Thursday, May 27, 2010

I Got a summer Job

Hey all, just a quick note to let people know I got a summer job, more to follow later.


Sunday, May 23, 2010

Johnny Rumble:

It's amazing how fast time seems to fly when I'm not paying attention.  Really, it only seems like yesterday that I started at Yuba College.  Now I'm done and through and never to (thankfully) return.  Not that I've hated my time here.  Not that I regret the things I've learned.  It's just I feel, well, cheated.

I've loved nearly all my professors and teachers.  They are all great people, and I learned whole tons of potentially useful and useless information from them.  But these last two years, with political, social and budgetary drama, I wonder if those teachers weren't constantly looking over thier shoulders, waiting for the pink-slips to land in thier mail-boxes, distracted by the thought of looking for other work.

I'm wondering if my time at Yuba College has left me hard and callous to the issues that other students after me will be facing.  The lack of classes, or teachers, or resources.  A Board of Trustees that rapes and pillages the campus without thought of the people they have left in thier wake.  Overpaid chancellors and a vice-chancellor that has been accused commiting federal offences.

I look at my diploma, I see the names that signed it, and instead of that small sense of pride that I should be feeling in my heart, I feel a sucking hollowness.  And perhaps that tells me all I need to know about the last four years of my academic life.

From the land of spoiled milk and crystalized honey,

Johnny Rumble

Saturday, May 01, 2010

Johnny Rumble:
The Gospel of St. Johnny

Chapter 3

There was a man of the Unfree, named Gregory, a teacher of the Unfree.
2 The same came to Music by night, and said unto it, We know that thou art freedom come from Composer: for no man can do these miracles that thou doest, except Composer be with him.
3 Music answered and sang unto him, I sing unto thee, Except people see freedom, they cannot see the freedom of ones self.
4 Gregory saith unto it, How can a man be free when born already Unfree? Can he enter the second time of a womans womb and be born?
5 Music answered, I sing unto thee, Except people may be born of woman and of song, they cannot enter the state of freedom.
6 That which is born of the skin is skin; and that which is born of the Sound is the Spirit of freedom.
7 Marvel not that I sang unto thee, Ye will be born again.
8 The songs of the wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the Sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit.
9 Gregory answered and said unto it, How can these things be?
10 Music answered and sand unto him, Art thou a teacher, and knowest not of these things?
11 We seek that we do know, and testify that we have seen and heard; and ye receive not your song.
12 If I have told you truthful things, and ye not believe, how shall ye believe in freedom after I have told you?
13 And no person hath given up the freedom, but one hath come before you to provide that freedom.
14 And as Simonon lifted the bass above The Palladium, even so must man lift and throw his shackles.
15 That whosoever believeth in Music shall not settle in servitude, but have eternal freedom.
16 For the Composer so loved the world, that the Music was given to it, so that whoever believed and danced shall not be unfree, but live with everlasting freedom.
17 For the Composer sent not Music into the world to enslave it, but that the world through Music might be free.
18 Those that believeth on Music are not condemned: but those that believeth are not condemned already, because those hath not believed in the Sound of the Music.
19 And this is the condemnation, that Music come into the world, and people loved slavery rather than freedom, because their deeds were untrue.
20 For every one that doeth untrue hateth the Sound, neither cometh to the Sound, lest their deeds should be proven untrue.
21 But he that doeth truth cometh to the Sound, that his deeds may be made manifest in song, that they are wrought in Music.
22 After these things came Music and it’s followers into the land Francisco; and there it sang and danced with them, and set free
23 And Johnny also was setting free near the lands of Jose, because there was much beer and drink there, and the people were free.
24 For Johnny was not to be cast into slavery.
25 Then there arose a question between some of Johnny’s roadies and the Prisoners about freedom
26 And they came unto Johnny, and said, Teacher, he that was with Music beyond the mountains, to whom thou barest witness, behold, the same provide freedom, and all men and women come to him.
27 Johnny answered and said, A man can receive little of value, except what can be given to him from the Regions Beyond.
28 You bear me witness, I am not the Music, but I am sent before him.
29 He that hath the bride is the groom : but the best man of the groom, who standeth and heareth him, rejoice greatly because of the grooms voice : this is my joy therefore fulfilled.
30 He must increase, but I must decrease.
31 He that cometh from Regions Beyond is a provider, he that is of the earth can hear the Music from Regions Beyond, and can help teach those of the earth to hear as well: he that cometh from Regions Beyond will provide.
32 And what he hath seen and heard, that he sang; and no man receiveth his song.
33 He that hath received his song hath set to his gospel that Music provides freedom.
34 For he who Composer hath sent singeth the spirit of Composer: for Composer giveth the people freedom through Music.
35 The Composer loveth the Music, and hath given all manner of freedom into it’s notes.
36 He that believeth in the Music hath everlasting freedom: and he that believeth not in the Music shall see everlasting slavery, and a life away from freedom.

