I get tired of people not voting yet continuing to complain about what's wrong with this country/state/community. My feeling is, if you can't bother to participate in the electoral process and change what's going on, I don't have to listen to your griping -- you've removed yourself from the public arena and are nothing more than a spectator, meaning your opinion is valueless to me. People complain that their votes make no difference. Well, if everyone who really feels that way were to vote, all of those ballots -- millions of 'em! -- could make a HUGE difference in the future of this country.
I once read a great metaphor that has stuck with me: If you believe you cannot change the world because your good acts are just a drop in the bucket, commit those good acts anyway. The important thing is not only that you believe you are making the world a better place by what you do, but also that you believe the bucket is there: have faith that good acts can accumulate and ultimately cause change. That image gives me a lot of hope as an individual.
Thank you. I will now step off my soapbox and take us back to our regularly scheduled programming...
I missed the Weegee exhibit at the Getty last year, and I'm still kicking myself for it. The review that the L.A. Times gave the show was not favorable; I seem to recall the reviewer criticizing the overly "sensational" aspects of Weegee's photographs. Well, that's exactly why I wanted to see them! This great new collection of little-known pictures ranges in subject matter from car accidents to crime scenes to burlesque queens; individual shots have such evocative titles as Girl who beat police matron and escaped from jail, Hit by cab - and dead, and Couple in voodoo trance.