yesterday, when talking about Europe, money, and the balance of power in the world he made the following statement. I swear to God this is a verbatim quote. You can't make this shit up.
"Hitler was on the right track, he just went about it the wrong way. He knew the Jews had all the money."
It was about that time that I stopped participating in the conversation and just let him ramble until he got tired of speaking in a one-sided conversation. I don't think he's an unbalanced man, but he has some seriously misguided ideas about the world. It's kind of sad and disappointing. You wonder some times how in this day and age there can still be normal, every day people with cornball ideas in their heads like this. This is gonna be a loooong 6 weeks.
In more uplifting news, my friend Robin is getting married. While I'm somewhat concerned that she has only been dating her beau for about 3 months, she seems happy. And if she's happy, I'm happy. They decided to forgo a traditional sort of engagement and are to be united tomorrow afternoon in a small, private ceremony in which I'm to serve in the capactiy of witness - her witness.
I guess that makes me the maid of honor.
In some more uplifting news.... I got my camera! I've been fiddling with it this afternoon taking some "test" pictures just to get familmiar with it. It has no onboard memory and was shipped with a paltry 16meg x-D card. I'm gonna hafta make an investment in a nice 512meg x-D card at a later date, then I'll be all set.
Happy birthday lenaris!