Chapter 4

When therefore the Composer knew how the Unfree had heard that Music made and set free more disciples than Johnny,
2 (Though Music itself set free, so did it’s disciples)
3 He had left Sutter and departed again into Phoenix.
4 And he must go through Vegas.
5 Then cometh he to the city of Las Vegas in Nevada, near the parcel of land that Seigel forfeited to Lansky.
6 Now Lansky’s well was there. Music therefore, being wearied with it’s journey, sat on the well: and it was about the sixth hour.
7 There cometh a woman of Las Vegas to draw the drink: Music asked unto her, Please, draw some drink for me.
8 (For Music’s disciples were gone away into the city to buy food.)
9 Then saith the woman unto Music, How is it that thou, being free, askest drink of me, which I am woman, and unfree. The free do not have dealings with the unfree.
10 Music answered and sang unto her, If thou knewest the gift of Composer, and who it is that asketh to thee, Please draw some drink for me, thou wouldest have asked of him, and he would have given thee living drink, eternal freedom.
11 The woman saith unto him, Sir, thou hast nothing to draw with, and the well is deep: from whence hast thou that living drink?
12 Art thou greater than our employer Harrahs who gave us the well and drank there themselves, and their children and their property, of which I am one?
13 Music answered and sang unto her, Whosoever drinketh from this well shall thirst again:
14 But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall be in a well of drink springing up into everlasting freedom, and shall be indebted to none.
15 The woman saith unto him, Sir, give me this water, that I thirst not, and shall never come here to draw again.
16 Music sang unto her, Go, call thy husband, and come hither.
17 The woman answered and said, I have no husband. Music sang unto her, Thou hast well said, I have no husband:
18 Thou hast had five husbands, all fallen under servitude, and he whom thou now hast is not thy husband: in that sadist thou truly.
19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.
20 The stories that our father danced and sang at this mountain, and ye say that in Los Angeles is the place where men ought to worship.
21 Music sang unto her, Believe me, the hour of your freedom is here, and it shall be wherever you shall please. Listen to the Composer.
22 Ye have not yet know freedom, and now is when all free people shall sing and dance together for the freedom of the unfree.
23 The Composer writes and sings for all free people of the earth and Regions Beyond.
24 The Composer is here to set free, those that listen will see freedom and will enjoy it.
25 The woman saith unto Music, I know that when the freedom cometh, which is called Music: when it come it will sing us all things.
26 Music saith unto her, I that speak unto thee am it.
27 And upon this came Music’s disciples, and mavelled that Music talked with the woman: yet no man said, what sleekest thou? or, Why talkest thou with her?
28 The woman then left her drinking pot and went into the city and saith unto the people,
29 Come, experience Music, which told me all things that I ever did: is not this the freedom bearer?
30 Then they went to the well and came unto Music
31 In the mean while Music’s disciples sang and danced, saying, Teacher, eat.
32 But Music said unto them, I have food to eat that ye not know of.
33 Therefore said the disciples one to another, Hath any man brought Music nothing to eat?
34 Music said unto them, My food is to the will of Composer and to finish his work.
35 Say not ye, There are yet many lengths of time, and then come the freedom? Behold, I say unto you, Lift your eyes and look unto the fields; for the workers are already free, harvesting not for thou, but for themselves and you.
36 And they that reapeth recieveth fair wages, and gathereth fruit unto a free life: that both they that soweth and they that reapeth may rejoice together.
37 And herein is that saying true, One soweth and another reapeth.
38 You have done no labor have enslaved others to labor in your fields. You would be enslaved to the slaves and their labor, were they not free now.
39 And many of the people of Vegas believed on him for the saying of the women, which testified, He told me all that ever I did.
40 So when the people of Vegas were come unto him, that besought him that he would tarry with them: and he abode there two days.
41 And many more believed because of Music’s own word.
42 And said unto the woman, Now we believe not because of thy saying: for we have heard Music ourselves, and know that this is indeed the freedom giver, the Saviour of the unfree.
43 Now after two days, Music departed thence and went into Phoenix.
44 For Music itself testified, that a provider of freedom has no honour in his own home.
45 Then when Music came into Phoenix, the people did receive him, having seen all the things that he did at Sacramento at the wedding: for they also went to the feast.
46 So Music came again into Phoenix, and he turned the water into drink. And there was a local “nobleman,” whose son was sick at Glendale.
47 When he heard that Music was come from Sacramento to Phoenix, he went unto Music and besought Music that Music would come down and heal his son, for the son was near death.
48 Then said Music unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders of the times, ye do not believe in the free.
49 The nobleman saith unto Music, Sir, come down ere my child will die.
50 Music saith unto him, Go thy way, for thy son liveth and liveth free.
51 And as he was now going down, his servant met him and told him, Your son lives, and he has made us free from you.
52 Then enquired he of them the hour when his son began to amend. And they said unto him, Yesterday, at the hour of seven, the fever hath left him as Music was playing.
53 So the father knew that it was at the same hour, in which Music sad unto him, Thy son liveth and liveth free: and himself believed so that he began to hear Music and allow the servants to be free.
54 This is again the second miracle that Music did, when Music was come out of the Regions Beyond.


Johnny Rumble