I watched a movie today. I watched a number of movies today. I watched them on my computer as they downloaded for $.99 a piece. There’s a website, www.movielink.com that lets you rent movies online. You actually download the entire movie so you have to have broadband and once you start to view your selection it’s available for 24 hours. Then it deletes itself. Pretty cool stuff. But their selection isn’t that good yet. Not like video stores.
On my way to work yesterday I stopped at the 7-11 on Franklin in Alexandria. They’ve got Planters cashews and lots of low carb stuff. Score. But it’s a depressing experience. Old Town Alexandria is a strange place. It’s a mix of all kinds of associations and organizations (I didn’t even know that the Florists Assocation of America existed), upscale residential townhomes, quaint shops, restaurants and bars, waterside running trails and parks, senior citizen residences and public housing.
It’s the last part of that that’s depressing. Amid all of the money there’s a pocket of poor black folk. So what got me down yesterday morning was the fact that at 9:30am there was a middle age-looking black woman, with slightly more facial hair than is befitting for a woman, buying $60 worth of Lotto tickets. Not only is that a sad use of money but it takes a quite a long time. And there were weathered, dehydrated, aged-before-their-time-with-that-down-on-their-luck-mien black men buying huge bottles of malt liquor.
Professionals come in buying coffee and low carb or diet drinks and such; blue collar folk buying Lotto tickets and 40 oz. malt liquors. I’m a firm believer that things don’t have to be the way they are, but we’re too good at making our own beds and digging our own graves.
What a world.