Silent Vandalism

Living in this community I have learned one critical lesson: I can’t display any sign of material wealth without someone from somewhere who will have the thought to steal something from you.

And to begin with, I don’t have anything fancy for someone to steal. But apparently, that’s not the case why people steal;  people in this community (and this can apply to any community where material wealth is shown in public and/or community where material wealth doesn’t always arrive frequently) simply have no respect for other people’s property.

On the night before New Year’s Eve, I parked my car in our indoor residential spot.

Woke up in the morning, drove to work, got out of the car, and found a hubcap missing from my wheel.

I know I still had all four of my hubcaps the night before I left my car in the parking space because I checked.

I spoke with the residential manager about the case, but there wasn’t much to be done. (So much for security).

Damn the thief(s).

Thieves play a part in keeping the status of this community behind and it doesn’t help anyone as it strikes fear into people’s thoughts and make them more self conscious of their surroundings.

Bottom line: keep your Rolex, Mercedes Benz, Ferrari or whatever expensive products you have locked up and hidden because someone, somewhere will take it from you when you’re not looking.

Next Post Up: Thurs., Jan. 15th

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rain, rain, Stay Awhile

Rain has been a rare occurrence.

And when it does rain – it pours.

Over the noise of the pouring rain,

the construction noise from below my window

simmers to a low hum and a tap is barely audible.

The air around this industrial zone becomes more

fresh and breathable as the rain washes the dust and dirt down

away to some distant drain –

No trucks today, no lumber jacks, no men screaming at another –

and definitely no one walking about the avenues talking aloud

to disrupt the peaceful community down below my window.

Next Post Up: Thurs., Dec. 11th Jan. 8th, 2015 due to current reconstruction plans

New Routine at Lincoln Park

On an early weekday morning, I am driving myself to Lincoln Park to start on my daily exercise routine: jogging / running to work on my cardio.

Although this is not my first time at the park, it is however, a bit different since I do not always do my exercise routine at the park. It is however a good change of scenery that allows me to leave the city’s setting and enter a place of tranquility that helps relaxes the mind and body from the intense demands of daily life.

One of the few benefits I noticed on my way to and from the park in working out in the early morning is that traffic is much more easier to manage and that the city is much more quieter because of the limited traffic. Another benefit of having my exercise routine done at the park helps limit my exposure to the city’s air pollution since I am surrounded with trees and grass and other plants. And of course, the park provides plenty of space for me to run, hop, skip, and jump without bumping into anything that would cause major harm to my high energy level of activities and that there are people who share similar goals and it motivates me do better in my workout sessions.

So instead of spending money on annual or monthly fee on a gym membership, which I have done previously, I can have full free access to a local park and do a variety of exercise routines without having to wait for someone to finish using a particular machine or weight or have to wait for a locker to clear up or any other delays as long as I am committed to my journey.

Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Next Post Up: Thurs., Dec. 4th 

Industrial Marked Zone

A green banner, almost camouflaged amidst the multiple green leaves from the trees, hangs above a public street light that reads: Historical Lincoln Heights Industrial Zone near the current residential apartment complex.

The Official Band That Says It All.
The Official Band That Says It All.

And right across the street from the complex, is the never ending, working in process factory that continues to rattle living near by residents awake in the early wee hours.

The workers occasionally heard yelling at each other over the loud operational noise of machines, wears an orange hard hat and a reflective yellow and black stripe vest over their plain t-shirt, have on a pair of dusty, faded blue jeans and continues to walk up and down the side walk in their occasionally dusty or muddy pair of boots.

In this community the poverty rate for individual is 36%, and to make this hybrid community work, where working and personal living conditions are mixed, a document called the Lincoln Heights Industrial Zone, Management District Plan 2011 – 2020 implements an adaptable balance to help the two conditions co-exist with each other.

The document has budgeted its fiscal details into two separate categories: maintaining a safe and clean sidewalk operation, and having administrative services to maintain that order, all of which totals to $73,575.

And now it’s official: I live in an industrial environmental zone.

The air quality is not too bad and certainly not the best to breath, but hey, thankfully, the noise level of work disappears altogether near the late afternoon to early evening and there are limited to zero sound by the time regular working folks have dinner and go to bed in this part of the community.

Next Post Up: Thurs., Nov. 20th

 

 

Weekend’s Super Powers!

The words to describe my weekend’s experience at Comikaze Expo would be fantastic, nerve-wracking, energy burning, and of course, fun!

This year’s Comikaze is packed with some super power artists from the comic book industry with names like Jim Lee, John Romita Jr., J. Scott Campbell, Rob Liefeld – to name a few. And to add to the line up, there are superstar legends from hit television shows such as the original animated Batman series, Power Rangers, 60’s Batman, Mad TV to contemporary time’s show like Game Of Thrones all present over the weekend to celebrate pop culture in America.

Out of the three days, Saturday is the most busiest day because everyone and anyone walking on the floor of the main show (or in the lobby area) is there and no one can avoid bumping or circling about another person since the crowd is quite large and there is only so much space available to move about.

Mike Kunkel, creator of Herobear and the kid meeting his readers and fans.
Mike Kunkel, creator of Herobear and the Kid meeting his readers and fans.

Fortunately, everything at the event went fairly well in terms of keeping people under control and making sure things do not go astray. However, there are a few things that I noticed at the event that did not go over well since I have been to a few cons. Simply two things: 1) the management of ticket has slow service; it took about a half hour to a near hour to get it. 2)  when a guest makes a sudden cancellation, the event does not mention it and tries to pretend nothing has happened (completely unacceptable).

Comikaze is a complete mirror image of the city of Angels: it can be hectic and crowded and confusing at times, but somehow, some way, people working and living in it manage to do it peacefully without causing too much trouble where the entire place has to be shut down.

Perhaps next season will be much better, but for now it will do for the time being.

Next Post Update: Thurs., Nov. 13th

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