This sculpture is a machine that advances two full sized automobiles slowly into one another over a period of 6 days, simulating a head on automobile collision.
I smile at people, even if I don't know them, young, old, clean, dirty, toothless. It's just the way I am and it's a habit I didn't think I had to break myself of until recently. Four times this week, I smiled at someone while I was out and about in the city of Flint and they took that as some kind of queue to come up and ask me for money — once at 7-11, once while standing in line, again while walking to my car in the Meijer's parking lot, and again yesterday while waiting in a drive-through for my $2 order of food. But then again, anyone who has lived in Flint long enough knows that sometimes all it takes is making eye contact.
I refuse to live in a world in which we cannot look our fellow sisters and brothers directly in the eye.
We lived downtown when I was a teenager and there was a woman who came knocking on our door asking for money to feed her 6 children. My mother told her she didn't have any money to give her, but she could spare some food. She told her if she would come once a week to pick it up, there would be a bag on the steps for her. For a few weeks, my mother placed a bag of groceries on the porch steps but the lady never came around to collect it so she stopped leaving it for her. Later that summer, she came around again, asking for money for a sick relative who was in the hospital. She was either persistent or very forgetful because once we stopped leaving the food out, she resumed making the rounds regularly, each time it was a different tragic story. She should have been on Broadway. Such wasted talent.
Go on over and check out One Small Project, a site about leftover people, leftover spaces, and leftover materials. While you're there, don't miss the Flint Gallery from a few years back. The following is a clip of text from an article on the site titled, Compared to What:
I’m in an SUV in an abandoned lot at 3rd and Grand Traverse. Flint, Michigan. It’s concrete and asphalt, overgrown, untended (intended? unintended?) with a broken down telephone booth, liquor store, and gasoline station nearby.
Tim reaches in to shake hands with Mickel, passenger seat, and I flinch, involuntary, concerned about Mickel’s safety and digital camera. Tim jerks his hand out, involuntary. “Sorry Bossman,” as he steps back, “I’m a college student.” Then he asks about money for the bus, the telephone. I’d given fifty cents to a woman in the liquor store parking lot. Tim cut me off: “I don’t care what you did for her. I need money Bossman.”
That place is like home. I worked there in the late 90s.
I will miss giggling to myself whenever the disc jockeys announce, “Here’s Les with more”
Bummer. Goodbye, Les.
And good riddance! The Flint Journal announced that Mayor, Don Williamson has officially resigned from office, citing medical issues such as multiple sinus infections and kidney stones.
If you've been following my blog, you know how I feel about Don the Con, and that we were part of the recall efforts, gathering petition signatures, donating time and money to ensure the bull-headed megalomaniac was ousted from office. This breaking news gives the trodden-down citizens of the once great city of Flint reason to celebrate!
(Teehee, a City of Flint employee sent this our way.)
Some good news for Flint.
More than 80 original drawings and paintings of famous figures including the Man of Steel, the Dark Knight, Captain Marvel, Dick Tracy, Krazy Kat, Pogo and others are featured in “Comics, Heroes and American Visual Culture” from Saturday-April 26 at the FIA, 1120 E. Kearsley St.
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Ever hear of a little band from Detroit called The Romantics? Hear either of these songs just once and they'll be stuck in your head for days, maybe weeks! Just wait… later on tomorrow night sometime after you mistakenly think you've finally exorcised the beast, you'll start singing again out of the clear blue and then you'll shake your fists at me.
Can you believe they are still touring together?
From the page: “”My strength is when people underestimate me. I love that,” said Williamson.”
Almost made me pee my pants laughing, that coming from convicted felon and soon-to-be-recalled mayor of Flint.
Hilarious rantings of a Rent-to-Own employee…
From the page: “One time, a co-worker caught a customer being clever. The number rang and then dumped to the “We’re sorry, but the number you’re trying to reach…” message when you dial a disconnected number. Just as my colleague was about to hang up, he heard the beep. Clever Customer had somehow gotten the “Disconnected” message as his voicemail greeting.”
Earlier this afternoon, the Committee for a Better Flint (CBF) held a news conference at their campaign headquarters to announce intentions to submit to the Genesee County Clerk the many hundreds of petitions and thousands of signatures seeking the recall and removal from office of Flint's mayor, Donald J. Williamson. The announcement was the culmination of months of hard work and the involvement of many dedicated people in the city of Flint.
“Despite the obstacles and obvious constraints recently orchestrated by Don Williamson and his administration, we remain confident the voters of Flint will be afforded their legal right to vote on the removal from office of Mayor Williamson.” – CBF News Release
More on the recall here and here via The Flint Journal, including this little laughable gem…
“”I feel extremely positive that they won't recall me because of all of the work I have done for the great citizens of the city of Flint,” said Williamson, who takes part of the credit for downtown revitalization.”