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always a bride's maid
i'm ready for my close up mr demille
Location: Lexington, KY

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!

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Even from behind the cut.

Thank you, sir. :)

and isnt it sad that when faced with a situation like that, you know better than to go "dood are you fuckin crazy" and tell the guy off.. instead YOU have to suffer through his INSANE rants?

i had a similar encounter once with this guy at school. he was a workstudy student, and he was also in my psych class. he was this southern black kid with all these scars on the back of his head and kinda.. scary? like he had a lot of culture that i hadnt been exposed to. like one of those guys who, when we walked past a building that was being renovated, had this snippet of conversation with me.

him: what are they doing to that building?
me: renovating it
him: why?
me: i dunno. its old. it was built in the mid 1850s
him: .... bad time for black people... bad time.

and i was like uhhhhhh.

so the story then is that in psych class, the teacher had insinuated that humans dont smell as good as other mammals because we walk on two feet, and we dont need to sniff the ground for food, so the sense of smell has diminished, say, to that of a dogs. while running a workstudy errand, he brought up that conversation and then said

"i cant believe that goddamn teacher is a goddamn evolutionist! doesnt he know god created us? what a goddamn evolutionist"

normally i would have liked to pipe up here and tellhim why evolution is wrong, but its just my contention that there are two types of people out there.
the kind who think everyone is on the same page as them, and the kind that think no one is on the same page as them. i try not to fuck around with the first kind.

did i say evolution is wrong?" i meant why its right.

then again youre in kentucky, and didnt they outlaw the teaching of evolution there?

Heh, there was a comedian who once said he got arrested at the Kentucky border for trying to smuggle in books.

As far as the evolution vs. creation theory goes.... at least your guy had a point of view that is in sync with millions of other people and not totally out of left field... you should've pointed out the irony of his statement in that he broke one of the ten commandments 3 times in his gratuitous use of the word "goddamn"... ;)

hm, 3 months isn't very long. I don't think I'd marry someone unless I'd known them a whole year but I'm more cynical than romantic these days. I hope it works out for her!

deeeep, deep downside i'm a romantic... but i'm too lazy to participate... i believe in it and think it's beautiful, but it's just not the type of person i am or ever was or probably ever will be...

of course, being a divorce statistic myself, i'm very, very cynical about marriage....

Roommate horror

Roger reminds me of a roommate I had for 6 months once. He was just out of it, would play video games all day, go to the coffee shop at night and bounce checks, spending money he didn't have, took Ambien and another drug I forget the name of. He would always eat all of my food out of the fridge and couldn't understand I was pissed when he did it.

At least your stint with Roger will allow you the cash to afford more fun toys like your new FinePix and the bigger memory card.

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